Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The First Performance in Korea

It was September 2006, a new experience in my life. First time introducing with Kyung Hee University, a beautiful campus surroundings different kinds of trees but not very common to me. Anyway, it was very nice to see different people form different countries too. I did not have chance to meet a lot of other country's friends before. I had some colleagues from Canada, that's all.

As a Korean Government Scholar, we had requirement to learn 6 month language course in Kyung Hee International Language institute before starts our graduation course. It was my first time introducing with Korean alphabet. I was a little bit scared to see this alphabet first time as it is totally different than Bangla alphabet. I did not how it looks like before but I saw many signboard written different strange alphabets on the street when I was coming from Airport to my dormitory by Limousine. I got similarities with those alphabets.

Anyway, It was very nice feeling for me to have chance to introduce with Korean letter. It did not take much time to learn to read and to write, might be, four or five days. It's really easier than Bangla alphabet. If someone wants to learn how to read and to write Bangla, I think that he/she needs at least 15 days if he/she studies hard (Youlshimhi -in Korean). Since I did not learn Korean before, that is why, I started it from the beginning class. I think that I was the second worst students (unfortunately, one of my friends was in front of me) in my class. I tried my best not to be the last one.

At the end of the September, it was annual song competition of the Kyung Hee University. I applied for that competition even though I did not know any Korean words except Anneng Haseyo (Hi Korean). I was shocked when the committee of that competition told me that they would not accept any foreigners in this time but they offered me to sing a Bangla song as a special guest. I was little bit scared by getting offer as a special guest even though I had many performance experiences in my country. I am not nervous at all to perform. Without any words, I accepted their offer. They requested me to wear some traditional dress of Bangladesh. Fortunately, I brought one Panjabi (kind of traditional dress of Bangladesh). After getting offer from them, I was waiting for that exciting day. One day It came. I entered into a big auditorium inside the Kyung Hee university at 6 pm. I was a little bit scared to see that big auditorium where I have to perform. However, it was empty. The song committee took my voice taste and told me OK.... good... Be ready Jamali........
The main program was started around 7:30 pm. The student from different departments was singing their songs one by one. I was waiting for my session. Anyway, I did not understand any songs as all of those are Korean. I just understood Sarang Hey (Love - in Korean). One time, my turn came to go to stage. The announcer told something about me, I did not understand anything except my name. I entered into the stage with my curious eyes, just looked over the audience. I tried to search, If any Bangladeshi friends there. Unfortunately, there were not any Bangladeshi friends except my two classmates, Ivone from Norway and Joey from Australia. They started to scream by my name when I entered into the audience. Anyway, I gave some greetings to the audience and introduced myself in Korean what my friends taught me and then translate in English again (By chance, If they do not understand my beautiful Korean).

The audience were astonished to see such black guy like me among all of the white people. I started to sing my song named " Amar Har Kala Korlam Re". It is one of the famous Bangla folk songs. I sang several times this song in Bangladesh even though it is not my favorite song. However, I heard some clapping during my singing period. Actually, this song is a little bit hard to sing for beginner singer, might be, some of them understood it as the music notes are same all over the world. Anyway, they asked for another song after finishing the first one but no time.... It was one of my memorable days in Korea. Really, I enjoyed that night. Thus, I finished my first performance in Korea with a great love from audience of Kyung Hee University.................

Miss Kyung Hee....

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Insadong, My Favorite Walking Place

Insadong is one of the most favorite places in Seoul where I do not feel bore to go after several times. If I have time, I would like to go there alone or sometimes with my friends. It is very common for me to offer to my friends “How about to go to insadong for a walk”. Well, let’s start to know, “What the Inadong is”!!

