sona – bolo na

8 01 2010

sona – bolo na

Bonnya’s concert in NY and some of my updates

20 07 2009


It has been a while since I posted a new entry in my blog; what are my updates? Well – I got a new hair cut, did laser vision correction, enjoying nice summer weather, lost some weight, started going to the gym, started taking singing lessons, life is too busy and time is running fast! Every summer, NYC offers variety of events (both American and Deshi events). There are free shows and plays in different parks in Manhattan. There are also deshi melas, cultural shows/events, picnics, BBQ, etc. during the weekends.

Last Saturday on July 18th I went to one of these Deshi events in the evening. It was Rezwana Chowdhury Bonnya’s concert on Rabindra Sangeet (Tagore Songs) in Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan. This was an experimental event of taking Rabindra Sangeet to the next level. They used 10 different types of instruments with her singing (both Eastern and Western instruments). The instruments they used were: Harp, Piano, Cello, Saxophone, Violin, Flute, Veena, Sitar, Tobla, and Mandira. I personally enjoyed this event, mostly because she sang the songs really well, the environment was very nice and pleasant; men and women dressed in cotton Panjabies and Saaris that gave me a feeling that I was in Dhaka enjoying this program. I enjoyed her singing also because I have been trying to learn to sing Rabindra Sangeet, and I know how good she was singing compared to mine πŸ™‚ . I recorded the entire show so that I can listen to her singing later on and learn from her. I was also thrilled to hear her singing live in a quiet environment. Overall, the concert was great! I went with my brother, bhabi (brother’s wife), my music teacher and her husband. After the event, we had dinner and chatted and then went home. It was a great evening after all!

Feeling sooo very happy!

2 06 2009

Since yesterday I have been feeling very, very happy. The world seems sooo nice. The weather is nice, the nature looks so beautiful. And I have been feeling extremely cool and happy. I feel like I was under a lot of stress, and now everything is clear and sunny. Feel like to sing along this song:

My Laser Vision Correction

29 04 2009

Laser Vision Correction
I have been wearing glasses since I was in 10th grade to see far things more clearly. Recently I have been thinking of having laser vision correction and been to a few doctors for consultation. And guess what … I got all confused!!! In the beginning I thought laser vision correction was all the same and I just needed to carefully choose a doctor who had the most procedures done. But as I went to three different doctors, and they are using different technologies, I started to get confused.

First I went to Gotham Lasik and met Dr. Brian Bonanni; the office was the nicest and quietest (I was the only patient there), and also cleanest. Dr. Bonanni was also very nice. He uses some technology called Allegretto Wave to do LASIK surgery. The cost to do the treatment from him would be almost $5000. Seemed kind of expensive to me; plus I wanted to check with some other doctors first before making the final decision.

Then I went to Manhattan LASIK Center (MLC) for a consultation. This place seemed very busy (like to mention that they have ad on newspaper saying $399/eye). When I went there, I even saw a woman in the office who had done the surgery a day before, and she was fine and smiling. Looked promising to me πŸ™‚ . They did the test, and the finance guy told me the cost of the surgery would be $3000. I was like wow! Sooo cheap (even though I was not getting the $399/eye advertised deal). Then when I met the doctor, he told me I was not qualified for LASIK, but he would do LASEK on my eyes because my cornea is too thin for LASIK. Confused because Doctor Bonnani never told me I was not qualified for LASIK and he was going to do the LASIK on me 😦

Then I went to another place called Park Avenue Laser Vision to clarify if I really did not qualify for LASIK; but this place only does LASEK and was very expensive (also a 5k), and they use the same laser technology as the Manhattan LASIK Center (VISX STAR S4).

Now there is more confusion: (1) why Dr. Bonanni at Gotham Lasik told me that I qualified for LASIK when the doctor at Manhattan LASIK Center said I did not because I had too thin cornea; (2) Dr. Bonanni’s office says their technology (Allegretto Wave) is newer, safer, better than VISX STAR S4 used in MLC when MLC claims that their technology is better, safer, more accurate, and so on.

With having a full time job, I can’t go to too many places for consultation. I will update my status on this when I make up my mind … Anyone giving me any suggestion would be highly appreciated!

Update (05/01/09): with all the confusions and everything, I have decided not to have the surgery at this moment; may be within a few months or a few years or so.

