“Paris Road : A Symbol of Peace and Love”
A place where trees growing on both sides of the road seemed desperate to embrace each other. Sometimes the sunlight comes down on the road through the gaps in the leaves of the trees, sometimes gets stuck in the leaves. In such a game of light and shadow, a road has become an idol of beauty. When you see the tall trees on both sides of the road, it seems that the mind is filled. Besides, you may have thought, trees have covered the road with absolute care.
I was talking about the beautiful Paris Road. Paris Road! When you hear the name, you may be imagined that it is a road in France. But no! Not from France, it is ‘Paris Road’ of Rajshahi University (RU). which stretched from Kazla Gate to Shere-e-Bangla Hall on the campus, is declaring the beauty of the university. The 30 to 40 metre-high trees along the ‘Paris Road’ has been welcoming all the visitors at the main entry point into the university for decades.The 50-year-old road is part of the university’s infrastructure.
In 1965, former RU vice chancellor Prof M Shamsul Alam brought some saplings of ‘Gagan Sirish’ from France to enhance the beauty of the campus.
Led by Prof Nadiruzzaman, a team of Botany Department of the university planted those saplings on both sides of the road.
Since then, the road had become known as ‘Paris Road’ as it seemed to have similarities with a road in Paris, capital of France.
This road has witnessed all kind of experiences like love-friendship, struggle, life, laughter-cry, loneliness time or warm touch in the hands of lovers for ages. This road carries a long history, tradition and culture. Sometimes his chest trembled in rebellion, sometimes he was cold in love.
This road is carrying the loving memories of many couples. It is carrying the memories of the moment of proposal of many couples, again it is carrying the memories of separation from love. Again, this Paris Road has preserved the memory of falling in love a new. Once again on a rainy afternoon, many people have spent their time here holding their beloved’s hand and waiting for the sunset in the light rain.
It has become a place of interest for both former and present students of the campus and outside visitors. Every year thousands of students from different schools and colleges come here for educational tours. There are no teachers or students of the university, past or present, with whom there is no memory of this Paris Road. In the mornings, afternoons, evenings or nights, chats, songs, stories and walks of various people resonate in the ‘Paris Road’.