July 2019


Md. Nomaan Sarker

(Translated by Nuren Noorain)

It was a sunny day. Princess Linda wake up in the morning and looked through the window. The flowers were blowing, birds were singing. She decided to go to hills and play.

Princess Linda went to the king and asked that if she could go. The king agreed but he said that she must stay around the soldiers. She promised so. Then she started for the hills with Ringo, her favorite horse.

When she reached there, she saw a boy crying. All of a sudden, she heard a voice, ‘Hey, how are you?’ She turned back and saw Neno was standing there.

Linda was so happy to see her. Linda said, ‘it’s great that you are here. Now let’s play with my ball.’

Neno said, Wait! Do you know why the little boy is crying?’

Princess Linda said, No, I know nothing about this. I just arrived here.’

Neno said,’ Okay then. Let me see.’

Neno close her eyes and went back on the time and saw that the boy was playing with his ball and it fell down the hill. After that the little boy was crying.

Neno open her eyes and shared the whole story to Linda.

 She said, ‘Don’t you think you should share your ball with him?’

Princess said, ‘But I don’t wanna share my ball. I got it as a present.’

Neno said, ‘Don’t you remember about that day?’

Princess said, ‘What day?’

Neno said, ‘Close your eyes, I will help you remember that day.’

Princess said, Ok, I am gonna close my eyes. I love it when you take me back on time. You are amazing!’

Princess closed her eyes and she went back on time.

Neno said, ‘That day, when your balloons had flow in the sky and you were crying for that. Look at sky princess and feel what your feelings were then.

Princess went back on that day. A strong wind blew her balloons off high in sky.  She felt sorry for the boy.  

Princess opened her eyes.

Neno said, ‘That day you felt too bad. Right? So why are doing the same thing? Always spread happiness than you will get happy with in return.

Princess went to the boy and give him ball.

Boy felt wonder. He laughed; he was really happy. No one would believe that sometimes back he was crying. He thanked her.

That day, she learned a great lesson that is spread happiness whenever you get a chance. Then you will get happiness in return.

Written by Nomaan Sarkar

(Translated by Nuren Noorain)

‘Papa look it’s raining!’, said the princess. The king looked through the window. He said, `How beautiful the surrounding looks when it rains!’

Princess looked at her mother. The queen smiled. She ran towards the large balcony that was beautifully decorated by plants. She extended her hand off the balcony. She wandered how does it rain?’

The plants were looking so lively! She closed her eyes and felt every drop of the rain. It felt like every drop was not just water droplets but tons of happiness. She turned her face looking at the king and laughed. The sound of her laugh melted his heart. To him it was more beautiful than the rain. She ran to him and jumped on his lap. She said,` I love my family. I love it when we three are together.’ Her curious little eyes were looking at king. The king said,` Do you want to ask me something?’

The princess said `Is it true that the fairies come in the forest when it rains? Once you said that fairies come in the forest near the eastern sea while narrating a story. Can we visit them, please?’

The king laughed and said, `That was just a story, my dear.’

No! I believe in them. Let’s go and find if they are really there now.’

The king said, `As you wish, my princess.’

The king and queen along with the princess started for the garden. They traveled by the royal horses. The princess was traveling on her favorite black horse. She named it Hexie. Her eyes were sparkling. She was wandering if the fairies too love rain just like her. Cool breeze was blowing when all of a sudden a strong wind threw her off the horse. The queen and the king ran to her. The queen said,` You’ve been hurt badly. Moreover it’s raining, you may catch cold. Let’s just go back home. We’ll come here some other day.’ But she wasn’t an easy one either.     ` Mom, I’m a princess and papa said that princesses are never afraid of anything. They fight in the darkest times. And it’s just rain. As a true princess I mustn’t stop here. Now hurry up! The sun is about to set.’ At last they reached the forest. The princess looked at the sea. She never came out of the castle at the time of rain. She was surprised looking at the beauty of nature. At the same time, she was astonished seeing the large blue sea. The forest was full of beautiful plants and colorful flowers. She saw a plant from far away. She asked the king if she can go there. The king said, ’Well it’s your day. So enjoy it!’

When the princess went near, she saw the plant was full of blue berries. The queen stood beside her. She said,` You wanna have some?’

‘Yes but…….”

‘But what?’

`You said that everything should be eaten only after its washed well.

The queen smiled and said,’ Rain water is purer than any water in the world. The berries are washed by it. So you can have these.’ As soon as she ate one, she shouted,` These are the best berries I have ever eaten.’

All of a sudden she remembered about the fairies. She ran to the king and said where are the fairies?’ The king said you may look for them. She looked around but found none. She came to her father and said ‘Maybe they are not coming out because of the rain. Can we wait till the rain stops? Please… ’

The king couldn’t refuse her. The rain stopped but she didn’t. At last she returned back to the king. The king asked, ’What happened dear?’

She said that she didn’t find any fairy. The king said, `Well, I found one.”

Her dull face turned merry. She was on the ninth cloud. There was a sparkle in her eyes. She was so excited!

She asked,’ Where is the fairy?’

Are you ready to see her?’ asked the king.

`Born ready!’ said the princess

He took her near the sea and pointed at her reflection and said,` There she is!’

The princess said,` But….but  that’s just my reflection.’

Well it’s just a reflection as you see. But look deeper, its lot more than that. The girl in the water is you with all your strength and flaws.’

My child, nobody is flawless. But there is a magic inside everyone of us . I can see that in you too.’

She was surprised and asked,`Do I have a superpower?’

The king laughed and said,‘ Well, kind of.’

What kind?’ She asked.

King said, ’The power of goodness.’

Everyone has it but not everybody choses to use it. But I know that my princess will use it and grow it more and more.’

The princess understood the king’s message. She said, ‘Yes papa, I will use and grow it more, it’s my promise. I will become your proud daughter and a wise queen.’The king was pleased and said, Always remember have faith on yourself. Only then you will be able to use the magic.’