WHAT do you need on a day that would see long hours of walking under the scorching sun, roaming around the different musical sessions set up in and around the Ramna Batamul? Well, water, among many other things!
In light of the recent outbreak of diarrhoea in the city and also to prevent dehydration on a humid Boishakh day, you need to replace the water lost from the body by replenishing the need, drinking small sips of purified water, on regular intervals.
So carry your own 'gift of life' and re-energise on a tiresome day that will be Pohela Boishakh. Our Pick #1.
Still continuing with the Boishakhi flavour, prices of hilsa has recently sky rocketed so much so that some were selling at prices sufficient enough to buy a whole goat! Nevertheless, Boishakh without ilish remains incomplete. Fried hilsa -- the quintessential gourmet dish -- is Pick #2.
The new calendar in the Bengali New Year brings with it many flavours, but the most prominent is of Bengali cultural pride. With a rich tradition of literature, Bengalis are constantly enriched by its varieties. Be it Nazrul with his lyrical defiance, Tagore with his romanticism, or Jibanananda with his modernist poetry, there is more than enough expressions of our 'bangalipana' in the cannon. With Pohela Boishakh fast approaching, you might as well focus on some Bengali literary treasures.
Mymensingho Gitika is our Pick #3. Compiled by Dinesh Chandra Sen, this is a collection of folk ballads from the region of Mymensingh and other areas of Bangladesh.
The collection consists of 21 ballads, mostly touching upon themes of extramarital and premarital love, and their social consequences.
In their lyrical way, they give us an evocative picture of life in Bengal between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, the period when the ballads were composed.
To wind up the shuffle, most of us have had this experience growing up, of watching classic Bengali films in black and white along with our families, enthralled by the stories of a bygone time. But these films remain timeless as they touch upon social issues that are relevant still today.
When one thinks of classical Bengali films, films featuring Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen can never be far from our minds. Shilpi, a 1956 film by Agragami, starred these two, considered the best romantic couple in Bengali film. It is a romantic story about a poor boy with a gifted voice who fell in love with a rich man's daughter. It is a classic embodying a theme that plays itself out in varying degrees even today. Shilpi is our Pick #4.
Until next week. Shubho Noborborsho!
By Pothbhola and STS