Episode 1: By Far The Best

May be it was the first time or is actually by far the best. My first meeting for matrimony thingy was simple and sweet till the end. Like a gentleman, he was already waiting for me in an old style cafe. Least that he knew, I hate all fancy coffees and cupcakes. I prefer a cutting chai or a cup of filter coffee more. Call me small town now, I don’t care.

I was wearing a white top with blue few things and a pair of dark blue jeans. I discarded my spectacles and was wearing contact lenses for the meeting. Not that, I look better without glasses but I don’t know why. And he paired up a casual shirt with jeans and sort of woodland shoes. Don’t ask me the colors, as I am afraid I don’t remember.

The entire 2-hr conversation was somewhat okay. At least, it was an interactive one and we both were participating. It was embarrassing when he asked me about few super seniors from my university and I didn’t have any clue who they were. That was the time when he realized that if not another generation I was years younger than him to remember his friends from my university. He spoke about varsity and the environment and I could equally participate. We had some fun laugh while I was struggling to gulp in the foamy cappuccino.

I think he mentioned about taking me out for dinner post the coffee meet. But me being ‘the me’, said no for the dinner. I bluntly lied about having a b’day party at my PG of some unknown mate. I found an excuse to leave early. The real reason was not that brutal though, but the fact that I was not used to going out for dinners with strangers. He of course was one; I was talking and chatting with him only for a week and there we were meeting each other.

I don’t recollect much from our okay conversation but I knew the guy liked me. I could make that out from his smile. The cafe was just a 5 minutes walk from my PG and when I was about to leave, the not so great ending happened. He just disappeared and I was shock or may be surprised. Left with lot of questions, I concluded he was slightly uncomfortable as we stood up. He was almost of my height or may be shorter than me. I gave the same reasons to my parents and later put it on my parents in front of him, as an excuse to not take the alliance further. However, I am not sure if it was the height thing or the selfish me who just wanted to meet few more people before taking the matrimonial decision for myself.

It’s been a year and half and I have met more people till now, had varied experiences. A few where the guy thought I was average and few where I thought the guy was not that great. However, after these meetings, I could definitely mark the first one as the best one.

And sometimes, I wish I was a little more matured at that time and a little less obsessed with tall men. I could have maKe it work and I slightly regret saying no to a matured good man. But as everyone say, marriages are made in heaven and so if it didn’t strike, it was not made there 🙂

My Weekend Trip to Shirdi


Two years back on the month of December, it was the first time when I went to Shirdi. This year was my third trip to Shirdi but the holy place still continues to amaze me with its purity and grace. This small village located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra welcomes hundreds of Sai Baba devotees every day. I am a Sai Baba devotee and feel an immense peace of mind when I am in the holy place. From the smell of fresh flower garlands across the road to the Sai Bhajans being played in the nearby shops, everything has a feel good factor about it. The long queue at the entrance of the temple looks tiring but each one in the row beholds a smile and Sai Baba faith at heart. I can continue to write on and on about this mesmerizing holy place, but let me give a pause and just take you through my short trip to the holy land.

I reached Shirdi at 8:30 in a Saturday morning. More than 19 hours of bus travel had brought a terrible pain on my back and I was dying to go for a warm-water bath. I and my friend took an auto that cost us Rs. 60 to Hotel Sai Grand Castle, our pre-booked hotel for the trip. The hotel was quite near to the temple and the staff informed us that they would give pick and drop facility to the temple by car. Without wasting much of our time, we freshen up for the day. The hotel car dropped us till the entrance of the temple. Both I and my friend bought a small bunch of flowers as an offering for Sai Baba and joined the long queue. It took 2 hours to get a glance of the Sai Baba idol and I wish I could explain my emotions when I reached there. After the darshan, we took a round of the popular Neem tree and collected Udi from the counter.

