Asit Kumar Sanyal

Gold Star - 20,048 Points (04 Jan 1957 / Lalgola, Murshidabad, West Bengal, India.)

One Family Thirteen Chullhas - Poem by Asit Kumar Sanyal

I am Bengali Bramhin …
Not from south or north India
I own the traditional culture of Bengal
where no Bengali is vegan
including Bramhins
Only widows take veg. food
for keeping their sex in control.

From childhood I have seen
Four chullhas in our family kitchen
Two coal-feed, two wood-feed
One chullha for veg, one for non-veg
One was specially for grandmother (widow)
And fourth one for puja purpose.

There were two portable chullhas too
One coal-feed and one wood-feed
One pumping stove we had for emergency
Grandmother also had a janta stove
In her room for personal use.

There was a wood-chullha
At one corner of our courtyard
For preparation of chicken and birds
Mutton was permitted to enter in the kitchen
But chicken and birds not.

There were two special chullhas
In a separate room
For preparation of fry-rice,
Making laddoos and special items
And two chullhas were kept in store
For the occasional use by firm workers
From the tribals and Muslims.

There were different sets of utensils
For veg, non-veg, lower classes and Muslims
Week days also were specified
For veg and non-veg food
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Was fixed as vegetarian day
on which even onion was restricted

It was punishable for eating non-veg
On the vegetarian day
And special wash was mandatory
If veg utensils would touch the non-veg one.
Many times I got punishment
For this activity.

Later on I wanted to overcome it
So I became vegan, broke all the chullhas,
Brought LPG gas and a four-stove oven
Now I am happy. I felt from inside …
Eating non-veg food is an addiction
Just like smoking, drinking and having sex.

Topic(s) of this poem: kitchen

Comments about One Family Thirteen Chullhas by Asit Kumar Sanyal

  • (11/7/2015 5:43:00 AM)

    Very informative write with minute details that gave an experience of visiting the ancestral home of a Bengali orthodox Brahmin. It acquainted with a number of traditions adopted there in. Thanks for sharing.10+ (Report) Reply

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  • Jaishree Nair (11/7/2015 5:33:00 AM)

    Getting rid of all the chullhas and bringing in an LPG gas; a novel presentation and the touch of humour an added treat. Thanks (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, November 7, 2015

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