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Teen Kori (translates to THREE PIPS) is the lazy, laid back, food loving Bong bibliophile who can spend days sitting on his arm chair and doodling or reading while there's a steady supply of colored fluids and music.

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He had a successful tech career in Kolkata. Then he left everything to build a great startup.

Mandii - BG Image source - http://startupscribble.com/
Mandii - BG Image source - http://startupscribble.com/

He is an alumni of IIT Kanpur. He was working in the tech industry like most of us. And he had a flourishing career in a top notch Analytics major in Kolkata. But then, he did something that most of us will probably never do – he quit his high flying position and followed his dream. He is Anurag Jain – COO of a startup that is soon set to revolutionize the face of finance in India.

Anurag Jain. Source LinkedIn
Anurag Jain. Source 

What is this Startup?

Mandii Logo
Mandii Logo. Source

Anurag and his friend Manish, both ex bankers, have started Mandii. Mandii (which in Hindi translates to a marketplace) is a novel platform for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to garner finance from investors far more easily than from the conventional financial institutions. The gold standard for Mandii are the enormously valuable but ridiculously undervalued unpaid invoices these SMEs are almost waiting to be paid for.

What is so great about that?

Mandii's vision
Mandii’s vision. Source

Imagine you are a businessman who supplies stationery (pens, staplers, printer papers etc.) to blue chip companies like Infosys or Wipro or TCS. In this domain, the business works in a cycle of constant delays – you deliver a product today but get paid anywhere between he next 3 to 6 months. This causes a cash constraint for most businesses even though they are reliable, well managed, low risk enterprises. But these unpaid invoices of today are completely risk free promise-to-pay vouchers – do you think Infosys will ever miss their payments for 1000 pencils? So why can’t a financier lend you money on dint of these unpaid invoices that are sure to be paid in the immediate future?

Indian institutional investors (like your neighborhood bank or insurance company) are yet to tap into the enormous potential of this huge market – a market place inhabited by almost 5.5 CRORE low risk, high turnover entrepreneurs. Mandii has decided to take this leap of faith – connecting valuable SMEs to smart investors.

Who does this help?

Higher returns. Source
Higher returns. Source

As of today, most SMEs across the country carry on their businesses with loans that come at interest rates as high 40% p.a. (that is, you borrow 1 lakh INR today and in a years time you have to pay back 1 lakh 40 thousand. Even Hyundai doesn’t have such fabulous turnovers!) But amazingly, most of these high interest rate loans are paid back in full, that too within time. But, what if this huge market segment (worth approximately $50 Billion) could be provided this same fund at cheaper rates and via an easier mode? No more haggling with the local loan sharks, no more running around with documents to banks, no more seeing good businesses slowly dying because of a lack of 5 or 10 lakh INR. Mandii promises a simple platform for good but cash-strapped businesses to meet prospective investors and get short term loans at great rates.

 Who wins?

Investor win too! Source
Investors win too! Source

EVERYONE! Mandii is a Godsend for both stable SMEs & dynamic investors. BONGFeed spoke to an investor & an SME currently using Mandii’s platform. The young Kolkatan investor was delighted with the amount of background check Mandii had done on the SMEs looking for loans and how easily he could see beyond tons of paperwork and judge the true merit of a borrower. The room to maneuver for investors & the quick payback of his loan (in less than 3 months) were added bonuses for him.

The borrower we spoke to, a garment manufacturer from Kolkata, dealing with brands like Pantaloons, FirstCry, Big Bazar & Flipkart was even more elated with Mandii. We quote him here – “Most institutional investors offer an umbrella but take it away when it starts raining”. He was simply talking about banks never showing up to fund SME businesses when they are in dire need. The highlight of his experience with Mandii was the processing speed – no red tape, nepotism or mountain high paper work like they have at national banks. He is now relieved that as long as Mandii was present, he wouldn’t have to go back to loan sharks dishing out super high interest rates. His business has benefited immensely from Mandii introducing him to an investor with vision.

Kolkata, being a major hub of garment trading & wholesale markets (think entire Burrabazar!) is a key landmark in Anurag’s roadmap. The average Kolkata businessman runs a high return but unorganized & slow turnover enterprise. Mandii is trying to hand hold this unorganized bulk of entrepreneurs and teach them the ropes of funding basics while introducing them to smart & savvy investors. A collateral benefit of Mandii’s efforts are going to be gained by the institutional investors – they will soon find many a business they deemed too risky to invest in earlier becoming profitable & well documented with help from Mandii.

So what does Mandii offer?

Risk assessment.
Risk assessment. Source

Mandii offers 2 things – an investor ready to invest in an SME with valid invoices & an SME with stable, promising, verified assets & clean backgrounds looking to borrow funds against its unpaid invoices. Anurag mentions that once the one time verification of an SME is completed, it takes less than 72 hours for them to post their invoices (& request for funds) & finalize a deal with an investor. For the investors, a list of verified & risk assessed borrowers are available to choose from.

A final word…

A fast developing country like India is currently betting on the growth of its middle class entrepreneurs – manufacturers, wholesale dealers, suppliers, service providers who are not backed by the overflowing purses of their families or supported by big banks. But the conventional financial institutions are not even close to as dynamic as they need to be to support or gain from this hugely lucrative sector of Small & Medium businesses with potential. Mandii has made a foray into this unorganized sector & will probably turn this often neglected pool of Indian entrepreneurs into a booming & profitable force to reckon with. We wish our local hero Anurag & Manish Godspeed!

If Make In India is the mantra of India today, then Mandii is the priest chanting that mantra the loudest!

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Are you a Bengali waiting for Durga Pujo? A fan of Game of Thrones? These GoT memes on Durga Pujo is our way of welcoming Maa Durga home! Much more to follow ...

THE BABA-MAMA CONUNDRUM
THE BABA-MAMA CONUNDRUM
REALLY?????
REALLY?????
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JANTEO PARBENA…
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BEST RIDE EVER!
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TRANSLATION – EAT OUT EVERY DAY.
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HEART = BROKEN
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I DOUBLE DARE YOU TO WEAR DENIMS ON OSHTOMI.
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WISDOM FROM LITTLE FINGER
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WHAT THE F***
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BUT THE NIGHT WAS EPIC, RIGHT?
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ETO BORO SAHOSH ?
Game of Pujo
JANISH AMI KI CHILAM TODER BOYESHE ?

