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What does a Bengali do when in Sydney? Of course they do pure BONG THINGS. Read these 8 must do Bong Things for when you are in Sydney.

Durga Puja Sydney. Source ~ indianlink.com.au
Durga Puja Sydney. Source ~ indianlink.com.au

We Bongs are a tranquil lot. All we want and need are a pinch of food, a dash of poetry and a handful of travel. The Bengali diaspora has spread to many shores in search of work mainly. For me, it was the lure of travel & adventure which got me all the way to Sydney, 7800 Kms away from home.

It is always difficult to create a home away from your real home. A foreign land has its own challenges and one always yearns for something familiar – be it the comfort of speaking the same language or adda over countless “bhanrs” lebu cha. When I moved to Sydney, looking for my own adventure, I had discounted this yearning for everything Bengali. Over time, I was delighted to discover a strong presence of Bengalis in Sydney. Every day I would discover something new in Sydney, something which a Bengali could do and I wish there was a guide to help me out when I started my journey in Sydney

Here is my effort at compiling a list of things for a Bengali to do in Sydney –

  • FISH FOR YOUR BONG PALATE – Eat your shorshe ilish and Begun Pora at the Bengali suburbs- Lakemba or Rockdale. With 60% of the Bengali population living in these two suburbs, it was inevitable that the Bengali eateries opened to cater to the fish loving clan. Fish is imported all the way from Bangladesh, and cooked by Bengali chefs.
Shorshe Ilish
Shorshe Ilish
  • Visit the Baishakhi Mela (organised by Bangabandhu Council Australia) at Sydney Olympic Park and gorge on the fish chops and halim, ghugni and biriyani, and buy new “Dhakais” from the various stalls. And when all this is done, watch different Bangla Rock Bands shake up an entire stadium. This Baishakhi Mela sees a turnout of 20,000 Bengalis year after year.
Bengali New year- Ashfield Park, Sydney
Bengali New year – Ashfield Park, Sydney
  • If you are not a crowd person, then spend your nobo-borsho at Ashfield Park with a crowd of 100-150, giving it a family-feel. With the singers belting out Rabindra sangeet and Nazrul Geeti, it gives you the vibe of being in Kolkata. Singers prepare for this for the whole year and women sell home-made delicious food.
Nobo-borsho at Ashfield Park, Sydney. Source ~ i.ytimg.com
Nobo-borsho at Ashfield Park, Sydney. Source ~ i.ytimg.com
  • Even though this year’s Durga Pujo is already past, the one in Concord high School is a must see. The Bengali Association of New South Wales organises this pujo which sees a footfall of 5000 Bongs. The Bhog can be cooked by anyone, irrespective of religion and irrespective of caste. Bengali women wear their beautiful silk and dhakai sarees and it feels like your very own parar pujo.
Durga Pujo Concord High School 2014, Sydney
Durga Pujo Concord High School 2014, Sydney
Durga Pujor Bhog
Durga Pujor Bhog
  • The Lakemba Community Markets every first Saturday of the month for the best home-made pickles. Are you missing that Chalta’r aachar? This is the place to visit. Kul? Tetul? Please go here! It also creates the opportunity to buy that item you want to stock up on from the local grocery.
The Lakemba Community Market. Source ~ 4cs.org.au
The Lakemba Community Market. Source ~ 4cs.org.au
  • Are you someone who loves cooking your own fish? The sign on the Harris Park shop ‘Ekhane Maach paoya jai’ is difficult to miss. Missing rui maach? Buy 2 kgs for $4/kg ONLY (I bet that’s cheaper than Kolkata).
Lakemba Bengali fish market, Sydney
Lakemba Bengali fish market, Sydney
  • Haldon Street Festival – If you are a lover of Bengali Folk songs, singers from Bangladesh grace this festival, again plentiful Bengali food and music. The entire street is closed to traffic, with stalls on either sides selling clothes, food, toys, reminding one much of Bidhannagar Mela.
Haldon Street Festival, Sydney. Source ~ lakembabanglaschool.com
Haldon Street Festival, Sydney. Source ~ lakembabanglaschool.com
  • And of course the adda with your Bong friends, talking about the political scenario in Bangladesh and India, laughing at India’s meat ban and other idiosyncrasies. An adda (informal gathering) session without sweetened milk tea, deep fried potato fritters and the intoxication of nicotine is incomplete without arguments. There is much to learn from this. Facts are thrown across the room and the trick is to use those facts and argue on whether Syrian refugee crisis will affect the global oil prices or the love of football. There have been theories thrown around with vociferous support that football (soccer in ‘Strayan’) was invented in Bengal!
Sydney Bengalis. Source ~ indianlink.com.au
Sydney Bengalis. Source ~ indianlink.com.au

It is important to enjoy the culture of a new place. While this land has opened its doors to us, I hope the Bengali spirit of tolerance, humour, art, food, football, adda and mishti spread cheer.

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

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

Joy guru enjoy guru!


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    Feluda is every Bengali's favorite sleuth. But how well do you know him & his case diary? Take this quiz and show off your MOGOJ-ASHTRO!

    Tough Feluda Quiz. Source ~ dnaindia.com
    Tough Feluda Quiz. Source ~ dnaindia.com

    Pradosh Mitter, a.k.a. FELUDA, was our idea of the perfect idol. As Bengali kids we all wanted to talk like him, yield his razor sharp MOGOJ-ASHTRO,  craved to be in Topshe’s place & guffawed at Lal Mohan babu’s gaffes & literary faux pas.

    Sometime back, we quizzed you with the EASY FELUDA QUIZ. Too easy, many said. So here is the tougher version of our homage to our favorite sleuth from Ray’s pen. If you are a Bengali worth your weight in Shorsher Tel, then it’s time you took this quiz and found out how big a fan of Feluda you really are. Joy baba Felunath!

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

    Kolkata Timelapse
    Kolkata Timelapse

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

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


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    We all love our Kolkata. But to love means to accept the problems of our city and solve them. These 19 major problems are clogging Kolkata today. Can you help?

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

    Bad customer service.

