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Thursday, April 20, 2006


I am missing Kolkata suddenly, what with people reminding me how the weather this week back home has suddenly become cool and breezy. this after staying out of the city for almost 5 yrs now (ya 2001 was THAT long back). as a kid i used to be terribly scared of kalboishakhis (nor'westerlies), but now i really really wish i could get to enjoy one. bombay is hot and stuffy as usual, and the traffic just keeps getting worse...
anyway, while i'm still at being nostalgic on kolkata, there are a lots of other things come to think of it...to add to that list: kaancha aamer chatni for one (this is just the season),alur-dam and phuchka at vivekananda park (or even putiram would do fine), not to speak of evening adda-sessions - and of course with elections coming up there's enough political fodder to add spice to the adda.

Ya, being a Bong outside Cal, there are lots of things friends pull ur leg about - you are inevitably branded as a die-hard marxist, or a loyal sourav-da fan (no denying this one), or being an art & culture freak 'bhadralok' (esp if you are a bespectacled bong like me), or being a fish-addict (which i'm not, except for ilish and chingri)...and of course you get perenially accused of speaking in bangla every time you meet another fellow bong, of course the tams and gults are accused equally, if not more, of that one at least. But the good thing is whichever city or company or place you land up in, without exception, generally thr are enough Bongs to share an odd round of adda or similar bouts of nostalgia pangs.
Of course, probashi bengalis, i've noticed, are somehow more reserved and toned down...an adda session is incomplete without the odd 'bishuddho khisti' (excuse moi, thats a 'pure abusive slang'...go figure) but thats something one has to get used to...the lack of it that is.

enough ranting for the day, i didn't intend my first real post to be a nostalgia trip on bongs and bong-land, but thats how it will be now...


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