আমি বাংলা তে অসম্ভব খারাপ। In fact if you ask me to speak in Bengali for the rest of the conversation I will completely fail, miserably. If there was an exam like the much revered IELTS for Bangla (may be IBLTS) I would not get more than 4 in all bands. And that’s exactly how bad I am. Even this post – when I first started to write it – I wanted to write all in Bengali. And look at me now. Once sentence. That’s equivalent to me saying “I know no english” in English if I didn’t know english.
But setting that aside, I believe communication in a country should be more robust, and pro-active. I mean sure we have few applications to ensure that you can type in Bengali, but it’s not an every day day-to-day thing for us yet. And that’s bad. I want to be multi-lingual and I want to feel ashamed saying that even after being a “bangladeshi” I do not know enough Bangla to continue a conversation, or to write for that matter.
Here comes tomakei.com a platform for you, and me, to speak in Bengali. You do not need to know Bijoy for it, or don’t need any specific software for that. You just need your usual qwerty keyboard. And you are in.
And do I dare say it’s for the first time in Bangladesh that Bangla is coming to the main stream.
I wanted to end this in “জয় বাংলা” before I understood the political notion behind it. And I want to keep it neutral. So let me end with – চল যাইগা।