With the formative years being spent in Kolkata, Durga Puja has always been a much awaited festival.
During Mohanji’s recent visit to Muscat, our home and various meetings and interactions, I would always ask if he, astrally, ever visited us at home, it used to elicit a smile and a confirmation.
11th October 2013, was astami. I received the most welcome gift from the most sought after visitor. I was watering the plants in the enclosed corridor outside my kitchen, when, at a particular spot, I got a strong whiff of ‘Kapur’. I must confess that I have the most insensitive sense of smell in our house. I called Navin, who continued being in the balcony, thinking that it may have infused from the neighbor’s. When I described the spot, which is enclosed, he too came and confirmed the smell of ‘Kapur’.
We later shared our experience with the formative years being spent in Kolkata, Durga Puja has always been a much awaited festival.
It was a most reassuring feeling.
Hence, I dedicate this astami of Durga Puja to Mohanji. We are indeed blessed by his omnipresent presence amongst us. Please continue visiting your family. Bina Shrivastava – Muscat.