Like insecure, poor and illiterate people everywhere the Bengali Muslim peasants were featured by a pathetic superstitious belief in religious faith. The great majority of Muslims in Bengal spoke Bengali though, they couldn’t read or write it. Urdu was like Greek to them!
The oldest female or the ‘ginni’ looked after the household stores, arranged meals and supervised the behaviour of the other females. The smooth functioning of a Bengali household depended on the degree of harmony among its womenfolk.