Gogol Ghoshal

Foodie. Writer turned Storyteller. Aspiring globetrotter.

_Bengali_ Bilet - Dwitiyo Kisti

Note: This post is written in Bengali language, but in Latin script. All similar posts are marked with a _Bengali_ tag in the title.

Khaamkheyali weather. Kodin aagei konkone hawa diye hnaar kaapie dichhilo. Ekhon abar goromer chote pakha kenar kotha bhabte hochhe. Tobe ekmasher moddhei naki jomie sheet porte arombho korbe - sthaniyo bondhura ashwas diechhe.

Gawto shonibar Montreal er Old Port er dike gechhilam ghurte. Thanda jolo hawa, r durer bridge dekhe - hut kore Kolkatar gongar ghaat mone pore galo - Floatel er chhaad r Belur moth theke onekta erokom e laage. Sekotha bolte ek bondhu mridu apotti janalo - naki khamoka Kolkata k jaate tule dichhi, othoba Montreal k tene namachhi. Shune haasi pelo.

Montreal_OldPort

Okhane hotat dekhlam ek boyosko bhodrolok laaf-jhaap korchhen, r taake ghire ekgada seagull uttejito hoe chechamechi korchhe. Kaachhe gie uki-jhuki marate bhodrolok nijei byapar ta bujhie dilen. Okhane gachher fawl gulo (naam jaante bhule gechhi) mati theke kurie khete Seagull ra kub bhalobase, kintu bechara ra thnot die gota fawl gulo k thik baage aante paare na. Tai bhodrolok juto die pishe pishe fawl bhenge dichhen - r taatei pakhider eto furti. Bujhte pere amrao kaaje lege porlam. Bhodrolok o utsahi chela peye “Come on! Come on! Don’t be shy!” bole cheer kore gelen. 3 bondhu miley gaach jhakie fawl fele, tarpor laaf diye diye fawl bhenge, ekgada punno sonchoy kore beer-dorpe ferar poth dhorlam.

Seagulls

Amar abar ghurte berolei khide paye. Map ghete dekha galo ferar pothei Schwartz’s porbe - oi dokan er smoked meat khete roj e naki line lege jaye. Go-mangso bhokkhone baki dujon er kinchit apotti chhilo, kintu tobu nimraji hoe saye dilo. Gie dekha galo gujob adou mitthey noy. Praye 15 min line e daranor por dhokar sujog pelam. Soru dokaane lok gij-gij korchhe. Barstool e pither bag somet bosle pechhon die waiter der jatayat er rasta bondho - bag khule pashe mati te rakhte holo. Amader notun dekhe waiter nijei bujhie dilo ki ki order dewa uchit. Koek minute er moddhe khabar o hajir.

Uff! se mangser bornonoa r ki debo! “norom tultule, mukhe dilei gole jaye” - e jatiyo kotha mangser khetre khub ekta khaate na - kintu ekhane nidarun byatikrom. Boroncho pauruti-r kona gulo tulonaye shokto laagchhilo. Chokh bujhe chibote chibote thik kore fellam - ekhane soptahe ekbar dhnu maartei hobe!

Khawar byapare ar ekta mojar kotha boli. Ek bondhu khoj diechhilo college e naki Midnight Kitchen bole ekta bypaar ghote. Som theke shukro roj dupure volunteer ra vegan lunch serve kore. Taka debar byabostha ta “Pay as you can”, beshir bhaag jonotai kichhu dae na (ebong volunteer ra se nie ektuo khota dae na. sudhu roj suru howar somoye menu ghoshonar faake ekbar mone korie dae j volunteer r donation pele taader khub e subidhe hoy). Faaka tiffin box nie line e darie porlei holo. Prothom din line e darate lojjaye matha kaata jachhilo, tarpor nojore porlo amar saamne j chhele ti darie aache taar haate Macbook Air!

Aajkaal majhe majhei okhane khai. Rice, curry, salad r eta-seta die dibbi pet bhore jaye. Shesh paate abar pudding o dae. Elahi byapar! Bibek dongshon komaate thik korlam ebar theke masher sheshe thok kichhu taka eksaathe donate kore debo. Ta sei mawto gawto shukrobar khabar er por gie donation jar e taka dhele dilam. Tai dekhe counter er pechhone darano volunteer der chokh chhanabora, khali er or mukh chawa-chawi korchhe dekhlam. Nigghat bhebechhe ami oto taka ekdin er daam hisebe diechhi. Ami r bhul bhangalam na. Molla Nasiruddin er gosolkhanaye gie bokshish debar golpo ta mone pore galo.

Edike pujo ese porechhe. Ekhankar Bongiyo Somiti shunlam ebar pujor ayojon korechhe Thanksgiving er long weekend e. Onjoli ami konokaalei dii na, tobe bhog khete hajir hoe jaabo. Sothik din-khon mene pujo o naki hoy shunlam r ekta jaygaye, tobe weekdays e jete paarbo kina k jaane!

Ekta kotha hotat mone porlo. Ekhane bank account kholar somoye jiggesh korechhilam ki kore mobile alert activate korte hoy. Mobile banking noy, sudhu alert activate korte chai - maane transaction holei amar kaache sms chole aasbe. Bujhie bolate bank er kormochari obaak: “I’ve never heard of it. We are not that advanced!” Othochho deshe e jinish bohudin aage thekei dekhe aaschhi. Mone mone bhablam: ekhono tomader onek kichhui shekhar aachhe.

Punoscho: Bangla horofe likhchhi na bole onekei hotash hoechhen. Chintar kono karon nei - shiggiri e kichhu ekta bondobosto korbo.


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