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    There are a host of stereotypes that chase a Bengali. Some weird, some exagerrated but some true. Here are the top twelve of those cliches.

    Bengali stereotypes
    Bengali stereotypes

    We Bengalis have migrated out of West Bengal and moved to different parts of India, mostly to earn a living. Wherever you go in India you are likely to find at least 1 Bengali in a 10 meter radius around you (especially in Bangalore, where one 335E bus might sound like a 3D/1). Basically we have done to India, what we Indians have done to the US or the UK.
    But irrespective of where we are, stereotypes never seem to be far behind. And most of them are so damn cliched that it pisses the hell out of most of us. So here goes, the top 12 stereotypes we Bengalis are sick of.

    1. Ami tomake bhalobasheeeeeee…

    Ami tomake bhalobashi | Khuddar song
    The song from Khuddar where India learned how to say I Love You in different languages

    Yes, thank you. Glad to know that you know 3 Bengali words that every other Indian also knows. Thanks to one Kishore Kumar song, you know how to say I love you in many Indian languages. But if you are a 40 year old uncle coming and saying that to me in a weird accent, honestly it’s a little creepy. And if you really want to say it, at least learn the correct pronunciation, since it’s easier than the French you’ve been trying to learn forever.
    So my dear, thanks, but no thanks.

    2. You must make good fish curry!


    No I don’t! Does every Sejal Patel you know make killer Dhokla? Does every Happy Singh cook up crazy ass Tandoori Murg?? Neither do I. I don’t know how to cook Machher Jhol, hell I don’t even like Machher Jhol all the time!

    3. Hey, Happy Durgoo Pujooo

    Durga Puja. Bongfeed,com
    Durga Puja. Bongfeed,com

    Okay, stop it, right now! You don’t have to put unnecessary “OOO” at the end of every Bengali word. Thanks for your wishes. I agree, we do make a big deal out of Durga Pujo. Please remember to wish every Tamilian on Pongal, every Asamese on Bihu and every Punjabi on Baisakhi too.

    4. Bengali = = Communist

    Bengali politicians
    Bengali politicians – Mimi Chakraborty & Nusrat Jahan

    YES-NO-MAYBE! Toke bolbo keno?
    Yes we were ruled by the reds for far too many decades. But that does not define us.
    Are you from Delhi, that must mean you wear a muffler and cough 24/7. From Chennai? Where is the Amma picture on your wall?

    5. Why aren’t there Roshogollas in your fridge?

    K C Das Rossogolla
    K C Das Rossogolla – Follow the link to buy some

    Sorry, just finished the last dozen for my midnight snacking. Well, to be honest, I would have a “haanri” full only if we had a friendly neighborhood K C Das outlet everywhere on the globe. But, diabetes is actually a thing to be worried about, you know.

    6. The Ulu

    Kahaani - Ulu
    The ulu making an appearance in Kahaani

    So you have seen Devdas or Kahaani. Wonderful! We do the “Ulu” to hail a happy occasion & to ward off any evil. But let me make it clear, it involves only your tongue and your lips. No “fingers” needed. Please stop being Ashutosh Rana from Sangharsh.

    7. Bengalis are intellectuals & feminists

    Sarala Devi - founder of the first women’s organisation of India, Bharat Stree Mahamandal
    Sarala Devi – founder of the first women’s organisation of India, Bharat Stree Mahamandal

    Proudly! We are the literary type, we like our Robindro Songeet, we don’t ask for dowry, we don’t frown upon pre-marital shenanigans and love marriage is not a taboo. We don’t ask our daughters-in-law to stop working after marriage nor do we expect them to be “ghar ki Lakshmi” or “kitchen queens”.
    Both Jana Gana and Vande Mataram were written by Bengalis & that is just the headline of a long list of our intellectual impact on this nation’s cultural heritage. So yeah, don’t brand us – emulate us! “snaps fingers”.

    8. Where is your red and white bangle?

    Bengali bride wearing Shankha Pola
    Bengali bride wearing Shankha Pola

    They are called “Saankha Pola” and are a part of a married Bengali woman’s attire. But, even post marriage, we are not bound to wear anything, there is something called choice.
    Where is your Choora and Mangalsutra, woman ?!

    9. You really don’t drink at your weddings?

    Bride & friends drinking
    Bride & friends drinking

    Mostly we don’t, but sometimes we do. You just need to know the right person to ask for it at our weddings. But yes, we don’t drink uncontrollably, go berserk to a DJ playing Biri Jalaile, puke and pass out at our weddings.

    10. Tumi jol khabo?

    Edible water. Finally!
    Edible water. Finally!

    Okay I get it. We literally “eat” everything. Food, water, cigarettes, jhaar, ador (cuddle) . We even say “chumu khabo” (chumu = kiss)! But please come up with a new one. Other wise I will snap your neck and “khabo” your head!

    11. A Bengali and you don’t smoke?

    Raima Sen
    Raima Sen

    Just cause I am a Bengali doesn’t mean I have to smoke & smoke up. Some of us also like fresh lungs and have other ways of getting high (Darjeeling cha!) and gave up smoking once we realized what it had done to our lungs! The same way that every Punjabi doesn’t have a sharab-di-gaddi, not all Bengalis breath nicotine!

    12. Lazy babu-culture

    Bengali adda
    Bengali adda

    Yeah yeah. We know how bandhs and communist rules are equated with bad work cultures in Bengal. But while everyone goes crazy about the Italian habit of siesta, we Bengalis get a bad rap for our bhaat- ghum. We Bengali take things slow and love going through life at a pace that gives most joy – not most profit. So, a little lyadh is fine by us, an evening’s adda is what we need and a mellow life is what we enjoy. And we wouldn’t be bagging all the Nobel prizes if we really had bad work habits.

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    This winter spend some time with your family. And here are a few ideas to get you going. It's family time!

    Portrait of a bengali family sitting together and smiling
    Portrait of a bengali family sitting together and smiling

    It’s that time of the year in Calcutta when the weathers at its best and the holiday spirit is all around. And this is when you have the brilliant opportunity of making up for all the missed weekends and spend a laid-back time with the family, creating memories. So get off of your mobiles and social networks and just enjoy the pure unadulterated joy of being with your family & friends in the real world.

    So here are some of our ideas of how to make best use of this winter in Calcutta!

    Go for the long overdue special breakfast

    Treat your family to a fun breakfast. Take the spouse out and surprise him/her. We have so many great options for the all-time favorite INGREJ breakfast, alongside the evergreen kachuri-jilipi, that it’s a shame that we don’t go out for breakfast more often. Try Tiretti for the Chinese breakfast or Raj’s Spanish Café in Sudder street for a Spanish spread too.

    A family breakfast at Flurys is what the winter is for. Source ~ Link
    A family breakfast at Flurys is what the winter is for. Source ~ Link

    The never ending adda session & house parties

    Create a simple invitation. Send that thing out to all the friends and family that you miss seeing and invite them over for a barbecue on your rooftop or something even as simple as Singhara, Chop, Chaa & dollops of old fashioned Bengali adda. Seems out of the blue? Trust us, it always nicely surprises everyone and who doesn’t like an excuse to meet people they love?

    Remember the House Party from Jagga Jasus? Source ~ YouTube.
    Remember the House Party from Jagga Jasus? Source ~ YouTube.

    Food, food & more food.

    Ti’s is the season to binge! Just go online. Pick any area in Calcutta. See how many new joints have come up recently? Go and explore all of them with the family. And please leave the phones behind, and talk to each other while waiting for the order, find out what everyone is up to and see the entire family grin together for the perfect groupfie!

    And by the way, in case you’re wondering why we dedicated this entire post to family time, blame this heartwarming video we came across. Hope you like it too!

    Movie Marathon

    Gather all the pillows, cushions, GODI, LEP-KOMBOL in the house and pile them up in front of that big TV. Bake some popcorn, flip open one of those food ordering apps and order dinner. Pile the family in, turn the lights off and start the Calcutta international home film festival. Awesome way to go back to the classics or introduce the children to the joy of Satyajit Ray’s flicks or the all-time-favorite Home Alone!

    Gupi Bagha never get old. Source.
    Gupi Bagha never get old. Source.

    A book reading session

    Get hold of a nice comfy chair at the coziest corner of your house. Gather the children and the family and read from one of your favorite books (we recommend Ruskin Bond or Satyajit Ray). To spice it up, announce the book reading session in advance and use background music in places to heighten the plot effects. Keep the conversation going too, between the lines. This is one beautiful way for the entire family to sit together and participate in the joy of good storytelling.

    Reading together. Source ~ Link
    Reading together. Source ~ Link

    Games galore

    When was the last time you played the childhood favorites of Ludo & Snake-Ladder & Uno & Scrabble? Yeah, been a long time! So, get the family together, make some hot coffee and start a game of Ludo or a to die-for round of Uno. You will be surprised how well the grandparents are in predicting the CHOKKA In Ludo!

    Ludo with the family. Source ~ Link
    Ludo with the family. Source ~ Link

    Go hit up Happy Street in Park Street

    Every Sunday between 6:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. Park Street is blocked from all traffic and a fun carnival begins. Happy Street is an initiative to get you out of bed on Sunday morning and partake of activities like Jogging, Cycling, Skating, Painting, Aerobics, Zumba, badminton, Basketball, Football, Volley Ball all in the open expanse of Park Street. It’s a fun jamboree for the entire family and we promise you there something for everyone here!

    Happy Street in Park Street.
    Happy Street in Park Street. Source.

    So there you go – have a great winter with the entire family and make sure you include regular doses of GUR & MOWA into all the fun!

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    WINTER has finally arrived in Calcutta. Bored of the same old options? Here are 12 unique things for you to share with your family that they will love!

    Maidan in the morning
    Maidan in the morning

    Finally, after crossing the hurdles of NIMNOCHAAP, untimely rain and humidity, WINTER has finally arrived in Calcutta. And with the winter in Calcutta has come the unbridled joy of being able to roam around without sweat soaking through your clothes or eat tons of street food without worrying about how it would make you feel later!

    But, while everyone’s out partying in winters, you seldom get solid information about quirky things you could do with your family. So we looked around and compiled this list of 12 things that you would love to take your family to and have the proverbial happy day in the Sun this winter (with a KOMLA LEBU on the side !)

    1.A winter morning at the MAIDAN

    You have seen those lovely photographs of a mist shrouded Maidan with a horse grazing alone. But it’s time you saw it for yourself. Get up at 6 (it’s tough but it’s rewarding), pack the family up and plonk them in the middle of Maidan. Find a spot under a tree (try the area right opposite Park Street metro, let the kids be free and just enjoy the wide open vista and the many football & cricket games in progress.

