The name of my village is Bhanderkote. It is situated on the bank of the river Poshur, in the Batiaghata, Khn district. It is a small village of nearly 2,500 people. Most of the population is Muslim by caste, and a small portion of them are Hindu. There are no Buddhist or Christian people in our village. The river Poshur runs by three sides of the village. Since it is situated in the southern region of Khulna, it is not a very old village, and as such it does not have any historical attractions.
In the village, there are a high school, two primary schools, three brick-built mosques, a well-paved community center v and a big for Kania madrasa. There is another thing that should in no way be left unmentioned; that is a vast playground. No other village around has such a large playground. Here many regionally important football and cricket matches are held all through the year. Attached to the playground is a medium-size “Eid-gah”. On the eastern edge of the village, that is on the bank of one of the branches of the river Poshur, there is a vast “beel”. In this “beel” only one crop—the Aman Paddy—is grown in a year. Most of the time the water of this “beel” and other canals is found to be saline. The natural beauty of the village is very eye-catching. The existence of the river Poshur on three edges of the village and the existence of many canals within it has made it a favorable land for the growth of many kinds of trees, shrubs, and herbs. On either side of the river, there are mangroves.
Try a hundred times if you fail once, And never say it can’t be done. We must do what we need to do; we are supposed to do it. The success of life is to be able to achieve its goals. But is anything ever possible without perseverance? It is unquestionably true that perseverance is to success as success is to live. By the strong aegis of perseverance, we can defeat all obstacles and win in life.
Though this life is not exactly a battle, it is at least a tough game. And the heart of any game is competition. But can any competition be won without hard work and perseverance? Never. Moreover, in the modern world, there are competitions in education, economy, politics, science, and even friendship building. Therefore, whatever our goals are, the only means by which we can achieve them is perseverance. It is obvious that perseverance is needed not only at the individual level but also in the social and national level. If we all are perseverent in whatever we do, we are sure to stand out as a successful nation in the near future.
There are big hedges and bushes scattered around in the “beel”. In these hedges birds, jackals, wild-cats, snakes and many other wild amimals are found. During the paddy-growing seasons, the “beel” assumes an extraordinarily charming appearance with the endless carpet of green paddy-plants stretched toward the dark-green horizon. There are trees of various kinds and sizes in the locality too. In various seasons vegetables are grown on small plots of land in front of almost all houses. Wildflowers are seen abloom here and there. During the rainy season, the river the canals, and the “beel” get merged together and create a wide sea-like scenery. As has already been said, most of the people living in the village are Muslims. Those who are Hindus live in the southern part of the village. They all live together. There is appreciable fraternity between the Muslim and the Hindu groups as well as among all the people irrespective of caste and creed. Of the total population, about 80% are poor. Most of the poor people are farmers, boatmen, and fishermen. Recently shrimp culture provides the livelihood for most of the other 20% who are rich. A few people of the older generation and many of the new generation is educated. But about 50% of the total population are illiterate. The cultural activities are programmed and conducted by a club and sponsored by the rich people, Mutual co-operation is observed between the Hindus and the Muslims in times of religious ceremonies and dangers. Only a year ago the village had no good communication facilities with the Khulna town or ” Rupsha ferry ghat”. But now a wide brick-paved road runs from Rupsha through the village. As a result, buses, cars, taxis, and trucks are now carrying people and goods from the village to the Khulna town, and vice versa. Electricity, however, has not yet reached the village; but it can be expected that within a year or two the people of the village will reap the benefit of this gift of science. People communicate with their relatives living far away by post; there is no telephone line or any telegraph office. My village is not an ideal village, but day by day its economic and socio-cultural conditions are improving. The memory of my childhood is inseparably tied with every aspect of that village, especially with the nourishing nature and tonic environment. That is why I love it with all its people very much. Above all, it is a part of my life.
Our Village Fair
Our village fair is a huge gathering of village people at a certain place on a certain occasion for buying and selling and mainly for fun and enjoyment. It is a gorgeous get-together. People in the village normally work all day long for earning their bread. Their work, as a rule, leaves them tired. In the crop-growing seasons, their hard-labor goes to its peak. But unfortunately, amidst all their work, they hardly ever have time or facility for regular physical and mental recreation. For this reason, all through the year, they look forward to some specific occasions when they will all come together and enjoy. These occasions, however, differ according to the social traditions and religions of the community. For the Muslims, the Eid-Ul-Adha and the Eid-Ul-Fitr are two such occasions. For the Hindus, on the other hand, the Durga Puja and some other major Pujas make such occasions. In our country, however, the first day of the Bangla year and the advent of the spring are also two occasions when the village people arrange for fairs. Whatever the occasion may be, these fairs are usually held in a wide-open place under an old banyan tree or in a field or, sometimes, in an open village market. A village fair attracts people of all ages with various attractive arrangements. There are shops and stalls in which various toys are sold. For children, there are merry-go-rounds, snake charmers, sweetmeats, and various funny games. In the fair, they take much delight in enjoying these things and mixing with other boys of their acquaintance. As long as they are in the boisterous atmosphere amidst colors and fun, they forget everything else of the world. Their blithe shouts, reverberating in the sky, communicate the day’s happiness to everyone around. The village fair has other attractions also most of which are for adults. These include “Zari Gan”, “Kobi Gan”, “Baul Gan”, card-playing competition, wrestling, “Jatra” and others. Handicraft goods of various shapes and designs to be used for various purposes are marketed in such a manner that the gorgeous decoration itself acts as their advertisement. These attract people of all ages, especially women. In some areas of the country, bull-fights and cockfights attract special attention. To cut a long story short, all the arrangements in a village fair with all its sounds, colors, and smells reflect the mirth and the essence of the tradition of the people of our villages. This may not be very attractive to the towns-people. but it really bears the testimony that whatever we have as our historical identity, we have them among the beliefs activities and ceremonies of the village people. The village fair can not be slighted away on the ground that it is arranged by the illiterate, unknowledgeable people. But the fact is that it represents our tradition. That is why it is of great importance to us. It is, at the same time, no less important for its pleasure-giving capabilities. It unifies us. It has a tonic effect on the villagers’ minds. Moreover, it gives the village people an opportunity to put their commodities and capabilities, and talents on exhibit. This is undoubtedly a major benefit that the village-people derive from a village fair. The village fair is our tradition-an “existing history” of our society. Therefore, we should put all possible efforts to sustain and encourage it. life in the village will be more comfortable than living in the town.