Insadong is a dong, or neighborhood of the Jongno-gu district of the South Korean city of Seoul. The main street is Insadong-gil which is connected to a multitude of alleys that lead deeper into the district. At one time it was the largest market for antiques and artworks in Korea. In area, 12.7 hectares (31.4 acres), the district is bordered by Gwanhundong to the north, Nagwon-dong to the east, and Jongno 2-ga and Jeokseon-dong to the south, and Gongpyeong-dong to the west.
It was originally two towns whose names ended in the syllables "In" and "Sa". They were divided by a stream which ran along Insadong's current main street. The Insadong has a very long history. It began 500 years ago as an area of residence for government officials. During the early period of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897), the place belonged to Gwanin-bang and Gyeonpyeong-bang - bang was the name of an administrative unit during the time - of Hanseong (old name for the capital, Seoul). During the Japanese occupation, the wealthy Korean residents were forced to move and sell their belongings, at which point the site became an area of trading in antiques. After the end of the Korean War, the area became a focus of South Korea's artistic and cafe life. It was a popular destination among foreign visitors to South Korea during the 1960s, who called the area "Mary's Alley". It gained in popularity with international tourists during the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

By the way, Insadong is very near from my dormitory. It takes only 10 minutes by bus and may be 30 minutes by walk. This is one of the reasons, why I like to stay in my dormitory when some of my friends have moved to very nice apartments. However, for those apartments, they had to pay big deposit money what I do not have. Such kind of deposit is very common in Korea for renting the apartment. Anyway, what I was telling about Insadong. This place is well known as a traditional street to both locals and foreigners and represents the “culture of the past and the present”. When I enter into Insadond Street, I feel that I am walking on the bally road, a street of Dhaka, Bangladesh, well known as Nattopara (Drama Street). I like to go there often as I was involved with some cultural activities. Sometimes I miss it but I can forget it when I walk on the Insadong Street. I get the same smell, same taste and same feeling when I am there.

Insadong-gil contains a mixture of historical and modern atmosphere and is a unique area that truly represents the culture history of the nation. The majority of the traditional buildings belonged to merchants and bureaucrats. Some larger residences, built for retired government officials during the Joseon period, can also be seen. Most of these older buildings are now used as restaurants or shops. Among the historically significant buildings located in the area are Unhyeongung mansion, Jogyesa- one of the most significant Korean Buddhist temples, and one of Korea’s oldest Presbyterian churches.
On the weekend, especially on Sunday, many locals and foreigners come to visit to Insadong. In one study showed that approximately 100,000 visitors come to Insadong on Sunday. Even though, on Sunday is very crowded, very difficult to move foot on the street but I like to go that day. It is more charming for me as I can hear different languages. I have always interest on different languages. If I get chance, then I do not miss to learn some sentences in different languages. I can remember when I was may be 10 years old, that time I memorize how to say “I love you” in twenty languages. But, now, almost I have forgotten because of lacking uses.
Insadong is the place where the people from different cultures can share their feeling and spread their opinions. For example, I went to Insadong yesterday (actually my target was to go to immigration office for fixing my Visa but, when I reached in front of the immigration office, I realized that I forgot to bring my passport. But I did not feel sad as Insadong is located near Immigration office) and when I was walking on the street , then I saw two guys looks European, were distributing some books. When I was passing by, then they offered me to look some books and asked me whether I am from India or not. Anyway, they are selling some books about “ Hore Krisna”. I have a little knowledge about “ Hore Krisna” Philosophy. I tried to share my opinion about "Hore Krisna Philosophy" with them. Through the conversation, I knew that they are from Russia and it's not for a long time, they started to follow the “ Hore Krisna” philosophy. I told them I would like to visit their temple. Actually, one of the main reasons to visit temple is, they offer really nice meal on Sunday… Yeammy Yeammy… . . After some spritual conversation with them I started to walk on my own way.

Insadong is the place, where you can see people of different ages are sitting with different kinds of traditional and antique things. It contains 40 percent of the nation’s antique shops and galleries as well as 90 percent of the traditional stationary shops. This place is famous for traditional tea. I tried may be only one time. It is common to see some artists are concentrated on making their things on the Insadong Street. There are daily calligraphy demonstrations and pansori performance. If someone like art, antique, nice tea and interested about different cultures and different people, then welcome to Insadong. Next time, let’s walk together on the Insadong Street and I am sure that you will get this feeling “People from Different Countries, We Are The Same”.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

International NGO Conference on Hostory and Peace from 19-23 August in Seoul

The third International NGO Conference on History and Peace will kick off its five-day run from 19th August in downtown Seoul, exploring ways to promote historical reconciliation and peace.