    A winter morning at Maidan. Source ~ https://knowallsbox.com/2014/02/27/walk-around-maidan-in-the-morning/.
    A winter morning at Maidan. Source ~ Link

    2. An evening on the river

    Here’s a link for you if you love riding a slow cruise on the Hooghly. This river cruise starts from Babughat at 4:00 P.M. (so your wintery BHAAT GHUM doesn’t need to suffer) and lasts for 3 hours. It takes you across the entire Calcutta riverfront and then approaches Belur & Dakshineshwar. Pro tip – They serve food on the boat so don’t worry about carrying the CHANACHUR!

    The Hooghly. Source ~ Link
    The Hooghly. Source ~ Link

    3. The far flung ECO PARK

    Not unique enough? But have you been there? Am betting top dollar that most Calcuttans who do not work nearby, have not made much of an effort to go check out the Eco Park at New Town (BODDO DUR?!). But it’s a shame if you haven’t. The entire place is really well done and an early evening here is a lovely time spent with the family. Try Cafe Ekante while you are here – it’s serene, has a vie to kill for and the food is awesome! Pro tip – If you have a big family (15+ members) try having lunch on a platform that floats on the water. Call this number to book – 083340 65345.

    Cafe Ekante. Source.
    Cafe Ekante. Source.

    4. Take that walking trip

    Heard of Calcutta Walks yet? If you haven’t, here’s their contact. These guys are arguably the best ambassadors of Calcutta and they positively are the best guides around. Book a walking/cycling trip with them and see the city in it’s true glory and the streets jangle with untold stories. Pro tip – Iftekhar Ahsan is the man behind this great group of people. Try to get him as your companion and it’s going to be superb!

    The brilliant Ifte of Calcutta Walks on one of his custom walks. Source ~ Link
    The brilliant Ifte of Calcutta Walks on one of his custom walks. Source ~ Link

    5. Start your own Calcutta food trail

    Had that breakfast at Tiretti yet? Tasted the perfect pantheras in Calcutta? Had an authentic Spanish Sunday lunch in the bylanes of Sudder street? How about the legendary Sutli kebab near Nakhoda Masjid? Come on you! Winters are the best time in Calcutta to eat like there’s no tomorrow. And these quirky eateries are God’s own gift to the PETUK Bong! Surprise the spouse with a foodie trip one of these winter days. Pro Tip – Start in the North and finish near the Southern fringe. Ask us for more details or if you want us to come along and treat us!

    Raj's Spanish Cafe.
    Raj’s Spanish Cafe. @jorycaj/Instagram.

    6. Go Church-Hopping

    It’s Christmas real soon! And you are in a city that was once called the City of a 1000 Churches. Once upon a time, the city skyline was dotted with tall Church spires rising high towards heaven. And they are still there – these gloriously old, silent reminders of Anglican parishioners with their quiet solitudes and big organs! Go visit the lovely churches in Calcutta’s old lanes and live a slice of history! Maybe even join the Christmas mass and carol at St Paul’s (be there by early evening if you hope to get a seat on the pews) Pro Tip – Here’s an awesome post by the inimitable Rangan Datta with details of some of these churches.

    St. Andrew's Church. Source ~ Link
    St. Andrew’s Church. Source ~ Link

    7. Join a marathon together

    Yep. You heard that right. Move that lazy tushy, book your family bulk marathon tickets and join one of the many marathons we will have this winter in Kolkata. The first one was on the 16th morning. Believe you us, it’s really fun and supremely inspiring to participate in this event as a family. To stand shoulder to shoulder with your family at the finishing line and grin through the sweat and aching muscles is probably the best form of bonding ever.

    A marathon runner at Victoria. Source ~ Link.
    A marathon runner at Victoria. Source ~ Link.

    8. Go to the Circus and be a kid again

    Too common again? But come on, when was the last time you did go to a real circus? Remember how you badly wanted to sit in the first row as a kid? Go do that now! There are at least 2-3 circuses every winter in Calcutta (one for sure at Park Circus maidan and the other at Tala Park). Find out a good show time and take the entire family to marvel at the flying trapeze artists – some things never get old!

    9. Ignore the zoo and go to National Library & the Agri-Horticulture society

    Don’t go the zoo please – it’s crowded and the animals need a break from all the howling humans. Go down straight from the Alipore Zoo gates and walk into the hallowed halls of the country’s largest public library – the National Library. It’s steeped in history and often makes the list of the most haunted places in the country (we call bulls*#&t on that!). But if you are the least bit interested in reading, this is a pilgrimage that most miss but is worth it’s weight in gold. Also the Agri-Horticulture society is right behind here. With the winters coming in, this place will be swarming with beautiful flowers and potted plants and bonsais and whatnot. Pro Tip – You have classes going on that you quickly join to pick up on gardening skills. Call these numbers to find out more –  9133- 2479 1713 / 0834.

    National Library Kolkata. Source ~ Wikipedia
    National Library Kolkata. Source ~ Wikipedia

    10. Bake that damn cake

    Yes please. For how long have you planned to bake your own fruit/chocolate/marble/dundee cake? Get together with the family, go buy the ingredients from New Market, dust off the oven, get your hands dirty and pile up the vanilla! See how everyone gets frenzied with the expectation of the smell of a freshly baked cake. This is what the spirits of the season are all about!

    Bake a cake together with the family! Source ~ Link
    Bake a cake together with the family! Source ~ Link

    11. Start a barbecue in your backyard or on the roof

    It’s cheaper & easier than you think. Amazon sells entire barbecue sets for as cheap as INR 950/- . The charcoal is easily available at the nearby markets. And the meat and marination is no big deal. But the end result of sitting around a bright red barbecue with sizzling leg pieces or wing (and maybe that glass of some golden elixir!) with your family is how you share stories and fall off your chair guffawing at some long forgotten embarrassment. Pro TIp – Buy an electric barbecue set to avoid the hassle of buying and cleaning charcoals.

    Start that barbecue.
    Start that barbecue.

    12. Don’t miss the crowded melas & book fair

    They are crowded. They are messy. But they are very much Calcutta. Load up your pockets and head off to the mela near you. If you have time enough, you can strike gold in some of the stores selling handicrafts. If nothing else, you can get contacts of these artisans to later use their talents for home decor. And let’s not forget the BOOK FAIR – it’s back soon and hope your reading list is ready. France is the country of focus in 2018. Don’t miss this for anything! Pro tip – stop buying books from now and wait patiently for the book fair, all major publications come up with mega discounts on the last few days of the fair.

    Kolkata Book Fair. Source ~ Link
    Kolkata Book Fair. Source ~ Link

    So there you go – your family should be tired and satiated by the time you traverse this winter.

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    Are your Non-Bong friends again asking why DURGA PUJA is such a big deal for you? This is the post you throw at them to explain! BOLO DUGGA MAI KI...

    Durga Puja. Bongfeed,com
    Durga Puja. Bongfeed,com

    Durga Puja – these two words are trending all over again and we Bengalis are on the verge of another week of mass euphoria! And again, like every other year, all our non-Bong friends are going to ask us the same damn questions –

    • WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT YOUR DURGA MATA KA PUJA DUDE?,
    • IT’S LIKE BANGALIYON KA DIWALI RIGHT?
    • HAR SAAL CHUTTI KYUN LETE HO YAAR? IT’S JUST A RELIGIOUS JAI-MATA-DI TYPES AFFAIR RIGHT?

    Oh come on already….. You would think that social media and us Bengalis’ collective craziness globally would have awakened the world to the phenomenon that is Durga Puja! No ma’am/sir. We still need posts like these to shine the divine light of MAA DUGGA on these dimwits. So here are just a few reasons why Durga Puja is the best street festival in the whole damn world.

    THE ATMOSPHERE – The background

    Bengal lies at the head of one the sultriest & most humid bays in the world. Hence, 9 of the 12 months a year, we spend drenched in sweat, with our armpits smelling like pig’s hinds & run our ACs like they produce oxygen. Autumn (or SHOROT in the Bengali) is the hint of the humidity receding and slowly turning into the much loved winters. The pristine blue skies with tufts of cottony clouds and the softly swaying strands of KAASH PHOOL (if you don’t know what that is, go ask a Bong & see her tearing up!) just make our hearts go JIYO PAGLA! The author of this post is ready to bet top dollar that the picture below will make every Bengali heart flutter for a moment!

    Kashphul. Source ~ Flickr
    Kashphul. Source ~ Flickr

    THE TRAILERS – The anticipation

    Yes, Durga Puja is the main event but there are a couple of trailers to heighten the anticipation. First there is Biswakarma Puja. And then there is MAHALAYA. The sweet strain of MAHISHASURAMARDINI (the link takes you to a page with the recording. You are welcome!) at 4 A.M. in the morning on the radio and then the sonorous voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra, is what Bengali pre-puja dreams are made of. This is the final call from home to every Bengali across the globe to come back to where her/his heart belongs. This day also sees PITRI-TORPON – when our elders go knee deep into the Ganges and offer our ancestors a loving respect. Ever heard of a festival having trailers? Naah….

    Birendra Krishna Bhadra. Source ~ Youtube
    Birendra Krishna Bhadra. Source ~ Youtube

    THE DURATION – The rare good thing that lasts

    So Durga Puja (or DEBIPOKKHO) officially (as in in the almanac) starts right after Mahalaya and lasts for 10 days. But owing to leaves and what not, we Bengalis actually celebrate it from the sixth to the tenth day – that is, 5 solid days of unbridled, uncontrolled, no-holds-barred, no-parental-supervision kinda excitement. And unlike most other festivals, this is 24 hours of being on the streets.

    Durga Puja friends
    Durga Puja friends

    INCLUSION – All are welcome!

    Durga Puja is not just another religious festival. It’s social, it’s celebratory and it’s one hundred percent inclusive. Everyone’s welcome. We won’t say much but watch this short video to understand what we are talking about.

    THE STREETS – Art, talent, designs

    This is one festival that is all out in the open. The PANDALS, the beautiful art installations that house the idols, lovingly created from locally available materials, displaying myriad forms of creativity & unprecedented craftsmanship, pop up every few meters on the streets of Calcutta. Seriously – every locality has at least a couple of these. And a pandal is not just a temporary housing – for these 10 days it’s the nerve center of each locality.  And some of these take years of planning and painstaking work to come to life.

    The Deshapriya Park pandal in 2016. Source.
    The Deshapriya Park pandal in 2016. Source.

    THE CROWDS – We, the people

    In 2016, one of the more famous pandals saw 40 lakh people arrive over 6 days.  4 MILLION people! IN JUST 6 DAYS! And that’s just one pandal. Conservative estimates peg the total number of pandals in Calcutta at a minimum of 2200. The metro saw 43 lakh travelers. And all this in a city that has a total population of 14 million! Now does the scale stagger you? No other street festival can claim such huge crowd surges for the stretch of almost a week. And this is a frenzied, chaotic, shouting, shoving, smiling, sweating mass of humanity that is vivacious and electric in its enthusiasm for this celebration of life! They will wait for hours pressed in a jostling crowd for a glimpse of the deity and to admire a pandals creativity.

