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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.

Last month I have been to Keshabpur for audit purpose. Keshabpur is an Upazila of Jessore District in the Division of Khulna, Bangladesh. Purpose of the visit was to audit a partner NGO of the client I have been auditing. Iftekher vai (my senior at AQC) and I were selected for the team. We were required to finish our assignment by 3 days.

Our journey started at early morning. I arrived at bus stand almost half an hour before the departure time. Ifti vai arrived shortly. Our bus started for the destination  at 9 am. Though it was not my first tour without my friends and family, I was excited. I was excited mostly because we didn’t know anyone where we were going. Also we had no idea how we will reach the client’s office and where we will stay. We were told to contact with the partner NGO when we reach Keshabpur.

Our Bus dropped us at Jessor. Till then journey was great. Nothing special to tell except for I slept almost whole time. Then we got into a local bus which will take us to Keshabpur directly. I don’t want to describe about the bus or its environment. But I must describe the view I enjoyed from traveling though it.

The  local bus was running through a narrow road. I was sitting just beside bus window. I was enjoying an awesome natural beauty. There were fields with different crops in both side of the road. Fields were  mostly paddy fields. However most of the fields were water-logged. It is one big problem in this area. But the view of green water logged fields were great. I could see many small hut in distance. This huts works as resting place for the farmers and provide shade when they have their lunch and shelter during rain.  It was raining just before i got down from the highway bus. The road and the surrounding was still wet.Rain drops washed away the dust and dirt of the leaves of the trees. Everything was looking green and fresh. I could resemble the view with the description of an ideal village I read in books and essays.

It was dawn when we reached Keshabpur. It took us 1 hour to reach from Jessor and 9 hours from dhaka. Ifti val called the contact person and ask for instruction about how to go to the office. We were instructed to take a man-pulled van. By the way, Rickshaw is not available in this region. Rather man-pulled van and shallow-machine van (also know as Nasimon or Karimon or Votvoti) are prevalent. we took a man-pulled van and reached the office in 10 minutes.

After the introduction with office personnel we were taken to our room. It was upstairs of the office. As we were tired of journey, we planed not to do anything. After refreshing ourselves and resting a while, we started our audit planning. We shared our audit planning with office personnel over dinner. For your information, most of the office personnel lives upstairs of the office. After dinner I called my home and let them know I arrived safely. Nothing much happened afterwards as we called it a day.

Next day was busy a day. But it started with an entertaining scene. A group of languor was roaming in the rooftop of the building next our office.I knew that Keshabpur is famous for Gray languors. I was hoping to see them but never thought to see them these closely. We spent few minutes watching them. Then we went for breakfast. Afterwards our work started and we worked till lunch. After lunch we took some rest and went out for field visit. We returned at dawn. As our time was limited and work load was huge, we decided to take all the documents to our room and work till late night. We indeed worked till late night. But could not finish our work. We finished our work next day before lunch. After lunch, we went to our room to take some rest and organize everything. We started to prepare for the exist meeting. However it took us till evening to organize to discussing points.

Before exist meeting we booked two seats for our journey to Dhaka. Though we were permitted to stay another night, we decided not to take that option. After the exist meeting, we went to our room and hurried to pack our bags. Our bus was scheduled to leave within couple of hours. After dinner ifti vai went to office manager and paid all our bills. Few minutes later we left the office for bus stand. Two officer accompanied us to the bus stand. Our bus came after 15 of the scheduled time. It was last bus to Dhaka from Keshabpur. We were tired and sleepy. I fell asleep right after I got in our bus. I don’t  remember anything what happened next except for Ifti vai telling highway police at midnight that these bags (pointing to our bags) belongs to two of us. We safely arrived at Dhaka next day. Our senior recommended us to take the day off and report to Client’s office next day. That was a great news for us because we had no energy or stamina left to attend the office.

The tour was great. I got the change to see and culture of Jessore region. Got familiar with food cooking and social behavior. I was planning to visit the place once again with my friends. But I didn’t know that I have to come to same region with in few days. But that’s another story.

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I was searching on Google for an Image of 1000 Taka note. I was planning to post the image in Facebook and tag all my friends as symbolic Eid Salami. I indeed found the image. I hardly doubt Google can’t find anything. After clicking on the first search result, Google took me to a website called “The International Bank Note Society”.

I never heard of this society but the website claims that it was founded on 1961. Objectives of this society are to promote, stimulate, and advance the study and knowledge of worldwide banknotes and paper currencies.I found the site interesting. So I kept exploring the site. I saw their ‘Hall of Flame‘ members with their contributions. Members of IBNS are basically collectors and those who have interest on paper notes. Also this society publishes journal on paper notes on a regular basis.

