Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bong Woes

Dear Bengali gene of mine,


That I was born with you, it is fine
But then, you taught me that true love is equal to feesh
So, I fell for oh-so-lip-smackin’ ileesh
Why you no tell me such obsession is akin to crime!
Like a forlorn distraught lover, every day I pine
Oh dear Bengali gene of mine

That you give my clan two left feet, it is fine
But, then you induce an immense love for dancing,
On the dance floor, oh how we dazzle and shine
As people watch in horror and we are prancing
Why you no tell us that is Zulu dance from the ancient time!
Oh dear Bengali gene of mine

That you give us curves, that is fine
But then, you did not tell us that between healthy and fat
There is a bhery thin line!
The line of cakes, ice creams and roshogullas
That we have been taught to devour since the beginning of time
Why you no make us skinny like Heidi Klum, you swine!
Oh dear Bengali gene of mine

That you gave us long complex names, it is fine
But then, you butcher everyone's name, is that not a crime!
Why you no qualms in calling 'Saikat' as 'Shoikot'
Poor Saikat, he would have died
And then turned in his grave a thousand times!
Bhaalo naam and daak naam - you draw the line
Then you call us Bubai, Papai, Tukai and other such names divine
Eeesh! Ekdom ee jaaa taaa - I protest and whine
Oh dear Bengali gene of mine

That you give us loving parents, it is fine
But then, you trigger a worldwide alert everytime I sneeze
Is that not a scary sign!
Aaha re aamaar shona Bubai - they say
As we mentally cry out, a sneeze is bhery bhery benign!
Why you no play cool atleast sometime!
Oh dear Bengali gene of mine

Footnote: This has been written with the utmost love for my clan. :) Please don't take it personally!

For your reference:
Ileesh - A type of fish we would kill for and might break into tears every time we think of it.
Roshogulla - Round white spongy spheres of heaven. A dessert a Bengali child learns to eat before he can speak/walk/live.
Bhery - How we say Very
Bhalo Naam - The long proper name.
Daak Naam - The weird small name aka nickname

21 comments:

Mr. A. said...

iiishhhh...akdom jaata lebel er bhalo...

*bows down*

Anonymous said...

A Humble Clap !

----- a 'Confused' Bong

Shreyashi said...

loved it!!! share the feeling ;)

Ankit Sharma said...

lovely lovely lovely

directorsvision said...

brilliant :)

Anonymous said...

Good one! Blogging is still many can do but to rhyme is a serious talent!! wish to read more in future!

Suravi said...

Thanks Akash, Shreyashi, Ankit and Souvik! :-)

ranjana prasad said...

bhalo suravi...bheri bheri much!keep it up!

Amit Singh said...

Ms Shome ! Loved it...!!

Sri said...

Daarun! small quibble about bhalo naam /daak naam definitions - daak naam does not have to be short, only ridiculous ;)

subhorup dasgupta said...

hilarious. and so, so true. it is so wonderful to know that his excellency, mr. mukherjee is actually poltu to his friends. new to your blog and glad to have found it.

Suravi said...

@Sri - agreed :P
@Subhorup - Poltu!! :D That's just the icing on the cake! :P

Confused Soul said...

Ekdum hi bhalo bhashi :D

That was one heck of a cute poem..Me likey :)

Suravi said...

Hey Confused Soul..thanks for reading! :)

surma said...

Really good read! You have delved right into the very essence of being a bengali - salute from a Bong :)

Suravi said...

Thanks Surma! :)

A Peripatetic Mind said...

You stirred by quite a storm there missy! You're a riot:)

Suravi said...

Absolute happiness that you read my blog! And thanks! We bongs don't have to try hard to stir up a laugh riot :P It comes naturally! :D

Shilpi said...

Came across this on a friend's profile.. Absolutely hilarious and completely empathise with the sentiments as a fellow bong.. :D

Cheers,
Shilpi Ganguly

Shilpi said...

Came across this on a friend's profile.. Absolutely hilarious and completely empathise with the sentiments as a fellow bong.. :D

Cheers,
Shilpi Ganguly

Suravi Shome said...

Thanks Shilpi! :)