We are all alone in this world
I remember vividly how much my first son felt jealous when my second son was born! My elder son was always sitting on my lap so that I couldn’t take my younger son and put him on my lap! I can’t explain to you, Brother, how much I loved that time! When the two grew up a little, they used to hug me from two sides during sleep! Even in the very worst winter season I never felt cold!
But now! Every night I feel cold! I sleep on the railway platform made of stone! I feel very cold and I miss my children beside me every day when I try to sleep alone!
Life is a lie; family, children, world, everything is a big lie! As long as you can give to your children you are a father! When you can’t give them anything anymore, they are no longer yours! After my wife’s death, I never married again just for my sons! I did everything to raise my children. Everything! I did all kinds of hard and odd jobs just so I could give my children a better life. I never let my children sleep with empty stomachs for a single night. But now, almost every day, I am sleeping with a hungry stomach! To be honest, Brother, I’ve never met anyone in my life who once asked me, “are you hungry”?
Now both of my sons work in a textile factory. But they do not even know where their father is! They never wanted to know! I pulled rikshaw many days but now I am not even able to pull rikshaw anymore. Every day I keep moving from station to station. I sleep on the cold floor and beg from people to fill my stomach. By begging, you can manage food but not love! I can feed my stomach, but my heart is starving every day!
We are all alone in this world! We came alone and we have to leave alone! When people ask about my children, I can’t even answer! I feel ashamed to tell them that I have children!
_Moidan Ali 65
(Collected from GMB Akash’s