Recently I was reading in a blog of a blogger who lives in Kolkata but is not Bengali about a new trend of Bengalis or maybe it was always there… the Bengalis refusing to speak in Hindi 🙂
Well being born and brought up in U.P. and northern india for long long time I remember never expecting anyone to know Bengali, or the men answering my questions in Bengali… so why do these people expect that? it is quite funny a demand! actually ridiculous if you think.
After spending years outside west Bengal I have known one thing, the kindness and tolerance with which Bengalis treat the people of other regions they don’t get that in return when they have to go out and live outside west Bengal. That is why most of the property owners of Kolkata are no longer Bengalis because they cant afford to buy property in Kolkata, this credit goes to the erstwhile communist regime totally they sold off Kolkata to rich bidders unscrupulously and helped them in usurping the properties of non communist property owners.
but one thing is for sure, that guy’s expectation made me laugh a little, it is like I go to France and grumble if people don’t answer to my questions in Bengali 😉