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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 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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    When it comes to romance, the Bong man is a stellar success. And here are the reasons that make a Bengali man the best boyfriend/lover/husband you will ever come across

    Abir. Source ~ tellychakkar.com
    Abir. Source ~ tellychakkar.com

    The Bengali man – the bhodrolok, has forever been a polarising character. Some love him ardently and some scoff at his many idiosyncrasies. But when it comes to the romance, the Bong man is a stellar success. And here are the reasons that make a Bengali man the best boyfriend/lover/husband you will ever come across (or maybe have to yourself, if you’re a lucky lady!)

    1. THE GENUINE NICE GUY

    A Bengali man is probably the perfect specimen of the NICE GUY. He is chivalrous, considerate, caring and is never aggressive with his dame. He can be found regularly holding the door open for his lady (and 5 other people who follow quickly after) at malls, restaurants, film halls and cars.

    Soumitra. Source ~ learningandcreativity.com/
    Soumitra.
    1. THE POIGNANT POET & SINGER

    Bengali men are brought up in an environment where poetry and rhyming phrases are how people talk. Even when he’s on the football ground and cursing the players, he does it in unmentionable poddos (poems). So when it comes to romance, a line here and there quoted from Jibanananda or Rabindranath is par for him. He is also the rare classically trained male who is in tune even in the bathroom. And you will probably be treated to lines from Othello when he is heartbroken….TO DIE UPON A KISS.

    Anupam Roy. Source ~Imageshack.com/
    Anupam Roy. Source ~Imageshack.com/
    1. THE DEEP EYES AND ELEGANT GAIT

    A Bengali man may not be the fair tall handsome Punjabi munda, but the bespectacled shaggy haired dude is actually the owner of big, often drunken eyes that can melt your heart. A Bong boy will say more with his eyes over a glass of scotch than most men say over an entire night of lovemaking. He also possesses this unusual gait that shouts composure and a laid-back coolness – especially when dressed in their drool-worthy dhuti-punjabi or jeans-punjabi?

    Soumitra in Apur Sangshar. Source ~ ibnlive.com
    Soumitra in Apur Sangshar. Source ~ ibnlive.com
    1. GYAN & ANECDOTES

    He has a ton of information (sometimes random & useless but never boring) & knowledge about almost everything. On a shopping spree you might suddenly be treated to the history of Coco Chanel or in the middle of dinner he might start explaining the meaning of different types of steaks. The Bengali man is a treasure trove of trivial, surreal, serious or funny facts & anecdotes. He always has a dada or kaka who has done the exact thing you are talking about. Never a boring moment around him & never again will you have to hunt for a conversation starter.

    Feluda Topshe & Shidhu Jyatha.
    Feluda Topshe & Shidhu Jyatha.
    1. FOOD LOVER

    An old adage says that picky eaters make bad lovers & big eaters make great ones. Almost every Bengali man is, proudly, a KHADDO ROSHIK – a food lover & connoisseur of global cuisine. If it’s cooked well he’ll eat it, even if it’s a live snake in Vietnam. And that appetite, ladies & gentlemen, also converts to warm hugs, sweep-you-off-your-feet kind of love. Like they say big eaters make big lovers!

    Food loving Bengali, even when it leads to a love for digestives!
    Food loving Bengali, even when it leads to a love for digestives!
    1. THE RESPONSIBLE FRIEND IN NEED

    Any woman who has ever gone out with a Bengali man will vouch for this – he is the quintessential pillar of responsibility and will always get you home safe. He likes the role of a caretaker & lover – he’ll get you your drink, he’ll walk you to your gate just cause your lane is dark & he’ll ask you to let him know once you reach home safe. Ekbar janiye dish…

    Vidya's friend Param in Kahani. Source ~ indiatvnews.com
    Vidya’s friend Param in Kahaani. Source ~ indiatvnews.com
    1. THE SMOOTH ANGER MANAGER

    Often on the streets of Kolkata, you’ll see a Bong bhodromohila throwing an earth shattering tantrum with her man. And every single time, you’ll see the man trying his best to calm her down and talk sense into her, but with loving patience. The Bengali man knows how to tackle a woman in her shrew avatar. And he doesn’t give a flying f*** if the rest of the world thinks he’s a joru ka gulam – he’s not that and he knows how to love well.