    Somehow every waiter, every shopkeeper, every cab driver in Kolkata considers the customer to be an irritating pest. Sour expressions and irritated replies are mostly what you nowadays receive at most places in the city. Add to this the incessant ask for “KHUCHRO” – petty change. Every auto driver & bus conductor must be given the EXACT damn change for a ride or else you might be roughed up or even be pushed out of a moving vehicle. Read some of the reviews of this Pub in Kolkata here and you’ll know what we’re talking about.

    Bus conductor with the Rupee-fan in hand. Source ~ Comedyflavors.com
    Bus conductor with the Rupee-fan in hand. Source ~ Comedyflavors.com

    Unruly traffic

    Geoff Boycott had once predicted that the “Calcootta” traffic (that’s how his Yorkshire accent sounded) would one day come to a complete standstill because of traffic jams. But more than this, the absolute disregard for traffic rules has now  become the norm for this once regal city. This is exacerbated by the gazillion auto rickshaws & bikes whose driving skills better suit an off-roading event than a metropolitan city. Add to this the humongous & rowdy private buses stopping at every nook & corner.

    Kolkata traffic Jam. Source ~ guim.co.uk
    Kolkata traffic Jam. Source ~ guim.co.uk

    Insensitive cops

    Kolkata Police (KP in short, often expanded, in jest, to Ka-Purush, Bengali for a spineless man) has seldom been praised for their fairness or alacrity. The big tummy in a white uniform is how most KP cops look like. Even though there are honest & great police officials in the city, the general impression is of a harsh official who rarely helps. And anyone who has ever been hauled over by a traffic cop knows how a few hundred Rupiyas is all that is required to get out of any sticky situation.

    Kolkata cop. Source ~ rushlane.com
    Kolkata cop. Source ~ rushlane.com

    Taxi refusal – “SOUTH/NORTH ka gaadi hai sir, wahan nehi jayenge…”

    A taxi is defined as a car on hire to take you to a destination of your choice. But in Kolkata, it is a vehicle which goes only to a destination of choice of the driver. The one asking for a ride can go take a dive in Maa Ganga if her route is out of alignment.

    Chilled out Taxi service. Source ~ Indianexpress.com
    Chilled out Taxi service. Source ~ Indianexpress.com

    Bad & over-burdened healthcare

    Kolkata has got probably the most stressed government healthcare facilities in the world. Government hospitals like National Medical College, NRS College & hospital, R.G. Kar & SSKM are regularly overburdened with hundreds of seriously sick patients who can ill afford private hospitals. And all the expensive hospitals & clinics around the city are there majorly to make as much moolah as public sickness can earn them. Transparency or education about medical procedures, compassionate behavior with patients & family, proactive care, comprehensive end-of-life care are concepts yet to reach our shores.

    SSKM Hospital Kolkata. Source ~ NDTVimg.com
    SSKM Hospital Kolkata. Source ~ NDTVimg.com

    Open garbage dumps and general lack of cleanliness or awareness

    In which major city in India can you see open garbage dumps spewing trash all over? Where else can you see people merrily peeing on the sides of major thoroughfares? Where else can you see places of worship surrounded by dirty streets? Where else can you find a city whose very residents are joyously out dirtying their own city and turning their faces away from all that is ugly and ungainly? Welcome to Kolkata! It’s not that the municipal corporation doesn’t care, it’s just that a million people being dirty every moment of every day cannot be handled by one department staffed by overworked humans.

    As of now, Kolkata is, sadly, one of the dirtiest metros. And yes, that includes cities from some of the poorest countries of the world.

    Garbage dumped in the open in Kolkata. Source ~ amazonaws.com
    Garbage dumped in the open in Kolkata. Source ~ amazonaws.com

    Lack of infrastructure

    While most other cities of India are eyeing high speed railways, smart infrastructure & green construction, Kolkata is basically still dependent on pre-independence structures & infra for most of our daily needs. The sewage system in use was built by the British raj more than a century ago, the trams are yet to be modernized, the immense river Ganges is ill-used as a traffic channel and the ferries plying on it are probably older than our grandfathers.

    A clogged sewage canal in Kolkata. Source ~ thehindu.com
    A clogged sewage canal in Kolkata. Source ~ thehindu.com

    Aging facilities

    Almost every avenue, every official building, every public facility currently in use in the city is more than half a century old. This adds immensely to problems of fire safety or building regulations.

    Old silver mint in ruins Kolkata. Source ~ blogspot.com
    Old silver mint in ruins Kolkata. Source ~ blogspot.com

    Ineffective solutions for the aged

    For a city which is aging rapidly, Kolkata has very minimal care facilities or public infrastructure to support it’s older residents. The Kolkata Police has recently started an excellent initiative to look after older people who are on their own, but barring that most of the city is a nightmare for anyone past retirement age.

    Old man on Kolkata street. Source ~ Flickr.com
    Old man on Kolkata street. Source ~ Flickr.com

    Extremely slow implementation of civic plans

    Every project that the government has planned for the city has invariably been stalled for unbelievably long durations. The East-West Metro being the prime example. While most of us blame the government & it’s policies, the underlying reasons are almost always the very residents of the city who stand in the way of most of these projects which overtime would actually benefit them.

    The stalled east-West Kolkata metro. Source ~ Thehindu.com
    The stalled east-West Kolkata metro. Source ~ Thehindu.com

    Unbelievably lethargic municipal departments

    Anyone who has ever had to visit the Calcutta Municipal Corporation offices will know the limit to which a government official can shirk their duties and act nonchalant. Imagine walking up to an officer for a simple signature and not even being replied to for 3 hours. And that, my friend, is only the average waiting time.

    A normal day at work. Source ~ timesofindia.indiatimes.com
    A normal day at work. Source ~ timesofindia.indiatimes.com

    MANCHI NA MANBO NA

    While the slogan of “DON’T AGREE, WON’T FOLLOW’ was once created as a war cry against bad management, the present use of the term is applied to any rule the government or the authorities lay down to control some aspect of civic life. You don’t like a rule? Have 10 other people who hate it? Just get on the road and publicly disobey & flout ’em. Simple, kaka!

