Autumn is my favourite time of the year. It heralds the coming of winter, and here in India, most people wait for winter as they wait for summer in the colder countries. But I love autumn for another reason: it is the time of Durga Puja, a time when the goddess Durga comes home to us for five days. And as Durga Puja in Hooghly is always special, this season invariably makes me homesick, whenever I'm away from home.
Autumn is still far away. However, after a week of rainy weather, Hyderabad today turned semi-autumn-ish, with a clear blue sky and large white clouds. The temperature dipped into the twenties, giving a feeling that Durga Puja is nearby.
I'm feeling homesick, more so because I'm going home next weekend. I left my hometown last July, and can't wait to get back there, even if for a few days.
I feel like the king of Halla in Satyajit Ray's Goopy Gayen Bagha Bayen... I want to shout "Chhuti! Chhuti!" and run away from here. Five more days to go before I can do that!