Please do not discuss political matters inside this shopAll of you are aware of tea stalls. Tea stalls are there all over India selling a variety of tea, coffee, cigarettes, biscuits and even snacks. There are a few famous ones in a particular locality because of some speciality either in the varieties they are offering or ambience. In West Bengal, gossips inside a tea stall are an integral part of the culture and have a special flavour in it. Many people have a specific choice of stalls and go there in the evening after their work or spend some time there in the morning before starting their usual affairs. There they meet the regular visitors and enjoy the gossips on any topic under the sun. In this state, politics is one of the favourite topics among a wide range of people and a casual chat or heated political debate takes place inside the tea stalls too.
In my locality, there is one such famous tea stall and the other day I was really surprised to find a notice posted on both sides of the wall. The notice is in Bengali as usual and the meaning of that notice, when translated to English, is "Please do not discuss any political matters inside this shop. It is strictly prohibited". It is something unusual in a tea stall in this state and after talking to the owner I got to know that earlier, on two occasions people were engaged in heated political debates inside the shop and out of rage they damaged the shop two times.
Well, it is really amazing that how heated an argument can become because in both the cases the stall was damaged by the regular visitors rather than any political party!