    Barfi -Ranbir & Priyanka
    Barfi -Ranbir & Priyanka
    1. THE GREAT SHOPPER

    While the rest of the male universe is killing itself complaining about how horrid it is to go shopping with a woman, the Bong bhodorolok is quietly doing his thing – taking his beloved to Chaitra sale and enthusiastically choosing the best laal-par saree for her. The Bengali man is an asset on these trips, since, he is your forever present answer to the question – kemon dekhachche boloto? Chomotkaar!

    Bengali couple shopping
    Bengali couple shopping
    1. ADMIRER OF INTELLIGENCE & PERSONALITY

    A Bengali man honestly believes the following lines of one of Rabindranath’s ballads – Rupe tomaye bholabo na (I won’t deceive you with my beauty). Though he likes admiring the super-hot specimens of the opposite sex, what he truly yearns for & respects is an original personality & a sparkling intelligence. He will always be more turned on by a deep conversation with a woman rather than her full pout.

    Byomkesh satyabati
    Byomkesh satyabati
    1. THE ORIGINAL OPEN-MINDED LIBERAL

    Even though women’s lib is still a hot topic globally, Bengalis (majorly because of Ram Mohan Roy) have never have had to live in a society of unequals – men & women are treated as equals and most of the times Bong women come out on top (read Madhyamik & Uchcha-Madhyamik results). Hence, the Bengali man has absolutely zero ideas of discrimination or false insecurities about his woman. He is not going to be scandalized by or balk at his girlfriend/wife drinking, smoking, arguing or fighting or doing anything at par with a man. If you are not a Bengali, this is a pleasant change from the quintessential Indian male.

    Raima Sen
    Raima Sen
    1. PASSION

    If ever there was a class of people who resembled Italians, then they are Bongs. They both love their afternoon naps, are big eaters & are passionate about every damn thing on earth. A Bengali man is equally passionate about football as he is about politics. And when this comes to romancing his belle, his passion sometimes creates a Devdas and at others an Uttam Kumar-esque romantic. Let his passions flare and you’ll probably have an insatiable & untiring lover for the rest of your life.

    Uttam Kumar Saptapadi
    The passionate footballer & lover – Uttam Kumar in Saptapadi
    1. HUMOR

    When Bollywood proclaimed “HANSI TO PHANSI”, the Bengali man was probably smiling knowingly. He is forever the funny guy who will always use self-deprecating sweet nothings to defuse your anger or sorrow. The subtlety of his humor is at times astonishing too.

    Palash Sen woos Vidya Balan. Source ~ Youtube. Click the image & go check out the awesome video
    The funny Palash Sen woos Vidya Balan. Source ~ Youtube. Click the image & go check out the awesome video
    1. THE MULTILINGUAL BANGREZ

    A Bengali man, is often a throwback to the days of the Raj. He likes addressing women as ma’am & is often a great speaker & writer in English. This is an added bonus (not something to be proud of) in a country where we still value people who can speak well in the Queen’s language. By the way, just because he is a fiery BANGREZ doesn’t mean he can’t speak in tongues – his Bengali is mellifluous & his Hindi is probably the SHUDDH version. And if he’s stayed anywhere in the south of India, he sure knows a smattering of Tamil & Kannada. After all, a Bengali man is a cunning linguist!

    Pranoy Roy
    Pranoy Roy
    1. THE INEBRIATED HISTRIONICS

    You have to see a drunk Bong to believe it. A Bengali man loves his scotch. When high, he is the most entertaining and least menacing man around. He will get up on the bar stool and in clear tone & tune, either recite a poem or start singing Pink Floyd. Sit back and enjoy the show mademoiselle.

    Drunk Devdas
    Drunk Devdas
    1. THE SUBTLE GENTLEMAN COMPANION

    The Bengali man always knows how to walk with you – when you’re in your short skirts on the way to Roxy or in a gorgeous dhakai on Ashtami. His subtle changes in handling you will floor you. He knows when to take a backseat and let you be in the limelight. The man will let you be YOU. He will sit in a corner with a smile on his lips admiring you from afar.