    Protest in Kolkata. Source ~ thehindu.com
    Protest in Kolkata. Source ~ thehindu.com

    Nonchalant & apathetic youth

    The youth of Kolkata, while extremely talented, vociferous in mass protests, educated, versatile & globally admired as capable thought leaders, is seriously apathetic towards it’s own city. While most major cities in the world, including the Calcutta of the 1960s & 1970s, got shaped by their youth, the present youth of Kolkata is barely aware or interested in the way their city is run or maintained. Why can’t we, the young able girls & boys & women & men get down to cleaning the city rather than driving past in an Audi making faces at the open garbage dumps?

    Students protesting in Kolkata. Souce ~ anirbansaha.com
    Students protesting in Kolkata. Souce ~ anirbansaha.com

    Lack of volunteer culture

    The last point logically leads to this. Even though Kolkata has a huge section of educated, well travelled & capable citizenry, it’s rare to see a single Calcuttan out on their own time supporting a cause that badly needs manpower. Ever considered volunteering for a cause that helps the poor or disabled? Ever been to Missionaries of Charity asking if they need help feeding a street kid?

    Missionaries of Charity Kolkata. Source ~ Tripadvisor.com
    Missionaries of Charity Kolkata. Source ~ Tripadvisor.com

    False sense of pride, haughtiness and nostalgia

    Every Kolkatan is a proud Calcutta-phile. But sadly most of what we are proud of has long faded into oblivion under pressure of our own apathy. We boast of the beauty of Victoria Memorial, but dirty her grounds during picnics. We enjoy Park Street, but don’t care two hoots about spitting on the famed walls of Mocambo or Flury’s.

    Man peeing on road. Source ~ youthkiawaaz.com
    Man peeing on road. Source ~ youthkiawaaz.com

    Decay of erstwhile top institutions

    Presidency College, Indian Statistical Institute, Jadavpur University, Sanskrit College, Scottish Church school & college and many more famed seats of learning, are literally in ruins – both infrastructurally & intellectually. It’s easy to blame the administration & other entities but tough to accept that we, the one’s who studied there & call Kolkata our home, don’t care much.

    Presidency College Kolkata. Source ~ currentnews.emsme.in
    Presidency College Kolkata. Source ~ currentnews.emsme.in

    Mismanagement of heritage properties

    Often touted as the City of Palaces, Kolkata is now more a city of Ruins. Almost every heritage structure with a place in history is either covered in posters & banyan trees or occupied by people who don’t care about maintaining them. Ever wondered what has become of Michael Madhushudan Dutt’s opulent bungalow? Or how exactly Nazrul’s abodes are maintained? Or whee Noti Binodini lived in the city?

    Heritage building in ruins in Kolkata (Though luckily this one was recently rescued & renovated). Source ~ Trekearth.com
    Heritage building in ruins in Kolkata (Though luckily this one was recently rescued & renovated). Source ~ Trekearth.com

    Sonagachi & the plight of sex workers

    Most of us Kolkatan Bhodroloks & Bhodromohilas, while crossing the stretch between Girish Park & Sovabazar on the Central Avenue, slyly check out the scores of brightly dressed young women on the roadside beckoning the BABUs for a night of revelry. But seldom do we, the citizens of Kolkata, acknowledge these women as what they are – residents of our own city conducting a business that has existed almost as long as this city’s history. We easily turn a blind eye to their plight while privately snickering or arching our eyebrows at the flesh trade & it’s horrors. How long can we deny this fact – Kolkata is the home of the largest Red Light area in all of Asia and we all have a part to play in it. We can choose to take this area and the women in it, ahead with us into a better future or forever act like they are invisible except on nights of raging hormones or mind bending inebriation.

    Sonagachi Kolkata. Source ~ news18.com
    Sonagachi Kolkata. Source ~ news18.com

    Frustrated behavior of the man on the street

    While Kolkata is famed for the warmth of the common man on the street, it’s slowly becoming a city filled with frustrated & forever angry gentry. Just driving on the streets is a nerve racking experience given that everyone around you is either in a hurry or immensely pissed at something or the other.

    An accident on Kolkata roads. Source ~ kiwigypsydotcom.com
    An accident on Kolkata roads. Source ~ kiwigypsydotcom.com

    In spite of all these serious problems, Kolkata remains the City of Joy – the well mannered, warm, cultural capital of this nation. We love our Kollo-Lini megapolis with all our heart. But it’s time that we, the residents of this historical urban slice of heritage & history, took an active part in it’s rejuvenation. What was once the crown jewel in Her Majesty’s imperial repertoire can easily be the next beacon of a rising Asia.

    If we missed a facet of the city that you are pained or concerned about, let us know in the comments.

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    During this Durga Puja we tried following the trail of the MISHTI PREMs blossoming all around. Thus we reveal the secrets of Bong wooing in these 5 days

    Pujor Mishti prem.Source ~ Blogspot.com
    Pujor Mishti prem.Source ~ Blogspot.com

    Today starts the final period of Durga Puja – Bijoya. Subho Bijoya is what all Bongs are out to wish everyone today. But as the Durga Puja ends, we at BONGFeed thought of finally noting down the steps of another ritual that has been a staple of Bengali life during this mega festival – Pujor mishti prem, the sweet love stories that blossom during these 5 days.

    Panchami te pratham dekha (The first glimpse)

    It’s the parar pandal & our forever-single Bong brother, with his cronies, is out scouting the locality in search of someone to light up his Puja. She, our smart Bong-lolona comes to the same pandal in smart western casuals, on her way home. Bong dude – “I think I have fallen in love.” But his friends warn – “Bhai oi meyeti kintu way out of your league. She works in Bangalore & is here on her holidays. Sure boyfriend ache…”

    Source ~ scooppick.com
    Source ~ scooppick.com

    Sashti te prem shuru (The beginning)

    Our Bong chokra has been waiting in the pandal for hours to catch a glimpse of the girl of his dreams. She turns up today in a western chic dress, ready for the first night of partying. Their eyes meet, he smiles and she smiles back. “Dekhli haanshita? Or-o amake pochondo. Bolechilam ashbe!”