After our darshan of Shridi Sai Baba, we booked a car towards Shani Shignapur, another temple located around 75 kms from Shirdi. It being Sani Amawas that day, the crowd was huge and there was quite a lot of security. Cars were not allowed beyond a point and devotees had to walk around 3 km to reach the temple. We took help from a person riding a bike and it was definitely a fun ride. We completed our darshan in Shani Shignapur and returned to Shirdi to our hotel.

The holy place serves the best host with yummy and affordable food ranging from Paranthas to Varapavs and Idli and Dosa and many more mouth watering dishes available in every nook and corner of the place. After relishing pure ghee paranthas, we called the day off early, as we were planning to visit the temple again for the early morning aarti. Very obediently, we got up at 4:00 am, freshen up and reached the temple for aarti. The early morning darshan was mesmerizing and it took around 1 and half hours to complete the darshan. We visited few shops after the darshan and went back to our hotel. Around 11.30, we packed our bags to bid good bye to the land and moved towards the bus stop. While boarding the bus, I looked behind and made a promise to make a visit to the land every year once till I could afford. Jai Sai Ram and our bus journey back to Bangalore started.

Emerging Trends in Digital Marketing for 2015


Staying in your toes is the only way to keep in pace with the fast moving digital world. This world is growing big time and so are the marketing techniques and strategies. Today, doing business means going digital. Maintaining an online presence is no longer a choice but a necessity for businesses to survive. As having business website is a must, bringing in digital marketing is crucial too.

So, what are you doing in the digital marketing front – Optimizing landing pages, running banners or doing PPC? Well, there’s more in digital marketing now and much more coming. In the same note, let’s have a look at the emerging trends in digital marketing for 2015.

  1. Quality Content1

First convince and then convert will be the mantra in 2015 and the coming years. Digital marketing is adapting quality as an integrity which was not that true, few years back. The idea is to build quality content in order to catch and convince the users and conversion follows right after.

“Conversion rate increases up to 60% with good quality content.”

  1. Content Marketing

Content marketing2 is definitely the next big thing. Not just developing quality content but distributing the same effectively is the main focus. Digital marketers are testing and investing really big in content marketing and thus making it an independent stream of marketing in the digital marketing sphere.

“68% of consumers spend their digital time in reading content from brands of their interest.”

  1. Paid Social Amplification

Paid social amplification is already happening and that’s just going to increase even more by 2015. Social media ads are run to reach out to a wider audience driving the conversion rate higher. Paid ads expose your business and content to the widest point making it irresistible to avoid. Besides, the present days no longer promises free reach, at least in the digital world. All this while, maintaining the thin line between engagement and annoyance.

“Businesses increased over 40.3% of their budgets in paid channels in the past one year.”

  1. Mobile Website

Mobile friendly content or mobile site as we say is another trend emerging by the day. Today, almost everyone uses a smart phone and explores the web world in mobile quite often. Your business needs to maintain a mobile friendly content in order to be with the target audience at their go. Besides, when the entire business world is being mobile compatible, you cannot afford to not being one.

“Mobile internet traffic witnesses 3.5% rate of increase per month and this is true across industries.”

  1. Ad Re-targeting

Last but definitely not the least, is ad re-targeting. You have often seen this working with you as well. There’s been more than few times when you might have purchased a product after clicking a re-targeting ad. Also, re-targeting gives you a better reach to your target audience.

“Re-targeting increases brand revenue by 33%.”

Besides the above five, there’s branding, user engagement, smart SEO and much more that will be trending in the year 2015 in digital marketing.



  1. Quality content indicates good quality in all products and services that a business offers.
  2. Content marketing here includes marketing of different types of content including articles, blogs, ebooks, case studies, ebooks, infographics, research reports etc.

The Road Not Taken

Putting up the entire poem, just because it is my favorite 🙂

The Road Not Taken
– by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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5 Things You Should Know About The Stupid Engineer

Long time I have written a piece of character portrayal. This person is going to hate me for doing this but I also know he can’t hate me for long 🙂

Trying to reveal the different sides of the Stupid Engineer.

