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Bangladesh – 2011: Scoring through Sylhet
|by Jayati Gupta|
Accompany spouse, who was searching for a related bygone, offered us an amazing score in Bangladesh. As Indian Bengalis, nonetheless familiar with Taslima’s book; without rigid notions we attained our objective.
Scapegoat Religion is painful as ever. There is nothing that can hold man together but a faith.
Thus it is relevant to quote from Alfred North Whitehead; “In its solitariness the spirit asks, what, in the way of value, is the attainment of life? And it can find no such value till it has merged its individual claim with that of the objective universe. Religion is world-loyalty.” Unquote - And all religions base this fact.
From a dusty industrial Dhaka we journey to Srimongol Tea Estate… our nights booked at Tea Estate Research Centre Bungalow. An emotional feat for my camera was to capture the situations.
We astonish a group of villagers in Tilpara by our visit. They insist us absolute strangers for them to have tea at their residence. Dark inch, so we refuse their hospitality. To which an elderly man tuck Taka 500/- in my husbands palm. Say that something like this never occurred in their village history.
Erstwhile residents return. We should drink tea on way back to make them feel blessed and happy. My spouse obliges the old man. The money though he gives to the driver of our van as a token. However, he in turn treats us with tea and biscuits from wayside tea stall. Often I forget that it is a foreign country.
I remember enquiring a fellow club woman member in Berlin, Mrs Taneja who hails from a Lahore that was in India about her experiences. She had visited her place of birth, now in Pakistan. Noticed her dried tears set on a reserved face. Her story is for another time another day.
In lingo Bengali finds a number of dialects and Sylhet has one such special to many it surely sounded tough. Matching example is Deutsch spoken by people from Schweiz. That my husband spoke fluent Sylhet dialect, it saved us from apprehensive misunderstandings.
Our paths to discovery yield not only the dilapidated daktar-babu’s one-time cottage in Tilpara hospital, now under renovation but also the college in which my ma-in-law studied even after her marriage.
The trip also provides an additional bonanza by way of attractive tourist spots, a feast for my camera as we go by Jantiapur, Jaflong …picking Government tourist bungalow, Shah Hazrat, Sri Chaityannia …
Deltas of the world are hotbeds of civilisations. Though sluggish, excavations in Bengal bear witness; to an ancient that was teeming with accomplishments, regardless of how some schools of thought and lecture, repudiate.
All photographs are by Jayati Gupta
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