Me and my friends were at Temi Bungalow and taintless adda followed for several hours – glided by as if time had stooped & put in a cage …
What is this adda all about
Since ages adda has been a John Hancock of Bengal – and this particular sitting around any niche or space over chai or whatever & that unending chatter on topics ranging from sun cooling to immediate demographic mismatches in a new galaxy – the range of topics never seems to stop amazing you ….
This adda is not just an evidence in its self but is obviously going from strength to strength:
There is a saying Others pass the time in idle chatter and gossip.
Perhaps not the Bengali. There is nothing idle about his chatter or gossip, which goes by the local name of ‘adda’. For the Bengali, adda is not mere “whiling” – it is a timeless passion. It is a conversation devoutly to be wished, and the Bengali spends hours at it, convinced of the profound truth that adda is not a waste of time, but rather that time is a waste of adda. What is the topic of discussion at an adda? Anything and everything, from mountains to molehills, from the sublime genius of Manikda (Satyajit Ray to you) to the stepmotherly treatment meted out to Sourav Ganguly by the raskails (rascals) who run the IPL.
As Amartya Sen has noted, all Indians are argumentative. If we weren’t, India wouldn’t be the biggest and most vocal democracy in the world, because democracy is just another word for argument. And of all us argumentative Indians.
If two, or more, people see the same thing from the same viewpoint, there’s nothing more to say. But if two, or more, people see the same thing in two, or 200, different ways, there is twice, or 200 times, more to say. Twice, or 200 times, more adda, based on the scientific principle that every assertion must have an equal and opposite reassertion.
& so flowed another adda at Bada Bungalow this week – at Temi over awesome spread of snack, food stall and that innumerable discussions on topics time immemorial with no supposition, assumption, belief, presupposition, presumption, conjecture, surmise, reckoning, calculation, prediction, forecast, projection for an output or an out come –
It’s all for the sake of happiness & nothing beyond .