Mashrafe Mortaza


“I am a cricketer but can I save a life? A doctor can. But no-one claps for the best doctor in the country. Create myths around them. They will save more lives. They are the stars. The labourers are the stars, they build the country. What have we built using cricket? Can we make even a brick using cricket? Does paddy grow on the cricket field? Those who make courtyards using bricks, make things at factories, grow crops in the fields – they are the stars.”
“What do we do? If I say it very bluntly – we take money, we perform. Like a singer or an actor, we do performing art. Nothing more. The Muktijoddhad [1971 Liberation warriors] didn’t face bullets to get money on winning. Who is being compared to whom? If there are any heroes in cricket, they are Rakibul Hasans or martyrs like [Abdul Halim] Jewel… Rakibul Bhai had dared to enter the cricket field with ‘Joy Bangla’ inscribed on his bat [before the 1971 Liberation]. That’s big. Even bigger was his going to the front with his father’s gun. Shohid (martyr) Jewel left cricket and joined the crack platoon [a 1971 Liberation war guerrilla formation]. That’s bravery. Dealing with fast-bowling has romanticism and duty, not bravery.”
“I say, those who cry ‘patriotism, patriotism’ around cricket, if all of them for one day did not drop banana skin on the streets or did not spit on the streets or obeyed traffic rules, the country would have changed. This huge energy was not wasted after cricket and was used to do one’s work honestly even for a day, that would be showing patriotism. I don’t understand the definition of patriotism of these people.”
— Mashrafe Mortaza

the philosopher-captain-hero of the Bangladesh team
(The quotes were picked from an article by Garga Chatterjee. Entire the article can be read through given links. Photo: Google)
1. Why cricket has been a potent vehicle for nationalism in Bangladesh
When the nation-state’s ideology is a contested one, cricket reflects the contentions.

2. Cricket hyper-nationalism: war by other means

The Secret Is Within Yourself!

I didn’t know about Huineng before Melody Jie introduced me to Sixth Patriarch. I watched a movie on his life but that could not be reason for me to respect him as master. I came to read his thoughts, his way of seeing everything, and then I must surrender myself to the enlightened master. Here are some of his words in English I have collected from Google.
1. There is no Bodhi tree,

Nor stand of a mirror bright.

Since all is void,

Where can the dust alight
2. A finger points at the moon, but the moon is not at the tip of the finger.
3. The capacity of the mind is broad and huge, like the vast sky. Do not sit with a mind fixed on emptiness. If you do, you will fall into a neutral kind of emptiness. Emptiness includes the sun, moon, stars, and planets, the great earth, mountains and rivers, all trees and grasses, bad people and good people, bad things and good things, heaven and hell; they are all in the midst of emptiness. The emptiness of human nature is also like this.
4. The truth is to be lived, not just mouthed.
5. As one lamp serves to dispel a thousand years of darkness, so one flash of wisdom destroys ten thousand years of ignorance.
6. Truth has nothing to do with words. Truth can be likened to the bright moon in the sky. Words, in this case, can be likened to a finger. The finger can point to the moon’s location. However, the finger is not the moon. To look at the moon, it is necessary to gaze beyond the finger, right?
7. The meaning of life is to see.
8. Zazen is seated meditation-the opposite of contemplation-the emptying of the mind of all thoughts in order simply to be. In the midst of all evil, not a thought is aroused in the mind-this is called za. Seeing into one’s Self-nature, not being moved at all-this is called Zen.
9. Sit all together in meditation. Become peacefully calm and quiet, without motion, without stillness, without birth, without destruction, without coming or going, with no judgments of right or wrong, neither staying nor going. This, then, is the Great Way.
10. The secret is within your self.
11. The complete teachings of all Buddhas – past, present, and future – are to be found within the essence of every human being.
12. Before you think good or evil, who are you?
13. Because wisdom is innate, we can all enlighten ourselves.

