What’s Eating Bengali Bhodrolok? Their “Obhimaan”


What’s Eating Bengali Bhodrolok? Their “Obhimaan”

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


lot has been said about “nyakami” that sets a Bongshell apart from the hoi-polloi. In fact, a bongshell minus nyakami is like Chinese minus soy sauce. But little has been said about a trait unique to the Bengali Bhodrolok that can turn even the fiercest women into soggy, blabbering wimps.

Imagine you are a “femmelutionary”, chanting cholbo naa, korbo naa, basically a hurricane in a Byloom sari. You say “vagina” loudly just to see your friends squirm. Your sarcasm can fell even the strongest. But then you have the misfortune of falling in love with the Bangali boy with nicotine-stained teeth and brooding eyes, the one who can snatch the role of Byomkesh Bakshi, from right under Abir Chatterjee’s nose.