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A wonderful day in my life
Just like any other day, I woke up as usual on January 21. After my return from the tour of West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation, I felt some pain in my back. Then I got ready and wore fresh clothes, took tea along with biscuits to refresh myself. Then I started chanting Hare Krishna mantra. Just as usual, I read the Ramkrishna Kathamrito, written by Mahendra Gupta (widely known as Sri Maw).

It’s a wonderful book written beautifully by Mr. Gupta about Sri Ramkrishna Paramhansa. A few pages of reading make me very happy and I feel better and fresh. The book itself tells me how to meditate and how to view the world. I went to Tala Park and walked around the pond. The park is known as ‘Jheel Park’. The word ‘jheel’ in Bengali means lake but actually it is a pond not a lake.

I prepared myself for work and started writing. In the middle of my work, I stopped writing and bathed in hot water. It is winter now. So I felt like bathing in hot water. Sometimes, I experimented with cold water too but felt that prevention is more important than cure. I wrote till 2:30 pm.  In the middle of my work, I took my lunch.  I took a short nap.

I forgot to tell you that I am a great music lover. I called my flute trainer Mr. Trinesh Dewanjee. He lives at Sodepur. He was a casual player of flute with All India Radio. He plays flute beautifully and melodiously. I dressed up and took the flute in my bag along with a notebook and a pen.  I went to the bus stop at B.T. Road in Kolkata to catch the bus towards Sodepur.

Mr. Dewanjee lives near Sodepur Railway Station. So I went there to take my lesson. He had shown me how to play the instrument and how to make a knot at the end of the flute with a fish string. He had told me the significance of tying the flute. This prevents it from getting cracked. When he plays the flute, you will feel as if you are living in ‘another world’. He played the songs. When I asked him yesterday, “How many Ragas do you know, sir?  He replied, “30”.  Anyway, I gave him my notebook and he wrote the next lesson. After practicing it in front of him, he corrected me sometimes. I support him by getting him music students. I also get advertisements published on various free advertisement sites on Google search engine. He pays me Rs. 300 per student!

Mr. Dewanjee is like my first music teacher Mr. Tarak Roy, who can be seen playing synthesizer, mouth organ, guitar (Spanish and hawaian), piano accordion, mandolin, etc.  I have seen Mr. Dewanjee playing flute, guitar (Spanish and Hawaian) and harmonium, and sing various types of songs also. He runs an NGO, “Sodepur Sreejony Welfare Society.” It deals with supporting poor musicians and music students.  It also deals with healing through music i.e. music therapy.

I returned home from Sodepur by taking a bus and landed at BT Road Paikpara. I walked straight from there to my house. I took tea. I started writing. I wrote about various topics. At around 9 pm, I started playing my favorite musical instrument - flute. In fact, I later realized in my love of flute. You know I played flute yesterday for one hour. I played again and again the note Sa Ga melodiously, then proceeded to Ga Pa, then Pa Ni, etc. It’s like a flowing river.  It must be played very smoothly and this smoothness sooths our mind. Flute can be a great therapeutic instrument. It is a wonderful instrument that touches our soul. In fact, we connect with the Supreme Divine through flute.

After practicing the flute, I took dinner and watched the Bengali serial on television named “Jolnupur”. I watched it with my parents. In this serial, the story tells us about the life of fishermen living on the sea shores of Bengal. The place where the story is set is most probably Orissa.

Later, I started writing again and then went to sleep. In my dream, I saw somebody giving me Rs. 3000 and I felt very happy. I saw that I am playing my flute and dancing with joy! I woke up and felt very happy! It was a wonderful dream. An unforgettable dream.

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