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Oh Calcutta! Amar Kolkata. Somewhere between the two names, our city lost a lot of it's uniqueness. Let's see if you remember them. Here's a big dose of nostalgia!

DOUBLE DECKER BUS

The city had double-decker buses which first started plying in 1926. During the Left Front regime in the late eighties they slowly got phased out and disappeared from the streets of Calcutta.


 

ROAD SIDE WATER HYDRANTS

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Once used to wash the streets of Calcutta every morning , the royal lion faced water hydrants now lie disused and are used by bathers in semi-transparent gamchas.


 

BIOSCOPE

The man with the colorful tin box inside which lay the magical world of films, has all but disappeared from our city.


 

MARTIN RAIL

The Martin Burn company operated a rail line from Dum Dum to Baguiati till it closed down in 1955. No wonder Kolkata was once referred to as Martin Burn city.


 

KESTOPUR DEER PARK

Salt Lake had a deer park on the banks of Kestopur canal once which has since languished and is now an animal rescue and transit centre.


 

TOY TRAIN IN RABINDRA SAROBAR

This was operational between 1985 and 1989, and was a popular draw for children.


 

WATER BEARING TRAM

Water Tram

Used to clean the tram tracks every morning, these old workhorses are no longer in use and lie neglected deep inside tram depots.


 

CHAPLIN CINEMA

Chaplin-Cinema-TheatreCharlie Chaplin had once graced this cinema hall, but recently it was pulled down owing to lack of funds. The lovely font that said CHAPLIN on the front will be sorely missed.


 

VANISHING TRAM ROUTES
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Many tram routes have sadly disappeared – like the Ashutosh Mukherjee Road-RB Avenue-Victoria route.


 

AMRITA BAZAR PATRIKA

After 123 years,the publication folded up due to debts. Started by Sisir Ghosh in 1868, it was the oldest Indian owned English daily. It was a nationalist publication and nurtured the Indian freedom struggle. During the great Calcutta killings of 1946, the Patrika left its editorial columns blank for three days. On August 15, 1947, the Patrika published in an editorial:

‘It is dawn, cloudy though it is. Presently sunshine will break.’


CALCUTTA

And finally, the name itself (we all know where the picture above is from, but that’s exactly what we feel…Oh!) For most of us though, it will forever be MY CALCUTTA!

We are sure there are many other reminders of Calcutta that you miss in Kolkata. Let us know!

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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      Love urban photography? Addicted to Instagram? A Calcuttan? These Instagram pics captured the City of Joy in beautiful and surprising ways. The @onlyinbengal Instagram account finds and reposts spellbinding clicks of Bengal on Instagram. We are thankful to @onlyinbengal and actual picture takers for this visual treat.

      Repost from @rbi_girl The #cityofjoy !!! View from RBI building, #Dalhousie

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      Repost from @krazzybong Thats how awesome #victoriamemorial at #Calcutta is !!!

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      Repost from @jalkukdi #kolkatacab #yellowtaxi #streetphotography

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      Repost from @shariq_patel #oldcalcutta yet again with its #colonial grandeur !!

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      Discipline reinstated in #india
      #gariahat
      #autorikshaw Repost from @mesayak

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      Repost from @deeptikp An #evening in #Calcutta !!! #vidyasagarsetu #ganges #sunset #cityofjoy

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      Repost from @kaushalraj7 #streetcricket – probably the best way to spend a lazy #sunday afternoon at #Calcutta !!

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      Repost from @broadway62 #streetsofcalcutta !!!

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      Repost from @dasbik #goodmorning #cityofjoy !! #horse grazing #maidan #cityscape #urbanphotography #park #morning #dawn #sunrise #sun

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      Repost from @sudeep04 #classic #Calcutta !!!

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      P.c. @aksnitish #kolkatametro system – The oldest underground subway system in India !!!!

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      Repost from @harareny The #flower seller of #Calcutta !!

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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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      Kamal Mitra
      Kamal Mitra as the quintessential Bengali father

      We Bengalis love complaining. Even about those things that we like or love. Even when we are happy and satiated. We just love articulating our disdain and complaints at the drop of a dhuti! So here are the most common complaints we Bengalis have  –


      UFFFFFFFF KI GOROM / THANDA / MEGHLA / BRISHTI

      [UFFFFFFF IT’S TOO HOT/COLD/CLOUDY/RAINY]

      The summer is too hot, too sunny, insufferably humid & intolerably sweaty (the word used is pyach-pyache). The expectation is of one day having a cool breezy summer! The monsoon is of course too wet and there’s too much kaada (mud on the street!). The autumn is always spent complaining about the sudden mini showers around the corner. The winter is of course too chilly and it’s too tough to take a bath in the morning. And the lovely spring is sure as daylight spent complaining about the Westerlies that make dry dust fly into the Bengali bedroom (CLOSE THE WINDOWS DAMMIT!). These weather updates are of course the easiest ice breakers when two Bengalis meet!

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      DESHTAR AR KISSU HOLONA

      [THE COUNTRY’S GOING TO THE DOGS]

      The most common complaint of the stereotypical white punjabi clad Bhodrolok while sipping his morning cup of tea and peeking at the headlines of an early morning newspaper. Don’t try guessing at the cause for this sudden concern – it’s just a general complaint to the wall or the passing mosquito or the maid or maybe to the wind around him, that signifies that the world in general has not lived up to the Bengali gent’s high standards!

      Uttam Kumar bhant
      Uttam Kumar stressed out

       EKTU GHUMOTEO DEYNA

      [DOESN’T EVEN LET ME SLEEP A BIT!]

