We are "Bangali". And we love "maach". But then there are Bengalis who turn vegetarians. Here are 7 things this rare breed of NIRAMISH Bengalis experience.

We are “Bangali”. And we love “maach“. Period. We love maach so much that we even put it on the logos of the websites we run. But then there are some Bengalis (including the writer of this niramish post) who choose to become vegetarian. Yeah! You heard us right. It’s a mammoth struggle for a person who has been brought up on a non-vegetarian diet to turn vegetarian. But for a Bong, this struggle is tougher than bringing back Matt Damon from a galaxy far, far away.

Here are a few things this rare breed of Niramish Bengalis experience.

1) “Ei tui Bangali na?” Your family and friends start questioning your Bongness.

I have no clue. I feel Tamil on weekdays, Spanish on Saturdays and German on Sundays.

TUI BANGALI NA???? Source ~ bollywoodbangkok.com
TUI BANGALI NA???? Source ~ bollywoodbangkok.com

2) It becomes neighbourhood news. Parar boudis and dadas come up with conspiracy theories.

“Ei, Kaverir chele ‘bhej’ hoye geche. Bodhoy Belur e Maharaj howar icche. Tar upor Narendrapur e poreche.”

Kill Me.

Parar gossip. Source ~ photoshelter.com
Parar gossip. Source ~ photoshelter.com

3) The Bangali biye-baari season with loads of food means little for your plate.

Your friends binge on three kinds of fish and two kinds of meat, while you have to be happy with your mishti polau and chanar kofta.

“Dada aro 6-ta kofta din to !!”

The micro-spread for veggies. Source ~ thebigfatindianwedding.com
The micro-spread for veggies. Source ~ thebigfatindianwedding.com

4) Because you are a true Bengali and you still love food, you diligently list places which serve good “niramish” food.

You turn to that Marwari friend for recommendations.

“Govinda’s er thali ta bhalo ache.”

Vegetarian hali to the rescue. Source ~ hotelannapurna.net
Vegetarian thali to the rescue. Source ~ hotelannapurna.net

5) Them: “Maach khabina? Chokher power bere jabe.”

Fish. The Kryptonite of your neighbourhood chosmar dokan.

The specs. Source ~ Wikimedia.org
The specs. Source ~ Wikimedia.org

6) “Biye kake korbi? Kono Bangalir sontaan toke biye korbena.”

I’ll start a VegetarianMatrimony.com. #StartUpIndia er naam shunecho ?

The Bengali biye. Source ~ missionsharingknowledge.com
The Bengali biye. Source ~ missionsharingknowledge.com

7) You also realise the sheer amount of tempting vegetarian dishes in Bengali cuisine.

Ah! Koraishutir Kochuri with Alur Dum to jazz up Sunday mornings. Bliss.

Kochuri! Ahhhh. Source ~ blogspot.com/
Kochuri! Ahhhh. Source ~ blogspot.com/

After all is said and done, it isn’t so bad being a Bong Vegetarian after all. To each her/his own paturi.

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Mayuri is a Bengali brought up in Assam. She discovered her entrepreneurial passion for sanitation after a terrible road trip and started Loo Watch in 2015. She loves experimental cooking (whatever that means) and suffers from a serious condition called the 'Eternal Traveller Syndrome'

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