SWIPE LEFT 4 #Durgapujo #overtheyears:
Like all Bengalis, #Durgapujo occupies a very special corner in my heart & the expression #durgapuja or #pujo as we usually say, opens up a floodgate of emotions & memories:As I spent my infancy & early childhood at Beliaghata in East Kolkata, my earliest memories of #Durgapujo are those of holding my parents' hands & going #pandalhopping in some of the biggest pujas of that part of the city like College Square & Santosh Mitra Square.Around this time I also remember to have competed with my nursery friends in terms of the number of new dresses one has received as #pujo gifts.As I turned 6, I relocated along with my parents to Garia, in the southern fringe of the city & since then our pujas took a different turn altogether.We used to allot two full days for the award-winning theme-pandals of South Kolkata whereas on the remaining two days, we went to the traditional '#barirpujo' of the North.
Then came college days & like every other youngster in the city, I too rushed to the most talked about #pujo of the city, #maddoxsquare for long (sometimes overnight) 'adda' sessions with friends & also to check out all the handsome hunks!After that when I started working, my priority was to spend quality time with my parents & get them introduced to some of the 5-star hotels & the new restaurants during #pujo.
Ever since I got married in North Kolkata (Shyambazaar), I got to spend very less time in the city during these 4 days of #pujo as by then I had already been bitten by the 'travel bug' which I had contaminated from the #wanderlust of my hubby & we always made use of the #pujo holidays to travel.Life had also once given me the opportunity to witness the #Durgapujo at the Bengali locality of C.R. Park in New Delhi.However, to my eyes of a hardcore Calcuttan, it honestly appeared quite disappointing.And now even after coming to Dubai, my excitement about #pujo remains unabated but the quality of my '#pujo fun' has definitely taken a backseat mainly because no place in the whole world can match upto the grandeur with which this mammoth festival is celebrated in Kol.
Pic 1:2013 Kol
Pic 2:2016 Kol
Pic 3:2017 Dubai
Pic 4:2018 Dubai