      This complain can come from anyone in your Bengali family. Your Bengali mum in the afternoon, if someone rings the doorbell and disturbs her siesta. Your Bengali baba if the newspaper guy chucks in the paper-roll 5 minutes before the agreed hour and minute. Your Bengali grandparents during almost any time of the day. Most iterations of this dialogue are of course aimed at the music loving or movie buff or guitar playing Bong dude or dudette who creates any sound higher than 50 decibels within the premises.


      AGEKAR DINER MOTO ETA EKDOMI NOY

      [THIS IS SHIT COMPARED TO THE DAYS OF YORE]

      Bengalis are a nostalgic lot and nostalgia is one of the first complex English words we learn when growing up in Bengali households. But we do take this worship of yore to a mild extreme – nothing of the present is ever remotely as good as how it was in the past. The food tasted better then, the people were more polite and genteel then, girls were so much more beautiful then, life was easier then, music was Godly then, the arts were practiced with more finesse then and even the chappal was more comfortable then.

      Bengali In Fish Market
      Bengali In Fish Market

       KI AGUN DAAM !!

      [BLOODY FIERY PRICES]

      The Bengali has never been a appreciator of the devil called INFLATION. Forever wry of rising prices, we Bongs have made sure that price rises are strictly tamed in our backyards. Even a single rupiya rise in bus fares is not to be tolerated without a fervent show of anger via 2 bus burning, 3 MICHILS (processions of like minded Bengalis) and a ton of cursing the powers that be. The most closely watched price index is of course the FISH and VEGETABLE prices at the local market – charge 5 taka more for the same fish the next day and sure as the rush hour traffic on Dharmatala, the Bengali Bhodrolok will turn obhodro (uncouth) in a moment!

      Bengali haggling
      Bengali haggling

      BESHI BOJHE

      [HE TRIES TO ACT TOO SMART]

      This to a person of logic or who makes sense in any conversation. You dare oppose a Bengali’s point of view – may the lord smite you down with righteous anger. Or if not that then at least a snide comment about how the person making all the sense is just a big show off and will one day face retribution for mocking a good ‘ol Bong.

      Kamal Mitra as the quintessential Bengali father
      Kamal Mitra as the quintessential Bengali father

      AAJKALKAR CHELEGULO / MEYEGULO NAA…

      [THE BOYS & GIRLS OF TODAY…]

      Though not an exclusively Bengali complaint (the Hindi version is equally virulent), the Bengali Bhodrolok/Bhodromohila sure knows how to raise their eyebrows at the weirdness of the present generation. Try wearing a spaghetti top or drink at a party with your dad or use the F word aloud in public transport – the stern Bengali look and the comment will sure bite into you from a distant corner.

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      Young punk

      KI JAM RE BABA

      [THE TRAFFIC JAMS]

      Geoff Boycott once said that he expected the entire traffic of Calcutta to come to a sudden halt one day because of the congestion on our streets. The Bengali, even if she/he has grown up amidst all the traffic & honking, will at least complain once every time the vehicle stops at a red light.

      Traffic jam in Kolkata
      Traffic jam in Kolkata

      What other complaints have you heard from Bengalis? Let us know!!

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      By now, most of us have already seen the PIKU Trailer. But we thought of looking into it a little closer & look for tell tale PURE BONG material! We were pleasantly surprised!

      What follows, are 14 things that should make every Bong smile about the PIKU trailer! It is also a little about us tipping our hat to Mr Shoojit Sircar & his soon to release creation!


      THE BEARDED, PART DEAF BUT STRAIGHT TALKING DADU

      The Big B as a Bengali dadubhai?

      Chokhe jol eshe gelo…

      kALA DADU


      THE SCENES ON CALCUTTA STREETS

      I know that street ! 

      That’s how your Bong friend will shout in a Bengaluru movie hall !

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      DEEPIKA – THE NEW BANGAALAN

      Move aside Bidya Madam… Deepika eshe geche!

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       THE ANGRY BONG GIRL

      Those fiery eyes…

      If you know a Bong woman, then you know what we are talking about!

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      THE MOTION vs EMOTION –

      Ishabgul anyone?

      If you don’t know what this chair is, go ask a Bong!

      Khata Paikhana


      The GANGAR GHAT & JETTY

      (with a CHICKEN ROLL!)

      A jetty, a boy & a girl & chicken roll – A Calcutta Love story ?

      dEEPIKA gANGA


      THE LOOSE HAVANA CAP

      That’s how most Bong gents still carry their cool!

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      THE QUINTESSENTIAL HOWRAH BRIDGE

      A new angle, leaves you wondering “Where was the cameraman standing?”

      Howrah sunset piku


      THE IRRITABLE (still lovely!) MOUSHUMI-MASHIMA

      You know that expression if you have even one aunt who scolds you for random reasons!

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      THE LAAL DALAAN & ALPONA

      This IS Bengal! This is how an angaan/courtyard ought to look like!

      Red dalaan piku


      JHUL BARANDA

      (Hanging balcony)

      This is where most Bongs got inspiration for their poetry

      (also romanced the parar sundori!)

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      ARTWORKS IN A BENGALI HOME

      Bongs love art. PERIOD.

      And when you see Ramkrishna deb, Sarada Maa & Raja Ravi Varma artwork on a wall, you bow to Mr Sircar for his excellent eye for detail!

      Artwork Piku


      CHOKRO RAIL

      (CIRCULAR RAIL IN KOLKATA)

      YES, the local train line runs parallel to the Ganga in Calcutta!

      Beat that Mumbai!

      Ghat piku

       



      AYEEE PIKUUUUUUUUUUUUU

      BABA DAKCHE!

      Be right back – You can go ahead and watch the trailer


      BAJAR GOROM

      EKDOM FRESH

      Bengali stereotypes

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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...