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Day 64 ‪#‎100sareepact‬ हल्दी in Hindi, ‘Halad’ in Marathi, ‘Manjai’ in Tamil. The colour of auspiciousness and prosperity in cultures across our wonderful country. Wearing this yellow and maroon checkered Chettinad cotton that belongs to Ma on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi gives my otherwise ordinary workday a celebratory feel.I’m missing Goa terribly today. I try to go every year for ‘chavath’ to celebrate this special festival with cousins, aunts, uncles and elders. My beloved Ajjee is very ill this year and I’ve avoided the visit, not wanting to celebrate while she is bedridden. She who has been the heart and soul of Ganpati festivities in our ancestral home in St. Cruz, Goa. Yet, I admire the resilience of tradition in this context, that sets up systems for things to go on. Where the young take over from the old and a way of life is preserved. No one is indispensable, but everyone is a welcome part of the celebration. So much to learn from our own culture!

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