This picture was taken outside Mahalaxmi Temple, Mumbai. There was this elderly muslim gentleman going around with incense ( unfortunately I was not quick enough and I just managed to capture the scene as he left the place ) collecting alms from the shopkeepers Not a common sight . He would have in most places stayed close to his own place of worship. But the shopkeepers here did not seem to find it unusual.
Right now in my city, there are communal riots. And most believe it is politically motivated. Which makes me wonder, why religion is given so much importance? I recite the Hanuman Chalisa each day, but to be frank I did not know it was the Hanuman Jayanti today!! And that I realised when I saw some noisy ruffians on two wheelers carrying saffron flags. I do not ever remember the festival being celebrated in this fashion.
I would rather observe my faith in my own manner, within the walls of my home.
I must also confess that I recite the Hanuman Chalisa on nights when sleep does not come easy..... a far better thing to do than counting sheep....