By Navneet K Maun
Festivals celebrate, the beautiful colours
of cultural heritage.
Keeping alive traditions for posterity.
A respite from the mundane life.
Spreading happiness, joy.
A time to rejuvenate, bond
forgive and forget.
of Durga Puja celebrations.
Pandal* hopping in new attires
the very air abuzz
with excitement, bonhomie, music.
of pucchka, ghugni, alur chops*, cuisine
enticing one and all
with gourmet delights.
Maa Durga’s matchless, divine beauty
instills in us faith, hope and courage
binding millions of hearts.
Each and every festival
propagates brotherhood, peace and harmony
an absolute precedent.
The quintessence of festivals
Lost in the metropolis
Of hectic lifestyle, numerous diversions
gridlock acting as dampeners.
Where are the folklores
That enthralled children for decades?
Grandmothers, happy narrators
never tiring of replicating them.
The magic needs resurrection
from its nemesis, the Internet,
The wizard of all distractions.
*Pandal — A fabricated structure in India housing stalls,events or festivals
*pucchka, ghugni, alur chops — Savoury snacks
Mrs. Navneet K Maun was born in West Bengal. Did her initial schooling from Oak Grove School, Jharipani, Mussoorie. She furthered her education from Regional College of Education, Bhubaneshwar. She did her Graduation and BEd from there. She did her Masters in English Literature from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. She has vast experience in teaching and has retired as a Senior Teacher from a Public School in Delhi. Her hobbies include reading, travelling, writing and cooking.
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