A painful life behind a smiling face
RAJSHAHI, July 11: Rojak, a 90-year old rickshaw puller, still has sharp vision and hearing ability. Day and night, he is paddling his rickshaw.
He has no annoyance rather carries a smile on his face. In this way, he has passed his 90 years.
He has complaint over his life. Behind this smile, the story is painful. He faced agony in his birth. After 12 days of his birth, his mother died. Mournful father also followed the mother.
He doesn't have any sweet memory of his parents. He didn't experience the lovely touch of his parents. His grandparents gave him shelter with full affection. Unfortunately, they also expired. Minor Razak became orphan.
He used to earn his bread by carrying coal and pulling rickshaw at the age of 12. Wretched Razak groaned in fever but had no one to take care, no one to wipe tear. He spent many days without having any food.
To end the lonely life, he married at 20. Unfortunately, there was no one to welcome his wife Aroti. They were leading their lives sharing happiness and sadness. Among his offspring, seven are daughters and one son.
To support his family, he used to work hard. His children's happiness was his inspiration. He couldn't bear the study cost of his daughters, but tried his best to brighten the future of his son.
During the liberation war, he took shelter with his family in India. He arranged his daughters' marriage.
Meanwhile, his son Dilip Razak completed his higher education, but fate was rude with him. Dilip switched to another religion, got married and left his parents. Getting shock from son's decision, his wife died.
The rudeness of fate made him alone again. One of his daughters Joba used to live with him. But their economic condition was not that strong. He gave two rooms of his house to sublet, but his son took the rent money forcefully every time.
Now he is 90 and still paddling. He can't paddle on main road but only in small alleys. Passengers become annoyed because he cannot pull his rickshaw like before.
He only thought of his children, and never deposited any money. He can't afford to buy any auto-rickshaw. Sometimes he takes rickshaw from garage, but he has to deposit some money to the rickshaw owner.
Razak requested if any kind people from society arrange a shelter and auto rickshaw for him, he will be grateful and there will be no other expectation from this life.