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This is a feeble and much-abridged translation of a satirical essay by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya. The objective is merely to exhort readers to read the original or better translations. The story is set in the pre-Independence era and involves the opium addict, Kamalakanta - a witty character created by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya.
A neighbour had some teensy-weensy yellow-coloured birds in a cage that he hung outside the house. The birds hopped about in their tiny cage all day long and did nothing else. I wondered what pleasure the neighbour must get from keeping the birds; his children or he hardly had any time to even look at the birds. It must be dreadful to be caged! Then, I experienced what it is like to be caged, and my jailors are a bunch of stray cats!
Yes, I am seeing stars in broad daylight. I wasn't until Sudhir arrived. But he came and forced a piece of paper into my hands and demanded that I solve the problem written on it. I could see nothing on the piece of paper except a number of stars. This is what was written on it: ** x ** - * = 120. How was I to solve this?
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