    A crowded Durga Puja pandal. Source
    A crowded Durga Puja pandal. Source

    THE CLOTHES, THE FOOD, THE ‘PREM’

    Imagine this – your strict parents force you to buy new clothes (at least 5 sets for the 5 days!), then they don’t mind you eating out (and drinking slyly for the grown up kids) every day for 5 days and ignore your delinquent behavior of getting home almost at dawn! This is what happens every year for every Bengali! No boundaries, lax rules and overall happy vibes all around. And this is when many a romantic Bengali heart falls for the quick, shy glance of a pair of kohl lined eyes on Oshtomi or the rascally smile of a punjabi clad chokra on Nabomi. Love is not only in the air, but in the very veins of every young Bengali woman & man during the five days of Durga Puja.

    Even Ayushmaan & Yami got in on the Puja Prem. Source.
    Even Ayushmaan & Yami got in on the Puja Prem. Source.

    SENSES – A treat for all 5

    Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch, Taste. All of your senses will be taken for a whirlwind trip during the 5 days of the Durga Puja. The pandals & crowds take care of the sights. The sonorous DHAAK & Hemanta Mukhopadhyay “E akash shona shona…” takes care of the sound. The smell of DHUNO & that awesome autumn freshness will awaken you everyday. The touch of the crowd outside every pandal will remind you of being part of the people. And the taste of BHOG & all the other street side rolls, chowmeins & the buffet lunches will take care of your flaming Bengali palette. Thus a Bengali woman/man will have been sated over these 5 days!

    Dhakis during DUrga Puja. Source.
    Dhakis during Durga Puja. Source.

    CULTURE – Literature, music and ADDA

    Durga Puja is such a complete showcase of all things Bengali that we have a proper cultural schedule to go with it. There are special Durga Puja editions of every magazine & literary publication and most Bengalis get hooked to reading solely because we so excitedly looked forward to our Puja editions of Anandamela as kids. More Bengali music albums are released right before the Pujas than in the entire calendar year. And every locality has their own Bijoya sommiloni – a final hurrah with music, dance and whatnot on the last day of Puja. And along with all this, Durga Puja remains the best excuse for that one Bengali trait that is a necessity almost at par with breathing – A D D A. This is when old friends meet, this is when new friends are made, this is when your schedule is free for a heart-to-heart with all those you love and hold close. And if you know a Bengali just move close to them and whisper “MADDOX SQUARE JABI?” in there ears and see what happens!

    Adda at Maddox Square. Source.
    Adda at Maddox Square. Source.

    And that, folks, is why Durga puja beats the world’s carnivals & festivals & fetes & celebrations and is the one true place to be in Autumn. Even if you are not a Bengali, being in Calcutta for one Durga Puja should be on your bucket list.

    And if you are a Bengali, BOLO DUGGA MAI KI….

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    This Mother's day we hear from the wards of single Bengali mothers. They share their stories and finally tell their mums all that they never said.

    Mothers Day ~ Bongfeed
    Mothers Day ~ Bongfeed

    There was a time, long long back when, the men went out to earn while the lady managed the household. Times changed, and now both dad and mum are equals in sharing the responsibilities of a family. But there are houses where mum is everything and there is no dad to help or support her – welcome to the world of SINGLE MUMS. Many a misfortune has torn families apart and left the mums in these families to be the cornerstone. These power-packed single Bengali mothers have played the twin roles of a father and a mother simultaneously for years, without a single complaint.

    This Mothers’ Day, children of Bengali mothers who are the solo leads in their families, wish their real life heroines through BongFeed. Take a look at these soulful stories and don’t forget giving your mum a tight hug and wishing her a very Happy Mothers’ Day,.

    Suchismita to Shikha Saha. BongFeed.com
    Suchismita to Shikha Saha. BongFeed.com
    Indrani to Rina Mukherjee. Bongfeed.com
    Indrani to Rina Mukherjee. Bongfeed.com
    Reshmi to Rupa Ghosh. Bongfeed.com
    Reshmi to Rupa Ghosh. Bongfeed.com
    Puja to Manju Saha. Bongfeed.com
    Puja to Manju Saha. Bongfeed.com
    Sumantra to Kakali Bose. Bongfeed.com
    Sumantra to Kakali Bose. Bongfeed.com
    Reshmi to Subarna Das. Bongfeed.com
    Reshmi to Subarna Das. Bongfeed.com
    Madhuparna to Karuna Dutta Bongfeed.com
    Madhuparna to Karuna Dutta Bongfeed.com
    Adrija to Tripti Roy Chowdhury Bongfeed.com
    Adrija to Tripti Roy Chowdhury Bongfeed.com
    Anwesha to Tista Bose Bongfeed.com
    Anwesha to Tista Bose Bongfeed.com
    Smaranika to Nita Banerjee. Bongfeed.com
    Smaranika to Nita Banerjee. Bongfeed.com

    It’s Mother’s’ day folks. And like these Bengali mothers, your mother too has fought many a silent war to get you where you stand today. Run and plant the biggest wettest kiss on her cheek and tell her how much you really love her. She deserves it!

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    He is a wanderlust bitten traveler, a photographer par excellence. And he is a Bengali. Meet Kounteya Sinha,an inspirational urban nomad.

    ITALY - Every night, after 8 pm, Sardar Singh from Jammu sits by the Colosseum to sell his paintings. With four flash lights lit up, he sits for three hours every day. His photographs are a big draw among tourists. He loves Italy and says “I love the way they celebrate in Italy. Without fear. Embracing openly”. Rome has been his home for the past 26 years.
    ITALY - Every night, after 8 pm, Sardar Singh from Jammu sits by the Colosseum to sell his paintings. With four flash lights lit up, he sits for three hours every day. His photographs are a big draw among tourists. He loves Italy and says “I love the way they celebrate in Italy. Without fear. Embracing openly”. Rome has been his home for the past 26 years.

    He is a wanderlust bitten traveler who has been around the globe. He is a photographer par excellence. And he is a Bengali. Kounteya Sinha is an urban nomad who weaves mesmerizing stories with his camera.

    Kounteya Sinha. Source ~ Facebook.com
    Kounteya Sinha. Source ~ Facebook.com
    New Homelands

    Recently, Kounteya received the the first ever European Union Diaspora Fellowship, and traveled over 7 countries of Europe, meeting Indians & interviewing them. He returned with 18000+ beautifully shot images with his Nikon D90. Referred to as ‘New Homelands: The Indian Diaspora in the European Union.’, every image in this project documents a spectacular and stunning story about Indians who are building a life in the European subcontinent.

    His first photo series was 6262, followed by Hiraeth & Stone and Now. All his projects are characterized by  – “an unquenching thirst to know, an undying need to discover and explore the unknown, the absolute obsession to move constantly and to follow the one true religion – knowledge, the common thread”.

    After two decades of professional journalism, photography is now karma for Kounteya. About the project, he comments – “New Homelands was the most challenging work I have ever done. Imagine landing up in a completely foreign land and go looking for Indians – none of whom you know, you don’t know where they live, what they do, which ones have the best stories. It’s like being in the middle of a vast ocean and your compass does not work and you have no clue which direction is land. And all of this in a matter of seven days in each country.”

    When amateur and aspiring photographers are all contesting over social media popularity, Kounteya, a Don Bosco (Park Circus) alumnus has earned global fame with his lenses. His photography tip summed up in simply – “if you are brave enough to take a picture, be equally brave to show it. Do everything possible so that the world sees your baby. If need be, become a human easel. Stand holding your picture in the middle of the road. Do everything possible to glorify your work. It is your utmost duty to show respect to the picture that allowed you to click it – drag it out of anonymity and give it life. It is your child after all.”

    Kudos Kounteya!

    And here we present 20 never before seen, spectacular shots from New Homelands with the related stories in Kounteya’s own words.