    Uttam kUmar in Saptapadi. Source ~ inannareturns.com
    Uttam kUmar in Saptapadi. Source ~ inannareturns.com
    1. A CHEF

    Most Bengali men are indulgent cooks & love playing the host. They love surprising everyone with exotic concoctions they cook up – beer battered pork chops, a Chicken-a-la Kiev, a tall glass of his special margarita & sangria combo? If you don’t mind the war zone that your kitchen looks like after he’s done with his experimentations, a Bong man is a surprisingly lovely chef & bartender to have around.

    Parambrata cooks. Source ~ timesofindia.indiatimes.com/
    Parambrata cooks. Source ~ timesofindia.indiatimes.com
    1. THE INTELLECTUAL BIBLIOPHILE

    Ever wondered what a Bengali man’s DVD collection, his bookshelf & his wall look like? They are chock full of Kurosawa movies, Hemingway novels & posters of the Bridge Over River Kwai. His favorite movies are probably all black & white. If you are a book lover, you will enjoy every discussion with him – he is extremely well read in at least two languages. A Bengali man seeks depth & intellectual gravity in all he perceives. You will be exposed to some of the most exotic works of art in his presence & he will never come across as the slovenly beer drinking, WWE poster on the wall, Chetan Bhagat reading slob – he’s a sharp & witty appreciator of art & culture.

    Satyajit Ray
    Satyajit Ray
    1. NICKNAMES

    Puchu, pinku, poltu, panchu, shontu, rontu & babu – though funny as hell, all of these are common nicknames for Bengali men. Imagine having a lover whom you can lovingly call “MY DEAR LALTU” in private. Hilarity is never missing in a Bengali man’s presence.

    AYE PIKU. Source ~ ibnlive.in
    AYII PIKU
    1. LOVER NOT A FIGHTER

    Bengali men are often disparaged as effeminate, non-fighting weaklings. Please know this once and for all – he may not be the punching, kicking hero of a Bollywood flick, but he will always stand up for his partner. And anyone who has been at the receiving end of an angry Bong man’s wrath knows that not all fights are won with fists – some are simply silenced with words & attitude. If he is still faced with an angry brute he is well capable of belittling his opponent with his wit and making sure that he comes out the victor without throwing a single punch. If you know a Bengali man called Sourav Ganguly then you’ll know what we mean!

    Dada. Source ~ newsmodile.in
    Dada.

    Thus, the final word – in case you have a Bengali bhadralok holding your hand right now or a good looking Bong chokra trying to woo you with Robi Thakur’s poetry, please turn around and give them a hug & know that you have chosen well!

     

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

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

    • Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams

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    • Baby – Justin Beiber

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    • Hips don’t lie – ShakiraSlide3

    • Who let the dogs out – Baha MenSlide4


    • Like a virgin – MadonnaSlide9


    • Waiting for tonight – Jennifer LopezSlide8


    • The Unforgiven – MetallicaSlide7


    • Opps!… I did it again – Britney SpearsSlide6


    • November Rain – Guns ‘N RosesSlide5


    • Your body is a wonderland – John MayerSlide10


    • Born this way – Lady GagaSlide15


    • Hey Brother – AviciiSlide14


    • Rolling in the deep – AdeleSlide13


    • Wake me up when September ends – Green DaySlide11


    • Sexy Back – Justin TimberlakeSlide12

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

    Bong Food
    Bong Food

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

    Arranged alphabetically for your gastronomic delight!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Chingrir Jhal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    SOURCE ~ Wikipedia

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

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

    1. What a sweet language!

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

    1. Bengali food – wah wah!

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

    1. Poetry/Music/Literature/Movies

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

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

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

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

    1. Calcutta

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

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    1. The Bombshells

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

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

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    A bunch of Bangladeshi Bollywood fans decide to go out into Sydney and dance to Hindi chartbusters in front of random strangers. Watch the video to check out the LOL reactions.

