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Off to a start

Today is a good day to start anything — as good as any other day in fact. Today happens to be the start of the Bengali New Year 1416. No one really knows how the Bengali calendar came into existence — that is to say how the Bengali years are numbered. The calendar is essentially the standard Hindu solar calendar. If we count backwards, the start of the Bengali calendar turns out to be around the time of Shashanka. So did he start the Bengali calendar? Or did his son? That is certainly possible, but there are other possibilities.

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