If you ask us to name one important event in each and every Calcuttanâs life, then without wasting a single moment, we could let you know the answerâthatâs bandh or strikes. Err, yes, youâve heard us right. We know what you must be feeling like if youâre alien to Calcuttaâs work culture, but for us, thereâs nothing more splendid than spending one whole day of âextraâ happinessâno office hour rush, no running behind buses, trams, metros and taxis, and, more specifically, no sleeping over office desks. After all, itâs for no reason that Bandhs are Bengalâs best friendâ
7. Bazaar Calling
A strict Bengaliâs daily ritual starts not with doing Puja or going for morning walks, but, simply taking a round at the nearest local markets bargaining veggies and fish! Although Bengali babus could spend hours doing roaming about these markets, the call for âdutyâ poses serious problems, and sometimes, they even have to skip this whole elaborate episode. So, you can well imagine what sort of an antagonist job is to these babus, and hence one day of extra âfreedomâ is always welcome!
6. Lazy Bums
We do not mean to hurt anyoneâs sentiments, but one thing is for sure, the work culture in Bengal is totally different from the other cities of India. No matter what political party we support, during bandhs we all dip ourselves in the color of the party calling the bandh! After all, who will say NO to hours of extra sleep topped with an elaborate afternoon lunch followed by a sound nap? Oh yes, add a sumptuous evening of adda with friends of Cha and ta!
5. We Donât Run After Money
Generally, in case the bandhâs being called by the opposition party, in Government companies youâre going to lose a whole dayâs salary. But, who cares! Surely we âBongsâ donât do! For us, laziness, fun and gaiety matter much more than pondering over chores that we donât care about!
4. Gully CricketâWhat Fun!
During the weekdays, playing gully cricket in broad daylight becomes quite a task, thanks to the cars, rickshaws and autos hustling over in the lanes and by-lanes. But, these are the days when you can actually go out into the (not-so) busy streets and play, not gully, but street cricket and football! It is indeed a sight to behold and one of the reasons why bandhs are so eagerly waited for by the children.
3. No Sleep Over Office Desk
Okay, letâs get one thing straight. We simply love to sleepâand any day without a sound afternoon nap would be a bad day. Needless to say, all the working days are bad day to us. However, somehow we manage to get things straight by stealing a power nap amidst work. But when you have the option of having an extra day of comfortable afternoon nap in your darkened room, upon your own bed, ah! Whoâs going to leave that opportunity! Not us, mind you!
2. A Day to Literature and Coffee House Debates
Bandhs give the nostalgic Bengalis a chance to indulge in our most favorite loveâliterature, followed by debating over myriad issues, from politics and literature to films and art, in the coffee houses sprinkled all over Kolkata. After all, these profound jobs cannot be done in any other working dayâand, we strictly believe, Sundays must be dedicated to families. SoâŚ.!
1. We Have a Reason to Bunk
Well, after going through the whole list, you must be wondering why we donât take casual leaves and holidays. Well, firstly, we got to save up on those CLs to make a solid vacation plan during Durga Puja and the summers. Secondly, we have good reasons to bunk! ErmmâŚ.yes. If there isnât any transportation available, and if those few available are so crowded that it can choke anyone to death, then how are we going to reach our offices? Duh! Itâs this simple! And, mind you, weâre not cooking up stories!