2I am not a miser just economic. Yeah, that’s how he says about himself. I am still figuring if he is one or not. From buying a kerchief to buying a phone, he bargains everything and everywhere. There might be a Fixed Price board outside, but he doesn’t leave that chance of grabbing the 0.001% of discount. His regular way of bargaining “arey sirjee, hum to regular customer he”, though he might be visiting the place for the first time.  He doesn’t spend a single penny on clothes but ends up spending on all discounted eatable and non-eatable items. Give him a discount and talk to him nicely – Yes, that’s the trick but not necessary, it will work. He hates spending money be it on anything and keeps a count of every 1 rupee he spends. Good part is that he wishes everyone among his friends and enemies to be the same.

However, he can spend up to 15k for face cleanups; only, if the bill can be claimed against tax submission.

3I am a Mamma’s boy. Is that a problem? No it is not. Be it good or bad, my mom is ever right. That’s his belief not just for his mom but for all moms. This is a thing with almost every Indian man but with him, it’s a bit more. He respects the entire elderly female gender, especially, those who are mothers. Others, I would rather not say a thing ;-).  His mom might ask for the star or the moon, and he will get it for her. The only person for whom he can die for and is committed to is his mother. You might make fun of him for being a mamma’s boy and same thing might irritate you sometime but the same thing will also make your respect him as a son.

After Karan Johar, it’s only him in India.

4I am the ‘Muft Ka Gyaan’ Ambassador.  You might not be his closest friend or among the good listed colleagues but he is ever ready to give you advice. Be it on personal terms, professional terms, money, house, relationships or anything, he does give advice. Though, he might be bad at some but nothing can stop him from giving free advice or as we say ‘muft ka gyaan’. He says that he doesn’t enjoy talking but when it comes to advising, he can go on and on and on. Looking for some free advice on anything and everything? Get in touch with this guy.

But wait, he does charge when you ask him for a real advice. It seems you should never give away any secret success mantra for free.

5I am a live scanner. All the ladies, if you think all those inners and linens are good enough to hide your assets then you haven’t met our live scanner. A Phd holder in women, he knows the best about women, at least that’s what he feels. He collected all his needed information from Google and yes, how can I miss the Library books. I bet even if you blind fold him, he can scan through the first girl in the row, the second one, the third one and the fourth one too.

Besides counting money and talking with his mom, this is his all time favorite hobby.

6I am the King, King of Gaalis. He needn’t be angry to give gaalis aka abusive words. He might be very angry, hurry, funny, irritated or at times happy, and he comes with all the slangs available in Hindi and Punjabi language. With the amount of fluency that these gaalis pour out, even the artists will feel ashamed of their dialogue delivery. Every New Year, he makes this resolution to stop with gaalis, and I am sure, the next year and all coming years, he will be doing the same.

And who says he means it when he gives gaali. It’s just too fluent and unavoidable, of course for him.

Did you judge him? Don’t do it so quick. Above all these, you can’t help him being a nice human being. He might be the greatest miser but doesn’t think twice before helping the needy, his friends and family, not just financially but every way possible. A mamma’s boy he is but he respects all mothers and that’s not a bad thing; not at all. He gives you free advice but most of the times, his advice really works. He can be a live scanner but trust me, he can be more than a brother, a father and a guide to you, all you need to do is connect to him and be real. He does use abusive words but when he is wrong, he doesn’t mind saying sorry even a hundred times. A person who can love you to the extremes and hate you to the extremes but to love you afterwards even more. He doesn’t have the hate list people because all he know and want to give is love, for those whom he hates, he just choose to ignore. Though I have enough reason to dislike this person, I can’t thank him enough for many things.  That’s him. You can’t dislike him because you are left with only one choice and that is to like him 🙂

Not just 5 but he has many such character traits which I will reveal some other fine day. Signing off for today.

