Yesterday was a strange but wonderful day. We started from home at 7:30am, and over the next three hours attended a Ganesh Pooja at a dear friend’s home. It was an elaborate, hour-long aarti, and we offered laddoos to a very happy-looking Ganeshji 🙂
Then we went to court and actually got legally married at last! I mean we had to complete our marriage registration formalities (long pending due to my incessant travels and inherent laziness!) Anyway, we now have a nondescript piece of paper which is now pretty much essential to prove to one and all that Tina and I are legally wedded man and wife!
Then our work took us to Bandra, so we stopped over to say Hello to Mount Mary (every Mumbaikar’s favourite place of worship)
And finally it was over to Khar to a Sindhi/Punjabi Gurdwara, where we attended the chautha of a dear friend and long-time devotee, Suresh Mirgh. A sattvik, silent gathering where I sang a few bhajans, and we all chanted Om Namo Narayanaya as the gathering met the family and offered condolences. Kavita aunty was a picture of calm and compassion, in fact it was often she who had to console others rather than the other way round!
At day’s end there was a sense of peace, of stillness, of totality — we had seen the full circle of life, against a backdrop of divinity, and come away enriched by a greater appreciation for what we have, and a purposefulness for the future.