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Are you a Bengali waiting for Durga Pujo? A fan of Game of Thrones? These GoT memes on Durga Pujo is our way of welcoming Maa Durga home! Much more to follow ...

Durga Puja is coming
Durga Puja is coming

 

And so is CHAANDA
And so is CHAANDA
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Why do all Pujo committees have old croods?
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Ebar DRAGON e chore asche Maa!
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VILLAIN
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The best lolitas ever!
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70 ft ! Just imagine///
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As always…
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THe one leave every Bong can kill for
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ALWAYS. A debt we pay in full.
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Indigo, SpiceJet et all…
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Fashion vs Mum
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He understands nothing.
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The smart son.
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Strong daughter
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Lokkhi meye
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Bhole baba paar karega…
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Maa
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AGAIN A DAY LESS ?????

 

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Biryani. Source ~ http://www.trendingtop5.com
Biryani. Source ~ http://www.trendingtop5.com
BIRYANI !

Every Bengali’s dream indulgence – chicken or mutton biryani with a potato and slice of egg. But who serves the best biryani in Kolkata? Is Aminia’s biryani tastier than Arsalan’s ? Or does Haji Saheb serve a better biryani than Zeeshan?

Take this poll and find out Kolkata’s favorite Biryani joints!

 

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Burrabazar expanded from a yarn and textile market into the commercial nucleus of Kolkata and one of the largest wholesale markets in Asia. Here are 7 amazing things you never knew about this bustling area in the heart of our city

  1. ETYMOLOGY – Burrabazar (Hindi: बडाबजार) is a Hindi word meaning big market. In Bengali, it is called Barobazar, (Bengali: বড়বাজার), the meaning remaining same. However, there is another theory. The neighbourhood was earlier named after ‘Buro’, the popular name of Shiva. The Hindi-speaking merchants who ousted the earlier local merchants, made it ‘Bara’.  Talk about survival of the fittest!


 

  1. SUTANUTI HAAT – This entire area was once dominated by yarn and cloth merchants and was called Sutanuti Haat (since it was in the part of Calcutta that was then called Sutnanuti). Sutanuti haat has been traced back to 1738 by Orme. In the siege of 1756, troops of Siraj ud-Daulah set fire to the market and took possession of Jorabagan and Kumortuli, neighborhoods further north where the merchants lived.


 

  1. MAHATMA GANDHI ROAD – Cutting right across Burrabazar is Harrison Road, which runs straight from Howrah Bridge to Sealdah railway station. It was constructed between December 1889 and 1892, sweeping away many an overcrowded tenement and festering lane. It is of the uniform breadth of 75 feet and named after Sir Henry Harrison, chairman of the corporation, by whom the scheme was inaugurated and matured. It has been renamed after Mahatma Gandhi.


 

  1. ECONOMIC BRILLIANCE – Burrabazar expanded from a yarn and textile market into one of the largest wholesale markets in India. Burrabazar is divided into highly specialised sub-markets, according to the commodity it deals in – Dhotipatti, Fancypatti, Tulapatti, Chinipatti etc. Further subdivisions are katra, chowk or kothi.Each katra (market) is known for a particular item. There are approximately 25 katras in Burrabazar. At Raja Katra, which originally belonged to the Maharaja of Bardhaman, most of the shops deal in spices. At Manohar Das Katra it is mostly hardware and textile. Vikram Chand Market and Khangrapatti sell mostly electronic goods and artificial ornaments.


 

  1. A SYNAGOGUE! – Did you know that there is a Jewish synagogue right in the heart of Burra Bazar? The address is – 201B, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Burrabazar, Utkalmani Gopabandhu Sarani, Raja Katra, Kolkata, West Bengal 700007, IndiaAnd here’s a picture –

  2. CASH AND MORE CASH – Burrabazar runs on huge volumes of cash transactions. It is rumored that the local merchants pay some employees of bank branches in Burrabazar for just counting currency notes. The Telegraph once reported – “The intricacies of the money transactions at Burrabazar can stump finance whizkids from the best of B-schools. In 10ftx10ft gaddis (offices), deals running into crores are struck without any written records. It’s all an act of faith and defaults are few.”

  3. MECHUA FRUIT BAZAAR – Rumored to be one of Asia’s largest and fastest moving fresh fruit markets, Mechua Bazar sees truckloads of fruits being auctioned 24×7 right on the streets. Check out this video of a fruit auctioneer plying his trade in Mechua.


 

A FINAL WORD – A popular saying goes, “Anything and everything is available in Burrabazar. Even the tiger’s eye is available for the right price.” We salute the spirit of business this part of Calcutta brings to us!

Sources ~ Wikipedia, The Telegraphcookiesound.com & urban legends.

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We were wondering if we could dub famous pop/rock anthems in #Bengali. But we never got beyond their Bong names & we ended up making #BongAutocorrect memes of famous Engriji numbers! Enjoy!

We were wondering if we could dub famous pop/rock anthems in #Bengali. But we laughed so hard when we tried translating their Bong names that we ended up making #BongAutocorrect memes of famous Engriji numbers! Enjoy!

  • Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams

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  • Baby – Justin Beiber

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  • Hips don’t lie – ShakiraSlide3

  • Who let the dogs out – Baha MenSlide4


  • Like a virgin – MadonnaSlide9


  • Waiting for tonight – Jennifer LopezSlide8


  • The Unforgiven – MetallicaSlide7


  • Opps!… I did it again – Britney SpearsSlide6


  • November Rain – Guns ‘N RosesSlide5


  • Your body is a wonderland – John MayerSlide10


  • Born this way – Lady GagaSlide15


  • Hey Brother – AviciiSlide14


  • Rolling in the deep – AdeleSlide13


  • Wake me up when September ends – Green DaySlide11


  • Sexy Back – Justin TimberlakeSlide12

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    Between 13th-15th October, Bengaluru is about to host the NASSCOM PRODUCT CONCLAVE 2015 . But what is it and why in heck do we think that it might actually kill some part of you?

