While we, me and my friend, were crossing the enquiry/help center near the side of the river after exploring the front portion of the fair, my friend informed me
…you know, it is said that in this fair the announcement for the missing people does not stop for long three days and three nights, the days of fair.
I was very much surprised listening this, became curious and kept my ears opened. It was around 2pm, in last two hours we have explored the front portion of the fair and have taken lunch also, now we needed some rest, so we reached the river and sat on the sands, spent almost one hour there then again started our journey to explore the rest of the fair, we were heading towards the temple then suddenly an idea knocked into my mind, I recalled my memory…who were there in the enquiry centre we have just crossed and remembered there are three four volunteers, few policemen and army jawans, oh God police officers and Jawans, no, no forget about that centre, let me try in the next one.
There is another enquiry centre near the temple, it needed few more minutes to reach there, I started to stretch my hands and legs, moved my waist in right and left side, my friend exclaimed
…what are you doing, walk properly in this crowd otherwise you can fall down.
I replied with a smile
…just checking whether I am feeling energetic or not, actually there happened some irregularity in my exercise in last few days.
And you have to check it here…he replied with a smile.
I did not answer him.
After a while my friend got interest in some handicrafts and was busy to choose one of them in a shop and asked for my help, I informed
…I have to go somewhere, you pls carry on and give me the jacket.
You will wear jacket this time !!!!! in this scorching heat and in this crowd you are feeling cold?...he asked very curiously.
I smiled and asked him to do hurry, so he brought out my jacket from his bag and handed over to me, wearing that jacket, keeping the chain open, I headed towards the enquiry centre near the temple, I already noticed that except some volunteers there were no police officers or jawans.
I need to make an announcement for a missing one…I informed one of the volunteers
You pls come inside and don’t worry we will help you at our level best…he tried to consolidate me.
I entered in the centre, made of bamboos and tarpaulins.
Tell me the name and the address of the missing one…the volunteer requested me.
You don’t need to take much load, you just repeat my words, it will help the missing one to relate with us more easily…I informed him.
He looked at me with curved eyes and at the end agreed.
“Kritika Chatterjee, you are requested to visit the enquiry centre near the temple, Kritika Chatterjee, you are requested to visit the enquiry centre near the temple”
Announcing this he looked at me for the next sentence and listening to the sentence very carefully he started the announcement again…
“Kritika Chatterjee, you are requested to visit the enquiry centre near the temple, Rahul Sengupta is waiting for you”
Then looked at me, I told the next sentence and then he immediately started the announcement…
“Kritika Chatterjee, Rahul is waiting for you; he does not know your status from last twelve year, Kritika Chatterje….
He stopped and looked at me…the anger, curiosity and the surprise all could be noticed in his face, he shouted out
…are you making fun here?
I smiled and replied very calmly
…you claim that you will help the people to find out their closed ones who are missing, so logically I asked for your help.
“Catch him”, “catch him”…the other two volunteers shouted out.
Wow!!!! Much expected , I was ready for it, jumped over the fence and hide myself in the crowd, walked as fast as possible and then crawled for few seconds and when stood up I already put off my jacket, then with a casual walk I returned to my friend.
He was looking at me with irritation and anger. I tried to explain
…I thought, if she has visited this fair then maybe listening the announcement…
Without listening to my explanation he started walking towards the temple.
I called him…Hey Rahul listen to me...
And ran behind him.
After almost half an hour he started behaving normally. We roamed in the fair for next three hours and while stepping out from the fair the announcement for missing people were continuing which could be heard very clearly and yes, the announcement did not stop in last four hours, I prayed to God
…wish, no one in this world become detach from their loved ones, it pains a lot.