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নূরের শহরে (১) - প্রথম নিঃশাস

কয়েক ঘণ্টা তো হয়ে গেল প্লেন ছেড়েছে। কোন শহরের উপরে এখন আমরা? গন্তব্যের দেশটার সীমানা ভেদ করেছি, সেটা জানি, আর গন্তব্য শহরের বেশ কাছাকাছিই আছি, সেটাও বলে দিচ্ছে আমার সামনের স্ক্রীনের লাইভ ম্যাপ। এয়ার ট্র্যাভেলে এই চ্যানেলটাই আমার সবচেয়ে প্রিয়।


একটু পর পর তাকাচ্ছি আমার পাশের জানালা দিয়ে। নাহ, নিচে এখনও ঘোর অন্ধকার। আসেনি এখনও সেই শহর...


কিছুক্ষণ পর, বাইরে তাকাতেই চোখে পড়ল আলো, কালোর মাঝে অসংখ্য বৈদ্যুতিক আলো। সামনের ডিসপ্লেতে চোখ বুলালাম। এই তো! অপেক্ষার পালা শেষ। আমার নিচেই এখন সেই নূরের শহর, আমার স্বপ্নের শহর, শান্তির শহর......


এই শহর যখন প্রথম চোখে পড়বে, তখন পড়বার জন্য বিশেষ একটি দুআই আছে! অনেকক্ষণ ধরে প্র্যাকটিসও করে রেখেছি। জানালায় মাথা ঠেকিয়ে, চোখ বড় করে তাকিয়ে পড়তে শুরু করলাম......


ও আল্লাহ ! এইতো তোমার নবীর শহর ! একে আমার জন্য জাহান্নামের আগুন থেকে রক্ষার, শাস্তি আর খারাপ হিসাব থেকে নিরাপত্তার মাধ্যম বানিয়ে দাও ! (ভাবার্থ)

কি আশ্চর্য দুআ! আমাদের ঈমান, আমল, তওবা, কান্নাকাটি, সব তো জাহান্নাম থেকে বাঁচার জন্যে। দুনিয়ার জীবনের সফলতাই বলা হয়েছে জাহান্নামের আগুন থেকে বেঁচে যাও…

লালাখালে এক একলা পথিক

সিলেটেএইনিয়ে৪র্থবারআসা, আরপ্রতিটাসফরইরীতিমত unique! প্রথমবার, সেইকতবছরআগে! সেবারইপ্রথমট্যুরএরমজা'রস্বাদপেয়েছিলাম।মজাটাআরওঅনেকবেশিহয়েছিলকারণফ্যামিলিরআমরা৫জনছাড়াওসেবারসাথেছিলআমাদেরপ্রিয়দাদি, আরওছিলআমার cousin লাকিআপু।সেইট্রিপেরখুববেশিকিছুমনেনাথাকলেও, সেইট্রেনএরযাত্রাটাখুবমনেপরে।আরেকটাদৃশ্যভেসেওঠেঝাপসাভাবে।পাহাড়েরউপরে, সবুজেরমাঝখানেএকটাবাংলো, চারপাশেরঘাসে

[Photo Post] Her Majesty

My then room-mate Murad had just come back from a short trip, and he was pretty damn excited. He knew I was a travel and photography buff, so he couldn't wait to show me the shots. He was going through his camera roll on his laptop, and I could see why. Their trip to Gunung Ledang(Mount Ophir) was truly scenic from the moment they hit the roads outside the city. But when finally he showed my the shot of the waterfall, I was stunned. He tried to move the slideshow along but I wouldn't let him. For the next few minutes, I just kept watching the shot, and my mind already knew that I have to be there. Soon. My thirst for traveling and love for photography both had to be drenched in those waters.

So a few weeks a later when me and some pals set out for our unforgettable road trip across Malaysia, I had to put Gunung Ledang as our first stop.

As we entered the park area, I was a bit concerned to be fair. My buddies also started looking at me questioningly, 'where the hell did you…

[Photo Post] A Walk On The Leaves

It was a long drive to Pahang, around 8 hours I guess. With my friend Titash driving all night and me riding shotgun keeping tabs with the GPS, the drive was enjoyable for the major part. From brightly lit highways to dark swerving roads, it gave me a pretty good experience of night-time drives. Towards dawn I was seriously nodding off, going back and forth between dream and reality. After praying Fajr at a mosque in Jerantut, about an hour away from the National Park in Pahang, we had no choice but to take a nap right there. Then after a quick breakfast, we started again. And it began to get a bit tight. We were running out of gas, we didn't know if we'd find a gas station. We were running out of cash, not knowing if we'd find an ATM any time soon. But nonetheless we kept going, hoping the fuel and cash both will last this turn.

And all of this trouble was to visit the National Park in Pahang. More specifically, to experience the canopy walkway. High near the treetops of t…

My undying love for personal sites

I've always had a thing for personal websites/landing pages. It's been a really long time since I started my first one, which was made using Google Pages. I dug up my old emails to figure out that it's been almost nine years since I launched that! I remember I was the first one among my friends or family to have such a site online, and it made quite a stir. Soon quite a few of them started to make their own. After the folks at mountain view discontinued Pages (like many other services they used to offer), I switched to Weebly. But by then, social media sites had already become quite popular, and your Myspace, Hi5 or (a bit later but more importantly) Facebook profile became the most common address to hand out to others.

I was into these platforms from the early stages, being quite active and growing my friends list in Hi5, Orkut and Facebook. Quite a while later I was introduced to LinkedIn and fell in love! Also, I was part of the beta group for trying out Goo…

[Photo Post] Uplifting

As the train that takes us to the top of Penang Hill started to climb up, the trees and rock faces on both sides started to move away. And all of a sudden I'm high above the tree tops, and the sparkling city of Penang Island and the distant mountains are spread open before me, while the train track cracks a line between the green. Breathless, taking in the scenery while being unable to say anything but SubhanAllah , I remembered I need to start taking shots again!



Penang Hill, Penang, Malaysia.

Didn't expect the photos to turn out so nice to be honest. The train was moving at a considerable speed and was jam packed with tourists. Alhamdulillah, the time spent there was absolutely amazing and I enjoyed the splendid look and feel of the environment while trying to photograph them to the best of my ability.

I highly recommend this spot to anyone travelling to Malaysia.
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