বড়দিন মেলা – বাংলা দিনলিপি

Christmas Santas by @Jorbasa

Weihnachtsmarkt – Christmas fair (Flickr: @Jorbasa)

গতকাল বড়দিন মেলায়ের জন্য আমার ছট্ট ছেলেয়ের স্কুলে গিয়েছিলাম |

মেলাটা কুব মোজা ছিল (অন্তত, ছেলেদের জন্য) । ছট্ট ছেলে সানতা দেখে উপহার দিয়েছিলে – একটা নতুন পাদিনতন বালুর বই |

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Bengali numbers (1-50) [audio only]

After posting my Bengali numbers (1-50) video to my recently reactivated A Tangle of Wires on Facebook page it was suggested that – as good as YouTube is – isolating the audio file of my Indian father-in-law counting from 1-50 to help me with my pronunciation would be useful.

A quick play around with the remarkably user-friendly SoundCloud and here it is in its full, downloadable mp3 glory.

The Bengali Bonti and fish preparation

Maachwala – Cutting and Cleaning Fish the Bengali Way – New Delhi, India from Parvati Dev on Vimeo.

Despite the recent incursion of knives, peelers, graters, and other modern, Western-style kitchen utensils, the bonti is still alive and well in the rural and urban kitchens of Bengal – Gastronomica

Or, in the case of Parvati Dev’s above video, it’s in the hands of the local – Bengali – fish seller who comes calling with fish and neighbourhood news that the ‘bonti’ makes an appearance.

Channel 4 ends its Autumn Indian film season with The Square Circle

Daayra film posterIt looks like Chanel 4 will end this Autumn’s Indian film season with The Square Circle (Daaryaa).

The 1996 drama is set on the north-eastern coast of India and tells the story of a transvestite and an abducted girl who find friendship.

The abducted girl (Sonali Kulkarni) suffers terrible violence at the hands of a group of men she encounters. But, escaping them, she finds refuge with a transvestite (Nirmal Pandey). Continue reading

Channel 4 prepares to screen English Vinglish, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Lootera and B.A. Pass

English Vinglish film posterWatching the beautifully shot, measured and thoughtful With You, Without You recently was very enjoyable.

But, as much as I enjoy the less-travelled roads of South Asian cinema, I do sometimes wish Channel 4 would show more of the films that get a mention on Love Bollywood on a Saturday morning.

So I’m particularly looking forward to the next instalment of Channel 4’s current Autumn Bollywood season, which will feature Sridevi in English Vinglish, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani with Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone and two other interesting-sounding recent films. Continue reading

Facebook resources for learning Bengali

Facebook Bengali Bangla learning resources

Posting here, and elsewhere, over the last year and a half has been sporadic to say the least, but thankfully there are others making progress.

I would certainly include in this the Let’s Learn Bengali group on Facebook, who recently started using the social network to compile on- and off-line resources for those studying Bangla.

So head over to the Let’s Learn Bengali Guide to Resources (it’s sure to be more up-to-date than this).

HT: My Bangla Diary

Channel 4’s mini-Marathi film season set to continue with Kaksparsh and Ha Bharat Maza

Continuing Channel 4’s mini-season of Marathi films will be Kaksparsh – from established director-actor Mahesh Manjrekar (who played a gangster in Slumdog Millionaire) – and Ha Bharat Maza.

Set in Konkan in the 1930s, Kaksparsh (The Crow’s Touch) explores themes of sacrifice and morality within a Brahmin family.  Continue reading