Wednesday, 5 October 2011

শারদ শুভেছা !!:)...Sharod Shubhechha...The Autumn Festivities in Bengal...Durga Puja :)

'বাজল তোমার আলোর বেণু
মাতল রে ভুবন...'

the  fragrance in the air,
fragrance of the  festivities :)

   Autumn is here again,
in  Bengal  ,
my Bengal...

'Sharod Shubhechha'
the beautiful autumn festival of Durga Puja.

এসো শরতের অমল মহিমা, এসো হে ধীরে।
                        চিত্ত বিকাশিবে চরণ ঘিরে।।

That very special time of the year
 beautiful autumn days 
in Bengali countryside,
the blue of the autumn sky
the lush green paddy fields,
the white of the 'Grass Flowers'(Kash Ful)...

the pink of the fully  blossomed lotus(s) in the pond, 
the immaculate white clouds 
 swelling  up in the deep blue sky 
the village river is flowing in full swing ;
and those melodious folk songs about 'Maa Durga'
Bengal's very own 'Agomoni Geet'
those unforgettable melodies
'Oratario' invoking The Goddess Durga.

When the whole world is worshipping Devi, 
the supremely radiant Goddess Durga,
 a glimpse of festivities
from my quintessential Bengali Home 
in Singapore...

Today is MahaNabami
the fourth day of Durga puja 
and this Bengali lady is crazily busy
engrossed with her inseparable 'Bong Conections' :)

endless chitter-chatter with family and friends
preparing gourmet Bengali cuisines
and yes, at the same time terribly missing her good old 'Kolkata Days'
all those nostalgic childhood memories of Durga Puja...

Wish you all a very happy Durga Puja and Dussehra !! 

Pictures are taken by me. Please, do not reuse them in any form without my written permission. Thanks!


Poonam said...

Wonderful post as usual!! you have an eye for design..:) Loved the Bengali styled Doll! And A happy Navratri to you too...Am not a Bengali...but I love Kolkata very much too! Had some of my best memories there!!:)

Lesley said...

Happy holidays to you!!! Sounds like you are soaking in every moment and enjoying.:)

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful Post! Thanks for sharing! See ya ! JoAnn

Emreen said...

Happy Durga Pooja !!! Have a great time with family and friends.. ;-) ;-) ..!! Beautiful pictures ...!! Lovely dolls too...especially the one in traditional wear... !!

rama said...

Lovely pictures. Those Rosogullas look so inviting, I feel like just plucking them off your blog.
Happy Holidays!

Emreen said...

Hope to see you at the blog party ( in Liven Things Up...;-) ;-) ..!!

Calindgirl said...

Beautiful post, Bengali Lady doll is beautiful. I am curious what are those black carved thing? They look interesting.

Happy Durga puja to you and your family.

Shanthi said...

What a beautiful collage of pictures Sanghamitra! Specially loved that doll in white sar Happy Dusshera.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This i absolutely gorgous!

Marlis said...

Great pictures.. all so very pretty. I love that you shared this with us. Hope your holiday was wonderful. xo marlis

Anonymous said...

Hi, Sanghamitra!!! It's always so cool to drop in here and see all the beautiful, bright colors and images. I can just imagine the pink lotus on the ponds....what a wonderful sight that must be! It's fun to try to pick up on some of the symbolism from your country and heritage...a good education! Happy Durga Puja and Dussehra to you, too!

Jacqueline said...

Such beautiful colors. I love the images of the figurines and doll. Enjoy your wonderful holiday! Thanks for your sweet visits! I always enjoy my visits here too.

Marigene said...

The colors are gorgeous...beautiful tablecloth. Enjoy your family and holiday.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Those clay animal figures are beautiful, and the embroidered cloth! That yellow mum looks spectacular. All is beautiful!

Kathleen said...

The colors are so vibrant! Love the embroidered cloth.
Hope you had a wonderful holiday.
Thank you for your visit!

Elaine said...

Love all the colors and textures! Your photos are amazing. I tried to pronounce the name of the holiday, but I'm sure I got it wrong! :)

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Thanks everyone!

Those beautifully crafted black terracotta sandesh moulds are very special to any Bengali household. Sandesh is a traditional form of Bengali sweet (made out of cottage cheese) and we 'Bongs' are famous for our sweet tooth :)
In my case these moulds (chach in Bengali) are heirlooms !:)

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

A very happy Durga Puja and Dusshera to you all :)

xinex said...

Happy Indian Holiday! My friend is Indian and she was telling me about the holiday and she brought me some home cooked Indian food. Yum! Your photos are fabulous!..Christine

The Little Red Shop said...

Fall is my favorite time, too! Thank you for visiting my blog and saying hello!

: )

Julie M.

DearHelenHartman said...

Came to your blog via Tablescape Thursday. What a wonderful choice - your blog is so lovely.

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Happy Indian Holiday to you sweet lady. All your photos are beautiful as always. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog.
I hope you have a great Day.
XXOO Diane

~Esther (Charmed Eras Journal)) said...

Hi, I just came across your blog. What amazing colors, love Indian culture. From my first taste of the cuisine I was hooked. It's certainly a country my husband and I have often spoken of visiting, hopefully with in the next couple of years.

Preethi Prabhu said...

Gorgeous pics Sanghamitra!! Loved each and every one of them.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos with us. I hope your holiday was wonderful hugs ~lynne~

A Perfect Setting said...

Such beautiful photography! I always enjoy your posts!!

PurpleRickshaw said...

Look at the eyes of that beautiful!

Sarmistha said...

Sanghamitra , tomake aar barir shokolke janayee shubho bijoyar priti o shubhechcha.

hvp said...

Happy Dusshera to you! You have a wonderful blog. You inspired me to have a colorful home.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Thanks lovelies!
Love you all :)

Patricia Torres said...

Gosh!! this is an absolutely beautiful post!! so so lovely!! Love how you've written this.. and the pics to go with it.. are simply stunning!!

I hope you are enjoying the festive season.. :-)

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Beautiful post. I love that floral shot.

Bohemian said...

Everything is so Festive and Lovely!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Sayantani said...

pujo kamon katlo tomader? Bijoya'r anek shubhechha aar bhalobasa nio.

Johanna said...

Hello Sanghamitra,
wish you also a Happy Durga Puja and Dussehra. The Indian objects and designs look always very strong, happy and vibrant to me. I love them as much as the Indian cuisine. Thank you for sharing this delightful post.
Best greetings, Johanna

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

A vibrant post. The floral shot is very pretty! Thank you for sharing it with us.


Jay said...

wow..wat a lovely cliks..
first time your space..
gorgeous posts..
Am your happy subscriber now..:)
do stop by mine sometime..
Tasty Appetite

Sunny said...

Hello! It looks like my comment must be reposted...Your blog is simply beautiful! I love it!! The doll is exquisite! Thank you for sharing the holiday , blogging is such a wonderful way to experience cultural exchanges! Hope your holiday was full of fun! Have a great week!

Ihilani said...

I just love your photos and your accompanying words. So beautiful and poetic and makes me want to visit India. I love all the rich color. Gorgeous!

Rekha said...

Lovely images, hope you had a great Diwali. Thanks for joining The KeyBunch Party.


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