Every time I visit Bangladesh, the ever visible potential of the people of Bangladesh amazes me, gives me a high hope.
You get the first glimpse of a future prospect of Bangladesh at the faces of the young men traveling with you. These men have braved the continents and oceans in search of a better life. There is hardly any European town where you will not see a young Bangladesh entrepreneur busy running his small road side souvenir shop, hot dog cart or else. These young men first reached those places after an epic journey, risking lives, through forbidden terrains, deadly deserts, rough seas, hostile borders; then they learned new language, new culture, set up the small business with hardest possible toil only to send most of the savings back home..
You give the people of Bangladesh some opportunity to prove themselves, some financial backing, a roof to work under; they will bring about great things, they will make impossible things look very easy.
A corrupt Falu or Mamun ensures financial backing with stolen money, as a result, some exceptionally rich, perfect world class audio-visual media goes live in shortest possible time. We get our daylong entertainments via the super professional media outlets of NTV, RTV, Channel -1 etc.
You go to your local hair cutting saloon, you get the most professional, caring and sincere hands working on your hair for the perfect haircut at the cheapest cost.
A photography wizard Shahidul establishes a photo gallery called DRIK, You find a never ending supply of most talented photographers by any standard.
You go for a passport size photo and you tell them you want it for visa of…eh… suppose Burundi, they will tell you what size you need and then hand you the most professional photographic portraits of you at a cost less then a dollar. Whereas here in USA, you go to your local Walgreens, some “Photography” specialist will charge you 13 dollar for the worst portrait of yourself where you will have a hard time recognizing yourself.
You retain a young architect; the result will be all the breathtaking eye catching architectural marvels around Bangladesh. It amazes me when I discover that when a 30 something year old architect solely designs structures like Bashundhara mall, dozen of grey hair architects belonging to a firm work for years to come out with much smaller scale projects in the west.
When another corrupt bunch agree to invest, comes out two amazing new things for Bangladesh, Radio Today, Radio Furti. I was mesmerized by these two FM radio channels. The smart RJs (Radio Jockeys), the round the clock traffic updates, the music mix suitable for all classes, all ages; are simply outstanding.
An elementary school graduate employee of the neighborhood Pharmacy will tell you, in one breath, name of all the drugs belonging to aminoglycoside group.
After watching those creative TV commercials in Dhaka channels, even the million dollar TV commercials here in USA look so dreary to me.
When a business house called summit group takes the risk to invest in healthcare sector, a beautiful hospital comes out in an exceedingly beautiful location at the end of Gulshan road # 71 on the lake. Compared to any standard in the world, be it USA be it UK, this is one of the most beautiful hospital I’ve ever seen, both in interior decoration and in exterior landscaping. And also a bunch of very skilled physicians work daily 8 AM to 10 PM, doing cardiac surgery, angiogram and other procedures non-stop. And if you trust my professional opinion, this place offers an angiogram, a stent or a cardiac surgery, done by hands no less skillful then any other place in the advanced world. And the bill that will be handed over to you is no way comparable to even the neighboring countries.
Your laptop that is is broken beyond repair ( Per the western expert) , will be fixed in hours by the teenage man at the local electrical-TV-Freeze-computer repair shop at a meager cost 300 taka. You hire a couple of young men working in a small outlet in the dark back rows of the market. They will give you the most aesthetically and efficiently designed web page in two days.
A country, which can give birth to these sorts of able citizens, is by no means destined to be doomed.