Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Dear "people who make me happy",

Durga Puja is a few blocks away and I can't stop feeling festive even though the beastly half yearlies are going on. 

Durga Puja for me is: 
  • Waking up one to the intoxicating fragrance of shiuli phool.
  • Doing the rounds of Pujor bajar ( shopping for the pujas ) and asking the "Pujor Bajar sesh?" question to almost everyone I cross paths with. 
  • Craving for months to wake up to a sunny Autumn morning with the sky sketched in white
  • rolling in bed to the mellifluous chants of Mahalaya, baba shouting to me "shuru hoye geche; wake up" (It's started wake up!)
  • Wearing a new dress everday for those 4 days. 
  • pandal-hopping till I cross my 100 pandals mark, and not even complaining about the shoe bite.
  • Listening to the dhakis beat and dancing along to it.
  • the unlimited paani puri and the little detours to look for a shop selling mountain dew to boost me up for the long day ahead. 
  • The countdown to mahalaya, the star ananda superstar megastar, the annual meetings with ISHA
  • The traditional bengali food - you know the shorshe ilish, potol chingri and all.
  • Durga Puja for me is a reminder that you don't have to pour yourself into books, tuitions, and stupid exams for four whole days. Every year. ( class 11 makes you say these things. I kid not.)  That every woman looks stunning on Dashami after a vermillion bath and that if you go touch the feet of your elders you get 50 ruppee notes that end up to be a pocketful of money.
Here's sharing you a picture of last year's pujo, this was some pandal at kakurgachi.

Durga Puja '10

Watching every pandal with a different theme, pandals so awesome that you stand in awe and wonder how the hell do they do these in such short a time. 
There are the traditional pandals which stick to the very conservative pattern they have been following for years, big pandals, the thakur exactly the same each year. It's this similarity that make them even more special. 

Then there are the pandals which bring new things, new ideas, mind boggling ones that make you go wow. How in a few months time a total replica of the Egyptian pyramids go up, we have no idea...all we do is stand in queues for hours to catch a glimpse of the creation.

Hope you have an awesome puja as I myself travelling my way through Ladakh. It will be a good one. :) 

Till then, in the words of my grandmother, Dugga Dugga.



  1. Dugga dugga! Omg that made my day! Even my thama used to say that and all my elders too ofcourse.. :)

    Damn babe, loovveedd this postt!! totally! have a killer trip to ladakh and post awesomeness photos for sure ok?

    seeyou :)

  2. I would've drowned you with my appreciation and love and all that jazz because of this post, but then I remembered that you're going to Ladakh
    And so screw you :P

    (P.S. if you can't decipher, my dearest friend, I loved this post)

  3. So awesome!!!
    I would love to be there and celebrate!!

    I have a similar feeling here in Bombay, during ganpati festival!!

  4. @nil

    Thank you lady. Appreciation from you pretty much makes my day. :)

    And LADAKHHHHHHH :D :D is so near now.

  5. @ antara4ever Don't be jealous darling. Of all the times you've gone to Gurgaon and have had the time of your life, I kept quiet :P

    And thank you :)

  6. @Blue Peri

    HEYY I missed you. And hope you had an awesome ganpati festival :)

  7. chanced on your blog today .. love the post ...

  8. @simple girl Thank you :) And welcome here!

  9. wow!....totally loved this post :) this finally gave me tht pujo feel btwn these exams :P :)

  10. A happy Durga Pooja to you. May you have loads of fun, and a little relief from study burden.

    As for not commenting here, I think you haven't been really writing here since quite sometime.

    Blasphemous Aesthete


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