It has just been a few weeks that Facebook has launched REACTIONS, a reply to the huge user demand for a set of more nuanced buttons to express their sentiments. Some find these insufficient and some find them overwhelming. But being hardcore Bongs, we could only think of how or when a “Bangaali” will use these reactions on Facebook. So here’s our Bong reactions to Facebook Reactions.
LOVE – What do we Bongs Love?
Any honest Bong can answer that faster than batting an eyelid – of course it’s FOOD! The great foodaholics that we are, we don’t leave any stone unturned when it comes to checking out Facebook posts on Biryani, Rosogolla, delicious “maach” preparations, “phuchka” and “polao”. A close second are pictures of our annual tourist destinations – Darjeeling, Gangtok, Puri etc. etc.
The HAHA Reaction – The Bong belly laugh
Haha means Bongs LoL-ing at all the frivolities that a sarcastic Bengali comes across on Facebook. Be it a post on Bengalis always managing a “phau phuchka” from the glaring “puchkawala” or to the hilarious videos showing a Bong amidst adversaries, the haha reaction will be used by every Bong to have a loud “Otto-hashi” at all things comical.
The WOW Reaction – Bengalis being “Wowed”…Yeah right.
Almost as high browed as the Brits, a Bong is seldom WOWED. So this might be one rarely used button. But, and there’s a big BUT(T), a Bong will immediately hit the Wow reaction to anything that glorifies their culture, Dada or Netaji, as the LIKE button was just not enough to express our true Bong “pheelings”. We are going to be orgasmically WOWed by our holy cows till the end of time. Any “poblame”?
Truly Sad – a melancholic Bong
Every Bong, deep down, is an ardent lover of prose, poetry and heart wrenching songs “that tell of saddest thoughts” (did you notice we just quoted Shelley’s “To a Skylark” ? Like we said, we are true blue, “poddo” loving Bongs!). We will hit the sad reaction every time we come across the nostalgia laden lyrics of “Rabi Thakur” or pics of “coffee house-er shei addata…” or any post on mourning a love lost or read of a reminder of the Calcutta of yore – a lot of us are in Bangalore or Pune and we miss stuff from back home real bad.
The Angry Reaction: “Raag korena raguni”
Well, well, “ek Bong ko ghussa kab aata hai”? Is it when we are ridiculed for our “AA ki matras” that we pronounce with big Os (“Obhishek” or “Oshleel” anyone….) ? Or is it when a post claims that Sourav Ganguly is the second best captain of India? Or when a pseudo intellectual pretends like they know the true depths of literature or politics or language or philosophy? In all the above cases & a ton of more such prickly topics, Facebook will find Bongs hitting the angry button like it’s a “dhaak” on Dashami.
If you have more to add to this list or have any “bishudhdho” Bong suggestions to Mark Zuckerberg for more reactions that define us, let us know and we’ll get the word across. Mairi bolchi…