Bauls are a very heterogeneous group, with many sects, but their membership mainly consists of Vaishnava Hindus and Sufi Muslims.Although Bauls comprise only a small fraction of the Bengali population, their influence on the culture of Bengal is considerable. The overpowering smell of coconut oil or other hair oil the day before they wash their hair, is enough to make you wish you never fell for those lustrous locks. Or worse, they use henna in their hair, and leave everything from the bathroom to the pillowcase smelling of mehndi. She will force you to make the morning tea and the afternoon tea on weekends. Says blogger Jo: “They will feed you enough shorshe maach and bhaat to make you fat, then complain that you are putting on weight, question your virility and their plans of becoming a grandmom soon”.
Bauls constitute both a syncretic religious sect and a musical tradition.
There something about those eyes and the dusky skin.
And yet, despite it all, she is just too good for you.
They will pet and spoil their husbands like overgrown babies and then they’ll ask you not to be a mamma’s boy. If she had her way, she would keep the cellotape too. She won’t leave a single mirror free of ‘stick-on’ bindis.
They hate being second to your mother but are still don’t mind at all to be far too controlled by their own mothers. They remove gift wrappers for hours and then preserve the paper under the mattress.