    1. DEATH BY LEAPFROGINGNasscom Product Conclave 2015 is a platform for startups with BIG & BOLD DREAMS. It is a platform letting you, a budding start up with 0 exposure or experience, take that huge leap towards realizing your product in real life, meeting prospective investors, showcasing your bombastic idea to the rest of the community and basically watch and learn and grow. But this might actually result in the death of your STARTUP SHYNESS – never again will you fear approaching unknowns with your dream!
    Nasscom Product Conclave 2015. Source ~ Faceook
    1. DEATH BY DISCUSSION – Nasscom Product Conclave 2015 has two unique platforms – SUMMITS & CONCLAVES. SUMMITS talk about Growth Hacking, Design, Internet Of Things (In case you don’t know what it is, click here) & Cyber Security. CONCLAVES will host Keynote Sessions by global leaders & experts. This actually might cause your DOUBTS ABOUT ENTREPRENEURIAL ABILITY to die a sad death.

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    1. DEATH BY A MOONSHOTSolve for X Moonshot Sprint is NPC 2015’s hack for one big global problem. It’s your opportunity to solve a complex global problem through existing science or technology. By the way, this mega challenge might kill the adage of the dwarf touching the moon.

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    1. DEATH BY DATING – This is a big threat to your STARTUP COLD FEET. NPC 2015 has a session where you get to SPEED DATE INVESTORS. Meet them, wow them & woo them! This session, the first of its kind in India, might actually kill your fears of convincing prospective investors.
    Investor Speed Dating. Source ~ labs.openviewpartners.com
    Investor Speed Dating. Source ~ labs.openviewpartners.com
    1. DEATH BY DEMIGODS – What if I tell you that the Chief Data Officer of Deutsche Bank AG, the CTO & SVP of Walmart Labs, the Mayor of Menlo Park, the Founder of PayTM, the CTO of Intuit, an Executive Director of Xprize and a host of other tech luminaries are going to be at NPC 2015 just to inspire you. But wait, these successful demigods of innovation might actually KILL YOUR DOUBTS about your startup dreams.

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    1. DEATH BY DESIGN – Ever had a brilliant product idea that failed just because you lacked the infrastructure or ecosystem to support your production and design? NPC 2015 will arrange a MAKER FAIRE to KILL THAT LACK OF EXPOSURE for your million $ idea – dream, plan, build, show the future to the attendees and win.

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    1. DEATH BY A KIOSK – Ever stood behind a counter and tried selling your dream to a crowd? Owning your Kiosk for a day @ NPC 2015 will for sure kill your DISABILITY TO SELL. And what if we tell you that you can even pitch to industry leaders for Strategic Partnerships?
    Nasscom Product Conclave kiosks. Source ~ Ytimg.com
    Nasscom Product Conclave kiosks. Source ~ Ytimg.com
    1. DEATH OF EXPENSIVE REGISTRATIONS – In case you are a startup set up within the last 3 years, for 5,500 INR, you get an all access pass to NPC 2015. But the dirt cheap rate will kill the need to SHELL OUT TONS OF CASH for every event you attend and your bragging rights. Here’s where you register!
    National Product Conclave 2015 registration
    National Product Conclave 2015 registration
    1. DEATH BY GRANDEUR – The VIVANTA BY TAJ, YESHWANTPUR is the host for Nasscom Product Conclave 2015. Talk about a KILLER LOCATION.
    Nasscom Product Conclave 2015 venue
    Nasscom Product Conclave 2015 venue

    By the way, if you are confused by our aversion to NPC Bangalore 2015, here’s a secret – we are a sucker for this kinda events & we are really excited to attend NPC Banglaore 2015.

    We wish them GODSPEED!

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    She is the ideal Bengali woman for most of us - a literary genius, an NRB (Non Resident Bong) with strong connections with her Bengali heritage, highly educated and a strong personality. She is Jhumpa Lahiri and she has done us proud again - she will be presented with the National Humanities Medal today at the White House by President Barrack Obama.

    How well do you know Jhumpa Lahiri? Here are the top 10 things you must know about one of our favorite Bengali writers in English.

    1. THE IMMIGRANTS – Lahiri was born in London, the daughter of Indian immigrants from the state of West Bengal. Her family moved to the United States when she was two; Lahiri considers herself an American, stating, “I wasn’t born here, but I might as well have been.” Lahiri grew up in Kingston, Rhode Island, where her father Amar Lahiri works as a librarian at the University of Rhode Island. Lahiri’s mother wanted her children to grow up knowing their Bengali heritage, and her family often visited relatives in Kolkata.
    The author, at around the age of three, with her parents, Amar and Tapati, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, circa 1970.
    The author, at around the age of three, with her parents, Amar and Tapati, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, circa 1970. Source – www.newyorker.com
    1. DAAK NAAM – Her official Bhalo Naam is Nilanjana Sudeshna. USA TODAY reported – “They appear on her passport and birth certificate, and that’s how her parents expected her to be known in school. But the teacher, as Lahiri’s parents later told her, wasn’t much for formality. She said something like “That’s kind of a long name” and decided it was easier to pronounce “Jhumpa.” “
    Jhumpa Lahiri – Source www.frenchpressvintage.com
    1. GOGOL – Lahiri recalled, “I always felt so embarrassed by my name…. You feel like you’re causing someone pain just by being who you are.” Lahiri’s ambivalence over her identity was the inspiration for the ambivalence of Gogol, the protagonist of her novel The Namesake, over his unusual name. From Wikipedia.
    Mira Nair, Kal Penn & Jhumpa Lahiri – Source – graphics8.nytimes.com
    1. EDUCATION – Here are her credentials – Bachelor’s degree in English literature, Barnard College; masters’ degrees in English, creative writing, and comparative studies in literature and the arts; doctorate in renaissance studies, all from Boston University. “An absurd number of degrees,” she says, but all the diplomas are framed and displayed on her parents’ walls. From USA TODAY.
    Jhumpa Lahiri interacts with the audience at Princeton, New Jersey. Source – Rediff.com
    1. REJECTIONS – Lahiri’s debut short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies (1999), won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction but only after her early short stories faced rejection from publishers “for years”. It was only the seventh time a story collection had won the award.
    “Interpreterofmaladiescover” by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia
    1. ON SCREEN CAMEO – A film adaptation of her novel The Namesake was released in March 2007, directed by Mira Nair and starring Kal Penn as Gogol and Bollywood stars Tabu and Irrfan Khan as his parents. Lahiri herself made a cameo as “Aunt Jhumpa”.
    The Namesake. Source – Hindustan Times
    1. PROFESSOR – Lahiri is currently a professor of creative writing at Princeton University. She’s mentoring the Advanced Fiction course to commence in Fall 2015.
    Lahiri Tour Photo by Marco Delogu – Source arts.princeton.edu
    1. A FITTING PARTNER – In 2001, Lahiri married Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush, a journalist who was then Deputy Editor of TIME Latin America, and who is now Senior Editor of TIME Latin America. Lahiri lives in Rome, Italy with her husband and their two children, Octavio (b. 2002) and Noor (b. 2005). Incidentally, the marriage happened right here in Kolkata, at the Singhi Palace in Gariahat
    Author Jhumpa Lahiri (L) and Alberto Vourvoulias arrive for the State dinner in honour of India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh November 24, 2009 at the Booksellers area of the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN
    Author Jhumpa Lahiri (L) and Alberto Vourvoulias
    1. SMALL SCREEN TOO – Lahiri worked on the third season of the HBO TV program In Treatment. That season featured a character named Sunil, a widower who moves to the United States from India and struggles with grief and with culture shock. Although she is credited as a writer on these episodes, her role was more as a consultant on how a Bengali man might perceive Brooklyn.
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    1. THE CITATION –  Business Standard reports – “US President Barack Obama will honour Indian-American Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri with the prestigious National Humanities Medal in recognition of her enlarging the human story.”
    “National Humanities Medal cropped” by National Endowment for the Humanities. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

