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Ganpati Bappa

ganesh on varanasi walls

One day Goddess Parvati was at home preparing for a bath. As she didn’t want to be disturbed, she told Nandi, her husband Shiva’s Bull, to guard the door and let no one pass. When Shiva came home and wanted to come inside, Nandi was guarding the door, but he let him enter, because he was loyal first to Shiva. Parvati got really angry because of that and even more when she realized that she had no one as loyal to herself as Nandi was to Shiva. So she decided to create a son that would be loyal to herself. She took the turmeric paste from her body and breathing life into it, she created Ganesh.

The next time Parvati took a bath, she posted Ganesh on guard duty at the door. When Shiva came home, he find this strange boy telling him he couldn’t enter his own house. Shiva got furiuos and ordered his army to destroy the boy, but they couldn’t cause he was Parvati’s son and had this power.

This surprised Shiva. He decided he had to fight him and during the fight he severed Ganesh’s head, killing him instantly. When Parvati got to know what happened, she was so enraged and insulted that she decided to destroy the entire Creation. Lord Brahma intervened. He was the Creator and he didn’t want that could happen. He pleaded her to reconsider her drastic plan. She said she would, but only under two conditions: one, that Ganesh be brought back to life, and two, that he be forever worshipped before all the other gods.

Shiva agreed to Parvati’s conditions. He sent Brahma out with orders to bring back the head of the first creature he crosses with its head facing North. Brahma soon returned with the head of a strong and powerful elephant, which Shiva placed onto Ganesha’s body. Breathing new life into him, he declared Ganesha to be his own son as well, and gave him the status of being foremost among the gods, and leader of all the ganas (classes of beings), Ganpati.

Ganpati Bappa Moriya Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar yaa.
Oh Ganpati My Lord, return soon next year. 

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Ganpati Bappa

Read in english here.

ganesh on varanasi walls

Un giorno la dea Parvati era a casa a prepararsi un bagno. Non voleva essere disturbata, così chiese a Nandi, il toro del marito Shiva, di fare da guardia alla porta e non permettere a nessuno di entrare. Nandi accettò l’incarico, ma quando Shiva tornò a casa e volle entrare in bagno, Nandi glielo concesse, essendogli molto fedele. Parvati fu molto arrabbiata. Lo diventò anche molto di più quando realizzò di non avere nessuno così fedele a lei come Nandi lo era a Shiva. Decise dunque di creare un figlio, che le sarebbe stato per sempre fedele. Togliendosi la pasta di curcuma che aveva sul corpo e soffiandoci vita sopra, diede vita a Ganesh.

Quando Parvati decise di nuovo di farsi un bagno, mise Ganesh di guardia alla porta. Questa volta, quando Shiva tornò, trovo uno strano ragazzo che gli impediva di entrare. Infuriato, Shiva ordinò al suo esercito di ucciderlo, ma questi non potettero, perché questo è il potere di Ganesh, figlio anch’esso di divinità.

Questo sorprese Shiva, che decise di lottare contro questo ragazzino non proprio ordinario, e trasportato dalla furia, gli tagliò la testa, uccidendolo all’istante. Come Parvati ne fu a conoscenza, animata dalla rabbia e bramosa di vendetta, minacciò di distruggere l’umanità intera. Ma il creatore Lord Brahma la supplicò di riconsiderare i suoi drastici piani e così lei accettò solo a due considizioni: la prima che Ganesh fosse riportato in vita e la seconda che fosse per sempre venerato come primo tra gli dei.

Shiva accettò le condizioni e mandò Brahma a prendere la testa della prima creatura vivente che avesse incrociato che fosse diretta verso il nord. Presto Brahma ritornò con la testa di un potente ed elegante elefante, che Shiva mise sopra il corpo di Ganesh. Soffiando una nuova vita dentro di lui, Shiva lo dichiarò anche suo figlio. Inoltre lo fece primo tra gli dei e a capo di tutti le ganas, categorie di viventi, Ganpati.

Ganpati Bappa Moriya Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar yaa.
Oh Ganpati, mio Signore, ritorna presto l’anno prossimo. 

