Everybody will have a flashback about the golden period of his/her life. In my life also, there are some sweet memories which I used to recollect and cherish often. I had spent three years of meaningful life in Kolkata. On transfer I moved to Kolkata with my husband and one & half years old son.
We didn’t even know a single word in bengali at that time. We knew few words only in hindi. We thought that we can manage there with little hindi and english. But, after going there, we realised that it was compulsory to know bengali. We purchased “learn bengali in 30 days” book immediately and started memorising.
We used one or two words in bengali, few words in hindi, few words in english and the rest by action while communicating with others. Our friends from Tamil nadu also followed our technique. Some common mistakes made by us and our friends made local people to laugh. “Bhishti” means rain and “Mishti” means sweet. On a rainy day, one of our friends entered a busy sweet shop and asked loudly, “Give me one kg of Bhishti”. “It is already pouring. You take whatever quantity you need” was the reply of shop owner.
In bengali the letter “v” is pronounced as “b”. We had also learnt to say “B for bictory”. When one of my office colleague asked, “Have you got bote(vote), I mistook as boat and replied sincerely to her question. The bengalis are very friendly and they used to visit our house on deepavali day to taste our sweets.
The auto and taxi fare was comparatively cheap there. The metro rail was introduced many years back and the journey by it was really enjoyable. The tram was still running there and many people used to get into it while moving. The visit to Kolkata Kali temple and Dakshineshwar temple gave us peace of mind.
Many positive things happened in my life during that period. The evergreen memories of Kolkata life made me to think about it again and again.