Monday, October 30, 2006

A better day


Looks like the politicians have finally started to use their brains. Fighting in the city of Dhaka has ended. I am quite relieved. Went to Sabbir and Shahadat's house in Baridhara. Salim was with me. Rajib went their too. Had a laugh. We then went to a fast food shop in Gulshan. Now I feel like I am back to Bangladesh.

Read 5 novels by Humayun Ahmed since last night. Feel like I am back to the college days.

The picture is of our house in Uttara.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Uncertainity

Has been another boring day today. I have been housebound for most of the day. The political condition has brought the country to a standstill. Everyone is unsure about what is going on in the country. The president of Bangladesh has just taken over the power of Chief Adviser of the country. I think he has taken the decision hurriedly. I am assuming he was under pressure from the BNP government to take over the post. The president's decision to take over the power of Chief Adviser might spark the riot by the Awami League again.

The citizens of the country are fed up with the power struggle between the politicians. I hope the politicians stops to think about themselves and start to think about the country soon.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Chaotic Dhaka

Dhaka has been brought to a standstill by the arrogant standoff of the goverment and the opposition parties.

Both the parties have got their paid goons to destroy the infrastructure of the city centre of Dhaka and surrounding areas.

Politicians have always been a curse for the country and they are just proving to be weeds that the country hasnt been unable to uproot yet.

Justice K M Hassan has rightly refused to take power today, and the chief secretaries of both parties are at Presidence's residence to discuss the next course of action. Hope they can use their brains properly today.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Mirpur


Went to Mirpur today to visit my mum's cousins there. Also met Tamim after a long time. Had to rush home due to mad political situation.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Dhanmondi


Went to Dhanmondi with Rajib and Salim like the old days in Chittagong. Had fun. Went to 'American Burger' later on.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Eid Mubarak


It's Eid ul Fitr in Bangladesh today.
I have prayed the eid prayer at the IES mosque.
Me and my brothers had mini fireworks show on the roof top last night.
Went to few relatives house in the morning. Then wen to graveyard to do ziarat.
Friends came down to visit me in the evening.
Picture is of my brother with fireworks

Monday, October 23, 2006

Eid is on 25th

Eid is going to be observed on 25th October in Bangladesh. Middle-eastern, North American and European countries are observing eid today.

Last few days have been really hecting but enjoyable for me. Mad shopping in the crowded shopping malls have been the story of everyday since I arrived Dhaka. It's been fun so far.

Looking forward to Eid in Dhaka after a long time Inshallah.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

E!d Shopping

Went to Mascot Plaza today to do Eid shopping for everyone.
My shopping finally ended today.
Got lots of presents from Aarong.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Shono- Habib Wahid

Habib released his new album for Eid. It's called 'Shono'. Liked two songs from the album. 'Shopner Cheyeo Modhur' and 'Jaadu'.
Watched 'Fast and Furious' after a long time today. Also watched part of 'Krrish'.
Just stayed indoor for most of the day.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Interview of Dr. Yunus

Telephone interview with Professor Muhammad Yunus immediately following the announcement of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, October 13, 2006. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.

[Muhammad Yunus] – Hello, hello.
[AS] – Hello, Professor Yunus?
[MY] – Yes, yes, yes, speaking.
[AS] – Hello, thank you, my name's Adam Smith. I'm calling from the website of the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm to congratulate you, and just to ask ...
[MY] – Oh, thank you so much.
[AS] – We record one minute of interview with new Laureates as soon as they hear, so this is for this purpose.
[MY] – OK.
[AS] – I just wanted to ask you ...
[MY] – OK, go ahead.
[AS] – Two very quick questions. The first is, obviously the prize will bring greatly increased publicity for your work, is there a particular message...
[MY] – Absolutely.
[AS] – Is there any particular message you would like to use the opportunity to get across?
[MY] – The one message that we are trying to promote all the time, that poverty in the world is an artificial creation. It doesn't belong to human civilization, and we can change that, we can make people come out of poverty and have the real state of affairs. So the only thing we have to do is to redesign our institutions and policies, and there will be no people who will be suffering from poverty. So I would hope that this award will make this message heard many times, and in a kind of forceful way, so that people start believing that we can create a poverty-free world. That's what I would like to do.
[AS] – Thank you very much, and does your work with the ...
[MY] – Thank you.
[AS] – Does your work with the Grameen Bank over the last three decades make you more hopeful that this is possible?
[MY] – Oh yes, very much, we see the demonstration of it every day. People come out of poverty every day. So it's right in front of us what happens and it can be done globally, it can be done more forcefully, we can organize more things to go with it, so this is something not theoretical issue, it's a very real issue. People can change their own lives, provided they have the right kind of institutional support. They're not asking for charity, charity is no solution to poverty. Poverty is the creation of opportunities like everybody else has, not the poor people, so bring them to the poor people, so that they can change their lives. That's all we are doing. We didn't do anything special; lend money to the people so – but they never lent it to the poor people – all we did was we lent it to the poor people, and that makes the trick. That makes the change.
[AS] – Thank you very much indeed for speaking to us.
[MY] – Thank you, thank you.
[AS] – One can hear in the background just how exciting this is for everybody so I'll let you get back to it.
[MY] – I know, I know, there's a big crowd here, I know. Thank you, thank you very much, bye, bye.
[AS] – Congratulations, bye, bye.
[MY] – Bye, bye. Thank you.