    Vikrant Rao was the head of corporate communications in Emirates India. He came to Rome for a holiday and was blown off by its history and architecture - that one could walk down a single street and witness 2000-years of history. He resigned 31 days later and returned to Rome to join the American University and study Roman literature, history and archaeology. He is now preparing to start his PhD.
    Vikrant Rao was the head of corporate communications in Emirates India. He came to Rome for a holiday and was blown off by its history and architecture – that one could walk down a single street and witness 2000-years of history. He resigned 31 days later and returned to Rome to join the American University and study Roman literature, history and archaeology. He is now preparing to start his PhD.
    SLOVENIA - Originally from Chennai, Guru Prasanna Nagarajan owns and runs ESolve Technology along with three other friends. The company helps banks maintain and run their systems. “We help the banks sleep at night,” says Guru who has been in Slovenia for 11 years. His main client here is the Nova Lublianska Banka. He has lived in Sri Lanka, Riyadh, Lebanon and Amsterdam but loves Slovenia the most. “It is very safe and people very warm,” he says. He says “I am in pursuit of satisfaction rather than millions”.
    SLOVENIA – Originally from Chennai, Guru Prasanna Nagarajan owns and runs ESolve Technology along with three other friends. The company helps banks maintain and run their systems. “We help the banks sleep at night,” says Guru who has been in Slovenia for 11 years. His main client here is the Nova Lublianska Banka. He has lived in Sri Lanka, Riyadh, Lebanon and Amsterdam but loves Slovenia the most. “It is very safe and people very warm,” he says. He says “I am in pursuit of satisfaction rather than millions”.
    GREECE - Sudha Nair is Athens’ most respected publisher and editor who runs a magazine called Athens Insider – which talks about the life and spice of Greece. Originally from Mumbai, she holds a Master’s degree in economics and financial management from SOAS London. She has worked in AIR, Times FM, BBC World Service and Star TV. She moved to Greece in 1998 and realised there was nothing in English to read. In 2004 the Olympic Games was to happen and Sudha started the first English magazine that the millions coming in, could read. It now has a circulation of 44,000 copies and is “fiercely independent”.
    GREECE – Sudha Nair is Athens’ most respected publisher and editor who runs a magazine called Athens Insider – which talks about the life and spice of Greece. Originally from Mumbai, she holds a Master’s degree in economics and financial management from SOAS London. She has worked in AIR, Times FM, BBC World Service and Star TV. She moved to Greece in 1998 and realised there was nothing in English to read. In 2004 the Olympic Games was to happen and Sudha started the first English magazine that the millions coming in, could read. It now has a circulation of 44,000 copies and is “fiercely independent”.
    ITALY - Curry king Micky Sehgal arrived in Italy in June 1980 with $500 in his pocket. Today, Micky owns three of Rome’s most famous Indian restaurants by the name Maharajah and has an annual turnover of over 1.5 million euros. Sehgal’s first home was 65 square metres. He now lives in a 1600 square metre villa. Maharajah’s clientele has included icons like Anthony Hopkins, Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, Sachin Tendulkar, Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Rajnikant.
    ITALY – Curry king Micky Sehgal arrived in Italy in June 1980 with $500 in his pocket. Today, Micky owns three of Rome’s most famous Indian restaurants by the name Maharajah and has an annual turnover of over 1.5 million euros. Sehgal’s first home was 65 square metres. He now lives in a 1600 square metre villa. Maharajah’s clientele has included icons like Anthony Hopkins, Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, Sachin Tendulkar, Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Rajnikant.
    SPAIN - Everywhere you go in Agustin Paniker’s house, you will see books. Scholar, philosopher, historian, writer and publisher, Agustin is one of Europe’s most sought after experts on India. He has written six seminal books on India – its religions, caste system and the country’s changing face. He says he has over 5000 books on India and his company has published over a 1000 books till date. Agustin’s grandfather came to Spain 100 years ago. Agustin has two adopted children – both from India
    SPAIN – Everywhere you go in Agustin Paniker’s house, you will see books. Scholar, philosopher, historian, writer and publisher, Agustin is one of Europe’s most sought after experts on India. He has written six seminal books on India – its religions, caste system and the country’s changing face. He says he has over 5000 books on India and his company has published over a 1000 books till date. Agustin’s grandfather came to Spain 100 years ago. Agustin has two adopted children – both from India
    SLOVENIA - In just a few weeks, the sun will be a scarce phenomenon in Slovenia. But locals know exactly where to go to sweat it out - Dr Manivannan Ramaswamy’s Ayurveda centre in Ljubljana. Ramaswamy’s steam chamber - an ancient Indian object named Vashpaswedana has a temperature of 45 degrees and just 10 minutes in it is good enough to sweat it out. Ramaswamy is using Ayurveda to help Slovenia’s World War II veterans to overcome severe depression and anxiety
    SLOVENIA – In just a few weeks, the sun will be a scarce phenomenon in Slovenia. But locals know exactly where to go to sweat it out – Dr Manivannan Ramaswamy’s Ayurveda centre in Ljubljana. Ramaswamy’s steam chamber – an ancient Indian object named Vashpaswedana has a temperature of 45 degrees and just 10 minutes in it is good enough to sweat it out. Ramaswamy is using Ayurveda to help Slovenia’s World War II veterans to overcome severe depression and anxiety
    CYPRUS - She is 90 but her zeal to serve people in need hasn’t diminished one bit since 1947 when she became a sister of St Joseph’s convent. Sister Antonia John has been in Cyprus for 25 years and was instrumental in starting over a dozen St Joseph’s convent schools and homes in India. Today she takes care of women migrants from Asia who are exploited and have nowhere to go. She also runs a social home for them, giving them shelter, food and clothing. She also takes care of this boy whose parents were deported back to Romania.
    CYPRUS – She is 90 but her zeal to serve people in need hasn’t diminished one bit since 1947 when she became a sister of St Joseph’s convent. Sister Antonia John has been in Cyprus for 25 years and was instrumental in starting over a dozen St Joseph’s convent schools and homes in India. Today she takes care of women migrants from Asia who are exploited and have nowhere to go. She also runs a social home for them, giving them shelter, food and clothing. She also takes care of this boy whose parents were deported back to Romania.
    DENMARK - Visual artist Subhasree Biswas spent her entire student life in Rabindranath Tagore’s Santiniketan. She just recently returned to education – pursuing an Msc in sustainability and responsibility from the Ashbridge Business School (UK). An alumnus of NIFT, Subhasree wants to start work on making people more aware about climate change.
    DENMARK – Visual artist Subhasree Biswas spent her entire student life in Rabindranath Tagore’s Santiniketan. She just recently returned to education – pursuing an Msc in sustainability and responsibility from the Ashbridge Business School (UK). An alumnus of NIFT, Subhasree wants to start work on making people more aware about climate change.
    DENMARK - 37-year-old Vinay Venkatraman is an alumnus of NID (Ahmedabad) and runs a design company called LeapCraft in Copenhagen. He buiilt the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design and specialises in product design involving sensors and data. He just created an air quality sensor which measures pollution and weather conditions which is now being put on lamp posts across Denmark, Dubai, London and Norway. He has been living in Denmark for past 10 years
    DENMARK – 37-year-old Vinay Venkatraman is an alumnus of NID (Ahmedabad) and runs a design company called LeapCraft in Copenhagen. He buiilt the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design and specialises in product design involving sensors and data. He just created an air quality sensor which measures pollution and weather conditions which is now being put on lamp posts across Denmark, Dubai, London and Norway. He has been living in Denmark for past 10 years
    LITHUANIA -  Vineet Sharma is based in Lithuania and is vice president of cyber security for Barclays Bank. In his previous job as the chief information security officer for Airtel in India, he developed an algorithm that encrypts mobile wallet for which he holds a patent.
    LITHUANIA – Vineet Sharma is based in Lithuania and is vice president of cyber security for Barclays Bank. In his previous job as the chief information security officer for Airtel in India, he developed an algorithm that encrypts mobile wallet for which he holds a patent.
    SPAIN - Kolkata born and Spain based dancer Shreyashree Nag gave up a high flying corporate life to pursue her passion for dance. Today she is Spain’s most famous Kathak dancer with dozens of students and a string of public performances that has left the country mesmerised. She was earlier the regional sales head at MSC Software and regional sales manager of Quest Global.
    SPAIN – Kolkata born and Spain based dancer Shreyashree Nag gave up a high flying corporate life to pursue her passion for dance. Today she is Spain’s most famous Kathak dancer with dozens of students and a string of public performances that has left the country mesmerised. She was earlier the regional sales head at MSC Software and regional sales manager of Quest Global.
    SPAIN - Indian millionaire Raju Parwani started his career with a watch company. He then dabbled in real estate and the wholesale business and today runs outsourcing company ARKE BLS Centre in Madrid. Officially designated by the Indian embassy here to process and verify visa applications from people of Spanish origin wanting to come to India, ARKE delivers passports within 24 hours of the application coming in. Parwani is way past his retirement age but it is difficult to keep him out of office. His company receives 200 visa applications to India I a day.
    SPAIN – Indian millionaire Raju Parwani started his career with a watch company. He then dabbled in real estate and the wholesale business and today runs outsourcing company ARKE BLS Centre in Madrid. Officially designated by the Indian embassy here to process and verify visa applications from people of Spanish origin wanting to come to India, ARKE delivers passports within 24 hours of the application coming in. Parwani is way past his retirement age but it is difficult to keep him out of office. His company receives 200 visa applications to India I a day.
    SPAIN - Valmik Shyam Karani can’t wait till 2018. A pilot specialising in flying the Airbus 340 on long haul flights, Karani has spent the last 14 years flying with Iberia which plans to start flying to India in two-years-time. “I think the airline will ask me to take the inaugural flight,” Valmik says. He wants to be posted in India for a few years so that his sons can grow up in an Indian environment.
    SPAIN – Valmik Shyam Karani can’t wait till 2018. A pilot specialising in flying the Airbus 340 on long haul flights, Karani has spent the last 14 years flying with Iberia which plans to start flying to India in two-years-time. “I think the airline will ask me to take the inaugural flight,” Valmik says. He wants to be posted in India for a few years so that his sons can grow up in an Indian environment.
    GREECE - Bahadur Singh is a Sikh from Uttarkhand who came to Greece in 1998. He was a farmer. Now, he is a butcher. It bothers him that he now cuts beef. "The first time I cut an animal, I couldn’t sleep. Now I am ok".
    GREECE – Bahadur Singh is a Sikh from Uttarkhand who came to Greece in 1998. He was a farmer. Now, he is a butcher. It bothers him that he now cuts beef. “The first time I cut an animal, I couldn’t sleep. Now I am ok”.
    GREECE - Sanjeev Kumar is originally from Jalandhar but has been living in Greece for the past 16 years. He works in a chemical company called Glochem. He is a tremendously God fearing man and is in-charge of doing the ‘arti’ in the temple in Dilsei, Greece.
    GREECE – Sanjeev Kumar is originally from Jalandhar but has been living in Greece for the past 16 years. He works in a chemical company called Glochem. He is a tremendously God fearing man and is in-charge of doing the ‘arti’ in the temple in Dilsei, Greece.
    SPAIN - The name Hiro Lalwani is synonimous to having a blast. The man who organised the much talked about Holi Party in Barcelona that saw 2000 people gather to celebrate the festival of colours - 90% of them being Spanish, Hiro leads the Barcelona India Festivals and has been instrumental in throwing the Diwali Bash for the Indian Association of Barcelona. His motto - to integrate India and Spain through cultural exchanges
    SPAIN – The name Hiro Lalwani is synonimous to having a blast. The man who organised the much talked about Holi Party in Barcelona that saw 2000 people gather to celebrate the festival of colours – 90% of them being Spanish, Hiro leads the Barcelona India Festivals and has been instrumental in throwing the Diwali Bash for the Indian Association of Barcelona. His motto – to integrate India and Spain through cultural exchanges
    SPAIN - Tara Goswami came to a renowned art school in Spain - Metafora in 2012 for a 6-month course. She never went back. This talented artist/chef/yoga expert is originally from Shillong and was recently part of an International Art Paper exhibition in Barcelona that had some very big global names
    SPAIN – Tara Goswami came to a renowned art school in Spain – Metafora in 2012 for a 6-month course. She never went back. This talented artist/chef/yoga expert is originally from Shillong and was recently part of an International Art Paper exhibition in Barcelona that had some very big global names
    ITALY - In the image, Sanjukta Dasgupta Prayer is a professor of history at SaPienza university of Rome - department of Oriental Studies. She loves hearing her husband Mario who is also a professor at SaPienza play the piano.
    ITALY – In the image, Sanjukta Dasgupta Prayer is a professor of history at SaPienza university of Rome – department of Oriental Studies. She loves hearing her husband Mario who is also a professor at SaPienza play the piano.
    ITALY - Roshni Sekhar is one of Rome’s most famous yoga teachers. In a unique project, she has been using yoga in the Rebibbia Female Prison to bring out the best in the inmates for the last three years. Shekhar met her now husband Paolo 30 years ago. Paolo was part of an air crew and she worked in a hotel. They fell in love and Sekhar moved to Rome. Today, even Paolo teaches yoga
    ITALY – Roshni Sekhar is one of Rome’s most famous yoga teachers. In a unique project, she has been using yoga in the Rebibbia Female Prison to bring out the best in the inmates for the last three years. Shekhar met her now husband Paolo 30 years ago. Paolo was part of an air crew and she worked in a hotel. They fell in love and Sekhar moved to Rome. Today, even Paolo teaches yoga
    ITALY - Every night, after 8 pm, Sardar Singh from Jammu sits by the Colosseum to sell his paintings. With four flash lights lit up, he sits for three hours every day. His photographs are a big draw among tourists. He loves Italy and says “I love the way they celebrate in Italy. Without fear. Embracing openly”. Rome has been his home for the past 26 years.
    ITALY – Every night, after 8 pm, Sardar Singh from Jammu sits by the Colosseum to sell his paintings. With four flash lights lit up, he sits for three hours every day. His photographs are a big draw among tourists. He loves Italy and says “I love the way they celebrate in Italy. Without fear. Embracing openly”. Rome has been his home for the past 26 years.

