"Where are you from?" is a question I am often asked. Usually, it's enough to answer with: "I'm a Bengali". But that's not adequate. The assumption is that I must be from Calcutta whereas I'm actually from a small town in Bengal which is in District 24 Parganas (North). But then I wonder, am I really from there? I was born in Delhi and hardly lived in Bengal except during summer hols in childhood.
Still, I like to call myself Bengali - probashi, as my outsider status renders me.
But I guess in Delhi, everybody is probashi in their own right.
This was me in my college staffroom, after a fun-filled but rather exhausting farewell party.
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