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    Do you keep forgetting the meaning of Bong food names? Confused how to explain them to your Non-Bong friends? Here is a list for you to refer to and help remember and explain this huge list of Bong delicacies.

    Bong Food
    Bong Food

    A READY RECKONER FOR THE NOVICE BONG FOODIE aka BONG FOOD NOMENCLATURE FOR DUMMIES

    Arranged alphabetically for your gastronomic delight!

    • Ambal: A sour dish made either with several vegetables or with fish, the sourness being produced by the addition of tamarind pulp or lime juice.

    • Bhaja: Anything fried, either by itself or in batter.

    • Bhapa: Fish or vegetables steamed with oil and spices. A classic steaming technique is to wrap the fish in banana leaf to give it a faint musky, smoky scent.

    • Bhate: (‘steamed with rice’) any vegetable, such as potatoes, beans, pumpkins, or even dal, first boiled whole and then mashed and seasoned with mustard oil or ghee and spices. Traditionally the vegetables were placed on top of the rice; they steamed as the rice was being boiled.

    • Bora: A dry ground meat or vegetable croquette. A bora is a Bong version of kofta and is consumed as a accompaniment to evening tea.

    • Chochchori: Usually a vegetable dish with one or more vegetables cut into longish strips, sometimes with the stalks of leafy greens added, all lightly seasoned with spices like mustard or poppy seeds and flavoured with a phoron. The skin and bone of large fish like bhetki (red snapper) or chitol can be made into a chochchori called kata-chochchori, kata, meaning fish-bone.

    • Chhanchra: A combination dish made with different vegetables, portions of fish head and fish oil (entrails).

    • Chechki: Tiny pieces of one or more vegetable or sometimes even the peels (of potatoes, lau, pumpkin or potol for example)—usually flavoured with panch phoron or whole mustard seeds or black cumin. Chopped onion and garlic can also be used, but hardly any ground spices.

    Chechki

    • Dalna: Mixed vegetables or eggs, cooked in medium thick gravy seasoned with ground spices, especially garom mashla and a touch of ghee.

    Dhokar Dalna

    • Dom: Vegetables (especially potatoes), meat or rice (biriyanis) cooked slowly in a sealed pot over a low heat.

    Akur Dom

    • Dolma or Patoler Dolma: The name is Turkish, but the food is different. The vegetable Potol (parwal or pointed gourd) is stuffed either with a combination of grated coconut, chickpeas or more commonly with fish and then fried. The fish is boiled with turmeric and salt, then bones are removed and then onion, ginger and gorom moshla are fried in oil and boiled fish is added and churned to prepare the stuffing.

    • Ghonto: Different complementary vegetables (e.g., cabbage, green peas, potatoes or banana blossom, coconut, chickpeas) are chopped or finely grated and cooked with both a phoron and ground spices. Dried pellets of dal (boris) are often added to the ghonto. Non-vegetarian ghontos are also made, with fish or fish heads added to vegetables. The famous muri-ghonto is made with fish heads cooked in a fine variety of rice. Some ghontos are very dry while others a thick and juicy.

    • Jhal: Literally, ‘hot’. A great favourite in West Bengali households, this is made with fish or shrimp or crab, first lightly fried and then cooked in a light sauce of ground red chilli or ground mustard and a flavouring of pãch-phoron or black cumin. Being dry, it is often eaten with a little bit of dal poured over the rice.

    Chingrir Jhal

    • Jhol: A light fish or vegetable stew seasoned with ground spices like ginger, cumin, coriander, chili, and turmeric with pieces of fish and longitudinal slices of vegetables floating in it. The gravy is thin yet extremely flavourful. Whole green chilis are usually added at the end and green coriander leaves are used to season for extra taste. This term is also used to refer to any type of stew in meat, fish or vegetable dishes.

    • Kalia: A very rich preparation of fish, meat or vegetables using a lot of oil and ghee with a sauce usually based on ground ginger and onion paste and gorom moshla.

    Kaliya

    • Kasundi or Kashundi: A sharp paste of mustard and raw mango pulp, popular as a dipping sauce in Bengali cuisine.

    Kashundi

    • Khichuŗi: Rice mixed with Moong Dal or Masoor dal(kinds of lentil) and vegetables, and in some cases, boiled or fried eggs. Usually cooked with spices and turmeric powder.

    • Kofta: Ground meat or vegetable croquettes bound together by spices and/or eggs served alone or in savoury gravy.

