Albert Einstein famously remarked in a conversation with Werner Heisenberg. He said, “you know in the west we have got a beautiful ship and in it has all the comforts but actually the one thing that it doesn’t have is – a compass, and that’s why it doesn’t know where it is going”.

Dear reader, I’m Sajal. Today I am writing this blog to share my stories with you. 

Currently, I am studying Master’s in Public Health (MPH) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Before that, I completed MBA and BBA from Jagannath University, Bangladesh.

Back to 2010, one day I was reading a blog of twenty interesting questions. The first question was – “In one word what you live for?”.

I said – happiness! 

The second question asked – “what will you never give up on?”. 

I said – passion.

That time I have just completed my bachelor’s degree. I was a fresh graduate who was really curious to do something great; but the funny thing is, I didn’t know what to do. The only thing I had is passion. I had the passion to do something really great.

I believe, life is a journey of doing insanely great things. Interestingly, I had almost no idea what this great thing means. I knew one thing; “my work is going to fill a large part of my life*”.

You know, once Steve Jobs said – “the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle*”.

So, I didn’t settle.

I kept searching for opportunities and one day my beloved teacher Mr. Imranul Hoque gave me one. We started working on diabetes management.

I came to know, globally diabetes is increasing at 48% per year (click here to read more about diabetes prevalence). In some countries, it is 156% even! And the most interesting thing is, around 55% people having Type 2 diabetes, don’t know even they have diabetes. So, there is something seriously wrong which require attention. We have identified some important gaps which unfortunately can’t be filled up by the doctors. These gaps can be filled up by people who have a combined knowledge of business studies and public health studies.

That was the turning point of my life. 

I decided to work on it. 

It was a tough decision because, after the graduation, my friends started joining prestigious jobs where they will have certain future. They will have a handsome salary, secured career path, recognition and what not. But I was working on something where almost everything was uncertain.

Thus, there was a conflict, eventually.

You know, “the longest distance in the world is the distance between your heart and your brain ” (rational mind). My rational mind was telling me to go for something more secure for the career, whereas my heart was telling me, I’m in love with it. 

Finally, I decided to follow my heart and my intuition. Because I knew, I “don’t just wake up and become a butterfly. Growth is a process**“.

In this process, a lot of people extended their helping hands for me. I want to express my gratitude to Dr. S. M. Jaglul A. Mozumdar very specially. I met him in 2011. Since 2011 to till date, he has been helping me. He did a lot for me. Actually, I need a whole new blog post to describe his kindness. For now, I can tell one thing about him; whenever I am with Dr. Jaglul, I feel three things; honour, care, and love.

I also want to express my gratitude to Dr. Ed L. Hansen. In my university, I learned theories. Dr. Ed taught us, how to apply those theories in real-life problem-solving. He also taught me, how to achieve happiness in life. In another blog, I will write about him.

I also want to express my gratitude to another beloved teacher Mr. Zahir Uddin Arif. He is a renowned researcher in his field. He did so many amazing works. In my journey over the last 5 years, he guided me with his wisdom. You know, once Martin Luthar King said, “we have guided missiles, but misguided men”. There was a time when I was confused. I didn’t know what I should do, what I should not do. I had no idea, which pathway I should follow. That time he guided me with his kindness and wisdom.

I want to express my thanks to a wonderful lady, Zarin Tasnim (Shormi). In 2014, her valuable guideline helped me to achieve the first scholarship in my life. She is really a nice woman with a helping heart. I was unknown to her. Interestingly she helped me. It was totally unexpected, but it happened. She is an angel in human shape.

Anyway, initially, I was confused. Later I figured out where I want to go, what I want to achieve.  

I want to achieve happiness by saving people from the disease, diabetes. This is my vision.

Australia Award Scholarship committee liked my visionary plan. They granted me the opportunity and eventually on this January 2018 I came to Australia with a big vision. 

When I came to Australia I was impressed with a lot of things. 

The first impressions are ‘system’, ‘beauty’ and ‘diversity’. Australia has a well-defined system, everywhere. For every aspect, it has a system. This is the very thing I need to learn from Australia. The second impression is ‘beauty’. Australia is a naturally beautiful country. And the third impression is ‘diversity’. Australia welcomes diversity. It has a pleasing combination of diverse culture which is admirable.

From January to till today, this country has been blessing me with a lot of positive experiences. On the very first time, I was welcomed by our ISS team. I want to express my gratitude to Zia Song, and Relexya Paterson. They equipped us with a lot of important tools so that we can navigate through this new country properly. I have found them cordial which I like most. Anytime I have asked for any help, they extended their helping hands quickly.

Australian people are really helping minded. This is my observation.  

Let me tell you one story. It was an evening in the mid-March. I have just finished my shopping and was going home. I had three fully loaded bags in my two hands. I was walking through my QUT Kelvin Grove campus with the three bags in hand. And suddenly it started raining. I took shelter under a roof and waiting for the rain to stop. That time I had no umbrella with me. So, I was just stuck. The interesting thing is, suddenly a girl from nowhere came to me with her umbrella and asked, are you going somewhere? I said yes. Then she replied, may I help you? I agreed, and we started moving. The girl extended her umbrella to me and we were walking in the rain to reach my destination. After a while I noticed, I’m protected from the rain, but the girl is drenched by the rain very badly. And still, she was helping me. I have never seen that girl before. I have never seen her after that evening. She is not my classmate even. She was totally unknown to me. But no, she was not a ghost. She was an angel. And Australia has so many angels like her. I have found them several times.

In some other blogs, I will tell those stories.

In Australia, you will find a lot of glowing dots around you. Meet them, spend time with them. Because you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.  

You will find a lot of people with their welcoming heart and sweet smile. They are really cordial. 

A wise physician once said – the best medicine for the human is love. Someone asked, what if it doesn’t work? He smiled and answered – increase the dose.

So, I will say – give love, receive love, let the love flow.  

Please don’t define the love narrowly, you will be happy here. 

Anyway, by the end of 2019, I will be leaving this country.  I will go back home to work on my vision. 

You know,

‘Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare’. – Japanese Proverb 

I have a clear vision. 

Now I need to develop an action plan. 

I will work on two phases – improving existing treatment system and developing a prevention system. 

Currently, I am studying Master of Public Health at QUT. Here I am learning disease prevention and disease management strategies. I’m attending class, doing assignments … 

Oh, I’m going to tell you one story about the assignment. 

Once a primary school teacher set an assignment to a group of students. She asked them what they want to be when they grow up. Some wrote down Astronaut, others wrote down Actor, some wrote down Singer, and others wrote down scientist.

Later, she was marking through these papers she noticed that one of the boys wrote down the word – Happy. 

She went up to him and said – John, I think you misunderstood the assignment. But the boy replied – Miss, I think you misunderstood life. 

Yes, I live for happiness. I have a dream to bring happiness.

I want to express my gratitude to Australian Government for helping us to bring happiness to my beloved country. I cordially express my gratitude to Australia Award Scholarship for its generous contribution. 

Together we will make something insanely great. 

Together we will save people from diabetes and make them happy.



Foot note:
* Steve Jobs, ** Rupi Kaur