The Bengali-speaking American1

As I ran past my 700-metre mark, I saw a middle-aged man riding a bicycle. He had his helmet on. He stopped cycling and came up to me and said, in Bengali, “Keman ache?” which means, “How are you?”

I said, “Bhalo, bhalo.” I thought that perhaps he knew only one phrase, so I added in English, “Good morning!”

Then, still in Bengali, he said, “Suprabhat,” which means good morning in Bengali. He looked like an American. How did he know Bengali?

Then I smiled and went away. This happened on 150th Street and 84th Drive. He lives there. He spoke to me in pure Bengali and I had to tell him good morning in English!


  1. RB 1027. 30 April 1988

Sri Chinmoy, Run and become, become and run, part 20.First published by Agni Press in 2004.

This is the 1481st book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.

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