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Jan 25, 2010
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So, the Bengalis (or others for that matter) are not as good as the French on matters of food, eh, Mr Chandan Mitra (3 Tbsp Mustard, Pride to Taste)? Wrong. French food is okay, and in fact some of their popular fare, unlike the upper-crust pseudo-fineries, is quite delightful. And popular or not, most French dishes are meat-heavy. Try real Italian food, richer in cereals and vegetables. Sadly, Italy is no longer the country of Gramsci, De Sica or Rosellini; it is more about Berlusconi and friends, mindlessly vulgar and jingoistic. Thankfully, nourishment for the belly retains its old quality.

Sarkar, Paris
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1/D-19
Jan 03, 2010
06:54 PM
I am a great admirer of Bengali cuisine, as I am a great admirer of the aroma of tea. I cannot contemplate myself as a lover of Bengali cuisine, as I can contemplate myself as appreciating it. My personal loves are very simple. I love different varieties of steamed rice, cooked correctly. I need no accompaniment, to go with steamed rice. I have a great dislike, upto now, for Ghee, in itself, and Malai, as the cream of milk is called. I am not a person alien to Pomfret, and love the fish dearly. So, I am a very unsual Bengali. I dream of Mishti Doi in Belgaum, but when I eat it in Kolkata, I find myself appreciating the taste, rather than enjoying it. I appreciate even more, the different fish preparations of Bengal. But I would be more than happy to make a meal of steamed rice only, cooked properly. This is a very unhealthy culinary preference, as I am well aware.
Aditya Mookerjee
Belgaum, India
2/D-9
Jan 09, 2010
05:14 AM
"Not everybody, Bengalis included, may agree with this somewhat exaggerated self-perception." So the Bengalis (or others for that matter) are not as good as the French on matters of food? Wrong! French food is OK, but not that sophisticated. Some of the French popular fair, unlike the upper-crust pseudo-fineries, are actually delightful. Popular or not, most French dishes are meat-heavy. Try real Italian food, richer in cereals and vegetables. But then Italy is no longer the country of Gramsci, De Sica or Rosselini. Italy these days is Berlusconi and friends, mindlessly vulgar and jingoist. Luckily nourishment for the belly retains its old quality.
SARKAR
Paris, FRANCE
3/D-42
Mar 30, 2010
08:23 AM
The columnist and MP Chandan Mitra, who is the editor of a newspaper should have got his fact correct before arrogating to Bengalis something never uttered by Gopal Krishna Gokhale. The claim of intellectual superiority has been badly dented by him like many of his peer group without chacking out the corrrectness of the statement.

In 1906, Gokhale while addressing as President at the annual conference of the Indian National Congress, he made a remark which was distorted as "What Bengali thinks today India thinks tomorrow." And the Bengalis ever since have been using this distortion to the utter disregard for the truth to massage his ego. The common masses do not go for verification and the intellectual ones are happy that they get unearned appreciation as a distinctive class!!! And due to intense publicity by the Bengali themselevs, it has almost gone into public psyche as truth without ascertaining the veracity.
Since I am away from home and cannot access to a library, I stand commited to provide the original statement to prove the point.
A.K.B iswas
Calcutta, India
4/D-7
May 17, 2012
12:36 AM

 Will Mr Mitra tell me  where and when did Gokhale say,  "What Bengal think today, India think tomorrow?"

At least please learn history properly. You might have studied either in St Stephens or Presidency College.

That's where bhadralok of his time used to begins higher education.

I will await a reply, Mr MP.

Sanket Biswas
Kolkata, India
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