Arpit Ranka: Ganpati is special to me as my elder kid was born during Ganpati. Though I have been in Mumbai for the last 18 years,, four years back we went to actor Parag Tyagi’s home during Ganpati and my wife Nidhi told me that why not also start celebrating the festival. Since then every year, Ganpati Bappa stays with us for two days. Ganpati gives us a lot of positivity and the best vibes that we need during these troubled times. This year we are getting a Bal Ganpati home and he will be with us for two days. During this time I cheat on my diet and eat Modak to my heart’s content. Since last year the celebrations have been low key and this year too we will be careful. Cases are rising again so we need to be cautious and with full precautions, we will celebrate the festival. My son is also excited as he loves the festival. He is a foodie too. Hoping and praying that Bappa removes this Covid from our lives.
Meera Deosthale: Ganpati celebration, which used to be extremely huge, has reduced considerably given the pandemic. Social distancing and following protocols is more important than lavish celebrations. I get Ganpati every year. I even paint our murti myself and even my mom makes this. But given the scenario this year, I am not getting Ganpati and also because my mom is out of town. I will celebrate it with a simple puja at home and maybe visit one or two of my friends who would bring Ganpati home.