Pujo - for me

Then: Pujo meant hanging out with friends on each night, for the whole night.
Now: What day is today? Shoptomi (the second day of Pujo)?

Then: I would get clothes as gifts for each day of the four / five days of pujo.
Now: I buy clothes on Oshtomi (the third day of pujo) because that’s a weekend – that too since Ma insisted.

Somehow Pujo is not the same outside Kolkata. It was still enjoyable in C. R. Park, Delhi, since it is a mini Kolkata, at least for this time of the year. There is another factor - both in Kolkata and Delhi, there is a change in weather at this time – you feel the nip in the air. In Bangalore, the weather is always so nice, it’s hard to tell its fall.

Subho Bijoya / Happy Dussehra to all.

10 comments:

~ Deeps ~ said...

i can understand ur point....having stayed in chennai i have gone thru same for two yrs when u hardly feel any festival are near........
and the weather change part is quite well said.......

Rohit Talwar said...

Yeah. Damn, all my Bangla friends get clothes in bulk these days. Sheesh, why can't we have a festival like this? Ugh. PARTIALITY!!! No justice left in this world. *sigh*


Shubho Vijaya! :)

Woodsmoke said...

Not the easiest post to read.
Subho bijoya to you too.

Becoming a Stranger to Myself said...

Belated ho gaya! :(

Becoming a Stranger to Myself said...

wrong emoticon* :)

Subhadip said...

Deepak - Thanks. I need to do something like you did. Go back to the place I belong.

Rohit - Subho Bijoya. Celebrate Durga Puja. It's for everyone - in Kolkata everyone participates; irrespective of religion, language or ethnicity.

Sayan - I can understand why. My sympathies with you. Subho Bijoya.

BASTM - Thanks. :-)

Rohit Talwar said...

Yeah, only if Dad wants to sponsor for things I want in the name of 'celebration'!

Chitrangada said...

oho toh u didn enjoyed the pujo :(
koi nahi next time come to Vasundhara ( my place ) ..CR park jaisa toh nahi but its good place ..and yes lots bong ppl here ..and i love this festival cos i have lots bong frens so its fun to enjoy puja with them ..toh kya hua i m not bong ..i can enjoy any festival i want :)

shubho Bijoy :)

Chitrangada said...

n u reading life of pi :o


its fantastic book :)

i read that ...mast book :)

Subhadip said...

Rohit - In a few years you will also start earning. Then you can do it yourself.

Deepti - No I didn't. Thanks for the invitation. If I am in Delhi next year during the pujas, I will visit Vasundhara.