    These Bengali blokes from Bangladesh danced to Bollywood songs in public in Sydney, Australia. Do look out for the reactions of the random strangers they chose to showcase their histrionics to. Honestly, Bengalis from across the border gyrating to Bollywood tunes in public in Sydney – is a sentence we almost thought we would never have to write. And, looking at some of the reactions, we are pretty sure there are some Sydney natives walking around with severe brain damage. Munni, finally, badnaam ho gayi bhai!

    Watch & decide for yourself

    These guys also have a Youtube channel HERE –

    And THIS is their home on the internet!

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

      Paoli Dam

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

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      Sreelekha Mitra

      Those bow shaped lips…

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      Sreelekha Mitra
      Swastika Mukherjee

      The intelligent Bong eyes and… You decide

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      Swastika Mukherjee

       

      Roopa Ganguli

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

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      Roopa Ganguli
      Koneenica Banerjee

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

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      Koneenica Banerjee

       

      Sushmita Sen

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

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      Susmita Sen
      Raima Sen

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

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      Raima Sen
      Bipasha Basu

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

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      Bipasha Basu
      Nandana Sen
      Nandana Sen
      Nandana Sen

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

      Lisa Ray

      From Shyambazar came this unforgettable royal looking Water goddess.

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      Lisa Ray
      Reema Sen

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

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      Reema
      June Malia

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

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      June Malia – Bengali actress
      Rituparna Sengupta

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

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      Rituparna – Bengali actress
      Rii

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

      Rii - Bengali actress
      Rii

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

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      Every Bengali household has a list of commonly repeated dialogues.These 17 idiosyncrasies are a part of every Bong's life at home.

      1. “Ei shunchho!

      Every Bengali household echoed with these words daily. Some of us really thought our father’s name was ‘Shunchho’ for a while there.

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      2. “Shoytaan! Aaj tor hochhey!

      When we heard these words from our mothers’ mouths, we knew that the time had come to run – and run far.

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      3. “Aaj tor e ekdin ki amar ekdin!

      Flunked in an exam ever? These words were the last things our fathers said before unleashing the wrath of their slippers and the wooden rulers on our backs! Run Forrest run!

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      4. “Taratari ghumiye por. Noile Juju eshe dhore niye jabe.”

      The fearsome Juju both intrigued and terrified us through our childhoods.

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      5. “Ondhokaar e jash na, Maamdo bhoot ashbe.

      Maamdo bhoots apparently enjoyed hanging from the branches of mango trees after the dark. Still scared of the dark we are.

      6. “Babu, ekta gaan/kobita shonao toh!

      Every time a relative or a family friend came over. Every. Damn. Time.

      7. “Paasher barir Pintu koto porashona kore dekhechish? Or theke kichu shekh tui ebar.”

      Our arch nemesis. Oh, how we hated the ever-studying ‘bhalo chhele’ from the neighbourhood.

      8. “Kono kajer nosh. Okommar dhenki ekta!

      Whenever we were being lazy, our mothers would call us this. Every single time.

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      9. “Machh khele chokh bhalo hoy. Kheye nao babu.

      Oh, the things our parents said to get us to eat fish.

      10. “Dara, ektu laal-oshudh/Boroline lagiye dichhi, ekkhuni thik hoye jabe.

      Be it cuts or scrapes or bruises, the great ‘laal oshudh’  or the Boroline was always the savior.

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      11. “Oma! Kotto boro hoye gecho !”

      At every wedding or family gathering, all the aunties and uncles would gather around, pinch our cheeks, and marvel at the magic of our growth.

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      12. “Amake mone achhey ?”

      A typical mashi-pishi dialogue. They must ask this question, even if the last time they saw you was when you were in your nappies. Of course we don’t remember you!

      13. “Ektu gaan baajna o kora dorkar. Khaali porashona korle hobe ?”

      One great thing about bong households is that everyone encourages you to pursue some form of art or the other, be it music, dancing, painting, etc.

      14. “Ei ne, noon-chini-lebu’r shorbot ta kheye ne.”

      After the long afternoons of playing in the sun, the refreshing nimbu paani would be our saviour, always put on the table in a tall glass by our mothers.

