Once upon a time in rural life

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A lot of people think that it is just impossible to live in some under-developed rural areas while modern city life can provide a person with almost everything that one could only imagine. However, such active and bustling way of life is not for everyone. There are a lot of people who do not pursue a crazy success and luxury and just want their life to be simple and plain. A village is a perfect place to live if you are in search of harmony with nature. People have everything for their minimum requirements of life. Villagers are just satisfied with the necessities of their living. They are always provided with fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, water, and clear air. It is the simplicity, natural beauty, and tranquility that make the rural life unique and special. Moreover, living in a concrete jungle can be quite stressful and it can make you more vulnerable to depression.

Villages preserve our national customs and traditions. The village people usually hold various festivals and fairs where they represent the wealth of our culture. Villagers think in the terms of religion and God. The village temple is the divine place where people draw inspiration for their further work and pray for their families and themselves. There is a unique closeness between the elder and younger generations. Young people treat their parents and grandparents with great respect and follow their valuable advice.

In spite of everything good that the village can give us, there are a lot of important things that rural areas lack. Peasants lack the utilities and convenience a more developed area can offer, such as hospitals, stores, police stations, firefighters, public health, mass education, proper cell phone coverage, and internet access. So, there should be some progress in rural areas in order to make such places more pleasant and comfortable to live.
Beautiful scenes of nature, fresh air, hospitable people, and quiet life – all these things come to our mind when we think of the village. Here you can enjoy the natural way of life in full resting from the city bustle. There is almost nothing artificial in these quiet areas. Here you can use everything that nature can give you. Change is definitely every day. It's an ever-changing world. And Changed the lifestyle of rural area in India. I Described about such changed maters .

Once upon a time in rural life

Ajay Kumar Dey , India



"Rural life has been a long walk, not walking along the sweet path of the village. I don't see rows of trees, crop fields across the horizon. I can't find myself in the middle of that green today."

The village is a unit of settlement. It is a small settlement of human community mainly in agricultural areas. Where the communities live, agriculture is based on agriculture and they live a very normal life through various small jobs (such as pottery or carpentry). Villages are usually located away from big cities or the capital. The village does not have such modern facilities as the city. For this reason zamindars and rajagans lived in the city but maintained relations with the village. In the ancient feudal society, agro-based villages were the source of revenue. Apart from farmers, a village is also inhabited by blacksmiths, potters, boatmen, scavengers and fishermen. The village was originally considered an autonomous area. I was born in such a remote ‘Ajparagaon’. Porang is located in the foothills of Bhagirathi, a tribal village adjoining the former Krishnaganjo Bazar (now Satui Bazar), formerly occupied by the red cottage of the British rule, 6 km south of Karnasuvarna, the capital of Raja Shashanka of Murshidabad district, and 14 km north of the Palashi battlefield. I am proud I am a village man. I am also blessed in rural life. In fact, there is a basic meaning of rural life which cannot be ignited in urban life. To analyze the rural life of the past, there is no alternative but to reminisce in the light of one's own feelings. It always floats in the flow of time. Some of the memories of the floating moment, the cut in the corner of the mind in the context of time, this is just a small attempt to serve what is stored out of the cage of the mind. Every human being has happy childhood memories. Happiness-sorrow, hope, aspiration, laughter, tears, always exist in the journey of life, people remember the happy memory even after that. In the words of the poet, 'Woe to those who forget the old days'

In the village where the fans used to add their soul to the melody of the song, in the village where the village game was centered on the village game, the unity of the village was respectful of the other side, it is no longer seen alone. The village elders could easily rule the wrongdoer without thinking of themselves, and through rural arbitration, they shouldered the responsibility of short trials and protected the people from unnecessary lawsuits and harassment. No one would have fallen into the clutches of the rural touts for a trivial matter. In rural life, no one could cheat the poor unjustly, no one protested. Today everyone there is busy with themselves. Not by protesting for others, but by trying to survive.

Before that culture of encouraging and nurturing people through encouragement and stimulus was once absent, even low paid school teachers used to go from house to house looking for students. This practice of encouraging students to study is no longer seen. The respect that was there when we saw gurus at the corners of the neighborhood or in the market, in the fields, is now missing.

