Goddess Maa Durga is all about fighting and vanquishing evil and it’s no surprise who’s the villain of choice this year. The celebrations for this year’s puja, to be held between October 22 and 26, will be a low-key affair – a muted one, with focus mainly on precautionary norms instead of the usual razzmatazz.
“We still don’t know what exactly will happen this Durga Puja. There’s no mood for any joy or celebration. For every Bengali, Durga Puja is something else, it’s an emotion. But I personally feel, this year we have to avoid gatherings for the safety purpose. Even during Mahalaya many got infected. So, let’s spend this puja a bit differently,” in an exclusive chat with ETimes, Tuhina urges all to be safe.
“Every year, on Mahalaya and Viswakarma Puja there is a strong festive feeling but this year I couldn’t find that joy or happiness. This year the Puja will be different for me. Even I will ask my family not to go outside. There’s no plan yet as I can’t find the Puja feeling. I may have an adda with friends. I am from Kanthi. I usually spend the Puja both in my home town and Kolkata. Due to pact schedule I don’t get the chance to meet my family members, relatives throughout the years. But during Puja our house is packed with relatives. We spend a lot of time together. That’s what Puja means to me. This year it might be the same,” adds the actress.
Bengal, though, is keeping its head up and trying to soldiering on to bring some cheer even as the pandemic rages on and Tuhina feels it’s safety first and then celebration.