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Happy New Year Everyone!! By way of nature, we have passed one year. Another came to us with new hope and expectations. New year brings us new promises and new opportunities. With the beginning of  new year, Its time for making our resolutions. Each year I make few resolution and aim to execute those resolutions. For 2017 I’ve made several wishes/ resolutions.

  1. Continue career development.
  2. Complete all degree requirment of ICMAB and ICAEW.
  3. Re-develop the reading habit. Complete reading all the books bought in 2016. Read at least 20 books in 2017.
  4. Make some investment and make additional source of earnings.
  5. Travel at least 3 districts and 3 countries.
  6. Learn driving.
  7. Do something big!
  8. Decrease body weight to 70 kg.
  9. Maintain relationships with friends, family members, relatives, colleagues and other nearest and dearest one while increasing professional and personal network.
  10. Try to be a practicing Muslim and Read the Holy Quran at least.

Similar to the previous year, theme of this year resolution is career progression, building network and remaining healthy.

So have your made your new year resolution? what’s your new year resolution? share with me in the comment section below.


My Friends, Colleagues, Relatives and everyone! 2017 is here! On this occasion, I’m wishing you a Happy New Year! At the end of each year, I do an evaluation of the past year and make resolution for the new year. I write two separate blog, one regarding the flashback of the past year and another for the resolution. This time it would not be any exception.

In the flashback I try to compare what I planned to do in my new year resolution and what I actually did during the year. 2016 was not a eventful year for me like 2015. From my experience, i have noticed that even years trends to be uneventful for me. But that does not mean nothing happens to me in the even years. In my 2016 Resolution, primary objective was to progress in my career, ensuring secure economic future and maintain a healthy and peaceful file.

I started 2016 with Bell’s Palsy. Due to that, half of my face was partially paralyzed. It was a terrible time for me. I have recovered a lot since then but not yet fully recovered. My doctor said that some palsy might take some long time but it will be ok over the time. Even though I have stopped taking the medicines but I  often go for nerve stimulation therapy known as TENS.I’m hoping to be completely recovered as soon as possible.

I became a Chartered Accountant back in 2015. I had to work hard for it since 2012. During this 3 year time, I almost got disconnected with my friends and family members. One of my resolution for 2016 was to reconnect with my friends and family members. I visited many of my relatives and family members during Eid and any other opportunity I got. I also reconnected with friends from junior school, high school, college and university. I have met with them on several occasions, did some outing and remained connected through social media. I also reconnected with the persons who are very dear to me.

After becoming CA, I wanted to focus on my career development. I remained with A. Qasem & Co. Chartered Accountants as Manager. You must have already know that A. Qasem & Co. is a Member firm of EY in Bangladesh. Recently I have been promoted to Manager Rank in EY. Earlier I was in Senior Associate rank in EY Global. While working with AQC, I got several job offers but declined most of them as they was not matching with my long term objective. I felt that remaining in EY is the good option for me. Besides, I’m enjoying the challenges and my works in EY. I’m developing new sets of skills which I didn’t have earlier.

In related to the career progress, I wanted to have a secure economic future. Generally I have a tendency to spend almost all of my money. So I took couple of deposit schemes to ensure savings for future.

I tried my best to remain a fun loving person. Tried to maintain good sense of hummer with people. But there were times I god mad with people and for work pressure. I might have acted rude but I tried to recover as soon as possible.

My learning was bit slowed down during the year. I completed my CIMA and MBA during the year. I also have progressed a bit in my ICMAB study. Initially it was my plan for the year to got admitted in ICAEW and CISA. But later I have decided to skip CISA for now. Pursuing CISA would not add value to me right now. So I followed my plan with ICAEW. I got admitted in ICAEW hoping to attend the first exam in November 2016. But unfortunately I was not able to attend that session as the exam entry window already expired. Now I’m planning to appear in June 2017 exam. Apart from these, I’ve not learned nothing much. I wanted learn driving but it didn’t happen. May be next year.

Work pressure was extremely high during the year. But I tried to maintain  good work life balance. I went to watch movie in theater several times with my friends and colleagues. I also went on travelling hill tracks couple of time. It was really exciting. Also I have visited Chittagong and India for different purposes.Start actually saving for rainy days.

I wanted to be a practicing Muslim. I’m pretty sure I have not reached that level yet. I need to work on that.

I already mentioned that I started the year with sickness. It was my plan to maintain a healthy life during the year. Alhamdulillah! I had no sickness during the year. Only sickness was the bels palsy I had. That too was recovering. I was planning to drop some weight but looks like it was actually the opposite.

Well That’s pretty much how 2016 was for me. With the help of Facebook, I made  a month-wise highlight for 2016.

