Durga Puja Diaries, Kolkata- “Struck by the Adi Naktala pandal”

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The jostling crowd,

Streaming in and out,

Women in smiles around the Durga Puja  pandal,

The glittery costumes and their vibrant colors,

Nothing could bend my fix,

Image I was struck,

Freshly painted dried mud, clay and terracotta,

The six prominent shades,

Bringing alive the Indian devils and the saints,

As if a forest of mythological trees,

The brush strokes,

Image The pottery and the intricate designs using plaster and clay,

Their rural finishes,

It all took me down to my roots,

To my land,

It all smelled of the soil of Bengal,

The sweat of its artisans soaked in it,

It all left me captivated…

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Debaroon’2012

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