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

Kolkata
Kolkata

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

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

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

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

The tight hug from Maa 

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

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

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

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

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

The re-realization of how inexpensive life in Kolkata is

The trams of Kolkata.
The trams of Kolkata.

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

Acting pricey when you are out in Kolkata

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

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

College Street, Coffee house, Chandni…

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

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

The Bongo Lolonas & Chokras

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

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

The language thing

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

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

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

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

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

Comparing the lifestyles of other cities with Kolkata

NH7 weekender Kolkata
NH7 weekender Kolkata

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

Bad work culture of Kolkata

Cha khabona amra
Cha khabona amra

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

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

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

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

Bemoaning the lack of weekend destinations

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

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

How you hate some things you loved

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

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

Nostalgia and the renewed love for the city

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

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

After all this, let’s finally absorb the awesomeness of being back to Kolkata. Welcome back, O prodigal daughter/son and may Maa Kali make your plate heavy with Ilish and your heart aflutter with every Rabindrasangeet you hear at the signal at Hazra crossing.
Do let us know if we missed something you felt when you came back to kolkata

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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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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?

Godspeed to all you camerawallahs!
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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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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.

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THEON-DA – THE IDEAL PUJO VOLUNTEER
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DEKHECHIS DEKHECHIS?
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PARAR BEAUTY PARLOUR ROCKS!
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DAKBO KHAAL KE?
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TYRIONED!
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B K PAL TO BAGBAZAR! STILL WANNA RIDE IN THAT CAB?
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CASE KORECHE….POILICE DAAK RE BHAI
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DISTRACTING THE POOR BHODROLOKS DURING ANJALI?
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LINE KATA = = CROSSING THE WALL
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PHOOLTA JHURITE PHEBENE KAKA
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BEWARE OF THE “NEEDLE “!
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HORNS OF DILEMMA!

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He had a successful tech career in Kolkata. Then he left everything to build a great startup.

Mandii - BG Image source - http://startupscribble.com/
Mandii - BG Image source - http://startupscribble.com/

He is an alumni of IIT Kanpur. He was working in the tech industry like most of us. And he had a flourishing career in a top notch Analytics major in Kolkata. But then, he did something that most of us will probably never do – he quit his high flying position and followed his dream. He is Anurag Jain – COO of a startup that is soon set to revolutionize the face of finance in India.

Anurag Jain. Source LinkedIn
Anurag Jain. Source 

What is this Startup?

Mandii Logo
Mandii Logo. Source

Anurag and his friend Manish, both ex bankers, have started Mandii. Mandii (which in Hindi translates to a marketplace) is a novel platform for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to garner finance from investors far more easily than from the conventional financial institutions. The gold standard for Mandii are the enormously valuable but ridiculously undervalued unpaid invoices these SMEs are almost waiting to be paid for.

What is so great about that?

Mandii's vision
Mandii’s vision. Source

Imagine you are a businessman who supplies stationery (pens, staplers, printer papers etc.) to blue chip companies like Infosys or Wipro or TCS. In this domain, the business works in a cycle of constant delays – you deliver a product today but get paid anywhere between he next 3 to 6 months. This causes a cash constraint for most businesses even though they are reliable, well managed, low risk enterprises. But these unpaid invoices of today are completely risk free promise-to-pay vouchers – do you think Infosys will ever miss their payments for 1000 pencils? So why can’t a financier lend you money on dint of these unpaid invoices that are sure to be paid in the immediate future?

Indian institutional investors (like your neighborhood bank or insurance company) are yet to tap into the enormous potential of this huge market – a market place inhabited by almost 5.5 CRORE low risk, high turnover entrepreneurs. Mandii has decided to take this leap of faith – connecting valuable SMEs to smart investors.

Who does this help?

Higher returns. Source
Higher returns. Source

As of today, most SMEs across the country carry on their businesses with loans that come at interest rates as high 40% p.a. (that is, you borrow 1 lakh INR today and in a years time you have to pay back 1 lakh 40 thousand. Even Hyundai doesn’t have such fabulous turnovers!) But amazingly, most of these high interest rate loans are paid back in full, that too within time. But, what if this huge market segment (worth approximately $50 Billion) could be provided this same fund at cheaper rates and via an easier mode? No more haggling with the local loan sharks, no more running around with documents to banks, no more seeing good businesses slowly dying because of a lack of 5 or 10 lakh INR. Mandii promises a simple platform for good but cash-strapped businesses to meet prospective investors and get short term loans at great rates.

