Dokandar is in a hurry to close his shop a little early this evening.
His wife has made his favourite kosha mangsho for dinner.
You can’t help a man falling for that,can you? *wink*
There he pulls his shutter and it comes down with the traditional “grrrrr….”.
He zips to his bicycle in a flash whilst blabbering excuses to the visibly disappointed customers.
He strokes the paddle and takes off for home sweet home.
Amidst the twirly roads with its quirky turns, dokandar babu humms his favourite tune and sometimes rubs his capon lined vintage pot belly.
CHOTU EKTI PRAN
Chotu is sleeping in the only charpoy that his Kottababu gave him.He twists and turns as the room suffocates his senses. There is only one window in the room from where the sunlight gains entry and ends its errand just before the foot of the bed. In spite of being deprived of air and light, Chotu manages to stay and work for his Kottababu .That night it got a little extra hot at some point in time and Chotu woke up with a start to realise that his room was on fire!
Bewildered at his present predicament he found himself at the storehouse of death, he couldn’t call out for help as the door was also conveniently jammed! Rest aside phones, not a single pigeon could be seen nearby!
and did it again!
Alas! It was all in vain when he stopped screaming, Mother Nature understood that the fire has engulfed him!
Somewhere, a leaf fell on the floor.
Many people were huddled up in one corner,discussing something, apparently very important and serious. All I could hear was some humdrum, nothing significant caught my ear, maybe because I was still rubbing the sleep from my eyes. As I got nearer, the “what’s and how’s” reached my ear and suddenly someone exclaimed,
“Hey, Dokandar’s here!”
Hearing my name I cycled faster to the spot and saw a little body wrapped in a dirty piece of cloth, suddenly everyone went mum, I couldn’t understand why, as I slowly removed the cloth my eyes swelled with tears.
The tiffin carrier which had some left over Kosha Mangsho fell with a clink on the road…
“Why did I leave Chotu alone that night?”
Is a question that still haunts me in my dreams.
based on a true incident