It is not rare in Gurgaon that people from West Bengal come together to celebrate their most important festival Durga Puja. However, Ankur Cultural Society is not only a community that organises and celebrates the triumph of Ma Durga but it is also a community of Bengalis who love to celebrate all festivals. This citizen journalist saw first hand how a community event like this can be heartwarming and worth remembering.
It was the perfect day for the event, as people all over India
were also celebrating the 150 birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, and the icing on the cake was the poetry of Sudeep Sen, which was read out by the man himself. After the lighting of the lamp by the core members such as Kaushik Mitra, Asif Rehman, and the guest of honour Sudeep Sen, the rest of the evening was followed by a number of events.
Swami Vivekananda's famous Chicago speech, in which the visionary asks everyone to 'Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached' was played out for the 30 Ankurains (members), who were present at the ceremony. After the launch of the souvenir, the guest of honour Sudeep Sen took the stage to recite some of his poetic works.
The poet and editor of Harper Collins Book of English Poetry took the audience to different places with his oratory and words that held the audience spellbound. Sometimes, his words reminded us of the nuisance of apartment living, and sometimes we were with him beside his 'dadu' (grandfather) looking over him while he held his grandfather as the old man was having a stroke. He read out a number of his works and also told the audience how he came into the world
of poetry, inspite of the negative perceptions attached to it. The audience were enthralled and questioned him about his work as he indulged them with his playful ways and jokes.