Megastar Amitabh Bachchan feels there can’t be any better way to express faith in god than the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. He feels that faith motivates humans more than anything else.
“Faith must have been and still is the most motivating unseen force within the universe of the human… How else can one explain its power of presence, at every corner of our life,” Amitabh said.
Talking about Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai, the “Piku” star says: “The spirit of devotion and celebration has never been so pronounced and voluble as in our part of the world.
“The sounds of dance and drum, of smiling happy faces, young and old, of the pride in carrying each their homed Ganapati, now ready to be put away where each year it belongs.
“The streets are filled with the voice of human commemoration… the lively banter of speech and hilarity… of the presence of the entire family all together, perhaps this once in an entire year… of gifts and happiness and abandon… traits, they that are denied this in normal existence, relishing as though it would perhaps not return…
“They move with a pride of possession… the possession of god… nurtured, decorated and looked after… it is their day… they own the town the journey to the waters, the preferential command over the traffic,” he said.
However, Amitabh believes that with advancement in technology today, the feeling of Ganesh Chaturthi is not the same that was earlier.
“Now perhaps with modern communication, the distance and the depart may not have similar feel… Skyped and FaceTimed smsed and Twittered, FaceBooked and WhatsApped… There is little that can keep two people apart from each other for long.
“He, the God, the Maker, took various celestial shapes and sizes and stories of belief among us… and still does… but would there be in time, when perhaps He would be replaced, by what he created to challenge the creator,” he wrote.