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Banglar Baagh

He is the Bengal tiger who was away from home for sometime. He writes with wild abundance and loves snapping pictures that catch the ephemeral moments with serenity. He is our traveller, our resident jester.

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    He is NOT a Bengali. But his Rabindra Sangeet performance & Bengali pronunciation is spellbinding. He is Sanam Puri and here is his amazing cover of TUMI ROBE NIROBE.

    Sanam Puri Rabindra Sangeet. Source ~
    Sanam Puri Rabindra Sangeet. Source ~

    It is not everyday that a Non-Bengali performer attempts to belt out a not-so-easy-to-sing Rabindra Sangeet. Hence, when a Youtube celebrity singer from Delhi tries it, our Bong ears go aflutter – “Oh really? He’s going to do WHAT?!” We can’t wait to laugh at his failed effort and criticise his bad pronunciation of Bengali words.

    But then there’s Sanam Puri, the self-taught lead singer of the Delhi based band SANAM. And he has not only attempted but done a stellar job of singing one of Rabindranath’s immortal ballads. It’s a soulful performance and his perfect pronunciation of Bengali words is what will leave you pleasantly surprised.

    Watch the video and be stunned!

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    How does it sound when a Bong & a Punjabi fight? See this video for a rib tickling take on this classic war of words.

    Bengali vs Punjabi
    Bengali vs Punjabi
    The hilarious Bollywood funnyman Johnny Lever performs a rib-tickling stand-up comedy about the classic desi battle of brains vs brawns – Bengali vs Punjabi.  It’s stunning how well he mimics the angry Bengali Bhodrolok.

    Joy guru enjoy guru!

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    This epic timelapse video of Kolkata by a techie is a montage of all that our city embodies - the best of colonial architecture coexisting with modern infrastructure, all by the banks of the Hooghly under an auburn Sun.

    Kolkata Timelapse
    Kolkata Timelapse

    Jayanta K Ghosh,  a techie from Kolkata has created an epic time lapse video of Kolkata. The video is a montage of all that our city embodies –  flamboyant, Gothic and Neo Classical architecture mingling seamlessly with the shiny façades of state of the art infrastructure. It’s a beautiful rendering of all that the city offers to an explorer. Enjoy the video and support the creator. We say “SABASH”!

    And this here is the Behind the Scenes video of the creator & the talented team at work. It’s inspiring to see these passionate Kolkatans & stellar technicians talk about creating such a moving video.

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    Education in Bengal, Working in Bangalore - The Bong dream ! Even after years in Bangalore, a part of Calcutta never leaves you. You will never get over it, and you keep loving or cursing it frequently. Here are things people say once they move to Bangalore from Calcutta.

    Bangalore Station
    Bangalore Station

    1. Kolkatar work culture khub baaje, keu kaaj korte chaye na !

    No one likes to work in Calcutta. A siesta is a must, post a heavy maach-bhaat lunch. A part of you still misses the nap though.


    2. Kolkatae prochur politics !

    Bapi da, Poltu da, everyone is a neta in Kolkata – be it at the workplace, campus or in your para. You better be smart or be out of the game.


    3. Kolkatae aadhyek shomoy lok jon cha ar cigarette kheye e kaatiye deye!

    Tobacco and Tea – Two leaves Kolkata consumes crazily.


    4.Summertime sadness – Kolkatae ki pach-pache gorom ! Bangalore er weather ta besh bhalo!

    You start comparing the beautiful weather of Bangalore with the not so pleasant humidity of Kolkata.


    5.Ami ar Kolkata’r bus e uthte paarbo na, Bangalore er Volvo gulo awesome.

    The bus service of the two cities are poles apart ! You have now gotten used to the AC volvo buses & would dare not get into a super packed Kolkata bus !


    6.Ekhane ektao bhalo mishti pawa jaaye na !

    The Bong’s sweet tooth always yearns for the parar mishtir dokan.


    7.Aloo koi ? Biriyani te keu curry paata deye ?

    Curry leaves in biryani ?? Get me some aloo !

    8.Jai bolo boss, Kolkata r moton meye pabe na kintu Bangalore e

    Nothing beats the beauty of a bong woman.

