Polka before the Puja
Aaah! Yet another week gone by........! Sometimes, it seems that the days come & go so fast............while at times, Time seems to stand stubbornly still...........!! Well........that's how playful the Laws of the Universe are, I guess! (The Supreme Being sure enjoys a good laugh at the expense of us poor mortals!)
For those of you who don't know, (which is most of you, I believe), we Bengalis (a sect of the Hindus with origins in the region of Bengal) celebrate our biggest festival at this time of the year.........the Durga Puja (as we call it) is all about worshiping the Goddess Durga & her four children and celebrating the win of Good over Evil (as the Goddess is believed to have beaten & won over the evil demon Mahishasura). The festival spans over a period of 5 days & these 5 days are the most-awaited & special days of the year for us. The grandeur & pomp with which this festival is celebrated, not only in Bengal, but all over India, is a wonder to behold by itself!
And the best part of this festival is the fact that we wear all NEW CLOTHES throughout the 5 days of festivities!!! Now, nothing can beat that, ain't it????
Since my birth, all through these 25 years of life, I've celebrated this festival in my city, with friends & family. It has almost been an unspoken rule in our household that nobody leaves the city during Durga Puja. But this time, with a heavy, but apprehensive heart, I'm looking forward to spending the festive days in Mumbai. And though a part of me is sad at leaving behind the familiar joy & happiness of spending the days in my city, another part is equally excited at the prospects of being able to enjoy a different kind of experience in another city! Hope Mumbai won't disappoint me!!!
Ok.............ok.........I know I've not been keeping a tab on my words as I've done in the last 2 posts (You must be saying - "One day she gets a li'l bit of time & she starts never to stop again!"). So, I oblige by shutting up now..........& leave you to enjoy the pictures!!! :)