My City. My Family.

I have always been perturbed by the question as to where to draw the distinction between family and a stranger. However with cities going cosmopolitan and families growing nuclear, everybody has moved a notch higher on the ‘stranger’scale.

Kolkata has still managed to lie comparatively low on that scale, perhaps.

Inspite of the buzz and the busy, Kolkata is always ready to help - in buses, outside railway stations and almost everywhere.

Of course, there are a few miscreants here and there, but they have still not been able to rob the city of it’s character, especially in the way strangers transcend into family in Kolkata is truly special and heart-warming.

I am doing my internship at a consultancy firm in Jodhpur Park . Last Saturday as I was walking towards my office, an elderly gentleman stopped me asked if I liked music . I told him that I liked listening to it. He then asked me my name, and invited me to a music program at Madhusadan Mancha . The entry was free, and he asked me to definitely come and be seated in one of the front row seats.

I eventually could not make it due to some other engagements, but nevertheless, the invitation will always be special.

I know that it might be a fluke, but to think that an 80-year-old man would crack such a silly prank, and that too by inviting someone to a public place is a little too obnoxious to be true.

Therefore to think, that how easily the man – ‘dadu’ as I called him , struck up a conversation with a complete stranger, and pleasantly persuaded one to visit; is a thing that might come as almost unbelievable to people from other cities.

Hardly surprising, that in time, dadu was something more than a stranger.

And, this is what I love about my city - my family expands every day!

[Read previous posts on Metro Channel >>]

< Back to List

Comments (1)
Arindam Reply
September 21, 2013
Some cities have a name other than its native one...Kolkata has many. And at least one of them is not a misnomer - City of Joy :)
Post a Comment Comments Moderation Policy
Name:    Email:
Security Code:
(Please enter the security code shown above)

Comments and Moderation Policy encourages open discussion and debate, but please adhere to the rules below, before posting. Comments or Replies that are found to be in violation of any one or more of the guidelines will be automatically deleted.

  • Personal attacks/name calling will not be tolerated. This applies to comments or replies directed at the author, other commenters or repliers and other politicians/public figures. Please do not post comments or replies that target a specific community, caste, nationality or religion.

  • While you do not have to use your real name, any commenters using any writer's name will be deleted, and the commenter banned from participating in any future discussions.

  • Comments and replies will be moderated for abusive and offensive language.


© 2021 Maa Mati Manush About Us  |  Contact   |   Disclaimer   |   Privacy Policy   |   Site Map