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As I Travel......
Posted:Jun 2, 2018 12:17 am
Last Updated:Jun 8, 2018 5:02 am
‘As I travel’ has been picked up as the title of the blog from the last line of the first paragraph of a Bengali Bhatiali song (One type of Bengali folk music) translated by me in English to tell someone something that remains still untold!

Bhatiali song tells about the lonely boatmen mainly of downstream of our rivers! It is based upon their lives on the water!

It is a form of folk music of the country where I grew up. Usually these songs were composed by boatmen themselves that covered everything about their life long sufferings, situations of love, their struggles, and the river itself---its beauty and flowing waters and the boats too!

If my readers carefully read the English translation of the song posted below, they will surely understand what the boatman wanted to tell the listeners! In spite of everything they encounter to survive with their boats on the river, they never loose faith in their God whoever he may be!

Bhatiali is a part of our tradition, culture and life that opens our past and present!

The song was written in Bengali by a famous Actor, Movie and Music director, Khan Ataur Rahman and was used in a Bengali Movie by him! He might not be a boatman himself but he grew up with them here in this country like me! If anyone feels like listening the song then he may please Google, “Pothe Pothe Dilam Choriya …” first!

The tears caused by sorrows
That rolled down the cheeks from my eyes
Are sprinkled on the ways as I travel......

O I have no eyes.
O how long I couldn’t see
O I have no eyes.

I see no coast, the river has no edge
Have no home, none to look after,
Yet, I began the journey by a damaged boat
Cutting the waters of the fathomless river!

The tears caused by sorrows
That rolled down the cheeks from my eyes
Are sprinkled on the ways as I travel......

O I have no oar.
No wind on my torn sails either.
O I have no oar.
I have no joy,
No sleep-none in my eyes.

Oh God, there is no end of your humors
You are not kind, not compassionate
Yet I consider you as my own master
Even though I am a life long sufferer!

The tears caused by sorrows
That rolled down the cheeks from my eyes
Are sprinkled on the ways as I travel......

Nibiro Ama-Timiro Hote নিবিড় অমা-তিমির হতে
Posted:May 25, 2018 9:42 pm
Last Updated:Jun 20, 2018 4:41 am
Wish you were there when the sailing boat of a blossoming moon anchored at the port crossing the vast Indian Ocean in full tide! I looked around to locate you but in vain. You were not to be found there on the auspicious occasion when all present were happily busy drenching each other with colors as it was the time to celebrate the colorful spring festival!

Where did you go on that auspicious night? Did it not occur to you that someone who had loved you so much would be there to welcome the sailing boat and would expect you to come ashore to touch him with your soft brush and paint him pink and orange before leaving him alone at the pier finally?

Or were you really there unseen on the boat to take me with you to sail together towards the unknown?

From the sea of Darkness!

From the moonless sea of darkness
Embarked in full tide
The sailing boat of a blossoming moon.

The earth, filled with unseen flowers,
Arranged her vase at celestial shores
With a string of light,
Hued like the golden jasmine.

Moments turned, at moment's banks,
The boat anchored at Dol*,
The earth smiled in her dreams in silence.

Bringing in a boatload of celebration,
Did she finally decide to moor
At the full moon night, this pirate of sleep?

*Dol - a colourful spring festival of the first full moon of spring in this part of the sub-continent.
R N Tagore Song
Translated from Bengali by Akashik!

Street Arts: only 10 of them among thousands and more!
Posted:May 18, 2018 8:07 am
Last Updated:May 29, 2018 12:11 am
Street Arts: Pavements and walls of world cities are now being used by many artists as canvas to show their amazing talents.

The Art lovers do not need to visit galleries to enjoy such paintings by spending their hard earned money!

Just walk by the canvas and enjoy free!

Here bellow are some of them collected from internet:

1.London, United Kingdom.
The world’s most controversial street artist Banksy’s art work “The Cleaner”. This was painted on Chalk Farm Road in London.

2. São Paulo. Brazil
Hamilton Yokota, aka Titi Freak, is a São Paulo, Brazil native with Japanese ancestry whose art combines his cultural backgrounds.

3.. Lisbon, Portugal
An abandoned house has been used as canvas by the street artist of Lisbon to paint this scary green crocodile! Just ponder how he could paint this amazing piece!