    She comes in Western chic. Source ~ Newfasionwearout.com
    She comes in Western chic. Source ~ Newfasionwearout.com

    Saptami te sholpo kotha (A little more…)

    Finally, on Saptami, our hero musters some courage and approaches the belle ready to belt out a few sentences in CHOST ENGRIJI in a deep (made-up) baritone – “Hi I am Anirban. Haven’t seen you around here before. Are you from somewhere else?” “From Bangalore, here on a holiday to my mashi’s place.” Since the conversation is about to get over at this juncture, our hero inevitably asks the only question he wanted to – “I still don’t know your name actually.” The words “Srilekha” and a smile is all he gets and decides to walk away with a wide grin. Thus the boasting begins -“Dekhli bhai kotha bole elam. Sob set.” “Ki bolli ??” “Arrey moner kothata bolei dilam engreji te” Yeah right!

    That's how to talk to a girl! Source ~ Ndtvimg.com
    That’s how you talk to a girl! Not really… Source ~ Ndtvimg.com

    Ashtami te arekti dhap (The first bold step)

    Oh Lord she looks stunning in a LAAL-PAAR saree during the anjali. He can barely take his eyes off of her. He has waited for this day to see her in a saree. “Bhai, aaj agun lege geche…. Ki bhoyonkor shundor dekhachche!” He decides to talk to her in Bengali today – “Shubho Maha-ashtami. Anjali diyecho na miss hoye gelo sari porte giye?” Her look says it all. “Kono byapar na darao”.
    Our hero becomes the true parar-dada & arranges an extra round of anjali. “Purohit ke bollam je tumi anjali daoni ar ashtamir din anjali na dile bhalo lage na. Bollo ami bolchi bole arekbar koriye deben. Cholo, amaro dewa hoyni…Was waiting for you”. Of course that is a lie, but who cares?

    Selfie on Ashtami. Source ~ Ibnlive.com
    Selfie on Ashtami. Source ~ Ibnlive.com

    Nabami te nobo prem (The new bloom)

    The ground work done, our hero has finally established himself as the dependable, go-to guy in the para. She meets him & his group of friends along with her own entourage of girls who are dying to check out this great guy she’s been talking about. Our confident dude enquires – “To aajker ki plan?” She replies – “North er thakur dekhte jabo amra”. And this is when the boys actually make their plan – “Oh amrao tai bhebechi. Apotti achhe ek songe gele ?” She blushes and shyly replies – “No”

    Thus begins the full fledged ritual of getting-to-know-each-other-better. By the way, all our hero’s friends are convinced that their friend is doing them a great turn by getting a bunch of giggling girls to go out with them – mass dating of sorts! His exact words were – “Nije prem korle cholbe? Bondhu der jonneo to kichu ekta korte hobe naki?” The two groups eat out after pandal hopping and inevitably end up at Maddox Square to while away the hours on the soggy grass.

    All roads lead to Maddox Square. Source ~ rajgauravdebnath.blogspot.in/
    All roads lead to Maddox Square. Source ~ rajgauravdebnath.blogspot.in/

    Dashami te dosh oddhaye (The chapter where love blossoms)

    Both of them have ditched their groups finally and are out together reminiscing about the last few days. He keeps saying “This is, undoubtedly, my best pujo!” They both look at the goddess longingly and pray to her – he prays for her.

    Dashami. Source ~ Flickr
    Dashami. Source ~ Flickr

    Ekadoshi te ekla choli (Bhashaan & Separation)

    Today is finally the day that Ma Durga leaves us. In the bhashan procession, they both dance together. He, in between running errands for the Kakus and Kakimas makes sure he walks close to his new sweetheart. And finally with the immersion of Ma Durga they both bid emotional goodbyes, promising to call and meet the next time she’s in Kolkata.

    Bhashaan Dance. Source ~ Flickr
    Bhashaan Dance. Source ~ Flickr

    But alas, since today morning the service provider has not been able to connect his calls to her. Seems, she has blocked his number.

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    Kolkata just got a brand new clock tower and it is an exact replica of the iconic Big Ben. Here are 7 essential facts you need to know about this new Bong attraction.

    Kolkata Times Zone
    View from across the road

    So you’ve been seeing random pictures on Facebook of this Big Ben like clock tower that has suddenly come up somewhere in Kolkata and it just looks unreal. But it is real. And here are the essential details about this Kolkata Big Ben you need to know before you start bragging to your friends about Kolkata’s new attraction.

    1. The structure which is a replica of London’s BIG BEN will be known as “Kolkata Times Zone” and you can see the imposing structure right at the juncture of Lake Town and the VIP road.

      Kolkata Times Zone. Source ~ iamin.in
      Kolkata Times Zone. Source ~ iamin.in
    2. Work on this clock tower has been completed in less than 10 months (which is a super fast speed considering how long it has taken the Paroma island flyover at E.M.Bypass to complete).
    Kolkata Times Zone
    Kolkata Times Zone Commemoration plaque

    2. The height of the structure is 135 ft. from street level with around 80 ft. of concrete piling underneath level zero. That is taller than the average ten story building but is well short of the actual Big Ben (315 ft).

    Kolkata Times Zone
    Kolkata Times Zone exterior grill work

    3. The entire structure has an area of 900 square feet and the external grill work is an exact replica of the BIG-BEN exterior.

    Kolkata Times Zone
    Another view from across VIP road

    4. The four giant clocks face the four cardinal directions. Each of these clockfaces has a diameter of 12 ft. each. The mechanical work of the clock has been designed and built by the T.R.Clock Company, one of the oldest horologists of Kolkata.

    Kolkata Times Zone Clock
    Kolkata Times Zone Clockwork

    5. The budget for this project was approximately 10 million INR (1.36 crore to be exact) and it was commissioned by the South Dumdum Municipality.

    Kolkata Times Zone Clock view
    Kolkata Time Zone Clock view

    6. The external structure has been fabricated from a special material called Fibre Reinforced Polymer (F.R.P), which has been casted into hundreds of blocks and then installed with utmost accuracy around the tower to create the Big Ben like facade.

    Kolkata Times Zone
    Kolkata Times Zone Night View

    7. The tower has LED lights fit all over it and it lights up in the evening, keeping with the original Big Ben’s light works. The total length of LED wiring runs over tens of kilometres.

