Owing to a series of familial obligations, I’ve been irregular with my posts on here - and then when I eventually sat down to write this post, I realised that winter had finally crept up on us all.
No. I am not exactly a winter-crazy person, but then this feeling of cold, after the hot sultry days that are typical of Kolkata’s summer, is nothing short of a blessing.
But Kolkata winters are special. Not because of excruciatingly low temperatures. No. In fact, we enjoy a pleasant winter here. However, apart from the seasonal appearance of nolen gur, migratory birds, Joynagarer moya and such, the plethora of winter wear that one gets to see in Kolkata is an intriguing experience in itself.
I have never been to London, New York or Russia, but one has a fair idea of the kind of clothes they wear to get them through the snow and frost of a harsh winter, from what is seen in movies and soaps. I can say with almost unequivocal certainty that the collection of an average Kolkatan’s winter wear is more than that of anyone living in any of these countries.
Even before winter arrives, people all across the city can be seen in their woollen best - high neck sweaters, ponchos, Kashmiri shawls, hoodies, Pashminas, boots, mufflers, et al. And then cometh winter! With it comes out every Kolkatan’s saviour - the bandor tupi or monkey cap.
Anyone born and brought up in Kolkata, will emphatically agree that whether you like it or not, you have had to wear the bandor tupi at least once in your life. To a Russian or to a New Yorker, that might seem an exaggeration.
Irrespective of the mercury levels, come November, we Kolkatans do not hesitate in bringing out our jackets, scarves and socks, and flaunting them till we have all but scared the mist away!
"... apart from the seasonal appearance of nolen gur, migratory birds, Joynagarer moya and such, the plethora of winter wear that one gets to see in Kolkata is an intriguing experience in itself." - Ah! This part!! The way you described my favorite season --- awesome, as usual ;)
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