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Introduction

Traffic in Calcutta during Durga Puja is horrendous and comes to a standstill from 2 PM to 12 AM. The solution...rent a car, leave home at 12 AM and return home at 5 AM! Trust Bengali ingenuity for thousands of other people to come up with the same idea... a phenomenon affectionately known as pandal hopping. Here are some snapshots of Calcutta's pandals on the night of Bijoya Dashami. I literally have never seen anything like this in my life. What other culture would put in so much effort to build such magnificence for such a temporal life...