Beat the Heat !

In Kolkata the Summer has just set in. For two small children, Ruhani (11 yrs) and Rianna (7yrs) it is just the beginning  of the good times ! Time to beat the heat on their own terms !

First a good splash of raw shower from a hose pipe in the open !


Then savoring good sweet red water melon — as much as they can grab !DSCN2663





Yellow Fest @ Bengali Marriage

Gaye Halud (putting Turmeric Paste on the Bride and the Groom) is an important ritual held on the marriage day morning in Bengali wedding. After putting the turmeric paste on the face  of the Groom the remaining turmeric paste then are brought to the Bride’s home. The same paste is then put on the Bride’s face. Along with the ritualistic turmeric paste, the Groom’s house also send a lot of gift trays. These contain dresses for the bride, perfumes, cosmetics, sweets, Fruits, Coconuts, and, of course a big Fish !



Saraswati Puja : Kolkata

Saraswati Puja is an important puja event, the first one in an year, normally held during January or early February ! It is essentially a puja for children and youth, especially  for students – be it academic or cultural fields. School students, art students, dancing trainees, musical instruments players, for all this is the time to pray. Saraswati is the devi of learning. There are two types of Puja held – one in the homes, and, then there is community organised.

The first part is displaying colourful banners, a few weeks in advance, announcing the puja in a locality.



Then making a nice pandal or the puja arena. This is the most creative part. Buying a nice Saraswati idol or image and bringing the same, which is some times as big as life size,  in the arena is a difficult task.SARAS 2.png

This is a one day event and early morning the children take a bath and small girls wears yellow sarees and boys nice colourful dresses and bring some books to the goddess of learning. After the priest performed the puja they all take the prasad – normally various fruits pieces.

Then in small groups they go for pandal hopping – going around to various puja arenas in the locality.




Next day by evening the idol will be immersed in Ganges river, if not in the nearest pond.

This year the Saraswati Puja was held on  1st February, 2017..








Little Rianna had her 7th Birth Day on 2nd February, 2017 surrounded by her dear ones —….. grandma, grandpa, sister, brother, daddy, mummy. It was a memorable celebration in her house. Photography: Antariksh V (High School Student)







There is a small settlement of christian community of about a dozen family in the southern end of Calcutta (Kolkata) city. Christmas is celebrated here with a lot of enthusiasm, and, lot of people of around come and visit the area and get idea of about Christmas.

Photo: Antariksh V (high school student)