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I dream of….. Hellboy?

Freud believed that everything you do is premeditated; every action and thought is motivated by your unconscious, even your dreams. He believed that man has many urges, animalistic, instinctual etc, but in order to live in a civilized society, those urges must be suppressed. However, these urges and impulses bubble to the surface in the symbolic language of dreams. He believed that individuals are truly themselves only in their dreams.

Jung had a slightly different view about dreams. He believed that it was a way to communicate and acquaint yourself with your spiritual conscious. According to him, dreams are not attempts to conceal your true nature from the society, but rather it is a window to your unconscious. They serve to guide one to achieve wholeness and offer a solution to a problem one is facing in your real life.

Out of these two, Jung probably had the more accurate idea. We lie fast asleep in bed, all snuggled up in our blankets dreaming our Alice-in-wonderland dreams with bunnies and rainbows and suddenly, BAM, down the wrong rabbit hole and we're being chased by an evil Hellboy driving a big red hummer or wielding a machete.

But what does that really mean?

Here, the ten most common nightmares' messages are explained.

Being Chased
Being chased is the most common of nightmares. Whatever pursues you, be it animals, or a person, or dark forces in giant gas-guzzling cars, it symbolizes a part of yourself that you're refusing to accept. It's an area of your life where you may feel helpless. An animal could represent the more uninhibited part of your nature. A strange person or negative energy represents lessons you need to learn or accept. Your subconscious is telling you, or begging you, to take control of your life even if it means making a difficult choice.

Drowning or being unable to breathe represents, again, something you are blocking out, avoiding or not being able to cope with. This is especially true concerning feelings you may not want to admit.

Being Trapped
Being trapped or unable to move signifies, you guessed it, a feeling of claustrophobia. It is likely you are coping with a situation where you feel you have no choice.

Boyfriend/Girlfriend Breaking Up With You
This could mean insecurities about oneself or ones relationship. It could also mean dissatisfaction over said relationship. Or maybe your subconscious is trying to tell you something is wrong with your relationship? Sometimes, there are lessons to be learned about standing on your own, no matter what. Think about what you need to feel secure in real life.

Being Injured
This is a way of your subconscious to tell you that you have been neglecting yourself. Pay close attention to the body part that seems to be injured in the dream. The head represents all of you; the hands, how you handle life and legs equal support. Just remember to make your needs a priority in your life.

Teeth Falling Out
This could either mean your trip to the dentist is long overdue, your getting old, your not saying what you really feel or your afraid of public speaking! It could also mean your having trouble making a decision. Take your pick, people!

Being Naked in Public
A very common dream in the movies, this represents lack of self-confidence and feeling uncomfortable around other people. The dream reflects a sense that you are vulnerable, weakened in the eyes of others, and possibly a fool. This is a common dream for reserved people with very high standards (i.e. uptight people). You can turn it around by imagining everyone else in his or her underwear when you are awake, but it doesn't usually work. So you might as well loosen up and learn to love yourself.

Missing a Plane, Train, etc.
Dreams like these usually occur after making a big life decision. It represents unsettling feeling about said decision. It could also mean that you have missed an important opportunity in your life. Which sucks for you! This is why you should always follow your heart.

Contacted By the Dead
It could be just a dream or it could be your loved one actually visiting you from beyond the grave. Don't freak out, they just want to see how you are doing. Not much else to do down there. These dreams are supposed to comfort you, not scare the bejeebies out of you. They suggest that love endures beyond our concept of space or time. If the deceased person is speaking out loud, it is more likely the dream is about a part of yourself.

Natural Disasters
An earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, tornado, or other end of the world dream often means a way of life that needs to be extinguished. There is something going on that is likely to trigger a dramatic change from what is safe and familiar.

Recurring nightmares? That means your subconscious is trying to tell you something. When you finally get the message, the dreams will stop. Or revert back to the happy rainbow-butterfly-bunny dreams.

So, welcome nightmares, it is only your subconscious trying to help you out.

By Musarrat Rahman
Reference: MSN Astrology

Bovine bondage

MY nine-year-old cousin sister calls me 'butch'. Short for butcher. Well, can't really blame her; I do lean towards that profession, take up the knife and jump into action every other Eid.

She thinks it's insanely cruel. “You killed my 'stishie'. You bad man”. Jawaerea was only six and too young to pick up on her 'swear word' vocab. Truth be told, I did slaughter the little, black goat, the object of her week-long obsession.