  • January:
    • Started the year with Bell’s pulsy.
    • Attended wedding reception of Jillur Rahman Xico vai (member of V&C).
    • Attended 2 day long training session with EY India
  •  February:
    • Frequent hang out with V&C members. Most of them were in restaurants.
    • Went to watch Asia Cup T20 final match at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
  • March:
    • Went to Sajek Valley, Rangamati
    • Became extreme (!) Clash on Clan Player!
    • Went to watch movie –Batman Vs. Superman with V&C members
  • April:
    • Attended the last class of MBA
    • Manik (another member of V&C) left the firm.
    • Attended Congratulations party arranged by AQC SFO.
    • Participated in historic (!) Biometric registration process for SIM cards.
    • Submitted my Intern report to complete my MBA.
    • Initiated to create a Network for the Qualified Chartered Accountants under the name AQC Qualified Network (AQCQN).
  • May:
    • Hangout with V&C members around the city. Got in the middle of a sand storm in 300 feet road in Bashundhara. Life time experience it was.
    • Went to watch Movie X-men: Apocalypse with V&C members.
  • June:
    • Lost my cell phone. It was snatched from me when I was in a CNG.
    • Got together with school friends.
    • Attended AQC Iftar party
  • July:
    • Had iftar party with college friends in a restaurant at Dhanmondi. Same day the city withnessed #GulshanAttack by the terrorist group ISIS.
    • Bought a new cellphone.
    • Went to my native village in Chandpur to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. It was a 9-day holiday and I took a photo challenge for these 9 days. Took pictures of places & persons I visited during these 9 days.
    • After many days, went to an audit tour in Shunamgonj with partners and managers of the firm. It was part of our factory visit initiative.
    • Bought some books after many years with a view to get back to reading habit.
  • August:
    • Went to watch movie-Suicide Squad with my colleagues.
    • Celebrated my birthday with my colleagues and team members.
    • My best friend Murad got married. Attended his engagement, wedding and reception program.
    • Celebrated first anniversary of becoming Chartered Accountant.
  • September:
    • Went to Mawa ferry Ghat with V&C members to eat fried Hilsha fish.
    • Returned to Chandpur to Celebrate Eid-ul-Azha. Got a long weekend similar to Eid-ul-Fitr.
    • Hangout with V&C memebrs in the city after returning from Eid celebration.
    • Frequent hangout with V&C members in 300 feet road, in Bashundhara. Most of these were business (!) meetings.
    • Joined in Rotary Club of Dhaka Luminous.
  • October:
    • Went to watch Trending and Hit new Bengali movie –Aaynabaji with colleagues.
    • Qualified from CIMA after passing CIMA Strategic Case Study Exam after 4 attempts.
    • Held a welcoming party for the new member & recent qualified chartered accountant of AQCQN.
    • Got admitted in ICAEW.
    • Went to a tour with colleagues in Bandarban, Roma bazar & Boga Lake. It was an extreme experience. Had to walk around 6 hours in the muddy passage to go the top of the hill. Almost 2 hours of these was in the moonlight night.\
    • Reassigned as manager in EY Global network.
  • November:
    • Went to Chittagong to attend wedding reception of friend and ex-colleague at Chittagong. Meet with relatives and friends in Chittagong on this occasion.
    • Celebrated the short visit of Tasmina Jerin, university friend, in Bangladesh.
    • Went to watch movie – Doctor strange with colleagues.
    • Attended two day training organized by EY.
    • Celebrated short visit of Kazi Atik & Mahabubur Rahman (two of my friends and ex-colleague) to the City.
    • Had busy time with tax assessment and return submission. It was my first time tax return submission.
  • December:
    • Went to India for second time to attend Executive Event 2016 organized by EY.
    • Went to watched movies – Kahani 2 & Love you Zindegi with colleagues who traveled to India with me.
    • Attended Transfer Pricing Seminar jointly organized by Ernst & Young.
    • Went to Chittagong.
    • Participated in ICAB Members’ night 2016.
    • Had a family get together at my native village in Chandpur.

2016 was not that much exciting year for me. But I’m sure 2017 will be an exciting one. But during 2016, I gained lots of experiences. Due to those experiences, I was able to made lots of matured decisions.

Finally, let me share you the performance of my Blog in 2016. During the year, I wrote 12 blogs on different topics. Visitors of my blog site has increased significantly. My blog site attracted over 31,700 visitors. Last year number of visitors was over 17,000. I’m hopeful that my site will get even more visitors in 2017.

I’m expecting many big things in 2017. Hopefully 2017 will be an exciting year for you too. May Allah grants  your expectations. Once again wishing you a Happy and peaceful new Year!!!

Happy New Year People!!! So 2016 is already here!  Hope you are having a great time. As usual I am here with New Year resolution for the year 2016. Each year I make few resolution and aim to execute those resolutions. Alhamulillah! By the grace of Almighty, I manage to fulfill most of my resolutions. In Sha Allah! My new resolutions will be fulfilled too. So my resolutions for 2016 are:

  1. Remain fun-loving person and maintain honest life.
  2. Do or learn something new (driving may be?).
  3. Focus on career development.
  4. Complete MBA and CIMA. Also increase success rate in CMA.
  5. Get admitted in CISA and ICAEW.
  6. Start actually saving for rainy days.
  7. Reconnect with friends, family and loved ones.
  8. Try to be a practicing Muslim.
  9. Maintain work-life balance, have some tour and enjoy holidays.
  10. Drop some weight and take good care of health. Don’t want to end 2016 in sickness.

