Pujor Khichudi 2020

Durga Pujo. The quintessential Bengali annual gala. Months of prep leading to the epic finale- the 4 (now 7) days of endless pandal hopping, sumptuous breakfast, lunch, dinner spreads, and late-night snacking. Unlimited Adda, getting stuck in the never-ending traffic at 3 am, long queues to the pandal, and the ultimate pushing and pulling to … Continue reading Pujor Khichudi 2020

Durga Puja- A Bengali’s Organized Mess

It’s Panchami and I am fretting around trying to figure out how to fit in those extra plans into my already packed schedule. Yes, it’s the Pujas in Kolkata and the next few days are going to be a hurricane. Three night outs, four day trips, two evening Addas, the Ashtami Anjali and Bhog- I … Continue reading Durga Puja- A Bengali’s Organized Mess

Pujo Parikrama – The Mop Up Rounds

Today is Bijoya Dashami- the day the Devi leaves for her heavenly abode. After all the fun and frolic, we have to bid goodbye to her with a sad heart, with the words “asche bochor abar hobe” (till the next year, Ma)….. So last night was the final opportunity to pay a visit to the pandals … Continue reading Pujo Parikrama – The Mop Up Rounds

Pujo Diaries – Part Two

When is the best time to be in Kolkata ? I get that asked a lot. Scenes of the winter sun splashing its warmth on the city flash through my mind, but “DURGA PUJA” is what I come up with. Undoubtedly. Every time. Because if you aren’t in Kolkata during this time, you are definitely … Continue reading Pujo Diaries – Part Two