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Shahpur Jat Fashion Street, New Delhi

In the middle of New Delhi, close to Siri Fort, there is an urban village called Shahpur Jat. Shahpur Jat is a cluster of brick-and-mortar (typically) 2-storey havelis (i.e. homes of the wealthy with a courtyard in the centre of the building complex) which are homes to many Jat people from the neighbouring state of Haryana in North India.

Today, many of these havelis have been bought or rented and converted into modern fashionable apparel stores by many fashion designers from New Delhi. In fact, in Shahpur Jat village, there is a confluence of lanes and by-lanes with these fashionable stores aptly named Fashion Street. Fashion Street is vibrant, particularly in pink and orange colours.

I happened to visit Shahpur Jat village a fortnight ago and took photos of some of these colourful fashion stores.

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Durga Puja, Panditiya Road, Ballygunge, Kolkata

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, the artistic creations and decorations in and around the Durga Puja pandals are really worth admiring. Take for instance these tribal terracotta artefacts I found in a homely Durga Puja pandal (at Panditiya Sandhya Sangha) on Panditiya Road in Ballygunge, Kolkata.

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Durga Puja, Suruchi Sangha, New Alipur, Kolkata

During Durga Puja, what’s interesting to see are the almost-unique artistic recreations/renditions of the Durga Puja tableau and the decorations of – and around – the puja ‘pandal’ (i.e. the makeshift temple) and the puja grounds. For instance, this year, Suruchi Sangha in suburban New Alipur in Kolkata (Calcutta) has a Durga idol/tableau in white marble. And, the decorations around the pandal grounds are colourful and quite awesome as you’ll see in these photographs:

Suruchi Sangha New Alipur 1

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Durga Puja, Durgabari, Ballygunge, Kolkata

Around this time of the year (Sept-Oct), Hindus in India (and all over the world) celebrate Durga Puja. Durga Puja is a representation of Goddess Durga destroying ‘mahishasura’ – i.e. an ‘asura’ (a demon) in the guise of ‘mahisha’ (a buffalo). It’s about good winning over evil, and Durga Puja is celebrated as a festival over several days. It is the most-loved festival of Bengalis – i.e. the people of (West) Bengal in Eastern India. A friend of mine in Zurich messaged me yesterday to say that she is attending Durga Puja there. So, go figure!

Durga Puja tableaux are created with much imagination and artistic flair, and can be considered works of art by all means. The typical tableau contains Goddess Durga (or Shakti, i.e. supreme power) in the centre, flanked by her children (last 4 photos): daughters Saraswati and Lakshmi; and sons Kartikeya and Ganesha. Each child is a Hindu goddess or god in her or his own right. Goddess Durga is seen standing tall upon her mascot, the lion. And, at her feet, is the vanquished ‘asura’ (the demon).

The following photos are of Durga Puja in Durgabari in Ballygunge, a suburb of Kolkata (Calcutta).

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Silchar Durga procession, Assam, India

Silchar is a town in the North Eastern state of Assam in India. While I was there last week, I got caught up in a procession welcoming the Hindu Goddess Durga as the festivities began for Durga Puja. The procession included [see 5th & 6th photos] ‘dhaakis’ (drummers) playing the ‘dhaak’ (a traditional indigenous drum common in Eastern India during pujas and weddings).

Silchar durga procession 1

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Scenes from Duklingia Tea Estate, Jorhat, Assam 3

These are miscellaneous pictures from Duklingia Tea Estate, taken while I stood in front of the estate office. The second-last photo is of Mahadev, a really helpful guy who took me around the tea estate on his motorbike. The last photo is of two semi-drunks who stopped by to ask me who I was and why I was taking photos in their tea estate.

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