    • Korma: Another term of Urdu origin (literally ‘braised with onions’), meaning meat or chicken cooked in a mild onion and yogurt sauce with ghee.

    • Luchi: Small round unleavened bread fried in oil or ghee.

    Luchi

    • Panch phoran: A spice mixture of consisting of five whole seeds used in equal proportions and fried in oil or ghee. The spices can vary, but the mixture usually includes cumin, fennel or anise,nigella, fenugreek, and either wild celery (radhuni) or black mustard seeds.

    • Poroţa: Bread made from wheat flour and fried in the oven until golden-brown. Generally round n shape in the rest of India, the Bengali version has a typical triangular shape and is thinner.

    Parota

    • Paturi: Typically fish, seasoned with spices (usually shorshe) wrapped in banana leaves and steamed or roasted over a charcoal fire.

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    • Polau(See Pilaf): Fragrant dish of rice with ghee, spices and small pieces of vegetables. Long grained aromatic rice is usually used, but some aromatic short grained versions such as Kalijira or Gobindobhog may also be used.

    • Pora: The word literally means charred. Vegetables are wrapped in banana leaves and roasted over a wood, charcoal or coal fire. Some vegetables with skin such as begun, are put directly on the flame or coals. The roasted vegetable is then mixed with onions, oil and spices.

    • Tôrkari: A general term often used in Bengal the way `curry’ is used in English (it is speculated to be one of the origins of curry). Originally from Persian, the word first meant uncooked garden vegetables. From this it was a natural extension to mean cooked vegetables or even fish and vegetables cooked together.

    SOURCE ~ Wikipedia

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    So it was a BANDH on 2nd September 2015. And Bongs have for long been synonymous with Bandhs. In case you were at home and not at work or college, here are 8 awesome excuses for you to use on the day following a bandh to justify your absence. INQUILAAB JINDABAAAAD... JINDABAAAAD... JINDABAAAAD

    1. BAIRE PROCHUR GONDOGOL HOCHCHILO

    This almost always works, since no college/company is ready to jeopardize someone’s safety for a day’s absence. But come on, it’s way safer on a bandh day on Kolkata streets than during normal rush hour!


     

    1. EKTAO GARI GHORA KISSU CHOLCHILO NA

    Yeah right! The last we heard UBER, OLA , Metro and most cabs were plying fine! But maybe you stay in Gosaipur and your office is 54 kms away!


     

    1. SOB DOKAN PAAT BONDHO… KHABO KI ?

    HELL YEAH! A Bong can tolerate everything as long his roadside “GUMTI is actively selling double-chicken-roll, mangsho-bhaat or momo. By the way, all the “PAAN-BIRIR DOKAN” were open!


     

    1. KEU JACHCHENA. AMI EKLA GIYE KI KORBO ?

    Talk about crushing loneliness in an empty classroom or a barren office floor. “ADDA KAR SHONGE MARBO?? But then again, some like it that way and they are going to reach extra early on Bandh days to enjoy the bliss of reduced human presence.


     

    1. MAA BOLLO NA BEROTE…JODI KICHU HOYE JAYE !!

    KI BOLBO? Mum is the final word – even if it’s only on this one day that you choose to listen to her dictums!


     

    1. KHUB STRESS BHAI. EKDIN EKTU RELAX KORAR CHANCE PACHCHI CHARA JAYE…

    SERIOUSLY! An excess of professional stress can cause severe metaphysical damages. Hence, Bongs invented Bandh days to counter these ill effects and present you with mid-week holidays!


     

    1. I SUPPORT THE CAUSE BEHIND THIS STRIKE…KENO JENO BANDH DEKECHILO?

    You really may support the cause behind a strike, but honestly, that was far from the real reason why you parked your lazy backside at home on a bandh day.


     

    1. BERIYECHILAM…HOTHAT GARITE DHIL MERE KAANCH BHENGE DILO, TAI PHIRE GELAM…

    Off shoot of all the “GONDOGOL”. You took a serious risk to get to work/college, put yourself in harm’s way and then your liberty was snatched away from you by one stray “DHIL” (piece of rock)! True sign of dedication and fearlessness. We salute your bravery madam/sir!

    Did you use better excuses? Let us know.
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    Do you like a Bengali? Don't know how to break the ice? Follow this link and find out the basics of making a Bong smile and win them over!

    If you know (or maybe are attracted to) a Bengali & want to see them smile, look no further for ideas. Here are a few sure fire things to do or say that will have any Bong grinning in no time.

    1. What a sweet language!

    Complement the mother tongue (that’s Bengali you nitwit!) and they will immediately treat you like a kindred soul.

    1. Bengali food – wah wah!

    Now let’s move a little down and praise the food – especially if you are a non-veggy! Praise the fish & the curry & the sweets (forget that and you’re so screwed!) to see the grin widening.

    1. Poetry/Music/Literature/Movies

    Here are a few names for you to hail when around a Bengali – Rabindranath (poetry, songs, paintings, dramas), Uttam Kumar (Acting), Satyajit Ray (You should know this one!), Kishore Kumar(Ye to saara India jaanta hai yaar!). Just pick any of these names and say that he is your favorite in that genre & BOOM, you are in for a long chat over tea about your excellent tastes!

    (Superbly cool but hard to pull stunt for the true Bong lover- Just take a print out of the following image and tell them that you always wanted to read this lovely Bong poem. It’s a limerick and will immediately result in belly laughs!)

    Print out – Fold – Carry in purse – Flash in front of a Bong – WIN!
    1. DADA

    Just repeat after me – “Dada was the best captain India ever had or will ever have”. And the room just lit up with a beaming Bong smile.

    1. Calcutta

    Mention College Street, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial & the Hooghly River (Read the Wiklpedia page HERE for more). The bong is now firmly in your zone!

    Calcutta Calcutta
    Calcutta Calcutta
    1. The Bombshells

    Be sincere now & express your admiration for the beauty of a true Bengali woman. Please avoid the actresses. Just praise the eyes & the curves & the sultry splendor of a Bong LOLONA (Use that word, it means “FEMME FATALE” in Bengali !).

    Chompa Maal

    And thus my friend, you have a Bong friend (girlfriend?!) for life or till the day you make the mistake of saying a single word against any of the above!

