Some Dialogues and Letters from East Pakistan

Posted in Uncategorized on July 17, 2008 by koustab

Last couple of months ago a Photo exhibition named ‘Bangladesh 1971’ was held in a gallery called ‘Rivington Place’ which is situated in the city of London. The exhibition focused on the photographs taken at the time of the Bangladesh liberation war as well as after and before the war, thus, revealed the story of the war to the individuals of the Great Britain.

Being a staff member of the ‘Rivington Place’ I had the privilege to be a part of the exhibition as an invigilator. I had the opportunity to meet different people from different social backgrounds and, consequently, I started to share my views and listen to their views concerning the liberation war of Bangladesh as well as the current position of the independent Bangladesh. Eventually, I have realised I got hold of the treasures which are the stories behind our liberation war.

I can’t remember the exact date but I believe it was a very quiet day for the gallery and only saw a couple of people coming to see the exhibition. I forgot to mention as a part of my job I had to ask each visitor about the source through which they had discovered the exhibition. Of those curious eyes I found someone who was spending an ample of time to observe each photograph. I went to him and asked him, “Where did you get to know about the exhibition from?” and in his reply he told me, “The Guardian” (A British newspaper). I came back to my chair afterwards. I noticed him from the beginning, as soon as he caught my eyes. After he finished watching the whole exhibition, he came to me and asked, “Where are you from?” and I replied to him, Bangladesh, with a curious smile on my face. Then he asked me about the current situation of ‘East-Pakistan’. And I answered again that we do not call it ‘East-Pakistan’ but it is ‘Bangladesh’. Then he said, ’for me it is East-Pakistan because when I was there that area use to be known as East-Pakistan’. That made me more curious to get to know him and I did not drive the conversation towards an argument. I asked him, “When exactly was the time you were in East-Pakistan?” and he replied, ‘1970-1971’. He added to the conversation that, after he completed his graduation he worked there as a volunteer of a UNDP project. He also told me some small stories about 1971. He had mentioned at the beginning of our conversation that as he was a foreign diplomat and some incidents are still blurry to him. Then I requested him to document his experiences of those times. I told him that to our new generation, this war or the history of this war resembles architecture which are hundreds of years old that are struggling to stand out today with its pride as the political groups are willingly wiping out the reality. After 45 minutes of our conversation he took my e-mail address and we said, “It is really nice to meet you” to each other and thus our conversation ended. I felt that he will forget about our conversation due to his busy life and, therefore, it may be the end of my dreams to obtain a part of some documentation based on our independence war. After a few weeks, I received an e-mail from Dennis Gornall where he informed me that he has started the writing. However, this may take a few extra weeks as he has been busy with life. At last on 21/06.08, I have received my most desired e-mail titled,Extracts from letters from East Pakistan (Dacca) 1970/71”.

Extracts from letters from East Pakistan(Dacca) 1970/71

Dennis Gornall

Monday 7.12.1970 | Friday 26.03.71 | Saturday 27.03.71

Monday 29.03.71 | Wednesday 31.03.71 | Sunday 1.08.1971

After reading this feature people may conclude this as a political documentation, however, Denis ends his e-mail by the “Joy Bangla” slogan which represents his presence in those days in Bangladesh.



Posted in Uncategorized on March 15, 2009 by koustab

think, oh my dear, think and say
what will you gain from this illusory world?

from nothingness all is born,nottinghness is life
yours but to go on regardless
yours not to hope for rewards
on all paths will be blind turns
so you beware always

nothing is real here
what is real in this planet
two third water and rest, the earth
begotten by the earth
the earth is all ours
you have all along picked pebbbles
what place did you build?
who are you? what are you?
to whom do you belong?

Free To Sing? Part 2

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