This however is not about Billy goats; it's about cows, and my passion for them. Yes! I know, I slaughter them with my own hands. But that is for a higher cause! It is through sacrifice, sometimes, that true love takes form.

As a child I used to roam around the city, sitting on my father's shoulders, I went through the busy cattle-markets and learnt a few tricks on buying cows. It was like a family heirloom, a sacred knowledge, and the haggling skill for the sacrificial cow, handed down from one generation to another, only through the lineage of blood.

After the death of my father, annual visits to the haat were accompanied with elder cousins- all of whom I must add, were seasoned hagglers. They could bargain and bring down a prized bull in the order of thousands.

“Chacha, apnar bari koi?” The conversation would start.


“Really! Small world. Which Zilla?” We were from Comilla, but the fact at that point had become irrelevant and totally lacked importance.

-Bhangura. The aged merchant would reply taking a long drag of the bidi he was smoking.

“I am from Shujanagor. That makes us deshi, so how much is the Ox…the small red one”. In fact it was the biggest cattle the old chap was selling.

Hindol bhai, my cousin brother had this unbelievable command of geography. How he managed it, beats me till this day. If the seller had said he was from Ranigram, Manikganj I could bet my life that he would have been able to name a locality in that vicinity.

Now, for those who think I am trying to pull your leg, I do understand that this whole tete-e-tete was totally pointless and had no effect on the price of the cow in question. But love for the bovine kind has its eccentricities!

Veterans in this field would however tell you, its not all fun and no pun.

Gabtoli of course has a place that bears special meaning to all cow-lovers. If you are not there, you are nowhere! Many years ago, we bought a cow from Gabtoli, like we do every year. Now there is nothing abnormal about it. That's what people do. Buy cows, from cattle-markets! But this was no ordinary cow. Believe me when I say, we bought a huge, grey hi-breed for 16.5 that was worth at least 25k. For once, haggling skills defied our own expectations.

The money was transferred, the seller counted the bills and...RAN! Like there was no tomorrow!

Now this is something one is not accustomed to, no matter how big a kahuna you are in the field of buying cows. We all stood in a moment of silence in the sheer astonishment of what had exactly happened. Before we could move an inch, the seller had vanished in the thick crowd, with the prized ox standing firmly on the ground, safely tied to the pole. Fellow sellers were equally amazed. Or so they pretended! This was indeed a well-planned routine. A young bloke volunteered to act as the vendor while we pay the toll or 'hasil' as it is called, after much persistence. Hindol bhai went with him as I stood alone, gently patting the cow. Hindol bhai returned like a victor, now that the cow was legally ours, we untied the rope, the cow took some feeble steps and fainted. Right in the middle of Gabtoli, two days before E-day, we had a semi-dead cow in our hands and no idea what-so-ever as what should be done. Hindol bhai was visibly perspiring. I could only manage, "Amma will kill us." People soon gathered at the site, some even teased at our achievement in buying a semi-dead cow. People poured water on the cow's head, some tried to give an awkward twist to its tail. But to no avail. It shivered and was making a scary sound. Death was close, we all imagined.

They say necessity is the mother of all invention. True! Believe me...its true.
Back then I was a freshman at medical school and knew that lack of glucose in the brain cells may cause a fit. I suggested we feed him glucose. Hindol bhai rushed to the nearest dispensary while I made myself busy trying to palpate the cow's pulse. Now for those of you who are a little shy about treading the cattle markets will be unaware of how cows are 'bamboo' fed. To make their abdomens full, sellers put a hollow bamboo into the cow's mouth and drain in grains mixed with water. Cruel it seems, but that day, it proved to be a life saver- the cow's, mine and my brother's. We mixed two packets of dextrose, quarter grams of salt and a handful of grains into a bucket full of water, forced the bamboo-feeder into the mouth and poured it in. The cow objected but we were not too keen on animal rights at that moment.

Now, we waited. Five minutes. Nothing. Fifteen minutes...nothing. But gradually the shivering stopped, and after more than an hour the cow finally stood up. We were relieved to say the least. The cow had finally over come the seizure. But the ordeal of bringing a 'semi-dead-cow-that-was-now-semi-alive' all the way from Gabtoli to Shantinagar had fallen upon us. Over 15 miles, if not more. How we managed is another story, but to keep the story short-on a three-wheeler van!

By The Lizard King


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