Today is Ganesh Chaturthi; that time of the year when bright-colored idols of Ganapati in all sizes don the streets. I’m a believer and celebrate the festival. However, one aspect that bothers me are the idols itself (toxic colors) and the permanent damage caused to most lakes and rivers across the country around this time when the idols are immersed. Over the past few years, I’ve stopped buying the colored ones and prefer the non-toxic clay version.
A friend sent me this carved piece of Ganesha made from Coconut. An exemplary piece of art. Wouldn’t it be nice if those commercial pieces were replaced with ones such as these made from environment friendly materials?