My B’Day

October 13, 2013

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Yesterday I became a senior citizen.  I ‘m now sixty plus.  Thanks to the almighty.. he has poured blessings upon me  that my b-day has been renewed again..  I am also thankful to  Him that this time I am present in my birth-place.. a village cum town in Bankura district. It is none other than my Chhatna… I am also thankful again as this date coincided with the Mahaastami this year.. I pay my deep regards to my parents.

However,  my b-day was  first noticed by my daughter. I got a ring from her early in the morning. She wished me in a mellow voice. On other day she rises late.. this time she is prompt to leave the bed.  I thought I will get more wishes from others. All were vain.. I ‘m not   Rishi  Arabinda Ghosh..  No body remembers  my b-day.   I don’t mind  on it. This natural. I could not remember others. This happened this year. One day in the evening I was  asked my daughter to wish my wife as it was her b-day. I was late to wish. She was surprised and smiled while hallowed her.

Keeping away all those tricky matters, I wanted to celebrate my b-day silently enjoying the beauty of Chattana and surroundings and amidst my favored tribal.

Accordingly, early in the morning I packed up. I called  Chandan Sarkar who is on tour with me  to capture turmeric on the spot. We started  from home guided by Swaraj.  Swaraj suggested to go Bamandiha. I agreed. But the route is differnt now. Usual road is blocked and not in order. we have to follow  the route through Chamkara.  We crossed Sarberia. It is an open field with jungle in those days of my boyhood. Now it has been coming near to chhatna. From sarberia on wards, there has been little change. The old flavor  is still there. The same zig-zag road, the same bushes,, the same huts are there.  We saw Chamkara fro the cab. Only i found the bridge is built up. We haled over the bridge. Gandeshwari river is flowing below it. Water is transparent ,glossy  and gentle. I compared its flow what i see in Satighat.. the Gateway of Bankura. It is horrible to look at Gandeshswari. It is a dirty drain. all waste materials including plastics are there. It is difficult to recognize it as a river.  The beauty of Gandeshswari is charming. I got  a few passerby.  Chamkara is  the vegetable spot of Bankura. I recalled Ambuja da who used to come our home . Ambujda used to sell his vegs to my grandmother. He was aged but strong. For many years I could not see him. He is now heaven. We saw some migratory small birds. we also saw a snake swarming in the river.  In the middle of the river,there is a rock. There is a small place for Kali-goddess. A medium tree is peeping from the rock. I was told that the place is sacred one. In 1999,whole  Chamkara was under flood/ Gandeshswari was in her rude form.  Luckily, the roch was not submerged and the deity was unhurt.  It is very interesting to hear those beliefs.

We crossed Chamkara.. went through Karanjora. Karonjora is known to me from my childhood. I could not visit it earlier. There is no good communication  between Chhatna and the village. I could remember that patients used to come by cart from this place. There was only a single doctor  in Chhatna that time . Dr,Jaygeswar Bandopadhay– a friend of my grand-father was the man to treat patients. Thus, I had a soft corner to it. Now ,it is easy to reach Karanjora. It is a village dominated by landlords. The village shows its prosperity comparing to others.

After Karanjora we came to Ukhardi forest range. It was nice to see the natural beauty of Ukahardi.  From Ukhardi market one can see the Mejia thermal power as well as Raniguanj.  Intercepting the forest range we came to Bamandiha. From Bamandiha you can enjoy Susunia hill. It is a typical place of Paschimanchal. Three blocks, Chhatana, g.Ghati and Bankura-11  has surronded the village. Only tribal of 72 households do live here.  Swaraj is known to them. ramnath Tudu was waiting for us. We came to see turmeric fields. Damu Baske and Rameswar Tudu led us to some spots. They are so careful I could not imagine before. Their crop is shinning. I was suprised that Rameswar Tudu eracted bamboo-wall all through boundarirs of his plot. He was showing the place , It was barren . nothing was here previously. He is satisfied that a good crop is coming up. Thaks to Rameswar. I was looking at a bell tree. it was of medium height,  recently I saw such trees in our farm. Here the crop is more natural. There are a few spikes in branches. On query I knew that there are many bell-trees in the area,particularly near Susunia hill. The weather became cloudy.  after a fruitful meeting and visiting we departed.

As soon as we came to Ukardi. Swaraj asked us to  visit Shali Dam. This is a earthen dam. Many visitors come here. This place is linked with Amarkanan,Kora Pahar. I never saw it but heard from others. I nodded. Really it is an excellent dam. I recommend it strongly to  nature-lovers. we had no time. Otherwise I could spent much. From this dam we moved towards Bhaktabandh where some farmers are our stakeholders. On the way they wanted to visit their field. we expressed our inability as it was Mahaastami. Then we were crossing through Kukrajore jungle. It is deep ,densed and natural. This place reminds me about Dooers in North Bengal. This is the unread and un-supported  tourist spot of Bankura.  Crossing over it we crossed Mankanali, Mogra Raibandh and at the end we halted. again we saw Gandeshwari in another good look. water Current was  much more here, On the bank there is a Sasan. This is the 1st time I saw a kali0Goddess with ten heads and ten legs.This is the sasan Kali built 30 yrs back.

Now we are in Barachaka village. all the birds have come. Met Pranatosh Tudu. Enjoyed the birds. Chandan took many snaps. I told him to send all those. We also visited turmeric fields. We found brown-spot diseases. Continuous rains caused it.

Reached home at 2.30 p.m. I am on fast today. I shall  worship Goddess after two years.

I enjoyed the trip. I am happy that my b0day covered much part of my b’place.

I thank all who wished, who are yet to wish and who will never wish .