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Rocket Man vs Con Man - a Poem

Rocket man goes
Look at me, look at my shiny toys
They fly higher, girls and boys
I am the scariest, craziest loon
Can eat ice cream without the spoon
My dancing is the best and daring
As my frown frazzles the fools blaring
Idiotic tirade at me and my people
Who has freedom like the best sheeple

Con man goes
Look at me, look at my grimy palm
While I scare the hell out of calm
My toys are bigger, stronger, snappy
I have the smartest brain from almighty
My loud mouth is the coolest and caring
As my cold stare rattles the louts flaring
Nonsensical protests at my twittering policy
I love liberty and life for the chosen polity

A toddler goes
Toddle, toddle, toddle
I am walking! I am walking!
Cuddle me! Hug me!
Me! Me! Me! Me!
Feed me and stop watching TV
Daddy! The Rocket and the Con Man
Are too little for me
To Play





Good Pointers of Success

Good pointers from a Forbes article regarding success:
"Do what you are passionate about. Without passion, your work is not your love and you can never be your best or be better than others who are running with their passion.""Do something that you are inherently good or talented at. We all have our relative talents but spending your life doing something that is inherently more difficult puts you at a disadvantage to other more talented people.""Do something that creates value and can be sold into a market present or future. Creating a widget that nobody but you wants may be self satisfying, but it certainly is not going to make you your fortune nor lead you to personal or professional success."Here is another quote: "It’s simply a determination to never ever give up. That is the most important element of success: dogged determination. "

Rohingyas

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They are uprooted from their burnt out villages. Their schools are demolished. Homes are ransacked and bombarded. Malnourished children fleeing with persecuted parents. The faces of traumatised Rohingyas, begging, pleading for help. Thousands of them drowned in sea while attempting to flee by boat and many more died in jungle camps, many of these are run by brutal people smugglers.

And when the news of ethnic cleansing started pouring out of Myanmar, the Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's response was shocking as she takes the trumpeted "fake news" to brush aside the concern.

How easy has it become to brand any valid concerns and the gross violation of human rights of citizens as "Fake News"! Aung San Suu Kyi is respected worldwide because of her historical struggle against the military dictator of her nation and her success to curtail th…

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead - a Book Review

At first, I didn't want to read this book despite its winning the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award along with other distinguished accomplishments. Having read a few of the great books earlier that described the horrors of slavery, its aftermath, even the continuation of its thread in various forms into 20th and 21st century, I thought it would be a tale of endless brutality and human deprivation that I can pass for now.

After reading Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad", my initial assessment of grimness was justified but in the end I was glad that I had read this great novel.

It's a story of a slave girl Cora, who was born and raised in a Virginia plantation. Her grandmother Ajarry was abducted from an African nation, along with many other men, women and children, with the help of fellow Africans and sold to slave traders who took them into the new land called America that she knew nothing about. Ajarry was sold and resold many times before settling in…

A Bangla Instrumental Music - Ei Mukhorito Jiboner Cholar Bake

An instrumental music I've recorded today, it's a popular song by Souls, a musical band from Bangladesh.

Here is the lyrics in Bangla:
এই মুখরিত জীবনের চলার বাঁকে
অজানা হাজার কত কাজের ভিড়ে
ছোট্টবেলার শত রঙ করা মুখ
সুর তোলে আজও এই মনকে ঘিরে।
ঝিনুক শামুকে ভরা বালুর চরে
ঢেউয়ের সাথে নেচেছি,
রঙ্গিন স্বপ্নে গাঁথা স্মৃতির মালা
সৈকতে ফেলে এসেছি।
ওরে ছুটে চল সেই সাগরো তীরে
ওরে খুঁজে নেই চল, ফেলে আসা মুক্ত হীরে।

রাত্রিতে জোসনায় দাওয়ায় বসে
মজার গল্প কত শুনেছি,
ডুলো ডুলো আখিতে আবীর মেখে
স্বপ্নের জ্বাল বুনেছি
ওরে সেইতো ভালো চোখ দুটো বুঝেছিল
ওরে সেইতো ভালো সবকিছু ভুলেছিলে।


Here is my translation of this song in English but not poetic as the original song is:

In the curved path of this busy life
Amid all the unknown thousands of mundane work
Hundreds of colorful faces from childhood
Tune the melody surrounding my mind.

In the beach filled with oyster shells
I danced with the waves
Memory garland of colorful dream
I left at the beach
Hey, let's go back to that side of the ocean

Think Like Einstein by Peter Hollins - a Book Review

When 2017 began, I made a resolution that I would read more books this year than the previous year. So much distraction these days! Endless applications, Facebook, Instagram, news from every corner of the globe, forums of any kind -- where is the time to read good quality books? From my childhood I have always liked reading but noticed that I have been reading less and less in recent years. So that was the reason I made the resolution to give an honest effort to read more.

As part of this effort, the latest book I have completed reading earlier this morning is Peter Hollins' non fiction book, title: Think Like Einstein. I am writing this review as detail as I can, hoping that someone will get some benefits reading this review and hopefully will be inspired to read this particular book and overall to read more good quality books for rewarding feat.
Einstein's intellect is legendary. His contributions to the realm of science is widely known, even when I was growing up I heard h…

The Caine Mutiny - a short review

A great entertaining novel by a powerful writer. Character building and the story plot were nicely executed. Sometimes it felt a bit too long but in the end I have enjoyed reading this book. Through vivid detail of tumultuous ocean, typhoon, the writer provided a sense of how insignificant humanity and civilization are in the face of a infinitesimal nature. Here is a memorable quote:

"what was Ulithi, after all? A tiny enclosure of coral in the empty, empty ocean. A ship sailing within ten miles of it wouldn’t even have seen it; and all the great Third Fleet, sinking at once, would not have raised the level of the sea by a thousandth of the breadth of a hair. The world’s arena remains, to this hour, somewhat too big for the most ambitious human contrivances."

I recommend this book.

We are the Borg - a Poem

We are the Borg
Resistance is futile
You will be assimilated, defeated
Your uniqueness, distinctiveness
and your pursuit of happiness,
life, liberty and dreams
will be shredded into clean pieces
and will be recycled into our mould

Resistance is futile
We are the Borg
We have come in style
To bring you freedom
and wealth, abundance
We will flourish together
Discarding the undesirables
Only the best of the best
Strongest of the strongest
Will triumph over the weak
We will swipe away
the compassionate freak

We are the Borg, the mighty, the beautiful
Give us your smart, vigorous pomp
We will stifle the wretched, the tired,
the poor and the huddled masses
into happiest quack, playful romp
And send us the homeless
We will transform them into statues
of liberties, of beautiful homes
for all to see and applause
in glorious days and victorious nights
Beside the neatly trimmed garden.
the golden door and a doused torch


----Mahbubul Karim (Sohel)
August 2, 2017
Note: Some of the words are taken…