4. This is from Dhaka Bangladesh. Exquisite street art, carrying intense political connotations, began to appear in the capital city of Dhaka sometime in May. The graffiti shows a disheveled man running, with a cage which has a bright, burning sun inside. There is a message–“Subodh, run; time is not on your side.”

5. Berlin.Germany
Hoodie Birds by Don Jon

Rue de l’Ourcq, 19th arrondissement, Paris.

7.Caledonian Lane. Melbourne, Australia
The art work says it all. Amazing!

8.George Town, Penang, Malaysia.
The Bicycle rider and her sister on the back seat!

9. To scary even to look at the scene. The canvas used here is the city street!

10. Toronto, Canada
Does the Racoon look scary? This is one of the amazing street arts for which Toronto is famous !

Reposting: Some Thoughts on Mother's Day.
Posted:May 13, 2018 10:13 pm
Last Updated:May 29, 2018 2:37 am
I wish my mother is alive today! She died when I was 60 years old. She was then passing her 90th springs in this world. During those sixty years, she looked after me in addition to having me in her womb for nine months. I can still remember her spending tiring days and sleepless nights catering to our needs. Even after I grew up, she never stopped taking care of me. She was a special woman to my life.

Origin of this particular day could be traced back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. Some, however, refer to the Mothering Sunday celebrated in United Kingdom much before the festival saw the light of the day in US. However, the way the day is celebrated now, is not even hundred years old!

Here are some easy suggestions that I could collect from a well-circulated local newspaper for those who are lucky to have their mothers still alive and who would like to do something special for them on this day!

You may plan a Mom’s day out, just a day trip with your mother out of the city or village where you live. A relaxing day out in the nature with your loving mother could be one of the best gifts to her.

You can surprise your mother by serving her breakfast in bed on this day. This is the easiest way to make your mother feel happy and joyous too. Do you not think so?

Please do not forget to get her fresh flowers. Fresh flowers could be wonderful gifts for Mother’s Day.

You can also shop for her until you drop dead! It can be anything that your mother likes! Take your mother out for a day of shopping!

You could do many things for your mother to celebrate the day. Think about the best one and do that to make her smile!

Spend the entire day with your mother if you could. Love her and pamper her, Remind her some of the stories she told you to put you to sleep when you were a kid! Could you imagine a quality time with your beloved mother than this day?

One thing I feel like telling you here that my mother is still watching me somewhere from Heaven. I can see her smiling and loving face.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Pictures: The Daily Star.

In response to D.........
Posted:May 5, 2018 8:45 pm
Last Updated:Jun 4, 2018 6:22 pm
Thank you so much D for leaving the message and the video link of the song on the particular communication site for me to read, listen and response:

In response, may I request you not to blame yourself for deciding to look for me on that particular site as it was natural for you to do so even though my presence at the desired site has become very much rare and infrequent too!
You know it is time the dust slowly covers my harp, the doors starts disappearing behind the thorny vines unnoticed, the garden gradually wears the weeds, the moss covers the banks of the pond, and therefore you may not please try to remember me, my love--and may not look for me in those distant stars that shines in cloudless nights when I shall be gone!

However, trust me D, and please be rest assured that:

“The same melody the flute will play
The days will course in the unchanged way
Boats will be laden from the same pier,
Shepherds will frolic,
And cattle will graze in the same manner
Remember me not then, beloved
Call not for me from those distant stars.

Who is it that says I am not there that morning?
You will call me by a new name,
I will be there to join in every game
You will encircle me with renewed ties
And I will come and go as usual – the eternal I
Remember me not then, beloved
Call not for me from those distant stars..”

You may not remember me then—you may not look for me in those stars shining in the night sky!

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Feature Photography
Posted:Apr 23, 2018 8:45 pm
Last Updated:May 2, 2018 5:38 am
Rohingya crisis and Duterte’s war : Images that won Reuters Pulitzer Prizes in the international reporting and feature photography categories:

Reuters won two prizes in a year for the first time. “The Philippines coverage included a report that revealed how a police anti-drug squad on the outskirts of Manila had recorded an unusually high number of killings. Many members of the squad came from a distant place that was also Duterte’s hometown, where the campaign’s brutal methods originated during his time as mayor there.”

