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For my Elephant Lord

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The festival I wait every year, from the preparation of modaks (an Indian sweet)to those numerous invitations, to visit individual friends and families as we come together to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi (Festival of Lord Ganesha).

Since 22 years on the streets of Mumbai,India I have been roaming around visiting places, houses, halls and meeting my favourite Lord. His divine presence for 11 days completely changes the atmosphere. The dance, the music, the cheer, the excitement  and the chants all at once..it’s a different ambience..you won’t find at any other place.

Since the last two years I have been voided of this, since I changed geography and came to the land of dreams, missing him who made my dreams true…Today I am happy and silent; happy coz my nation is celebrating Lord’s arrival sending me pics on various social media, of Ganesha idols and silent coz I am not a part of that fun.. whatever the case may be I know he is always there with me helping me across seven oceans and blessing me everyday like he did in the earlier years…

 

You came, you saw you conquered our hearts,

We pray, we live, on your strength to never fall apart.

You remove all the obstacles and make us believe in your love and power,

Hey Ganesha hey Vinakaya, your name is always mightier.

With love in eyes and prayers in heart, I bow to you hey Ganarayaa

Crossing all oceans and sitting on eagle ata USA la pan luvkar yaaa, Ganapati Bappa Moryaa..!!

(Ata USA la pan lukar ya= Do come fast to USA as well)

 

-Viraj Lele

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My 1st Girlfriend

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She embraced me from the time I was born,

loving me like a hero, she saw me grew tall.

Every place Ma took me with her,

I saw her everywhere watching me and caring over.

I didn’t knew her name till I went in school,

but she still knew what I was doing over.

With growing age I met her often,

and every day she had new things to offer.

I saw her in my train every day to college,

She blushed with those looks when we escaped to the Gates.

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Blowing my hair with her sweet breadth and eyes which blinked,

she held me tight and laughed over when we travelled on Sea-link.

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Rising with the sun her Beauty was Breathless,

Our nights were sexiest when she wore the Queen’s Necklace.

I spoke to her when I was happy,

and she treated me with a loving Cranky.

I spoke to her when I was alone,

she comforted me relieving every bone.

We created biggest of jokes and laughed out Loud,

we held each other tight in the times of dark clouds.

She loved and never expected in return,

The biggest lesson of life which I ever Learned.

When the time came to leave her she lovingly let me go,

I had her love and tears in eyes as the flight flew over her.

Watching the sea I made a promise to meet her every time,

in every holiday I kept my promise crossing oceans seven at a time.

We still talk over without a phone or a caller,

The bond between us never decreased even a bit smaller.

She has survived major attacks and has been wounded with fire,

but she still lives with growing spirit, giving people a new desire.

Photograph by Chetan Karkhanis

She is the one who never sleeps,

and People call her the CITY OF DREAMS !!

Pumping joy and life in lives she isn’t just a notion,

She is not just a name or city, she is a STRONG Emotion.

It's not just a city, It's a Strong Emotion...

She is my love, my 1st Girlfriend and proudly India ki shaan

She is my Beat, she is my Power…She is Mumbai meri jaaan !!

-Viraj Lele

(*Image courtesy: Google)