Durga Puja Kolkata

Unveiling Durga Puja in Kolkata

-Pooja Sahal Image Courtesy: Sumit Naskar With the commencement of Mahalaya, West Bengal starts bathing in the joy of Durga Puja which starts with Mahasaptami – exactly after seven days. (In 2020, the gap between Mahalaya and commencement of Durga Puja is longer than usual.) There can be immense joy and elation seen in all the individuals irrespective of their age. This is the most … Continue reading Unveiling Durga Puja in Kolkata

Flying Kites – A forgotten pastime event of the Bengalis

“……. Let’s go fly a kite Up to the highest height Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring Up through the atmosphere Up where the air is clear Oh, let’s go fly a kite!”                             (A song from the Mary Poppins Movie) There was a time when the terraces of Kolkata houses used to cry out ‘Bhokatta’ and the air above would reverberate … Continue reading Flying Kites – A forgotten pastime event of the Bengalis

Adda passes on

A brief dig into the infamous form of intellectual discussion – Adda

Bengalis are known for their Adda skills. It is said that if two Bengalis meet somewhere on this earth or universe, they will start Adda – discussing everything under the sun!! Back in 2002, while pursuing graduation from Pune University, Neha used to stay with 5 of her other school friends. They had only one mobile, and thankfully it was as good as a land … Continue reading A brief dig into the infamous form of intellectual discussion – Adda

Artist during Durga Puja

Bengal and Bangaliana is also about…

-Annoy Sarkar This piece of writing is an attempt to look at the fringe beyond the focus of core Bengal and Bangaliana… Since eternity, Bongs have been tagged to rice, fish, robindrosongeet, sweets, politics et al. Every bit of it is true to its very core! No questions asked, but off late I sense a distorted definition and stylization of Bongs amongst the contemporaries. While … Continue reading Bengal and Bangaliana is also about…

The World Of Boroline

“Shushkotar, rukkhotar oboshaan jodi chaan Baaro maash onge mekhe nin Surobhito antiseptic cream Boroline”…. (An excerpt from the famous Boroline jingle sung by Srabanti Majumdar of Boroline er Songsar fame) With the embark of the winter months every year, whiffs of a sweet, familiar fragrance can also be caught in the Bengali homes. There is no prize for guessing that the fragrance belongs to a … Continue reading The World Of Boroline

The Durga Puja away from Kolkata at the Datta Household

The charm of Durga Puja Kolkata is known to by far all and many. But, this article shares about the traditional Durga Puja that’s still performed in villages. It elaborates the aroma of sandhya arati, and mysticism surrounding dhunuchinaach. A reflection About two years ago, we self-invited ourselves to be a part of the Durga Puja celebrations of the Datta Household of Mathmalaypur, located in … Continue reading The Durga Puja away from Kolkata at the Datta Household