Ganesh Chaturthi of My Childhood: How I Learnt the Art of Pandal-Hopping

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Ganesh Chaturthi of My Childhood: How I Learnt the Art of Pandal-Hopping

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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here is a solid reason Indians are pros at bar-hopping. Wonder why? Because we’ve been training for it since childhood. Long before bar-hopping became a trend, there was pandal-hopping.

The sight of blue tarpaulin-covered pandals cropping up across the city days ahead of Ganeshotsav got my friends and I as excited as Bollywood journalists get each time they watch Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas holding hands. Because pandal hopping was the only all-nighter we were allowed as children.

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