They are our over-protective, dramatic, loving, over-cautious JONONIs. If you were brought up by a Bengali Mother, you will relate to these 10 tell-tale habits that they all possess!

1. WORST CASE SCENARIO EXPERT

Every move you make has two potential outcomes – one negative, one positive. But the Bengali mother’s sole concern are the negative one’s! ‘Shei brishti te bhijli to ?! Thaanda legey jabe, jamata puro bhijey gechey, mathata bhalo korey moch!

boys looing up

2. EAT FIRST, BREATHE/TALK/PLAY/STUDY LATER

Bengalis are big on food, they don’t skip even ‘tiphin’ let alone meals – ‘khobordar, na kheye ekdom baire berobi na. Ami luchi-alur dom korechi, chup kore boshe, kheye tarpor jekhane khushi baand-ramo korge jaa

bengali food

3. ARCH NEMESIS OF LOSER FRIENDS

A bengali mother is fierce, and dreaded the most by friends who’ve borrowed something that belongs to you– ‘tumi ebaar bolbe kakima khoob baje amakey abaar bokechey, kintu tumi Pintur boi niye chole gecho ar o tai kichhu pore ni!  Or baba koto gaal diyeche oke jano. Tumi boi niye return korcho na, ebaar kintu aami tomar baba ke giye sob bolbo!’

bengali mother1

4. KAAL-CHAR (Culture!)

Every Bengali child has had Arts/Music/Crafts home tutors thrust down there throats – ‘apnar meyer gola kintu khooooob sundor. Amar meye keo ami bolechi, Shormishta koto sundor gaan korey , tui-o didir kache giye sekh!’

usha utthup

5. HEALTH IJ WEALTH

Bengali mothers are very particular about health in general and more so when exams come knocking – ‘Ekdom rastar khabar khaabi na, shorir kharap korbe. Porikkha asche, jor ba pet kharap hole bari theke ghar dhore ber kore debo!”

doctor with injection

6. COST OF LIVING

Bengali mothers make sure every penny they spend on their kids is worth it. Be it fees hike or negligence on part of school authorities, they will stamp down on excessive spending – ‘Apnader nijer chele-meye neyi na ki ? Mamar baari peyechen. Picnic er jonne prottyek student er theke chaar haajar takar hishabta ki korey hochche amake bojhan to!!’

injection

7. LEKHA PORA KORE JE…

Bengali women are themselves pretty educated, and can hence both ask for and deliver pretty detailed feedback – ‘Physics e kintu o boddo bhoye paye. Ami okey kaan dhorey bolechi – baba portey to toke hobei. Apni ektu personal attention diley kintu khoob bhalo hoto, bakisob subjects e aami okey dekhchi…

bengali teacher

8. FIERCE PROTECTOR

Bengali mothers protect their children from all evils, which mostly entails scrutiny of friends & company (male & female) – ‘Ami kintu toke onek baar bolechi oi oshobbho, bandor cheleta theek noi, or songe ghooris na. Amake Ms Sen bolchilen, oke ekta meyer songe Esplanade e rastaye ciggeratte  khete dekhechen!’

jaya bachhan

9. POCKET MONEY == EMOTIONAL ATTYACHAR

Tor lojja kore na ektuo? Baba-ma eto koshto kore toke porachhe, aar tui bondhu der songe taka orachhis? Roj roj eto ki cinema dekha ar baire khawa?

surprise

10. PRO-LOVE-STORY MOM

Bong moms are probably the only species of human mothers who are seldom irked by & ever supportive of their wards’ romantic flings (of course after a certain age bar has been crossed & academic achievements have been unlocked!)

Ki naam re oi meyetar/cheletar? Besh dekhte. Toder dujonke dekhteo besh lage ek shonge… Kotto bolo hoye geche amal chotto khoka/khuki ta…‘ (This is when your ears turn red and you decide that you will need to take your mum through a crash course of what NOT to do when you introduce her to your girl/boy friend.)


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Kannu Singh

Staff Writer & Pep Talk Missile at BONGFeed
Kannu Singh is our true Bong missile. He is a complete Bong whose intense observations of Bengali life are either hilarious or deep. He is 6 feet tall, built like the Jatt he is. He is our source of endless energy and passion. His favorite pep talk - Kichu korbi na boshe boshe dant kelabi?

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