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It was a winter morning back in 2003. Most probably it was November or December. I was waiting at the exam desk and taking mental preparation for the admission test at Dhaka Residential Model College (DRMC).  The weather was cold, my hands were frozen and I was shivering. Then suddenly I saw Sifat and that was the time when I first met him. Though I hardly think Sifat can remember that day. He was laughing with others, having fun before the exam. I wondered how can he not be tensed about the exam and how can he get along with others that easily. One thing I understood he is too friendly in nature and I wished if he were my friend. And I’m grateful to almighty that we became friends.

At DRMC, there were 37 or 38 students in our class. As time went out we all become family. I’m sure till now we were the naughtiest batch in DRMC history. But even in 38 family members, Murad and Samrat were my closest ones. we did things together,  always use to hang out after coaching.  These were the best moments of my life.  And at the class Sifat was one of the class clowns. I can recall so much things happened  with Sifat in class. I couldn’t understand when Sifat, Samrat & I became friends.

After we passed SSC exam our family of 38 members kept shrinking. And by the time we appeared for HSC exam, it became less than 10. That period Zobir, Abid, Shuvo & Ricky joined with us and we made our circle. After that this circle become my base. The base where I can share my feelings and emotions. Even though we had 7 members of our circle, Sifat was the center. We did lots of things together in circle. We had tours, parties, hangouts. night stays. Name any thing we did, Sifat was in each of those.  In fact he was the one made those things funny and enjoyable. His words, actions, thoughts are most common practiced in our circle.

And now he is leaving the country. We already started to miss him after we returned from Kuakata tour, knowing that he will not be with us in our next tours. We had his farewell party at his place at the beginning of this week. And last night we had a get together as we knew that he will leave in less that 24 hours. It was fun till the end. But when he embraced us and said goodbye, none of us could hold the tears.  I didn’t cry is last 8 to 10 years. I didn’t cry even when my grandparents died. I always were strong enough to hold it. but at that moment I couldn’t stop myself.

We didn’t want to say goodbye to sifat like that way. So tonight we went to Airport to see him off. This time we were strong enough to control our emotion. At 7 pm we said our farewell to Sifat and said our wishes.  After that we stayed at Airport railway station for two hours remembering our days with Sifat and fixing our next plans. One thing we became sure about and that Sifat’s absence will be filled with his memories, words and thoughts that we know and commonly practice in our circle.

I always loved you, Sifat. It’s not just because your home were near mine or we had similar interest on computer tech, it’s because you were a brother to me. I sure will miss you, Sifat. But as long as  every one of our circle is alive, you will always be with us. I don’t know when and in what place we will you again. But I wish that you do prosper. Hope to see you become successful. Best of luck, man! Just remember, You were always with us, are with us and will be with us.

 

[i was bit emotional while writing this post. so I apologize for any kind of mistakes and unnecessary words.]


It was decided that we eight friends, Murad, Sifat, Abid, Leu, Ricky,Yamin, Imran and I, are going on a tour at the end of December. After long discussion, we selected Kuakata as our destination of the tour. We were having trouble in setting the date for the tour. Later on we fixed the date but Ricky had to skip this tour because of his personal problem.

Our plan was to go Potuakhali first and then to Kuakata. We started for Kuakata at the afternoon of 31 December of 2010. Our launch, Sundarban-6, was supposed to start for potuakhali at 5:30pm  and reach at Potuakhali at 8 am of the following day. So we all got on board by 5 pm. Apart from Abid, Leu & I, this was the first launch journey for everyone. So the journey was full of excitement. Again, it was the new years eve. Of course we couldn’t celebrate the day like most of you but we celebrated in our own way. Also we enjoyed the winter night of the river. Though our launch was supposed to reach Potuakhali by 8 am but  we reached at 10 due to the deep fog. Then we went to Abid’s house, took some rest and then had our breakfast. Half an hour later we started for Kuakata by bus. After four hour journey, we reached at Kuakata at 3 pm. Then we checked in to “Jhinuk Dak Banglo” of Potuakhali Zila Porishodh. It took us nearly 24 hours to reach Kuakata from Dhaka.

Immediately after having lunch, we set out to see the beach. We passed the evening in the beach. During this time we made a deal with some boatmen to take us following day to the Fathrar Chor which is the starting point of Shundarban . During the night we roamed around the beach and looked for the restaurants.

