A piece of India

By Anupriya DG - October 10, 2011

A BIG hellooooooooo to all of you out there!!!

Yes! I'm back in action after a satisfying vacation..........& boy! Am I glad to be back among all my lovely blogger buddies!!! :))

The last week has been quite exciting, hectic & fun-filled what with the Durga Puja, Navaratri & Dussehra celebrations on all over the country............these festivals hold certain amount of significance to certain sects of Indians.........while Dussehra is primarily celebrated in North India, Navaratri is the predominant festival of the Western part of the country............and we, people originating from East India (particularly, Bengal), take great pride & pleasure in celebrating the Durga Puja....... :)

The Goddess Durga supposedly comes home to her parents' abode (that is the Earth) with her four children & stays with us mortals for 5 days...............these 5 days are celebrated with great pomp & grandeur to celebrate the home-coming of our Mother, the Goddess. All 5 Gods & Goddesses are worshiped with reverence on these days, with temporary temples being erected all over the cities for putting up the idols of the deities. In fact, it's almost become a full-fledged competition between different clubs & societies (who organize these Pujas) to establish that each one is better than the other, with specific themes for each group & idols, pandals, decor, lighting - all according to the theme! The Goddess Durga is depicted centrally with her four children - Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of learning & music), Goddess Laxmi (Goddess of wealth), God Ganesh (God of prosperity) & God Karthik (God of skill) - around her...........and the festivities depict the celebrations for the victory of Good over Evil. The Goddess Durga also has ten arms & she yields one weapon in each arm with which she valiantly fights & wins over the evil demon Mahishasura! On the 5th & final day of the festival, the idols of the deities are taken & immersed in rivers or ponds/lakes (the idols are made of straw & mud, thus being bio-degradable & hence not damaging the water-bodies), thus depicting that She has gone back to her husband's place in the Kailash mountains (in the Himalayas).............and we begin another year-long wait for Her to come back to spend some time with us....

A sneak peek of a few different idols of the Goddess & her children with all their grand decor:





My dear friend Sacramento of Mis Papelicos, after seeing the pictures of the festival shared on Facebook by me, suggested that all this is interesting enough to feature in a post.............so here I am, writing about a unique & traditionally rich part of my culture............hope you all found it as interesting as Sacramento did! :)

Another factor that adds to the festivities during this time is that, we, Bengalis, have to wear new clothes during these 5 days!!! Now, you know what that means.........right??? Lots of pre-Puja shopping.........and a few lovely outfits to rig up for 5 whole days! :))

So.........here's one of my outfits from the festive times............this is what I wore on the 3rd day of the Puja - the Mahashtami (which is also supposed to be the most pious day).............and traditionally we tend to wear ethnic clothes on this particular day. Hence, the Indian kurta-churidar (Indian tunic & leggings) avatar.......so much for heritage! :)



There was this cute cart with flowers baskets on it outside a store.........couldn't resist posing beside it! ^_^


As always, I like my colors nice & bright!! And the quirky painted wall provided a lovely backdrop for my already colorful outfit! :)


This tunic/kurta is designed by me & tailored as per specifications! :D 


Also, am wearing lovely embroidered cloth earrings gifted by a sweet friend & a cute tissue flower ring........sorry, but don't have close-up shots of the accessories!

Kurta/tunic: Self-made, tailored
Leggings: Shoppers Stop, Kolkata
Bag: BK Market, Kolkata
Earrings: Fabindia, gifted by friend
Bangles: Mumbai
Flower ring: Bliss, Pune
Watch: Kenneth Cole, Kolkata
Sunnies: Polo Club, Kolkata
Sandals: Inc.5, Kolkata

Now that festive time is over........it's back to mundane Monday mornings & workplace woes!!! :(

Have a great week ahead people!

Take care,
Polka Princess

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28 comments

  1. Great Post babes. Make some miss home now! :D ... Love your outfit.... loving the hair and the color.

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  2. That is such a nice and well-designed kurta! Brava! :) You should totally make and retail some of these!

    Lovely look and a belated Shubho Bijoya from both of us! :)

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  3. u look beautiful girl!!!
    n it was gr8 to knw this piece of india...u wrote it very well!!!

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  4. you look stunning babe.. that kurta is really beautiful...

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  5. Hi Polka Princess! I found your blog through Fashion Eggplants. It's amazing! Thank you for sharing your story above. I've learned so much just from one post. So I will definitely follow your future ones. Your new outfit is gorgeous! The colors are amazing. I love your DIOR bag further down. I don't like Monday's either! But lets hope for a great week. Talk to you soon!
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  6. Oh, I love posts like these- great photos and wonderful you in your gorgeous outfit. PS: your smile lights up the sky!

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  7. beautiful! thanks for sharing, really enjoyed this post :)

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  8. Dussehra and Navarathri are also celebrated by south-Indians :) nine whole days of celebration! No wonder its one of the most awaited festivals!
    Love the kurti and earrings!

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  9. Nice outfit!

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  10. The self designed kurta is awesome!! You look great!! The earrings are very cute too!! Gotta look for them on my next visit to Fabindia!!

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  11. It's always so adorable and important learning something more from other coutries!!!Thanks for this beautiful post and you are WONDERFUL!!!

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  12. Hi! I just discovered your blog... I love the tunic!!! I love the painted wall, its so beautiful!!!!!
    I follow U!

    Xxx ;D

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  13. Love your outfit! I've never seen you look so good. I think you should wear salwar kameezes all the time, they really really suit you :)

    Leia

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  14. wow your blog is fantastic and you have such cute style! now following :)

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  15. I so wish to attend the Durga Puja one day..
    The Kurta is really nice..great work!!

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  16. Absolutely love all the color going on in these photos! The lue is stunning on you!
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  17. Durga Puja definitely does sound interesting enough to be the subject of a full post, your photos are like nothing I've ever seen! And of course, as a fashion lover I'm a bit biased because a holiday that actually requires new clothes pretty much sounds like a dream :) I absolutely love your bright turquoise tunic, and the light colour pants you paired with it really let the vibrant colours shine!
    xox,
    Cee

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  18. Thank you so much for all these wonderful information. I shall treasure it.
    You are beautiful inside out.
    besos.
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  19. Amazing photos! I would love to visit India one day. I love learning about different cultures it is very interesting to me. You look gorgeous! I really like your outfit:)

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  20. i love all the colors! beautiful outfit!

    cute & little

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  22. Your outfit is beautiful. Love the blue patterns coupled with the chartreuse accents. The white pants and sandals are also lovely along with your coral handbag. So this tunic is called a kurta? Well, this kurta is lovely, as is the rest of your outfit.

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  23. WOW Lookin really really pretty!

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