The flavour of Kolkata

The flavour of Kolkata
The bridge, the river and kids' play. Brilliantly captured by Sujay Kumar Das.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dress a Bong

11.13 am
It's 'Dress a Bong' today at my new workplace- a marketing services agency specializing in direct marketing, loyalty marketing and relationship marketing. An idea from HR, it's meant to be our way to celebrate Noboborsho, or Bengali new year, that's up middle of next week. The best and authentically dressed will be awarded today on spot.

The last few days post the announcement of this has witnessed a lot of girl talk about how to report to work in saree from someone's faraway home, how to manage a saree and even how to wear one. A Team Leader at the contact centre at my floor even suggested all the male colleagues should come in dhuti (dhoti) if the female counterparts are expected to come in saree (as many on both sides will be ill at ease managing the respective attire). The accessories were also discussed.

I couldn't take up the courage to walk in a dhuti. It's extremely risky to wear one travelling in local train and getting down at Dum Dum station among the crowd. Possibility is there that the dhuti comes off, leaving one in a mess. So it's punjabi-pajama (kurta-pajama) for me and kolhapuri chappals worn after years.

It's good fun for the security and housekeeping staff checking out everyone's dressing, as they are in their uniform.

Waiting for the announcement of winners.

1.13 pm
As expected, the female brigade looks set to give the males a run for their money. Some of them have changed in quintessential Bengali women attire (red border saree, matching red blouse and imitation jewellery etc) after stepping into office. Compliments like 'Oh, you are looking so cute' are flowing in every now and then.