Next day, after having breakfast we started for Fatrar chor.  It was really exciting to do a boat journey in the sea. It was even more exciting for Abid & me because we were actually controlling the boat.  Our boatman was just giving us direction. He worked as our guide.  It took us nearly half an hour to reach the fatrar chor. We spent around an hour in fatrar chor. It is really a nice place to visit. On our way back to the beach, we also got down in leburar chor.

When we returned to the beach, it was almost noon.  We got down little bit far from the main beach. There was no one around us. So we decided to  have some fun of our own at the beach and then take bath in the sea. Leu or someone else proposed to play football in the beach. We liked it so much that me sent Yamin and Imran to buy a plastic football. We played football about half an hour until our football was carried away by the tide. I swam after the ball but after few minutes I gave up. But, watching me swimming in the sea,  others also came forward.  We spent another half an hour in the sea and then headed back to the dak banglo. Rest of the day we stayed in our rooms. but at the night everyone except me went to the beach. In the mean time I slept like hell. I was so damn tired. Don’t know what they did afterward.

Following morning we hired 4 bikes to roam around the beach. We returned to our dak banglo at afternoon. In the mean time we visited the Buddha‘s temple, Gongamoti beach, Crab island and eco-park. We had a great time visiting those places. Also we had lots of photo sessions. I’m sure you guys have seen some of those in Facebook. After our lunch, we went to the Shutki polli (dryfish village).

When we returned to our room, we started talking about our return to Dhaka. None of us wanted to have another 24 hour journey. So after long discussion we planned to go Borishal first and then take bus. Of course launch was another option for us. But we couldn’t manage any cabin, so we had to choose the bus ride. It was 11:30pm when we reached Dhaka. And by 12am I was at my home.

After we returned to Dhaka, I started to miss the four days of our tour. It was the second time we had our own time. We were of out own and out of all sort of restrictions. This tour was totally different than our first tour at Sylhet. Apart from the 24 & 15 hours journey, we enjoyed every moments of the tour.  Sifat will leave the country in upcoming February. Don’t know when we will see him again. But we will sure miss him a lot. This tour to Kuakata will be our another great memory with Sifat. Moments that will help us to remember him.

[ To see more photos of Kuakata Tour please visit my flicker photostream ]

 

Spring 2011 semester is the last semester for most of my best friends in North South University. I hate to admit that I’m really jealous of them. At the same time I’m feeling sad too. Looks like I’m become alone in NSU once again.

In my very first semester in NSU I wondered “how will I pass these 4 year?”. I tried hard to finish up courses as soon as possible. That’s how I ended up in classes without my school and college friends. Apart from the first semester, I was without friends in most of the courses. In order to survive in those courses I had to make new friends.  Study Group for different courses also helped me to know others and make friends.

3 years passed away in eyelashes. During these 9 semester I’ve built lots of peers. Some peers are too strong. Although I’ve built lots of peers, strong peers are very low in number. Because I was either the junior most or one of the junior students in class, peers I’ve built are bit of senior (one or two semester) than me. Most of them have already graduated from NSU. Those who are remained, spring’11 semester will be their last semester.

This spring semester will be one of the memorable semesters for me and I’m sure of it. I’ll miss these friends when they won’t be around. But fortunately I don’t have much time left either. Just two more semester before I go for internship and then graduate.  Looks like our time has come. It’s almost time to leave NSU.

When you are in a break, you feel bored. And the break is almost finished, you want some more free days.  It’s a really interesting fact.  Yeah this is what I’m feeling right now.

Till yesterday, I was really looking forward to the classes to begin. But this morning when I woke up at 10 o’ clock, I figured out that  from tomorrow I have got up early in the morning. Because Classes will start from tomorrow and my classes are from 9:40 in the morning.  So to be in the class right on time, i have to leave home before 8 o’ clock. And for the  preparation I’ll need an hour.  That means I have to get up by 6:30 am.  And this will continue for next 4 months.

So this is the reason I’m little bit disappointed. I love my morning sleep. And now I have to sacrifice my morning sleep for some classes. 😦

but I’m excited too. Some thing tells me that this semester will be rocking. I’ll enjoy the semester.  reason for this feeling can be for some friends who are taking courses with me. I’ll be in the same class with  Sazid, Mobasha, AZ, Abid & Turza. This is so exciting.

So another semester begins from tomorrow. I’ve to prepare myself for this semester. how? he he he….its too easy. All  I’ve to do is  sleep whole today.

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