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Prastāvanā

Questo libro, oltre che un’insonnia, è un viaggio. L’insonnia appartiene a chi ha scritto il libro, il viaggio a chi lo fece. Tuttavia, dato che anche a me è capitato di percorrere gli stessi luoghi che il protagonista di questa vicenda ha percorso, mi è parso opportuno fornire di essi un breve indice. Non so bene se a ciò ha contribuito l’illusione che un repertorio topografico, con la forza che il reale possiede, potesse dare luce a questo Notturno in cui si cerca un’Ombra; oppure l’irragionevole congettura che un qualche amante di percorsi incongrui potesse un giorno utilizzarlo come guida.

Antonio Tabucchi, Notturno Indiano.

Così inizio il mio viaggio in India.

Dieci mesi di vita insopportabile e saporosa, scandita dai rumori del traffico e dai canti dei mantra. Una vita immersa nell’odore di diossina e nell’aroma di masala. In un continuo giostrarsi tra la canicola esterna e il freddo all’interno. Fradicia all’inizio. Bollente alla fine. Una vita alla quale non ero assolutamente preparata, che ho sofferto e affrontato. E che ora ricordo con affetto e a tratti rimpiango.

Quello che racconterò non è quello che ho vissuto, o per meglio dire, non è come l’ho vissuto. Nel ricordo certe esperienze si sono ammorbidite e addolcite. Ora nel ricordo pervade la serenità e a volte la spensieratezza del sapere che è passato. Ed è di questo passato che voglio raccontarvi.

Il ‘breve indice’ dei luoghi da me percorsi (con la stessa presunzione di A.T. ‘che un qualche amante di percorsi incongrui potesse un giorno utilizzarlo come guida’):

  • Parichay Hotel, 1199/1A, FC Road, Pune, Maharastra
  • Duplex 14, Four Wings Society, Sindh Society, Aundh, Pune, Maharastra
  • Mariam’s House, Sirur Park Road, Seshadripuram, Bangalore, Karnataka
  • SRE Travels (Ananth Group) bus Bangalore-Hampi 8h45m
  • Ahmedabad Ac Ex Train from Gadag to Pune, 10h55m
  • Sea Shore Hotel, 4th fl, Kamal Mansion, Arthur Bunder Rd; Mumbai, Maharastra
  • Mumbai CST-Chennai Mail/11027Train from Pune to Chennai, 24h40m
  • Hotel Kurinchi, Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • New Guest House, 64 Romain Rolland St, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
  • Mano Residency, 16 P.K. Salai, near New Bus Stand, Karaikal, Tamil Nadu
  • Janne and Haha’s House, 632, HIG Anna Nagar, , 80 Feet Road, , Madurai, Tamil Nadu
  • Hotel Tri Sea, Kovalam Rd, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
  • Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, Neyyar Dam P.O., Thiruvananthapuram Dist (Trivandrum), Kerala
  • Jicky’s Room, Near Helipad, Kurakkanni, Varkala, Kerala
  • Rose Wood Residency, H. No. 2 / 534, Poovath Abdul Kader Road, Near Gov. Hospital, Fort Kochin. Kerala
  • Hotel Ess Gee’s 12 / 9, East Patel Nagar, Nuova Delhi
  • Hotel Eritage, District Jhunjhunu (Shekhawati), Mandawa, Rajasthan
  • Hotel Bhairon Vilas, Next to Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan
  • Desert Moon, Near Sunset Point, Achalvansi Colony, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
  • Devi Bhawan, Ratanada Circle, Defence Laboratory Road, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
  • Atithi Guest House, 1 Park House Scheme Opp All India Radio, M.I Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan
  • Hotel Sheena, Eastern Gate Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
  • Povi’s Huts, Colamb bay, south end of Palolem Beach, Goa
  • Hotel Taj Plaza, Near Hotel Amar Vilas, Shilp Gram VIP Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
  • Hotel Pradeet, C 27/153, Jagatganj, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Nangaldam Kolkata Gurumukhi Express/12326Train from Varanasi to Kolkata, 14h
  • Hotel Circular, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Rd, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Hotel Marine View, behind Marine Hall,near Phonix Bay jetty,Port Blair, South Andaman Island
  • Cross Bill Beach Resort , Havelock No. 3, Havelock Island, Andaman Island
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Prastāvanā

