We took our lunch in a restaurant in Zinda Bazar. During our lunch, Fakrul bhai, Munayem bhai and Akhlas bhai joined us. Then finally we started for Bhulagonj by Munayem bhai’s car and a CNG Autorickshwa. Me, Atik bhai, Neaz bhai, Fakrul bhai and Munayem bhai was in his car driving by him and Kamrul, Shawon da and Akhlas bhai was in the CNG. I also took some photos through the window of the car.
After a one and half hour drive, we saw the beautiful place. Indian hills of Meghalaya and the unknown river with millions of small and big stones make this place so peaceful. Hundreds of peoples were working on digging mine, uploading in trucks. Coming down from car, we took tea then start shooting.
There were too many subjects and beautiful objects that I become mad and started shooting here and there, which is definitely not a good performance for a photographer. Both man and women are working and digging stones from river and carrying to trucks. Even I saw underage boys were also working, in this age he was suppose to go school. Felt very sad to see him.
Many many years ago my father was a buyer of stones from that place. I asked him to know the process of their work. As far his statement, some people take lease the river for a period from the government. Workers are independent. They buy ticket from the party who leased the river. Workers can use 1 ticket for per ride on river and in this ride they can bring one boat stones. Then the validity of ticket is over. They sale the stones to some other stone business man who also stay in the same place. And this final business man layer sale the stones to stone market in Bangladesh.
During shooting we were very close to no-man’s-land, that is Bangladesh and India’s border. Then BDR came to talk with us to know whats the mater, why we shooting photos. We told them we are by hobby photographers and then they asked us not to go more because that might be risky for us. We talked with them about the place and also keep shooting. After shooting the sunset, we planned to come back in city.
In the same formation we back in Sylhet city direct in Munayem bhais home. I took the 3rd bath of the day in his home. Bhavi made sandwich, noodles for us and the tea was supper. We passed some time in his roof as well. Then back again to Shawon da’s home. Had final dinner and leave his home around 11.00 pm. From 12.30am’s bus we leaved Sylhet city for this time and that was the end of the crash program.