Appended the Shocking photographs that exposed the world to the violence Rohingya refugees faced in fleeing Myanmar.


1.An exhausted Rohingya refugee woman touches the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh September 11, 2017. Image by: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

2.Hamida, a Rohingya refugee woman, weeps as she holds her 40-day-old son after he died as their boat capsized before arriving on shore in Shah Porir Dwip, Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 14, 2017.
Images by: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

3.Rohingya refugees cross the Naf River with an improvised raft to reach to Bangladesh in Teknaf, Bangladesh, November 12, 2017. Picture taken November 12, 2017.
Image by: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

4.Rohingya refugees are reflected in rain water along an embankment next to paddy fields after fleeing from Myanmar into Palang Khali, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh November 2, 2017
Images by:Hannah McKay/Reuters

5.Rohingya siblings fleeing violence hold another as they cross the Naf River along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Coxís Bazar, Bangladesh November 1, 2017.
Images by: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

6.An exhausted Rohingya refugee fleeing violence in Myanmar cries for from others crossing into Palang Khali, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh November 2, 2017.
Image by: Hannah Mckay/Reuters

7.People gather under heavy rain around bodies of Rohingya refugees after the boat they were using to flee violence in Myanmar capsized off Inani Beach near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh September 28, 2017.
Image by: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

8.Betel leaves cover the face of 11-month-old Rohingya refugee Abdul Aziz whose wrapped body lay in his family shelter after he died battling high fever and severe cough at the Balukhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, December 4, 2017.
Image by: Damir Sagolj/Rueters

. Smoke is seen on the Myanmar border as Rohingya refugees walk on the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh September 11, 2017
Image by: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

10.Mohammed Shoaib, 7, who was shot in his chest before crossing the border from Myanmar in August, is held by his father outside a medical centre near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh November 5, 2017
Image by: Adnan Abidi/Rueters

Asifa and her Horses
Posted:Apr 17, 2018 11:32 pm
Last Updated:Apr 30, 2018 3:42 pm
While Asifa rests in peace now, her Forty Plus horses could still be seen grazing in the meadows and forests far away from her village where she lived with her parents!

Asifa was a lovely daughter of India.

She loved her parents’ horses, played with her elder sister sometimes while grazing them in the meadows and forests!

Born a nomad and died a nomad.

Her 8 year old frail and numerous scar marked body now rests in peace in a grave far away from the village where she grew up and her parents lived as her abductors did not allow her parents to bury her there.

Her only crime apparently was that she was born in Narendra Modi’s communal India but was not one of them!

Her parents practice a different faith not liked by Modi’s party men! Asifa paid dearly for not being one of them!

She was abducted while she was grazing her horses by a retired Government official named Sanji Ram and others, who kept her confined in a Hindu temple located in Kathua for several days starved, sedated, and gang *d repeatedly until her abductors finally strangled and battered her with a hard stone to death.

Deepak Khajuria, special police officer, was the last person who fulfilled his lust before Asifa was brutally murdered and her dead body was removed from the temple and left in the nearby place to rot and devoured by the vultures!

If any of the readers would like to learn more about this sad and heartbreaking story, he or she may go to twitter and look for Asifa. Interested readers could also Google Asifa for latest news.

What is most painful is that Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, did not condemn this barbaric act until very recently, which his party men have been trying to cover up since January, 2018!

Being born in the undivided British Indian sub-continent, I feel so sad for this great land where people practicing different faiths lived side by side peacefully for centuries until the last foreign rulers introduced divide and rule policy to govern the land!

May I request my readers just to shed a drop of tears for this unfortunate daughter of India who has finally found a place there to rest in peace!

Asifa, Rest in Peace.

1. Asifa
2. Deepak Khajuria
3. Sanji Ram
4. Dead Asifa and her Horses.
5. Asifa's elder sister, Manega seen with the horses.

Bangla New Year 1425
Posted:Apr 14, 2018 5:27 am
Last Updated:May 6, 2018 12:03 am
May I wish everyone a happy Bengali New year 1425.

Pahela Baishakh (April 14) is the first day of the first month Baishakh of Bengali Calendar.

