এই পূজার পর আমার এক নিকট আত্মীয়র সঙ্গে দেখা করতে গিয়েছিলাম। মিষ্টি মুখের বদলে একটু নোনতা মুখ করতে করতে এমনি কথা বার্তা হচ্ছিল। কথা হতে হতে ছোটবেলার কথা উঠে এল। মনে রাখবেন যে মাথার চুলে যদি পাঁক ধরাটা দেখতে আর … Continue reading পেট্রল পাম্প
A typical Bong (Bengali) will always look forward to buy new clothes or other associated things just before the start of the Durga Puja. That’s a tradition that is there for centuries and some of these traditions are good to … Continue reading The annual gainless pain …
The year was 1981. A ten year old kid arrived at a new place, new home along with his family. The feelings were quite mixed – happy to see a new and bright, bigger home; slightly depressed for being uprooted … Continue reading Friendship
দুর্গা পূজা এক রাশ ওণুভুতি নতুন কাপড়ের স্পর্শ কাশ ফুলের দুলুনি ভোগের গন্ধ প্রতিমা দর্শনের হুড়াহুড়ি পান্ডেল আলোকসজ্জার চমতকার দুর্গা পূজা চিন্তার উপর জয় মানুষের মিলন গান বাজনার সময় সকলের হাসি মুখ ভুলেছে সবাই তার দুঃখ দুর্গা পূজা পাশের বস্তির … Continue reading দুর্গা পূজা
Pleasures of growing up as a Bengali, who are also known as Bong’s Continue reading Puja special – growing up as a typical Bong !!
Like many of you, I too have a lot of friends and colleagues who live outside India – either they are settled down in a foreign country or they work there for some years now or they are on short term assignments for a year or two. Recently, due to the summer in Europe, a couple of my friends are going back to India…. and it is defined as “vacation”. That made me think that when going home is a vacation, then something’s wrong , isn’t it ? We normally associate home with something that we see at the end … Continue reading When going home is a vacation…..
With just a few weeks to one of the biggest celebrations triggering off across the Bengali community in the world, the first thing that comes to my mind is the evergreen creation of Mahisashur Mardini played at 4 am on the Mahalaya day. This creation still appeals to all generations, still is as popular as ever and still is one of the best ‘classics’ created by Bengal – scripted by Bani Kumar, music directed by Pankaj Mallick and rendered immortal through the unique recitation by Birendra Krishna Bhadra. To me, this atmosphere at 4 am, every Mahalaya actually paves in … Continue reading The immortal creation that appeals to generation after generation ….
Being a resident outside Bengal, it has been always a great occasion to come every year during the Puja’s with my mother and other brothers and sisters. Actually, with so many relatives and close friends and families in Bengal, I look forward to this visit every year. You know when the excitement starts for me ? Not during the pandal making nor during the puja shopping (as outside Bengal, I do not see that actually happening) – the actual build-up inside me starts when the Mahalaya comes up. I know many of you are so fond of getting up at … Continue reading The great homecoming … a candid interview
The preparation for the Durga Puja has already started in Kolkata (even though almost 100 days are still left) with an occasion that all Bengali’s wait for an entire year to come. Apart from the religious significance, which still plays a major role in terms of its popularity, lies the broader context beyond normal religion. Religious stories associated with Durga Puja, the traditional beliefs and the trust towards this Goddess makes this festival a tremendous one. I personally believe that this festival will be definitely one of the most popular festival in India, if not in the world. To me, … Continue reading The festival Bengal waits for … Durga Puja