Durga Puja is being celebrated in the different places of India. This time, however, the mood of the people is somber and subdued. In my hometown, the puja mandaps are mostly empty and the streets are devoid of the enormous traffic which is usually witnessed in these days. People in small numbers are coming out of their homes to pay their obeisance to the Goddess who slays the demon and thereby wins the victory over evil. The usual scene, of throngs of people in their fineries crowding the puja mandaps to pray; of children and their fun and frolic in buying colourful balloons and other playthings in display in the various stalls, is missing. Restaurants would do good business as people would mostly eat out on this occasion. They too see less of crowds. It is natural to become nostalgic of the good old days. It is natural to crave for normalcy to return to our lives so that once again the festivities rend the air. May all our prayers be answered and we return to the carefree days once more.