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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Shyama-Poka

It is because of these Shyma-Pokas we have to stay indoors after Durga Puja till and after Kali Puja. Those small queer insects slong with moths bite us everywhere during the night. Thus they cause irritation to our skin. In the daytime they are not seen anywhere but during the night they enter our homes, sits on lights, televisions and computer screens and make our life hell by stitting on our skin and biting us with a pin pricking sensation. These insects are called Shyama-Poka in Bengali. Shyama is the other name of Maa Kali and Poka are insects. It means those insects that can be seen just before Kali Puja. Hence the name. 

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