Tuesday, November 01, 2005

My bit

Guess this's turning out to be more of a Bong adda than Calcutta per se. Delightfully so too because Calcutta's getting so non-Bengali-ish - you've to see the queue in front of Blue Print on Lindsay while the Dey's Medical people swat flies these days. Yes, the Bengali Calcutta is more of a bygone era. But then there are also those small instances when my college buddies (non-Bongs) who had (small) stints on working there complain that the Rt. 240 actually reads dusho chollish which drives them nuts - and then that grin on my face just pops up so involuntarily :)

In fact my pals complain that Calcutta is too darned slow and shopkeepers actually draw their shutters down for their afternoon siestas - gosh, think of the lazy laidback wintry afternoons and the smog-filled sky and basking in the lukewarm sun on the terrace - now that my friend is Calcutta for you!

More later...

19 Comments:

At Tuesday, November 01, 2005 9:36:00 AM, Blogger Prerona said...

somehow that conjures up a memory of vaguely nice smelling smoke filling there. not sure where its coming from :)

happy diwali everyone!

calcutta, i think, was always very non-bengali in patches and very bengali in patches. think DI (which i think has suffenly become very bong-ish), think bengal club, think new alipore, free school street, wellesly, lake gardens, tangra, southern avenue. i think the picture of Cal we get depends on where and when we look, like most cities, I guess

we have it all to offer, just ask and u shall have it :)

 
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At Tuesday, November 01, 2005 9:42:00 AM, Blogger satchisgod said...

Happy diwali all. Yes, Prerona, you are right, but what I meant was that outsiders think that it's very Bong-ish, whilst the non-Bong invasion seems so acute to someone actually from the city.
And to the moderator(s) - please put on a word verifier!

 
At Wednesday, November 02, 2005 1:04:00 AM, Blogger Euphoric Dreamer said...

love calcutta the way it is !

and someone plzz make me a part of this :)

 
At Wednesday, November 02, 2005 1:28:00 AM, Blogger Sagnik Nandy said...

i agree - i love Kolkata for all the things that others think is the fault with it - traffic, over curious neighbors, laid back nature and what not - Kolkata should just stay the way it is coz that's what makes it so unique

 
At Wednesday, November 02, 2005 1:49:00 AM, Blogger Prerona said...

amen to that. just the way it is. its perfect :)

euphoric dreams, aka UC - i had sent ur names to be included in this thing - i think they must have been busy with work and stuff (the admin guys). i'll check it out.

 
At Wednesday, November 02, 2005 2:13:00 AM, Blogger Rimi said...

prerona, hey, i sent you a mail about working on this template a bit, since i'm not exactly html savvy. a reply, if even a refusal, would certainly be appreciated. and i'm afraid this blog has enough members already, don't you think? the google group is open for all, though...

and people always complain, but nobody thanks me when the word verification is turned off!!! hrrumph!!!

biplab--man, i'm sorry. this isn't really relevant to the post, i know...

 
At Wednesday, November 02, 2005 2:25:00 AM, Blogger the still dancer said...

errr.there is a google group? and yes, I haven't justified my inclution among the authors till now, but soon, soon

 
At Wednesday, November 02, 2005 2:56:00 AM, Blogger Prerona said...

Rimi - I didnt get the email! Which id did you send it to? Drop me a line at pmukherjee@scoteq.co.uk.

About the new members: I thought it was a more the merrier thing? MAybe it would be a better idea to put these kids in and maybe take me out - cz they are actually in Cal and so it makes more sense? :)

 
At Thursday, November 03, 2005 2:55:00 AM, Blogger #3tiYo>B_shyo> said...

ahh, no, not another fite about kids again.. pld prerona di, dont think of abandoning us!!! we need u!
and satch da-- brilliant post. u da original bongoshontan club member now.;)

 
At Thursday, November 03, 2005 5:04:00 AM, Blogger Vijay said...

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At Thursday, November 03, 2005 7:58:00 AM, Blogger M (tread softly upon) said...

very nice post...just some of the reasons which make Cal so unique and special.

 
At Thursday, November 03, 2005 8:42:00 AM, Blogger Prerona said...

arre this one is not about kids the term but about including them in the blog

 
At Thursday, November 03, 2005 11:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Calcutta..kolkata..is special coz it does not conform..the thing that i like the best is the lack of a definitive geometry to bind the city.However, there is a certain part of kolkata that cannot be experienced at the oxford bookstore..some people call it the real calcutta..some the foggy side...yeah lotsa smoke there too...anyway to each his own
peace out,
pacman

 
At Friday, November 04, 2005 2:35:00 AM, Blogger Maru Marauder said...

Am I the only non bong blogger here? Im feeling like Tenacious D should do a song aout me...

 
At Tuesday, November 08, 2005 11:58:00 AM, Anonymous parosat said...

post ta khub bhalo
kolkata ta shotti boro non bong hoye jachhe...nowadays if u goto ny mall u hav to look real hard b4 u catch sight of a bong face.....an i actually feel very parochial of late....i think living in saltlake does that ..prochondo "invasion " (for want of a bettr word)beregeche .....

 
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