Around 4.00pm of 21st May, 2009, Kamrul (Kamrul Hasan) phoned me to know my plan of next day (Friday). I replayed him; I might go Old Dhaka to shot some Old Masjids there. But then Kamrul offered me that if I am interested to have a quick tour in Bhulagonj, Sylhet in next day, in that case we need to start journey the same night. I just wait 10 seconds to answer him YES. We planned to have at least 4 peoples team for the rapid tour. Kamrul contact Neaz bhai and he also said yes as early I said yes. We were 3 then, but we need minimum one more. Knocked many but only Atik bhai replayed yes. By 5.30 pm we four were mentally prepared for the trip. Now we just need to have tickets for Sylhet.
At first I called Shuhag Poribahan for ticket booking, but all sits for Thursday night was booked. Then I tried in Greenline, but they only had two sits which was not enough for us. I get afraid that we might miss the trip for tickets. Then I called Shudipto da for help as he always has solutions for any problems. I said that we are not getting any ticket, if you have any solution please help. Then he suggests phoning Shymoli Poribahan. I asked him to do it for us J and he did it. He managed four tickets, but that was not an AC bus. But we were happy enough to have the tickets.
Time of bus was 12.15am. It was a tough time to go out with camera for everyone. I asked everyone to come my home before 10pm and we will go to but counter together. Everyone accepted the invitation and was present at my home within 10.15pm. We had dinner together and started for bus counter at 11.15pm.
As Shudipto da booked our ticket, we went to counter and collected our tickets at 11.30pm. We had enough time to spend before bus starts, so we went in a local restaurant just beside the counter, had tea there and just around 12.10 we ride on the bus.
The bust started in right time and sitting in bus we was browsing flickr.com from mobile. Actually we were trying to find the TTL POD winner of the day. We congratulate the POD winner of Thursday from mobile and start sleeping, case we knew we will have a tough Friday. We just weak up when bus stops on Ujan Vati resturent in Ashugonj. We waited outside of the bus and enjoyed the environment and after bus starts again, we had our final sleep of the night. I weak up when we were entering Sylhet.
In Subhani Ghat bus counter, we get down from bus around 5.30am. A free road, only few trucks was, 2/3 Autorickshwa (CNG) was passing by after 10/15mins regular interval. After a 5 minute walk, we reach in a Bazar. Most of the people were busy with packing vegetables to distribute in many parts of Sylhet. Some people were having their breakfast in street side mobile restaurant. In road and footpath, we found some sleeping guys. After shooting a while, we get into a restaurant for breakfast. After the breakfast we moved to Shawon da’s home.
His home is in a fantastic place. It’s in a very quite place. After reaching home, we took shower and after resting a while Shawon da offered breakfast. Though we were loaded, didn’t miss the chance. As per Shawon da’s plan, we started for Khadim Nagar after the breakfast.
Now Fakrul bhai also joined with us from the main street of Shawon da’s home. Munayem bhai was also there, but he couldn’t join us because of some of his work. Khadim Nagar is a tea estate and we insert in a village of tea workers.
A small village of people from same profession. Most of the peoples are from Hindu religion. Found some Mandirs there. Most of the houses ware developed through soil. Few houses has some sort of decoration in front side, few were colorful. This is the symbol of their broad mind, though they are not economically solvent, no hesitation to spend money or art and calligraphy.
I saw an Oriental white-eye (Udoi Dholachokh) bird and big goat fight inside the village. Also saw a Purple rumped sunbird, but couldn’t photograph that. There should be more and more birds, but I was not focused enough on shooting birds, might be that’s why I didn’t saw more birdsL.
For more details on the bird, see my blog on this bird, Oriental White-eye, a common resident bird of Bangladesh[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgxF8OQF5Lw]
Don’t miss the video
I loved the Khadim Nagar tea estate Masjid as well. After walking few hours in Khadim Nagar, we went back in Shawon da’s home and took another bath. Fakrul bhai went back in his home. Our plan was after lunch, we will move to Bhulagonj.
Bholaganj part of the Post is transferred to separate post Bholaganj, Sylhet – May 2009.
In Bangladesh, Sylhet is the most favorite city of mine. There are many reasons behind that. But had only few chances to pass more time with Sylheti people in Sylhet. Now I must say Sylheti peoples are as beautiful, as good as Sylhet city is. Thanks to Shawon da, Munayem bhai, Fakrul bhai and Akhlas bhai for the tremendous day. Without you people, the day would not as enjoyable as we enjoyed.
How to reach Bhulagonj: Very easy, after reaching Sylhet, ask any CNG Driver if he wants to go Bhulagonj. My suggestion will be to reserve the CNG otherwise you might fall in problem in return time. Up / down and 2/1 hours in there, total package should not costly more then 500BDT. Best time to visit the place is before morning 11am and after 3pm.