Unlike other year resolutions, this year resolutions are more focused and precise. I felt abstract resolutions are hard to measure. Main theme of these resolutions are career progress, future security and maintaining a healthy and peaceful file.

I hope you have made your own New Year resolutions. If you have not, it is high time you should make some and try to act accordingly.

Another year have passed making me and my blog 1 year older. I started this year with lots of hope and excitement. I even made 10 new year resolution (See post new year resolution! ). Before going to compare the end result with expected result, lets me tell you some major events that happened to me in 2013.

First I mourn for those whom we lost during this year. I specially mourn for my friend Asif’s sister, My friend Sifat’s and Murad’s father. I also mourn for father of my colleague Hasnain Suny, my uncle and my other relatives who have passed away in this year. Inna Lillahe wa inna Ilaihi Rajiun ( To Allah we belong and to Him is our return). May Allah bless your soul to Jannah and give us strength to bear and overcome this loss. I also welcome those little angels who made us feel blessed.

Now it’s something to tell about my blogging. I rarely posted blog in this year. I only posted 12 blogs in this year. it seems i almost gave up the blogging habit. But i always wanted to write blog. Now I can hardly manage time for blogging. But I promise i will write lots of blog in this year. I have so many things to write about.

Now Let me give you a glimpse of how 2013 was for me:

  • I visited Chittagong and Cox’s Bazaar with my friends and family.
  • I went to Mymensingh for the first time for audit purpose during March.
  • I sat for ICMAB exam 3rd time in April
  • I have completed 1 of 3 years of articleship of CA in June.
  • I got an increment in my monthly allowance from my firm for completing 1 year of articleship.
  • I attended my Convocation of Bachelor Degree from North South University.
  • I sat for ICAB exam for the first time after lots of suspense with the exam.
  • I visited Dinajpur for the first time for audit purpose during August.
  • I was selected for EMBA admission at AIS department of Dhaka University.
  • I turned 24 on August and mourned for growing older.
  • Result of ICAB published on August where I passed 5 subjects out of 7 subjects.
  • I sat for ICMAB exam for 4th time.
  • I got admitted in EMBA of Dhaka University and started first semester.
  • I bought a new mobile phone on September
  • I celebrated Eid-ul-Ajha at my native village with my friends and family.
  • I visited Mymensing again on October.
  • My father retired on October  and reappointed on November for 1 year.
  • My relationship was almost broken in November.
  • I sat for ICAB exam for second time in December but all exam was not finished during that month.
  • I lost my new mobile phone after 4 month of use.

Looks like lots of exciting and tragic things happened to me during this year. Now let me compare my resolution for 2013 with actual result.

1. It was my plan to be more religious during this year. I don’t know how to measure this but I don’t think I have achieved the level I wanted to reach.

2. I wished to strengthen my bond with family, friends and loved one. I am sure i certainly did, at least compared to last year. My relationship is now almost 3 year. We had faced couple of odd times and overcame those odds.

3. My 3rd resolution was to enhance time management skill. I don’t think I fulfilled this resolution but I am sure I was almost there.

4. My estimate was to complete 400 marks of ICMAB during this year. But I have completed 300 marks. Now I have completed total of 900 marks to be an ACMA. In my defence, I have not sat for December eaxm of ICMAB. I am sure, I will cross my target in this attempt.

5. My utmost wish was to complete PS(K) level, which is the 1st level of ICAB. In this year i have sat for only once and another exam is ongoing. In my first attempt I have completed 5 out of 7 subjects. In Sha Allah, I will complete rest 2 subjects in on going attempt.

6. I had a dream of having lots of money. So I wanted to grow saving habits. But i don’t think I grew this habit at all.

7. About the weight…..I didn’t lose any weight, rather i gained some. 😦

8. I missed this resolution last year. So I fully achieved it. 😀

9. To be good and expert in my task was my resolution. I tried my best to work on that. Alhamdulillah, I have some improvements in this side. But I’m not that much good or expert on anything yet.

10. I don’t think I have any improvement on “keeping the good habits and giving up bad habits”.

If I critically analysis my performance, I think I will score very poorly. But I sure will continue working on those resolution. Now it’s time for new resolution for new year.

1. I will write blogs and poems more often.

2. I will visit some new places.

3. I will visit my relatives, friends and loved one.

4. I will complete Professional Stage (Application) level of ICAB.

5. I will complete Level 1 & 2 of ICMAB and complete more than total of 1200 marks out of 2100 marks.

6. I will do or learn or own something new in 2014.

7. I will be more disciplined and well planned in financial matters.

8. I will finish at least 5 courses of EMBA in 2014.

9.  I will try to be a better person.

10. I will continue working on my 2013 resolution.

I don’t know how much of it I will meet but I sure will try my best. That’s it for this blog. I don’t have anything else to write about this topic. Wishing you all a very happy and wonderful year. Please pray for me. Happy New Year!!!

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