    Kolkata Times Zone
    The view from across the VIP road has stunned a couple of cops

    We are loving this new addition to the Lake Town-VIP Road area (which has now been transformed into an eye catching and beautified patch of green over the last year) and wish the local municipality the best of luck for their future efforts.

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    Share your best images that show us the SPIRIT OF DURGA PUJA. And we will share your creativity on our social media walls and award the top 3 most LIKED images with Flipkart vouchers

    Source ~ http://www.livemint.com/rf/Image-621x414/LiveMint/Period1/2014/09/27/Photos/puja--621x414.jpg
    Source ~ http://www.livemint.com/rf/Image-621x414/LiveMint/Period1/2014/09/27/Photos/puja--621x414.jpg

    So photography is your salvation & you have been carrying around your DSLR or new mobile around the city of Kolkata while it is slowly decking up for the Durga Puja. And for sure, you have clicked some superb pictures which express the SPIRIT OF DURGA PUJA better than a 1000 words. But seldom do you got a chance to share your creative vision with everyone.

    So this year, we at BONGFeed want to see the “spirit of pujo” through your eyes. Make us a part of your pujo celebrations and send your best clicks expressing the “SPIRIT OF PUJO” to bongfeed@gmail.com. And we will plaster our Facebook wall with your creations, for all to admire! But the cracker is, the best images, get Flipkart vouchers! Talk about a double whammy – Love from social Bongs and a nifty voucher to buy stuff!

    So here are a few points that will make this fun thing a little more serious sounding!

    1. Please send in all your entries to BONGFEED@GMAIL.COM.
    2. There are no restrictions on image size or quality. You can send in your pro-level RAW images or a VGA pic from your old Nokia mobile. We want to see them all!
    3. You can send in more than one image and more than one mail. We don’t want you to click your best pic on Oshtomi and then regret sending over the one you shot on Soshti.
    4. You can use your phones, digicams and SLRs. As long it has got lenses and records images it works for us.
    5. You can start sending in images from 16th October, 2015 and go on and on till Dashomi (22nd October, 2015).
    6. We will publish selected images on Oshtomi (21st October) @ 10 A.M. and 23rd October @ 10 P.M. from the lot you send us.
    7. Here’s how we (or rather you and your friends) decide the TOP THREE – the 3 images getting maximum LIKES on the BONGFeed Facebook page by Sunday (25th October), will win the Flipkart vouchers (and get taken out for a beer the next weekend by us). So now we’ve been democratic and given you the chance to get your friends to finally prove their worth too!
    8. By the way, in case you are insanely good, please know that one participant cannot get more than one of the top 3 positions. It may happen that one of you out there is the next Prahlad Kakkar and your 3 entries get all the likes. We will reward your effort with one voucher and let lesser mortals win some too.
    9. Not that we expect you to do this but, please submit your original work. We hate a creative genius not getting her/his due credit.

    So that was the serious bit. Now it’s time for you to go out and get crazy with the cameras and snap some of the best shots of Durga Puja ever. Let these images for once and for all answer to the question – WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT THE DURGA PUJA & WHY DO BONGS GO BONKERS?

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    These images of Ma Durga as a girl next door is a powerful portrayal of our beloved goddess. And they are also a moving tribute to a special group of women.

    Featured Image Live Durga. Source ~ Scoopwhoop
    Featured Image Live Durga. Source ~ Scoopwhoop

    She is a strong, talented Bengali young woman. Almost like our daughter Durga. She is a photographer with a message to spread. The following images by Sharmistha Dutta are stunning not only because they portray a live Durga – our beloved girl-next-door but also because they are a moving tribute to the widows living in Vrindavan. The story and concept is by Sharmistha, an artist and a photographer. You can read more about this work by Sharmistha here.

    We applaud Sharmistha & her team for this tremendous work and we hope that these images will make you stop in your tracks for a moment and ponder upon the plight of women in our country.

    Image Source ~ Scoopwhoop
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    Image Source ~ Scoopwhoop
    Image Source ~ Scoopwhoop
    This ongoing photo essay is an attempt at portraying women from all genres, in their true form, that is Durga, someone very powerful. It is a reminder for the common women to realize this power and person within her. My attempt is to connect and highlight every women’s issue with this, that deserves to be talked about and addressed. Image Source ~ Scoopwhoop

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    Mahalaya is never complete without Birendra Krishna Bhadra's Mahishashura-Mardini. Here are some insights into the history of the show & a link for you to listen to while waiting for the actual radio broadcast.

    Birendra Krishna Bhadra reciting Mahishasuramardini
    Birendra Krishna Bhadra reciting Mahishasuramardini

    Mahalaya, signifies the end of Pitri Paksha and the beginning of Devi Paksha. This is the day that our beloved Durga begins her journey from Kailash to her paternal home for a brief sojourn.

    Since 1931 (that’s almost a century!) Mahalaya for every Bengali has begun with the sonorous voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra. The All India Radios MAHISASURAMARDINI has been our staple and our Durga Puja is incomplete without the 4 A.M. session of mellifluous CHANDIPATH & Pankaj Mullick’s unforgettable production. So here are a few of factoids about this iconic show & Birendra Krishna Bhadra himself that keeps us hooked after almost a century!

    First production

    MAHISASURAMARDINI was first produced in 1931 as a Live event but the current version is a recorded playback of the final 1966 version. Pankaj Kumar Mullick, one of the greatest music composers of the 20th century, was the producer & composer behind this epic show. Bani Kumar was the script writer & composer of the Sanskrit sloks & he was responsible for the singers’ Sanskrit diction.

    Birendra Krishna Bhadra reciting Mahishasuramardini
    Birendra Krishna Bhadra reciting Mahishasuramardini

    Crew

    It’s curious to note that the stars of the show – Pankaj Mullick, Bani Kumar & Birendra Krishna Bhadra were really young (BaNi Kumar was only 25 when we got on board) when they started the show. Here’s a full list of the giants behind this production –

    Birendra Krishna Bhadra, Bani Kumar & Pankaj Mullick
    Birendra Krishna Bhadra, Bani Kumar & Pankaj Mullick

    Main Artists

    Bani Kumar – Script Writing.
    Pankaj Mullick – Music Composition.
    Birendra Krishna Bhadra – Narration and Recitation of Scriptures.