There is nothing surprising in the current violence of drug addicts in the village. In the past, there have been very few people who have not eaten kanmala for bidis, cigarettes and smoking. His punishment was inevitable if he reached home with a pair of bidis and cigarettes as a hobby. In this age, they are being used freely in the market, in the field, in the market, even if one sees that the regime is far away from them, it survives. There was not much in the village then compared to the city, but what was in the village is impossible to measure with money. Does going to rule someone now mean bringing danger, or is it necessary to chase away the sheep of the forest by eating rice at home? Without sincerity, the opposite can happen to someone. Moreover, the question of neutrality is also important at this time of bias. Everything that has to do with the gift of life for the next, has no loss, has no loss, seems to have become a product of the other five things in life lately. In other words, there may be some interest in the face, gadagada expression of joy, but it may be only outwardly, the mind does not have that kind of warmth at all.

The big cities are swallowing the village like a python today. As a result, the city is the birthplace of internationalism and multiculturalism. As a result, the culture of heartlessness is being born in the city. In modern society, there is nothing left to say about humanity and warmth of heart. We have become selfish only to think about ourselves, now where is the opportunity to speak for others? But who can deny that we have changed a lot compared to the past?

Today, people think that it is a kind of uncultured practice to do more research on the neighbors. So they are inclined to refrain from this rude act. Career awareness is now much higher among village children as well. And so you can sit in the neighborhood and fry khai with no grief. And that is why the unification of rural organizations is happening. This is a big event in rural life. No matter what happens, what do we do? Such attitudes are everywhere today. Before, sitting in one neighborhood for a moment, the events of the other neighborhood, the rumors, would have been known in an instant, but now the idea of ??‘everyone has his own’ could not match the wings at all. As a result, the past features of the village are disappearing.
The joy I once saw around the new son-in-law when he came to the village is no more. At that time every family had hospitality. Even with the new son-in-law in the name of wandering the neighborhood, the hospitality of one house to another was on the rise, but today the extinction of all of them is very noticeable. Today, the tradition of the vibrancy of life in the rural life of India, one of the landmarks of the neighborhood, has been gradually destroyed. Doesn't anyone now say in tune with the poet, 'You will go, brother, go with me to our small village'?

The word rural pride, paratuto also signified a kind of kinship. In their own peril, even though they have no blood relationship with the people in the neighborhood, the way they used to jump for help in times of need has come down a lot today. To be honest, that feeling of help is no longer seen today. The more self-centered the modern man has become, the more he has distanced himself from his own family. If it is spread, no one is involved today. Today, every person in the village lives in a piece of land. The warmth of that affection of the heart has melted away. Although they live in the same village, in the same neighborhood, apparently they are all different.

The urge to be modern is more than what we gain and lose. Just as there is room for remorse for this change in the culture of the rural society, we need to remember that it has an international character, not just in India, or in Sonar Bangla, or just in my homeland. The boy who went to the city alone for employment from the village, or migrated abroad, has to deal with all the problems alone. As a result, the need for organized life inside him is running out. When he was returning to the village, he noticed a kind of indifference towards the society, the village, the neighborhood. He may no longer like to be inquisitive as a result of loneliness. He no longer feels the need for old friends or neighbors. He has mastered the fact that emotion has no value with reality. Therefore, the formation of such a mentality alone is an inevitable consequence. And it is happening in line with international trends, non-stop. With the disappearance of the features of rural life that existed in the past, on the one hand, as the various facilities in the city continue to increase, so inevitably, the social relations between the people change. And the collective and organized life of the people is most affected by it.

As a result of urbanization, people's lives have become more comfortable and there is no need for them to depend on others in a situation where 'everything can be obtained by raising one's hand'. He can be the controller of his own destiny. And it has created reluctance in people's minds to live together. The people of the village were accustomed to living an organized life. The tendency of people to stand by the side of happiness and sorrow rather than affluence was enviable. This does not mean that people are less selfish than they are today. The word selfish means the mentality of putting one's own interests ahead of the interests of others or everyone else. In the past people were less selfish and now there is no reason to think that it has become more. Even then, people in the villages have lost their land due to loans to usurious moneylenders. Today, NGOs or bankers may have taken the responsibility of all those moneylenders. However, with the increase in the rate of education, the people of uneducated, illiterate villages are no longer going to be as quiet as before. In the past, people's lives were so dependent that they had no choice but to depend on others. Every moment people were forced to get up and sit down and depend on the next. And that is why he was forced to live in a social or organized way.