This book, more than an insomnia, is a journey. The insomnia belongs to the one who wrote the book, the journey to the one that made it. Nevertheless, since it also happens to me to walk through the same places the main character walked through, I found an opportunity to provide a short index of those.
I’m not sure if I’m doing this for the illusion that this topographic catalogue, with the power of reality, could give light to this Nocture, in which i’m looking for a Shadow; or for the unreasonable lust that one day some lovers of incongruous paths could use it as a guide.
Antonio Tabucchi, Indian Nocture.

Along this line my journey to India begins.
Ten months of unbearable and flavourful life, marked by the traffic noises and the mantra sounds. A life immersed into the dioxin’s odour and masala’s scent. A continuous struggle between the external heat and the interior wintery. Totally wet at the beginning, totally dry at the end. I was certainly not ready for this life. I suffered. I faced it. And now, I remember it fondness. I regret it sometimes.
What I’m going to say is not what I really lived, or to be precise, how I really lived. In my memories those experiences became softer and milder. Now the calm impregnates my mind. The tranquillity to know that everything is now just the past. And is about this past that I want to talk about.
The ‘short index’ of places I have walked through (with the same A.T.’s desire, that ‘one day some lovers of incongruous paths could use it as a guide’):

  • Parichay Hotel, 1199/1A, FC Road, Pune, Maharastra
  • Duplex 14, Four Wings Society, Sindh Society, Aundh, Pune, Maharastra
  • Mariam’s House, Sirur Park Road, Seshadripuram, Bangalore, Karnataka
  • SRE Travels (Ananth Group) bus Bangalore-Hampi 8h45m
  • Ahmedabad Ac Ex Train from Gadag to Pune, 10h55m
  • Sea Shore Hotel, 4th fl, Kamal Mansion, Arthur Bunder Rd; Mumbai, Maharastra
  • Mumbai CST-Chennai Mail/11027Train from Pune to Chennai, 24h40m
  • Hotel Kurinchi, Nungambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • New Guest House, 64 Romain Rolland St, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
  • Mano Residency, 16 P.K. Salai, near New Bus Stand, Karaikal, Tamil Nadu
  • Janne and Haha’s House, 632, HIG Anna Nagar, , 80 Feet Road, , Madurai, Tamil Nadu
  • Hotel Tri Sea, Kovalam Rd, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
  • Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, Neyyar Dam P.O., Thiruvananthapuram Dist (Trivandrum), Kerala
  • Jicky’s Room, Near Helipad, Kurakkanni, Varkala, Kerala
  • Rose Wood Residency, H. No. 2 / 534, Poovath Abdul Kader Road, Near Gov. Hospital, Fort Kochin. Kerala
  • Hotel Ess Gee’s 12 / 9, East Patel Nagar, Nuova Delhi
  • Hotel Eritage, District Jhunjhunu (Shekhawati), Mandawa, Rajasthan
  • Hotel Bhairon Vilas, Next to Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan
  • Desert Moon, Near Sunset Point, Achalvansi Colony, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
  • Devi Bhawan, Ratanada Circle, Defence Laboratory Road, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
  • Atithi Guest House, 1 Park House Scheme Opp All India Radio, M.I Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan
  • Hotel Sheena, Eastern Gate Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
  • Povi’s Huts, Colamb bay, south end of Palolem Beach, Goa
  • Hotel Taj Plaza, Near Hotel Amar Vilas, Shilp Gram VIP Road, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
  • Hotel Pradeet, C 27/153, Jagatganj, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Nangaldam Kolkata Gurumukhi Express/12326Train from Varanasi to Kolkata, 14h
  • Hotel Circular, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Rd, Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Hotel Marine View, behind Marine Hall,near Phonix Bay jetty,Port Blair, South Andaman Island
  • Cross Bill Beach Resort , Havelock No. 3, Havelock Island, Andaman Island
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