স্বপ্নচারীরা – The Dreamwalkers

স্বপ্নচারীরা – The Dreamwalkers


I search in the region, where dreams come true! Just like this two lines of a famous song, we all are chasing behind our own dreams. Life never advances in a parallel way, unlike these rail-lines. We advance through millions of ups and downs on our path of life. But from a certain angle, these rail-lines are really comparable to our lives. Rail-line appears to touch the finishing line on the farthest of horizon. In the same way, we also have to push ourselves to an unknown limit. And to satisfy our objective of reaching the skyline, all of us are guided by our respective dreams. And the life of a human being revolves around his dream. This quote of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is such a notable one “Dream is not that what you see while sleeping. Dreams is something that doesnít let you sleep!” Life goes on it’s own track. Everyone follows their lives with a dream in their hearts. A person may ride on a rickshaw, or a luxurious Mercedes-Benz. But he surely has his own cherished dream. Everyone has a dream amidst themselves – for their own, their families and their country. This hard-working person, who breaks stones and lives from hand to mouth, has a dream about himself and his family. Are these street urchins different from than others? Just because they have grown up on a slum beside the rail-lines? Definitely not. Wherever they grow up – let that be a deluxe apartment, or a poor, grungy slum, they grow up with a secret dream. Inside our own realms of imaginations, each and every one of us are dream walkers. Each of us grow up as a dream walker. Let all seven billion dreams come true! Today, we will experience the story of two such dream walkers, whose life has shattered their dreams at the very beginning. But they are very much determined to fulfill their own dreams, with their elder brother, as the only support. This grubby, tarnished house besides a rail-line is the ancestral shelter of our two dream walkers. Their elder brother is their father, mother – everything. These three brothers lost their parents in a deadly road accident at their tender age. As the days passed by, they grew up through their auntís insufferable abuse. But they couldn’t take it any longer. The elder brother, finding no other choice, fled with his siblings and took shelter in their belated father’s withdrawn messed up house. Jaki ! Jaki! Get up quickly! What’s the time, brother? Quarter to nine. Be fast! Oh my God! Quarter to nine! School starts on nine! I’m telling you to get up fast! Go brush your teeth and clean up! Fast, fast! Taki !!! What??! Its quarter to nine! Get out quickly! I’m going to get out on 8:58! Just get out on 8:58 and you will surely be doomed! Taki! Why did you turn off the lights?! He didn’t turn off the lights! It’s a power cut! Alhamdulillah! Load-shedding is over! Jaki ! Come fast! You two! Coming! Take this! Have your breakfast quickly! You fool! Make haste! Delaying on the first class…?! We are going, brother! OK! Maybe their uncle is supporting them, but they are not being able to make their both ends meet. So, the elder brother, finding no other hope, has come out in search of a job. And it’s the first day on his workplace. Walaikumus salaam. So what’s up? How are you? Yes, fine Then go, start your work! I told you on the previous day what you have to do ! I showed you everything, didnít I? Yes sir. So, get to your work! Old employees don’t get wages, here comes a new one! Did you tell me something? No! I was talking to my father! Ok brother! Its ok. You must be totally cracked! Where do you even come from? Hey, what’s your name? Brother ? Name! I asked your name! Don’t you have one? Yes, I have one. Chayon. Chayon, great. Hey, why aren’t you asking my name? Haven’t I asked your name? Of course brother. What is your name? Sobaha Subhaanallah. What an exceptional name- Sobahan! Its not Sobahan, there is no ‘N’ at the end. why brother? hey, my name does not end with ‘N’, whatís your business here? You should better do your work! Oh, what are you going to do? You don’t know anything! Come, let me show what you will do! Hey! take this. No, you have it. There is a match on afternoon at Rajonís ground. You are going to play with your heart and soul. You will concede 50 and score 5 runs. No! That can’t happen! It’s afternoon. The heavens opened – and it doesn’t seem to end anytime soon. More raindrops fall as the clock ticks away. The elder brother has also returned home after his first workday. The scheduled match with Rajon is not possible due to heavy rainfall. So their brother advised them to go on to the roof with a bat and a ball. He himself would go as well, for umpiring. He can manage at least this much recreation for his brothers! They found no problem playing on the long forgotten, untidy roof. With deep attention, they went on batting and bowling, in the same way Taskin and Tamim does. Meanwhile the game was being enjoyed by their elder brother, Chayon. Everything was going just fine. But a blistering shot from Jaki sent the ball far, far away from the roof. And so, the ball lost. Their match unexpectedly ended there. Brother consoled them by assuring to buy a new ball. This is Tarek, their cousin. As their aunt forced them to leave their house, Tarek, being moved by a social concern, himself comes here to educate them. Hey! Why aren’t you reading? Sorry, brother! He’s so careless! Stop, its ok. Oh! What a huge amount of work! Hey stupid! Yes brother? Come over here for a minute! Ok brother ! How much work do you have left? You know what? I’m feeling exhausted after all doing so much things! Kindly complete my duty, ok? Ok brother I’m going to take a break and enjoy some songs on my mobile, ok? As you wish brother (Idiot!) Oh no! Even the mobile isn’t working! What happened brother? You’re the ill-omen here! You