Nineteen Seventy One by Humayun Ahmed

First published in 1971 and After: Selected Stories, (University Press Limited, Dhaka), 2001. Reprinted in Cerebration, and Fault Lines (Ed. Niaz Zaman and Asif Farrukhi, Pub. University Press Ltd. Dhaka) 2007.

They arrived just before evening. An enormous group. Not marching or anything. Just walking about in a disorganized manner. They were probably coming from very far away. Each of them bowed down in weariness. Faces wet with sweat. Khaki clothes gray with dust. Almost all of the villagers went into hiding. Only Crazy Bodi came forward with a smile. With enormous glee he shouted at them, “What’s up?”

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