Bengal's biggest carnival has arrived. The city, decked like a bride, is welcoming all within its warm embrace. The troubles of yesterday have given way to new outfits, finger-licking street food, endless adda and a pervading joy that defines Durga Puja. Our Mother is coming home and we cannot keep calm! But before stepping into this week of extravaganza, Millennium Post caught up with few well-known faces of the city, to find out how this festive season has touched their hearts and homes!
Ma Durga depicts power, and every year, Her visit enhances the spirit living inside every Bengali, lending it power to spread more love and positivity around. The biggest festival of the year awaits and a grand celebration is due!
Jogen Chowdhury, Artist
Durga Puja is all about grandeur – it brings a massive gathering of friends and relatives with wholesome adda and mouth-watering delicacies. These four days of endless love everywhere is perhaps the greates feeling! I belong to Halishahar (WB), and as a child, I was completely involved with the arrangements of Puja in my hometown – so, in a way, Durga Puja was a way for me to flee from my studies!
Raj Chakraborty, Director
I grew up in a joint family and Durga Puja was celebrated at our home. I remember us making sweets like dorbesh, ledikeni, naru, etc. Those days were worth cherishing. Puja here in the city has also been beautiful as I am an active part of the preparations in my residential complex. Also, my daughter comes and visits us during the festive season – making it even more special!
Arindam Sil, Producer/Director
The scale, grandeur, decorations, glitz and frenzy of Durga Puja is so positively addictive! I love how during Durga Puja families and friends all gather and greet each other with so much joy and love. The city is decked and ready, and so are we! Now, its just a wait to dive into the colourful potpourri of celebrations.
Mayank Jalan, Chairman & Managing Director, Keventer Agro Ltd
Pujo is Pandal, Protima and Prosad!
Pujo is Food, Friends and Family!
Pujo is Festivity and Creativity!
Pujo is Frenzy, Pujo is Fun!
Pujo Fever spares none!
Sanjay Budhia, MD, Patton International Ltd.
Durga Puja is about reintroducing the power within. Every Bengali eagerly anticipates this annual rejuvenation of four days. I remember, in our childhood, my sister and I would buy a variety of chips from the money we saved up. These little things only add to the beautiful memories that make Durga Puja so very special for all of us.
Konineeca Banerjee, Actor