Ever so often, I get into a kind of “satisfied inertia” state when I could go for days, weeks – indeed months together without doing a thing and yet looking very comfortably smug. As I look at my wordpress post dates, I realise this exactly is what has transpired over the last few weeks – I have been away from the blog ever since I put together a quick note on the Independence Day last month.
The bard (among many others) seems to look at this act of decided procrastination with a jaundiced eye – you only have to think of his words “If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly” to roll up your sleeves and get going.
And while you have had the push, you still need an inspiration – and I find one in Bill Bryson who has found it possible to put out a set of delightful essays week-after-week (and now condensed into book form in the very entertaining “I am a stranger here myself”). While we cannot be as entertaining as Bill, not for that manner as well-informed – we still can undertake to do a weekly post. And this is starting post of what should be a weekly thing, lets see how long I can keep up with it!
Today happens to be a big festival over in India. A day when India’s millions pay homage to an adorable, pot bellied, elephant-faced, immensely approachable, intellectual god Ganesha – dressing him up, dancing on the streets and finally immersing him in the ocean with a fond wish to meet up with him again the next year.
And to close out this post, here are a few treats in keeping up with the spirit of this wonderful god:
Poem of the day: Madhavan Narayanan’s post carries an interesting poem.
and Some tweets of the day:
Ramesh Srivats @rameshsrivats
And a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all of you.
Pray nicely, okay. He’s the God who can help you get ahead in the rat race.
Chitra Narayanan @ndcnn
Here’s to the most contemporary and relevant God of our times – Ganesha -who used a mouse before all of us!
and a link to a “gushing post” from me last year on the eve of this wonderful festival.