First Post – Selfie-taking statue to Baahubali Ganpati idol

The lord of the new beginnings will soon arrive with much grandeur and fanfare and this time he will don every possible contemporary theme. As the country prepares to get into the mood to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, the streets are abuzz with the different types of idols that you might see this season.

From Mumbai’s iconic Lalbaugcha Raja statue to the tallest-ever Ganesh statue being made in Vijayawada, the frenzy in the country over the festival is making sure that there are Ganesh idols and statues of all kinds. In the past, we have already seen World Cup Ganesha, Anna Hazare Ganesha and even the travel Ganesha. But when we say all kinds, we include those which you have never imagined before.

Here are some of the most unique Ganesh idols which will make this Ganesh Chaturthi innovative:

Image courtesy: Avinash Mudaliar/Facebook

If there is one picture to explain the meaning of the word ‘frenzy’, it is this picture. You know that the country’s obsession with selfies has gone a tad bit too far when you find people making idols of Lord Ganesh taking a selfie of him with his family members. Don’t be surprised tomorrow if you suddenly come across a Ganesh statue in which the God is making a duck-face.

Image courtesy: @Mumbaikhabar9/Twitter

SS Rajamouli’s blockbuster multi-lingual film Baahubali reportedly collected Rs 500 crore in the three weeks since its release on 10 July, according to sources in the film unit. However, that is just a number. Perhaps the real proof of the massive success of Baahubali actually is this picture, which shows a statue of Lord Ganesh as the Baahubali. Films have always been an important part of India. But nothing proves it as much as this image.

Image courtesy: @aishwaryavalli3/Twitter

Size does matter. The Dundee Ganesha Seva Samiti (DGSS) might be aiming to make the tallest Ganesh statue ever. However, as challenging as it would be to create a statue that massive, it would be equally challenging to make a Ganesh idol out of the lead tip of a pencil. Yet, this miniature idol of Lord Ganesh shows that good things can indeed also come in small packages.

Image courtesy: ANI/Twitter

Many people are concerned about the adverse effects to the environment caused during immersion of the Ganesh idols.

And those people are not afraid to create their own unique statues to get attention for their cause. For example, Digambar Manikar and his son Rajesh have made a 22-foot Ganesh idol weighing 150 kg using nothing but 30,000 tissue papers to show the importance of eco-friendly idols, according to Hindustan Times.

We certainly hope these idols become more popular and raise awareness about the environment among people.

(With inputs from PTI)

This article was originally published on First Post . 


You are watching Big Brother

How technology has empowered the common man


When George Orwell wrote about the future in 1984 he described a dystopian prison empowered by technology to monitor the common man’s basest thoughts. With the help of fancy tech Big Brother was always watching you. While we still have our reservations as to how the things we control control us and we do realize that privacy is slowly dissolving away in the tides of instant communication and it is probably threatened by little known monitoring structures, for a second you could think we are living in Orwell’s 1984, but that nightmare is yet to be realized.

Meanwhile, power dynamics for mankind were first altered with the invention of gunpowder. Power grows out of the barrel of a gun and for most of human history, it has. Till recently that is. Once technology penetrated into the the daily life of the common laying before him a world full of knowledge and learning, a great equalizing era began for human kind.

What has technology done for the common man – empowered him obviously, how precisely has it is here –

1. Broken the traditional practice of knowledge hoarding
Today anyone with access to world wide web can cross check the knowledge they already have or that which they are spoon-fed. Anyone with access can also satiate a variety of curiosities about the world. One should of course be aware of the limitations/dark side of the cyber space.

2. A voice to the voiceless, a platform for your cause
Finding support worldwide for your cause, for your purpose, for your desires has never been so simple. Did you hear about that small Indian town acid attach victim who was covered by a newspaper and then a news channel and her dream to pursue fashion designing from NYC was ultimately funded by well wishers from around the globe. I could talk about the mushrooming of social network celebrities but let us not dwell so sociologically into it.

3.You have a problem, now you can solve it yourself
If you see a solution to a problem-of-many more often than not all tools required to implement it are available online. You think there should be a software to take down your thoughts while you have the most amazing ideas, a virtual mind diary of sorts? It is possible, why not, you just need to find the will and the intelligence to make it happen.

How has technology helped you in your daily life and otherwise? Do you see a problem which technology could solve? Let us know in the comments below.

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