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    Wednesday, July 22, 2009

    Proudly Bangali!

    If my Bengali teachers from school could see of the following two things could happen-
    · They’d be overwhelmed and die with a smile on their face.
    · They’d die out of shock.
    Heehe...either way, they’d die!

    Yes, I’m a Bengali and proudly so! But honestly I’ve never really been drawn towards Bengali literature in a grand way- maybe just the popular ones or the ones that “every Bengali must know”. No, it has never been a matter of cool and just never happened. You get the picture, right? Needless to say, my bangla has always been a little kacha. I can speak the language fluently, I know the letters but expressing myself the way I do in English...bleh.

    Then something weird happened. After coming to London, as EVERYBODY knows, I’ve been missing home terribly. So much so that I’ve been listening to a lot of Bengali music and watching many Bengali movies...just to feel a little at home. Yes yes, very strange I am. I listen to Dean Martin, The Doors and Anjan Dutta back to back. I despise all the hip-hop music that’s oh-so-in now! Anyhow, coming back to the subject! I ended up writing a poem in Bengali last night. Happened. Words just came to me. It may not be a masterpiece...but I’m so very proud!

    হারানো ভালোবাসা

    কোথায় তুমি হারিয়ে গেলে -

    বুঝেও বুঝতে পারছি না;

    কত কথা মনে পড়ে,

    চেষ্টা করেও ভোলা যায় না।

    শুধু তোমার হতে চাই,

    তোমাকে চাই নিজের কাছে;

    একটা চাপা রহশ্যের মত,

    থাকতে চাই মনের ফাকে।

    একটা নিঃশব্দ রাতের মত,

    সব জেনেও কিছু না বলতে চায়-

    রইল এই হারানো ভালোবাসা,

    কিছু নির্বাক পাতায় পাতায়...

    And before you extra-patient readers boycott my’s what it would read as:

    Harano Bhalobasha

    Kothay tumi hariye gele-
    Bujheo bujhte parchi na;
    Koto kotha mone pore,
    Chesta koreo bhola jaey na.
    Shudhu tomar hote chaiy,
    Tomake chaiy nijer kache;
    Ekta chapa rohoshyer moto;
    Thakte chaiy moner phake.
    Ekta nishobdo raater moto,
    Shob jeneo kichu na bolte chaey-
    Roiylo eiy harano bhalobasha,
    Kichu nirbak patay patay.

    *sigh* I’m so proud :)

    14 afterthoughts :

    1. Misty Rhythm said...

      relax...I didn't forget :)

      here's a rough translation...

      Lost Love

      Where you’ve been lost-
      Maybe i know, maybe i pretend not to;
      I keep remembering the past,
      Can’t seem to forget even if i try.
      All i want is you,
      I want you by my side;
      Like a hidden secret,
      I want to remain in a corner of your mind.
      Like a silent night
      Keeps quiet despite knowing it all;
      Let this lost love be-
      Hidden in a few mute pages...

    2. r@ls said...

      i like...!!

    3. Miss M said...

      I know EXACTLY what you mean!

      You know that song 'hoyto tomari jonno'? From that Soumitro chatterjee movie? I have been humming that song for days!

      Also I have been listening to songs by Bhumi.

    4. Bill Austin said...

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    5. Tan said...

      Hey You...
      ...What stopped you from writing in Bangla all these days?...

      May be for the first time ever, I am so proud of you too... and suddenly, after reading those lines, I felt those were written for me... trust me on that...

      Well, not many of our readers know what Bengali or Bangla is as a language... Its an ocean - its a way of life - its a way we can express things we cannot express in anyother language in the world... Yes! I am so proud of this - I am so proud to be a Bangali too...

      Coming to the poem - it felt someone is asking me to get into the feeling - the feeling that is out of this world! You have done justice with the words - dont ask me about the spelling - my wife would know better...

      Please try and write more in Bengali, will you? I will come and read - not once but multiple times, will you write??

      I hope you do... your words were fine - your thought was specific and vibrant... thanks for sharing this with us!!

      Khub bhalo laglo - onek kichhu thonte eshechhilo - kintu jano to, shab katha bala jay na... bolleo, hoyto shoabshomoy shab katha bojhano jay na... 'bujheo bujhte parchhi na'... Phew!! Chuk it...

      Keep writing...
      Amar Bangla Blog: Hajabarala ...

    6. Ryan said...

      Awesome.... straight. truth. amazing. fool. Keep it up!

    7. Misty Rhythm said...

      ty soooo much everyone :)


      @miss m...yes! i've heard the song. it was one of those songs that just had to be sung at family adda sessions :)...n now that u reminded me, been humming it myself!

      @bill...shocked and touched :). ty sooo very much :)

      @tan...ur comment made me smile extra :). ty sooo much! yes, i do agree...bengali is beautiful as a language, an expression and a lifestyle! u've given me a lot of confidence...and i'll certainly try to write more in bengali :)...pray words keep coming to me!

      @ryan...ty so much :).but fool?

    8. Nazish Rahman said...

      Oh khub bhalo!!!

      Bangla band are really doing well these a matter of fact a friend of mine has started a band called Evolution!!

      Its rare u come across a bengali whose bengali is a little!! Well i have been able to read n understand bengali...but never been successful in speaking...though i've been born n brought up in kolkata!!!

    9. Arjun said...

      wow.. i cant understand one bit... but gr8....

      I share a similar thing with Kannada.. :)


    10. Gigi said...

      Nice blog.

    11. Anonymous said...

      Bengali soap opera springs eternal then! Eta to amar jonyei lekha, tai na?

      Have fun, girl!

    12. Misty Rhythm said...

      @NR...ty :)..bangla kacha as in the creative way. lol, all i'm saying is that i'm definitely not the next great bengali poet :P...makes sense? :)
      oh n bangla bands r fab, rn't they! most of them atleast :)

      @arjun...ty ty :)...u commented without even understanding wat was sweet is that! n i hope u have ur "eureka" moment wid kannda as well :)...feels wonderful!

      @gigi...ty veryyy much :)'s strange how things sound so much more dramatic when written in bengali, eh!
      n y wud i write for some random passing stranger? :P lol, kidding! but if u can relate to it so strongly, then kudos to me! :)
      hmmm...kar jonye lekha, at this point, is very irrelevant...imp thing is i wrote in bengali :)

    13. sajith viswam said...

      tumi bhalo theko……!!!

      tats all i noe in bengali!!!



    14. Soumil said...

      wud love to read a translation of the poem!