I speak more Bangla in Muscat and Singapore and other spaces in the south Asian Labour Diaspora than in Mumbai, the city of my birth. I speak Bangla with my Baba- a Bihari by birth who grew up in Bolpur than my Bengali mother from Bombay. I speak with my linguist mother in the Queens Tongue.
Ami Banglai Gaan Gaai.
I understood the essence of Ekushe in Singapore at Banglar Kantha where I learnt culture travels, anchors, and offers a sense of belonging in the Probash.