I have a fascination about the districts of Jessore, Jhenaidah, Narail and Magura. May be the reason behind this is Jessore my home district and the other districts mentioned here are districts segregated from the greater Jessore. But with immense confidence, I can utter that in a days like such drastic change in our socio-economic condition, If anybody wants to reveal the nature of pure Bangla of Bivutivushan, Saratchandra and Jasimuddin, he must visit Jessore region. Natural environment of this region is deteriorating in a very alarming rate due to a meager flow of water in Padma river. The main rivers in Jessore region Garai, Voyrab, Modhumati, Chitra, Kobodak, Naboganga, etc are the branches of Padma. But these rivers are now in an edge of extinction due to lack of water supply. Extensive number of Baors and bills are also the environmental characteristics of this region. The full fledge emotions and illusions of rainy season are predominant only in this region of Bangladesh. This soil still embellishes our mind with the spur of saturated soil in the rainy season.
In the middle of February 2012, I got a chance to visit the Piruli village of Kalia Upazilla in Narail district. As per direction, firstly, I went to Fultala Bazar of Khulna district. I crossed the Voyrab River by boat and hired a bike to go to Piruli village. After approaching a few kilometers (3-4)km, I found the road connected with a muddy path. Unfortunately/fortunately there had been raining in the last night. So, the path became sloppy and little bit swampy and the driver refused to wheel his bike further in the muddy way. I decided to walk for the rest of 4 km through this way. Within a few steps forward, I felt lucky due to last night rain. Otherwise, It could be a bike journey through this way and the nature of this paradise would remain unrevealed to me. I was walking through a narrow path between Ichamoti and Sidhipasha bill. As far as I could see, It was only green and it was endless. Farmers implanted rice in the bill to take favor of the dry season. There were different kinds of colorful birds around me like Machranga, Jhinai, Babui, Doel, Charoi, Shalik, Ghutal, Ghugu, etc. It was a very cloudy day, not ideal for taking photographs but best for traveling. It was an amazing experience with the village children and birds. This journey truly gave me a realization that, the remotest places like this are still flourishing the fragrance of pure Bangladesh. How far this nature will survive is really a matter of great concern.
Magpie Robin of Bengal(Doel)
A part of this post was published in The Daily Star's "Star Campus" Magazine.