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Are your Non-Bong friends again asking why DURGA PUJA is such a big deal for you? This is the post you throw at them to explain! BOLO DUGGA MAI KI...

Durga Puja. Bongfeed,com
Durga Puja. Bongfeed,com

Durga Puja – these two words are trending all over again and we Bengalis are on the verge of another week of mass euphoria! And again, like every other year, all our non-Bong friends are going to ask us the same damn questions –

  • WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT YOUR DURGA MATA KA PUJA DUDE?,
  • IT’S LIKE BANGALIYON KA DIWALI RIGHT?
  • HAR SAAL CHUTTI KYUN LETE HO YAAR? IT’S JUST A RELIGIOUS JAI-MATA-DI TYPES AFFAIR RIGHT?

Oh come on already….. You would think that social media and us Bengalis’ collective craziness globally would have awakened the world to the phenomenon that is Durga Puja! No ma’am/sir. We still need posts like these to shine the divine light of MAA DUGGA on these dimwits. So here are just a few reasons why Durga Puja is the best street festival in the whole damn world.

THE ATMOSPHERE – The background

Bengal lies at the head of one the sultriest & most humid bays in the world. Hence, 9 of the 12 months a year, we spend drenched in sweat, with our armpits smelling like pig’s hinds & run our ACs like they produce oxygen. Autumn (or SHOROT in the Bengali) is the hint of the humidity receding and slowly turning into the much loved winters. The pristine blue skies with tufts of cottony clouds and the softly swaying strands of KAASH PHOOL (if you don’t know what that is, go ask a Bong & see her tearing up!) just make our hearts go JIYO PAGLA! The author of this post is ready to bet top dollar that the picture below will make every Bengali heart flutter for a moment!

Kashphul. Source ~ Flickr
Kashphul. Source ~ Flickr

THE TRAILERS – The anticipation

Yes, Durga Puja is the main event but there are a couple of trailers to heighten the anticipation. First there is Biswakarma Puja. And then there is MAHALAYA. The sweet strain of MAHISHASURAMARDINI (the link takes you to a page with the recording. You are welcome!) at 4 A.M. in the morning on the radio and then the sonorous voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra, is what Bengali pre-puja dreams are made of. This is the final call from home to every Bengali across the globe to come back to where her/his heart belongs. This day also sees PITRI-TORPON – when our elders go knee deep into the Ganges and offer our ancestors a loving respect. Ever heard of a festival having trailers? Naah….

Birendra Krishna Bhadra. Source ~ Youtube
Birendra Krishna Bhadra. Source ~ Youtube

THE DURATION – The rare good thing that lasts

So Durga Puja (or DEBIPOKKHO) officially (as in in the almanac) starts right after Mahalaya and lasts for 10 days. But owing to leaves and what not, we Bengalis actually celebrate it from the sixth to the tenth day – that is, 5 solid days of unbridled, uncontrolled, no-holds-barred, no-parental-supervision kinda excitement. And unlike most other festivals, this is 24 hours of being on the streets.

Durga Puja friends
Durga Puja friends

INCLUSION – All are welcome!

Durga Puja is not just another religious festival. It’s social, it’s celebratory and it’s one hundred percent inclusive. Everyone’s welcome. We won’t say much but watch this short video to understand what we are talking about.

THE STREETS – Art, talent, designs

This is one festival that is all out in the open. The PANDALS, the beautiful art installations that house the idols, lovingly created from locally available materials, displaying myriad forms of creativity & unprecedented craftsmanship, pop up every few meters on the streets of Calcutta. Seriously – every locality has at least a couple of these. And a pandal is not just a temporary housing – for these 10 days it’s the nerve center of each locality.  And some of these take years of planning and painstaking work to come to life.

The Deshapriya Park pandal in 2016. Source.
The Deshapriya Park pandal in 2016. Source.

THE CROWDS – We, the people

In 2016, one of the more famous pandals saw 40 lakh people arrive over 6 days.  4 MILLION people! IN JUST 6 DAYS! And that’s just one pandal. Conservative estimates peg the total number of pandals in Calcutta at a minimum of 2200. The metro saw 43 lakh travelers. And all this in a city that has a total population of 14 million! Now does the scale stagger you? No other street festival can claim such huge crowd surges for the stretch of almost a week. And this is a frenzied, chaotic, shouting, shoving, smiling, sweating mass of humanity that is vivacious and electric in its enthusiasm for this celebration of life! They will wait for hours pressed in a jostling crowd for a glimpse of the deity and to admire a pandals creativity.

