bzz (tricolora) wrote in little_details,

Bengali culture question

After a rather exhaustive and curiously fruitless Googlepedia search, I come bearing questions.

Right now I'm looking for info regarding Bengali women, specifically what it's like to grow up in a very traditional Hindu/Bengali environment sort of straddling two cultures.  I know that arranged marriages are falling out of favor, but to what extent is this really the case these days? Are girls necessarily expected to get married by a certain age, or does it really just depend on the family in question/how urbanized they are? I'm also wondering about the similarities between Christianity and Hinduism on girls on a cultural level (an odd comparison, I know, but bear with me), like to what extent is the whole "purity" concept put upon girls? Also, what is the cultural status of divorce nowadays?

I'm wondering what the Western cinematic influence in places like Calcutta is at this point- I read that in Bangladesh something like 20% of films shown are Hollywood movies, but there is a ban on Bollywood movies there to protect the domestic product (I'm inclined to think that this would not be the case in Bengal). Also, are Bollywood movies dubbed or subbed into Bengali, or are they just shown as is with no translation?

One more thing: is there anywhere that has surnames and their meanings? I'd kind of like a name other than Sen and Gupta.
Tags: india (misc), ~names

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