    Chompa Maal

    9.TOIT prochur expensive, ei taka te China Town e mod e chan hoye jabe

    Common dialogue when a Bong pays the bill in a Bangalore pub.

    Golden Empire Drinks & Bar Menu

    10.Ashtamir din code likhchi bhai, last year Maddox e ki adda hoyechilo !!

    Going to office during Durga pujo, is going to hell.


    11.Manager bangali, tao kharap rating dilo. Bangali e bangalir shotru hoye.

    And you thought, you would get a favour?  Never happens between two bongs.

    12.Ei salary Kolkata e pele, aajkei paata fele debo !

    A part of you, keeps calling you eternally back to Kolkata ! But it never happens, and you eventually make peace with Bangalore !


    13. Bhai Indigo te offer cholche, Kolkatar ticket ta ekkhuni kaat

    Air tickets to Calcutta are expensive, so the moment there’s an offer, a Bong must buy it right away.

    14. Bangalore er autor bhara is twice the Kolkata taxi bhara

    ONE-AND-HALF Saaaarrrr. Taxi nei keno ekhane ???

    15. Bangalore e weekend e kotto acitivity, Kolkataye kissu nei

    Weekend in Bangalore – Cycling trip to Nandi Hills, Laser Tag & Go Karting at Marathalli, Ooty, Coorg, Wayanad, Hampi etc etc.

    Weekend in Kolkata – Chol Mandarmoni jaini onekdin.


    These are just a few things Bongs say when they leave for Bangalore from Bongland. Let us know more, cause we know you have tons of them!

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     Every Bengali kid is taught essential life lessons from the day of her/his birth. These are our favorite lessons we learned early in life.

    1.Maacher kaanta nije baachte shekh !

    Nothing should come between you and your fish !!
    Bongs learn how to tackle those dangerous fish bones with unmatched perfection at a very young age.


    2.Tabla/guitar/painting/singing/dance classes

    Every Bong friend you have, knows one of these.

    It’s in their DNA, they have to be good at some form of art other than studies !


    3.Onko te eto kom marks kano ?

    Math ! They have to do the math and they have to be good at it. A bong child scoring a hundred in maths and failing all other subjects, is still a hero.


    4.Baba maa’r mukher opor ekdom torko korbe na !

    Mom and Dad are always correct ! Can never challenge their logic !


     5.Notun bat shobai ke dibi na !!

    You are not supposed to share your cricket bat with anyone, whosoever it be !!!


    6.Tiffin ta puro shesh kore anbi !

    Dont even think about skipping lunch, the one your mom lovingly made for you. Giving the food away to someone, or even throwing it away was a much better option than facing your mom !


    Did we miss some of the lesson Bengalis teach their little ones? Let us know!

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    Poila Boishakh

    It’s Poila Boishakh – the Bengali New Year today! It’s the day of the year when Bongs wear new clothes and their kitchens exude the aroma of freshly prepared delicacies.
    But we have a different recipe for this year, how about eating at some exotic eateries a short drive away from Kolkata ?
    Drive down to these 5 off beat places near Kolkata for a brilliant lunch!

    1. Bonolakshmi

    Countryside flavours amidst chirping of birds in woods.Get yourself soaked in the excellent food and the soothing earthy ambience the place, near bolpur offers.

    Bonolakshmi, Bolpur

    2. Itachuna Rajbari

    A relaxing getaway from the city for a short stay and an amazing eating experience.

    Make sure to have your reservations in advance.

    Rajbari Itachuna

     3. Bawali Rajbari

    Yet another day trip back to nostalgia, accompanied by a royal bengali lunch.

    rajbari Bawali

    4.Raichak on Ganges

    Splurge yourself in one of the most premium places around Kolkata amidst absorbing landscaped greenery.

    Ffort Radisson, Raichak

    5.Sher e Punjab

    Superb punjabi food, across a lovely drive to Kolaghat on the Kona Expressway.

    Sher e Punjab, Kona Expressway

     Did we miss your favorite place?
    Have a better destination in mind?
    Let us know about your choice to drive to near Kolkata!



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