A crowded Durga Puja pandal. Source
A crowded Durga Puja pandal. Source

THE CLOTHES, THE FOOD, THE ‘PREM’

Imagine this – your strict parents force you to buy new clothes (at least 5 sets for the 5 days!), then they don’t mind you eating out (and drinking slyly for the grown up kids) every day for 5 days and ignore your delinquent behavior of getting home almost at dawn! This is what happens every year for every Bengali! No boundaries, lax rules and overall happy vibes all around. And this is when many a romantic Bengali heart falls for the quick, shy glance of a pair of kohl lined eyes on Oshtomi or the rascally smile of a punjabi clad chokra on Nabomi. Love is not only in the air, but in the very veins of every young Bengali woman & man during the five days of Durga Puja.

Even Ayushmaan & Yami got in on the Puja Prem. Source.
Even Ayushmaan & Yami got in on the Puja Prem. Source.

SENSES – A treat for all 5

Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch, Taste. All of your senses will be taken for a whirlwind trip during the 5 days of the Durga Puja. The pandals & crowds take care of the sights. The sonorous DHAAK & Hemanta Mukhopadhyay “E akash shona shona…” takes care of the sound. The smell of DHUNO & that awesome autumn freshness will awaken you everyday. The touch of the crowd outside every pandal will remind you of being part of the people. And the taste of BHOG & all the other street side rolls, chowmeins & the buffet lunches will take care of your flaming Bengali palette. Thus a Bengali woman/man will have been sated over these 5 days!

Dhakis during DUrga Puja. Source.
Dhakis during Durga Puja. Source.

CULTURE – Literature, music and ADDA

Durga Puja is such a complete showcase of all things Bengali that we have a proper cultural schedule to go with it. There are special Durga Puja editions of every magazine & literary publication and most Bengalis get hooked to reading solely because we so excitedly looked forward to our Puja editions of Anandamela as kids. More Bengali music albums are released right before the Pujas than in the entire calendar year. And every locality has their own Bijoya sommiloni – a final hurrah with music, dance and whatnot on the last day of Puja. And along with all this, Durga Puja remains the best excuse for that one Bengali trait that is a necessity almost at par with breathing – A D D A. This is when old friends meet, this is when new friends are made, this is when your schedule is free for a heart-to-heart with all those you love and hold close. And if you know a Bengali just move close to them and whisper “MADDOX SQUARE JABI?” in there ears and see what happens!

Adda at Maddox Square. Source.
Adda at Maddox Square. Source.

And that, folks, is why Durga puja beats the world’s carnivals & festivals & fetes & celebrations and is the one true place to be in Autumn. Even if you are not a Bengali, being in Calcutta for one Durga Puja should be on your bucket list.

And if you are a Bengali, BOLO DUGGA MAI KI….

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During this Durga Puja we tried following the trail of the MISHTI PREMs blossoming all around. Thus we reveal the secrets of Bong wooing in these 5 days

Pujor Mishti prem.Source ~ Blogspot.com
Pujor Mishti prem.Source ~ Blogspot.com

Today starts the final period of Durga Puja – Bijoya. Subho Bijoya is what all Bongs are out to wish everyone today. But as the Durga Puja ends, we at BONGFeed thought of finally noting down the steps of another ritual that has been a staple of Bengali life during this mega festival – Pujor mishti prem, the sweet love stories that blossom during these 5 days.

Panchami te pratham dekha (The first glimpse)

It’s the parar pandal & our forever-single Bong brother, with his cronies, is out scouting the locality in search of someone to light up his Puja. She, our smart Bong-lolona comes to the same pandal in smart western casuals, on her way home. Bong dude – “I think I have fallen in love.” But his friends warn – “Bhai oi meyeti kintu way out of your league. She works in Bangalore & is here on her holidays. Sure boyfriend ache…”

Source ~ scooppick.com
Source ~ scooppick.com

Sashti te prem shuru (The beginning)

Our Bong chokra has been waiting in the pandal for hours to catch a glimpse of the girl of his dreams. She turns up today in a western chic dress, ready for the first night of partying. Their eyes meet, he smiles and she smiles back. “Dekhli haanshita? Or-o amake pochondo. Bolechilam ashbe!”

