Hang out at the cafe house!


October 24, 2013

Anondo, Labonno, Yasharjo, Shorno, Shaibal and Prema. Six teenagers. Friends since childhood. At teen they became inseparable. If don’t see each other for morning till evening, if they don’t chat with each other feel like the day was useless! Have adda (chat) while coming back from school after whole day, again meet until the dusk. Talk and talk! Till the dusk just talk and talk and laugh! Sometimes play with the younger ones. Or walk on the Green Motihar’s long road and talk! Never ending talk! These good students must sit at the front in the classes of serious teachers, subjects. After finishing studies and class works, they would listen to the teachers lectures very attentively. Whenever the teacher gets distracted, they start giving tiny pieces of papers with funny comments to each other! Nobody would understand what’s going on!

After the school, we caught tiny fishes by hand in pond with friends! Sometimes by hands and sometimes with the lower part of the dress! Then freed those fishes. Got an idea, so dug a hole at the back yard of Shorno’s house. Filled with water and put those fishes. In summer went to the mango garden and climbed up on the mango trees! Stole mangoes. Sometimes the guards came and said, “Apa (sister) please get down. I will lose my job.” Sometimes even stole from other friend’s house! When a bit older started cycling. At that time girls didn’t ride on cycles. Whole high school and college this went on, started from at the end of middle school. In college (11th and 12th grades are college, British system) six were divided in two groups! Anondo, Shoibal and Shorno went to the college at the downtown. Labonno, Yasharjo and Prema stayed at the school which was extended to college in that year, because of their parents’ decision! Sometimes those three waited at the bus stop for the other three. Then the adda (talk) started!

They made up their own version of famous Manna Dey’s (Famous Indian Bengali singer) famous song “Coffee houser addata” (The gathering at the coffee house)! Labonno was Moidul, journalist. Yasharjo could draw beautiful pictures, she was Nikhilesh. Prema was very beautiful in the friends’ eyes, she was Sujata. Even though she didn’t like the beautiful part! Getting a rich husband because of her beauty, hurt her feminist spirit even at that age! Anondo had the attitude of poets but she used to call her Roma Roy. Because Roma became mental patient after ditched for love! She used to think of herself a little bit crazy! Shoibal and Shorno were the quiet ones among those!

After finishing college (11th and 12th grade), Anondo, Labonno and Yashoraj went to abroad for studying. Two went to the same country. Those who stayed in the counter, two of them studied at the same university but in different departments. Prema went to another place but in the same city. Friendship between Prema, Labonno and Shaibal was since their birth, infant ages! With others started at elementary school. So Prema became lonely! She started spending time with Shoibal. Walked in the late afternoons till dusk. And some weekends spend time some time with Shorno. Sometimes got letters or news from other three.

Time goes on. Everybody’s friends list added new names. But deep in mind stays the childhood playmates, teenage friends! Life changed, country changed, many things! Very quiet Shorno got abusive husband. But for short time. She found new path in very short time! She is happy now. But that abusive husband didn’t give her the autistic son! “Will never get married” saying Shorno got married first! She is happy and doing well at her work. But don’t draw pictures! Labonno is very busy with her life, don’t have any time to read anything! The person whom she thought as a gentleman and married turned out to have very ugly mind! She took many years to be brave as Shorno! Didn’t marry again though. She is fighting alone. Shoibal is doing well. But for some unknown reason she is keeping away herself from others. All of them think, did I do anything wrong?! Can all friends do same mistake at the same time? Nobody knows! Very active Anondo is fighting with her inner self! The disease was there for many years, but nobody noticed! Prema didn’t show off her beauty, married her long time love interest. Got everything like Sujata. But she turned out not to be Sujata but Amol! Life didn’t give her break! Amol’s poems never got published anywhere, her life is like that! Often she thinks when she will be turned into De Souza from Amol!

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