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      They are not stick thin and nor do they wear Dior. But they are sensuous in the curviest and the boldest sense of the word. Here are our top 14 Bengali stars who steal the show with one look of their kohl lined Bong eyes.

      Paoli Dam

      She’s the boldest Bong beauty for some time now and her dusky lure is mesmerizing.

      Paoli

      Sreelekha Mitra

      Those bow shaped lips…

      Sreelekha Mitra
      Sreelekha Mitra
      Swastika Mukherjee

      The intelligent Bong eyes and… You decide

      Swastika Mukherjee
      Swastika Mukherjee

       

      Roopa Ganguli

      She was at the center of Mahabharat raging on Indian TV in the 90s. She is the rare woman who ages with grace and beauty.

      Roopa Ganguly
      Roopa Ganguli
      Koneenica Banerjee

      The girl-next-door participant of Bigg Boss, is a smouldering Bong belle.

      Koneenica Banerjee
      Koneenica Banerjee

       

      Sushmita Sen

      She is still the country’s hottest chemistry teacher. She is a strong, independent single mother & she was the most beautiful woman in the Universe. Need we say more about this Bongo Lolona?

      Susmita Sen
      Susmita Sen
      Raima Sen

      This grand-daughter of the legendary First Lady of Bengali cinema, is the classical Bong beauty whose eyes can kill.

      Raima Sen
      Raima Sen
      Bipasha Basu

      She is the fittest, she is dusky & her smoky eyes & the slightly parted lips will make you drool.

      Bipasha Basu
      Bipasha Basu
      Nandana Sen
      Nandana Sen
      Nandana Sen

      She redefined on-screen romance in Rang Rasiya. And she calls Nobel laureate Amartya Sen ‘baba’. Beat that heat!

      Lisa Ray

      From Shyambazar came this unforgettable royal looking Water goddess.

      Lisa Ray
      Lisa Ray
      Reema Sen

      This alumnus of St Thomas Kolkata, had the entire country drooling while she did her dishes in Wasseypur. ‘nuff said…

      Reema
      Reema
      June Malia

      This Darjeeling born Bong bombshell has oodles of the x-factor that burns up movie screens!

      June Malia - Bengali actress
      June Malia – Bengali actress
      Rituparna Sengupta

      She has been rocking the Bengali movie scene for more than 20 years now & she is still one of the sultriest sirens on screen.

      Rituparna - Bengali actress
      Rituparna – Bengali actress
      Rii

      She created waves with her impressive mind-bending role in GANDU. She is arguably the boldest actress in the country today.

      Rii - Bengali actress
      Rii

      We are sure we missed a few of the hottest Bengali beauties. Let us know!

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        Probably the largest market in the East is the New Market. Covering several blocks in the downtown area, the 2,000 stalls offer most anything you could ask for, wartime shortages accepted. In addition to all the items appealing to the local and tourist trade, the market contains giant food departments.

        The Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania recently acquired an album with 60 photographs of Calcutta taken between 1945-1946. The photographer, Claude Waddell, was a military photographer & we have retained his original captions (just to give you an idea of how the world perceived us ‘natives’ then). Hope you enjoy this pictorial time travel back to the Calcutta of 1940s. This is the second part of this series, thrid part coming soon!

         

        Hindusthan building, one of the most modern in Calcutta, was built for an insurance company but occupied upon its completion by the U.S. Army.  Located in the heart of the city, it is the nerve center of all military business, containing post office, finance office, Base Section offices, air, rail booking offices, a radio station, giant post exchange, officers mess and living quarters, signal offices and others.
        Hindusthan building, one of the most modern in Calcutta, was built for an insurance company but occupied upon its completion by the U.S. Army. Located in the heart of the city, it is the nerve center of all military business, containing post office, finance office, Base Section offices, air, rail booking offices, a radio station, giant post exchange, officers mess and living quarters, signal offices and others.
        The American Red Cross Burra Club, leave center for GI's and recreation spot for all enlisted men. The unpretentious facade belies an interior complete with dormitory, snack bar, restaurant, music room games room and lounge, barber and tailor shops, wrapping service department and Post Exchange.
        The American Red Cross Burra Club, leave center for GI’s and recreation spot for all enlisted men. The unpretentious facade belies an interior complete with dormitory, snack bar, restaurant, music room games room and lounge, barber and tailor shops, wrapping service department and Post Exchange.
        Indians are the bravest commuters in the world.  They hang from every handhold.  The two shown here, however, are bent on clinching a seat before the car fills.  Ancient double-decker buses sway and chug under the strain of double overloads and trams make packed New York subways seem comfortable by comparison.
        Indians are the bravest commuters in the world. They hang from every handhold. The two shown here, however, are bent on clinching a seat before the car fills. Ancient double-decker buses sway and chug under the strain of double overloads and trams make packed New York subways seem comfortable by comparison.
        Sacred cattle and coolies push and pull great carts to the loading platform of the Howrah railroad station in background, one of the city's two stations.  Howrah is on the west bank of the river, and Sealdah, the other station, is in another section of Calcutta on the east side.
        Sacred cattle and coolies push and pull great carts to the loading platform of the Howrah railroad station in background, one of the city’s two stations. Howrah is on the west bank of the river, and Sealdah, the other station, is in another section of Calcutta on the east side.
        Probably the largest market in the East is the New Market.  Covering several blocks in the downtown area, the 2,000 stalls offer most anything you could ask for, wartime shortages accepted.  In addition to all the items appealing to the local and tourist trade, the market contains giant food departments.
        Probably the largest market in the East is the New Market. Covering several blocks in the downtown area, the 2,000 stalls offer most anything you could ask for, wartime shortages accepted. In addition to all the items appealing to the local and tourist trade, the market contains giant food departments.
        Highlight of the out-of-bounds visit is of course, a look-in on the lassies.  These dusky ladies of the night ask from $3.00 to $6.00 for the dubious pleasure they offer.  The GI seems to find making choice hard.
        Highlight of the out-of-bounds visit is of course, a look-in on the lassies. These dusky ladies of the night ask from $3.00 to $6.00 for the dubious pleasure they offer. The GI seems to find making choice hard.
        In contrast to the magnificent palace in background, two sweating coolies strain at a load of precious firewood.  The building is known as the Marble  Palace & contains a rich collections of paintings, lavishly furnished.  It belongs to a Bengali family who are alleged to feed hundreds of poor daily.
        In contrast to the magnificent palace in background, two sweating coolies strain at a load of precious firewood. The building is known as the Marble Palace & contains a rich collections of paintings, lavishly furnished. It belongs to a Bengali family who are alleged to feed hundreds of poor daily.
        The Hooghly river is lined with bathing ghats like the one shown here.  The troop transports in the background seem out of place in the old-world atmosphere created by the temple at left and the sampans at anchor.
        The Hooghly river is lined with bathing ghats like the one shown here. The troop transports in the background seem out of place in the old-world atmosphere created by the temple at left and the sampans at anchor.
        The Jain temple, Parashnath Mandir, is Calcutta's gaudiest and most elaborate temple.  The Jains are a sect of the Hindus, a great many of whom belong to the money-lending class, are shrewd and frequently wealthy. Jains do not believe in taking a life, often even wear a nostril veil to prevent inhaling of insects.
        The Jain temple, Parashnath Mandir, is Calcutta’s gaudiest and most elaborate temple. The Jains are a sect of the Hindus, a great many of whom belong to the money-lending class, are shrewd and frequently wealthy. Jains do not believe in taking a life, often even wear a nostril veil to prevent inhaling of insects.
        A little snooping in Chinatown will turn up the little opium dens stuck down an alley (not recommended without police escort).  Actually, the smokers shown in this picture do it legally.  Each den is licensed for so many pipes.  Each pipe costs a rupee, a phial of opium five rupees.  Average smoker consumes a phial a day and there are about 186 pipes licensed in Calcutta.
        A little snooping in Chinatown will turn up the little opium dens stuck down an alley (not recommended without police escort). Actually, the smokers shown in this picture do it legally. Each den is licensed for so many pipes. Each pipe costs a rupee, a phial of opium five rupees. Average smoker consumes a phial a day and there are about 186 pipes licensed in Calcutta.