 Who wins?

Investor win too! Source
Investors win too! Source

EVERYONE! Mandii is a Godsend for both stable SMEs & dynamic investors. BONGFeed spoke to an investor & an SME currently using Mandii’s platform. The young Kolkatan investor was delighted with the amount of background check Mandii had done on the SMEs looking for loans and how easily he could see beyond tons of paperwork and judge the true merit of a borrower. The room to maneuver for investors & the quick payback of his loan (in less than 3 months) were added bonuses for him.

The borrower we spoke to, a garment manufacturer from Kolkata, dealing with brands like Pantaloons, FirstCry, Big Bazar & Flipkart was even more elated with Mandii. We quote him here – “Most institutional investors offer an umbrella but take it away when it starts raining”. He was simply talking about banks never showing up to fund SME businesses when they are in dire need. The highlight of his experience with Mandii was the processing speed – no red tape, nepotism or mountain high paper work like they have at national banks. He is now relieved that as long as Mandii was present, he wouldn’t have to go back to loan sharks dishing out super high interest rates. His business has benefited immensely from Mandii introducing him to an investor with vision.

Kolkata, being a major hub of garment trading & wholesale markets (think entire Burrabazar!) is a key landmark in Anurag’s roadmap. The average Kolkata businessman runs a high return but unorganized & slow turnover enterprise. Mandii is trying to hand hold this unorganized bulk of entrepreneurs and teach them the ropes of funding basics while introducing them to smart & savvy investors. A collateral benefit of Mandii’s efforts are going to be gained by the institutional investors – they will soon find many a business they deemed too risky to invest in earlier becoming profitable & well documented with help from Mandii.

So what does Mandii offer?

Risk assessment.
Risk assessment. Source

Mandii offers 2 things – an investor ready to invest in an SME with valid invoices & an SME with stable, promising, verified assets & clean backgrounds looking to borrow funds against its unpaid invoices. Anurag mentions that once the one time verification of an SME is completed, it takes less than 72 hours for them to post their invoices (& request for funds) & finalize a deal with an investor. For the investors, a list of verified & risk assessed borrowers are available to choose from.

A final word…

A fast developing country like India is currently betting on the growth of its middle class entrepreneurs – manufacturers, wholesale dealers, suppliers, service providers who are not backed by the overflowing purses of their families or supported by big banks. But the conventional financial institutions are not even close to as dynamic as they need to be to support or gain from this hugely lucrative sector of Small & Medium businesses with potential. Mandii has made a foray into this unorganized sector & will probably turn this often neglected pool of Indian entrepreneurs into a booming & profitable force to reckon with. We wish our local hero Anurag & Manish Godspeed!

If Make In India is the mantra of India today, then Mandii is the priest chanting that mantra the loudest!

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    She's a famous Brit & a star host on the BBC One. See how she came to Kolkata & went down into our sewers in search of history.

    http://images.radiotimes.com/namedimage/Why_Sue_Perkins_is_TV_s_best_new_travel_companion.jpg?quality=85&mode=crop&width=620&height=374&404=tv&url=/uploads/images/original/84770.jpg

    Her name is SUE PERKINS and this is how Wikipedia describes her –

    Susan ElizabethSuePerkins is an English comedian, broadcaster, actress and writer”

    But more than this, Sue is the new rising star of BBC ONE (Radiotimes has crowned her “TV’s best new travel companion”) and she was in our Kolkata recently.

    BBC One iPlayer has her video (which, sadly, won’t play anywhere outside the UK) and this is what they say about her tryst with the CIty of Joy –

    Sue Perkins immerses herself in the complex life of Kolkata. She sees first-hand how it has evolved from a place notorious for its fabled ‘Black Hole’ dungeon and the dreadful poverty of its street people to a place reinventing itself as a vibrant new megacity, with a booming property sector and a reputation for eccentricity, culture and tolerance.

    While she was here, she delved into Kolkata’s sewers too. The Mirror reports – “...she shows true dedication to film­making by descending into Kolkata’s Victorian sewers as part of an epic clean­up. They stretch for 90km beneath the city streets and were once the envy of the world. But today they’re in need of some vigorous sluicing.

