Durga Puja is celebrated by Bengalis and Assamese with much colour and fanfare all over the world, with the same spirit as Chinese New Year, Id (Hari raya) or Christmas. It starts this year from the October 4th evening and continues to October 9th. Here are two poems written by Amlanjyoti Goswami for this occasion.
A New Yorker Misses Durga Puja
I do not miss much
Stopping by the 45th and 5th
When my avenues and streets get mixed up
I look up
See towers in steel
Hear the giant rumbling
A little feeling enters me
Like a hotdog crumb between my teeth
And I feel
What they must feel…
The crowd heaving, thunder drums, evening lamps
The goddess with those fiery eyes.
But the moment passes.
I walk on.
A train to catch, a deadline nearing…