This North Indian Girl’s Experience of Living in Kolkata Is So True And Awesome
Well, staying in Kolkata is a bittersweet experience. I have never wanted to come to this place like the majority of non-Bengali people. But, somehow, life had its own plans for me. I have been staying in Kolkata for past 2 years and 10 months.
The buses were a shock for me because I have never seen such small buses. Some of these buses are having wooden interiors. And, some of them are so small that you have to bend while standing and mind it, there might be no hangers to grab. I have tried the suggestion of standing with my feet apart in the shape of T, trust me, it never worked. The Kolkata buses are like Japan’s bullet train. You cannot stand at one place for long if you have nothing to take support of. Also, there are some buses who appear to have been burnt during some communal riots or maybe, they came straight out of hell. But, this doesn’t mean that Kolkata doesn’t have good looking buses. Kolkata just likes to keep the old stuffs together with their modern stuffs.
Kolkata people always maintain a queue when they have to board an auto-rickshaws. This is really a good habit. I appreciate it.
Kolkata has a lot many fairs to offer. These fairs have everything, from Turkish lamps to tablespoon. I have never been to such fairs in other cities. I never miss a chance to visit the fair if it’s held in my vicinity.
There is so much varieties in sweets one can find in Kolkata. My favorite is patisapta pithe. Bengalis love sweets. And sometimes, the rice and dal are also sweet.
The crowd. I have been to many of the busiest cities and Kolkata crowd is unique in its own way. It’s everywhere. And when it’s the time of festivals, Oh boy, you can see the whole Kolkata on the streets. But, there won’t be any kind of teasing or physical abuse if you are in a Bengali crowd. And one more thing, the tram can be easily caught in places like hathi bagaan and college street as the crowd makes it difficult to reach a good speed. Be it Dussehra, Christmas or Eid. However, Saraswati Puja is one festival that’s my favorite here because then, I can see all the Bengali people clad in traditional clothes and roaming around. Also, this festival is famous as Bengali Valentine’s day here.
Kolkata is very hot and humid for my choice. Bathing twice a day isn’t any solution.
Fighting with auto-rickshaw driver for a change is daily affair.
However, the transport fares are lower as compared to other metro cities. I can find alu, muri and posto in every food I see, be it Biryani or chicken masala.
Addebaazi is the favorite pastime. It’s something that I never witnessed in any other city.
Bengalis like to suggest a lot when it comes to places to visit and food to eat. And, it’s worth listening. And it might be a cliché to say , but every Bengali knows either drawing or singing or dancing or playing any musical instrument.
Last but not the least, nobody here expect me to or ask me to talk in Bengali. They always try talking in Hindi mixed with Bengali and English words to converse with me. That’s actually the best part.
All in all, it’s a nice experience staying in Kolkata because it’s unlike other metro cities. It’s a city of joy, indeed.
Source – Quora
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