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A Poetic Conversation

Around 12th April 2011, when I was surrounded with mixed feelings and was as amateur as today in terms of handling emotions, I had a poetic conversation with this guy, a  good friend of mine in today’s date. It started with a chat and we were talking normally when the conversation turns poetic; naturally indeed. Was thinking of scribbling this conversation to my space for sometime and today I am doing it finally…

downloadA poetic conversation between a Sad girl (G) and a Jolly guy(B):

( G): Floods of tears created a great ocean amidst my soul is sinking by and by ……

( B): thou shall then catch a small boat named hope and float along the sea of life

(G): in the desert of miseries and loneliness, hope is like a drop of water…my soul is thirsty…waiting for a miracle

(B): have the papaya juice of friendship and enjoy the sweetness that it pours into thy soul

(G):hundreds of friends i have, few are close too…yet m lonely, yet m silent..

(G):amidst the merry making crowd, there is someone crying, amidst cheering laughter, there is sobbing tears…i have a smile in my lips but my heart refuse to smile…

(B):O lonely bird, imprisoned in the mind cage thy itself created, spread the wings of heart, fly above the cloud of worries,indulge in the sweet fresh air of merriness, you will hear more laughter,less cries…..friends

(G):i flew and flew higher..in the air of love, the sky was lovely, the air was pleasant, carried away by emotions i was flying on and on…till my wings were cut and my eyes were bleeding…

(B): the feathers of hope thy bear,those tender things of love,clasped in the strong clutches of forged love, why fly into the wicked web of hope, why not steer away

Thank you Jolly Guy for that day. Hope you stay as jolly as ever. Signing off for today 🙂

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Be stylish this summer with Neon

Neon is the trend of the day and it’s the right time to flaunt it. Summer means redefining the wardrobe and setting a fashion trend. This summer, add some neon shades to your wardrobe and steal the show. Neon Pink, Neon Green, Neon Orange, Neon Yellow – What’s your Neon favorite?

White&NeonWhite and Neon – the coolest combo

What about pairing up a white linen shirt with neon pink or orange short?  Funky and hot, isn’t it? You can follow the same combo with a skirt. If you do not prefer the skin show thing, pick some funky neon jeggings or palazzos. As the summer is in, accessorize yourself smartly. Being minimum in terms of accessory is the safest. Pair the cool white and neon combo with a neon shade, golden or silver sandals and you are good to go.

Neon dresses for night OutsNeon_Night

While shorts and skirts are daylight friendly, try some neon shade dresses for night outs and parties. Narrow dresses and skirt is in and you can pick one too, only if you have a flat belly. Or else go for the scatter and flowy dresses.  Being it night out, you have the liberty to accessorize a bit. A neckpiece or bright earrings will do well.

NeonaccessoriesAccessorize smarter during summers

Many of us have experienced that bad day when we accessorize ourselves worst. Learning from my own personal experience, I now accessorize smartly and even smarter during summers. Too much of accessories might give it a tacky look. As mentioned earlier, stay minimum with accessories. A neckpiece or earrings with co-ordinate bangles are perfect. Neon bangles are so much in and you would love to team these up with your clothing.

Keep your handbags close and sunglasses closerHandbags_Glasses

Summer demand many beauty emergencies and therefore carrying handbag is a must. Your bag should carry few must things in summer such as face wipes, sunscreen, lip gloss and a roll on. There are bright summer color handbags available in the market. Pick your pink, yellow, orange, blue or a printed one and complete your style statement. Also, how can you leave your sunglasses behind? Do remember to get the right pair of sunglasses for your face type.

