Saturday, January 24, 2009

An Incomparable Joy

Has it ever happened to you that you wait for a day for so long, that when the day finally arrives, you can’t believe that the day has come? Last Thursday was such a day for me, and for my whole family, as my dear elder brother has finally got engaged! The whole family has been trying to get my brother married for a very very long time indeed. But the problem is, my brother, in case of choosing a bride for himself, has a band pass filter which allows a very narrow bandwidth. And so far, we couldn’t tune the perfect frequency. But thanks to Allah, we’ve finally got the perfect combination, and Bhaiya at last found someone who he thinks is worthy of spending his life with. I was there at the engagement program last Thursday, and I really liked my brother’s soon-to-be in-laws. They were all very much friendly and cordial. My mom put the ring on the finger of my future sister-in-law. Instead of the girl, it was my mom who was crying, as she has been waiting for this moment for a very long time.
My brother’s Akth (actual marriage) is going to take place on February 5 inshallah. And the marriage ceremony and wedding reception will take place inshallah in March. My elder bro is the eldest son of the eldest son of the family (my father is the eldest son of my grandma). So, he is extremely popular and most beloved to all the family members. So the joy his marriage is bringing about in the family is incomparable. I pray for Allah’s help and guidance throughout the whole process of Bhaiya’s marriage.

At the End of 'Power Stroke'

I remember back in the very first semester, our Basic Mechanical Engineering course was taken by Ashiqur Rahman sir from BUET. He explained an analogy between the 4 years of our course, with the 4 strokes of an engine. The first year is the ‘Intake Stroke’, where the new students are taken in into the varsity for processing. The second year is the ‘Compression Stroke’, as the second year is said to be the most difficult, where the student really feel the pressure of studying engineering. The third year is the ‘Power Stroke’, as this is said to be the year when the students start to feel like engineers, they take over the most active roles in all sorts of campus activities. And the fourth year is the ‘Exhaust Stroke’, when it’s almost done, the soon to be engineers are already planning what to do when they get out.
Today at the last day of my third year, I really find this analogy perfect in every sense. The third year, particularly the second semester, was simply unforgettable. It’s been the most eventful semester so far, and the most enjoyable in every way, except for studies (who cares about that anymore?). The classes have just finished, and I’m already missing the third year. I know there’s one more year ahead, but I feel like the fourth year is not gonna be as fun as the one I’m leaving behind. My semester final exams are gonna start in a couple of weeks time, so for now I must start thinking about my studies a little bit. Hope that Allah helps me out this time as He has done so far.