How smallpox once pockmarked Bengal’s puja calendar  

Basanti Puja Coronavirus
As Basanti Puja passed off quietly in the state, it left many in Bengal, like everywhere else, in a state of daze and disbelief.

Few seasons can rival the brilliance of spring in Bengal. Yet in the minds of many old-timers, basanta (Bengali for spring) has always been a mix of sweet blooms and sad memories. Reminders of a past they have been carrying in their hearts in the form of stories handed down from generation to generation about human misery wrought by bouts of a contagious disease — the......