The Bengali household is a unique thing, unlike any other household in the world (That I know of). The following symptoms indicate that you live in, or are a part of a typical Bengali Household. (Observed from cousins and extended family). People from Kolkata may be able to relate.
Signs that you live in a Bengali Household
- As far as your parents are concerned, you stopped growing when you were 6 & they still treat you like you are 6 years old.
- Your mother still tries to feed you forcibly with her own hands if you’re taking too much time finishing your meal.
- You have a unique, hard-to-spell name and you know very few other people with the same name
- Your parents have a photo of Rabindranath Tagore and/or topless photos Ramkrishna (and his wife) on their walls.
- You have a silly nickname that you can never divulge to your non-Bengali friends.
- Your parents have any/all of the below at their home
- You call and inform your parents every time you leave home to go somewhere and every time you reach back home safely.
- You keep your parents informed about every meal you had everyday.
- If you live outside Kolkata (or West Bengal), your mother constantly worries about whether you’re getting good quality fish to eat. (Without good river fish, a Bengali loses most, if not all his powers)
- You complain to your parents about every minor ailment that befalls you, including headaches, scratches etc. and you mother asks you to apply Boroline on your wound.
- Your parents call anyone who is not a Bengali “non-Bengali” or “Hindustani”.
- A football match between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal stirs up feverish arguments in your household.