      15. “Dada retire korar por theke cricket theke interest e uthe gechhe. Dhurrr…

      Dada, despite having retired way back in 2008, still remains close to every Bengali’s heart. Every Bong wishes that Sourav Ganguly could somehow play forever.

      16. “Eshob cricket-ficket ar ki. Ashol khela toh holo giye FOOTBALL.

      Football. Every Bengali’s favourite sport. East Bengal vs. Mohunbagan is as important as the World Cup final.

      17. “Ah! Bhalo khelam. Ebar ekta mishti hoye jak ?”

      Sweets complete the meal & life. Period.

       

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      This Jamai Shoshti we decided to share our pride for these non-bong Jamais of Bengal. Well done Jamai Babu.

      Amitabh Bachchan – Jaya Bhaduri

      The Big Jamai.

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      Maharaja Sawai Maan Singh – Maharani Gaytri Devi

      The royal jamai.

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      Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush – Jhumpa Lahiri

      The biliti editor jamai.

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      Jason Dehni – Lisa Ray

      The banker jamai.

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      Varun Gandhi – Yamini Roy Chowdhury

      The Gandhi jamai.

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      Irrfan Khan – Sutapa Sikder

      The soon-to-be Hollywood star Jamai.

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      Rajdeep Sardesai – Sagarika Ghose

      The journo Jamai.

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      Adi Chopra – Rani Mukherjee

      The super-shy lajuk jamai. Incidentally, finding a pic of these two together is near impossible.

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      Tiger Pataudi – Shamila Thakur

      The captain jamai.

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      Nishpal Singh – Koel Malick

      The Punjabi munda jamai.

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      Prakash Karat – Brinda Karat

      The Politburo jamai.

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      Sonu Nigam – Madhurima

      The singer jamai.

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      Twitter is on a rage with the 100SareePact – wear 100 sarees in 365 days & share your pics on Twitter. The Bengali woman is ideally the best ambassador for this – she can rock a saree like no other! We present to you the top 5 Bengali sarees we would like to see on Twitter flaunted by our Bengali belles!

      1. Tant

      This quintessential Bengali saree is traditionally made by the weavers from all over West Bengal and Bangladesh but typically few places like Murshidabad, Nadia, Hooghly of West Bengal and Dhaka, Tangail of Bangladesh are famous for taant saree weaving. They are functional yet excellently designed. The staple red bordered Taant is not the only option but!

      Tant Saree – UtsavFasion.com
      1. Baluchari

      Baluchar Sari originated in Bengal and is known for depictions of mythological scenes on the pallu of the sari. It is mainly produced in Murshidabad and producing one sari takes approximately one week or more. The Baluchari Sari has been granted the status of Geographical indication in India.

      Baluchari Motif – Krishna driving Arjun – Polutexni.com
      1. Dhakai Jamdani

      The semi-transparent, thinly woven silk sarees that originated from Dhaka, Bangladesh, accentuates every curve of a Bengali woman. Need we say more?

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      “Bangladeshi bride in Jamdani sari” by Joy prokash roy -via Wikimedia Commons.

       

      1. Tussar Silk

      More than 40% of Tussar silk is produced in the Malda district of West Bengal. A true Tussar silk saree with traditional Bengali motifs like the “buti” and “pata” is sure to make you look gorgeous!

      Tussar Silk saree – IndiaInMyBag
      1. Kantha Stitch

      Kantha is a type of  fine embroidery popular in Bengal and Odisha. Kantha stitch was used to depict rural scenes on bedspreads made using piles of old sarees. The sheer intricacy on the spread of a kantha stitch saree can steal your breath away.

      Kantha Stitch sarees

       
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      Drunk Devdas
      Drunk Devdas

      Bengalis (men & women) have long been tagged as avid drinkers, smokers and basically dabblers in all such nefarious activities. Here are 10 reasons why the Bengali dudette or dude you think is a total nutcase is your best friend.

      1. The coolest cat/dog

      They are cool. Accept it. They talk awesome, have a weird but awesome accent & make the best conversationalists. They are chilled to the core when left to enjoy themselves.