About 300 people, including nongovernmental organization officials, historians and history teachers from some 20 countries are expected to join the conference, organized by the North East Asian History Foundation.

The forum set the 2009 theme as "History Education for Historical Reconciliation in East Asia," providing a venue in which NGO officials, history specialists and school teachers seek to identify a role of history education in promoting reconciliation.
The East Asian region went through particularly tumultuous periods in the early 20th century, resulting in distrust and hostility between related countries.

The conference has set up seven symposiums and 10 workshops. In addition, organizers said participants will be able to broaden their perspective by participating in various extra events such as "Korea Culture Night," "Lounge Talk," and "Walking Tour."

One symposium, scheduled to be held at the Deoksung Women's University Lifelong Education Center on Friday, is dedicated to analyzing the history textbook revision in Japan, a thorny issue that regularly sparks disputes and protests in Korea and Japan. Experts from Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan will explore ways to deal with the source of the intensifying conflict in connection with history textbooks in Japan.

The NGO Conference, a major get-together of history-relevant civic groups, has charted a new course in seeking an ideal model for public-private collaboration and to share historical perceptions based on cooperation and co-prosperity

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The first and only Nobel laureate from Korea, Kim Dae - Jung dead at 85

দক্ষিণ কোরিয়ার সাবেক প্রেসিডেন্ট কিম দায়ে জুং মঙ্গলবার ৮৫ বছর বয়সে মারা গেছেন। শান্তিতে নোবেল বিজয়ী কিম দক্ষিণ কোরিয়ার গণতান্ত্রিক সংগ্রামে নেতৃত্ত দিয়েছেন। তিনি ১৯৯৮ সালে দেশটির প্রেসিডেন্ট নির্বাচিত হন এবং ২০০৩ সাল পর্যন্ত এ দায়িত্ত পালন করেন। সিউলের সেভেয়ারেল হাসপাতালের এক মুখপাত্র বলেন, তিনি নিউমোনিয়া নিয়ে ১৩ জুলাই হাসপাতালে ভর্তি হন। কিম ২০০০ সালে উত্তর কোরিয়ার সঙ্গে প্রথম শীর্ষ বৈঠকের আয়োজন করেছিলেন। তার এ প্রচেষ্টার জন্য একই বছর তিনি শান্তিতে নোবেল পুরষ্কার পান।

ক্ষমতাসীন রক্ষণশীল দল গ্র্যান্ড ন্যাশনাল পার্টি এক বিবৃতিতে বলেছে, দক্ষিণ কোরিয়া তার মহান নেতাদের একজনকে হারালো। কিম গণতন্ত্র, মানবাধিকার এবং উত্তর ও দক্ষিণ কোরিয়ার সম্পর্কোন্নয়নে নিজের জীবনকে উৎসর্গ করেছেন। দেশটির প্রধান বিরোধী দল কিমকে যুগের মহান শিক্ষক হিসেবে অভিহিত করেছেন।

কিম দক্ষিণ কোরিয়ার সেনা সমর্থিত সরকারের আমলে আততায়ীর হামলা, মৃত্যুদণ্ড, জেল ও নির্বাসন দণ্ড এবং বহু ধরনের নির্যাতনের শিকার হন। আমেরিকার চাপে তিনি মৃত্যুদণ্ড থেকে রেহাই পান।

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Two Hundreds and Two Minutes at Changgyeong Palace with Vivilota

Changgyeong Palace is a palace located in Seoul, South Korea. Originally the Summer Palace of the Goryeo Emperor, it later became one of the Five Grand Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty.
The palace was originally built as "Suganggung" by King
Sejong for his father, Taejong, but in 1483 renovated and enlarged by King Seongjong at which time it received its current name. During the colonial period, the Japanese built a zoo, botanical garden, and museum on the site. In 1983 the zoo and botanical garden were removed.

