For many, Durga Puja is synonymous to Kolkata. However, if I were to associate one place to this festival, it would always be Shillong. Barring seven years, I’ve spent every Durga Puja at home in Shillong.
Last year was my first Pujo in Kolkata in my adult life. And this year, would be my second here.
I spent all of the Pujo days in my neighbourhood in Salt Lake. Here every block had its own pandal. This increased my chances of ‘pandal hopping’ unbelievably! And so the days I wasn’t working, I stepped out and found a new one at every turn.
Food is another aspect without which Pujo is incomplete. Feasting on all types of Bengali delicacies (and unlimited street food) is a must. I remember gobbling up puchkas and egg rolls every day. Needless to say that sweets are found in copious amount everywhere.
Even though these photos don’t illustrate half of the madness in Kolkata during Pujo, this was how my short visits around Salt Lake looked like. And thanks to the tolerable crowds, I’m looking forward to it again this year.
Which is your favourite city for Durga Puja?