She comes in Western chic. Source ~ Newfasionwearout.com
She comes in Western chic. Source ~ Newfasionwearout.com

Saptami te sholpo kotha (A little more…)

Finally, on Saptami, our hero musters some courage and approaches the belle ready to belt out a few sentences in CHOST ENGRIJI in a deep (made-up) baritone – “Hi I am Anirban. Haven’t seen you around here before. Are you from somewhere else?” “From Bangalore, here on a holiday to my mashi’s place.” Since the conversation is about to get over at this juncture, our hero inevitably asks the only question he wanted to – “I still don’t know your name actually.” The words “Srilekha” and a smile is all he gets and decides to walk away with a wide grin. Thus the boasting begins -“Dekhli bhai kotha bole elam. Sob set.” “Ki bolli ??” “Arrey moner kothata bolei dilam engreji te” Yeah right!

That's how to talk to a girl! Source ~ Ndtvimg.com
That’s how you talk to a girl! Not really… Source ~ Ndtvimg.com

Ashtami te arekti dhap (The first bold step)

Oh Lord she looks stunning in a LAAL-PAAR saree during the anjali. He can barely take his eyes off of her. He has waited for this day to see her in a saree. “Bhai, aaj agun lege geche…. Ki bhoyonkor shundor dekhachche!” He decides to talk to her in Bengali today – “Shubho Maha-ashtami. Anjali diyecho na miss hoye gelo sari porte giye?” Her look says it all. “Kono byapar na darao”.
Our hero becomes the true parar-dada & arranges an extra round of anjali. “Purohit ke bollam je tumi anjali daoni ar ashtamir din anjali na dile bhalo lage na. Bollo ami bolchi bole arekbar koriye deben. Cholo, amaro dewa hoyni…Was waiting for you”. Of course that is a lie, but who cares?

Selfie on Ashtami. Source ~ Ibnlive.com
Selfie on Ashtami. Source ~ Ibnlive.com

Nabami te nobo prem (The new bloom)

The ground work done, our hero has finally established himself as the dependable, go-to guy in the para. She meets him & his group of friends along with her own entourage of girls who are dying to check out this great guy she’s been talking about. Our confident dude enquires – “To aajker ki plan?” She replies – “North er thakur dekhte jabo amra”. And this is when the boys actually make their plan – “Oh amrao tai bhebechi. Apotti achhe ek songe gele ?” She blushes and shyly replies – “No”

Thus begins the full fledged ritual of getting-to-know-each-other-better. By the way, all our hero’s friends are convinced that their friend is doing them a great turn by getting a bunch of giggling girls to go out with them – mass dating of sorts! His exact words were – “Nije prem korle cholbe? Bondhu der jonneo to kichu ekta korte hobe naki?” The two groups eat out after pandal hopping and inevitably end up at Maddox Square to while away the hours on the soggy grass.

All roads lead to Maddox Square. Source ~ rajgauravdebnath.blogspot.in/
All roads lead to Maddox Square. Source ~ rajgauravdebnath.blogspot.in/

Dashami te dosh oddhaye (The chapter where love blossoms)

Both of them have ditched their groups finally and are out together reminiscing about the last few days. He keeps saying “This is, undoubtedly, my best pujo!” They both look at the goddess longingly and pray to her – he prays for her.

Dashami. Source ~ Flickr
Dashami. Source ~ Flickr

Ekadoshi te ekla choli (Bhashaan & Separation)

Today is finally the day that Ma Durga leaves us. In the bhashan procession, they both dance together. He, in between running errands for the Kakus and Kakimas makes sure he walks close to his new sweetheart. And finally with the immersion of Ma Durga they both bid emotional goodbyes, promising to call and meet the next time she’s in Kolkata.

Bhashaan Dance. Source ~ Flickr
Bhashaan Dance. Source ~ Flickr

But alas, since today morning the service provider has not been able to connect his calls to her. Seems, she has blocked his number.

