Durga Puja: An Excerpt From My Novel ‘Across Borders’

Durga Puja starting in a few days, with Mahalaya on the 28th, just three days away…Sharing these traditional sari clad photos along with relevant excerpts from Across Borders​, again… .

Shuvashree Chowdhury

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Wishing you all a very happy Durga Puja: ‘Shubho Mahalaya’ – with an excerpt from my novel ‘Across Borders’.

Chapter 3 – ‘The Home That Adopted Me’ (Page 71-74)

Every year during the Durga Puja, Ronjit uncle gave all

women of the extended-family a sari each. I wore mine with

a flourish, for the anjali or collective offering of flower and

prayers conducted by the priest on each of the five days.

With my ardour for dancing, I started the dhunuchi dance, in

offering to the deity. Taking the earthen pot with burning

incense by the handle, I brandished it gracefully. I danced

with agility in front of the goddess Durga and her four children

– Kartik, Ganesh, Lakshmi and Saraswati, to the beats of

the dhak, the traditional drums. My dance recital was well

appreciated by all and even today it is customary for the

students of the school…

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