    Singers

    Dwijen Mukhopadhyay (Jago Tumi Jago, Jago Durga, Jago Dashoprohoronadharini).
    Pratima Bandopadhyay (Amala Kirane).
    Shyamal Mitra (Subhro Sankha Robe).
    Sandhya Mukhopadhyay (Bimane Bimane Aloker Gaane).
    Manabendra Mukhopadhyay (Tabo Achintya).
    Arati Mukhopadhyay (Subhro Sankha Robe).
    Supriti Ghosh (Bajlo Tomar Alor Benu).
    Pankaj Kumar Mullick (Jayanti Mangala Kali & Aham Rudrebhirvasubhischara).
    Utpala Sen (Shanti Dile Bhori).
    Tarun Bandopadhyay (Hey Chinmoyi).
    Krishna Dasgupta (Akhilo Bimane Tabo Jayagaane).
    Sumitra Sen (Mago Tabo Bine).
    Ashima Bhattacharya (Subhro Sankha Robe).
    Shipra Bose (Ogo amar agomoni).
    Bimal Bhushan (Namo Chandi Namo Chandi).
    Dhananjay Bhattacharya (Rupang Dehi, Jayang Dehi).
    Choir group Satarupa- chorister-Minati Mukherjee.

    Format & production

    The 85 minute masterpiece is a tour de force of radio narration & presentation. It is essentially a perfect combination of narration & melodious songs which tell the story of invocation of Goddess Durga to save the heavens & other Gods from the evil Mahishasur. During the actual performance, the studio would be decorated with flowers & incense sticks to create a spiritual atmosphere befitting the occasion. Every artist was asked to arrive dressed in their finest traditional livery of LAAL-PAR saree & DHUTI-PUNJABI & many of them reminisced later about the absolute divinity of the experience. Three blows from a conch shell would signal the beginning of the event. Pankaj Mullick accorded such importance to this event that being the disciplinarian he was, he deliberately kept Hemanta Mukhopadhyay away from it since he couldn’t accommodate time for rehearsals. It’s a riveting performance of dedicated stalwarts – the music complements the core narrative & builds to the finale that is a brilliant declaration of the beginning of Debi Pokkho – Maa Durga has arrived!

    Pankaj Mullick in one his rehearsals
    Pankaj Mullick in one his rehearsals

    Birendra Krishna Bhadra

    Asshiner Sharodo Prate” – 3 words, just 3 words hit the very core of the audience & grips the airwaves with unmatched passion, pace, grace & depth. Birendra Krishna Bhadra, an exceptionally talented linguist (he knew 14 languages) gives a master class in enunciation & storytelling. The way his booming baritone crests & ebbs is a central support to the narrative based on Chandi Path & he takes us on an unforgettable journey. It’s hard to imagine that initially he had to face opposition from some quarters who found a non-Brahmin reciting the Chandi Path appalling.

    oung Birendra Krishna Bhadra
    Young Birendra Krishna Bhadra

    The 1976 Uttam Kumar fiasco

    This is an oft quoted incident where Uttam Kumar was roped in for the 1976 version by AIR as an experiment that was a massive failure. The audience reaction was so caustic & the demand for Birendra Krishna Bhadra’s return so loud that AIR had to revert to the original. The biopic “Mahalaya” is based on this incident.

    Mahalya movie poster
    Mahalya movie poster

    We know a lot of Bengalis do not have access to the actual Live broadcast, so here’s a Soundcloud link – play it and feel the SHAROD spirit.

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    Are you a Bengali waiting for Durga Puja? A fan of Game of Thrones? These GoT memes on Durga Puja is our way of welcoming Maa Durga home! This is the season finale. Check out the rest!

    Game of Pujo SEason IV FInale
    Game of Pujo SEason IV FInale

    In case you missed the first THREE seasons of Game of Pujo, check out SEASON 1 HERE, SEASON 2 HERE & SEASON 3 HERE.

    BACK TO BANGALORE/DELHI/MUMBAI/CHENNAI/PUNE etc etc
    BACK TO BANGALORE/DELHI/MUMBAI/CHENNAI/PUNE etc etc
    THE ECONOMIC BOOM OF DURGA PUJA - TIME TO PACK YOUR TIPHIN BAKSHO
    THE ECONOMIC BOOM OF DURGA PUJA – TIME TO PACK YOUR TIPHIN BAKSHO
    ADI DHAKESHWARI BASTRALAYER POSE
    ADI DHAKESHWARI BASTRALAYER POSE
    THE RARE, RELAXED BONG
    THE RARE, RELAXED BONG
    EVERY.SINGLE.YEAR.
    EVERY.SINGLE.YEAR.
    LOVE IS IN THE AIR....BUT NOT IN YOUR LIFE THIS PUJA! TRUE STORY OF 99% BONG BROTHER
    LOVE IS IN THE AIR….BUT NOT IN YOUR LIFE THIS PUJA! TRUE STORY OF 99% BONG BROTHER
    DO YOU KNOW THE CRITERIA FOR SELECTION?
    DO YOU KNOW THE CRITERIA FOR SELECTION?
    BRAVO(S) BRAVO(S)!
    BRAVO(S) BRAVO(S)!
    SHANTIR JOL THIK KORE NA DILE EROM HOBEI
    SHANTIR JOL THIK KORE NA DILE EROM HOBEI
    SOVABAZAR METRO STATION - MAKING MEN TAKE WRONG TURNS SINCE 1984
    SOVABAZAR METRO STATION – MAKING MEN TAKE WRONG TURNS SINCE 1984
    I WILL BE HIS CHAMPION
    I WILL BE HIS CHAMPION
    HE IS NOT DEAD. HE WILL, HE MUST BE BACK. ASCHE BOCHOR ABAR HOTEI HOBE
    HE IS NOT DEAD. HE WILL, HE MUST BE BACK. ASCHE BOCHOR ABAR HOTEI HOBE
    KHEMTA KING
    KHEMTA KING
    DIL TODKE NA JAA., MUH MOD KE NA JAA
    DIL TODKE NA JAA., MUH MOD KE NA JAA
    WHATTTTT????? ETAI BAKI CHILO
    WHATTTTT????? ETAI BAKI CHILO
    THE NORTH NEVER FORGETS
    THE NORTH NEVER FORGETS
    VALAR DOHAERIS
    VALAR DOHAERIS

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    KOLKATA, DURING THE DURGA PUJA, IS THE BIGGEST FASHION PARADE IN THE WORLD. But how do you look your sharpest during this festive season? Let us help!