So what say ladies…are you in your neon clothes with the right set of accessories? If not, get ready now. Stay stylish this summer and make your fashion statement 🙂

My life with Kutumunu, Happy, Puchuku and few more

Still wondering, why it took me so long to write about my love towards them? I was never a dog lover but today I feel closer to dogs than humans. I feel as if they have the sense of innocence, trust and love which we human have lost in the fast race of life. Without being preachy, let me take you through my encounters with this lovely species and introduce you to Jojo, Pogo, Kutumunu, Happy, Laila, Puchuku and Princess.

Forget about being a dog lover, I was too scared of them. I think I still am. The only difference is I have started connecting with them. After two days of meeting, I start calling them with names. I feel happy with them.

JojoandPogoLaila gave birth to Jojo and Pogo

I don’t exactly remember when it all started. Some 5 years ago, when I was still very distant from dogs I came home from hostel and met this lady dog (We haven’t named her yet) with her two new born babies. Adorable they were with shiny black fur and cute little faces. They were too small to hurt me and may be so I became closer to them faster. Within next two days, we named one as Jojo and the other one as Pogo; though it was difficult to identify which one of them was who. Jojo and Pogo were happy and used to keep us jolly till my mother thought one of them should go away. She felt bringing both of them up will be difficult and we send Jojo away with someone she knew. Pogo was with us, happy and notorious as ever. Laila, we named his mom as so, too started being a regular visitor of our home. Not many weeks passed when Pogo passed away while coming beneath a train. We staying in Railway quarters that was the worst disadvantage our pets could have. I was in hostel and my mom was heart-broken.

Kutumunu and Me – Best Friends ForeverHappy Munu

Days passed when we were still missing Pogo and I demanded we should have another black dog as a pet. It was more because of my love towards him than the astrologer in TV stating my sunsign should have a black pet. Then, we brought Kutumunu home. He became my best friend in no time and I started sharing all my feelings with him. My family members are very frank but they never bother to know about me. Kutumunu did; he used to listen to all my thoughts, worries, see me dancing, see me cry and what not. I started sharing my Kurkure, Bhujia and mixture with him; I don’t do that with everyone. When he sleeps, I used to irritate him by putting nail paints and staring at him on and on. After Kutumunu came to my life, I discovered this other side of me who could be emotional and so connected to pets. It was the day and today when I feel much closer to dogs, be it street dogs or someone’s pets. I find them lovely and adorable and they really are. Kutumunu too died when I was at Bangalore. He faced the same curse of rail tracks. More than my mom, this time I was heart-broken. I still miss him and feel this sense of loss and pain in my heart at his passing away. I miss you Kutumunu and I love you so much and I wish to meet you in Heaven after I die. I know you will be there and I will make every possible effort to reach there.

DoggieHappy became a family member

Then came Happy to our life. We named him so because we wanted him to be happy but he was the most ferocious and notorious. He was just everything but happy. He was opposite to Kutumunu but we love him the way he was. And strangely, my father started connecting to Happy. But misfortunes and misfortunes. We stay in a surrounding where most of the people find it hard to acknowledge the love you have for your pets. They make fun of them and you at the same time. Happy being a rude one soon started coming in their bad books. He wouldn’t let our neighbors goats come inside our house area and he did scare them off a many times. While we started keeping him away from such encounters, the others started taking revenge on him. My poor Happy had to face cruelty at extremes. My mom and dad gave up and decided to let him go away. It was painful for them there while it was upsetting for me here; that Happy wouldn’t be a part of our lives anymore. He was left on the way to our ancestral home and that day he was silent and calm. As if he knew, we had no choice. That was the only way we could keep him away from these heartless neighbors. But destiny had some other plans. He ended up reaching at our ancestral home. I don’t know how but today he stays with my uncle’s family and both my mom and dad keep visiting him. He is calmer today and we miss his notorious side. I pray for him and his good health. While Happy stays few kilometers away from us, Laila continues to stay with us. She is old yet classy. I love you both Happy and Laila.

