Apprehensive about crowded locations, Hyderabadis are celebrating the competition with picnics, household dinners and compact home events
After a subdued yr, there’s a distinctly acquainted, festive buzz within the air once more as Dasara approaches. Site visitors-free Tank Bund on Sundays is gearing up as stalls hawking quick meals, garments and handicrafts on the sidewalks give it the joyous vibe of a mela. Within the cheery crowd, channawalas woo consumers as they compete with widespread mirchi bajji stalls.
Malls brim with prospects juggling a number of buying baggage as they make their final cease on the popcorn stall. Individuals appear to be celebrating a return to normalcy with a way of aid. Nevertheless, with kids but to be vaccinated and the pandemic not but over, persons are discovering secure methods to rejoice, from household dinners to lengthy drives.
The favored puja pandals are up once more, Bangiya Sanskritik Sangha, Hyderabad Bengali Samiti, Kalibari and Attapur Bengali Affiliation. All puja pandals have restricted the variety of entries to cease over crowding. There will likely be checks on vaccine certificates as effectively. The Bangiya Sanskritik Samiti is altering the venue from Keyes Highschool to Mahbub School in SD Street close to the Secunderabad clock tower. Staggered time slots for darshan and bhog takeaways are among the different measures tailored to scale back crowding and guarantee secure celebrations this yr.
Rakhi Sarkar, a advisor with a regulation agency has determined to keep away from puja pandals however will compensate by ordering Bengali meals. A number of Bengali eating places are holding meals fests. Eating places like Aqua at The Park, Sarkar’s kitchen and Hyatt Place have deliberate puja particular menus. Rakhi says, “Durga Puja is all about good meals, laughter and assembly pals. So my pals have divided the 4 days of home events amongst us with every get collectively filled with karaoke, card video games and good meals.”
Restaurateur Sarita Sarkar is ensuring Durga Puja pandal meals is on the menu for that festive really feel. Sarita is the proprietor of Sarkar’s Kitchen that opened a month again in Banjara Hills. A most cancers survivor who fought COVID-19, Sarita needed to shut her eating places in Kondapur, misplaced her father and was shocked to search out a chance to open a brand new department within the coronary heart of the town. So this yr she celebrates Puja to precise her gratitude. Sarita says, “I supply a combo menu with Puja favourites like khichdi, luchi, pulao, manghso, ilish, mishti and extra. I wish to rejoice this puja as a result of when all the things appeared bleak, I used to be capable of begin a restaurant once more.”
Aiyan Bhoumick, a faculty instructor says he’s planning a celebration for his son and pals. “Kids will likely be going again to highschool after a yr, which is a giant deal. I wish to rejoice the second.” He plans to take the group of six kids aged between 10-14years to go to the favored banyan tree in Chevella, 45 kilometers from their residence. “I’m treating it like a field-trip with sandwiches, chips and home made rooster rolls in order that they keep in mind the official ending of the lockdown,” he provides.
The absence of the Authorities-organised celebrations of Bathukamma (a floral competition in Telangana to rejoice goddesses Gowri), has triggered nostalgia with individuals exchanging movies and YouTube hyperlinks of earlier grand celebrations. “Now that we’re all vaccinated, our women teams within the bastis are wanting to exit,” says Janaki N, a prepare dinner and kirana retailer proprietor.
Ladies in Kukatpally are thronging the Anjaneya Swami temple to rejoice Bathukamma, decked of their silk sarees and jewelry, making certain they don’t seem to be lacking this competition.