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Second day we were going to Biranarasinghpur,the nearby village where my father was once adopted by his maternal grandfather and had later sold the house during freedom struggle .And on the third day we used to come back to Puri by midnight after completion of all the rituals.We used to play cards ,enjoy a lot.

Over these years I always longed for a meeting with Jayeenani,but it never came handy.Suddenly,we met in the sacred thread ceremony of my nephew and got each other's contact numbers.

But,there was a time when we did not have even a telephone.Also,for a long time we did not have electricity.But we had contact.I go back to my childhood.My uncle got married in 1965.As usual we went to village that year for attending Sheetal Shasthi.Manual Rickshaws were in use those days.I was 5 years old then.Once we got down a  girl came running towards us,She asked to my aunt in Odia....’Khudi,is this boy my brother ?’ Once my aunt replied in the affirmative,she took me with her and introduced me to the other friends of our age.

She was Jayeenani.At home she was called as Tikina.I don't remember when in place of Tikinanani I started calling her Jayeenani.Her name on school record was Jayanti.She was in their village school.Our meeting for a decade was annual.My father,mother,sisters ,grand mother at times,uncle,aunt and several other family members or relations were going by rickshaws .Those rickshaws were reserved for at least 3 days.First day by evening we used to reach our Village Birakesharipur.Second day we were going  to Biranarasinghpur,the nearby village where my father was once adopted by his maternal grandfather and had later sold the house during freedom struggle .And on the third day we used to come back to Puri by midnight after completion of all the rituals.We used to play cards ,enjoy a lot.

I was in my class 6.My uncle was posted at Puri as a Deputy Magistrate.One day he came running and gave a news to the whole family that our Jagatabhaina,Jayeenani's elder brother has got IPS.We did not know that time what IPS is ,but jumped in joy that our brother has got something great.Soon Jagatabhaina joined training at Mount Abu.IPS training was then happening there.In  May 1972 my sacred thread ceremony took place and Radhudadei ,Jagatabhaina’s  father came to take me to village for Sukhuakhia Todanipia,a ritual which happens before the ceremony when all the family members,relations etc.invite the prospective Brahmachari for lunch,dinner etc. at their respective places.

There I discovered a new Jayeenani with interest in literature.My sister and I had begun composing poems by then and I discovered that Jayeenani also composes verses.Jayeenani was shy,she used not to show her writings to others.I was the only exception.

In this way our life and time went on.Jayeenani and my elder sister passed matriculation ,I too after a year.In college I had a friend Sudhanshu Praharaj.We had intimacy.One day I found a piece of paper from his notebook.The handwriting was familiar,it was Jayeenani's writing, a poem !

It took me a year to find out  how my Jayeenani's poem went to Sudhanshu .

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