As a Bengali, this particular project has been very close to my heart. Durga Puja is as bengali a tradition as it could possibly get. The project itself was a very interesting process, meeting new people from different walks of life, understanding tradition, travelling to different places and locale, talking to a lot of people and most of all eating interesting food.
All of this took a good 5 years of planning and executing, after which I spent the most of last year trying to find someone to would want to publish this essay in either print or digital form. Quite sadly I did not find a single taker for it.
Finding myself at a crossroad between trying to find a publisher for another couple of years and directly putting it online, I decided to do the latter. Yes it did mean giving up on my hopes of ever getting published or having a coffee table book in my name, or getting a worthy remuneration for the time and effort I had put into the project. At least the photographs were going out there and that is all I need to make me happy. Cheers.