    We wish Kounteya all the best and may his splendid works fill up our lives with beauty and grace. Godspeed fellow Bong!
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    It's time we celebrated the everyday Bengali woman. Here are 15 young Bengali women whose success we are proud of and whom we should celebrate.

    Bengali Women. BONGFeed.com
    Bengali Women. BONGFeed.com

    Bengali women are (stereotypically) known for their intelligence, luscious beauty, deep eyes and their sheer gall and gutsiness.  We at BONGFeed felt that the everyday Bengali woman, along with her more famous and often celebrated sisters, deserves a fillip- if only for once to show the world how these common yet singularly talented & strong Bengali dames have achieved their success. And each of their stories teach us a new way of looking at everyday life. Here are 15 of our own Bongo-lolonas who’s often overlooked but significant successes we are very proud of.

    Ananya Chatterjee, Assistant Director
    Ananya Chatterjee. BONGFeed.com
    Ananya Chatterjee.

    She wished for freedom in the profession she opts for. The film industry gave her exactly that. Being behind the camera is not always an elite affair, but Ananya is ready to put in her best efforts for the films she makes. With no close at hand role model, this girl of course feels like giving up at times, yet she starts everyday with a new promise to create great films.

    Quote: The film industry is beautiful only if you know where to look for it. Money will come in gradually but being patient and consistent, creates the best of cinema.
    Chandrayi Chatterjee, Teacher
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    Chandrayee Chatterjee

    This Bengali belle made her ambition turn real and is now one of the loveliest teachers you can meet at Calcutta Public School. Inspired by her own childhood teachers and professors, she opted for this dynamic role where Chandrayi believes being friendly and sweet to the students can yield better outcome, than punishments or assignments.

    Quote: Let’s make education a joy for the next generation.
    Debarati Roy, HR Consultant
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    Debaroti Roy.

    Right after completing college, she got her first offer letter and never looked back. Madly in love with her childhood admirer, she thinks the professional journey would have been incomplete without his constant support. In near future, while she prepares to head her own HR firm, she also wishes to have a lovely family.

    Quote: Work to live; don’t live to work.
    Debomita Guha Thakurta, Relationship Manager
    Debomita Guha Thakurta. Debaroti Roy. BONGFeed.com
    Debomita Guha Thakurta.

    At her first job with ICICI Bank, Debomita deals with Trusts Association Societies and Clubs (TASC) which definitely involves a lot of money and planning. Yet, she counts her baba’s long time association with finance and insights from her seniors, as steps to success.

    Quote: I live in the present and plan for a year ahead.
    Diotima Roy, Microbiologist
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    Diotima Roy.

    After a lot of petpujo, Diotima derives reports on microbiological contents of those. The role is of course challenging, but it’s the interesting world under the microscope that she counts as her call to office. Plus, the magnificent work environment of TAJ (Kolkata) is another prime reason for her to love her paycheque.

    Quote: You needs to love the subject. As it involves a lot of things concurrently, one may get confused otherwise.
    Dipanjali Biswas, Marketing Associate Consultant
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    Dipanjali Biswas.

    This day doodler wants to start her own business later in life. Hence to start with, she wants to master the art of marketing, as, “In today’s age, great products fail because they lack proper marketing,” quips Biswas.  She admits that the bookish knowledge of MBA and what she does in office differs, but it’s the everyday scope of new learning that she enjoys

    Quote: Gaining knowledge includes theory, practical and also a lot of networking.
    Mimi Ganguly, Medical Intern
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    Mimi Ganguly.

    After clearing all her medical semesters, Mimi is now serving as an intern for a year, all set to receive the MBBS certificate, next year. While in conversation, this Doctor didi recapitulates her first experience of delivering a baby during a gynecological posting as one of the defining moments of her life.

    Quote: Even if everyone loses faith in you, don’t lose faith in yourself.
    Murchhana Banerjee, Jewelry Designer
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    Murchana Banerjee.

    From designing and making jewelries to posting and receiving client feedback, this entrepreneur does it from start to end, single handedly. The beautifully named, Murchhana hopes that her jewelry startup, Aphrodite’s grows big and wants to involve destitute girls in jewelry making projects.

    Quote: Innovation is the key to thriving in any business.
    Natasha Das, Digital Media Strategist
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    Natahsa Das.

    This probashi fashionista holds two Master’s Degrees. That’s not all – Natasha is also a Digital Media Strategist at IBM. She believes it’s performance alone that can pave one’s future, over gender or any other bias. She considers her work very satisfying for anyone with good communication skills and fast learning abilities.

    Quote: Focus on one thing and give your best to it.
    Reshmi Ghosh, Video Journalist
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    Reshmi Ghosh.

    Gender is just a term for her. In her very first year in the industry, Reshmi debuted with extensive coverages of events like Bangalore Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week and Indian Beach Fashion week. She enjoys her everyday work and makes sure her hectic schedules end with some yummy food to tuck in tp. After all, she is a foodie too.

    Quote: What seriously matters is how I am and what I am.
    Samhati Bhattacharjya, Journalist
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    Samhati Bhattacharjya.

    She got her Press Card from the Supreme Court of India; she interned with CNN IBN, TOI and now you can find this brilliant journalist writing her columns for the International Business Times. Indeed, Samhati has done a lot in few years. At the same time, she loves making jewelry and is passionate about dance.

    Quote: We still live in a male dominated society, but it is us who can change the society and make it a better and safer place for women.
    Sreemoyee Chattopadhyay, Home Baker
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    Sreemoyee Chatterjee.

    Her nickname is Cookie, her startup is Cookie’s. While enjoying baking sessions with granny, little did Sreemoyee know about this long term bond with cakes and bakes! With a certified course from IHM, Mumbai—today she remains busy delivering her orders fresh and fair within promised timelines. From breads, biscuits to cakes and ice creams, she has learnt it all, and hopes to keep up the pace.

    Quote: If anyone enjoys baking, they should definitely give this a shot. However, it requires a lot of patience.
    Srijita Ray Barman, PR Executive
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    Srijita Ray Barman.

    Very confident with her communication skills, Srijita stepped into the PR industry right after college. Today she is one of the prominent PR professionals in her city, with a client list including Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee, Fung Shway and Kitchen Stories. The scope to meet, interact and work with people from different walks of life makes PR her cup of tea.

    Quote: If you think you have the capability of doing research and you have a way with words then this maybe the right profession for you.
    Upasana Paul, Architect
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    Upasana Paul. BONGFeed.com

    It’s her nascent interest and exposure to different magazines since childhood that drove this Bengali lassie to become an architect. Presently working in Bengaluru, its everyday objects and things that motivate Upasana. With her architectural skills, she serves her clients beautiful solutions and is also a wonderful photographer in her down time.

    Quote: The prospects for a woman is same as for a man— it all depends solely on your efficiency.
    Yaggyaseni Mittra Chauhan, Zumba Trainer
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    Yaggesini Mitra Chauhan.

    A very short yet strong association since 2014 has made zumba her source of bread and butter. Yaggyaseni is presently practicing in Indore and loves it all. Zumba is her passion and a means to spread joy. She trusts a little more awareness about zumba can make the youth rock on zumba beats.

    Quote: Do not give it a second thought; just go ahead.

    We hope you are inspired by the 15 Bengali girls we celebrated. They are all your’s truly’s acquaintances and friends, by the way! They are the everyday, fascinating, strong and purposeful woman we all come across but fail to notice. If you are a Bengali woman, or a woman from anywhere for that matter, we sure look forward to hearing your success stories soon. Godspeed!

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    Are you a Bengali in Bangalore? Are these the 9 stages your life in Bangalore went through too?

    Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore. Source hardrock.com
    Stage 1 – Getting ready – A month to launch date

    You just scored that dream job in Bangalore. Your proud parents have booked your tickets and mum is busy packing the new VIP strolley with clothes and a mountain of other essentials like gamcha, Boroline, Branolia, Horlicks etc. You’ve been gathering all kinds of info on the life and times of Bangalore. You can barely wait to run away to a place with year round moderate weather and uber cool lifestyle. Bangalore heabby jayga!

    Shahrukh Khan travels by train. Source ~ liferim.com
    Shahrukh Khan travels by train. Source ~ liferim.com
    Stage2 – Arrival – Day 1 to Month 2

    First things first  – check in to FB from Yeshwantpur station – feeling awesome in Bangalore with Angel Priya and 33 others. Take the long but scenic ride to the company provided accommodation in a super swanky serviced apartment (this is the first time you are hearing about this thing and the flat is almost too nice to believe). Rush out on the very first evening to meet the friends who are now Bangalore locals. But soon the accommodation will run out and now MagicBricks and Sulekha are your most searched sites for a shelter. You now realise how inexpensive Kolkata is and cringe at 20k+ rents for puny 2 BHKs. But hey – AC buses – thank you Lord! You’ve also learnt a smattering of Kannada – Enjoy Madi! Bangalore heabby jayga!

    Bangalore Station
    Bangalore Station
    Stage 3 – Pubs, Shacks, good times – first six months

    Now that you found the two dirty, lazy, stoner roommates to share the steep room rent, it’s time to enjoy the good life. Instapics at HRC (that’s Hard Rock Cafe you dimwit), Sky Bar at U B city, micro-breweries, Brigade, selfies in vineyards, sunrise at Nandi Hills, a rave party at Hampi – that’s been your weekend for these months. Your life has transformed from the BHETO Bengali one to a super charged hashtagged cool one. You now wear tortoiseshell sunglasses, khaki shorts with ribbed belts and flowery top like the ones in Under the Tuscan Sun. You’ve also bought yourself a cool lime green, branded sweatshirt for the chilly nights. You are now certified COOL.  Bangalore heabby jayga!

    Hard ROck Cafe Bangalore. Source ~ mouthshut.com
    Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore. Source ~ mouthshut.com
    Stage 4 – Settling down – six months to first year end.

    You’ve now localised yourself to your BTM Layout or Marathahalli neighbourhood. The local Madhuloka (that’s a boutique booze chain – awesome!!) guys now smile at you everytime you walk in. You know where to get the best katla maach in the HAL fish market. You know that Kadugudi has Bong breakfasts of luchi and alur dom. You take your first Durga Puja long leave and walk in to a hero’s welcome at home. Proud parents complain “KOTTO ROGA HOYE GECHIS MA/BABA!” Bangalore heabby jayga!

    Madhulokas Bangalore. Soure ~ onebangalore.com
    Madhuloka Bangalore. Soure ~ onebangalore.com
    Stage 5 – Getting used to it all – Year 1 end

    You’ve now been there and the done most of what Bangalore had to offer. You now smirk at new wannabes. Now you are busy with your career and the small but uber cool bunch you hang out with at Costa Coffee. You have a regular routine of partying and getting high. But these are mostly House Parties now. You keep hearing about the sad state of your native and are often heard saying “Kolkatar kissu hobena.” Bangalore heabby jayga!

