Durga Puja for the Bengalis is much more than a festival. It is a carnival and an emotion that marks the time of happy tides. Families immerse themselves in this five-day gala of awesome food, pandal hopping, music and cultural evenings and welcoming Maa Durga back to her paternal home. It is the busiest time of the year at the Bengali Durga Puja organising committees in the city. As the days to the festival near, there is a rush among the members to finalise the nitty-gritty of the upcoming festival.The sweet breeze of autumn brings forth with it the season of celebration in the Bengali heart as the East Indian state eagerly awaits the homecoming of Goddess Durga.