In This year, the festive season isn’t what many of us have been experiencing over the years. Restrictions due to the corona pandemic has led to festivals being celebrated in a low-key manner or at a personal level and not in public. Celebrating Durga Puja every year is necessary for Mouni Roy but due to the pandemic, she knows the celebrations on 2020 won’t be as usual. I won’t be celebrating Durga Puja this year. Mouni feels strange as it will be the first time that I won’t be. But it’s the need of the hour. Actress will have a small puja at home as I believe that Maa lives in all of us. Considering the current times, it would be better not to go to pandals this year, or conspire in big crowds as it wouldn’t be safe. Hopefully, if everything clears up next year, we will celebrate the festival with double gusto, says the Gold actor, who will return to India soon.
Roy admits that she will majorly miss the Anjali, the bhog, all the planning about each puja day, discussion on which pandals to visit and spending time with family. She recalls, There is a gondho (smell) of pujo in West Bengal that I will miss the most. When the preps are going on, huge trucks carry the Durga murtis in different roops and pass by your home during all hours of the day, and there is a scent in the air which is indescribable. I love the pujo food, especially khichadi and labra, wearing lovely saris and meeting extended family and friends.