Exploring NY – part 2

This is continuation of last post where I’m trying to write my random experiences in New York.

Boishaki Utshob (Bangla New Year) Celebration

Pohela Boishak 1421

Pohela Boishak 1421

This was my first Bangla New Year celebration outside of Bangladesh though I rarely joined mass gathering in this day. In addition to girls, usually boys also take some preparations for celebrating this day. However, as usual, I hate preparations; specially with clothing :P. On the day (April 14, 2014) My wife & her friends (with their family), sister-in-law and her friend and me all headed for Jackson Heights where, I heard, most of the Bengali people join on this day.

We didn’t get the parking around, even a few blocks away, the main gather spot. So we decided to head for the NTV Bhaban (NYC office of a Bangladesh TV channel) where cultural programs happens. We really enjoyed the time there from live songs, Bangladeshi (and/or Indian) foods like Fushka, Chotpoti, Pitha, Jhalmuri etc.

Highland Park, Brooklyn

Highland Park, Brooklyn

Highland Park, Brooklyn

It was my another lone cycle exploring. I, initially, planned to go to Forest Park. On the way to Forest Park, I found this park and thought it’s worth exploring. Above the ground level, it has nice bike lane surrounding a lake (though seemed restricted to public).

Randall’s Island Park

Raita at Randall’s Island Park

Over a weekend we, friends and family, went to Randall’s Island park without any plan. I don’t remember the name of the place we initially planned to go but ended up going to this park and, most importantly, we never regret that :). The weather and the lights were stunning but again, unfortunately, my camera wasn’t with me. However, that didn’t stop us enjoying the beauty of the island and the park itself. Then we all sat and relaxed on the sport field. The kid, Raita, of our friend enjoyed the moment too.

To be continued…

Journey to infinity, lolz

From last month, I was planning to travel to somewhere. But I was not getting any suitable partner. Last Thursday me and Tusher has decided to finally move. I have plan and taken preparation in 30 minutes. Started our journey initially to Kurigram. Reached there at night. One elder brother of our university received us there. We stayed there total two nights and one day. We have visited some places of Kurigram and Rajarhat. Among them “Shindu Moti’r Dighi” is most notable. Then we have started back to Rangpur to visit home of another university elder brother. At Rangpur, we have visited the renowned Karmichel College. Then we stayed the night at brother’s home. Next morning we started back to Rajshahi and purchased train ticket from Rangpur Pirgacha to Natore. But after coming to Bogra, we changed our mind and planned to visit Bogra. So we got down from train and called another brother who then received us. He has managed a private vehicle and we have visited ‘Mohastangar’. We have also visited ‘Behular Bashor Ghar’. At 5pm we again came to bus station to back to Rajshahi. But we again felt incompleteness. So we again planned to continue. Then we came to Tusher’s home village, Sirajgonj. I am writing from there now.

We have planned to visit Iswardhy bridge tomorrow. Then we may go to Jessor. I can’t upload photos due to extreme poor internet connection of GrameenPhone (GP). I think, I must change my ISP, GP, as soon as I reach to Rajshahi.

Touching the waves…

I had a long wish to visit Coxs Bazar beach. Its the world largest sea beach in the world which is in Bangladesh. So, its a great dream for all Bangladeshi to visit such a great place at least once.

My dream came to true on 13th March. I have started my journey to dhaka from rajshahi on 12th March at night. at morning i reached to dhaka. my other mates have bought tickets of “suborno express” train to chittagong which was scheduled to start at 4pm. Sumon and I have joined other mates at Airport station. we were 11 members in our team :D. Its was about 6 hours journey. As usual train journey is always boring to me. the this journey was even more boring as one of the bullshit Advisors of Bangladesh Govt. was in train which caused extreme restriction to the passengers. After reaching to chittagong, we have caught the last bus from chittagong to coxs bazar. the bus was a bit congested. we were extreme hungry (prefix of my name 😉 ) as we could not have eat anything after lunch. at 2.30am (late mid night) the bus stopped near a restaurant where we had our meal. At about 4.30am we have reached to coxs bazar. after about 1 hour searching, we have rented a Hotel (Nishan may be the name). It was about to sunrise. keeping the baggages in the hotel, we have reached to the beach. the expression of first sight is not possible to express. the wave of the water, the fog, the flare of sun light…..made us feel like dream. we have started taking snaps. after 1 hour we backed to room and have breakfast and slept for a while. Continue reading →

পুলক জাগানো অভিজ্ঞতা

গত রবিবার এক দারুন অভিজ্ঞতার মুখোমুখি হলাম। আমাদের বিভাগের সংগঠন “পোর্টফোলিও” এর উদ্দ্যোগে আয়োজন করা হয় নৌকা ভ্রমনের। নৌকাতে করে আমরা যাব পদ্মার অপর পাড়ে। দুপুর পর্যন্ত ক্লাস শেষ করে ১ম বর্ষ থেকে এমবিএ পর্যন্ত প্রায় ৫০ জনের একটা বিশাল দল হাঁটা দিল পদ্মার পাড়ের দিকে। সেখান থেকেই নৌকায় উঠব। ফাঁকিবাজ আমি দল ছেড়ে আস্তে সরে গিয়ে রিকসা ধরে আগেই পদ্মার পাড়ে পৌঁছে যাই। কারণ খালি পেটে অতটা হাটার শক্তি ছিল না। ২.৩০টার দিকে ইঞ্জিন চালিত নৌকা চলতে শুরু করল। সে কি হই হুল্লুড়। মনে হচ্ছে নৌকাই ডুবে যাবে। এরপর নৌকাতেই শুরু হল খাওয়া দাওয়া। কিছুক্ষন চলল পানি নিয়ে একে অপরকে ভেজানোর খেলা। মাঝিদের সর্তক থাকার নির্দেশে কিছুটা নিস্তেজ হলাম আমরা। প্রায় ২০ মিনিট নৌকা চলার পর আমরা পৌঁছে গেলাম পদ্মা নদীর অপর প্রান্ত। নামগুলো মনে নেই। ছবিতে আছে।
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