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Monday , February 25 , 2013
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Festive adieu to winter

Winter, it seems, is prolonging its stay in the capital, a nip in the air or sudden showers keeping spring away.

Barometer readings notwithstanding, some Bengali denizens, under the aegis of Deshapriya Club, Tharpakhna, decided to give spring a warm welcome.

The daylong Basant Utsav on club premises promised a refreshing change of climate — of the mind, anyway.

Though the invitation card did not say so, texts sent by organisers to all invitees requested the latter to leave shawls and sweaters at home and attend the fest attired in the colours of spring — yellow saris or colourful clothes.

Club members and invitees, mostly Bengali, said the utsav was an endeavour to bring everyone at one place to celebrate the day.

Bengali entrepreneurs also got an opportunity to display products at 15 stalls.

These included a treasure trove of saris from Bengal, terracotta jewellery, traditional cuisine and Bengali literature. Games, meant for the entire family, were also arranged.

Participants said they had a daylong departure from the humdrum.

“This is a nice way to bring the community together. It’s like a family outing. We enjoyed the day gossiping, purchasing saris, eating tasty food and playing games,” said participant Poli Dutta.

Mousumi, a visitor from Kanke, one of the chilliest spots in the city, said her locality was “still freezing”. “I keep a look-out for events in the city where it is warmer. For me, Basant Utsav was a real feel-good event. It bid adieu to winter by bringing friends, food and fun at one place,” she said.