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- by Jasim Uddin
While cutting crops in the fields, a farmer suddenly
caught sight of a mirror. Mirror was not known to this
country yet. Not a single person of the village had ever
seen a mirror before. Some Kabuliwala might have left it
behind as he passed through the fields. The farmer
picked up the mirror. At the very first sight the farmer
discovered a human face in the mirror. He became very
much surprised. He said to himself , "Oh my goodness !
this is my father looking at me ! "
His father died many years ago. Today, the farmer has
grown up and looks almost like his father. It is natural
that a son should look like his father. So, looking at his
own reflection in the mirror, the farmer mistook it as his
father. He embraced the mirror with great honour- kissed
it with deep love. He compassionately utters, "Oh my
dear father, how you come down from the sky and hide
yourself in this field ! Oh my beloved father ! "
The farmer kept talking in this way as he looked at the
mirror. His father in the mirror also looked at him in so
many angles and so many styles. He said , "My dear
father, look, look with your own eyes - I have filled your
lands with so many types of crops - I've planted
Sonadigha , I've also planted Shail and so on. Look, how
they are smiling under the golden ray of the sun ! You
had one house, I've built three more... Oh my dear father,
my heart's only joy, just take a look once again."
That day the farmer did not put his hand at any work.
Keeping the mirror upon his heart, he walked around all
his fields. When the sun touched the horizon-line and it
was the evening, the farmer fell in a strange problem -
where to keep the mirror! He was a poor man, he had
not chest. So he hide the mirror inside a pitcher with
The next day the farmer could not put his mind in any
work. He did this, he did that and then ran back home
again and again. He secretly took the mirror out of the
pitcher and looked at his father's face with tearful eyes
and said, "Oh my dear father, how should I leave you
alone and go to fields? Please fogive me, for you know
well how can I get food without working ? "
His wife thought , "Oh my God! what is the matter with
my husband ? So long he would talk with me in sweet
voice, he would smile, make fun and love me so much.
But now-a-days eveything turns upside down. Everytime
he takes something out of the pitcher and looks at it
again and again. I don't know what the hell is it all
One morning the farmer went to the fields . Getting the
chance, the farmer's wife secretly looked into the pitcher
and discovered the hidden mirror inside it. This instantly
set her on fire. This time it was her own reflection on the
mirror. But unfortunately she never saw her face on the
mirror before. So, she mistook it for her husband's
second wife. She thought that her husband secretly got
married for the second time and kept his second wife
hidden in the mirror here in this pitcher. That's why her
husband did not even speak with her in sweet voice.
"Let him come today. I will show him how it tastes! ".
With a Jhata in hand she started panting like a snake. She
sharpened the razor of her tongue and started repeating
the words that she'd use as weapon to attack her
It was the noonday. All the nature was perspiring under
the burning sun. The farmer, being exhausted with the
day's labour, just had come back home. No sooner had
he been visible on the scene than his wife started the
attack, "You mean servent! is this your real nature? who
the hell is this bloody bitch that you married and kept
hidden for so long? " Saying this she threw the mirror
down before the farmer.
"Oh dear! what have you done! Don't you know this is
my beloved father? " Saying this the farmer picked up the
mirror with great care.
"You raskel, let me show what it really is!" -saying this
the wife took the mirror back with a jerk. "Look, you
fraud! who is this bitch sitting inside the mirror? isn't this
your wife? " The farmer said, "Have you gone mad? Can't
you see this is my dear father! "
"You fraud! you betrayer! does your father wear a
neckless round his neck? or a tip on his forehead? or a
nose-flower upon his nose? "
The elder wife of the house was there at that moment.
She interfered, "What is this chaos going on in your
house? You were so fond of each other before. Not a
single word ever passed between you till today. What for
is this quarreling then? "
The farmer's wife came forward and said, "Look my sister,
this man has got married again and kept his second wife
hidden in this mirror. I will break into pieces this bloody
bitch under my feet. Look with your own eyes who is
here in this mirror ?"
The elder wife came near her and tried to look into the
mirror.This time two faces appeared in the mirror. She
said to the farmer's wife, "Oh, this is your face. But I can
see one more face. Whose face is there beside you? "
The farmer came near and said, "What are you saying my
sister-in-law? I saw only my father there in the mirror. "
Saying this he stood before the mirror. This time three
faces appeared together in the mirror. Hearing the hue
and cry, all other members of the family came forward to
see it. People form neighbouring houses of the village
also came on the spot. Whoever looked into the mirror,
his face was seen in it. What a great magic it was!
From ear-to-ear this news spread around. From many
different villages people came to see this miracle.
Gradually they discovered that it was the mirror.
Md Nazmul Haque
Readers' Comments :
comment : 1
Very nice story. I really enjoyed reading it. It is
written in very easy but effective language.
comment : 2
Thanks a lot for the compliments. - Nazmul Haque.
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