    Bengali Puja Shopping
    Bengali Puja Shopping

    We hear tons about the carnivals from Rio to Goa – the world goes there to be amazed while standing far away from the street performers in their sparkly costumes & marvel at the gaudy splendours from the sidelines! We rarely talk about Kolkata. But, now just read the next sentence & let it sink in – “KOLKATA, DURING THE DURGA PUJA, IS THE BIGGEST FASHION PARADE IN THE WORLD“. Rings true?

    Durga Puja Bheer - Source ScoopWhoop
    Durga Puja Bheer – Source ScoopWhoop

    Durga Puja is the grandest festival for a Bengali (maybe even for the rest of the world!). It means a lot to every Bong, but the top 5 prerogatives have remained the same for the last 5 centuries –

    “ADDA-EYARKI-KHILLI”, “KHAWA-DAWA”, “GHORA”, “MISHTI PREM” & most importantly “NOTUN JAMA”.

    Durga Puja Adda - Source ScoopPick
    Durga Puja Adda – Source ScoopPick

    Buying an entirely new set of attires is the most exciting build up to this festive season. The amazing thing is – not only do Bongs buy spanking new clothes but they wear them while walking in stifling heat, while standing in mile long queues outside pandals and being jostled by impatient, million strong crowds!

    Now let us help you dress up for this mega fashion fiesta – sit back, window shop at supersonic speeds, choose, discard, chose again and finally order! Pujo Shopping done while sipping gorom-cha from your EAJY CHAIR.

    WOMEN (our lovely lolonas)

    My dear ladies, we know you want to be the centre of attention during the all important Maha Ashtami anjali. That’s no mean feat when the rest of the city is bedecked in their traditional best, Here’s what you do – arm yourself with a sari that steers away from conventional prints and patterns but is still soothingly ethnic.

    We were floored by these drapes this season (the WE here means we girls at BONGFeed, our maa-bons & our besties)

    Jamini Roy saree. Source - Fashionpiper.com
    Jamini Roy saree. Source – Fashionpiper.com
    Bespoke Block Printed saree. Source - Fashionpiper.com
    Bespoke Block Printed saree. Source – Fashionpiper.com

    But now what about Nabami evening, when you’re out partying at Plush or Afraa with that SUPURUSH Bhodrolok (or good looking CHOKRA). We are wearing these jackets to heat things up under the neon lights.

    Red Cart Printed Jacket. Source - fashionpiper.com
    Red Cart Printed Jacket. Source – Fashionpiper.com
    Hello Hello Blue Jacket. Source - Fashionpiper.com
    Hello Hello Blue Jacket. Source – Fashionpiper.com

    Now, you must have specialised gear for your jaunts to the pandals under the hot sun & in 90% humidity. Thus we heard about silk PALAZZOS, which The Guardian describes as  “A palazzo pant is a wide, elegant, swooshy trouser. It has to be a bit grand, because that’s what makes it a palazzo pant and not a pyjama pant.” We literally threw our purses at these, especially when we found pairs with an ethnic flair.

    Printed silk palazzo. Source - Fashionpiper.com
    Printed silk palazzo. Source – Fashionpiper.com
    India Calling Palazzo. Source - Fashionpiper.com
    India Calling Palazzo. Source – Fashionpiper.com
    MEN (aka BHODROLOK & DUSHTU)

    Dada, it’s time to get rid of that black t-shirt and unwashed pair of denims. Grow up & be a BENGALI BHODROLOK! If you are still bereft of a proper PAANJABI then buy these, please.

    Twist of turmeric mens kurta. Source - fashionpiper.com
    Twist of turmeric mens kurta. Source – Fashionpiper.com
    Bleed blue mens punjabi. Source - Fashionpiper.com
    Bleed blue mens punjabi. Source – Fashionpiper.com

    In case you are the ENFIELD-riding, GALE-DARI-BUKE-LOM-WALA Bong stud, then this might be your macho choice.

    Raas Benaras mens punjabi. Source - Fasionpiper.com
    Raas Benaras mens punjabi. Source – Fasionpiper.com

    So this was our little boost to your Puja shopping sprees. We know, we missed a lot, so please share your list in the comments.

    Fashion Credits ~The generous & stylish folks @ FashionPiper.com.


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    These Instagram pics of Darjeeling will cool your summer scorched city hearts in an instant. Time you started planning for the next coffee at Keventers with a glimpse of Kanchenjunga

    "Darjeeling Trainstation - India 2012" by Bill Ebbesen - Atomicbre - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Darjeeling_Trainstation_-_India_2012.jpg#/media/File:Darjeeling_Trainstation_-_India_2012.jpg

    If you enjoy these superb snaps of Darjeeling, say thanks by following the creators on Instagram.

    BEP: Break Even(ing) Point The #Darjeeling town view during dusk. Simply splendid!! Photo by @passang_passang_passang24 DarjeelingDiaries is solely created to put in all the mesmerizing Darjeeling and Darjeeling district shots under one gallery. Help us make this page more beautiful. Post your quality shots, experiences, photo blogs under #DarjeelingDiaries #GorkhalandGram and #DarjeelingGram to get your wonderful shots featured. Thanks a zillion! #Gorkhaland #WestBengal #Himalayas #IncredibleIndia #Wanderlust #Nature #Abstract #Pahaad #Travel #NorthBengal #InstaDaily #InstaDarjeeling #_soi #NaturePhotography #VSCocam #VSCo #traveldestination #traveltime #Landscape #natgeo #MINIMALISM #OnlyInBengal #Silhouette #Hillstation #Dusk #Sunset

