My First Baby Step...
Having wanted to be a Journalist for quite some time now, it is probably the first and only thing I've ever been so sure about in my life. I day dream of one day being able to work along side my idols, Anderson Cooper & Christiane Amanpour, both from CNN, and being able to consider both of them as my mentors. I dream that one day I will be able to walk down the halls of the CNN headquarters for my own shows or even report to CNN from Bangladesh as the country's first ever corespondent to the news-casting giant. I have always known where my dream job lies but I haven't yet tried thinking about my journey towards realizing it, but somewhere at the back of my mind I have always known that I will/might have to take on a very long (possibly painful) journey to realize it.
Then there is the fact that I love writing as well. I've always liked writing. Writing has always managed to allow me to say things I can't possibly say in person. Its something very very liberating. Recognizing my growing skill my parents, esp my father, wanted me to work for newspapers, For some reason they never understood that I wanted to go into broadcasting not writing. This is also quite ironic since I have a phobia of public speaking, ie, I start stuttering, my voice weakens, I start becoming nervous, etc. But I was willing to overcome these just to be able to work with Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour. I wasn't very successful in making them understand this myself either. Not until I started making them watch Amanpour's and Anderson's shows with me. Slowly, but steadily they started realizing what I REALLY want to do as a journalist.
Now, I don't think that they have much of a problem of me wanting to go into broadcasting as long as I know what I'm doing. But I guess I didn't want to let Ammu and Abbu being completely disappointed in my choices in the field of Journalism. Around three months back I applied for the post of a freelancer for a Supplement published by the largest English daily here in Bangladesh. Yesterday, my first article got published at the supplement with me as the freelancer. The moment I told my dad the previous night that my work is going on print, I noticed the clear happiness in his voice. Ammu and a teacher of mine called me up immediately after reading my work and kept telling me how good it was. This particular write up also happens to be my first published write up in nearly six years. Hence the more excitement in Ammu Abbu's reactions.
Here I've added a link to the site where you guys can take a look into my work: