2007/10/17

The coming ...

The idols came in the night before last . Durga in one truck , her family in another . A Durga not yet resplendent in her finery , her head bald, her arms and hands , bare of ornaments and weapons, raised in supplication .Her shoulders bare and naked , her figure adolescent with prepubescent breasts and hips too slim for child bearing - strangely defenceless , a girl -woman ...unprepared for any eventuality that might befall her - her multiple arms a bizarre burden...
And yet as I took the photograph from below , she seemed to rear up above me into the night , arms held aloft for all the gods in the Hindu pantheon to arm her .


Meanwhile her family huddled in a truck , like refugees, waiting
for someone to give them shelter
















9 comments:

hillgrandmom said...

'puja aashamsalkal' greetings for Puja.

shaapla said...

You know all Durgas look different? You should go see as many as you can. Just to know how each creator witnessed the Created.

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Lahari Chatterji said...

Lets hope the rain does not spoil the fun of Durga Pujas for everyone.

Sandeepa said...

Sondhi Pujor chobi koi ?

Amrao kal Sondhi Pujo dekhlam, kintu sadly no 108 lotus
Ar in fact 108 prodip o kal jalalo na, khub bhir chilo bole, aaj sei 108 prodip jalabe !!!!

Tumi sondhi pujor chobi post koro ar pujoy roilo anek shubhechcha

Sharadiya porle ? Ami Anandabazaar ar Anandamela, tumi ?

Kalyan said...

WoW...some beautifully captured shots there....Hope you had a wonderful time during the Pujas &...Subha Bijaya!

A Muser said...

It's so interesting to read about this. Growing up in Mumbai, this is one festival I don't know much about.

Elendil said...

I think your descriptive powers are phenomenal. And yeah, it's true how easily changing a camera angle can make things looks different.

eve's lungs said...

HHM Thanks
Shaapla- Dont get to see too many of them but I agree
Taj- It didnt , did it :)
Sandeepa- My card got an error - Im frantic
Kalyan- Thanks an honour to have you comment
Muser - Yes - its a mad beautiful rush
Prayag- Thank you. This is a new hobby and Im still discovering angles