Village of Joy, a poetic monologue in a drawing form, about a girl named Aasera, written & drawn by Bishal Nath.

 

With blue salty water around our houses. 1st untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

The dream city lights seen miles away made us all curious hoping to visit it someday. 2nd untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

I lived listening to the music of sea. 3rd untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

Its rhythm brought me peace when I slept in the morning. 4th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

I am blessed to lived my life with the sounds of sea, the stone and scenary. 5th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

But even though my skies were filled with stars that merged with the rippling water, it didn't change my long hard nights. 6th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

I thought people call it village of joy because of all these but it was something else, I was born in Brothel Island of my country. 7th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

A secular and veiled country. I never understood these two words together. 8th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

All I heard was Welcome a girl is waiting fo you. And honestly it sounded normal to me then. I din't even find it different or painful or weird at all ...growing up in the Village of Joy. 9th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

At the age of 14, I started accompanying my mom along with other girls from the village. 10th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

But faked my age to 18, to the satisfaction of local authorities. It's easy to make people hear what they want to hear. 11th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

It's even easier with god's anti-aging skin that cursed us to attract unsatisfied men from all over. 12th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

Anyone could rent us for any number of hours. 13th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

I was known was weekend wife even though I had a birth name, Aasera. 14th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

No one had told me about humiliation, which I had not noticed growing up! No, one one even told us about it. It just grew on us like anti-aging skin. When I did feel humiliation for the first time, others didn't seem to see it at all. It was more painful than most of the pain in life that I bore!15th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

I was asked to be generous even in my anger. 16th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

My protest was overshadowed by reason of dependence. 17th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

It was the only source of money for one and all. Our companion had plenty of it and we had plenty of need for it. 18th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

I asked many questions but got no answer to! 19th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

If our men go out to the sea then why do we remain on land. 20th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

They go out during day and never get to see us at night. 21st untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

I felt like their fish, selling my body. 22nd untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

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But the transformation from night to day happened in a strangest way. 24th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

The brightest moment was a gift of ornamental fish, that turned my night into day. 25th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

I went further than the men ever did. 26th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

And saw my dream in ornamental fish. 27th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

Buying and breeding, dealing and selling made my wildest wish come true. 28th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

Yes, it's my own shop where I am not fir sale anymore. 29th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

I got to see my own country more than complete and all its people unlike us, did normal things for a living. 30th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

I heard the story of Cinderella too, but never waited for any magic to happen. 31th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

I decided to go towards the sea with my ornamental fish as my mind was now wandering over to the northern sea. 32nd untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

Eventually my fish did take me to dram city lights that were truely more than I had imagined it would be. What a city it was! 33rd untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

It turned my night into day. 34th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

I wished the same for my village. 35th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath

It was a right turn after the 24th year of my life and now I can clearly see the whole wide journey in front of my eyes, Now I enjoy beautiful days, startung with true good mornings. I sleep looking peacefully at the star filled sky, listening to the music of sea. I am working towards the same dream for everyonein my village now. It should truely be the Village Of Joy for everyone in my village now... 36th untitled village of joy drawing by Bishal Nath