Mamata Banerjee stunned her country by sweeping the entrenched communists from power in Bengal.
On May 20, when she is sworn in, she will have stormed a male bastion to become Bengal's first woman chief minister.
The story of how I got into this strange roadshow has its roots in a trip I made to Bengal six years ago, in the winter of 2003.
Then, as Bengal slid into internecine chaos, Banerjee raised an inspired call: "Poriborton!"
Outnumbered five to one in Britain, Scots made up 60 percent of the merchants in Bengal, Calcutta and Madras.
With the exception of Bengal, this district is more plentifully supplied with rivers than any other part of India.
Thus you are scentless, roses of Bengal; All others' perfume is bright light in you.
He boasted that every public office, without exception, which existed when he left Bengal was his creation.
Many gentlemen have turned their attention to Bengal for a supply of labour.
It was he who persuaded the pundits of Bengal to disclose the treasures of Sanskrit to European scholars.
region in South Asia, named for its people, said to be from Banga, name of a founding chief. It is attested in Europe as far back as Marco Polo (1298), who wrote of Bangala.