I’m not a hardcore traveler like those who always keep travelling. I have a bike and it’s my only travel partner but I was always limited to a certain area even I have never been to any historical place in Dhaka except Lalbag Fort. It’s not like that I’m a home sick guy or like a nerd who spends most of the time in his own room. Actually I love to travel but I didn’t get much opportunity.
Anam is my good friend, not only mine, as a helpful person he is a good friend to a large number of people as far I know. Around 10/12 days ago he proposed me to take a presentation at AUW, Chittagong. It was interesting but unfortunately I fell sick and went home for a rest. As I’ve committed to attend the event, I got back to Dhaka before two days of the workshop though I wasn’t fully recovered. The presentation was about UI/UX. I passed a long time with UX. After becoming a PHP programmer I almost stopped thinking & working about UX but still I have a soft corner for it. Anyway I prepared myself with a presentation for AUW but it wasn’t presented at the end (that’s another story, I’m gonna write about it shortly below).
I am doing a job beside my personal work, that’s why I’m always in a tight schedule, I managed two days from my team leader for the event. As scheduled, I met with Anam Vai at Raj Bilash Restaurant for dinner and discussed about the event. I already booked 2 tickets from Bangladesh Railway Authorized Site. After finishing dinner as planned we went to Airport Railway Station and after confirming the final tickets we had to change our initial plan! Actually I planed and booked the ticket for the train at 15:00 but I got ticket for the train at 08:00. I just became speechless because we have not gathered our luggage items yet and the watch on my right wrist was saying it’s already 22:30! My home is 18 KM far from the station, so I took a ride at approx 80KMPH+ speed to get home fast. We had plan to print some souvenir stickers for students but couldn’t for limited time. Just packed some personal data, presentation in my pen drive (also I have uploaded them in cloud) and my dresses in a bag and got back to Anam’s Home to drop him, we planned to stay in Anam’s home till 07:00 and then dinner and go to station, our train schedule was 08:00.
Me and Anam both like to work and learn mostly at night, Anam is one step ahead of me, It appears that he can live even without sleep! My friend Alim requested me to stay in his home, he told me he just downloaded a movie and want to enjoy with me. I couldn’t refuse the offer.. As planned, me and Anam passed a sleepless night and met again at Raj Bilash Restaurant for breakfast. After breakfast, we caught a BRTC bus (wondering, after how many days I’m traveling in local bus) to reach to the train station. After reaching the station we were announced that the train got late due to strike but no ETA, we thought it can be one or two hours as normal delay but it wasn’t. Morning is my sleep time, to restraint myself from fallen down I was walking after a certain interval. Anam was also doing the same, after 2-3 hours we take coffee because it was a big deal for me to keep myself awake. Anam is used to take coffee but I ain’t, I take tea normally but the situation was not good and coffee was the only solution to get rid of sleep.
Many people was waiting like us, Also a girl (about my age) was waiting beside me. She was alone and board. We were hopeful about train but may be Allah’s thought something different and checking our patience. In the afternoon the girl (sit beside me) walked to me and told about her situation. She was trying to get train from 4 days ago but couldn’t get train due to strike.
We felt recharged after this, a woman is surviving then why we can’t be? after this, authority announced that the train won’t come today and they are ready to get back tickets and refund the price, we were disappointed and speechless but got some hope after hearing that a train (Subarna) is coming from Chittagong and tickets are available. We already had the tickets of First Class, we gave it back and got another two but those are second class tickets (non AC). At the end authority announced an ETA about the train. I gave a proposal to Anam to go uttara for shopping. After agreeing with my proposal We started walking to infinity, I bought a set of dress for sports and got some meal at BFC.
We din’t want to spend time out of station, our sixth sense wasn’t supporting it. After get back to rail station we started waiting again! Waiting, coffee and again waiting, but in this stage it wasn’t such hard because we were gossiping with the girl who was facing same problem, may be she was the only female survivor. Suddenly we saw the train Subanrna at the station, just it come back from Chittagong, at least we were happy to see a train which come from Chittagong. Train left the station to get a about turn. We already got tickets for this train. We were a little upset because of the tickets for second class!
After quite while, we heard announcement that the train is coming back from Comlapur Railway Station to go back to Chittagong. Anam Vai suddenly propose me to give a try to get First Class Ticket. I was thinking “how to get” its true Sherlock Holmes brain got hanged but I have a little hope. The counter was always busy and already kind of mad due to pressure. I got a plan to convince the counter manager as I know officially it wan’t allowed to change the ticket at the moment of train arrival without showing a good cause. When I reach to the counter to change the ticket I got hopeless, already somebody quarreling with the counter manager for the same thing. I was trying to convince him but else he already got a much pain and didn’t agree to do anything without selling tickets. I changed my plan and came to the entering door of the counter. My plan to manage the Pion with some money. Again failed but I wasn’t hopeless, take the third attempt at another counter, I already created a story to convince him, the story wan’t fake actually, I just organised it to make it more touchable 😛 I got successes and got tickets of first class, I have to pay 70BDT extra as I committed to the counter manager. I don’t get any reciept for this 70 Taka may be its bribe/bokshis. I had no guilty conscience because they didn’t provide tickets but tickets were available. In this case I had nothing to do without doing this.
The train arrived ( like a magica to me) when I got tickets on my hand, just shouted to Anam vai “Go go go” we were running but I lost Anam Vai in lots of people. I called him and he said he couldn’t run fast as me but he still tracking me.
Got our seat easily and posted my status on facebook. after getting a comfortable seat, our mind demanding to get some meal, ya we ware very hungry. Food provider came to us with the special food only for Bangladesh Railway. We got Cutlet, Bread, Cake, Water and tea. Our 18 Hours of waiting was finally finished.
