The sun shone brightly despite the forecast of a gloomy day. Maa Saraswati was welcomed with an eye on spending the day in high spirits.
To the thousands of schoolchildren and ex-schoolchildren these were reasons enough to rejoice and come out in droves in special dresses. After all, rare are times when they can officially chill out in the company of near and distant friends from the opposite sex.
And while they did that, they also prayed to the goddess of knowledge. They implored her to shower them with marks in the forthcoming exams, no matter whether they studied well for that.
Saraswati Puja has always been a day long awaited. Not only does it signal the end of the yearly puja festivities, it also is what I call the Bengalis’ Valentine Day.
The good feeling will linger for some more days, and then will gradually appear the demon of examinations. Joy and fear – what else is life without them!