Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Bindaas Bombayite to Bong Ginni


It has been over a year now, living in the country of opportunities. And I wanted to share my experience with everyone who dreams of coming here and people who are like me one of the many desi’s in US of A. BUT WAIT…….. What’s this to do with Bindaas Bombayite ????

Well, that’s what I could come up with to best describe me. In this past one year I have lead a journey from a Bindaas Bombayite…. Single girl living in Bombay/Mumbai (not alone.. with parents). Bombay which is land of opportunities, no less than the BIG APPLE; but ten times the crowed and competition. Who believed that if you want to achieve something you just have decide and nothing can stop you from achieving it. Had loads of friends… school friends, college friends, colony friends, work friends… did I miss someone?? You want to party….. and there are ‘n’ number of friends that you have to party with. Its Diwali!! Lunch with college friends, dinner with school friends, a trip with office friends…. bla bla bla ….. you must have heard saying this to others too… Yeah…. That’s what I was…. a Bombayite whom nothing could scare… heavy rains, floods, bomb blast, travelling alone late night…. Ek dum Bindaas…

Now I am Bong Ginni… ginni is the metaphor used for most Bengali married woman, busy in there ghar- sansaar, parivaar… My ghar- sansaar here is limited to me and my husband Puspendu aka Pal (phirangio ke data tuth jatein hai first name lene mein….) One year at home I have discovered some very unknown qualities of mine… which makes me a Bong ginni…. my love for cooking …. mostly typical bong food. And yes…… food which is cooked in mustard oil, posto and fish. Once a friend of mine said…. Tu bangali hai??? Tumlog toh daal aur saag mein bhi fish khate ho….. lol…. I didn’t know how to react that time… but yes….. its true and I am proud of it…. Nothing can beat Ilish maach er matha with palan shaag…. that’s called ghonto…. Or charchari…. (that is Ghoti Bangal conflict at our place…. he he…. I am Bangal and my hubby… Ghoti). Though far far away from mother land… my zeal to celebrate each and every Bengali festival…. Durga puja, lakkhi puja….kali puja…. Shankranti… Yeah… these are typical traits of Bong Ginni’s…. devotion toward Maa Kali…. and there zest to keep their traditions alive.

So this who I am Jaya (Biswas) Pal Bindaas Bombayite and a Bong Ginni…… Welcome to my home page!

6 comments:

last-minute-girl said...

Hey Jaya- loved reading your post :)

POORNIMA said...

hey dear ...it was fun to read the post..hope to read some more. :-)

Unknown said...

hey thats was cool good to c u ... by the way u need to b more strong with firangs..heeee. keep posting more... u r my guru ,,,

Shruti said...

Oye Bong Ginni! You need to translate the bangla terms for the not-so-bong-"un"ginni reader you have sitting in Brisbane!! I also want to know what all those delicious, exotic sounding words mean!!
It is such a fun way to keep up with you my darling! Keep blogging - you will find it a great way to express yourself - AND - build a fan following! ;)

Unknown said...

Hey Nicely written ....
We have really changed .... Our bindast Bombay life ... to homely wifes ... :))
Take care
And keep writing

Unknown said...

Hi, Chhutki,
It was fun reading.....

:)