    Selfie at Brigade YO! Source ~ smilesofindia.com
    Selfie at Brigade YO! Source ~ smilesofindia.com
    Stage 6 – Homesick – 2 Years onwards.

    This is when the pink glasses start fading. Frustru is a term you sometimes identify with. The job sucks, money is too little, manager is an asshole. Your pubbing-clubbing days are behind you. You fell in love with that cute guy/girl and then swiftly broke up cause she/he was too needy (You never thought you would be this hardcore but you are now). Empty BP bottles line a corner of your room. The gamcha mum packed is now faded and torn. Nowadays you say – “Kolkata te opportunity nei bolei Bangalore e pore achi. Nahole kobe chole jetam.” Bangalore ototao bhalo na.

    That same AC bus ride everyday. Source ~ team-bhp.com
    That same AC bus ride everyday. Source ~ team-bhp.com
    Stage 7 – Complaints -2.5 years +

    The rampant pollution. Hour long traffic jams at Graphite India or Aggara (You now know it’s not AGRA). Bangalore has changed so much – “Weather change hoye geche.” It wasn’t this hot when you came down. It gets on your nerves when your colleagues get lunch in Tupperware bags and you keep eating the sad Andhra mess food. Bangalore PHALTU jayega.

    A crowded Bangalore scene. Source ~ fakingnews.firstpost.com
    A crowded Bangalore scene. Source ~ fakingnews.firstpost.com
    Stage 8 – EBAR BARI JABO – 3 years.

    Who the hell curses Kolkata anymore! It’s home and it’s awesome! You strat forwarding your CV to friends and pester your manager for a transfer to the Kolkata center. Family problems, marriage plans, grand mom’s health, family business and even serious illness are now all good reasons to put up for your urgent need to move back. Bangalore PHALTU jayega.

    Kolkata
    Kolkata
    Stage 9 – Acceptance – 5 years.

    You manager has been promising an on-site trip for a year now. The jobs in Kolkata never materialised. Bangalore sucks. Life sucks. Rent is hellish. All your FB posts are now on Kolkata nostalgia – hot kati roll, tram, taxi, Amar Shohor. Soon, on constant pestering by the stil proud parents you’ve got yourself an ABP Weddings registration. You meet a boy/girl at 6 Ballygunge Place in Indiranagar and you both share your experiences about Bangalore, complaints and nostalgia about the good old days in Kolkata. Time to apply for the huge home loan. But the CV forwarding still on.  Jodi lege jaye…

    Shahrukh Again ! Source ~ tripoto.com
    Shahrukh Again ! Source ~ tripoto.com

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    Were you staying away from Kolkata for a while? Are you just back to the city or are planning to? Here are some things that you are going to experience soon

    Kolkata
    Kolkata

    Did you leave Kolkata as a bright eyed 20 something for a job in Bangalore or Mumbai or a dual masters at an Ivy league school? And after years of penance in rented flats and self cooked mangshor jhol, did you finally land that job in the city? Here are a few emotions and sentiments you are already going through or will be soon enough. Read on,  prodigal daughter/son!

    The interminable wait in the Tikiapara yard before you jump onto the Howrah platform

    Howrah Station. Source ~ Flickr.com
    Howrah Station. Source ~ Flickr.com

    Obviously you took the Duronto, since you would never pay the extra luggage prices on a flight back to Kolkata. And you completed a 30 plus hour, cross country train journey with 4 half balding uncles and the 3 beautiful girls who never spoke to you all this while. You are dying to alight and run to the taxi counter and reach home. But, the anticlimax is the long wait in the yard before your train is allowed into Howrah.  Sweet sweet pain of waiting!

    The tight hug from Maa 

    The Bong mom welcomes back the Khan son! Source ~ browngirlmagazine.com
    The Bong mom welcomes back the Khan son! Source ~ browngirlmagazine.com

    You just reached home and rang the bell. What comes next is a bear hug from your mum who doesn’t care if you are smelling like a pig in your two day old t-shirt. This, even though corny in this age and time, is how the city welcomes you – a mother’s tight hug.

    Eat all the biriyani, phuchka, jhalmuri, tele bhaja you can and then some

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

    Khabar! That is the major reason for your return and now you eat like the Mountain from GoT. You salivate over phuchkas, double chicken rolls, mutton Kabiraji, hing-kachuris, cutlet or fish fries and the crowning glory of a meal – ALU-WALA special biryani at Royal or Aminia. And your first weekend’s breakfast is probably going to be at Flury’s. And of course, MAA-er hather daal to macher-jhol are the elixirs of a content Bong life! You are gong to gain back all the flab you lost away from home, faster than you can say Rosogolla! If heaven has a menu it sure comes from Kolkata.

    The re-realization of how inexpensive life in Kolkata is

    The trams of Kolkata.
    The trams of Kolkata.

    After your sojourns to Bangalore and elsewhere you’ve gotten used to the WONANDHALF conundrums in autos and the deep holes in your pockets post each eat-out. Miraculously, Kolkata is still way cheaper than almost any other city you’ve been to. The bus rides are still 6/- a piece, phuchka is still 10 for 5/- and the metro, even after a hike, is cheaper than a cigarette. Oh cigarettes, we are pretty sure the cheap Specials and “choto” Gold Flakes are in circulation only in Kolkata (embarrassing smoking these in Bangalore or Mumbai when even your auto driver smokes King Sizes). And for those who like a tipple, Kolkata is close to heaven for it’s prices, case in point being the age old Broadway bar or Oly Pub or anywhere in China Town – if they were any cheaper, they would be serving Baba Ramdev’s jaributi!

    Acting pricey when you are out in Kolkata

    Golden Empire bar in China Town.
    Golden Empire bar in China Town.

    Now, once the realisation of the previous point settles in, it’s time to act all pricey for the BILET ( or Bangalore) PHEROT Bong. “I don’t drink BP anymore dude” or “This is so unhygienic and cheap” are phrases that often pop up. But, this attitude barely lasts, since your Kolkata friends will laugh so hard at your lameness and start teasing you so bad that you will soon meekly settle down into the “NOT SO CLASSEEY” but endearing and sincere habits of the city.

    College Street, Coffee house, Chandni…

    College-Street-Coffee-House
    College-Street-Coffee-House

    Now that you’re back, it’s time to see if your beloved haunts of the yesteryears are still the same or have changed completely. Pilgrimages to College Street, Coffee House,  Chandni,  Prinsep Ghat, the Southern Avenue Lake and your old adda venue at the “chayer dokan” are going to keep your first few weekends busy.

    The Bongo Lolonas & Chokras

    The Bong Lolona. Bongfeed.com
    The Bong Lolona. Bongfeed.com

    For our men, you may have seen many a beautiful and smart and startling specimen of the fairer sex during your stints elsewhere but the first time you see a true Bong beauty with her deep eyes and the naughty tilt at the edge of her lips, slyly eyeing you, you are going to fall hard in love with the city.  And for our ladies, seeing that wild eyed, bearded “jholawala” in Presidency or the “sudhorshon chokra” at work who is too shy to talk you but keeps looking at you longingly are what make a Bong man irresistible sometimes. Again. There’s something about a Bong girl or man any where in the world, but that same thing becomes way more alluring when she or he walks across with Kolkata in the background.

    The language thing

    Kolkata Taxi. Source ~ facenfacts.com
    Kolkata Taxi. Even he knos Bengali Source ~ facenfacts.com

    For the first few months when you are back to Kolkata, you are probably going to be talking to every shopkeeper, taxi driver or bus conductor in Hindi or maybe even English. It will take you a little while to come to terms with everybody comprehending Bengali around you. But beware if you’ve gotten used to abusing unsuspecting Non-Bongs in Bangalore, in Bengali, to their face with impunity while they think you are wishing them good morning. Everyone here knows what’s coming after that BOKA!

    The complaint about humidity (if you moved from the West of India or world!)

    That's summer in Kolkata. Source ~ economictimes.indiatimes.com
    That’s summer in Kolkata. Source ~ economictimes.indiatimes.com

    Did you forget that feeling? The forever present thin film of sweat on your skin in the summer? Yes, Kolkata is hot, sultry and extremely humid. Stop complaining and get rid of that hoodie and buy a few pair of shorts and linen shirts. And get used to 3 baths a day and a new bottle of deodorant every fortnight.

    Comparing the lifestyles of other cities with Kolkata

    NH7 weekender Kolkata
    NH7 weekender Kolkata

    “Life’s so happening in Bangalore…” or Bombay nightlife dude, miss it so much!” Yeah we know. Apparently the grass on the side that you just left looks greener sometimes. But trust us, if you are an interesting, curious and fun loving person, Kolkata is by no means dull. If you don’t know what to do and are in the mood for some mildly crazy things to do, let us know, we’ve got a long list of things we can do in the city.

    Bad work culture of Kolkata

    Cha khabona amra
    Cha khabona amra

    You are going to say it. And probably by the first weekend at the new workplace in Kolkata. Why does everyone ignore the first name thing and use dada-didi for everyone? Why does the workplace feel more like a large joint family with close knit groups and super close bonding? People here appear chilled out and relaxed and more interested in conversations over “cha-ta” than actually being stuck at their desks for 9 hours. But hey, we are a bit like Italians – eat well, sleep well (siestas they call it, and we call it NAKE TEL DIYE GHUM) , work smart. So don’t judge too soon and just observe that lazy smoker closely at work. Maybe, he does in 4 hours what others take 8 to complete.

    Astonishment at the few new things Kolkata got since your last visit

    Maa Flyover, the latest one in Kolkata. Source ~ hindustantimes.com
    Maa Flyover, the latest one in Kolkata. Source ~ hindustantimes.com

    The city now has Uber and Ola? A new fly over here, an AC bus there, a sudden Big Ben somewhere and new apartments everywhere? Oh wow! KOTO CHANGE HOYE GECHE! It’s always fun to pass by the same old place and see a few things changed for the better. But it’s also extremely sad sometimes, when you see that exquisite old “GARI-BARANDA wala bonedi” palatial home that got torn down to be replaced by an ugly apartment. Times, they are a changing madame/sir!

    Bemoaning the lack of weekend destinations

    Darjeeling. Yes that's how beautiful the Queen looks! Source ~ industrialtour.com
    Darjeeling. Yes that’s how beautiful the Queen looks! Source ~ industrialtour.com

    This is probably the most common complaint once you’ve been in the city for about half a year – AR KOTOBAAR MONDARMONI JABO RE BABA ?!. It’s not that there aren’t places other than Digha & Mondarmoni, to hit for a weekend, but sadly the connectivity in this part of the country is still catching up with the likes of Bangalore or Chennai. On the upside, you are now closer to the North-East and the beautiful mountains of North Bengal. And come on, for some place as beautiful as Darjeeling or the 7 sisters, a day of extra leave is a slight price to pay.

