# City of Joy :- Why do they call Kolkata the City of Joy? Just because Dominique Lapierre wrote a story based on Kolkata by the same name? Sigh! I am a Bengali and saying that I do not like Kolkata is like committing sacrilege! I may as well commit Hara Kiri. But there I said it. I do not like Kolkata.
Maybe it is due to the fact that I am a Probashi i.e. Someone who has been living outside their home state. I have been born and brought up in Chattisgarh. I know every Bong tradition, I can speak, read and write Bengali and I love Bengali food but I do not like my home city!! My relatives kind of look down upon me for that but I can’t help it. I have been subjected to the torture of visiting it every year as a child during summer vacation with parents as my “Mamar Badi” i.e. “maternal uncle’s home” is there but I never enjoyed it. The temperature, the “load shedding”, the humidity, the hard water, the prickly heat, the pretentious frog in the well type pukka Calcuttan-Bongs with their sing song voices (not all only the ones I met), the traffic jams, vomiting in cabs due to motion sickness, the sweat, weird relatives and my maternal aunt’s cooking were the obstacles between the Promised “Joy” and me. But visiting grandparents’ home was a nice thing but they lived in such a remote village that it was difficult to stay for long there. 😦
My grandparents passed away… I grew up and got busy with high school/college/work and successfully avoided visiting Kolkata even though my parents used to go there. Now after 12 years I am going to Kolkata with my parents for a few days. I wonder how the city has changed since then. I am looking forward to the trip because I have now grown fond of traveling and writing travel posts 😀 and taking loads of photographs which brings me to the second news.
# Prize :- I received the prize I had asked for as the winner of the Indiblogger Blogger of the Month contest. I had asked for a 2 year Flickr Pro account. So now I need to take and upload a lot of photos to utilize the benefits fully! 😀 😀 So a Kolkata trip is welcome! Check out my Flickr Stream here and my photoblog here.
# Result :- Speaking of prizes brings me to the next news. I had taken a break from blogging in April due to my M.E. second semester exams. Results came out on 30th July and I have passed!! 😀 But unlike the first semester result, I have slipped to the 4th position this time. 😦 Sigh! So now only two theory papers to go in 3rd semester.
# Break :- Speaking of blog breaks, I am going to take another one, starting from tomorrow till next week due to the Kolkata trip. All you bloggers on my blog roll, try to keep the unread posts count low. 😀 😀 And of course I will be tweeting!
P.S. It is my personal view on Calcutta and Calcuttans. No hard feelings! And I know everyone is not like that and Kolkata has some good points too.