HappyMy encounter with Puchuku and Princess

We have decided not to bring any pet home till we stay in that neighborhood. But I can’t get rid of the love and connection I feel towards them now. I met Puchuku and Princess on my way to office. Few weeks ago I decided to walk half a mile to my office; this was totally to stay fit and avoid gym. I met Puchuku on a bus-stop where I take the bus to reach office. He was he, but it took me days to realize that and I continued referring him as she. He was shy and serious type. I give him biscuits every morning and he eats it silently. After 2 days, he started acknowledging me with a smile. Then I met Princess on the road. She is the Queen of the road. Unaffected by anyone and anything, she sits in the middle of the road. She poses like a diva and behaves like one. Buses, cars, bikes and people have to make that extra effort to pass besides without harming her. She being her will never move away. I love her attitude and so named her Princess. Puchuku doesn’t come to the same bus-stop now-a-days; it being sunny during summers and I haven’t met him for few days. However, Princess sits in the middle of the road every morning and I smile at her. Unlike Puchuku, she doesn’t smile me back and I so love that attitude of hers. There are many like them whom I meet in my everyday walk of life. Their innocence and attitude makes me smile and make my every day. Today, when I have hardly any friend or near one in the city, I feel connected to this lovely species and feel happy and find peace within myself.

Will Rogers quoted so well, “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” 

Oh…I miss those yesterdays

It’s about four years since I have been staying alone in Bangalore and today, when I look back I miss those yesterdays. People say past and future always seems to be beautiful. I don’t say my yesterdays were ‘no complaints’ days. There were both good and bad days but when I look at my life today, I miss many things from my yesterdays. And when I say many, I really mean many. Just trying to frame the missing parts of my yesterdays in my today through this post.

SilenceSilent Evenings: Unlike college and university hostel days, pg days in Bangalore are silent and absolutely silent. I don’t know whether I became cranky or it’s just busy lifestyle. I was not the most popular ones in college or university but definitely among the most loved ones. I used to sit, chat and chat and chat. Time hardly meant anything for us unless it was during exams. We can talk, dance and talk and dance on any topic and on any music. The silence of present day evenings might be due to lack of friends. Not that I didn’t try making friends here but it just didn’t happen. So, I miss those talkative yesterdays’ evenings and long nights that I used to spend with my dearest friends and roomies.

ShoppingAloneShopping Alone: Oh…how can I forget those days of shopping? We hardly had money but we used to go mad about shopping. Hours and hours, we will take to decide each other’s clothes, shoes and bags. From malls and mostly from street shops, we shopped the most and shopping in a girls’ group means a scary time for shopkeepers and a fun time for girls. I still remember traveling an hour to buy a stuff of just Rs. 150. Yesterday, we were many but used to shop less; today, I am alone and I shop a lot more. 100 has turned 1000 and 150 has turned 1500. Clothes are trendy, shoes are cool, bags are expensive yet to die for, but where’s the fun? I so much miss those happy shopping days with my girls’ gang.

NoMoviesNo Movies in Theatre: Since I have been to college, there were hardly any movies that I missed out watching in a theatre. Luckily my roomies and my BFF from college used to love watching movies “in theatre” as much as I did and still do. Ticket cost used to be not more than 40 rupees and theatres used to be not as luxury as today. But trust me those days were real fun. Today, I am willing to spend a larger amount for watching a movie but no one to company. I tried watching movies alone, it’s no fun. I miss my movie mates and those yesterdays, when we used to scream and laugh at the slightest punch and cry at the not so emotional moments. Wow, I so miss those Fridays and Saturdays of those yesterdays.

NocallPhones‘No call’ Mobile Phones: I still remember my first day with my first mobile phone and days after with same and different mobile phones. I used to talk with friends till my phone becomes as hot as to burn my ears. I used to message and reply even in sleep. My mom used to call every day and my friends used to call every hour. Today, I keep my phone aside in the morning and it stays numb till the evening. No phone calls and no messages except few pings from some active watsapp groups. Last call logs include phone numbers of mom, bank guys, ecommerce guys, naukri guys but unfortunately not a single friend. I don’t blame them, how can I, as the dial logs are even worse. So, I also miss those yesterdays’ fun chat times over the phone with friends, friends and some more friends.

