Jaane kya pilaaya tune
Bada maza aaya
Jhoom uthi re main
I don’t know what you have given me to drink
It was real fun
I started dancing like a man possessed
Yes, this is the song from Jugnu (though at that time I didn’t know that) takes me to that Kalipujo night in Tollygaunje,
where we shifted from Raj Bhavan for a brief period of time, when after dinner all the family members which included
my parents, sister and two uncles were just strolling around from one pandal to the other and this very song wafted in
my ears and stayed there. From the Palatial house to Government Housing Estates. With its very run of the mill
existence I was soaked into a culture of Bengali Bourgeoisie. The bonding, camaraderie, the subtle pettiness,
competitive mind set and over all the know-it-all attitude.
I had a vivid memory of how my elder sister used
to lead a band of fifty to sixty boys and girls of
her age and my first stage appearance under my
Didi’s guidance, where for the entire period of my
performance (I was supposed to recite a poem)
I kept my eyes shut, almost at the verge of dozing
off. I was extremely shy and was averse to public
speaking…which till date remained with me.
So, though we stayed there for a very brief period of time (year and a half) I had very fond memories attached to
Tollygaunje. Lot of FIRSTS I experienced there…some I can tell, some I have buried within myself. It was really
intoxicating like the song Jaane Kya Pilaaya tune….
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