Some Memories Never Fade Away
Some Memories Never Fade Away
Some days, some events, some memories don’t get pale rather have immutable appeal in our mind. Besides these have magical power to haunt us in our pensive mode. I have such memories in the core of my heart that stick into it during the Foundation Course as Senior Officer at Rupali Bank Training Academy, then known as RBHRDC, in October & November of 2014. We 58 Senior Officers were grouped into Batch 60 and 61. At the early days we didn’t enjoy at all. But the days went on and we became close together. Honorable Principal and General Manager Mr. Md. Nazrul Islam and other faculty members of RBTA helped us to make the environment friendly. Those days brought us to the university life so that we forgot the pressure of newly appointed job. The entire familiar environment helped us to enjoy the classes. We became so friendly that our heart broken during our departure at the end of Foundation Course. It was a gloomy environment when we say, ‘‘Good by’’. I noticed most of us tore then.
The most important memory of our Foundation Course is a short visit to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park. It is one of the best tourist attractions in Bangladesh. It is also known as Gazipur Safari Park. It offers the taste of visiting wild Africa here. We satisfied making a tour at such a nice Safari Park.
We decided to arrange a recreational tour at somewhere near Dhaka city. But it was difficult to select a spot because there were many options as well as opinions. After long discussion we came to a decision to fix the spot and it was Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park. The most difficulties were getting permission from RBTA and making fund. We some representatives went to Mr. Md. Nazrul Islam, the Principal and General Manager, and presented our opinion. He then expressed some of his bitter experience through his natural style of expression. Somehow we could get permission after affirming him that we at any cost would maintain the dignity of our Bank. It made us glad while he declared that RBTA would contribute more than 70% of our total cost. Then we fixed the date and formed a committee for the arrangement. It was a great honor for me to be selected as the head of that committee.
I remember I could not sleep the previous night thinking about the fun we would be having the next day. I was the first to wake up and then called everybody so that we could set out as soon as possible. Every minute seemed so precious. On the early winter morning of November 7, 2014 we set off for Gazipur by two well decorated buses. A faculty member, some officials and staff of RBTA also joined with us. It was an ecstatic journey. I had travelled many times through the road but that drive down the road was different. The weather was very fine. The cool and gentle breeze was blowing, the sky was favorable as well. We were really enjoying ourselves. On our way to Gazipur; we stopped and took pictures of the spectacular views and ourselves, being amazed at the nature all around us. Along the way we cracked jokes and sang songs. Some of us danced too. It was around 9:30 am in the morning while we were in front of the gate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park. We got down from the bus and entered into the park without difficulties as we arranged tickets before. Then we had a brief meeting and we were divided into several groups so that we could move easily.
After getting inside the park, we saw tiger, lion, kangaroo and even dinosaur. But these are not alive. All of these animals are sculptures indeed for welcoming the visitors. The whole park consists of about 4000 acres of land. At present, 31 local and international species of animals are seen there. We could realize the difference between the zoo and safari park. Zoo is the place where people are free and the animals are confined. On the other hand, the environment is opposite in a safari park in which jungle environment is maintained. We were confined in the microbus. We saw tigers in the Zone of Tiger and lion in the Kingdom of Lions. In fact, they were moving with vanity around very near to us. Some of us became frightened seeing them in front of our microbus as it seemed that they would attack us. We also saw bear, deer, zebra, African wildebeest and more from the microbus. We saw elephants big and small. They saluted us according to the order of worker of the park. Then we got off the bus and went to other areas on foot. We went to the world of birds and enjoyed the beauty of various kinds of birds from home and abroad. Grey parrots were very much attractive and beautiful. They were adorable. Another great area of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park is Fancy Ducks Garden. We saw a lake there and got on a boat. It was really enjoyable watching big black swans, white swans etc. there.
After that we swarmed at the restaurant and we took lunch at about 2.00pm. After taking rest for a while we started visiting the park again. We never forgot to visit the areas of crocodile, vulture, emu, ostrich etc. We also paid a visit to see python and various reptiles. The dance of peacock was outstanding. We also enjoyed other watery zones and many rides that made us pleased. According to our schedule at 4.00pm we arranged a cultural program. Among us some were performing with music and reciting poems throughout the program. The cultural committee held an attractive lottery as well. By then it was time for some nice coffee. We were served some great desserts as well. The desserts were just awesome!
Then we decided to return RBTA. We got into the bus for our return journey. I was a bit sad as that beautiful day had come to an end. But, while returning RBTA we could not stop talking about the fun we had. We were busy browsing through some of the nicest photographs taken by some of us. Some nice video recordings were also taken. It was a wonderful recreational tour that we all thoroughly enjoyed, the memories of which will always be cherished from the bottom of my heart.
© 2018 Mahmudul Hasan