    Programme Name: Kolkata with Sue Perkins - TX: 02/09/2015 -  Picture Shows: (L-R) Protima is a tea cup potters daughter from Kolkata. Protima, Sue Perkins - (C) Indus Films - Photographer: Vicky Hinners
    Programme Name: Kolkata with Sue Perkins – TX: 02/09/2015 –  Picture Shows: (L-R) Protima is a tea cup potters daughter from Kolkata. Protima, Sue Perkins – (C) Indus Films – Photographer: Vicky Hinners

    Here’s the video where she descends into our sewers to show us this subterranean behemoth like never before.


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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! Much more to follow ...

    THE BABA-MAMA CONUNDRUM
    THE BABA-MAMA CONUNDRUM
    REALLY?????
    REALLY?????
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    JANTEO PARBENA…
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    BEST RIDE EVER!
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    TRANSLATION – EAT OUT EVERY DAY.
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    HEART = BROKEN
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    I DOUBLE DARE YOU TO WEAR DENIMS ON OSHTOMI.
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    WISDOM FROM LITTLE FINGER
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    WHAT THE F***
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    BUT THE NIGHT WAS EPIC, RIGHT?
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    ETO BORO SAHOSH ?
    Game of Pujo
    JANISH AMI KI CHILAM TODER BOYESHE ?

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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! Much more to follow ...

    Durga Puja is coming
    Durga Puja is coming

     

    And so is CHAANDA
    And so is CHAANDA
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    Why do all Pujo committees have old croods?
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    Ebar DRAGON e chore asche Maa!
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    VILLAIN
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    The best lolitas ever!
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    70 ft ! Just imagine///
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    As always…
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    THe one leave every Bong can kill for
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    ALWAYS. A debt we pay in full.
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    Indigo, SpiceJet et all…
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    Fashion vs Mum
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    He understands nothing.
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    The smart son.
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    Strong daughter
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    Lokkhi meye
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    Bhole baba paar karega…
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    Maa
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    AGAIN A DAY LESS ?????

     

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

    Every Bengali’s dream indulgence – chicken or mutton biryani with a potato and slice of egg. But who serves the best biryani in Kolkata? Is Aminia’s biryani tastier than Arsalan’s ? Or does Haji Saheb serve a better biryani than Zeeshan?

    Take this poll and find out Kolkata’s favorite Biryani joints!

     

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    Burrabazar expanded from a yarn and textile market into the commercial nucleus of Kolkata and one of the largest wholesale markets in Asia. Here are 7 amazing things you never knew about this bustling area in the heart of our city

    1. ETYMOLOGY – Burrabazar (Hindi: बडाबजार) is a Hindi word meaning big market. In Bengali, it is called Barobazar, (Bengali: বড়বাজার), the meaning remaining same. However, there is another theory. The neighbourhood was earlier named after ‘Buro’, the popular name of Shiva. The Hindi-speaking merchants who ousted the earlier local merchants, made it ‘Bara’.  Talk about survival of the fittest!


     

    1. SUTANUTI HAAT – This entire area was once dominated by yarn and cloth merchants and was called Sutanuti Haat (since it was in the part of Calcutta that was then called Sutnanuti). Sutanuti haat has been traced back to 1738 by Orme. In the siege of 1756, troops of Siraj ud-Daulah set fire to the market and took possession of Jorabagan and Kumortuli, neighborhoods further north where the merchants lived.


     

    1. MAHATMA GANDHI ROAD – Cutting right across Burrabazar is Harrison Road, which runs straight from Howrah Bridge to Sealdah railway station. It was constructed between December 1889 and 1892, sweeping away many an overcrowded tenement and festering lane. It is of the uniform breadth of 75 feet and named after Sir Henry Harrison, chairman of the corporation, by whom the scheme was inaugurated and matured. It has been renamed after Mahatma Gandhi.


     

    1. ECONOMIC BRILLIANCE – Burrabazar expanded from a yarn and textile market into one of the largest wholesale markets in India. Burrabazar is divided into highly specialised sub-markets, according to the commodity it deals in – Dhotipatti, Fancypatti, Tulapatti, Chinipatti etc. Further subdivisions are katra, chowk or kothi.Each katra (market) is known for a particular item. There are approximately 25 katras in Burrabazar. At Raja Katra, which originally belonged to the Maharaja of Bardhaman, most of the shops deal in spices. At Manohar Das Katra it is mostly hardware and textile. Vikram Chand Market and Khangrapatti sell mostly electronic goods and artificial ornaments.