    How you hate some things you loved

    Parar Dada/Kaku at a Rock-er-adda
    Parar Dada/Kaku at a Rock-er-adda

    Once you have gone past the initial glow of homecoming, you will become aware of some things which you loved before you left Kolkata but can’t stand a bit now. The loving neighbourhood kaku now seems extremely nosey giving you advice on when to get married and what job to get. That inseparable friend from your school who stayed back in Kolkata has nothing in common with you anymore. These are a few things you grew out of while you were away.

    Nostalgia and the renewed love for the city

    The hand pulled rickshaw of Kolkata
    The hand pulled rickshaw of Kolkata

    A tram rattling by or the taste of Fusion coffee at the Coffee House or the rare hand pulled rickshaw or the yellow taxis with rude drivers or the fairy far at the top of Victoria are sights that warm your heart like never before. These remind you again why you came back to your city, your Kolkata!

    After all this, let’s finally absorb the awesomeness of being back to Kolkata. Welcome back, O prodigal daughter/son and may Maa Kali make your plate heavy with Ilish and your heart aflutter with every Rabindrasangeet you hear at the signal at Hazra crossing.
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    We are well into the holy month of Ramadan and a true Bong uses this opportunity to gorge on these lip smacking Iftar delicacies.

    Iftar in Ramadan - Bongfeed.com. Source ~ ndtv.com
    Iftar in Ramadan - Bongfeed.com. Source ~ ndtv.com

    Kolkata, the city of Joy has already immersed in the piousness of Ramadan and the streets are brimming with delicious servings for iftar. Calcutta might have changed to Kolkata but its food destinations have not changed a bit even after the new “naamkoron”. Ramadan – the pious month in the Islamic calendar has already started and a true Bong from Kolkata is now served with foods and delicacies to die for on every nook and corner.

    But, where to go and what to eat? Before you get confused, we have here a list with ample information about the most popular iftar delicacies to gorge on in Kolkata.  

    Haleem
    Haleem in Kolkata
    Haleem in Kolkata

    A complete food for your iftaar, haleem is made of different varieties of nutritious lentils (dals), wheat and barley. Cooked for hours, this delicious dish is accompanied with choice chunks of meat and familiar spices from the Indian kitchen. It is truly delicious and filling. You will find the best Haleem in Zakaria Street (the original hub of Awadhi Mughlai food in Kolkata), where Aminia Hotel prepares this dish particularly well in the Ramadan month. Also check Royal Indian Hotel (the 113 years old establishment is probably the only place that dares serve aloo-less biryani in Kolkata!) for its amazing Haleem preparation.

    Kebabs
    Preparing the unique Sutli Kebab at Adam's. Source Yummraj.com
    Preparing the unique Sutli Kebab at Adam’s. This is one of the best things to try out this Iftar. Source Yummraj.com

    Tired of Haleem and want to try something spicier? Why not try SUTLI KEBABS from Adam’s Kabab Shop at Phears Lane? This shop sells varieties of kebabs in the month of Ramadan, with sutli being the most popular. For the uninitiated, Sutli kabab is prepared by plastering a paste of meat & spices around a metal sheekh, tied with a cotton thread & then barbecuing it. Once done, the thread is removed & the kebab is served. These are affordable, delicious and most importantly deeply soul satisfying.

    Rezala
    Rezala. Source ~ Youtube.com
    Rezala. Source ~ Youtube.com

    A meat stew that is cooked with lamb, chicken and firni, this distinct food is best experienced at Sabir’s Hotel at Bow Bazaar. This place might be a bit old fashioned & grimy, but hey, the rezala is way better than your expectations and the you will never look at this place the same again.

    Biryani
    The Royal Indian Hotel, our favorite biryani junction
    The Royal Indian Hotel, our favorite biryani junction

    Usually, people hardly break their fast with Biryani, but this becomes a necessity when the Haleem or pakodas are out of stock or if you are a true blue Biryani addict. The shops in  Zakaria street sell some of the best biryanis (we think in the universe) with Royal Indian Hotel and Aminia topping the list.

    Samosas & Pakoras
    Preparing the mewa at the Haji Alauddin Sweet shop . Source ~ Yummraj.com
    Preparing the mewa at the Haji Alauddin Sweet shop . Source ~ Yummraj.com

    You will find a variety of delicious mutton and chicken samosas in the shops around Phears Lane. The most popular of them is the Haji Alauddin sweet shop that happens to sell a great batch of samosas during iftar. Along with the samosas, you can also try their mawa-based sweet delicacies, which are very rare in the city because of their North Indian origin.

    Khajla
    The khajla. Source ~ Scroll.in
    The khajla. Source ~ Scroll.in

    Want to break your iftaar with a sweeter experience, then go for Khajla, which is a hollow bread like food, that you crush and have with warm milk (almost like your breakfast cereal, but way tastier). It is easily available in Zakaria Street and almost every other shops sells them during iftar.

    Drinks
    The streetside Rooh-Afza. Source ~ Indianexpress.com
    The streetside Rooh-Afza. Source ~ Indianexpress.com

    While on the Ramadan food trail, you cannot miss drinking the rooh-afza sold in glasses along the streets. These drinks are refreshing and become a boon in this heat.

     

    Do let us know if we have missed anything in our list and don’t forget to check these places out before this pious month comes to an end. Happy Eid in advance!
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    We investigated the answer to one burning question - What qualities do Bengali parents look for in a groom for their lovely daughters.

    bengali wedding
    bengali wedding

    All over Bengali-verse, every Jamai Shashti fathers in law, in their photua and pajama go out early to buy the reyaji mutton, the mothers in law don their best laal paar sarees and ready the humongous, shiny kanshaar thaala for the all important Bong lunch.

    So we, being the bachelors we are, felt tremendously jealous of this VIP treatment that our married (and henpecked) brethren drown under on this day. Hence, we went into a minor investigation of sorts – we created profiles on a few  matrimony apps (against all our better judgement). Our endeavour was only this – WHAT DO BENGALI PARENTS LOOK FOR IN A GROOM FOR THEIR LOVELY DAUGHTERS.

    What follows now is our learning after a fortnight of “INVESTIGATIVE” (and sometimes just plain curious and Facebook like robotic) scrolling through a ton of profiles. A few minor disclaimers first – none of this was done with any malice or intentions of ridiculing genuinely nice people. It was done in good humor and a bit of curiosity to help our unmarried Bong bhodro lok (including all the single men on team BONGFeed) to hone his skills at landing the perfect life partner.

     

    • THE FRIEND NOT JUST HUSBAND

    Probably the most commonly used word that prospective shoshur moshai’s use when describing their favorite jamai is this – A FRIEND. It’s exciting and at the same time mildly scary that most Bengali parents are so far ahead of the rest of this country’s parents that they have understood that looking for a plain husband is futile. Wonder why these beautiful Bong girls couldn’t bag a “FRIEND” during all these years when so many guys wanted to have “FRAANDSHIP” with them on Facebook! AMRA KI MORE GECHILAM?

    The Bengali boyfriend. Source ~ Youtube
    The Bengali boyfriend. Source ~ Youtube
    • THE SIMPLE, DOWN TO EARTH, HUMBLE FELLOW

    Coming in at a close second is the simple Bong jamai. After flipping through 1000+ profiles, it’s apparent that LOW LIVING AND HIGH THINKING is a truly desirable trait among Bengali families. But what is not clear is this – the definition of simplicity that is seeked. Will a man who loves wearing PAJAMA & Sree Leather CHAPPALS qualify? Or will a man in Louis Phillipe shirt who smiles benignly when called KAPURUSH win in this category. Our research continues…

    Uttam Kumar Saptapadi
    Uttam Kumar Saptapadi
    • THE WELL-EDUCATED NERD

    You gotta be good at studies boss. Period. It doesn’t matter a bit if you earn a bomb. If your alma mater is not one of IIT, IIM, JU, SHIBPUR, NIT or XAVIERS, PRESI you are not jamai material. You will repeatedly flounder after SENDING INTERESTS and receive this damned message in reply – YOUR PROFILE DID NOT MATCH HER EXPECTATIONS. This is probably where the nerds get their revenge. DEKH KEMON LAGE. Why didn’t our parents say this when we were in school – LEKHA PORA NA KORLE BOU PABE NA!

    Abhijit Banerjee receiving his Nobel prize.
    Abhijit Banerjee receiving his Nobel prize.
    • THE CARETAKER

    Yes sir. If you are a Bengali man get ready to work your ass off after marriage. Almost every SHOSHUR wants this – a man who will take care of our daughter like we have. By the way, we did not come across a single profile which claimed that the daughters were equally interested in caring for their man. Not sure if it’s just us or not, but mild sexism against men and a perception of the pater-familias seems prevalent.

    A caring husband. Source ~ biblicalgenderroles.com
    A caring husband. Source ~ biblicalgenderroles.com
    • THE VISA-WALA BIDESHI BENGALI

    If, by some chance, you are currently in a Western, developed country please stop reading this and immediately create a profile on one of these apps. That visa you have right now is your ticket to Bengali glory. We came across a ton of profiles who hailed from India but are averse to marrying someone who is in India. Even if you are just updating Excel spreadsheets in some obscure US village, you sure are a winner sir. SAAT-KHUN-MAAF for you, here, come marry this beautiful, tall, slim, fair, convent educated girl who loves painting and singing Rabindra-sangeet!

    Prosenjit in the US. Source ~ gomolo.com
    Prosenjit in the US. Source ~ gomolo.com
    • THE CROREPATIS

    This is the category seeking grooms earning, get ready, 25 LAKH -1 CRORE. Not sure why they bothered with the upper limit. Infinity would have been easier to handle. We couldn’t fathom why some SHOSHUR MOSHAI’s expect a dude, who earns close to a crore a year, to be sitting around in his room swiping through a matrimony app looking for his life partner. He is busy and hence is rich. And please, let the man drive his BMW X1 in peace.

    The BOINEDI RICH Bengali Saif in Parineta. Source ~ zns.india.com
    The BONEDI, RICH Bengali Saif in Parineta. Source ~ zns.india.com
    • THE NON-SMOKER, NON-DRINKER

    Why Shoshur-moshai, why? Even though we Bongs almost always top the lists of smokers & drinkers in this country, when looking for a groom, most families want a pious jamai. Ironically, we are pretty sure some of the girls, whose fathers were looking for teetotalers, are not themselves averse to a tipple or a puff now & then. But hey, all you guys out there who abstain and are stuck with drunk losers, this is your time to shine. Go out there and show off your clear lungs and fresh livers for the perfect bride.

    Drunk Devdas. He would never make the cut!
    Drunk Devdas. He would never make the cut!
    • THE TRAVELER CUM PHOTOGRAPHER

    Make sure that the pictures you put up on these sites show you on the edge of that blue lake in Ladakh or that cloud covered mountain in Dzongri. Most Bengali families, keeping with established cliches, have daughters who love traveling and photography. So if you don’t have a heavy DSLR and are a lazy sofa-surfer please DO NOT CONTACT THIS PROFILE.

