2014 ends in three days. It was truly an eventful year.
This year literally tested me. I may have spent 20 days (or more) taking various examinations. Class 12 selection test, board examinations, three engineering entrance examinations, college admission tests, college semester examinations.
I took admission into Ramakrishna Mission Residential College.
My aunt and my brother came after two years, as did my grandfather’s brother (whom I call Kakadadu), after four years.
We went to Uttarakhand. We experienced extraordinary places there.
And Shantiniketan was always there.
This year, we made five trips to Shantiniketan! There’s a reason we enjoy going there innumerable times, and it never gets old.
The one obvious reason is our house, and the numerous facilities present within the walls of the Aamar Bari project.
However, it’s primarily because we can experience the countryside whenever we go there. Each season presents new shades of colours to Shantiniketan.
I decided to move my bicycle there. With my bicycle, I can ride across the highway, with crop fields on both sides, that continue to stretch as far as the eye can see. I’ll tell you something. Riding a bicycle, with that kind of an atmosphere around you, gives you a level of freedom that cannot be perceived in a crowded city.
My aunt gifted me a DSLR camera in August 2014. This was one of the key instruments to my enjoyment throughout the year!
And, in Shantiniketan, it helped me a lot 🙂
This post will contain three posts detailing three trips:
Before the three long trips, I and my father went to Aamar Bari with two close friends of mine. It was just a one-night stay. However, we chatted for a long time on the rooftop after having dinner. We even visited a couple of places. There weren’t too many important ‘events’, but it was a beautiful trip. A short and memorable one.
August – with my aunt and my brother
Initially, when we reached Shantiniketan on the 15th, we were slightly saddened to see the wet atmosphere. We wouldn’t be able to play outside. But this turned out to be the best vacation in a long time! And the rain had a significant part in making it memorable…
My father likes to explore the places he visits. Earlier, he had come to know about a certain temple 26 kilometres away from our project. I wasn’t so thrilled initially, but the road was beautiful!
We did get a couple of ‘off’ days. The weather was cool, but it wasn’t raining. It was pleasant to talk while having a cup of tea in the morning.
Memorable days were spent.
October – with Kakadadu
Kakadadu is one of those people who can always make you laugh. He can crack a joke at any point of a conversation! This was a short stay of two days. We didn’t travel much. In fact, apart from the time we went swimming and played table tennis, the only thing we did was converse. These were two lovely days filled with lots of jokes, stories and debates (yes, even those occasionally).
We did go to the two lovely clay houses near our project – Aaro Aakash and Onek Aakash – which are located in a relatively remote village.
However, it isn’t so remote nowadays. In fact, a scene of the Bengali movie – Moner Manush – was shot in Aaro Aakash.
We also visited the celebrated Boner Haat of Shantiniketan. The sky was amazing at the time we went there!
This had indeed been a pleasant trip 🙂
The Christmas Trip
29th of December, 2014:
We returned home yesterday, from the last trip of the year. I had two objectives in mind before I sat in our car – this blog post, and to visit some new uncommon places (and click photographs of those locations).
I had my 1st semester examination from 8th to 20th. This trip was very refreshing.
But, instead of being active and eager to explore, the five of us – me, my mother, my father, my sister, and my grandmother – simply lazied around on the first day 😀
We went to the celebrated পৌষ মেলা (Paush Mela) on the second evening.
Third day was again an ‘off’ day. We conversed, played table tennis, carom, badminton.
On the fourth day, my mother and my grandmother went to shop at a place near Boner Haat – Maharshi Nivas. My father took me and my sister to the Boner Haat area.
The Boner Haat is a kind of sitting. Students from the famous বিশ্বভারতী (Biśbabhāratī) come here to sell their works of art. Many tribal people sell their handmade items. These sales however occur only on Saturday. And on Saturday, the place is packed! This was a Friday. The peace was beautiful! I went towards the crop fields and stayed there for an hour…
The next day was filled with natural beauty! We went to an amazing highway inn to have lunch. Inside, I saw a variety of pigeons that the owner had kept! And the scenery around the inn was amazing!
Following this, we went to Boner Haat because my parents needed to buy some items for our house. My grandmother would buy gifts for her friends.
I enjoyed my time again. Except, this time, I went into the crop field. Time flowed away fast.
These short trips are necessary. The four of us love to travel. After the ongoing humdrums of our ‘normal’ lives, playing table tennis, carom, badminton, cycling through the highway during the winter afternoons, having long conversations, without any interruptions, visiting uncommon places in Shantiniketan – these give us oxygen, to our lungs, and to our minds 🙂
Meaning of রাঙ্গা মাটির পথ: A path with red soil