Bengal in the GCC

While eating my lunch, a restaurant staff came to me and asked where I am from in Bangla, and i answered for a matter of convenience, Kolkata. I understood that the person who asked me was from Bangladesh, and was asking me about Jorasanko, Netaji Subhash’s home, Jibananda Das as these were the topics from his school days, his youth. The interest in poetry was palpable and was quite disjointed from the surroundings where he worked. South Asia and the Bengali ethos is very much alive here in the GCC.


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