Few moments later I found that every year this society elects a bank note as “note of the year”. It uploads the image of winning bank note with other nominated bank notes. Then I moved to the notice section only to find that someone lost a good number of bank notes from his collection. A link was there to show the image of lost notes. I followed the link and reached in a Facebook Album.  Lots of bank note image were there. I started to see one by one. As i was going through the images, I was getting more and more interested. All the images have different  colors, size and design. Most of the notes includes a photo of that country’s leader. Among the notes there were some rare notes.

Though it took me a while to watch each image, i become thrilled. I remembered that once I had the hobby of collecting coins of different country. Though my coin collection was very small but I had some 70/80 years old coin and coins from different countries. But unfortunately I lots them all. But watching the bank notes, I fell in love with bank notes. So from now on, I will collect different bank notes from different country. It’s my new hobby. Only problem of his hobby is that it is expensive.

by the way, if you want to know more about the bank note society, you can always visit the International Bank Note Society.

I have audited a client for last 3 months. It was far from my house. So I had to wake up and start early in the morning. And then fight to get in the bus. I had to be in client’s office by 9am. I had to follow this routing 6 days in a week. I was getting tired day by day. But I knew a week-long vacation is coming. So I kept my patience.

Finally long waited vacation came. Already two days of vacation have passed. I was so busy in enjoying the vacation that I forgot to write about it. The most awesome part of the vacation is I don’t have to wake up early in the morning. I cal sleep as long as I want. Last couple of days I wake up after 11 am. It is pretty late than my usual time.

Though vacation have started, I cannot enjoy it properly. My level 1 exam in ICMAB is knocking at the door. I couldn’t study for the exam earlier. So I’m focusing on last moment’s preparation. I had plan to attend all four exams of level 1. But due to lack of preparation, I am thinking of attending only two exams; Intermediate Financial Accounting and Information Technology.

Vacation will come to en end in just 5 days. So I will try my best to utilize the vacation by preparing for the exam and giving rest to myself. And after the exam, busy schedule will resume. 😦

Eid-ul-Fitr is knocking at the door. People are getting busy with holiday shopping. Shopping malls are already prepared for holiday sales with their goods. Weekly holidays for shopping mall have gone. Now the shopping malls stay open from morning to late night. In order to finish the shopping, people are staying outside till late night. This is contributing greatly in traffic jam. How? Most of the shoppers brings their personal vehicles to the shopping mall. Most of the shopping mall in our country ha very limited parking place. Therefore, people who can’t avail the parking facility, they parks their vehicles  in the road side making the road narrow and even blocking the road. A large number of public transports like CNGs, cabs & rickshaws waits in front of shopping malls in order to get passengers. Also number of vehicles running in the streets have increased on this occasion. Result of these is sever traffic jam in the city. Now it takes almost three times more time to reach the destination. However, roads are empty in the early morning. It is the best time to travel long route.

As I wrote earlier section that streets are pretty busy during these days. People who walks in the road are busy too. Most people don’t use foot-over-bridges. People on the street suddenly starts running to cross the road. They are aware of how to cross roads but they don’t obey the rules. And as a result accidents occurs most often.Couple of days earlier,  I have seen a terrible accident.

I was walking on the footpath of airport road near Banani. I was stuck at traffic jam in front of Naval headquarter for a while. So I got down from bus and started walking. Few minutes later I was close to Banani circle. Footpaths were occupied by street hawkers. So I had to get down from footpath and walk on the side of road. Suddenly I noticed that there were lots of blood on the street. I was almost walking over the blood. So I stopped and carefully saw my surroundings. Then I saw a small crown just in front of me. I hurried to the crowed and found out that there were a police van and a police is asking a person some questions. I peeped through the van and saw a wrapped dead body lying inside the van. I asked the person standing right to me about what happened. He told me that a road accident took place. A person was trying to cross the road when a bus knocked him  down causing his death on the spot. I looked again to the place where accident took palace. I saw some small pieces of dead man’s body still lying on the road. I had some urgent matters to attend to and so I left the place. But for the rest of the day, I kept thinking about the accident.

I believe this kind of accidents could be minimized if people patiently waits for the signal or uses the foot-over-bridge. I request all of you to follow traffic rules while you drive and be careful when you walk on the road. And those who  are very busy with Eid shopping and passing most of their time in shopping mall, watch out for your wallets, bags and mobile phones. Crowd in the shopping mall is an ideal place for pick-pockets. Be alert when you shop and when you are on streets.

Good wishes for the upcoming holidays!!!

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