Sunday, March 20, 2016

Indecent proposals

Just like we say hi, hello, how are you doing? when we meet someone after a long time, the typical Bengali has four varieties of greetings when they meet me-

Roga hoye giyechish. You've become thin.

Mota hoye giyechish. You've become fat.

Kalo hoye giyechish. You've turned darker.

Ekhane firbina? Won't you move back to India?

"Dada chepey ....... Dada bedhey"- The two must-know mantras to navigate the busy public transport system in Calcutta. An apt translation is- Please squeeze in to make space for me and please stop the vehicle. A word-to-word and inappropriate translation is- O brother, ride me. O brother, tie me.


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