Changgyeong Palace is very near from my dormitory where I live. I takes only 10 minutes by bus. Normally, I like to enjoy nature. If I get chance to enjoy it, then I try not to miss it. It was the same, when my friend Vivi, from Bulgaria asked me whether I would like to go to visit Changgyeong Palace. In one sentence, I said " Yeap" even though I went there two or three times before. Vivi came to Korea to visit her friend Sofia only for couple of days, but being interested about Korea (specially our dormitory friends), it tooks almost 6 months to go back herself to Bulgaria.
Anyway, when Vivi and I stood in front of the main gate (Honghwamun) of the place, I felt that I went back 500 years ago and got the burning smell of Honghwamun (it was first built in 1484 but burned down during the Japanese invasion of 1952 . it was rebuilt in 1616) . By the way, Vivi was very curious to look around the whole place and was busy to take pictures and to make video too. I tried to explain something about place (even though somethings I didn't know!!!!!!) to her. When she understood that I was telling lie, then she was srceaming with her nice voice my name .. AHIIII JAMALI.... Anyway, I miss it now.

I cannot remember which date we been there, probably it was middle of the March, 2007. There were many children in the place at that day, might be it was weekend. The children of different ages were playing with arrows. Vivi and I tried to do it with the children . For me, it is always nice feeling to play with children. Anyhow, neither Vivi nor I could not able to drop our arrow/stick into the hole of the big pot. After playing with children, we entered into the Myeongjeongjeon. Myeongjeongjeon is the main hall of the palace, where state affairs such as meetings with officials and royal banquets were held. It is the oldest main hall of all the palaces in Seoul. It is smaller than the two-story main halls of Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung because it was originally built as living quarters, especially for dowager queens, rather than as a throne hall.

Vivi was observing all the parts of the main hall with her curious eyes and was taking pictures from the different angles.. After looking around the main hall we went to the garden. It is not very big but there are many types of trees specially Bonsai. One of my colleagues of university used to make Bonsai and she gifted me one Mango Bonsai but I could not able to take care of it. I felt chugum (in Korean, a little bit.... I like to use this word always) sad for my mango bonsai. By the way, Vivi asked me whether I knew some of the trees' name or not. And such kind of condition, specially trees' name, I am very expert to tell lie but It was not difficult to understand for Vivi. I was telling myself " Woh poor Jamali, this is not good place to tell lie". Actually, It is really very difficult for me to differentiate the different kinds of trees except bamboo tree. After taking fresh air inside the garden, we went to look around the lake. We sat on the bench in front of the lake as we were little bit tired to walk almost three hours. After spending 22 minutes in front of the lake observing the ducks and fishes, we started to walk towards our dormitory. Thus I finished two hundreds two minutes'(202) tour at Changgyeong Palace with my friend, Vivilota.............

Friday, August 14, 2009

Hub City of Asian Culture - Gwangju

A governement-initiated project that started in 2004 and will take until 2023 to complete, the Hub City Culture centers upon Gwangju, one of Korea's six major metropolitan centers. The leading city of the nation's southwestern area, Gwangju is historically known as a home of justice, the arts and education.

A City of justice

Most Asian countries share painful experinces of colonialism and dictatorship in the course of modernization. From the Donghak Revolution in the nineteenth century to the May 18 Democratic Uprising in 1980, Gwangju has come through a long tunnel of hardships and in the course acquired a noble power to overcome the past. Now Gwangju stands at the center, ready to restore Asian pride and realize the diversity of Asian cultures.
A City of Arts

Gwangju has always been a center for traditional Korean art and culture; it cherishes the archetype of Korea's ' southern culture', the wit and satire manifesting the spirit of resistance. In addition to many eminent figures of modern/contemporary literary and artistic circles, the city also takes pride in hosting the Gwangju Biennale, one of the most influential art festivals in Asia. Gwangju's abundant cultural assets can give the city global recognition in addition to national importance.

A City of Education

Gwangju boasts creative, well-educated human resources in the fields of art, culture and information technology, the perfect ingredients for the city's growth into a competitative cultural hub.

