Every year the air nips, every year idol makers outdo each other by manufacturing one god taller than the other, and every year, Bengal throws itself in the enigmatic frenzy of welcoming its beloved daughter Durga to her maternal home. The next nine days are replete with the grandest celebrations of woman power starting with Mahalaya when the Mahisasura Mardini wears a most glamorous avatar and engages in the slaying of the demon Mahisasura. The old Calcutta looks dotingly at Mahamaya, the Mother of the Universe who incidentally, is his beloved daughter. He invokes her, prays to her, kneels before her, celebrates her, revels in the beauty of her infinite black tresses and looks on bereaving as she parts from him on the tenth day.
- on Pujo.
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Two months ago,at this same moment, I came out of my tent with my DSLR and gorilla pod. I pulled my hands inside the sleeves of my jacket although I was wearing gloves. I was shivering from the cold and my hands grip on camera was loosening. I pulled my head out of the hood and stared at the sky. I started following milky way to the horizon and there she was.
Sitting alone on a rock in the dark. Staring at the sky and lost. She was not wearing gloves, still it seems like she was not feeling cold. She was so lost that she did not felt my footsteps. She was dead staring at milky way and there were tears in her eyes. I also sat beside her and asked what happened ? Why are you out here alone ?
And she just pointed her hand to the sky and replied
" It's Beautiful ". When was the last time you stared at the sky ?