Before starting this scribble let me inform you that not many days ago, we the Bengali’s celebrated our Mother Tongue Day. This very occasion brought certain questions to my mind, that how much of a Bengali are we?
I ask the same question to you as well! Also that, I am writing it like a free flowing speech, so please excuse the regular grammatical errors! (There are many….LOL)
You might ask, why this? Well there have been some thoughts that were doing the rounds in my brain, so I decided to share them with Ya!
Everyone enjoys watching a film or two! Provides a certain amount of recreation and certainly opens the windows of our brain to the influx of some creative thoughts and ideas.
But, it has changed you know! In the modern day —-
Smart people are those who watch English films (dubbed in Hindi) and say: “Bro, (didn’t understand a thing) it was so complex, great storyline man!”
Smart people are those who watch critically acclaimed local movies and say: “Chatushkone—what??? Absolute crap man!!! See Nolan dude!”
Same is the case for music!!! Yes! You heard me right! MUSIC!
People tend to hate whatever is local, I don’t know why!
“Why are you listening to country music bruv? Are you from the 60’s? Listen to this awesome track from Eminem!”
I mean, I love Eminem but, why are people making these attempts to make themselves a pseudo-global citizen?? I have no idea!
This kind of an attitude is prevalent everywhere, let me give some more examples!
Can anyone speak three languages in a single sentence? Hell yeah they can!
“Ei shonna, I am nahh feeling very tired, mera homework kardona please!”
Why humiliate all three languages? Why?
Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore, while in England had come across a friend once, he appeared to be very British like, and to his behaviour, Kabiguru famously said-
“English ta to shikli e na, Bangla ta o vule geli?” (If that isn’t swag! I don’t know what is)
The new generation of parents get paranoid about the admission of their child to some decent school. Well they have every right to be, come on! The population ain’t decreasing! So isn’t the competition in these spheres. A little bit of tension is justifiable, but some people go bollocks!
The desire is to have the letters “ST.” before the name of their school, or they can’t make a social “ST”atement .. I mean what is this?? Are you sending your kids to a fashion parade, to show off their milk bottles? Huh?
As kids and teens and to be adults, we love to play, be it football, cricket or anything else!
Don’t we? Guys?
But sports are also kind of being imposed now!
“My daughter takes swimming classes!”
“My son goes to cricket coaching!
I feel that these words really suck the joy out of them!
These kids do everything,
They swim, dance, act, play and even top their classes, I don’t know if they love anything that they do!
I am afraid that our society is churning out zombies who are, “Jack of all and Master of none!”
If someone is good in Bengali and relatively poor in English, people say
“Bangla die ki hobe ahh? Shara bishhyo English e cholche!”(#China_Germany_France_Spain_Russia #LOL)
On the other hand, if case is opposite people say
“Bangalir chele Bangla janena!!HUH!!”
Whatever someone might do, they are bound to get criticised! That’s our society for you!
Let me confess something,
I am really poor in my 2nd Language and not a day goes by, that I don’t regret about it!
Yes, I do get very poor marks in Bengali too!
Still, I love my mother-tongue and try to appreciate the immencely rich literature of it has to offer!
I really hope to have a good grasp over Bengali literature someday, That remains a distant dream!
Nobody has ever succeeded by ignoring their tongue, and no one ever will!
I have utmost respect for your views and beliefs please don’t get me wrong here. It’s just that there are certain things that I like and that I don’t!
-THE CYNICAL GOBBLEDYGOOKER.
thank you for reading!