My parents have instilled the culture in which they grew up with because they felt that no matter where in the world we live in we will always need our roots to be the foundation of our identity. Growing up in the states I have adapted to celebrating both cultures in my life and appreciating everything that I have experienced. Most people have horror stories of how they were bullied by their peers for being different but I took all the snares, insults, laughs and empowered myself to stand strong on my ground. I can proudly tell people what I am Bengali-American and there is no longer any confusion.
The littoral Sundarbans in the southwestern part of Bengal is the largest mangrove forest in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site . The region has over 89 species of mammals , 628 species of birds and numerous species of fish . For Bangladesh, the water lily , the oriental magpie-robin , the hilsa and mango tree are national symbols. For West Bengal, the white-throated kingfisher , the chatim tree and the night-flowering jasmine are state symbols. The Bengal tiger is the national animal of Bangladesh and India. The fishing cat is the state animal of West Bengal.