Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Durga Puja 2009

Durga puja is in the air!
Kolkata is all dressed up and happy!

There is a lot of joy all around. KMC ia finally repairing the roads and hopefully we will all have a slighly less bumpy ride this puja!

I plan to for pandal hopping on Saptami in the wee hours of morining. Will post pics (maa durga photos) and photos of durga puja pandals here. There are many traditional households in Kolkata who celebrate Durga puja in their homes. I plan to visit some of these houses. Some of these houses have been celebrating Durga puja for over 100 years!

What I am looking forward to is the yummy bhog. It consists of ‘Khichdi’ which is usually served with mixed vegetables known as ‘labra’, chatni and pappad. The Bhog tastes out of the world!

While I go pandal hopping, check out some maa durga photos posted in the below-mentioned site-http://www.calcuttaweb.com/picture/durgapuja/index.php?p=1&subcat=2009&sub=K

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mahalaya

Tomorrow is Mahalaya.

Mahalaya happens a week before the Durga Puja. The puja countdown begins from Mahalaya.
It is a sort of invitation to Goddess Durga to descend on earth.

Wherever I am, I have to find time to listen to " Mahisasura Mardini”, Songs and Shlokas on Mahalaya at dawn. Not out of any compulsion, but because I love listening to it. Birendra Krishna Bhadra voice is immortal. To me no Mahalaya is complete without listening to him.

There is certainly something about this day...
It could be that since I was a little child, my parents used to wake us up at 4am to listen to Mahalaya.

The radio would be in my parents room and each of us would listen to it from our rooms. None of us had to get out of our beds...but we did keep awake to listen to the complete Mahalaya. Not because our parents insisted, but because we loved listening to it.

I guess the early morning ambience combined with the shlokas and songs has a spiritual element to it.

Can't wait for my dose of Mahalaya tomorrow morning.
Happy pujas everyone.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Everybody Googles, even my dad!

My seventy year old dad, a doctor, has computer phobia. He sees the monitor and runs in the opposite direction.

It took a lot of persuation to convince him to sit next to me (in front of the comp) and understand what it can do for him.

All these years if he has ever needed print outs or if there was any information he wanted , he asked me and I got it for him...i don't think he ever felt the need to use the comp for anything.

What interests him though is the information that one has access to.

A few days back he called me and said, he needed some information on a topic and he said I could find it easily, all I need to do is google it!

I almost feel off my chair!
Daddy telling me about Google!!!

He read an article and later found out from his friends that, to find anything on the Internet you just have to google it!

I remember explaining to me a couple of years back about how people find information on the internet, not much had registered back then...

But Google seems to have found a way to his heart now:)