If you know someone who can talk nonstop about any topic, is lazy as hell, obsessed with books, and food, chances are you’re in the presence of a Bengali, popularly called BONGS. They love to travel, eat, listen to music, live for the drama, adda, and tea. Born rebels, these intellects want to change the world, one chingri at a time!
Since Durga Pujo is here, here are a couple of places you need to visit
Here’s the list of 39 things that every Bong can relate to:
Every Bong household has the entire Rabindra Rochana Boli Collection
The Sunday lunch is incomplete without Kochi Pathar Jhol and Shada Bhaat
The curious case of Daaknaam and Bhalo Naam- Don’t ask our Daak Naam, if you are going to make fun of it. We wear it with pride.
Credits: Brown Paper Bag Comics
Darjeeling= Switzerland, Digha= Maldives!
There is nothing Boroline can’t cure…..Surobhito Antiseptic Cream Boroline!
Bongs are Marxists at heart. Am I right or am I right, Comrade?
Mati’r Bhaar e Chaa + Bapuji cake is a Godly combination
Waking up early on a Mahalya morning and listening to Birendra Krishna Bhadra is a different way of life.
Ashthami Bhog = Amritto, ’nuff said.
Ain’t no sleeping without a kolbalish.
After a heavy round of pet pujo: “Dada, ektu Carmozyme ba Joan er Jol hobey?”
East or west, Homeopathy is the best!
Mandatory pair of Hawai Chappal.
Monkey Cap = A Bong’s identity for four months.
Sherlock is great, Feluda is fatafati!
Returning to work post-vacation means carrying Roshogullas for the colleagues!
Dhunuchi Naach and looking up the next year Durga Pujo date is a tradition!
Sondesh, Annondomela Pujobarshiki, Little Magazine runs in the blood.
Jao moshari ta lagao.
Credits: The Bong Sense
No birthdays without payesh!
Every neighbourhood has 2 South Pointers
Mohan Bagan Vs East Bengal rivalry is perennial.
A Bengali can live without food (for a day) but not without ‘Adda’
Socialism in the sheets, Haath e taana Rickshaw in the streets.
A boat ride across the Ganges is the 2nd most romantic thing ever
(32 is the first).
Seint Jabhiers na Lah Martz? Presidency na Jadobpur? The best school or college debate never stops.
No ritual is complete without the Shonkho Dhhoni and ‘Ulu Ulu’. And we can all do a good ‘Ulu’.
What Britannia Marie? Oh, ‘Merry Biskoot’!
Snacks manei Peyaji, Aloor Chop or Gorom Gorom Shingara
Money spent on Podda’r (Padma, for you non-Bongs) Ilish> Opening a fixed deposit.
Masala Papad? Pff, Chatney + Papad FTW!
‘Ei Poth Jodi na shesh hoye’ is the most romantic song ever written!
‘Ananda Bazar Patrika’ is the Holy Bible.
The Panch Phoron is their discovery!
Keep your fairy tales to yourself, we’ve got Abol Tabol And Thakumar Jhuli 😎
Ray’s Oscar and Tagore’s Noble is more valuable than their child’s first prize!
Paanta Bhaat is a must during summers
You can’t be sad when Pujo is around the corner!
Sheetkal Showers? Thanks but no.
Bongs are intellects who love to sip their tea watching a Ray movie, at the same time have no qualms eating Chinese food on the streets of Terreti Bazaar. Knowing and understanding them is roller coaster ride but once you get to know them, they can be the warmest people ever.
Now that you’re here, did you know that Bengal was once called Bang? No joke there; it was also called Bonga, Vanga, and Vangaladesa over different periods in history. Here’s a list of the 5 oldest names of Bengal.
The 5 Oldest Names of Bengal
Bonga – This is the oldest name of Bengal that we can trace back to. How strange, yet pleasing, that we haven’t come too far from the original name. The word means ‘Sun God’ in Austric languages.
Bang – The name Bang came from a proto-Dravidian tribe that most likely inhabited Bengal in the Bronze Age.
Vanga – If you ever read the Mahabharata (in Sanskrit!) then you’ll find mentions of a place called ‘Vanga’. Yeah, that’s our Bengal, y’all
Vangaladesa – This name goes way back to the 11th century. Turns out, that is how South Indians started referring to Bengal.
Gauda – There was a kingdom in Bengal in medieval times called Gauda. Its kings were referred to as Gaudeswara. Then, as kingdoms expanded, the whole Bengal came to be known as Gauda.
Hope you enjoyed these 39 things. Did we miss out on any ‘typically bong’ thing? Mention in the comments below. On that note, Durga Pujo’r onek onek shubecha :)