      Cool drunk – AcidCow.com
      1. Relax mamaaaaaaa

      The Bengali who indulges herself/himself by drinking or smoking or getting high is actually the most relaxed mate you can ever have. Sher/he rarely is gonna get on your nerves or disturb anyone. They are going to lie back & enjoy the trip with a peaceful smile. Benign is an understatement.

      Mark Wahlberg Relaxed – Giphy
      1. You wanna dance?

      Ever been out partying with a drunk Bengali? They are gonna be reserved at first, but then comes that point when they throw caution to the wind & out comes the raging DISCO DANCER. She/he is gonna set fire to the dance floor!

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      1. Who the hell cares?

      We all hate being judged when we are out partying & end up in stupid ass situations. Bless a Bengali juicer to know this very well. They will not only NOT judge you but they will also join you in your weird & outlandish plans of “CHAL BAWAL MACHATE HAIN!”

      Source – GIFRIFIC.COM
      1. Where’s the manager?

      Badly crave for the sane head when it’s time to pay the bill? Ask a Bong. She/he will count every Tequila shot you had and berate the manager for every extra penny you were charged!

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      1. Girls, you are protected!

      A Bengali man hates nothing more than taking advantage of a sloshed belle. If she is not walking straight, trust a Bengali dude to guide her home safe & sound.

      I’ll drop you – RapGenius
      1. Baaki mai pee lunga!

      The insatiable appetite of a Bengali when it comes to drinking is legendary. Not one drop is going to be wasted if you have a Bengali on her/his feet at a party! No amount of booze is enough! We Bongs are forever thirsty & hate wastage you see!

      Sersei More wine – PinImg
      1. Let me roll/pour it for you

      Honestly, if you have ever been high or been out drinking with a Bengali, you know how much they love showing off their peg making or reefer rolling skills. But, come on, they do make awesome bartenders & joint rollers!

       

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      1. Dhatttt, ami jabo na ekhun!

      If you’ve heard that & didn’t know what it means – listen to this next song & the key chorus is what she/he is saying!

      1. Morning after – selective memory

      Bengalis are adept at forgetting shit. You puked like a pig last night? You kissed the cute stranger on the dance floor? You told the traffic police that you were an MLA? The Bengali will forget all those embarrassing secrets & remember only the awesome time you had! Your secret’s safe with a Bong!

       

      Morning After – TinyPic

       

      Love your drunkard, forever-high Bengali friend? Let us know their epic stories!

       

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      Bengali girls! Just those two words make most Indian men smile. But it’s not just their lovely eyes that draws us to them. It’s also their unbeatable attitude and charm that entices us all.
      Here are a dozen things our lovely Bong belles say that absolutely sets our hearts aflutter!

      1. ISSH KI MISHTI DEKHTE

      With a sigh and a longing look at a handsome khoka!

      Ish ki mishti – Tumblr

       

      1. KHISTI MARBINA, AMIO PARI

      With a raised eyebrow or maybe a playful smack

      Girl abuses – EliteDaily

       

      1. CIGARETTE ACHE?

      In a conspiratorial tone.

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      1. AR MOD KHABONA, EBAR BARI JETE HOBE

      Thee shall not smell or slur!

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      1. BOYFRIEND, BABA NOYE

      She decides what’s best for her, not her boyfriend… Not that even her dad dares to!

       

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      1. I’LL PAY THE BILL

      Chivalry is passé, she pays her own bills

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      1. DEKH KI NYAKA MEYETA

      With a passing look at a wannabe Bong lolona In a loud dress?

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      1. KICHU DEKHA JACHCHE KI BHETORE, KAKU TAKACHCHE

      Tharkis around, peek-a-boo begins!

      Peekaboo – ForGIFs

       

      1. KI DEKHCHIS HAAN KORE?

      To the uncouth oggler!

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      1. EKTU SHORE DARAN DADA

      Proximity alert!

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      1. KI KORCHO, LOKE DEKHE FELBE

      Cozying up is for private moments, PDA is kiddish!

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      1. NEKAMI KORISHNA

      To cheesy sugar coated proclamations of love by her pan-pane boyfriend.

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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...