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Share your best images that show us the SPIRIT OF DURGA PUJA. And we will share your creativity on our social media walls and award the top 3 most LIKED images with Flipkart vouchers

Source ~ http://www.livemint.com/rf/Image-621x414/LiveMint/Period1/2014/09/27/Photos/puja--621x414.jpg
Source ~ http://www.livemint.com/rf/Image-621x414/LiveMint/Period1/2014/09/27/Photos/puja--621x414.jpg

So photography is your salvation & you have been carrying around your DSLR or new mobile around the city of Kolkata while it is slowly decking up for the Durga Puja. And for sure, you have clicked some superb pictures which express the SPIRIT OF DURGA PUJA better than a 1000 words. But seldom do you got a chance to share your creative vision with everyone.

So this year, we at BONGFeed want to see the “spirit of pujo” through your eyes. Make us a part of your pujo celebrations and send your best clicks expressing the “SPIRIT OF PUJO” to bongfeed@gmail.com. And we will plaster our Facebook wall with your creations, for all to admire! But the cracker is, the best images, get Flipkart vouchers! Talk about a double whammy – Love from social Bongs and a nifty voucher to buy stuff!

So here are a few points that will make this fun thing a little more serious sounding!

  1. Please send in all your entries to BONGFEED@GMAIL.COM.
  2. There are no restrictions on image size or quality. You can send in your pro-level RAW images or a VGA pic from your old Nokia mobile. We want to see them all!
  3. You can send in more than one image and more than one mail. We don’t want you to click your best pic on Oshtomi and then regret sending over the one you shot on Soshti.
  4. You can use your phones, digicams and SLRs. As long it has got lenses and records images it works for us.
  5. You can start sending in images from 16th October, 2015 and go on and on till Dashomi (22nd October, 2015).
  6. We will publish selected images on Oshtomi (21st October) @ 10 A.M. and 23rd October @ 10 P.M. from the lot you send us.
  7. Here’s how we (or rather you and your friends) decide the TOP THREE – the 3 images getting maximum LIKES on the BONGFeed Facebook page by Sunday (25th October), will win the Flipkart vouchers (and get taken out for a beer the next weekend by us). So now we’ve been democratic and given you the chance to get your friends to finally prove their worth too!
  8. By the way, in case you are insanely good, please know that one participant cannot get more than one of the top 3 positions. It may happen that one of you out there is the next Prahlad Kakkar and your 3 entries get all the likes. We will reward your effort with one voucher and let lesser mortals win some too.
  9. Not that we expect you to do this but, please submit your original work. We hate a creative genius not getting her/his due credit.

So that was the serious bit. Now it’s time for you to go out and get crazy with the cameras and snap some of the best shots of Durga Puja ever. Let these images for once and for all answer to the question – WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT THE DURGA PUJA & WHY DO BONGS GO BONKERS?

Godspeed to all you camerawallahs!
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Are you a Bengali waiting for Durga Puja? A fan of Game of Thrones? These GoT memes on Durga Puja is our way of welcoming Maa Durga home! This is the season finale. Check out the rest!

Game of Pujo SEason IV FInale
Game of Pujo SEason IV FInale

In case you missed the first THREE seasons of Game of Pujo, check out SEASON 1 HERE, SEASON 2 HERE & SEASON 3 HERE.

