If Durga Puja is the heart of Bengal, Saraswati Puja is the life blood of its youth. Know why:
1. Saraswati Puja has been the only day in the year apart from Mahalaya when you wake up early.
2. And organizing Puja at home has been the only responsibility you have thoroughly enjoyed in life thus far.
3. Saraswati Pujas have also given you amateur experience in kidnappings as you practically force the reluctant priest you robbed from the neighborhood club to attend your house first.
4. Perhaps the only day in the year when all your books are touched and opened apart from the day before the exam is Saraswati Puja, albeit they are not read on the later occasion.
5. And you secretly enjoy skipping studies.
6. Not to mention the dried petals in an eerie corner of your books and copies, which act as a relic of your ‘devotion’ and all the fun you had on the previous Saraswati Puja.
7. Yellow suddenly seems like the most pleasing color to your retina and your mother is not cranky for the only time in the year when you ask her permission to borrow her favorite yellow saree.
8. And your rarely used dhuti is also put to some good use.
9. You find yourself unusually confident and consider proposing your crush. Saraswati Puja is the Bong version of Valentine’s Day, after all.
10. But the moment you confront him/her, your confidence fizzles out and you end up becoming a hand delivering post person of your friend’s love letters instead.
11. You visit your old school/alma mater with your friends and can’t have enough of the steaming hot khichuri that is being served.
12. But that does not deter you from having more khichuri back home. To top it, you forget leaving any for others if a piece of ilish maach bhaja accompanies your plate of khichuri.
13. You dread the prospect of writing the name of Goddess Saraswati 108 times the next morning and start planning shams to avoid it.