The Hub City of Asian Culture

The Hub City of Asian Culture, Gwangju will work to promote the exchange of diverse cultures and resources of Asia, bring about the co-prosperity of Asian nations, and help make Korea a medium for communication, openness and balance between Eastern and Western cultures.
Experience of Gwangju

One of my friends, Robi who is a experimental artist of Bangladesh invited me to visit his studio in Gwangju. I cannot remember the exect date, may be it was between November and December in 2007. He came to Korea by getting invitation of 'The Art Council of Korea'. I stayed for two days in his studio. The studio's location was inside of the mountain. The place was very calm and perfect for artistic people. It was very nice feeling to hear the sound of flowing water, windy leaves, whisper of the birds. I was remembering William Wordsworth 's poem' 'Under the greenwood tree' . You can find love and peace under the nature. Actually, there are many important things of life, we can learn from nature. That is why, may be some Philosophers such as Rabindranath Tagore, (রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর), Bertrand Arthur William Russell etc. suggested that "Education through nature". I am totally agree with their educational philosophy. Human can make them real human by getting the touch of nature what I belive always.

Anyway, we tried to look around the mountain. After enjoying with nature, I went with my friend to see the city life. The city life of Gwangju is not much crowded like Seoul. There were not any traffic, not many people on the street. I had some chances to talk with local people there. I tried my best to use my few knowledge of Korean language. Anyhow, I was able to communicate with them. There were very friendly and flaxible. After staying two days' inside the nature, it was very hard for me to come back to Seoul and to start my mecanized life again.
Now,I am waiting for that day, when I will get chance again to visit that hub city of asian culture, Gwangju.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Have you heard about Sindo Island?

কোরিয়া হচ্ছে এমন একটা দেশ, যেখানে রয়েছে দেখার মত সুন্দর সুন্দর Island। Sindo Island হচ্ছে তেমন-ই একটি Island। এই Island টি হচ্ছে কোরিয়ার Incheon city তে। এই island এর আয়তন আনুমানিক ৬.৯২ বর্গ কিলোমিটার। এই island এর বেশিরভাগ মানুষের-ই পেশা হচ্ছে কৃষিজীবি এবং মৎস্যজীবি। এই island -এ রয়েছে সেমিনারের উসিলায় আমার সুযোগ হয়েছিল এই island -এ পা ফেলার। প্রকৃতির অপূরুই সৌন্দর্য্য দেখে অবাক না হয়ে পারলাম না। Island -তে পা ফেলার সাথে সাথেই নির্মল বাতাসে প্রাণটা জুরিয়ে গেল। Sindo Island এ যেতে আমাদেরকে ফেরি ব্যবহার করতে হয়েছিল। খুবি খারাপ লেগেছিল, যখন শুনলাম, ফেরিতে করে যেতে মাত্র ১৫ মিনিট লাগবে।আমি আসলে ফেরিতে করে ভ্রমণ পছন্দ করি সবসময় যদিও আমি সাতার ভাল জানিনা। তবে কেন জানি ডাংগার চেয়ে পানির প্রতি আগ্রহটা অনেক বেশি, যদিও আমার মা সেই ছোটবেলা থেকেই নিষেধ করে আসছে পানিতে না যেতে। ফেরিতে ভ্রমণটা ছিল সবচেয়ে আনন্দের। এক ধরণের পাখি আমাদের সাথে সাথে উড়ে উড়ে সেই island এর দিকে যাচ্ছিল। সবাই পাখিগুলোকে খাবার দিচ্ছিল, আর পাখিগুলো খাবারগুলো ধরার জন্য চেষ্টা করছিল। সে এক মজার দৃশ্য না দেখলে বুঝা যাবে না। যাই হোক আমিও অন্যান্যদের মত পাখিগুলোকে খাবার দেয়ার জন্য চেষ্টা করলাম। মনে হচ্ছিল পাখিগুলোর মত আমিও যদি উড়তে পারতাম, আমার যেখানে ইচ্ছা সেখানেই তাহলে উড়ে যেতে পারতাম।