The Collegiates and Dr. Yunus

I have been speaking to my friends from Chittagong Collegiate School about arranging a reception for Dr. Muhammad Yunus for his Nobel Peace Price 2006.

We have an alumni association called 'The Collegiates'. I am going to try to get some sponsors who can sponsor the reception which will be held at the Chittagong Collegiate School premises Inshallah.

There is a reception at China-Bangladesh Friendship Conference hall tomorrow at 1400 BST.
Thinking of going there Inshallah.

Bangladesh is standing tall and showing the world that we can show world the way for poverty reduction. More success to come Inshallah....

Friday, October 13, 2006

Bangladesh annihilate Zimbabwe


Bangladesh slaughtered Zimbabwe today at the ICC Champions Trophy qualifying round. Sadly they still failed to qualify for the next round due to the dismal performance in the two previous games.

All in all a good day for Bangladesh.

Text: Nobel Peace Prize citation

Here is the official English text of the Norwegian Nobel Committee's citation in awarding the 2006 Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank.

"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006, divided into two equal parts, to Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank for their efforts to create economic and social development from below.
Lasting peace cannot be achieved unless large population groups find ways in which to break out of poverty. Micro-credit is one such means. Development from below also serves to advance democracy and human rights.
Muhammad Yunus has shown himself to be a leader who has managed to translate visions into practical action for the benefit of millions of people, not only in Bangladesh, but also in many other countries.
Loans to poor people without any financial security had appeared to be an impossible idea.
From modest beginnings three decades ago, Yunus has, first and foremost through Grameen Bank, developed micro-credit into an ever more important instrument in the struggle against poverty.

'Liberating force'

Grameen Bank has been a source of ideas and models for the many institutions in the field of micro-credit that have sprung up around the world.
Every single individual on earth has both the potential and the right to live a decent life. Across cultures and civilizations, Yunus and Grameen Bank have shown that even the poorest of the poor can work to bring about their own development.
Micro-credit has proved to be an important liberating force in societies where women in particular have to struggle against repressive social and economic conditions.
Economic growth and political democracy can not achieve their full potential unless the female half of humanity participates on an equal footing with the male.
Yunus' long-term vision is to eliminate poverty in the world. That vision cannot be realised by means of micro-credit alone.
But Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank have shown that, in the continuing efforts to achieve it, micro-credit must play a major part."

Congratulations Dr. Muhammad Yunus !!


Dr. Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh has won Nobel Peace Prize for 2006.

I am absolutely delighted at the news. This should motivate the success hungry Bangladeshis who have been struggling since the inception of the country.

I am also very proud of Dr. Yunus as he is a student of Chittagong Collegiate School where I went for my Secondary education.

I hope that this success will allow the Bangladeshis to dream big and lead the country to prosperity.

A profile of Dr. Yunus can be found by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Life in Dhaka

Life has taken a complete U-turn as far as I am concerned. I now have a family to live with, which is quite a new experience to me. It’s taking time for me to get used to it.

Dhaka is at its usual haphazard best. Traffic is heavy and the experience is worsened by fierce overtaking. I am sweating like a pig all the time due to the scorching heat of October. Hopefully next month will bring some mild weather.

I have been shopping around for Eid. Bought couple of shirts and pairs of trousers from ‘Soul Dance ’-quite good shop, sells funky clothes.

Gulshan is a no go zone. Traffic is always static there; I wonder how people ever get anything done in Gulshan.

I haven’t been to Motijheel yet. Motijheel is the city centre of Dhaka. I haven’t dared to go there after hearing about the horrible traffic jams there. My dad works there and it takes him about 2 hours to travel about 15 miles each way.

On the plus side, I don’t cook anymore. I am spending like a millionaire’s kid. Catching up with lots of friends and families, but Ramadan has been an obstacle to socialising.

All in all, it has been a great couple of weeks for me. I have been enjoying it thoroughly.

My plan of travelling might have to be put on hold until January as some of my college/school friends have some other commitments. I’ll see how that goes. I am here till April so I should have plenty time to travel.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

What a day !!

My brother Tawhid dropped his fish bowl and cut his both hands in few places. I had to take him to hospital. He needed 7 stiches on one hand. It was a real mess. Both his hands are now bandaged.

Some strange thoughts are crossing my mind.
Amar mone hoi Allah'r kono odvut plan ache amake nie. Ami gobhir agroho nie tar plan dekhar jonno opekkha korchi. Ami jante chai, kivabe amar mrittu hobe, kivabe bie hobe (adou hobe kina) , ami kothay chakri korbo, ittadi. Shob kichu uni thik kore rekhechen, kintu ami tar kichui jani na. Emonki andaz o korte parchi na. Khub odvut!!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Spark Internet

Got internet connection from spark in Uttara. Not bad. Got good speed for 2500 taka per month. Paid 2500 taka for installation.
Did a lot of running around in last few days. And fasting. Quite exhausted. Catching up on my emails now.