brought thousands of problems in my life! The battery of my mobile is malfunctioning as well! So sad ! I’ll sing a song for you then! Leave it! Get back to work which Iíve given you! Ok brother Go! “Brush, brush, brush your teeth. Brush them everyda- Come on brother! Did you see that? Yes, I saw it! He himself won’t study and won’t let others study as well ! Leave it, don’t quarrel anymore. Letís go outside! Oi ! Brother what is the sermon about ? Tonight is the “Shab-e-Miraj”, that’s why a sermon is going on. I’m feeling overwhelmed with our parents’ memories tonight. There you see two stars over there the bigger one is our father and the smaller one is mother. no brother, that one over there is shukrogroho(Bengali meaning of the Venus), called shuktara(Bengali nickname of the Venus), in English, the Venus. Oh my God! How could you learn so much in so less time! Didn’t you read as well? But you couldn’t say it! Chayon’s presence of mind and diligence didn’t take too long to win the heart of the restaurant owner. But Sobaha couldn’t appreciate any of his success. Sobaha started considering Chayon as his arch-nemesis. Hey! Look, the shirt is very pretty, isnít it? Ohh! How arrogant Sobaha, this time, made up his mind for taking a dreadful action. Mixing an excessive amount of salt in a customerís platter, he put all the blame on innocent Chayon for doing it. Hey hey! Hey Rasel! What is this? What have you cooked? I always have food from your restaurant, but I haven’t had such disgusting food even after birth. Who cooked this? Isn’t the previous cook here? No, sir Where has he gone? He has returned to his home You don’t pay him properly, that’s probably why he has gone home! This food… I’m out of words! Shall I eat this food or eat up myself? Seems like the food is going to eat me! Chayon! Sobaha! Come over here! What happened? What have you cooked? I can’t put this stuff in my mouth! I don’t know how I am going to eat this. Instead this dish of food might eat me! I never ever expected this type of food in your restaurant. Do you know from how far I come here? I pay 300 tk to come here and enjoy this 100 tk meal! Do you even understand how much time it takes? What happened ? What happened? Uncle, what happened? Is this thing even edible? Who has cooked it? Hey, you cooked this, didn’t you? No I didn- Shut up or I’ll simply slap across your face! You didn’t cook it? Then who cooked this?!! Me?? Please don’t mind uncle! Go! Go inside! Uncle, let me change this dish. You stupid idiot! And that’s what a rogue would possibly do even after being guilty, he protected himself with a lie and embarrassed Chayon publicly. But gentle guy Chayon, couldnít ever utter a word in front of everyone. Three into one is three! Three into two is six! Three into three is nine! Three into four is twelve! Taki! What’s up Jaki? I’m fine, brother! Come here quickly, Taki! I’m coming, brother! Where have I kept my pen? Three into one is three! Three into two is six! Three into three is nine! Three into four is twelve! That’s all for today! Have the table of three and four learned. Ok brother! I brought my cube, didnít I? Or maybe I forgot it in my house. Whatever, I am leaving now. Bye brother! That day, after getting humiliated over such a false accusation at the restaurant, Chayon’s temper was not in his full control then. Where did you get this? Isn’t this brother Tarek’s? What’s going on? What’s that? Let me see it! What is this? Where did you find it? Jaki! Yes Brother? Where did he find this? I don’t know brother! Tell Me!! He took it from brother Tarek without informing him What?!! Am I educating you for this?! I’m not going to do it anymore. You’re getting educated but already started stealing ! Getting drenched in rain the previous day, he caught a bad cold. Moreover, he had a history of tuberculosis. That day, while working – What happened? What happened to you? Oh no! Such a high fever! Your body is almost burning! Sit down brother, take rest. I’m bringing water. Here brother, drink some water. Are you feeling better now? Yes, somewhat better. Do you need more water? Actually… That day, it was me … You added the salt. Isn’t that the case? How did you know that? I didn’t do it brother! So who else would do that? Oh brother! Please forgive me brother! Come on! Leave it brother! You’re sick, so take some rest. I’ll do the work. Sit down and take rest! As Taki was guilty, Jaki decided that the next day, when Tarek would arrive, he himself would return the cube to Tarek. Brother this is yours. Where did you find this? Taki took it yesterday without telling you! No, not at all. Yesterday I brought it for you. No, take it. No, no. Keep it. This is yours now. Chayon was late to return home on that night. The reason would sound astonishing. The same boy, sobaha, with whom he was having a rift with till date gossiping with him after work caused the delay. On that night, Taki had a strange, very strange dream. (After Chayon returned home) Let’s go outside When I get my wages, I shall admit you two in a decent school. Hoo! You have to chase your dream, of course! I’ll become a marine engineer. The doctor of water crafts! I’m Taki, I’ll be Taskin. I’ll bring the World Cup home! Good. Keep dreaming. Dreaming is good. Hey brother, don’t you have any dream? There you are! Doctor of water crafts and Taskin! Your dreams are my dream! If your dreams get fulfilled, our parents will be happy! Then my dream will also be fulfilled! There you see two stars over there The bigger one is our father and the smaller one is mother. Oh come on! What did I tell you that day? That one over there is shukrogroho(Bengali meaning of the Venus), called shuktara(Bengali nickname of the Venus)… And in Enlish, the Venus. I am right, arenít I? In the end, I’ll repeat my words Let all seven billion dreams come true!

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