A Very Nice Moment in Kongju

August এর ১ এবং ২ তারিখ ছিল Kongju ভ্রমণ। Kongju হচ্ছে কোরিয়ার দক্ষিণ দিকের Chungcheongnam-do povince, এর একটা city। এক সময় কোরিয়ার Prime Minister Lee Hae- Chan ঘোষণা দিয়েছিল যে, কোরিয়ার capital seoul থেকে Kongju তে চলে যাবে। যাই হোক পরে আর সেটা আর করা হয় নি। লুনার কিছু কোরিয়ান বন্ধু আমাদেরকে আমন্ত্রন জানিয়েছিল। মহিলা (নারগিস), যাওয়ার কথা থাকলেও ল্যাব থাকায় আমাদের সাথে যেতে পারে নি। আগে বলেনি, কেন নারগিসকে মহিলা বলা হয়। একদিন যখন আমরা কিছু বাংলাদেশী মিলে গল্প করছিলাম, তখন, নারগিস কথার ফাঁকে বলে বসল, আমি মহিলা মানুষ। তারপর থেকেই নারগিসকে মহিলা বলে সম্বোধন করা হয়ে থাকে। নারগিস এতে কোন রাগ করে থাকেনা।যাইহোক, ১ তারিখে আমাকে খুব সকালে ঊঠতে হয়েছিল, যেহেতু আমাদের ট্রেন ছিল সকাল ৯ টার দিকে। ঐদিন রাত্রে আর আমার ঘুম আসে নি। আমার এই একটা খারাপ অভ্যাস , কোনদিন সকালে উঠা লাগলে আমি আর রাত্রে ঘুমাতে পারি না। যাই হোক রাত্রে এলার্ম দিয়ে ঘুমাতে, ঊঠতে কোন সমস্যা হয় নি। আমি আর লুনা সকাল ৮ টার দিকে আমাদের হেয় ওয়া ষ্টেশন থেকে সাবওয়েতে করে কসক টার্মিনাল এ চলে গেলাম। তারপর ৯ টার KTX ট্রেনে করে আঞ্চানের দিকে রওনা হ্লাম। সেখানে আবার লুনার বন্ধুরা আমাদের জন্য অপেক্ষা করছিল। এটা ছিল কোরিয়াতে প্রথম আমার KTX ট্রেনেতে চড়া। যাই হোক, আমি বারবার লক্ষ্য করছিলাম, ট্রেনটি কত কি মি গতিতে যাচ্ছে। দেখতে দেখতে ৩০ মিনিটের মধ্যে আমরা আঞ্চানে পৌঁছে গেলাম। ট্রেন থেকে নামেতে না নামতেই লুনার বন্ধু ও তার boy friend এসে হাজির। লুনার বন্ধু আবার কিছুটা বাংলা কথা বলতে পারে। আমি তাই তার সাথে যত সম্ভব বাংলায় কথা বলার চেষ্টা করলাম। ওরা গাড়ি নিয়ে এসেছিল, তাই মজা করে গাড়িতে চড়ে বসলাম। আমরা তারপর Kongju এর দিকে রওনা দিলাম। kongju তে যাবার পথে আমরা কাছেই Gapsa নামে একটা Temple এ কিছুক্ষণের জন্য থামলাম। কোরিয়ার বেশিরভাগ temple-ই হচ্ছে পাহাড়ের উপরে। এই ঠাডা -পড়া রোদের মধ্যে ইচ্ছা না থাকা সত্তেও পাহাড়ে উঠা লাগলো। উপড়ে উঠার পর মনে হলো যে, না উঠলে আসলেই এতও সুন্দর একটা দৃশ্য আর একটা সুন্দর temple দেখা হতে বঞ্ছিত হতাম। যাই হোক, temple দেখার পরে আমরা আবার kongju এর দিকে রওনা হলাম। দুপুর ২টার দিকে আমরা আমাদের ভাড়া করা পেনশনে হাজির।