BACK TO BANGALORE/DELHI/MUMBAI/CHENNAI/PUNE etc etc
BACK TO BANGALORE/DELHI/MUMBAI/CHENNAI/PUNE etc etc
THE ECONOMIC BOOM OF DURGA PUJA - TIME TO PACK YOUR TIPHIN BAKSHO
THE ECONOMIC BOOM OF DURGA PUJA – TIME TO PACK YOUR TIPHIN BAKSHO
ADI DHAKESHWARI BASTRALAYER POSE
ADI DHAKESHWARI BASTRALAYER POSE
THE RARE, RELAXED BONG
THE RARE, RELAXED BONG
EVERY.SINGLE.YEAR.
EVERY.SINGLE.YEAR.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR....BUT NOT IN YOUR LIFE THIS PUJA! TRUE STORY OF 99% BONG BROTHER
LOVE IS IN THE AIR….BUT NOT IN YOUR LIFE THIS PUJA! TRUE STORY OF 99% BONG BROTHER
DO YOU KNOW THE CRITERIA FOR SELECTION?
DO YOU KNOW THE CRITERIA FOR SELECTION?
BRAVO(S) BRAVO(S)!
BRAVO(S) BRAVO(S)!
SHANTIR JOL THIK KORE NA DILE EROM HOBEI
SHANTIR JOL THIK KORE NA DILE EROM HOBEI
SOVABAZAR METRO STATION - MAKING MEN TAKE WRONG TURNS SINCE 1984
SOVABAZAR METRO STATION – MAKING MEN TAKE WRONG TURNS SINCE 1984
I WILL BE HIS CHAMPION
I WILL BE HIS CHAMPION
HE IS NOT DEAD. HE WILL, HE MUST BE BACK. ASCHE BOCHOR ABAR HOTEI HOBE
HE IS NOT DEAD. HE WILL, HE MUST BE BACK. ASCHE BOCHOR ABAR HOTEI HOBE
KHEMTA KING
KHEMTA KING
DIL TODKE NA JAA., MUH MOD KE NA JAA
DIL TODKE NA JAA., MUH MOD KE NA JAA
WHATTTTT????? ETAI BAKI CHILO
WHATTTTT????? ETAI BAKI CHILO
THE NORTH NEVER FORGETS
THE NORTH NEVER FORGETS
VALAR DOHAERIS
VALAR DOHAERIS

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Are you a Bengali waiting for Durga Pujo? A fan of Game of Thrones? These GoT memes on Durga Pujo is our way of welcoming Maa Durga home! Even more to follow ...

Game of Pujo Season 3
Game of Pujo Season 3

In case you missed the first two season of Game of Pujo, check out SEASON 1 HERE & SEASON 2 HERE.

BONGFeed Game of pujo 2
THEON-DA – THE IDEAL PUJO VOLUNTEER
BONGFeed Game of pujo 3
DEKHECHIS DEKHECHIS?
BONGFeed Game of pujo 5
PARAR BEAUTY PARLOUR ROCKS!
BONGFeed Game of pujo 6
DAKBO KHAAL KE?
BONGFeed Game of pujo 7
TYRIONED!
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B K PAL TO BAGBAZAR! STILL WANNA RIDE IN THAT CAB?
BONGFeed Game of pujo 12
CASE KORECHE….POILICE DAAK RE BHAI
BONGFeed Game of pujo 13
DISTRACTING THE POOR BHODROLOKS DURING ANJALI?
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LINE KATA = = CROSSING THE WALL
BONGFeed Game of pujo 10
PHOOLTA JHURITE PHEBENE KAKA
BONGFeed Game of pujo 9
BEWARE OF THE “NEEDLE “!
BONGFeed Game of pujo 4
HORNS OF DILEMMA!

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Are you a Bengali waiting for Durga Pujo? A fan of Game of Thrones? These GoT memes on Durga Pujo is our way of welcoming Maa Durga home! Much more to follow ...

THE BABA-MAMA CONUNDRUM
THE BABA-MAMA CONUNDRUM
REALLY?????
REALLY?????
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JANTEO PARBENA…
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BEST RIDE EVER!
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TRANSLATION – EAT OUT EVERY DAY.
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HEART = BROKEN
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I DOUBLE DARE YOU TO WEAR DENIMS ON OSHTOMI.
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WISDOM FROM LITTLE FINGER
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WHAT THE F***
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BUT THE NIGHT WAS EPIC, RIGHT?
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ETO BORO SAHOSH ?
Game of Pujo
JANISH AMI KI CHILAM TODER BOYESHE ?

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Are you a Bengali waiting for Durga Pujo? A fan of Game of Thrones? These GoT memes on Durga Pujo is our way of welcoming Maa Durga home! Much more to follow ...

Durga Puja is coming
Durga Puja is coming

 

And so is CHAANDA
And so is CHAANDA
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Why do all Pujo committees have old croods?
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Ebar DRAGON e chore asche Maa!
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VILLAIN
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The best lolitas ever!
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70 ft ! Just imagine///
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As always…
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THe one leave every Bong can kill for
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ALWAYS. A debt we pay in full.
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Indigo, SpiceJet et all…
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Fashion vs Mum
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He understands nothing.
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The smart son.
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Strong daughter
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Lokkhi meye
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Bhole baba paar karega…
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Maa
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AGAIN A DAY LESS ?????

 

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