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As Aparajita and Arjun walked through the lively streets of Kolkata, the sounds of music and laughter filled the air. They paused to listen to a street performer playing a soulful melody on his flute, the music echoing through the narrow alleyways.
“That’s beautiful,” Aparajita said, her eyes closed in appreciation.
“It’s a traditional Bengali folk tune,” Arjun replied. “It’s called Bhatiali, and it’s said to represent the rhythm of the river.”
Aparajita smiled, captivated by the music. “I can almost hear the sound of the water flowing.”
They continued walking, taking in the vibrant colors and intricate textures of the city. As they passed a group of people dancing to the beat of a drum, Arjun took Aparajita’s hand and pulled her into the circle.
“Come dance with me,” he said, grinning.
Aparajita laughed, feeling a bit self-conscious but also exhilarated. They moved to the rhythm of the drum, their bodies swaying together in perfect harmony.
“This is amazing,” she said, feeling the music move through her.
“It’s just one of the many ways people celebrate life here,” Arjun replied, his eyes shining with joy.
As they continued their journey, they engaged in playful banter and heartfelt conversations. They shared their hopes, fears, and dreams, their bond growing stronger with each passing moment.
And as they walked through the cool alleys, the city’s pulse reverberated within them, a constant reminder of the beauty and possibility that surrounded them. For in that moment, they knew that their journey of rediscovery had only just begun, and they were eager to see where it would lead them.
Sukanya Basu Mallik's works have been featured on Reader’s Digest, Times of India, Sahitya
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