Aamar ektaa batik aachhe, neshao bolaa jete paare- chhobi tolaa. weekend e kono kaaj naa thaakle, aami chhobi tulte beirye poRi. gorib maanush. duure kothaao jaawar resto nei , ki ar koraa… aamar ei shohortaar-i chhobi tule beRaai. Emonki camera taao kunal aar jodu’r theke dhaar kore chalachchhilum, ei kodin holo ekta kiney uth te perechhi. Taa se jaai hok, aaj obdhi aamar ei 300 bochhor boyesi (sayebi hisebe, asol e aaro anek beshi) premikaa konodin nirash koreni aamake. kichhu naa kichhu bhaalo chhobi se aamake thik paaiye dey. sange dey kichhu abhigyotaa, kichhu food-for-thought, jaa ekta award winning chhobi’r cheye kichhu kom noy.

ei Kolkata’r snap shots series e thaakbe serokom-i koyekti chhotto chhotto drishya, jaa aamake samanyo holeo bhabiyechhe, haasiyechhe, baa diyechhe kichhu abhigyotaa.

marble palace er bhetore ekta chhotokhaato chiRiyakhana aachhe. taa, sei zoo te temon kichhu na thaakleo besh kichhu waterbirds aachhe. taar modhye anyatomo holo ekta bishaal boRo pelican. satyi bolte oto boRo pelican aami aage dekhini. jaahok, sedin pelican enclosure taar saamne dNaaRiye aachi. ar thik sei samaytaa tei dui mohila elen, sange ekta bachcha. bojhaai jachchhe ekjon bachcha taar maa, aarekjon maasi. maayer boyes 30 er kachha kaachhi. aar masi gota 25. junior hardly 3 ki 4. taa, hothaat junior er chokh poRlo pelican tar dike. “maa otaa ki?” maa dhok gillen, “otaa… maane iye… otaa..” junior buddhimaan, mayer douR bujhe gelo. “Moonchhi, otaa ki?” maasi’r o eki abasthaa. “aami jaani naa re babu.” aami bhaablum, right to information theke junior ke bonchito kora uchit noy. bole dilum, “ota pelican.” sange sange laaphiye uthlo Moonchhi, arthaat maasi. “SEE-E-E, THAT’S PELICAN! YOU HAVE SEEN IN YOUR BOOKS!!! NO-O-O?” junior oto ingriji hojom korte paarlo naa, aamar dike taakiye jigyes korlo, “kaku, o ki khaay?”

sedin ekta kaaje salt lake giyechhilum. sekhaane sector II er diktaay besh boRo boRo flat baaRi aachhe. anek flat baaRi’r gate ei dekhlum board jhulchhe “SALESMAN NOT ALLOWED”. montaa kharap hoyye gelo dekhe. mone holo, ei baaRir i ekta chhele baa meye hoyto kono international call centre e chaakri kore. outbound process e. maane phone kore kore jinis bikri kore. seo to salesman. aar jakhan sei potential customer “shut the f*** up!” bole fon ta kete dey, aar sara maas e jakhan target puro hoy naa, takhan taader kemon laage? kintu jakhan se baaRi fire  aaschhe, se baabu. aar sei eki kaaj ta se korchhe tar baaRite je chhele taa dhuup bikri korte aaschhe taake NOT ALLOWED bole baar kore diye. taar o to target puuron koraar byapaar aachhe. naahole seo maaine paabe naa. eta kobe bujhbe babu salesman?

Shanibaar dintaa aar kaar kemon jaay jaani naa, tobe bechara shani thaakurer boRo kharap jay. ekhon olite golite shanimondir gojiye othaate saptaahe oi ekta din tumi jekhaanei jaao, gNaak gNaak kore gaan shunte paabei. weekend e jathareeti ghaaRe camera niye beriyechhi. Ranikuthir moRer kaachhe hothaat jhup jhup kore brishti ese gelo. sharatkaaler brishti. aami chhutte giye BSNL er ofice er saamne shanimandir taa’r chhauni’r tolaay dNaRalum. kaan faatiye gaan baajchhe. hoy Bhojpuri, naahoy uRiya, kimbaa Bangaldeshi. hothaat kaane ekta chena sur elo. kheyaal kore shuni gaan hochchhe:

“…chhagi kaar? chhaagi kaar? chhagir maalik re daak.

aamar beRaa bhenge khaailo re phooler baagichaa…”

abikal ‘kabhi aar, kabhi paar’ er sur!!! gaan choltei laaglo:

“… chhagitaa tor chiknaa aachhe

ghaaRe raange maangso aachhe

khaabo haazi’r biryani goshto baanaiya

chhagi kaar? chhaagi kaar? chhagir maalik re daak.

aamar beRaa bhenge khaailo re phooler baagichaa…”

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