Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Pujo 2006

Last year was the first time I missed Pujo in Kolkata - away in Denmark, far from all the fun and festivities here.

This time, of course, I was in Kolkata and that made it all the more enjoyable. Also this time most of my school friends were able to make it back to Kolkata for the Pujas.

In fact the festivities for me started on Panchami itself with a lunch out to Charnock City - kebabs, tandoori pomphret, dub-chingri, chitol maach ..et al. The next day also we had a lunch out to Honey-da-dhaba - tandoori chicken being the highlight. And that evening I had the opportunity to say goodbye to office for 4 days...

The next 4 days were extremely enjoyable and relaxing, punctuated by several binge sessions at Marco Polo in China, Flavours of China, Cafe The Atrium at the Park Hotel and also excellent home made food.

On Saptami we went to Doshghhora (Abodesh's ancestral home). Here are a few photos from that day - http://picasaweb.google.com/aniyogi/Pujo2006290906Doshghhora

These are a few snaps from Ashtami morning - a day when tradionally most Bengali's go their local pandals to offer 'anjali'... http://picasaweb.google.com/aniyogi/Pujo2006300906Ashtami

We also hired a Sumo and went on a night long pandal hopping trip on Nabami night -

And this is a video I shot on Ashtami morning (Warning: those of you who missed the Puja's are gauranteed to feel extremely nostalgic and heavy hearted!)....

Shubho Bijoya !!