When the British settled in India, they selected Kolkata, the then Calcutta, as the capital of India. However, later, it was shifted to New Delhi. Kolkata, once the seat of culture, art and education, is somehow losing its grip over everything due to various reasons.
As known to all and sundry, it’s never too late to start off a new phase. Kolkata too can regain its lost glory by following these few steps—
6. Learn to Be Punctual like School Kids
According to West Bengal Government, most of the offices would start at 10AM and continue till 5PM.
However, things are a bit twisted here in Kolkata.
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No matter what happens, the Government officials would never be able to reach their offices before 11:30AM; but, on the other hand, they would make it a point to leave their desks by 3:30PM.
Of course, there are innumerable tea-breaks and adda sessions during this “office” period. It’s high time for these officials to learn the punctuality lesson from their kids, and do all the assigned tasks properly.
It’s only then that the city can prosper—or even think of prospering.
5. For God’s Sake, Stop Spitting on the Streets
There was a time, not too long ago, when the streets and main roads of Kolkata would be washed daily with water from the Ganges. But, things are different now.
Nowadays, apparently no one gives a shit about the maintenance of streets and main roads. Few people make it a point to spit loads of saliva (and what not!) on the streets, as if it’s mandatory for them to do so.
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It’s your own city people! This is what you’re really doing!
Unless and until people change themselves, we don’t think we can do anything good to this city.
4. We Need More Professors, please!
Okay, once a seat for higher studies, the colleges in Kolkata, sadly, are in need of some professors!
It’s, of course, not that there aren’t any right candidate for the posts—in fact, there are hundreds of candidates waiting for the call.
The West Bengal College Service Commission has recently held its interview process after a lag of five years, and that too, the process was closed in the mid-way.
3. Hear Us Out, Madam Chief Minister
We belong to a democracy, and we are a democracy—we think Miss Bannerjee should get this quite clear before arresting someone for drawing cartoons.
From Obama to Manmohan, and from Britney to Honey Singh—everyone has a huge list of haters who randomly make awkward cartoons of them; but, does that mean they’d be jailed for their “offence”.
We wonder whether they’ve heard of anything called “freedom of expression”, humph!
2. Learn About Something Called “Dust Bins”
When we were kids, we were taught to dispose the waste items in the dustbins. We also had to make dustbins as a part of extra-curricular activities. But, I guess, the people of Calcutta (well, most of them) have forgotten how to use them now!
Not only the inner lanes of the city, but even the main roads are filled with garbage and over-flowed garbage bins.
Do us Bengalis here need to learn from this nice dude?
Besides, the way people pee on the main roads and highways, is utterly disgusting (to say the least).
Of late, electronic garbage bins and common-washrooms have been installed in a few places — hope these continue and the people, too, get some basic civic sense. Amen.
1. Learn Your Mother-Tongue
If you’re a Bengali, LEARN to speak Bengali. Most of the Calcuttans believe speaking in their own mother tongue would steal the charm and make it oh-so-boring. But in reality, you’re always made fools of yourselves when you tend to downplay your own mother tongue and talk in some other language, just for the sake of “fashion”.
The progress of a place is in the hands of its own people, and if they themselves humiliate the place, how can it regain its lost colors? Besides, do you know that Bengali is one of the most sweetest (and difficult) languages in the whole wide world, and Bengali is offered as a main subject in universities like Oxford and Cambridge?