Sri Lanka is a peaceful land. It is famous for Adam’s peak in the Sri-Padaya mountain range, tea plantation in the mountainous area, beautiful sea beaches, coconut palm orchards, flowers and faunas in the mountainous and forest area, Negombo’s very nice looking lagoon etc. Every year thousands of crazy travelers from the west and elsewhere visit this land. Now we are visiting it. Irfan is with us also. He is a crazy traveler.
Irfan told the story of his last visit to Spain. Travels bring immense pleasure for the individuals but sometimes it brings also sorrow. It is such a story. Now he is travelling to Sri Lanka in the way to Malaysia and Thailand.
During his last Holy days he traveled from France to Spain. At the end of his holy day he had to return in due time to join his University. So, he needed a train ticket but unluckily his credit card was not responding and his payment was not made by the machine.
But he would had to return. Being a student of a France University he could not stay in Spain for a long time. So, he took risk and got a France bound train in Bilbao station. He knew in the European rail one may get train without ticket and in this case the passenger will be fined which is payable later in his residing country.
In due time he was checked by the ticket checker in the train. Irfan explained his problem to him and requested to allow him imposing due fine. But the Spain Railway ticket checker made him bound to got down in Lemoa station. It was a hilly station but unknown to him.
It was utter surprise for Irfan that an old but kind hearted retired man named Huan Carlos living around that station came forward and helped him giving money to purchase a ticket and food. Irfan expressed his highest gratefulness for his act of such kindness. We also give him thanks for his great and generous heart. Let almighty also make him happy.
In the past we saw in the case of the greatest travelers, many of them faced problem in their way. Some where some one created problem and what were mostly by the man of power but they were also helped by the men in the way what proved, “man is for the man”. Famous Arab traveler Ibne Batuta cited many such examples in his memoir (In Bengali Ibne Batutar Safr Nama).
By this time this crazy traveler Irfan visited Italy, Spain, Greece, Nether land, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Serbia etc countries. He had also to face problems what were minor. In Sri Lanka also a house owner of Colombo declined to pay booked money though Irfan explained humbly about the problem of boarding in that house. In relation to Huan Carlos he is a great man and very learned Doctor. He failed to realize that this crazy student traveler saved his money to travel because he likes it. A student is never a rich man like a big businessmen. Once the Doctor was also a student too.
However,the Doctor has given priority of about 10,000 Lankan rupee not the sincere faith of the student who believed him. His saying, “I can not pay you the money, sorry- is not acceptable at all. I hope the Doctor will realize his fault!