This Is How A Non Resident Bengali Feels When She Comes Back To Kolkata In Durga Puja
“Flight No- SG521 delayed for one hour”
As Urmi read this line on the board above her, another sigh of sadness ran through her breath. She
never imagined she could actually spent two years away from home. But the kind of job and lifestyle she
had and the kind of person she was molded into by the corporate life, she barely got time to even cry
and miss home.
Today was Saptami. She knew her city would have been dressed and lit up to welcome Maa Durga. Oh
what a joy it is to hop around pandals, eating all kind of junk and oily food on the road, clicking unlimited
pictures even when you are sweating a river. She missed all of these for the past two years and could
not wait even a single moment to land to Kolkata. The pictures and posts on social media by all her
friends made her even more vulnerable.
“Maa… land kore gechi!” That line was sheer music to her mother’s ears who was eagerly waiting for her
daughter at the airport.
Urmi was probably the only one on the flight to be dressed in a suit which was heavier than her luggage.
But she had to follow her mother’s instructions. “Aj Saptami.. Notun jama pore ashbi.”
Yes. Our mothers still called clothes, sarees , tops whatever we wore as .. Jama!
As she made her way towards her home, she felt an immense happiness which even her hefty package
couldn’t give. The glitter, the music, the ocean of people… made her jump in joy like a child.
The taxi halted in front of her house and Urmi almost ran to the pandal like a kid.
There it was… the sound of Dhak, the smoke of Arati , the glittering diyas and her very own Durga Maa.
Urmi folded her hand and bowed her head. A tear rolled down her cheek. Her city has welcomed her
along with Maa Durga. She knew she was back to where she belonged.
There was another tear which made its way out of the eyes. That was her mother’s. To see her daughter
so happy after such a long span. Now her Durga Puja was complete.
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