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ృOOb গল্পগুচ্ছ They were discussing with anxiety about the fate of that girl who was now to go to her mother-in-law's house. “She is quite wild. She doesn't know how to behave. What will happen to her!' they said. The next day I saw a small boat on the river. The poor girl was forced to go aboard. The whole scene was full of sadness and pathos. One of her girl companions was shedding tears stealthily, while others were persuading and encouraging her not to be afraid. The boat disappeared. It gave me the setting for a story named: The End [Samapti). Then there was a Postmaster. He used to come to me. He had been away from his place for a long time and he was longing to go back. He didn't like his surroundings. He thought he was forced to live among barbarians. And his desire to get leave was so intense that he even thought of resigning from his post. He used to relate to me the happenings of the village life. He thus gave me material for a character in my story: Postmaster. Mr. Chaturvedi then asked: How was ‘Kabuliwala' suggested? It is one of the stories that has a universal appeal. It is very popular on our side. The Poet: The story was a work of imagination. Of course there used to be a Kabuliwala who came to our house and who became very familiar with us. I imagined that he too must have a daughter left behind in his motherland to be remembered by him. Mr. Chaturvedi: I specially, like that part of the story of Kabuliwala where he says that he is going to his father-in-law's house. The Poet: On our side they refer to prison as sasurbari. Do they do so in your parts too? ‘Yes, they do call it sasuralaya': one of the party replied amidst laughter in which all joined. Mr. Chandra Gupta; You have adopted a new style in your later stories. How do you like your own earlier stories now? Poet: My later stories have not got that freshness, though they have greater psychological value and they deal with problems. Happily I had no social or political problems before my mind when I was quite young. Now there are a number of