     

    1. A SYNAGOGUE! – Did you know that there is a Jewish synagogue right in the heart of Burra Bazar? The address is – 201B, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Burrabazar, Utkalmani Gopabandhu Sarani, Raja Katra, Kolkata, West Bengal 700007, IndiaAnd here’s a picture –

    2. CASH AND MORE CASH – Burrabazar runs on huge volumes of cash transactions. It is rumored that the local merchants pay some employees of bank branches in Burrabazar for just counting currency notes. The Telegraph once reported – “The intricacies of the money transactions at Burrabazar can stump finance whizkids from the best of B-schools. In 10ftx10ft gaddis (offices), deals running into crores are struck without any written records. It’s all an act of faith and defaults are few.”

    3. MECHUA FRUIT BAZAAR – Rumored to be one of Asia’s largest and fastest moving fresh fruit markets, Mechua Bazar sees truckloads of fruits being auctioned 24×7 right on the streets. Check out this video of a fruit auctioneer plying his trade in Mechua.


     

    A FINAL WORD – A popular saying goes, “Anything and everything is available in Burrabazar. Even the tiger’s eye is available for the right price.” We salute the spirit of business this part of Calcutta brings to us!

    Sources ~ Wikipedia, The Telegraphcookiesound.com & urban legends.

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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.

    Chechki

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

    Dhokar Dalna

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

    Akur Dom

    • 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.

    Kaliya

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

    Kashundi

    • 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.

    Luchi

    • 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.

    Parota

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

    paturi

    • 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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    So it was a BANDH on 2nd September 2015. And Bongs have for long been synonymous with Bandhs. In case you were at home and not at work or college, here are 8 awesome excuses for you to use on the day following a bandh to justify your absence. INQUILAAB JINDABAAAAD... JINDABAAAAD... JINDABAAAAD

    1. BAIRE PROCHUR GONDOGOL HOCHCHILO

    This almost always works, since no college/company is ready to jeopardize someone’s safety for a day’s absence. But come on, it’s way safer on a bandh day on Kolkata streets than during normal rush hour!


     

    1. EKTAO GARI GHORA KISSU CHOLCHILO NA

    Yeah right! The last we heard UBER, OLA , Metro and most cabs were plying fine! But maybe you stay in Gosaipur and your office is 54 kms away!


     

    1. SOB DOKAN PAAT BONDHO… KHABO KI ?

    HELL YEAH! A Bong can tolerate everything as long his roadside “GUMTI is actively selling double-chicken-roll, mangsho-bhaat or momo. By the way, all the “PAAN-BIRIR DOKAN” were open!


     

    1. KEU JACHCHENA. AMI EKLA GIYE KI KORBO ?

    Talk about crushing loneliness in an empty classroom or a barren office floor. “ADDA KAR SHONGE MARBO?? But then again, some like it that way and they are going to reach extra early on Bandh days to enjoy the bliss of reduced human presence.


     

    1. MAA BOLLO NA BEROTE…JODI KICHU HOYE JAYE !!

    KI BOLBO? Mum is the final word – even if it’s only on this one day that you choose to listen to her dictums!


     

    1. KHUB STRESS BHAI. EKDIN EKTU RELAX KORAR CHANCE PACHCHI CHARA JAYE…

    SERIOUSLY! An excess of professional stress can cause severe metaphysical damages. Hence, Bongs invented Bandh days to counter these ill effects and present you with mid-week holidays!


     

    1. I SUPPORT THE CAUSE BEHIND THIS STRIKE…KENO JENO BANDH DEKECHILO?

    You really may support the cause behind a strike, but honestly, that was far from the real reason why you parked your lazy backside at home on a bandh day.


     

    1. BERIYECHILAM…HOTHAT GARITE DHIL MERE KAANCH BHENGE DILO, TAI PHIRE GELAM…

    Off shoot of all the “GONDOGOL”. You took a serious risk to get to work/college, put yourself in harm’s way and then your liberty was snatched away from you by one stray “DHIL” (piece of rock)! True sign of dedication and fearlessness. We salute your bravery madam/sir!

    Did you use better excuses? Let us know.
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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...