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    “People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.” Built in the British era, this bridge stands tall even today. Lovely shot by @tsiwan DarjeelingDiaries is solely created to put in all the mesmerizing Darjeeling and Darjeeling district shots under one gallery. Help us make this page more beautiful. Post your quality shots, experiences, photo blogs under #DarjeelingDiaries #GorkhalandGram and #DarjeelingGram to get your wonderful shots featured. Thanks a zillion! #Darjeeling #Gorkhaland #WestBengal #Himalayas #IncredibleIndia #Wanderlust #Nature #Abstract #Pahad #Pahaad #NorthBengal #InstaDaily #InstaDarjeeling #_soi #VSCocam #VSCo #IncredibleIndia #InstaQuote #traveldestination #travel #Lonelyplanet #NaturePhotography #Landscape #landscapephotography #bridge #bridges #Rural #RuralIndia

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    "School & Soccer" St. Joseph's School, North Point stands tall and beautiful. Photo by @sugamthapa Established in 1888, it is one of the best boarding schools in the country. DarjeelingDiaries is solely created to put in all the mesmerizing Darjeeling and Darjeeling district shots under one gallery. Help us make this page more beautiful. Post your quality shots, experiences, photo blogs under #DarjeelingDiaries #GorkhalandGram and #DarjeelingGram to get your wonderful shots featured. Kindly cooperate. Thanks a zillion! #StJosephsCollege #StJosephsSchool #NorthPoint #NorthPointers #SursumCorda #Darjeeling #Gorkhaland #InstaGood #WestBengal #Himalayas #IncredibleIndia #Wanderlust #Nature #NorthBengal #HomeInTheMountains #InstaSchools #InstaDaily #SchoolBuilding #School #India #IndianSchool #HistoricBuilding #Architecture #Soccer #Football#VSCocam #vsco

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    "In The Woods" Breathtaking shot by @gaurav_dong DarjeelingDiaries is solely created to put in all the mesmerizing Darjeeling and Darjeeling district shots under one gallery. Help us make this page more beautiful. Post your quality shots, experiences, photo blogs under #DarjeelingDiaries #GorkhalandGram and #DarjeelingGram to get your wonderful shots featured. Kindly cooperate. Thanks a zillion! ##Darjeeling #Gorkhaland #InstaGood #WestBengal #Himalayas #IncredibleIndia #Wanderlust #Nature #NorthBengal #HomeInTheMountains #InstaDaily #natgeo #goproshot #goprooftheday #gopro #Pahaadi #Pahad #Hillstation #lostintranslation #lostinthewoods #natgeotravelpic #a #traveldestination #Travel #abstractart #Natureart #abstractphotography

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    The Queens of Hills !

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    The clock that strikes for peace

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    Tb 2k13

    A photo posted by Khyentse Wangdi Tobgay (@khyen_see) on

    Since the independence of India in 1947, as per the terms of the Britain–India–Nepal Tripartite Agreement, six Gorkha regiments, formerly part of the British Indian Army, became part of the Indian Army and have served ever since. The troops are Gorkhas, residents of Nepal and ethnic Gorkha (Nepali) citizens of India. They have a history of courage in battle, evident from the gallantry awards won by #gorkha soldiers and battle honours awarded to Gorkha both before and after joining the #indianarmy. A seventh Gorkha Rifles regiment was re-raised in the Indian Army after Independence to accommodate Gorkha soldiers of 7th Gurkha Rifles and the 10th Gurkha Rifles who chose not to transfer to the British Army. Darjeeling hills has a high concentration of Indian Army servicemen and ex-servicemen. Since independence in 1947, seventy-six brave soldiers of the #Darjeeling, #bengal area have laid down their lives for #motherland. War memorial built in memory of those brave soldiers at Batasia, Darjiling. Saluting them. #india #brave #army #mustsee #patriots #memorial #indianarmy #mumbai #delhi #kolkata

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

    Game of Pujo Season 3
    Game of Pujo Season 3

    In case you missed the first two season of Game of Pujo, check out SEASON 1 HERE & SEASON 2 HERE.

    BONGFeed Game of pujo 2
    THEON-DA – THE IDEAL PUJO VOLUNTEER
    BONGFeed Game of pujo 3
    DEKHECHIS DEKHECHIS?
    BONGFeed Game of pujo 5
    PARAR BEAUTY PARLOUR ROCKS!
    BONGFeed Game of pujo 6
    DAKBO KHAAL KE?
    BONGFeed Game of pujo 7
    TYRIONED!
    BONGFeed Game of pujo 8
    B K PAL TO BAGBAZAR! STILL WANNA RIDE IN THAT CAB?
    BONGFeed Game of pujo 12
    CASE KORECHE….POILICE DAAK RE BHAI
    BONGFeed Game of pujo 13
    DISTRACTING THE POOR BHODROLOKS DURING ANJALI?
    BONGFeed Game of pujo 11
    LINE KATA = = CROSSING THE WALL
    BONGFeed Game of pujo 10
    PHOOLTA JHURITE PHEBENE KAKA
    BONGFeed Game of pujo 9
    BEWARE OF THE “NEEDLE “!
    BONGFeed Game of pujo 4
    HORNS OF DILEMMA!

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    Indian Jam Project. Source Youtube
    Indian Jam Project. Source Youtube

    We at BONGFeed love musical innovations – especially one’s that involve beautiful renditions of Indian classical with a flavor of the occident. The stellar musicians of The Indian Jam Project have always been one of our favorites.

    In their own words – “The Indian Jam Project is a collaborative platform where different musicians come together to play Indian Adaptations of Western TV Show Theme Songs/ Movie Scores. The adaptations are arranged and composed by Tushar Lall (Founder), and are performed together with some insanely talented set of musicians .

    They are back again with a superb operatic performance dedicated to POTTER HEADS!

    This Indian fusion covers five beautiful scores from the Harry Potter Movie Series –

    • A Window To The Past : Harry Potter and the Prisoners of Azkaban
    • Harry Potter Main Theme
    • Hedwig’s Theme : Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    • Face of Voldemort : Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    • The Epilogue – Leaving Hogwarts : Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

    And in case you are wondering about the BONG connect, here you go –

    The video you are about  to witness has Amitesh Mukherjee as Editor/ Director) (he’s also here on Behance) & Tuhin Mukherjee as Cinematographer/ Director.

    Follow these super performers on Facebook @ The Indian Jam Project or get in touch with them HERE.

    Here’s the video for you to marvel at!

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