Pandal Hopping, Day 1
Mahashashti, 2nd October:
Phase 1: It is time to get out, and celebrate. It is time to hop to your favorite Puja around. It is time to get colorful. Such were my thoughts, when I opened the Telegraph Metro to see a list of Pandals to go to. The holiday mood had already set in, which was significant with me getting up at 10:00. Then, no breakfast or bath whatsoever, but to sit n’ play carom with cousins at home.
Phase 2: In the afternoon, went to Mani Sqaure to watch the movie Force starring Genelia D’ Souza and John Abraham. No! I will not tell you the plot, but just one warning – Don’t watch it. They both acted well, but still movie had no base. The script was the same old one where the villain and the hero fight, and the hero wins. Where is the “old” factor in this? Haha! The hero works for the police.
Phase 3: Came home at 4:00. Fought with sister, then freshening up a little. The schedule was here. Pandal hopping was to start at 8:00. Excitement could not be contained. It is said, “Kuch paane ke liye, kuch khona bhi padta hain” Bass, that’s it.. was going to miss Bigg Boss for Pandal Hopping. Oo ji, kii farak penda hain.
Phase 4: Indian culture – Never to be punctual. So, following the Indian culture, we were late to leave by half an hour and so I could see the few glimpses of Bigg Boss. Salt Lake side puja, was set as the destination. And here we go, Shri Ganesh to watch Maa Durga.
“What took place, next, cannot be explained. A picture speaks for thousand words”
While the idol at FD Park was the biggest, the one at Mitali was simple, sober and yet the most beautiful. Beliaghata Naumilan and Chaltabagan were the best at creativity.