Durga Puja comes to town with great pomp and leaves everyone with the phrase "Asche Bochor Abar Hobe" (till next year). The four days of carnival that includes amazing lighting, food stalls and pandals across the city is something that everyone looks forward to. But does that mean Puja and Navratra week conclusion will leave everyone sorrowful? Our answer to this question is No. School, colleges, offices reopen and many find it difficult to get back to the swing of things. Depending on your persona, there are many ways to beat the work blues and get over the Puja holidays.
Upcoming Festivals: It is the beginning of the festive season. Diwali follows the Navratri and Dussera festival. After Lakshmi Puja, Diwali is one of the biggest festivals that is celebrated across various places. In Kolkata however, Kali Puja precedes the day of the Diwali. On both days, bursting crackers and viewing fireworks is a trend. Of course, no one can forget Halloween's Day and Thanksgiving. There's no reason to think that this is the end of festival in the city for the year.
Oktoberfest at Smoke House Deli: Till November 1st, this place in Kolkata will be serving Oktoberfest specials like Herb Crusted Lamb Chop, German Wurstel Sausage and Rosemary Turt. Go and experience something German and cheerful for a change.
Tuesdays with Krosswindz: Pioneering in folk rock and alternative rock, Krosswindz has never failed to cheer its audiences. Be at Someplace Else at 8:00 pm on Tuesdays to experience their performances.
A Visit to Kumartuli: Renowned across cities for nestling the best idol makers in the country, this place is great for photography. Come to Kumartuli and see the idols for the upcoming festivals being crafted with sheer passion and attention. Capture them in your memory and lenses and absorb the essence of the festival in the city.
Beer Republic and Frost Lounge: This is the city's first brewery in town. Although the section for the craft beer is yet to open, the lounge and restaurant are open and await your visit with their galore of food. Located near Swabhumi, this place is yet to create a buzz in town; meanwhile you can be the first one to experience it.
Short Trips: Some notable and unconventional places around the city to check out this season, which will not burn a hole in your pocket and yet help you get away from the crowd, are Rishyap, Shantiniketan and Kalimpong. You can go for a short trip to these places alone or with a friend during the weekend and beat the work blues too.
So, instead of boring yourself and sitting back at home, go out and have fun in the city of joy as the Puja season fades out into the arrival of winter, which again has its own story and range of events that everyone looks forward to.