Sunday, March 22, 2009

'Sandwich' Time !

It's time. Two events of greatest importance of our family, my bro's wedding ceremony and Walima, sandwiched between two of the most difficult exams in this semester, Semiconductor Devices and Telecommunication Engineering. Despite our attempt to fix the dates of my bro's events to avoid the exams, it has all come down to this awkward pickle. I know the sandwich won't taste good, I just hope it doesn't leave a taste too bad in my mouth.
Recently our home is buzzing with reletives doing all sorts of pre-wedding stuff. So the environment has become quite uncomfortable for studies. Even if I'm locked up in my room, the sound of all those hihi-hahas is impossible to keep out of my mind. So from today I've started to implement an old idea of mine, which I haven't had a chance to put to the test so far. I've got myself a headphone some weeks back, with a microphone connected to it. I've plugged in the headphone, plugged in the mic, turned up the volume of headphone and mic all the way up, and I wear the headphone with the mic in front of my mouth, and read everything aloud. Now almost all I hear is my own boosted up voice reading aloud all the studies. Guess what, so far it has worked pretty well! So, trying to adapt to the current situation in my house, I'm trying my best to swallow this 'Sandwich' in the least painful way. Allah help me.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Exams Finally Rescheduled

Today's post could've been titled "Exams Finally Over", but instead it's what you've just read. After the exams got postponed following the clashes on our campus, our semester finals have been finally rescheduled to start on the 15th of March, one month after the original date. The painfull part is that the wedding of my bro will be between my exams, and the most difficult exam, that of Semiconductor Devices, is scheduled for the 25th, the day of my brother's wedding ceremony. How ironic is the fact that it's for my exams that my bro's wedding got dated this way, so that I can take part in the programs without any problem, otherwise it all could've been arranged last month. No complaints though, cuz I still believe that Allah is giving me whatever is best for me.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Speechless We Seek for Answers......Deeply We Mourne

I'm just 23, so I haven't seen the murders by the Pakistani forces back in '71. And I was glad I hadn't been born then. But I am living and well here in 2009, and I had to be witness to a brutality the likes of which our country, and the whole world has never seen. By the time I'm writing this post, the bodies of 64 military personnel have been discovered who were killed by the latest massacre at the BDR headquarters in Dhaka, and 71 are still missing, who are most likely to have borne the same fate. The so-called 'jawaans' of the BDR killed all these assets of our country, stashed their bodies in ditches and manholes, like those of some mere street animals. I'm no political analyst, but it is pretty sure that these ruthless murders weren't committed just to claim some demand of the BDR men. And it is also evident that all this had been pre-planned by the murderers.
Looking at the images of the disfigured bodies of these elite military personnel being brought out from these holes in the ground, the people around holding their noses in the stench, the heart-breaking cries of those who lossed their loved ones, the whole nation asks, and struggles to find the answer to one simple question; why did all this happen? What's the reason behind this inhumanity? Why were our brothers killed with such barbarity in the hands of our own countrymen? What made them do it?
There have been all sorts of speculation going around in the air. Some say it's the work of some political party, some claim that there must be some foreign nation involved in this, some have other theories as well. But the general people actually don't have a clue about the true reason behind these atrocities.
One thing that we must notice from seeing the fate of those who lost their lives, is that we never know what future lies ahead of us. When these army officers were promoted to the ranks of Lt.Colonel, Major, Colonel, how proud they must have been, how happy must their families have been. Because we all think that positions, ranks, money assures our future, guarentees our peace. And yet, what future did these people meet? Did they or their family ever imagine this? Pretty sure they haven't. So in every stage of life, we must always pray to the Almighty Allah for the barkat in our future, we must ask for peace and prosperity from Him and Him only, and not depend upon our wordly belongings.
After three days of national mourning, people are still searching for the missing bodies in and around the BDR headquarters. The families of the army officers know that their husbands, fathers or brothers won't return to them alive, but they still want to see their bodies, to pay respect, and to give them a proper burial. The whole nation is in shock, speechless in despair, and it will stay this way for a long time. The wounds made in just one day, are not to be healed in many many years. Deeply we mourne the loss of so many of our brave brothers. May Allah bestow his mercy on their souls. May their final resting places become pieces of Heaven. May Allah give their families the strength to endure. May Allah show us The Right Path.