I might be prosecuted for this post by some people who read this post ;-) BUT I’m invoking my Freedom of Speech here, people!
I think Bengalis (of Calcutta) are one of the most self-obsessed people I’ve met. When I say self-obsessed, I mean obsessed with what they call “Bengaliyana”, i.e., Bengali culture, traditions, music, language etc. At times I feel they really need a broader world view but more importantly, they need a better sense of humor & and they need to learn to take themselves less seriously.
The best example of this is the Calcutta media which is O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with Calcutta. They will subject every known or unknown person who visits Calcutta – be it an Indian or a foreigner – to questions on their Calcutta connect, things they love about Calcutta, what memories of the city they will take with them etc. etc. I’m sure if they ever spot a Martian roaming around in Calcutta accidentally, they will ask it for it’s Calcutta connection!! That is how ethnocentric the Calcutta media is.