We did not have his recent address. The only thing we told people there, near the station was his name and where he came from – And that he is no more. The sensitivity and priority people showed to this incident and their eagerness to assist because we traveled over 90 kms to meet the family - restores faith in humanity.Universe conspires. Human’s inherent good nature was what we experienced that day.
"I love you and you will forever remain a part of me "DAY 1 15.08.2018My day started at 4:30 am in the morning as Iam a working woman and as the saying goes "Work, Save, Travel and Repeat". As a perk of working in leading MNC although it was a National holiday for the rest of us , I had to reach office for an early shift that takes off at 6:30 am and continues till 4 pm . My best half was so excited for the trip but equally busy that he left the packing for the twelfth hour . I rushed for home at 4 pm and as it was a national holiday transport was scarce to find. Somehow i managed a bus and reached home . The day was full of surprises i knew ,so the train (Padatik Express) we were about to board was supposed to have a revised time table and the surprise was the announcement of the revised time table was to be made on the day itself. We at alternate hours kept on calling the inquiry and finally got to know that the departure of the train was scheduled 10 minutes later at 11:10 pm . Although the actual trip was of 3 days but we were high on hopes for the much awaited trip of the year. Arrived at Sealdah railway station at 9:30 pm and packed foods for the night. While waiting at the platform a very funny yet an interesting incident took place. My friend was who was dressed in a not so travel attire was caught by the local CRPF for an open checking in the midst of the station . Although he was not identified as a terrorist duh! .... our journey just begun. Unfortunately we booked the sleeper class thinking that its just an overnight affair but the coach seemed to be so suffocating that we immediately rushed to find seats in AC coach but could not find so . The train left the station on time and after a while we were done with our dinner. As it was our time to doze off it started raining and my friend couldn't sleep the entire night but on the contrary i had a sound sleep . It was budget trip for us or else you guys can reach there via flight to Bagdogra Airport and get hold of a taxi which will drop you off in Siliguri . From Siliguri either you can catch a taxi or inform the concerned tour team who will be sending cab to pick you up from the station. We went through a reference Sunita Khawas who owns a few homestays at Icchey Gaon .
So I always carry a few things to make myself feel at home - my dad’s gloves, my diary, hand kerchief, my laptop, a book to read, a water bottle, a pair of dresses, a few pens and my body guard – a small picture of God that fits into my wallet. The night I flew home from Bangalore to see my dad for the last time, this is all I had (except dad’s gloves) - I began to carry them in laptop bag since 2011, after I lost him. Somehow feels, I am not alone.I mostly do super short trips that can bring me back home on the same day or the next day. We friends always keep discussing short trips and do a thousand virtual tours (It is easier to travel in the mind). My trips captured in Tripoto speak volumes about that intent - Single day tours.So again, this was one of those one-quick-call trips – No planning at all. She just called me to check if I was game to go to Nabadwip.I am that battery – Eveready!!Nabadwip - Historic ImportanceAssociated with Lord Sri. Chaitanya who preached Vaishnab ideas and was a social reformer in the 16th Century How to reach:
A quick auto ride to local station (INR 9/-), train to Sealdah (INR 10/-) and finally a bus takes me to Sakherbazar (INR 9/-) where I waited for roughly 15 minutes.Once they reached, without wasting a minute, we caught a bus and headed towards this center.Why BAPS?
As we live in the suburbs of North Kolkata, we need an Auto/ Toto to reach the local station for INR 10/-and the train fare to Sealdah Station is also INR 10.Train fare for Bidhan Nagar/ Ultadanga (station before Sealdah) is INR 5 however the bus to Rabindra Sadan, we assumed will be crowded and we wanted to avoid the long walking distance till the bus stop and the stairs.There are many buses from Sealdah via AJC Bose Road or Esplanade. So the options were better from Sealdah.When we set out from home, like two chirpy teenagers (which we are definitely not and we got past that age decades back) we just wanted to visit Birla Planetarium to see the stars.