    No DSLR, no bou
    No DSLR, no bou
    • TRADITIONAL YET MODERN, CULTURED YET LIBERAL RESPECTABLE FAMILY

    Again, a grey area. We just could not understand the meaning of these paradoxes. So am I traditional if I recite the GAYATRI mantra every morning? Am I modern if I go out to Someplace Else that same night and get sloshed? Is your father cultured and liberal if he sits reading Shakti Chattopadhyay while sharing a smoke with you? And have you ever heard anyone having a NON-RESPECTABLE family? This is the point when you give up and go back to Facebook cat videos.

    A jamai like Abir? Source ~ tellychakkar.com
    A jamai like Abir? Source ~ tellychakkar.com
    • THE SUPURUSH

    Though not always important (some profiles clearly stated that looks don’t matter, only your IIT passing certificate and salary slips do), your KARTIK THAKUR type looks are very desirable. But wonder why these handsome men are expected to be single and searching for an arranged marriage. Maybe, their parents will forcefully create a profile to get them to leave those BAJE MEYEs who are their girlfriends.

    Soumitra. Source ~ learningandcreativity.com/
    The forever handsome Soumitra. Source ~ learningandcreativity.com/

    This, in a nutshell is all you got to be and do if you want to get hitched in present day Bengal. Our research continues though, trying to extract a detailed matrix of desired qualities for our men!

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    Praktan is the comeback film of Bumbada & Rituparna. But how good it it? Here's our review of the movie.

    Praktan - BONGfeed. Source ~ Youtube.com
    Praktan - BONGfeed. Source ~ Youtube.com

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5

    Everyone has a past. It sometimes makes us smile. haunts us, teaches us and at others it reminds us of the mistakes that we made a long time back. And for most Bongs most of these happened in Kolkata. Praktan – The Former, by Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee is all about love, separation, passion, nostalgia, humour and of course Kolkata. It is a sleekly shot flick with an urban feel with very familiar characters we regularly come across in this City of Joy.

    The Directors - Nandita and Shiboprosad. Source ~ indiatimes.com
    The Directors – Nandita and Shiboprosad. Source ~ indiatimes.com

    The plot in short is this – Ujjan, a Calcutta Walks (one of the most exciting companies of Kolkata and a BONGFeed favorite, do check them out) tour guide played by Prosenjit and Sudipa, a young architect played by Rituparna Sengupta fall in love, try to establish a family, which ultimately falls apart due to their difference in thoughts and temperaments. Many years pass and on a train from Mumbai to Kolkata Sudipa stumbles upon Manali, Ujjan’s present wife and daughter in a compartment that they have to share for the next 48 hours.

    Praktan means Former and the director duo have made sure this theme prevails through different characters of the film – a former band member (our own Sourajit of Bhumi) reminiscing the golden days of his band, a husband finding it difficult to accept that his wife had an ex and an aged couple trying to cope with the present world. This film is a comeback of one of Bengali cinema’s supreme pairs – Rituparna Sengupta and Prosenjit Chatterjee after 15 long years and they don’t fail to deliver. But if you thought this film is a complete Rituparna and Bumbada show you’ll be mildly surprised, since Aparajita Adhya, in the role of Ujjan’s wife, has done an exceptional job of playing the happy-go-lucky middle class wife, who loves her family and is content with her world. Even though, we are all praise for the film, the story is a tad clichéd since we’ve recently come across the same kind of plots – the struggle of a young married couple.

    Prosenjit Rituparna in Praktan. Source ~ Youtube.com
    Prosenjit Rituparna in Praktan. Source ~ Youtube.com

    Given the storyline, Praktan could very easily have been a dull, listless and boring show if not for the saving grace of the smart screenplay. You won’t be bored, for example when Aparajita is on screen – she is amazing and her acting skills are superlative. One complaint though – the poor character sketch of Soumitra Chatterjee and Sabitri, who seem to have boarded the train only to recite “Hotat Dekha” from Sanchayita, in the background. We think they could have been used so much better.

    Prosenjit Aparajita in Praktan. Source ~ Youtube
    Prosenjit Aparajita in Praktan. Source ~ Youtube

    And finally, the most important character of this movie – Kolkata, The city has been painted beautifully in the film. Be it Decres Lane, Victoria, Maidan or Tram rides, Kolkata, through the light yellow filters, looks like a sun soaked destination in the South of France rather than the banks of the Hooghly! Bumbada, in one of the scenes, says “Kolkata is the city of passions” and we know what the director’s trying – to tug at that part of you that loves the city fervently. And yet, you will smile, that’s how good it feels to see the city in this movie.

    Kolkata in Praktan. Source ~ Youtube.com
    Kolkata in Praktan. Source ~ Youtube.com

    Before we forget, Anupam’s music is again, well done and sounds great in the film. We only hope he gets better and come up with something fresher since some of his work now sounds a tad repeated. The Kolkata song, which is already getting a lotta airplay on the FM channels, will follow you out into the city and you probably will be humming it for a while.

    With Bela Sheshey, Mukherjee and Roy had planted their creative seeds in the industry and with Praktan, this seed has bloomed into a more matured and sleeker presentation.  So yes, we think you should go watch this movie this weekend and do let us know if you share our ratings.

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    Srijit's Rajkahini was a hard hitting flick. More so for Jaby Koay, an American coming across the trailer for the first time. And this is how he reacted.

    Jaby Koay Rajkahini Trailer Reaction
    Jaby Koay Rajkahini Trailer Reaction

    Jaby Koay (@jabykoay) , a YouTuber from LA, loves Indian movies and he records his reactions while watching Indian movie trailers trending on YouTube. Usually he covers Bollywood stuff but recently he started reviewing regional desi movies as well. Most of his stuff is so damn hilarious that yours truly watched all his trailer reactions in one single sitting (while getting late for work!).

    Jaby Koay Rajkahini Trailer Reactions
    Jaby Koay Rajkahini Trailer Reactions

    There is also a sweet Bong connection with Jaby Koay – the Desi trailers he sits watching are actually recommended by Moumita (@Moumita57), a Bong belle from “amader” Calcutta. And thus, recently, Jaby did a trailer review of Rajkahini (yes, the same Rajkahini by Srijit that you didn’t watch but your parents did!).

    Here’s the video of him watching the Rajkahini trailer. His initial silent reactions to the gun wielding Bong women on screen is quite a testament to how hard hitting a movie it was (and obviously, how strong our women are on screen & in real life!).

     

    Go Jaby! And “oshesh dhonnyobaad” Moumita!

    You can subscribe to Jaby’s channel here.

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    Aamir Khan once tried walking into the home of Sourav Ganguly. And then he got thrown out. See these videos for the hilarity that ensued.

    Aamir at Saurav Ganguly home. BONGFeed. Source ~ Youtube
    Aamir at Saurav Ganguly home. BONGFeed. Source ~ Youtube

    We all know where Sourav Ganguly stays right? And we would all love to meet him at his house and get a tour from him as well! But alas, we ain’t getting that chance soon. But Aamir Khan sure can do that. He did try walking into Dada’s home once in 2009. But he was stopped at the gate and turned back, exactly the way you or me would be if we came knocking saying “EK PHOTO LENA THA UNKE SAATH…”.

    In the first video, Aamir dresses up like a common nutcase fan and tries entering the house . But in the second one, he comes back with Dada himself and the fun begins in earnest. It just warms our heart to see the two greats together in such a casual setting.

    This is where the fun began!

    And then he came back.

    And Dada plays the great host.

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    Facebook has launched Reactions recently. And we took this opportunity to react as Bongs to this new addition to our social media lives.

    Facebook reactions. Source ~ Wired.com
    Facebook reactions. Source ~ Wired.com

    It has just been a few weeks that Facebook has launched REACTIONS, a reply to the huge user demand for a set of more nuanced buttons to express their sentiments. Some find these insufficient and some find them overwhelming. But being hardcore Bongs, we could only think of how or when a “Bangaali” will use these reactions on Facebook. So here’s our Bong reactions to Facebook Reactions.

    The final six reactions, animated. Source ~ Wired.com
    The final six reactions, animated. Source ~ Wired.com

    LOVE – What do we Bongs Love?

    Any honest Bong can answer that faster than batting an eyelid – of course it’s FOOD! The great foodaholics that we are, we don’t leave any stone unturned when it comes to checking out Facebook posts on Biryani, Rosogolla, delicious “maach” preparations, “phuchka” and “polao”. A close second are pictures of our annual tourist destinations – Darjeeling, Gangtok, Puri etc. etc.

    Bong Food
    Bong Food

    The HAHA Reaction – The Bong belly laugh

    Haha means Bongs LoL-ing at all the frivolities that a sarcastic Bengali comes across on Facebook. Be it a post on Bengalis always managing a “phau phuchka” from the glaring “puchkawala” or to the hilarious videos showing a Bong amidst adversaries, the haha reaction will be used by every Bong to have a loud “Otto-hashi” at all things comical.

    Chobi BIswas. Source ~ konangalfilmsociety.blogspot.com
    Chobi BIswas. Source ~ konangalfilmsociety.blogspot.com

    The WOW Reaction – Bengalis being “Wowed”…Yeah right.

    Almost as high browed as the Brits, a Bong is seldom WOWED. So this might be one rarely used button. But, and there’s a big BUT(T), a Bong will immediately hit the Wow reaction to anything that glorifies their culture, Dada or Netaji, as the LIKE button was just not enough to express our true Bong “pheelings”. We are going to be orgasmically WOWed by our holy cows till the end of time. Any “poblame”?

    Dada. Source ~ india.com
    Dada. Source ~ india.com

    Truly Sad – a melancholic Bong

    Every Bong, deep down, is an ardent lover of prose, poetry and heart wrenching songs “that tell of saddest thoughts” (did you notice we just quoted Shelley’s “To a Skylark” ? Like we said, we are true blue, “poddo” loving Bongs!). We will hit the sad reaction every time we come across the nostalgia laden lyrics of “Rabi Thakur” or pics of “coffee house-er shei addata…” or any post on mourning a love lost or read of a reminder of the Calcutta of yore – a lot of us are in Bangalore or Pune and we miss stuff from back home real bad.

    Drunk Devdas
    Drunk Devdas

    The Angry Reaction: “Raag korena raguni”

    Well, well, “ek Bong ko ghussa kab aata hai”?  Is it when we are ridiculed for our “AA ki matras” that we pronounce with big Os (“Obhishek” or “Oshleel” anyone….) ? Or is it when a post claims that Sourav Ganguly is the second best captain of India? Or when a pseudo intellectual pretends like they know the true depths of literature or politics or language or philosophy?  In all the above cases & a ton of more such prickly topics, Facebook will find Bongs hitting the angry button like it’s a “dhaak” on Dashami.

    Angry Utpal Dutta. Source ~ Blogspot.com
    Angry Utpal Dutta. Source ~ Blogspot.com

    If you have more to add to this list or have any “bishudhdho” Bong suggestions to Mark Zuckerberg for more reactions that define us, let us know and we’ll get the word across. Mairi bolchi…

     

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