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Ganeshji
by A. J. Rao
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  Just before winter Ganeshji arrived
He, the beginningless God,
Who had presided over every beginning
He, who had risen from the mud-peelings
Of the magnificent Mother
Half-human, half-elephant
Laughed at the annoying asymmetry
Of the half-formed, demented world
Walked through the primeval chaos
Unhindered and Shiva-inspired.

The Mother was maternally afraid for Him
While Father Shiva danced destruction
Ganapati bapa morya! The crowd yelled
Clay-God painted in kitschy acrylic colors
Rode the undulating waves of the Borivli crowds
The Moon-God laughed at His bulging belly
While brother Kartikeya circumambulated
The Pune Brahmins chanted sonorous slokas
And our national pride was duly restored
Amidst cacophonous Hindi film music.
March 02 ,2003
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