Musafir

The urge to see the unseen and know the unknown is innate in human nature. People do not like to be confined to a particular place or region for a long period of time; they want to visit new places, explore new areas. Spectacular developments in transportation and communication in the past few decades has revolutionized how one goes to places, allowing anyone with money and interest to visit even the remotest areas of the planet.
This is a captivating story of a family constantly on the move, travelling to newer places facing unimaginable troubles and travails as a result of tensions and conflicts. It begins in the colonial period, progresses through the momentous developments of partition of the Subcontinent, exploitation and oppression of the Bangalees during Pakistan time, the War of our Liberation and flourishes in a newly independent Bangladesh which secures its rightful place in the comity of nations. It is the story of a boy at a district town with an atlas in hand, dreaming of journeying through the world, without any idea how to realize that dream. In the end, joining the Foreign Service after completion of higher studies helped achieve that objective, living essentially the life of a musafir. There palpably are dangers on the road, predicaments and worries in various places far away from home, as the writer had faced in Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Syria, Jordan and in many other places.
Travelling not just broadens one’s horizons, but also enhances fellow-feeling and understanding among nations and peoples. I hope the story will resonate well with the students, professionals as well as the general masses who dream to travel through the globe to enjoy the exquisite natural beauty of distant lands and expand knowledge by getting to know different peoples and cultures first hand.

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M. Fazlul Karim

M. Fazlul Karim is a retired Ambassador and Secretary belonging to 1984 BCS (Foreign Affairs) batch. Obtaining BSS (Honours) degree from the Department of International Relations of Dhaka University securing First Class First position, Ambassador Karim received Chancellor’s Award. He completed Masters in International Relations from the same University and secured First Class First position. Ambassador Karim did a post graduate degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at the International Institute of Public Administration in Paris and was awarded Felicitations du Jury. He pursued a Course on Public International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law and attended a number of programs on International Development Issues, Law of the Seas, Trade Representation and UN Peace Keeping Operations.
In his long diplomatic career, Ambassador Karim served in various places including in New York, Jakarta, Washington, Islamabad and Hong Kong as First Secretary, Counselor, Deputy High Commissioner and Consul General. He served as Bangladesh’s Ambassador to Italy (with concurrent accreditation to Greece, Albania and Serbia), Saudi Arabia (with concurrent accreditation to Sudan and Ethiopia), Jordan (with Syria, Lebanon and Palestine), Mexico and China (with North Korea and Mongolia) and was Permanent Representative to FAO, IFAD, WFP and OIC. Ambassador Karim was elected Vice-Chair of IFAD and Chairman of the Asian Group at FAO. He was intensely involved in the negotiations of the final documents in preparatory committee meetings of Rio Earth Summit, ICPD and Social Summit. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he worked in International Organizations, South Asia, SAARC, UN and Administration Divisions in various capacities. He attended a number of UNGA sessions and represented Bangladesh in numerous international and regional meetings, seminars and conferences. He has taken classes on UN, South Asia, Negotiation, etc. at various universities and training institutes at home and abroad and written pieces on international issues. Ambassador Karim is fluent in French and speaks some Arabic and Spanish.

The urge to see the unseen and know the unknown is innate in human nature. People do not like to be confined to a particular place or region for a long period of time; they want to visit new places, explore new areas. Spectacular developments in transportation and communication in the past few decades has revolutionized how one goes to places, allowing anyone with money and interest to visit even the remotest areas of the planet.
This is a captivating story of a family constantly on the move, travelling to newer places facing unimaginable troubles and travails as a result of tensions and conflicts. It begins in the colonial period, progresses through the momentous developments of partition of the Subcontinent, exploitation and oppression of the Bangalees during Pakistan time, the War of our Liberation and flourishes in a newly independent Bangladesh which secures its rightful place in the comity of nations. It is the story of a boy at a district town with an atlas in hand, dreaming of journeying through the world, without any idea how to realize that dream. In the end, joining the Foreign Service after completion of higher studies helped achieve that objective, living essentially the life of a musafir. There palpably are dangers on the road, predicaments and worries in various places far away from home, as the writer had faced in Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Syria, Jordan and in many other places.
Travelling not just broadens one’s horizons, but also enhances fellow-feeling and understanding among nations and peoples. I hope the story will resonate well with the students, professionals as well as the general masses who dream to travel through the globe to enjoy the exquisite natural beauty of distant lands and expand knowledge by getting to know different peoples and cultures first hand.

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