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          Hooghly river and part of Calcutta's east bank. But for this giant stream, Calcutta would likely never have been built. Nevertheless the river affords many spectacles and has accommodated millions of tons of supplies necessary to the war effort.

          The Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania recently acquired an album with 60 photographs of Calcutta taken between 1945-1946. The photographer, Claude Waddell, was a military photographer & we have retained his original captions (just to give you an idea of how the world perceived us ‘natives’ then). Hope you enjoy this pictorial time travel back to the Calcutta of 1940s. The last picture in this series is a revelation (Read the $ amounts in the caption) !

          Chowringhee Street
          Chowringhee Street—Calcutta’s main thoroughfare, an amazing parade of fascinating sights and sounds.Every soldier who has trod its length retains memories of one of the most colorful and interesting streets in the world.
          Hooghly river and part of Calcutta's east bank.  But for this giant stream, Calcutta would likely never have been built. Nevertheless the river affords many spectacles and has accommodated millions of tons of supplies necessary to the war effort.
          Hooghly river and part of Calcutta’s east bank. But for this giant stream, Calcutta would likely never have been built. Nevertheless the river affords many spectacles and has accommodated millions of tons of supplies necessary to the war effort.
          Aerial view of Calcutta downtown.  In upper left background is Hindusthan building, U.S. Army HQ.  The oldest part of the city starts at the esplanade and extends upwards.  The city was founded in the early 1700's.
          Aerial view of Calcutta downtown. In upper left background is Hindusthan building, U.S. Army HQ. The oldest part of the city starts at the esplanade and extends upwards. The city was founded in the early 1700’s.
          A bewildering mass of billboards at the corner of Harrison Street (Burra Bazar) and Strand Road.  One of the oldest sections of Calcutta, at the foot of Howrah Bridge, it is a fine vantage point for photographing the passing parade of oddly dressed natives and curious vehicles.
          A bewildering mass of billboards at the corner of Harrison Street (Burra Bazar) and Strand Road. One of the oldest sections of Calcutta, at the foot of Howrah Bridge, it is a fine vantage point for photographing the passing parade of oddly dressed natives and curious vehicles.
          Chowringhee Square.  The Juma Masjid, is shown at left.  This is actually one of the quiet moments when GI trucks, taxis, bicycles and other modes of transport can move with comparative freedom.
          Chowringhee Square. The Juma Masjid, is shown at left. This is actually one of the quiet moments when GI trucks, taxis, bicycles and other modes of transport can move with comparative freedom.
          Karnani Estates, a mammoth apartment hotel for U.S. Army officers.  Known to the many thousands of transient and locally based officers as a social center, it has been provided with one of the most elaborately decorated bars of any officers club in the CBI theater.
          Karnani Estates, a mammoth apartment hotel for U.S. Army officers. Known to the many thousands of transient and locally based officers as a social center, it has been provided with one of the most elaborately decorated bars of any officers club in the CBI theater.
          Calcutta boasts the third largest cantilever bridge in the world.  Its real importance, however, lies in the fact that it serves as Calcutta's gateway to the west, being the city's only bridge spanning the Hooghly. Taking 7 years to build, it cost $10,000,000. It towers 310 feet as the city's highest structure, is 2,150 feet long with a center span of 1,500 feet.  It was completed in 1942, opened in February, 1943.
          Calcutta boasts the third largest cantilever bridge in the world. Its real importance, however, lies in the fact that it serves as Calcutta’s gateway to the west, being the city’s only bridge spanning the Hooghly. Taking 7 years to build, it cost $10,000,000. It towers 310 feet as the city’s highest structure, is 2,150 feet long with a center span of 1,500 feet. It was completed in 1942, opened in February, 1943.
          Street scene outside the Calcutta stock exchange.  The noise is similar to the bedlam in all stock exchanges and many transactions (unofficial) take place in the street as shown here.
          Street scene outside the Calcutta stock exchange. The noise is similar to the bedlam in all stock exchanges and many transactions (unofficial) take place in the street as shown here.
          GI dock workers of the Port companies created order out of chaos at Calcutta's great docks and thousands of tons of vital war supplies flowed through to china, Burma and India.  The MP is on hand to see that the coolies do not pilfer from the rations they are carrying.
          GI dock workers of the Port companies created order out of chaos at Calcutta’s great docks and thousands of tons of vital war supplies flowed through to china, Burma and India. The MP is on hand to see that the coolies do not pilfer from the rations they are carrying.
          Bengali movie actresses.  Dressed in Sarees. 19-year old Binota Bose, left, and Mrs. Rekha Mullick, right,are right at home before the camera and lights.  Miss Bose earns $360.00 per month and Mrs. Mullick $210.00. Both are well educated and prefer American books, pictures.
          Bengali movie actresses. Dressed in Sarees. 19-year old Binota Bose, left, and Mrs. Rekha Mullick, right,are right at home before the camera and lights. Miss Bose earns $360.00 per month and Mrs. Mullick $210.00. Both are well educated and prefer American books, pictures.

