5 Things You Should Know About Bengalis
India is a huge country and every community in India possesses various intriguing idiosyncrasies that make it stand out. One such culture is the Bengali culture. We Indians revel in this same kind of light hearted banter about the myriad communities that decorate our country. If you’ve ever had a bong friend, you’ll relate to what I’m going to say.
Here are five things you should know about Bengalis.
1. Every Bengali has a funny nickname
Yes this could get quite embarrassing at times though. Be it baba, Khuku or even Bhuto, Bengali’s have heard it all. Trust me. No matter how much pride they take carrying that name, they do flinch a little every time someone calls them out in public.
2. Bengalis love their heritage and culture
They grab every chance they can, to go celebrate their festivals with immense enthusiasm. Bengal even today is at the forefront of Indian music. The traditional Bengali architecture is an exquisite blend of oriental and European styles.
3. Bengalis are crazy about food
Bengali cuisine is unique and is one of the only cuisines in South East Asia which follows the system of the Russian Service à la Russe, a method where food items are served one after the other in courses ending in dessert. Good food and fine dining is an essential part of the Bengali existence, something they absolutely cannot live without. Bengalis are crazy about rosogulla, Hilsa, Luchi and Chingri Malai Curry, to name a few. Also fish time is the best time. Eating fish is associated with many cultures of the world, primarily in coastal areas. Fish is to a Bengali what Beer is to a Punjabi. So I guess that pretty much sums up everything.
4. Bengalis are not misers
Bengalis are thought to be big misers, this is partly true, as they cut corners on things they consider insignificant. However, when it comes to something they are looking forward to, they are willing to splurge! Like during Durga Pooja, all you can spot are huge pandaals, Bengalis on the street indulging in their favourite Misti Doi. I could go on with examples, but let’s just say that when it comes to something they want, they can’t be held back.
5. They make excellent friends
Your Bengali friend would take you places and literally so. He would be bustling with travelling ideas and could be the travelling companion you were looking for all this time. Also, be prepared to fall in love with ‘Rasogolla’ and ‘Mishti Doi’. Your Bong friend would find ways to make you fall head-over heels with sweets and you would no longer find it hard to indulge in the calorie guilt with the perfect partner in crime.
They were absolutely right when they said that “You can take a Bengali out of Bengal, but you cannot take Bengal out of a Bengali”