Maybe I’mhallucinating, but I think I hear Beatle John Lennon singing “Imagine”above the near deafening din. The rickshaw puller, the wealthy businessman, the Hindu, the Muslim, the Christian, the Jew — and perhaps even a few atheists — are all gathering together as one, setting aside their huge differences. This is Durga Puja, Calcutta’s annual catch-all festival that has grown to amazing proportions in recent years, and yet remains practically unknown to the rest of the world. It lasts for 10 days each October, upwards of 20 million people participate in passion, peace, pride and serenity, and then suddenly the curtain comes down and everyone returns to their real lives.  Read more….

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