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Editor's Note

Finding Neverland
Fairy tales or 'rupkotha' were a big part of our childhood. On hot summer's nights, sitting on grandma's open terrace and listening to the adventures of princes, lost queens and monsters that locked the hearts of kings inside golden boxes and left them in 'pataal puri' or the underworld; memories were created that remain engraved in our souls.

Many may question the relevance of fairy tale and folklore to Star Lifestyle, but what is life without imagination?

We are a generation that grew up with these tales. We were surrounded by an atmosphere of exciting possibilities and innocent fancies that is sorely lacking in the lives of our children. There is thus this need for timeless traditions of this land to make a comeback into our lives, and the lives of our children. Not only will this introduce them to a culture that is inherently ours but also open a world of fantasy, and an understanding of right from wrong beyond stories that now appear in popular fiction.

It is hard enough to find time for bedtime stories with the younglings, let alone family times like these. We tend to buy them CD's of Cinderella and Little Mermaid and consider the fairy tale part of their childhood taken care of.

Imaginary worlds where our kids have friends named 'dustu wan' or 'shapoo', where they duel monsters or Captain Hook are all part of their creative personality. We must allow our children to soar heights and take flights of fancy to make them better, more complete individuals.

For this to happen, it is mandatory on our part to regale them with fairytales including our very own tales of Dalim Kumar and Kironmala and Kolaboti Rajkannya, as well.

Thakurma'r Jhuli has reached a hundred years of publication and here at Star Lifestyle, we earnestly believe that it must get the credit it so deserves.

Leave out the political debates and embrace it as our own treasure of fairy tales; the rich, colourful lore is a depiction of rural Mymensingh, written at a time when Bengal was undivided. The writer was born and brought up in the part now known as Bangladesh and penned and published the stories here, although he chose to spend his last days in Kolkata.

Today, we have tried to translate the majestic story of Kironmala for our readers. We were so intrigued while brainstorming for the issue that we tried our best to bring Kironmala to life again and believe us when we say we were indeed transported to her world.

Although 'rupkotha' or fables in the form of Tona Tunir Golpo can be found on CDs, we, however, do not have any one like Walt Disney to make awe-inspiring animated movies out of them.

Even if we try, it always fails to capture our imagination, let alone the children's. Thus in this highly competitive world Kironmala and Dalim Kumar are forever lost.

If any of our readers take the time to read the translated story of Kironmala to their child today, we would say our efforts were a success.

Raffat Binte Rashid


On the cover

Some social scientists believe that we made the transition from ape to human when we started dreaming. When we realised that the dream-world was different from the real world, it was impossible to keep this juicy discovery to ourselves. Thus came campfire stories, tales concocted to help the pioneers cope with a world full of possibilities they hadn't begun to explore. And that, was where folklore began.

Every so often, when reality becomes a little too real, we keep turning back to these stories of old, where the brave prince slays the demons and rescues the princess, and it helps us believe in chivalry and heroes again.

This week, Star Lifestyle pays a special tribute to Thakurma'r Jhuli, that cornucopia of fantastic tales that fuelled our childhood dreams over generations. Hop aboard a magical ride as we re-tell a timeless classic.

Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Illustration: Sadat
Model: Sanjana Rahman
Make-up: Farzana Shakil
Ensemble: Maheen Khan




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