Making sense- the Calcutta way… Calcutta Chronicles Part 4

How do Calcuttans make sense of their city?

Here are some (helpful?) visuals that indicate how we try to derive meaning out of chaos and nothingness. Now these deductions are based purely on my observations, and do not intend to offend or ridicule. I cannot afford to offend and ridicule- I am a Calcuttan myself!

First- How do we react to the world around us?
We read the news- not just the news, we read between the lines, we go deeper and deeper till we sometimes lose sight of the line itself, and then, we chew upon it, we muse and ponder…

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we read- we read between the lines…

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we go deeper and deeper till we sometimes lose sight of the line itself,

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we chew upon it, we muse and ponder…

Second- How do we react to criticism?
We may turn our backs to it and ignore it into oblivion.

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We may turn our backs to it and ignore it into oblivion.

Or we can introspect- we deeply introspect, look back into ourselves to pry out the flaws which called for such unwarranted attention.

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we deeply introspect, look back into ourselves

Third- When faced with a problem, what do we generally do?
Hmm, let’s see…
Yeah thatโ€™s it- the ‘lets see’ approach. I will stand around, looking pretty or wise, seemingly prepared to take on the world but secretly hope that the situation gets over-awed by my awesomeness and goes away.

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I secretly hope that the situation gets over-awed by my awesomeness and goes away.

Fourth- Are we materialistic?
Yes, of course, we want to have it all and…

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yep, that is what we want… a little more of everything…

But then, we also believe that unlike the yellow cabs, our Gods are of the ‘No Refusal’ variety. So that helps a lot!

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our Gods are of the ‘No Refusal’ variety

Fifth- Are we obsessive?
Yes we are! About our loose change- a.k.a. khhuchro;

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we obsess about our loose change…our khhuchro…OCD at play…

about what is being cooked for lunch in a neighbourโ€™s house or even about whether pubescent Gooplo and Munni are in love… and we stalk our objects of affection with much talent.

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we stalk our objects of affection with much talent.

Sixth- How do we solve our problems?
We initially bear our burdens with an optimistic approach to making…

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our lemons usually meet with this fate!

If that does not help, we may briefly wallow in melancholia and stare despondently at the Howrah Bridge for what has been and never may be, the ubiquitous black umbrella sheltering us from the rain without.

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we may briefly wallow in melancholia and stare despondently at the Howrah Bridge for what has been and never may be,

If that does not help, we look for that beam of light, in the darkest ruins of our former selves and believe everything will be alright! You cannot contest the eternal sunshine of the spotless Calcutta mind!

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the eternal sunshine of the spotless Calcutta mind!

And then, there is always tea/cha, friends, a walk, an adda or long chat and the return of the Calcutta Zen stance, where the moment is always greater than the sum total of your past.

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and there is always tea/cha, friends, a walk, an adda or long chat

And once more the Lady atop the iconic marble edifice dedicated to another formidable woman, bugles our entry into the hall of unsung heroes, who smile and struggle through a life called Calcutta!

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the Lady atop the iconic marble edifice dedicated to another formidable woman, bugles our entry into the hall of unsung heroes

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About preetiroychoudhury

Educator, writer, thinker, dreamer, mind traveller, a moderate feminist, a staunch humanist, eternal learner- i wear many hats and each hat has a voice that demands to be heard- so here i am blogging a bit of me in every post.
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12 Responses to Making sense- the Calcutta way… Calcutta Chronicles Part 4

  1. adsunsri says:

    Nice..cha never goes out of style!

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  2. Nice blog post! keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. A fantastic sum up of the Calcuttan way of life! Having had many friends from the city, I find reflections of what you said in each one of them. ๐Ÿ™‚ Guess you can take the Calcuttan out of Calcutta, but not the other way round ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I loved the way you’ve interpreted some of the pics and used them to adorn your words. Lovely post!

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  4. Tuhinn says:

    Preeti di wonderful introspection of us, the Bongs. Can not deny a single paragraph. Looking for your next posts on this series

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  5. bibseyb says:

    Thank you. These can help us with mindfulness. You are always so inspiring.

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  6. Prema Majumdar says:

    Many amusing bits of observation,Preeti! Nice to be able to smile as we read through your “lighter shade ” of your writings. I have been following them, and this is really good

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  7. You have given our city a beautiful perspective!

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  8. A delightful foray into the deep mysteries of Cal!

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