Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Visiting the Cultural House of Tajuddin Noor Ganie

(Utuh Bakencong Relaxing Series)

The sound of the kelotok engine accompanies Utuh Bakencong enjoying the exotic beauty of the Kuin River. This is his second trip. Yes, before that he departed from his house to and arrived at North Alalak. Well, after he talked at length with his friend who is a Dayak Berangas in the area, then he got on this kelotok boat. Now he has one hope, to meet Mr. Tajuddin Noor Ganie, his friend and at the same time the famous Banjar culturalist.

Actually the kelotok he was riding did not stop right in front of Mr. Tajuddin's house. He had to walk again about 500 meters from the harbor to get to his friend's house. It's been a tiring journey.

Step by step continued to leave traces of history and he was standing tall in front of Mr. Tajuddin's fence. His heart was happy because his friend looked healthy on the front porch of the house.

"Assalamualaikum!' cried Utuh Bakencong.

"Wa'alaikumussalam!" said Mr. Tajuddin.

"I'm in, shall I?"

"Yes please!"

Slowly, Utuh Bakencong opened the fence in front of him, then walked over to the friendly host.

"Long time no see. How are you?" Utuh Bakencong opened the conversation again.

"Thank God I'm fine. Where are you from?"

"From North Alalak. Last night a friend there called and invited me to his house. I said yes and we were having fun chatting at his house."

The two of them continued to talk happily, including about the world of writing. Occasionally they also enjoy steeping hot tea and fresh bananas.

Although it looks fun, but actually Utuh Bakencong's heart feels sad because this friend can no longer write literature and others. The culturalist, who is also known as a national writer, said that stroke sufferers were not encouraged to think hard. When writing the brain works very hard to produce quality writing.

Utuh Bakencong tries to cheer up his friend with words that contain life's motivation. He knows very well that writing is like the heart for his friend. Without writing, it is certain that his life will feel very empty.

And, since it was noon, it didn't feel good for him to stay there. Gently, Utuh Bakencong said goodbye to his house. (MJA).

Watch the short film of this series in the following video.