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United in faith

12 Oct 2018 10:25 AM GMT
Adorning the rich man’s courtyard while simultaneously finding a home in the poor man’s slums; hosted by a Brahmin priest and decked by a Muslim craftsman – Durga Puja magnificently diminishes differences in a reverential celebration where devotees stand united in their subservience to the Mother Goddess, writes Kaushikibrata Banerjee

Durga Puja 2018: Kolkata's Charismatic Carnival

12 Oct 2018 8:47 AM GMT
From depicting the pain of child labour to touching upon the crisis of isolation in our modern world and further on to designing a grand structure on the lines of Padmaavat – Durga Puja 2018 is set to be a thrill for the many enthusiasts who anxiously wait for October to arrive, discusses Shayani Mukherjee

Unfazed through eons: The vanguards of tradition

12 Oct 2018 8:29 AM GMT
The pinnacle of Bengal's festive glory – Durga Puja has witnessed a frenzy of change in the last few decades. While the grandeur dazzles audiences across the globe, at home, a little bit of tradition is lost with each flip of the calender, explores Archishman Sarkar

Come, experience the spiritual frenzy

12 Oct 2018 8:23 AM GMT
The Bengal Tourism Department has come up with several exciting packages to help foreigners and localites experience the glitz and glory of Durga Puja. Soumitra Nandi discusses the various trips on offer – each packed with exciting locations and lip-smacking food

A call to duty, a call for service

12 Oct 2018 8:15 AM GMT
Tucked miles away from their homes are our policemen, civic volunteers, hospital staff, firefighters and members of the emergency services who are especially dedicated to their call of duty during Durga Puja. These “men in uniform” make the mega festival more exciting, enjoyable and most importantly safer, for us. Pritesh Basu writes about how these bravehearts carry on with their duties, unperturbed

Enduring melodies, zesty meals, action-packed festive days

12 Oct 2018 7:41 AM GMT
During the four days of this carnival known as Durga Puja, the itinerant Bengali mind finds supreme solace in appealing compositions, exhilarating movies and mouthwatering delights. Tarun Goswami, taking note of this inclination, writes on where and what to look for this autumn

The 'famed' time of the year is here

21 Sep 2017 11:21 AM GMT
With a number of celebrities including football stars to Bollywood personalities visiting Kolkata's famous pandals every year, Saurajit Mazumdar explores whether they are actually crowd-pullers for whom people throng the Pujas in huge numbers.

To them we owe

21 Sep 2017 11:13 AM GMT
It’s not only the enjoyment and merrymaking that counts during the Durgotsav every year but it is also the tremendous responsibility of the administration and the police to maintain safety and security throughout the state during this time of the year. Pritesh Basu talks about their preparedness involved to make Durga Puja a grand success, year after year.

Durga Puja: A festival where modernity blends with heritage

21 Sep 2017 11:11 AM GMT
The excitement is building up and so is the enthusiasm. The countdown to Bengal’s biggest festival has already begun. Nandini Guha sneak peeks into the meticulously-curated pandals and idols waiting to be thrown open, including the latest theme-based ones along with the vintage, iconic Durga Pujas.

Taste with a twist this Puja

21 Sep 2017 11:05 AM GMT
From bhoger khichuri, which is impossible to replicate at any other time, to chaats and ghoti gorom, from roadside phuchkas to long restaurant queues, it’s all happening again with impeccable enthusiasm coupled with dollops of nostalgia, writes Pradip Chatterjee.

City of blinding lights

21 Sep 2017 11:01 AM GMT
Shayani Mukherjee writes how Pujas in Salt Lake and New Town secure the community spirit by involving block members in ritual executions and organising meals, making it a personalised affair.

The only constant in history & tradition - Change

21 Sep 2017 9:56 AM GMT
Utsav Basu analyses the history of Durga Puja in Bengal — how it began and how it eventually evolved as the biggest carnival of the state.
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