তুমি বললা জল
আর আমি বললাম পানি
দুই টুকরা হয়া গ্যালো মানচিত্রখানি!
You said, Jol*
And I said, Pani**
Our Country got partitioned into two States.***
* Jol = Water in Bangla, used by Bangali Hindus.
** Pani = Water in Bangla, used by Bangali Muslims.
*** In 1947, when India and Pakistan emerged as nation-states, historically unified areas like Bangla and Punjab were partitioned which is viewed as a catastrophic tragedy by many.
A SMALL NOTE ON THE LATE PHOTOGRAPHER
Shahnaz Parvin was an Award-Winning Photo Journalist. She was a passionate Bangalee, and used to reside in Bangladesh, until she passed away at the age of 32 on August 14, 2016. She was one of the best photographers of her time, who has been within top 10 of world’s top 100 photographers for last few years. Her real passion was in photography and learning it. Shahnaz mostly loved documentary photography, and loved to represent her country Bangladesh through her lens. With the highest number of Photo of the Month and Photo of the Day Awards, Shahnaz joined Light and Composition as Contributing Photographer from March 2013. Covering upheaval, conflict, places, people, and culture, she was one of the top most contributors from South Asia until 2015.” (https://www.lightandcomposition.com/shahnazparvin/)
This poem is dedicated to her memory…