5 Ways To Spot A Bengali Among A Group Of Indians

4:00 pm 18 Apr, 2014

Okay, this might not be your only aim when you sit down for a chit-chat with your friends, but once in a while if you sit and observe – you might notice a thing or two about people around you. And believe me, it’s the easiest to spot a Bengali person if you observe the right things. It might be far more difficult to differentiate a Gujarati or Marathi or a Kashmiri from each other, but a Bengali will stand apart because of his various idiosyncrasies. They are mostly very funny, but will tell you at once that the person is a Bengali. Check out the points in this list to know what they are:

5. ‘Non-Bengali’ – A term used only by Bengalis

You call a Marathi a Marathi; you call an Assamese an Assamese; you also call a Gujarati a Gujarati. But a Bengali will always call any other person who is not a Bengali as a ‘Non-Bengali’. This is a term specific and special to Bengalis. You may even fall in trouble understanding where the person belongs from after hearing something like ‘non-Bengali’. Any socio-ethnic or religious group in India who are not Bengali are non-Bengali to the Bengalis. They try to use referential terms for most things and this is one of the best examples. So if a person suddenly blurts out this term you are sure to understand who he is. Also Read: 7 Things You Should Remember While Dating A Bengali Chick ‘Non-Bengali’ – A term used only by Bengalis

4. After a Meal when it’s Dessert-time, a Bengali will rush to Rasgullas

This is something Bengali parents teach their children since the time they start eating – that Rasgullas after a meal is very good for health. At Bengali weddings you will always get a rasgulla at the end. However, the fact that they are too tasty is really a bother sometimes. A Bengali, no matter what will try his best to get hold of a soft rasgulla after he finishes his meal. And, once you notice someone literally rushing to the nearby sweet shop you know what you’ve understood. See, spotting a Bengali isn’t difficult.  After a Meal when it’s Dessert-time, a Bengali will rush to Rasgullas

3. No Matter What, He/She Will At Least Once Talk About Sourav Ganguly


A Bengali under any circumstances mentions the name of former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly. Ganguly’s retirement from cricket practically stopped all cricket fans in Bengal from watching the game. An average Bengali still talks about the wrongs done on him and that he should be given due respect. While every Indian was a bit agitated at his sudden exit from the Indian squad, a Bengali still hasn’t forgotten the issue. Years have gone by but they remain to talk about it. A talk on cricket and a person mentioning the name of Ganguly is surely a Bengali – don’t doubt it any longer. No Matter What, He/She Will At Least Once Talk About Sourav Ganguly

2. An Average Bengali Man Will have a Pot Belly

Many men have their share of annoying pot-bellies, but a Bengali man is pretty famous on this account. Be it a young man, an adult or an old person – pot-bellies signify Bengali men. Middle-aged men are more than enough when you count on pot-bellies. Even among a group of young men who are quite weight-conscious, a person having a slight bulge in his stomach is surely a Bengali. But wait, he might be the person who had spoken to you about going to the gym and maintaining a good body. Too paradoxical to be true, but yes, it is. An Average Bengali Man Will have a Pot Belly

1. It Might Be Genetic – Almost All of Them Wear A Pair Of Spectacles

It might be co-incidental, it might be in the genes or it might be due to some other reason but it is almost impossible to find a Bengali without a pair of Spectacles. Take a cue from Bollywood films – every Bengali character they portray is definitely wearing glasses. Not aviators or other stylish frames, but thick-rimmed or broad-rimmed glasses. Like in the films you know that he is a Bengali, real life too has examples of the same. Somehow, most are seen wearing spectacles, which almost reduces their chances of wearing sunglasses to a zero. Now you know how to be sure of the Bengali in the group. It Might Be Genetic – Almost All of Them Wear A Pair Of Spectacles

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