You want your cities clean and green; stick to Delhi. You want your cities, rich and impersonal; go to Bombay. You want them high-tech and full of draught beer; Bangalore’s your place. But if you want a city with a soul: come to Calcutta.”
– Vir Sanghvi
In all my twenty-five years of being, the one thing I have always been extremely proud of, would be my Roots. Born and mostly raised in Kolkata, I have always felt that the city has a huge role to play in moulding me the way I am. Being a Bengali, I have always been charmed by some of the rituals and customs which quintessentially define us. This post is a little tribute to my love for the culture and to where I belong.
The significance of Red and White
Even if you are not from Bengal, the one thing that you’d always associate us with is the White Sari with a Red Border (thanks to Bollywood). This overly clichéd yet always classic style is indeed quite significant amongst us. Though unlike Bollywood, we do not go around everywhere in a white and red and save it up for a few special days, but I have never gotten enough of this combination. So many may ask, why white and red? Well, there are many explanations (I read a few interesting ones on Quora). One theory states White is a symbol of Purity while Red is that of Fertility. Hence this style is mostly common among married women. As per another theory, this color combination is to coordinate with the “Shhankha Pola” (bangles made of conch shells and coral) and the Aalta worn by the Women. Whatever be the actual theory, I can’t help but agree to this style’s beauty.
Significance of Fish in Bengali Rituals
Freshwater fishes are an inevitable part of our culture, be it weddings or anything else. The love for fishes come from the state’s geographical proximity to rivers which made fishes a staple diet of the people. It’s interesting how food gives way to tradition. The high content of Protein in fishes has a major role to play in building the community as one of the most intellectual ever.
Significance of Tagore Music
We are proud to be born in the land of Tagore. Do we need to say anything more?
I am wearing a cotton handwoven saree by Ethnik Yarn. The color and texture makes this for the present weather and I love how it drapes effortlessly to my body.
Styling and Concept: Pooja Dasgupta
Photography: Darshana Banthia
Today happens to be the first day of the Bengali Lunar Calendar. Wishing all my lovely readers a wonderful year ahead.