What’s More Sacred than Khichuri Bhog? The Pujo Wardrobe

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What’s More Sacred than Khichuri Bhog? The Pujo Wardrobe

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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y favourite part of Durga Puja comes a month before the festivities begin. Although for a lot of people, Mahalaya officially heralds Pujo season, in my head, it would start from the weekend Baba would take us out and start off the long-drawn out exercise of shopping.

In the middle-class neighbourhood that I grew up in, new clothes were never a priority – just a necessity. And back then, splurging on your wardrobe was neither a round-the-year-affair nor was it a convenient click away. Instead, we shopped only on two occasions in a year: Poila Baisakh and Pujo. Even as a 12-year-old kid, I only cared for the latter. After all, it entailed five sets of new clothes for five days of Pujo, heading out in a taxi (which was the epitome of luxury for my tiny brain at that time), and the chance to eat dinner in a restaurant.

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