Now one is less dependent on another, today he is dependent on instruments, people are being forced to be so mechanical. In general, what we think is that the society survived because people were less-selfish before, now we are ego-everything, so the extinction of society in rural life is a completely wrong idea. And this idea originates from our emotions. In the past, people organized the society for their own interests. The current context is completely different. For a comfortable life, the products produced in the consumerist production system can only be obtained by raising one's hand. As a result, self-reliant people are able to acquire everything in exchange for money. Discussions and criticisms about this may continue, but whether we will take part in the collective or neighborhood life with a close relationship with the society depends on the personal will and reluctance. This change that has been going on in our country for a decade or two has been practiced in the developed countries of the world for almost a century. As a result, we tend to view them as self-centered. If we analyze the characteristics of the social situation of the city, town or village, the image of getting the desired product easily and cheaply will easily emerge.
The disappearance of the collective motivation of rural life today brings a kind of depression. One day the village full of unity is isolated today due to social needs, Nijhum Island. Its residents today are unfamiliar with each other - but even a few days ago, Durga Puja, Jatragan, Bolan, Jhapan, Baulgan, Shastra Path, Palagan, Eid, Gram Mela used to be held through competitions in different parts of the country. There were not so many factions then. On special occasions, food from one house or one neighborhood would easily reach another house or another neighborhood. As the neighbors took part in the puja festival in groups, the procession was also organized in unison. In the winter, there was a rural picnic, which was also a "picnic" in the modern era. Moreover, the organization of rural sports such as hadudu, scales, football, horse racing, bullfighting, boating kept the village intoxicated. Even before all this started in the village, the village used to be crowded with guests. Small shopkeepers also used to decorate their stalls for fairs or special occasions. Which was a means of uniting the villagers. Not yet lost from these rural lives, meaning that Morney's breath is still there. Maybe that youthful vigor is no more. In the minds of middle-aged people like us, it may be that the pain of subtle melancholy burns.

What is the reason for such a change? Honestly, there is no leisure time in the life of the people of the village. The busyness of daily life has increased. There is a growing need for different kinds of needs, which are again born out of the mentality of competing with each other in the consumerist society. The main reason for this is consumerism. New things in daily life, radical changes in technological thinking are being considered as 'absolutely necessary' by people. And to satisfy that, people have to work hard all the time, so that the organized life is disappearing, the chat environment is losing. There is no time to concentrate in vain, people used to feel content to help each other in the village, today they do not.

There is contentment in the present situation, people do not find happiness today in the simple, simple unpretentious joint life. Because the flow of modern life does not want to be bound by diversity in diversity. For which modern people are more eager to go it alone. The blind attitude of living together with everyone. A kind of similarity was observed in the culture of communalism in the villages, the modernity for the sense of individuality today, the diversity that is the direction of diversity, has brought the opportunity of progress before the people. Those who were messengers of progress, in particular, were considered the bearers of subcultures. With the change of time, one day it has proved to be a culture in the society. And so the progress of each society is one of a kind. For him, any sudden imitation of another society is inappropriate, which requires enough time to adapt. What else is it that reveals a new aspect of human relationship like the transformation of life? The progress that is being made in the city in exchange for the demise of the village features is not less? As mentioned earlier, this is an international trend. As the city grows, the village will be swallowed up by the aggression of urban culture. People will be forced to become more impersonal as they become more modern. Everything is just social change. The future of the collective tradition in rural life is very bleak. Nothing will be visible to the white eye today except the veil of darkness.

In this state, on the one hand, as the city will become modern and dynamic, on the other hand, the people will also become heartless in this social cycle. The connection of the heart with the heart will become weaker and weaker. In the absence of relatives, no matter how disturbed the heart of the father or the heart of the mother may be, the rural society will no longer have the power to resist the urge to let them go. All the inconsistencies in the traditional rules will one day become appropriate. Older people will be disappointed with tears in their eyes as they stare at the road. Neighbors who are very enthusiastic may comment and say that if they had not taught their children to read, they would have stayed nearby. No matter how much people regret this mountain of dissatisfaction, it goes without saying that the tradition of joint family or neighborhood association will never return to the rural society. Emotions of the heart, giving and taking, which was the main basis of the tradition, are sitting up today. But yes, there will be some kind-hearted people in the society, in the neighborhood, whose village will be happy to chase away the sheep of the forest by eating at home for the welfare of others in spite of hundreds of intrigues and politics. But their role will be one-sided which will never help to unite the society in such a way without the cooperation of other people, but their beautiful dreams will die. They will also be forced to give up one day after being interrupted at every step. In the future, the day will come when the door of individualism will be closed and my "friendship" will be asserted. Where we work in tens - Hari Jiti Nahi Laj, people will know all this only as a revelation, in reality it will have no application.

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Submitted: April 26, 2020

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