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            On 3rd July, Kolkata is about to host the second edition of NASSCOM PRODUCT CONCLAVE. But what is it and why in heck should you bother? We give you 9 reasons why you should NOT attend this event!

            1. I AM NOT INTERESTED IN “I.T.”

            Well, NPC 2015 is not the place for you then. NASSCOM Product Conclave (NPC) is an annual gathering of product & associated services entrepreneurs, tech startups, VCs, academicians, angel investors and CIOs. It’s a great place to get a feel of state-of-the-art tech that will change the world for good. But you don’t really care about latest tech, do you ?

            NASSCOM PRODUCT CONCLAVE
            NASSCOM PRODUCT CONCLAVE – India Today
            1. I DON’T CARE ABOUT NETWORKING.

            So you are a budding techie & you have never even dreamt of having your own startup. So why waste your time getting to know the who’s who of Indian tech galaxy? NPC is a gathering of Indian tech elite – VCs, tech leaders, CIOs, market influencers and fresh new startups – basically the people who are shaping the IT & software industries of India. But hey, why bother meeting these people?

            NASSCOM  PRODUCT CONCLAVE delegates
            NASSCOM PRODUCT CONCLAVE delegates
            1. I DON’T NEED AN INCUBATOR FOR MY STARTUP

            Opening a “garage startup” was your dream and you don’t give a damn about a state of the art office setup with top class mentors @2500/month. NASSCOM has launched the 10000 Startup Warehouse in Salt Lake Sector V (its second 10000 Startup Warehouse in India after Bangalore). Read more about the Kolkata Startup Warehouse here – NASSCOM Launches Its Second Startup Warehouse In KolkataBut why care about awesome infrastructure that you share with equally smart startups when you can sit in your room under the stairs and run your biz?

            NASSCOM STARTUP WAREHOUSE KOLKATA
            NASSCOM STARTUP WAREHOUSE KOLKATA
            1. I DON’T WANT TO HEAR THE EXPERIENCES OF SUCCESSFUL STARTUPS/ENTREPRENEURS

            It is boring isn’t it, to be in the same room with the smartest tech entrepreneurs of our generation & listen to their incredible stories of success? Who would want to listen to Kunal Shah (Founder & CEO, FreeCharge), Ravi Trivedi (Managing Partner, Srijan Capital) or S Anand (Chief Data Scientist, Gramener)? These are successful startup honchos or tech experts or VCs with huge amounts of knowledge to share. But you sure as hell don’t want to talk to this bunch right?

            NASSCOM PRODUCT CONCLAVE 2015 Speakers
            NASSCOM PRODUCT CONCLAVE 2015 Speakers
            1. MY BUSINESS IDEA IS NOT TECH RELATED

            Please stay away from NPC Kolkata then! This year at NPC Kolkata 2015 there will be a separate section where companies from different sectors like Manufacturing, Retail, Healthcare, Financial Services etc. will interact with tech leaders and service providers. But your business is not from any of the above segments right?

            SFU.CA
            SFU.CA
            1. IT’S HAPPENING IN KOLKATA? CAN’T BE A BIG DEAL THEN…

            Yeah we know this one – nothing cutting edge ever happens in Kolkata right? WRONG! NASSCOM is planning  to impact 100+ startups & companies by end of 2015, through NPC Kolkata & 10000 Startup. Kolkata is fast becoming a great place to nurture & grow startups. But if you seriously want to miss the rise of Kolkata as the next destination for startups in India, why go to NPC 2015?

            NASSCOM 10000 STARTUPS
            NASSCOM 10000 STARTUPS
            1. IT MUST BE HAPPENING IN SOME SEEDY BUILDING IN SALT LAKE…

            Yeah, kind of. HYATT REGENCY is maybe a decade old. And its hallways do stink of opulence & may seem drab and sad to your finer senses. Better stay away mate!

            NASSCOM PRODUCT CONCLAVE - Venue
            NASSCOM PRODUCT CONCLAVE – Venue
            1. WHY WASTE A TON OF MONEY REGISTERING IN THIS EVENT

            Absolutely! If the registration fees in the table below (we flicked this table from the NPC site so don’t tell them!) look atrocious to you and you feel that you can better use that money in your startup, then sure as hell don’t do it! It does look like they are charging the Sun & the moon just for an opportunity to help startups meet VCs & industry bigwigs.

            NASSCOM PRODUCT CONCLAVE 2015 - Registration
            NASSCOM PRODUCT CONCLAVE 2015 – Registration
            1. I DON’T THINK THERE’S ENOUGH TIME LEFT TO REGISTER OR PREPARE

            Even though it’s happening on 3rd July, the early bird registration is open only till the 31st May. That’s too little time isn’t it? Forget it, you are far too busy with your work to give this a thought or try registering, even though it happens online here.


            We are going to be there at NPC Kolkata 2015 just to make sure that none of you turn up. Please make sure you miss this excellent event, so that the startups, techies & entrepreneurs who are seriously innovative & insanely inquisitive can have their place in the sun.

            By the way, if you are confused by our aversion to NPC Kolkata 2015, here’s a secret – we are a sucker for this kinda events & we are really excited to attend NPC Kolkata 2015. We wish them GODSPEED!

            You though, are welcome to stay at home or be at the movies while we meet VCs & fun startups!

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            We Bengalis have migrated out of West Bengal and moved to different parts of India, mostly to earn a living. Wherever you go in...