The magical time of my city has arrived. Durga Puja is already here. Kolkata is getting ready like a bride and the whole city will light up the entire universe in few days time. It is surreal and beautiful at the same time. The whole buzz in the city is so infectious that you have to step back a little bit and look at the bigger picture, which is absolutely stunning. From creative pandals and idols to the huge crowd to the colourful clothes to the gleeful faces, everything mixes up and creates a ball of happiness that lasts until the next time. Festive season brings people closer and nothing can get better than this. All the regrets and arguments are kept aside for the next few days. Everyone looks ahead to create great memories that can last a lifetime. But, then again the wait for a year begins with a bit of sorrow and longing in our hearts. When you are in my city, you will most definitely lose yourself in the vibe. It’s the most beautiful feeling you will ever have.
I am home this year and I couldn’t be any happier. Staying in a different country is all fun until it’s the festive month in your own country. I have missed Durga Puja and just the feeling of home, terribly in the past 2 years. I have travelled for hours to see one pandal and then go back home feeling somewhat happy. The lights, the Dhaker awaj, the pushpanjali, the food was being missed dearly. I would wake up on the day of Mahalaya and be on Youtube, because the radio channel there would not air Mahishashurmardini. I have always known it wouldn’t, but still silly heart.
But this year it is different. Puja has come early. Not everyone is happy about that but it works for me. The final celebration and the ultimate leisure to look forward to before university starts. I will not disagree that at times I brushed off the celebration like no-big deal, but then I realised I was just being stupid . It is my root and this is where I come from. The very essence to uphold my culture and traditions for it has its own beauty.
For now, I have already settled on what to wear on all the four days. Plans are still being made for pandal hopping, and I cannot wait for the festival to start on a full swing.
I wish you all Subho Saradia Utsab and Subh Navratri!
Location- Potua Para,Kalighat.
Photography- Anindita Das