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February 3, 2010

Inglis in Waste Bengal Stile

Filed under: India — Tags: , , , — Raja @ 6:22 PM

It is an obituary of Shri Jyoti Basu. It can be viewed as a premature obituary of the CPI(M), too! They couldn’t even hire anyone to write an obituary in English, for someone who had earned his bachelor’s degree in English! Even the photo seems that of a drunken pervert, not of an accomplished politician.

The following screenshot is from Ganashakti.com, the website of the ‘news’paper of the CPI(M) in West Bengal.

So, what does the obituary say?

  1. Jyoti Basu has died “for the last ‘seven decade'”
  2. He died AT Kolkata but he was born IN Hindustan Park (mentioned in the article following the one in screenshot), a small neighborhood in Kolkata
  3. He had walked the ‘political arena’ (?) ‘like’ a stalwart. He wasn’t really a stalwart of Indian politics
  4. He was a ‘CPI(M) legendary’, whatever that may mean
  5. In case the people of West Bengal don’t know it (very high chance that they really don’t, provided the state of education in West Bengal after three decades of misgovernment), 7:30 am is in the morning, not evening. One trick to learn, though. If you write AM (in block letters), you may drop ‘morning’ (“7:30 am in the morning”, but “9 AM”)
  6. Jyoti Basu had ‘worked’ in ‘writers building’ for 23 years
  7. For a moment, it seemed like our beloved leader is still alive, when the obituary said, “After that, Jyoti Basu will be taken to the ……”
  8. “THE thousands of people from all strata” that had assembled in the hospital “JUST to pay their last SALUTE” were not “grief stricken”. The “grief stricken” people paid their last homage to the ‘adorable’ Jyoti Basu at the ‘writers building’
  9. Finally. Jyoti Basu stops “opposite side of Rabindra Sadan”
  10. [All other grammatical and other mistakes go here]

Each sentence in that obituary is a glowing tribute to the state of English education in West Bengal.



  1. I am still rolling on the floor in a paroxysm of laughter.

    Not only did he die for the last seven decade but in “Kolkata on Sunday, 17th January morning.” It is hard enough dying for seven decades but to die at precisely the same time requires extra effort.

    “in the year of 1946”. Kind of like Chinese horoscope. year of the rat, year of the tiger etc.

    Comment by Anirban — February 3, 2010 @ 9:08 PM

    • Good catch (“in the year of 1946”) :-p. At first I was eager to find faults with this article. But then faults started to stalk me and I lost interest.
      Someone definitely has ‘translated’ this from a Bengali article.

      Comment by Raja — February 3, 2010 @ 9:33 PM

      • Now if someone has time on their hands, it should be translated back in Bengali 😛

        Comment by Anirban — February 3, 2010 @ 9:46 PM

  2. Seriously?
    Or is this some kind of translation mistake? In any case it’s kind of sad.

    Comment by Mohan — February 4, 2010 @ 12:49 AM

    • It’s on their website for weeks now. At least some of those super-educated commies should have noticed it.

      Comment by Raja — February 4, 2010 @ 3:31 AM

  3. I dont know where this extremely biased info came from. The Romans named the Barbary as their symbol of a warrior and fighter sterange that they would back a loser. The gladiator movie did unbiased research and discovered that betting on the tiger was so poor because of it tends to retreat and if forced to fight was killed. Unlike the biased marks the mane has been proven to offer protection as I have seen tigers shook off and killed after a mane attemp.Fights in the tower of london say the lion almost always won. No longer be fooled by the tiger maniac asians because fighting is done with tranquilized underfed and sick lions never a fair fight and all the fair fights I have seen the lion always stood over the dead tiger and roared in victory. As even biased asians say the tiger lacks the lions courage and stubbornness qand most often flees. Now unlike this site this is a honest and unbiased work on the true king and that is the 1 picked for hundreds of years the lion and no one would back a loser. Just a plain faced fact

    Comment by Danny — February 7, 2010 @ 10:58 AM

    • All sources have been mentioned. Please read them.

      Comment by Raja — February 9, 2010 @ 6:55 PM

  4. Ha Ha … My grandma (Dida) worked for the Education Department of WB for 20+ years….she must want to get back to life and drive some sense into the Ganashakti “inglis” department ….brilliant post !!

    Comment by le embrouille blogueur — May 13, 2010 @ 6:03 PM

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