Although Durga Puja is mostly a festival of Eastern India, smaller scale celebrations can be found in most places in India, generally organized by Bengali communities living in the respective locations.
When I was in school, these times used to be comparatively peaceful for me. Long holidays, moderate weather, new clothes, toy guns, sweets etc were a part of the celebration. But I haven’t been home for the festival for more than a decade now and the best I could do this time was to visit the celebrations near the Ulsoor lake in Bangalore.
I noticed that it was not only a puja event but has been turned into a much bigger program. There is a separate stage where cultural programs are going on.
The entire venue was surrounded by scores of stalls selling mostly food items.
The rustic fair like atmosphere was dripped in nostalgia complete with Baul singers, colorful balloons and soap bubbles.
The only sign of changing times was the angry bird balloon which unfortunately I failed to capture and also the gigantic zoo zoo shown below, which I felt like piercing with a needle.
Hope everybody is having a good time this festive season. A lot more things to come in the next few weeks. Hoping to make the most of it.