The train was moving very slowly, first we didn’t understand the reason why, after sometime I had been like a ice after hearing that the train going slowly because of risk. Terrorist ware trying to cut rail line again and to reduce loss driver was driving slowly. Anam vai had no headache about that, just was having meal. I was scared about of the rails. We were so sleepy, I was sleepless about 30 hours and Anam Vai More than 30 hours. I just went to sleep by saying this to train “go whatever you like”.
Had a nice sleep and when I woke up, I saw Anam vai still sleeping. I saw some hills from the train window and thought that we’re in Chittagong. I setup the camera and lens like a Snipist and came to the common space between two coach as a perfect shooting place. Felt like everything was against me, The light was insufficient and getting motion blur for normal shutter speed, got insufficient light for sports mode shooting and couldn’t use flash because I was trying to capture hills!
After trying so many times I got some photos by tuning camera settings.
And we finished our eventful train journey, my first Dhaka to Chittagong train journey too. I was a little disappointed to be failed of getting a long exposure shot beside hill. I thought to pull the chain though but didn’t 😛
After reaching at the station we felt hungry and start walking as Anam vai’s direction. I noticed somebody waiting for us. Its Rakib Vai and Asif (CTG) vai. With him we reached to a hotel and I ate some Biriani and got saved.
I brought formal dresses but din’t have time to wear it because it was already 8:00 AM. Then we meet with Fahria Kabir Apu in a restaurant and recast the whole program plan.
As planned we reached to Asian University for Woman we saw some poster and banner for today’s program.
We reached to the AUW Lab directly. and Anam vai started setting up projector and his Micro PC. Maximum students came by that time and we started, first Asif Vai has given his presentation about HTML then Anam Vai and then he announced my name. My topic was CSS. I should confess something, I’m not a student of English medium and this was my first presentation in English and without preparation, I don’t have any slide because of changing topic. I was ready for UX presentation but assigned for CSS after reaching Chittagong also didn’t know that there are many foreigner students here and I have to deliver in English.
I started, Anam Vai, Asif Vai & Fahrial Apu helped me a lot, without their help I really couldn’t do anything. Also I am impressed to the students that how much responsible they are. I’m much fluent with CSS but its really tough to tell something in front of a group of people.
We got break for launch and come to the AUW restaurant. We found a Gramophone there and Anam vai captured this. Also we passed a nice moment with some nice person.
After finishing Anam vai’s presentation we have gifted some souvenir from AUW
Then we packed up our tools and back to the auditorium for photo session.
And thus we reached the end of our event, we were honored. They came at the gate to say us BYE. We got tea and finally we said bye to Fahria Apu and Rakib vai. Asif vai was with us at the rail station to say us goodbye. I felt we have to survive again when hear two shocking news. No train tickets ware available and the opposite party again announced strike.
Our first requirement was tickets, with attention I read the message from counter manager “No Tickets are available”. Also I noticed standing tickets are available though but I’m not as prepared to buy this! ok then I started finding somebody with a special look 😉 yep got 3 ticket blacker at once, just like getting rain by expecting cloud 😛 and got tickets then with original ticket price, don’t know how they could provide with his margin. I think they got tickets with a cheaper rate from those travelers who canceled journey.
Saw the clock, 1.5 hours to be waited, we were checking our mail (i’m from phone and anam vai from his netbook) notifications at waiting room. Saw a foreigner gentleman sitting in front of me. I started talking with him. He is from Spain and here to visit Bandarban. He survived two days in train to reach Chittagong from Bandarban. By saying good bye to him we left the room and stepped into platform. After about 2.5 hours waiting we saw the train is coming. No way to lose Anam Vai again, got the seat and fall in asleep. Nothing special happened in the train. We were too tired and fell in sound sleep. We didn’t awaken even after reaching Dhaka Airport Railway Station. Somebody made us awaken and we were back to Basundhara by bus. I got my lovely Bike keys from friend and back to my living Place with it.
And this is the story of our Chittagong travel, I am not a writer not a good English known people too. Pardon me for my mistakes. And Thank you so much for showing your patience to read this big post
Hats Off To Them
Fahria Apu: Fahria Apu din’t act like a Serious University Teacher, really she is very friendly. I don’t know how much respect I could give her but its true that she suppose to be honored from us all time. I just felt unlucky that I didn’t have any teacher like you, I’m jealous!!
Nova Apu: Awesome Person with responsibility. I found a great HRM look in you 🙂
Aniqa Apu: Sherlock Holmes should be failed to recognize you at the case I mistaken. I was surprised when you said you’r a Bangladeshi. Anyways thank you and Allah Bless you.
Eqra Jawid Apu: I got caught when hear you are from India, You ware looking same like us. I talked with you at the gate many many thanks for your appreciation.
Nishat Raihana Apu: Too shy! I got shy when getting gift from her. I’m thankful to her for her invested interest and energy for the event.
Qalpona Apu: Happy Birthday to you, hope lord will give you good longevity in this earth loop and thank you for your appreciation.
Anam Vai: The blackmailer :@ he didn’t tell me to be prepared for English presentation :'( and I’m grateful to him to bring myself in a special place like AUW and to be introduced with some awesome persons.
Rakib Vai: Angry Bird ha ha ha, thanks to him to give us his valuable time and organizing the event.
Asif Vai: Too Emotional one person, he stays till we got tickets. Didn’t want to let us go. I’m thankful to you for your kindness and nice performance.
Students: All student showed much respects, responsibility and honor, I will remember everybody and the moments I passed with them.