So little time… so little to do

September 28, 2006

Mahashashti in lab

Filed under: arbit — Priyam @ 11:22 am

location : a corner in the MDSP lab of EE dept in UCSC

time : 10:35 pm (Pacific time)

mood : off

ambience : a couple more labmates working away. My desk strewn around with papers here and there. Me sitting at the computer with my head a bit tilted to the right to accomodate the short earplug wire attached to the computer. I am listening to a Bengali song. The kind that would have been playing over many of the puja pandals celebrating Mahashashti in Kolkata. The soft voice of the singer takes me back to the land far away. Work has piled up, time has run out. The body is here but the mind simply is not. I am waiting for the first beats of the drums, dhak as we call it in Kolkata.  Life simply doesn’t look fair. The Kolkatan heart is never at ease this time of the year out of Kolkata. Living outside is not new to me, but I have been usually able to make it back to my roots in the past.  This year it has been different. But then life has to carry on like the celebrations back home sans me.

Shubho Bijoya. Happy Durga Pujas. Hapy Dussera.



  1. I cannot agree more. Even at just a 2-hour flight away from home, it is so different from what it is back there. No dhaak, no songs. The air is like just another day, which is fine wth every other festival but this.

    I should have been back home now.

    Comment by Samarjit — September 28, 2006 @ 11:38 am | Reply

  2. It’s my 5th year away from home and I always end up convincing myself that I have got used to staying away on my own and that it’s not really a big deal..after all it’s a voluntary decision that I have taken.But no matter how much I try,all reasoning fails me at this time of the year..the ears still strain to hear the nostalgic dhaker awaj,the eyes still long to get a glimpse of the pratima-pandals-lights-crowds on streets and the mind still refuses to stay detached from it all..I guess once a bengali always a bengali wherever I’s so difficult to explain this feeling to people who don’t know what it means to be in Cal during the pujas…I don’t even try these days..

    Comment by Rajeswari — September 28, 2006 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

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