We all Bengalis consider Durgapuja as one of the main festival season, though now a days Bengali people gather & celebrate all festivals with other caste & religions, however Durgapujja still is still being considered as the prime time for which every one blocks their calender prior to one or two months.
I was literally not in a mood to celebrate this season of joy except in kolkata. But following the work pressure & heavy schedule, I remained in office on the day of ‘Sosthi'(the sixth day).
At the afternoon on way back to home, the difference between two class of people was remarkable.One party within family having a joyous face, another party alone with a tired soul having a loaded office bag in shoulder. The background scores was making some reactions within me. I decided to give up not like this . So from here my journey wae started. I just made up my appearance within 15 minutes & determined to visit the pandels in Asansol tonight.
Asansol’s Durgapuja isnot like Kolkata. I felt like its a community of local people where they had arranged 03-04 puja altogether & some temporary stalls were set up. If you consider the stalls, the crowds, the mice announcements, things which were being sold – you’ll definitely call this a small village fair. My childhood was recapped significantly when I was about to roam on the roads of village in school vacations. shops selling sweets like samosa, Jelebi,namkeen etc were found, some toy rides ,shoot the balloon , lottery shop these were the prime attractions of fair. Although the standard format of festival time was not ignored – the eggroll, biriani shop on road side, papri chat, chola bhatora shop- these old tradition of gathering was maintained successfully.
So being not present at kolkata on an aus picious day of durgapuja made me literally sad, which was turned on by this unexpected unplanned experience.