লুনার বন্ধুই সব ব্যবস্থা করে রেখেছিল। আমরা হচ্ছে শুধুমাত্র অতিথী। খিদায় আমার মরে যাবার অবস্থা, এমনিতেই সকালে তেমন কিছু খেয়ে আসি নি। কিন্তু কারো চোখে মুখে দুপরের খাবার কোন আভা খুজে পেলাম না। শেষ পর্যন্ত লজ্জা পরিহার করে বলে বসলাম, কেমন হয় রামিয়ন রানলে। এমনিই লুনাকে আমি বারবার বলতে ছিলাম খাবারের কথা। শেষে লুনা রাজি হল রানতে। ১০ মিনিটের মধ্যেই রামিয়ন রান্না শেষ হয়ে গেল। আমার দৃষ্টি ছিল, কখন রান্না শেষ হবে। রান্না শেষ না হতে হতেই আমি ভদ্রভাবে রামিয়নের উপর ঝাঁপিয়ে পড়লাম। খাবারের পরে আমার মনে হলো আমি যেন আমার প্রাণ ফিরে পেলাম।
খাবারের পরে আমি একটা হালকা ঘুম দিয়ে নিলাম। আসলে ঘুম না, just rest. ..... সবাই এই গরমের মধ্যে কিছুটা ক্লান্ত হয়ে পড়েছিল। এর মধ্যে বেশ আরও ৩ থেকে ৪ টা group এসে হাজির আমাদের cottage -এ। তারা সবাই বেস্ত হয়ে গেল রান্না বান্নার কাজে। সবার-ই মোটামুটি BBQ এর preparation আছে, দেখে মনে হল। তাদের preparation দেখে আমার আবার পেটে খিদা জেগে উঠল। আমি অপেক্ষা করছিলাম, কখন আমরা শুরু করব। আমি যেহেতু guest, তাই লজ্জায় কিছু বলতেও পারছিলাম না। শেষ পর্যন্ত আমরা আমদের BBQ এর preparation নেয়া শুরু করলাম।
তখন already রাত সাড়ে ৮ টা। যাই হোক বেশিক্ষণ লাগল না, আমাদের BBQ এর preparation নিতে। তারা আমদের জন্য গরুর মাংসের ব্যবস্থা করেছিল। গরুর মাংস কোরিয়াতে আসলে -ই দাম অনেক। যাই হোক আমি আমার guitar নিয়ে বসলাম।
মনের আনন্দে গলা ছেড়ে গান ধরলাম। আমাদের cottage টা ছিল, একটা গ্রামের মধ্যে। আশেপাশে শুধু ক্ষেতের জমি। অনেক দিন পর এরকম পরিবেশের সংষ্পর্শে আসতে পেরে খুবই ভাল লাগল। লুনাকে এজন্য ধন্যবাদ দিতে ভুল করলাম না।
আমাদের BBQ party -র শেষে সবাই ক্লান্ত হয়ে পরেছিল। তাই সবাই তাড়াতাড়ি ঘুমাতে চলে গেলাম। তারপর দিন সকাল ৮ টার দিকে ঘুম ভাংলো মশার কামড়ে। সকালে উঠেই আবার রামিয়ন খেলাম পেট ভরে। সকাল ১১ টার মধ্যেই সব গুছিয়ে আমরা আঞ্চানের দিকে রওনা হলাম,
যেখান থেকে আমদেরকে বাস ধরতে হবে। আঞ্চানের যাবার পথে আমরা আমদের দুপুরের ভোজটা সেরে নিলাম একটা খুব ভাল restaurant-এ। লুনার বন্ধুই bill টা দিল। যাই হোক এতে আমার কোন আপত্তি ছিল না, যেহেতু, আমার pocket এর অবস্থা ভাল ছিল না। আমাদের seoul ফেরার ট্রেন ছিল বিকাল ৫ টায়।
আমাদের হাতে তখনও ২ ঘন্টার মতো সময় ছিল, তাই এই ফাঁকে আমরা আংগুরের বাগানে একটু ঘুরে আসলাম। বেশ মজা করে কিছু আংগুরও খেয়ে নিলাম এই সুযোগে। তারপর আমরা ৫ টা বাজঁতে ১০ মিনিট আগে আঞ্চান ষ্টেশনে এসে পৌঁছলাম। লুনার বন্ধুদের শেষ বিদায় শুভেচ্ছা জানিয়ে আমরা চললাম Seoul এর দিকে, সেই যান্ত্রিক জীবনের দিকে..................।