Have you all had a chance to breathe lately?
Between sanitizing hands and disinfecting food, the leaves turned yellow.
The coronavirus has claimed 2020 as its own. The lucky ones have been confined to our homes since what seems like forever, watching the roaring virus wreak havoc in the lives of our less lucky counterparts. Since when did staying home and doing nothing become heroic? And where did the last seven months go?
But thankfully, amidst the pandemic pandemonium and swelling COVID cases, October came in like a breath of fresh air and brought with it the autumnal festival that we, Bengalis live for – Durga pujo!
The life of a Bengali revolves around Durga pujo. No seriously, I think half of the year goes by waiting for Durga pujo and the other half planning what to eat, what to wear and what to do during Durga pujo.
The celebrations had to be scaled down this year. But I didn’t want to dial down my enthusiasm. We have all been cooped up in our homes doing the same things every day since March. Durga puja had to be different. But safety first. So even though we spent Durga pujo at home this year, we did all the three things that we spend half our year planning to do during Durga pujo.
We ordered lip-smacking thalis for lunch and dinner. We wore new clothes and make-up. And we took a lot of photographs.
Here’s my Durga pujo 2020 in pictures.
Shubho bijoya folks!