The country’s biggest cultural festival is on since early morning today. The day was welcomed with a call for Bangalees to remember their self-identity in this era of globalization.

The celebrations of Pahela Baishakh have become an integral part of Bangladeshis since it began over six centuries back.

Here in Dhaka, Men, wearing panjabi-pyjama, women wearing saree with red borders and children with colorful dresses thronged the traditional Mongol Shovajatra { a mass procession that takes place at dawn on the first day of the Bengali New Year in Bangladesh) to mark the day with festivities.

Here below, readers could view Ten of the many thousands pictures taken until now of the celebrations:

Photo #10 depicts Artistes drawing a 1.5km-long graffiti at Manik Mia Avenue in Dhaka on Friday night to usher in Bangla New Year 1425. Photo: Prabir Das

The Sound of Flute
Posted:Apr 6, 2018 12:20 am
Last Updated:Jun 16, 2018 5:02 am
Hello D……,

As my day comes to an end,
And the evening approaches stealthily,
I ponder
With whom I should leave you, my beloved
As my day comes to an end?

I could still hear the familiar tune
Poignant with pain of parting
That was played so many times
On the joyous days of spring
And on the rainy monsoon nights,

As my day comes to an end
Everything that I shared with you
Would disappear
Just like those stars of night sky
And like those Coral Jasmine of autumn
Lying on the ground in each morning untouched!

D, the sound of the flute would no more be heard when my day will finally end. You would not even know how and when the day ended as you would be busy then to tell someone as you did many times before about a foolish person who had believed in unconditional love! Perhaps I don’t need to leave you with anyone as you have already chosen one to amuse yourself again!

A few words on retreating Himalayan glaciers!
Posted:Mar 29, 2018 11:33 am
Last Updated:Apr 5, 2018 10:40 pm
Could it be true that the most glaciers located in Mount Everest region would disappear completely or drastically retreat within the current century due to gradual increase of the temperature level with climatic change that is being experienced by all living objects throughout the world now?

Researchers says that the glaciers in the Himalayan and Hindu Kush regions where world’s tallest mountain peaks including Mount Everest are located would be drastically affected by the ongoing Climate change which is man made.

The signals that are now being received by the inhabitants of these areas support what the researchers have been predicting so long!

More than thirty thousand sq, km of Himalayan Region is covered by the glaciers. This particular region has the largest amount of glaciers after the Polar Ice Caps. Some of these glaciers constantly feeding the great rivers like the Ganges, the Brahmaputra, the Indus, the Yangtze, the Yellow, the Salween and the Mekong since time immemorial!

Increase in the temperature would affect estimated 5500 glaciers of these particular regions gradually but surely. The upward trend in temperature change would reduce these glaciers’ volume 70%-99% by the end of the Twenty First Century! And if the temperature level continues to go upward gradually, then we shall observe continued and accelerated mass loss from the affected glaciers.

More than two thirds of the Himalayan glaciers are reportedly retreating rapidly due to man made reasons causing current climate change. The global climate change has pushed temperatures in the Himalayan mountain glaciers significantly close to melting points! The impacts of fast retreating glaciers everywhere in the world would be devastating for all sorts of life forms.

While the river discharge of water from these glaciers would increase in the short term causing frequent floods, in the long run water supplies in these regions will be in great peril and the impact to agriculture for both will be immensely felt by the people living in these regions. The impacts to agriculture could be as follows:
(a) Soil loss due to soil erosion,
(b) Landslides due to repeated floods,
(c) Temperature increase.
(d) Other

The rivers mentioned at above are the life lines of the people of the countries of these regions namely India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and many other East Asian Countries. It is impossible even to imagine what would happen to the billions of inhabitants of these countries if the glaciers disappear completely from the Himalayan Region due to global warming which may melt them completely!

I feel that my readers have right to know why have I decided to upload this particular blog on global warming when leaders of some of the most powerful nations of the world do not give the problem any importance. Here is my answer: I live in one of the countries of the Himalayan region already affected by global warming to some extent. I have also been requested online recently by one of my relatives living abroad to share the under noted message posted on a yellow note sheet (pic #2) with people I know.
Thank you all.

Sources: Various articles on Internet.


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