By Amitava Sengupta(13 Jul 2009)
She begs at Chowringhee crossing. In all weathers and in all seasons. Days, months and years together. A boy and a girl equally wealthy come out of metro cinema. A beggar maid begs and receives a one rupee coin from them. Occasionally the boy happens to meet beggar maid. They love each other. The boy lets fall a bag full of money to test her honesty. Collecting the bag she must keep it. The girl tell him with his smile it is not mine I must keep it where I have found it-The boy has very much surprised at her honesty and asks her to pick up a job. Agreeing, the girl goes to be a ways earner. The boy does not like this so called beauty and self indulgence in the name of aristocracy. One day he opens his mind in clear terms to that wealthy girl. With an emphasis that a married woman conduct herself as her husband desires. The girls replied equally in clear terms that she doesn't like interference of any body in her personal freedom. The boy erases from his mind the image of the Rajkumari. He recalls the simple beautiful face of the beggar main. He stands on reality from his shadowy dreams and decides to marry her. Accompanied by the beggar maid ignoring his father's moral orders he came out into the wide world, shelterless. He has confidence that somehow he will get a job. But his hopes are belied and he did not hesitate to pull rickshaw in the streets of Kolkata to earn his loving by hard working. As a rickshaw puller one day he takes a woman and let her down infront of a hospital. As soon as he stretches his hand for fare he is amazed to see the nurse face and says how strange? You are! This nurse happens to be that wealthy woman proud of her beauty and possession. Now she devoted her life to the service of the suffering people. One day the rickshaw puller is involved in an accident and brought by another rickshaw puller to the beggar mind house. The mystery is exposed now in the presence of the beggar mind. The boy rickshaw puller only for her. She is very repentant. She runs to his rich father's residence and says that love realized that I am a curse in his life. She urges upon the rich man to bring back his son reconcile the beggar mind bids fare well with tearful eyes saying "Please do not misunderstand me."