P FOR PALANQUIN
According to the almanacs, the Mother Goddess arrives on a palanquin this year, which foretells pestilence. But there is hope for the future as she departs on an elephant. That signifies rain and bumper crops. Er, Ma, could we settle for just the crops this time?
W FOR WEATHER WOE
The pitter-patter on Panchami was because of the monsoon trough still active over the state. If Sashthi and Saptami clear up a little, it could well be the lull before the storm. Sadly, a cyclone is developing over the Bay of Bengal near the Andamans and that could make Navami-Dashami wet, wet, wet.
Some of the roads that would be closed to traffic from 3pm on Panchami to 1am on Sashthi; 3pm on Sashthi to 3am on Saptami; 3pm on Saptami to 4am on Ashtami; 3pm on Ashtami to 4am on Navami; 3pm on Navami to 4am on Dashami.
BK Paul Avenue between Nimtala Ghat Street and Rabindra Sarani l Beadon Street between CR Avenue and Bidhan Sarani l Ram Mohan Roy Road l Raja Manindra Road between BT Road and Manmatha Dutta Road l Simla Street
Central Calcutta l B.B.Ganguly Street between Raja Ram Mohan Roy Sarani and underneath the Sealdah flyover l Colootola Street l Taltala Avenue l Surya Sen Street between College Street and APC Roy Road l Eden Hospital Road between CR Avenue and College Street
South Calcutta l Dover Lane between Gariahat Road and Dover Place l Ekdalia Road between Gariahat Road and Mandeville Gardens l Jodhpur Park 2nd Lane l Kalighat Road l Lake Place l New Park Street between 7-point crossing and Congress Exhibition Road crossing, northern flank only
Noise from microphones must be limited to 65 decibels or less on the festival days. Microphones cannot be used between 10pm and 6am except to make emergency announcements. Report noise-norm violations at the Lalbazar police control room (22143230) or the local police station. Those outside Calcutta police area can dial the DG control room (22144031/ 22145486). Violations can be reported to the state pollution control board control room between 5pm and 11pm on Puja days (23358212, 23353913 and toll free 18003453390) or to Sabuj Mancha (non-government umbrella platform) at 9230568902.
According to the taxi associations, about 30,000 yellow cabs would ply in the city during Puja. The Bengal Taxi Association will reserve taxis for pandal-hoppers at 24753505 and 24742249. The charge is Rs 250 per hour for a minimum of four hours. In case of taxi refusal, alert the nearest cop or dial the help lines (9830010000 and 9830811111). Dial 41414141 for Puja packages by Mega Cabs at Rs 1,550 (4 hours/40km) and Rs 2,240 (6 hours/60km). Parking fee extra.
Saptami: 158 trains (2pm to 6pm — 10 min; 6pm to 10pm — 8 min; 10pm to 4am — 15 min)
Ashtami and Navami: 190 trains (2pm to 5pm — 10 min; 5pm to midnight — 7 min; and midnight to 4am — 15 min)
Dashami: 80 trains (4pm to 5pm — 10 min; 5pm to 9pm — 8 min; and 9pm to 9.45pm — 15 min)
Plus, special signage at the 23 Metro stations to guide people to the nearest big pandal.
Emergency helpline: 100/1090
Lalbazar control room: 22143024/ 22143230/ 22141310
Traffic control room: 22143644 / 22427248
Traffic: 1073 (toll free)
Children’s helpline: 1098
Missing persons squad: 9002999999 / 22505153 / 22141430
Senior citizen helpline: 9830088884
Anti-stalking helpline (ASK): 8017100100
Helpline for women: 1091
North: 2360-2121; Central: 2228-2121; South: 2282-2121; South East: 2283-2121; South Suburban: 2422-2121; South West: 2499-2121; Eastern Suburban: 2372-2121; Port: 2439-2121
CESC control room: 9831079666/9831083700 (till October 14)
Control Room (Headquarter) 033-22861570
Control Room (Mohammed Ali Park) 033-22414545
KARMA (ambulance service of Calcutta police in collaboration with Medica): 03366070707
Medical helpline (Calcutta police): 9830079999
6000 volunteers to assist cops
700 woman constables on duty
300-plus CCTV cameras
67 Radio Flying Squads
40 watch towers
22 Heavy Radio Flying Squads
17 Quick Response Teams
7 teams for missing persons
6 police assistance mobiles
Sashthi, Saptami and Navami: Full flow
Dashami: Dry after 3pm
Expect the major nightclubs in town to stay open till midnight on Sashthi and 1am or 2am on Saptami and Navami. On Ashtami, Plush, 9F and Soho will be open minus liquor. On Dashami, most places will be closed, except Soho and 9F which will not serve liquor.
True Spirit Puja: Thanks to this award, the Pujas are now about safety, civic consciousness and social commitment. In its 10th year, CESC The Telegraph True Spirit Puja, in association with Kutchina, has drawn participation from 300 pujas across the city. The Model Puja will receive Rs 50,000.
Hand In Hand: Hundred housing complexes will celebrate The Telegraph Hand In Hand, presented by Sunsilk, in association with Bajaj Almond Drops Hair Oil and Fashion Big Bazaar, and powered by Vodafone. The add-on this year? Aamar Maa-er Jonyo, a contest in which you can describe your mother through a story or a poem. The Shaktiroopena initiative, which recognises women of substance, will distribute badges among the women in the Hand In Hand apartments.
Festival of Joy: Fifty apartment complexes have signed up to hold pujas that are also about sharing and caring as part of The Telegraph Festival of Joy, presented by Euroclean Vacuum Cleaner from Eureka Forbes. The Telegraph Festival of Joy Model Puja will win Rs 50,000.
Choto Chokhe Boro Pujo: The top six TTIS Choto Chokhe Boro Pujo in association with Alchemist pujas — shortlisted by 40 kids from a pool of 50 pujas — are in the race for the best pujas.
Get into festive groove with two Dandiya events, with t2. Dandiya Mela at Milan Mela (Oct 11-13, 6pm to midnight) and Dandiya Mahotsav at Swabhumi (Oct 11-13, 7pm to midnight). Then there is music and drama with Madhur Mahotsav by The Gujarat Club Calcutta at Kalamandir (Oct 11-20, 3 pm to 10 pm);
FILMS FOR YOU
For sci-fi fans, there’s a date with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock in Gravity. For Kakababu followers, there’s Prosenjit’s Mishawr Rawhoshyo and for the Dev-Koel combo there is Rangbaaz.
FASHION FOR HER
Blouse is the hero for her. “Play around with your blouses,” says Jessica Gomes Surana. Her catalogue of ‘likes’ includes three-quartered and full-sleeved blouses. Perfect for that damp in the air. Go for waterproof make-up. Wear inexpensive but stylish closed shoes. Big colourful umbrellas are a great style statement!
Cadbury Mishti-Utshaber Mishti-Sukh has tied up with 10 top shops — Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick, Felu Modak, Ganguram, Gupta Brothers, Hindusthan Sweets, Kasturi Sweets, Mouchak, Nalin Chandra Das, Ramdas Sweets and Mahua Sweets — to keep it sweet.
Picture: Bishwarup Dutta