दिखाने को दिखाना ज़रूरी है।

दिखाओ कि तुम दिखा रहे हो! उन तमाम विविध अन्दाज़ों में
जिन्हें तुम तब दिखाते हो, जब यह दिखाना होता है
कि लोग कैसे अपनी भूमिकाएँ अदा करते हैं,
दिखाने का अन्दाज़ कभी नहीं भूलना चाहिए
हर अन्दाज़ के पीछे दिखाने का अन्दाज़ मौजूद होना चाहिए
यह इस तरह होगा : यह दिखाने से पहले
कि कैसे कोई आदमी किसी को धोखा देता है या
ईर्ष्या से भर उठता है, या कोई सौदा पक्का करता है,
पहले दर्शकों की तरफ़ देखो, गोया तुम कहना चाहते हो :
‘अब ज़रा ग़ौर करें, यह आदमी किसी को धोखा
दे रहा है और इस तरह से दे रहा है,
जब वह ईष्या से भर उठता है तब ऐसा दीखता है,
और जब सौदा तय करता है तो ऐसे करता है’
इस तरह तुम्हारे दिखावे में दिखाने का अन्दाज़ आएगा,
जो भी बनाकर तैयार किया गया है उसे पेश करने का, पूरा करने का
और लगातार आगे बढ़ने का अन्दाज़
सो दिखाओ कि जो तुम दिखाते हो वह ऐसा है जिसे रोज ही दिखाते हो
और पहले भी अक़सर दिखा चुके हो, और तुम्हारा नाटक
किसी बुनकर के बुनाई करने सरीखा, किसी शिल्पकार की कृति सरीखा होगा
और जो चीज़ दिखाने से जुड़ी है, जैसे कि देखने को
ज़्यादा आसान बनाने में तुम्हारी लगातार दिलचस्पी,
हर प्रसंग केा हमेशा बेहतरीन ढंग से दिखाने की पूरी कोशिश,
उसे भी तुम्हें प्रकट करना चाहिए, तब यह सब
धोखा देना और सौदा करना और ईष्या से भर उठना
रोज़मर्रा के कार्य–व्यापार का स्वभाव लिये हुए होगा,
मसलन खाना खाने, सुबह नमस्कार करने
और अपना काम करने सरीखा (आख़िर तुम काम ही तो कर रहे हो न?)
और मंच पर
अपनी भूमिकाओं के पीछे तुम्हें ख़ुद भी उन्हें अदा करने वालों
के रूप में दिखते रहना होगा।
(दिखाने को दिखाना ज़रूरी है)

— ​बर्तोल्त ब्रेख़्त
अनु. : मंगलेश डबराल

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Jaun Was The Most Unsuccessful.

​When you cannot see things are getting worsed but you come to know after everything is wrong, then.. you cannot understand what to do.. I’m feeling like.. it would be better if life-force leaves from me.. to stay quiet.. and hidden forever.
You are nice, it doesn’t matter. What matters actually is what you are. You are nothing if you are not useful and important for society. Nobody is going to cry if you die and so you are obliged to live unwittingly, reluctantly.
Jaun Sahab says – “ho raha hu’n iss tarah barbaad, dekhne waale haath maltey hai’n.” The she’r seemed describing me well when a friend suddenly asked to me – “What you have become?”
You really feel everything around you is being created and projected. People are unaware how they are helping to create the environment. Someone says something about anything else but your mind relates it to your condition. It seems people have question in their eyes.
You are proved financially unsuccessful. You start to avoid talking to people. You are afraid to answer personal questions. People have started using your name as an example for unsuccessful person. You are considered useless, finished, looser! But you have to be breathing, inhaling & exhaling, because you if you die, you will be cursed by people. If you run away, you will be criticized. You are afraid to ‘what people would say?’ And so you are wasting your life. All your possibilities have been ruined. Nothing is rest for you. You are unmarried, single, alone, with no achievements. You wish to be disappeared immediately.

23:28 Tuesday 28th February 2017

Fidel left on Constitution Day 

Yesterday, 26th of November was Indian Constitution Day which should be observed same as Independence Day and Republic Day but I see most of people are Happy-Ignorants on Whatsapp & Facebook.
This time when the world is still receiving threat from dividing elements of global earth family, Fidel Castro has left us. It’s really sad for me. I’m sad as I was when Sadam Hussain and Gaddafi were killed by American Army.
..but Castro, he will always be alive there in our hearts, forever and ever!!
Red Salute to Comrade Fidel

05:50 am Sunday 27th November 2016