My Friend Alexa Post 6 – Durga Puja in Bangalore

I moved to Bangalore in 2004 to join a research program at one of India’s top institutes. Despite living in areas like Yeshwantpur, Indiranagar, and Electronic City for more than five years, I rarely visited more than a couple of puja pandals during my tenure.

In 2014, my husband and I moved to Bangalore after spending half a decade in Mysore. I joined HDFC Bank as a senior manager while he joined the Critical Care Unit of a top hospital. Because our news jobs began in the middle of the year, I was still in probation, devoid of any option to apply for leave during Puja that year. So, both of us spent our evenings at the Koramangla Puja manuals near our apartment in 6th Block and also made occasional visits to the Ulsoor puja.

Bangalore, with a massive population of Bengalis, always felt like home, yet I missed Baba and our para pandal so much that next year I didn’t think twice before booking tickets to return home during pujas.

Happy Maha Saptami to you and your family.

“I am taking my blog to the next level with Blogchatter’s My Friend Alexa 2020″ campaign.  This is my sixth blog post and you can read the previous five articles here.

Durga Puja in Bangalore

Author: Sonia Chatterjee

Who am I? An erstwhile banker turned blogger/writer/author. Any qualifications? A Post-Graduate degree in Chemistry followed by a second Post-Graduate Diploma in Management. Currently, I am pursuing a one-year MFA in creative writing course from the Writer's Village University, U.S. Though I must admit that I am still trying to figure out how and when I can connect all these dots. Have I done any real work? If two years in market research, six years in banking as a branch head two-and-a-half years in blogging and publishing a book can be considered as real work, then yes. Where do I live? After spending life like a nomad for sixteen years in Delhi, Bangalore & Mysore, I am back to where it all started from - Kolkata. My favorite things - Books, coffee, travel, food, and my four-and-a-half-year-old son. What is this blog about? Through Sonia's musings, I intend to explore writing in various genres, create social awareness, spread laughter and channelize emotions through words and pictures. Anything for readers? You can check out my book 'Deal of Death' on Amazon Kindle. If you like fast-paced thrillers, this Detective fiction introducing the woman sleuth, Raya Ray could turn out to be your perfect weekend read.

8 thoughts on “My Friend Alexa Post 6 – Durga Puja in Bangalore”

  1. I moved to Bangalore in 2003 and stayed there for 3 years. Your post brought back such loving memories. Durga Puja there was not as vibrant as in Kolkata, Bihar or even many places in Pune.
    It was good to know your story with the city.

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  2. I spent the early parts of my married life in Kolkata and the Durga Puja there is without comparison. Agartala has really good pandals too.

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  3. We lived in Koramangala for 4.5 years and never missed Pandal hopping any year. Though it was fun, the spark was missing. To visit Kolkata during Pujo time is a wish I hope is fulfilled soon.

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  4. I agree with you that there are a lot of Bengalis in Bangalore. I have been in Bangalore for the last 10 years. I enjoy Durga pooja every year but you are right, the Kolkata charm is missing.

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