GreenTeaLess Junk and more Green Tea: Eat junk and still stay slim. This was a fact yesterday and a myth today. I munch less junk, eat less food and manage to do yoga and exercise for some time; still I find it difficult to maintain that slim body. Not that I have turned out giant but with skinny relatives, you know how survival with even that little flab becomes difficult. Yesterdays were full of panipuris, samosas, momos, chips and kurkure and today is filled with green tea with oats and diet flakes to garnish. I am tired of being a diet freak and I so miss those yesterdays when I was a complete junkie and used to munch anything and everything.

There are many such parts of yesterdays that are no more a part of my today and I miss them so much. I miss my friends, I miss those fun days but more than anything, I miss that old me – the girl who used to love every known and unknown person, was full of life, kept a 24/7 wide smile, had bright eyes and with a God fearing heart used to enjoy life with friends, family and herself. Today is a new me; this is not that bad but still I am trying hard to find that lost me and I believe I will find out her within me some beautiful day 🙂

Durga Puja – Days of Festivity

October is a special month for me, first because it is my birthday month and second because it is the month of festivals. Almost every year, festivals like Durga Puja, Laxmi Puja, Dusshera, Navratri, Eid, Kati Bihu and many more, unknown to me, fall on October and owing to this list, I declare the month of October as the month of festivals. May be I should include November as it beholds Diwali; however I am being bias to October, it being my favorite month. Also October green signals the festivity mood amidst people’s heart. Durga Puja usually falls on October (except on the rare years).  Durga Puja is a festival majorly celebrated by Bengalis but being born and brought up amidst a neighborhood surrounded by Bengalis and Biharis, I celebrate Durga Puja as joyously as I do Bihu; at times even more.

Stepping few years behind in my memory, I can measure the difference of excitement of those days from today. Those were the years, when we used to get full week holiday for Durga Puja. I still remember, since the evening of Sasti (6th day) when Goddess Durga was brought to the Pandals from the artist’s place, a different sort of blood seems to run in our blood. Talking only about myself, I used to be extremely happy, singing songs become my favorite pastime for the days and dancing is always on my move. New puja dress, mouthwatering jalebis and samosas, the beats of dhol, heavenly khichdi (given as prasad) and most importantly holidays – what more do you need to be happy?

Today – things are little different. Though I start off October month with a wide smile, it gets over by 10th of the month. Living miles away from home and working in a corporate world in South India, I do not get luxury Durga Puja holidays. Actually I do not get any for Durga Puja holiday; we get a day off on Dusshera, the Dashami of Durga Puja. Other two days, sitting in front of the system I just recollect the memories of old days. I do wear new dress but I miss the mood of festivity in the air, the taste of Puja Khichdi, hot jalebis and the beating of dhol. I miss every bit of my childhood Durga Puja days. Sometimes, I am lucky enough and one of the days falls on weekends. I get a chance to visit the Durga Puja pandals organized by the Bengali and other communities here.  Still my heart is not satisfied…but at least, I am content.

This year, things are even more difficult. For the first time I am alone in Durga Puja, no holidays and no company to visit Puja pandals. I miss every bit of Durga Puja festivity. The worst part is observing my friends celebrating Durga Puja grandly with families and friends. They are updating it fast on FB and along with each update my heart goes jealous and low. But days are not over, nor are years. I still have years to enjoy the festivity of Durga Puja. Maa Durga will come every year to fill our hearts with joy and I guess I needed to experience this year, to realize my fondness for this festival. Besides, there are two more days to go. May be there are secret happiness yet to be revealed.

Till I wait for my secret festive revelation, wishing everyone a very Happy Durga Puja!