Update (06/02/09): I had the procedure (customvue PRK or LASEK) done at Diamond Vision on Saturday May 30th; the total procedure took only about 2 minutes per eye, and was totally painless both during and after. I took complete rest on Saturday and Sunday. I felt a very small amount of pain and a foreign body sensation in my eyes on both days. Yesterday (Monday) when I woke up, I felt no pain at all, and I came to work also. But I could not read clearly. But today I can read clearly and feeling very happy. πŸ˜€

Update (06/12/09): The contact from PRK was removed on June 5th; since then I have been feeling some pain in my eyes and having difficulty reading. Still my up close vision is very blurry. Doctor said it’s normal; but I am not sure how long it will be like that. I hope soon I will be able to read again normally!

Update (06/16/09): This is the third week since my surgery; I have been seeing much better this week, especially with reading and using a computer – last week I was not able to read at all; this week it has got much better; still my reading is not perfect, but I can manage to do my work and read an article, etc. now.

Update (07/17/09): Today I had my 7-week post-op appointment with the doctor; she checked my cornea and it looked good. Then she asked me to read from the reading chart and I was able to read even the last line very easily from the chart (which is a perfect vision or 20/20); then she put one line smaller on the screen and guess what, I was even able to read that line as well, and that’s a 20/15 vision (better than perfect)!!!!!! I was sooo thrilled and happy with the result! πŸ˜€ I think this is one of the best decisions I have ever made to get laser correction of my eyes. Now not only that I don’t have to wear glasses or contacts anymore, I even have a vision that is better than perfect! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Who started the war in GAZA?

16 01 2009

Just something …

11 12 2008

It has been a while since I wrote something in my blog. So today I was thinking what to write … There is nothing special going on in my life to write about. But there are lots of things happening around me … The economic crisis, a number of friends loosing jobs, people moving out of NYC (there was a time when people used to come to NYC for opportunities, now it seems to be the opposite); the city is getting too expensive to live in, MTA planning to raise the subway fare by some 23%, and so on. We just had two special holidays (Thanksgiving and Eid-Ul-Adha). My Thanksgiving was great! But I got sick right before the Eid – caught cold and flue; I was looking forward to celebrating Eid with my family as I had the day off from work on Monday; but the flue attacked me on Sunday. I spent the whole Eid day in bed sneezing, itchy throat, fever. 😦 I am getting better now, but I think I might get stuck with the cough for sometime. Anyway, hopefully I can write something interesting soon … This is just a post to keep my blog updated πŸ˜€

Today is my Birthday

24 09 2008

I have not posted anything on my blog for sometime now; so I decided to write something on my birthday.

Yes, today is my birthday. So far I have not done anything today that is different from other days. I again came to work late, as usual, at 10:20. I dressed a bit nicer today though at work.

So far my day has been going fine; I got a lot of work in the office, exchanging emails with friends, checking Facebook, a lot of my friends wished me a happy birthday and a happy year ahead on Facebook; I am thankful to all of them for their wishes. Lot of my colleagues also wished me a happy birthday, and I am thankful to them as well. My sister in laws (Bhabi) called me from Bangladesh to wish me a birthday; they also mailed me the birthday cards earlier. My best friend called me at 12 AM to wish me a happy birthday. Some of my friends living in other states also either called me or scrapped me on Orkut to wish me a happy birthday.

My family wanted to arrange a family gathering to celebrate my birthday; but I told them not to do anything special this year.

Yesterday some of my friends took me to dinner; today I am going to have dinner with my two best friends, and on Sunday I will have dinner with another good friend of mine.

I should be very happy on my birthday; and I actually AM very happy today; but sometimes some sad feelings are gathering in my mind today. Is it because of missing of having someone special in my life on my special day?

But other than that, I am very, very happy today. Happy Birthday to me πŸ™‚


UPDATE: My colleagues just surprised me with a surprise birthday party they arranged for me. It started like this: one of my senior colleague came to my desk; he had this usual serious face and telling me: “Mahbuba, can we discuss about something if you have time now?” I said, “Yeah, sure.” He said, “ok, come with me in the conference room” (with his serious face). Then when I went to the conference room with him passing few of my colleagues who are in my group, there were about 20 of my colleagues waiting for me in the conference room and screamed at me saying “Happy Birthday!” And the colleagues who are in my group and I passed them while going to the conference room also joined there immediately (it was all pre-arranged so that I would be surprised). I was so surprised and happy that I felt like to cry. They had a cake for me. I made my wish and cut the cake. The cake was very delicious πŸ˜€

Then all of my colleagues came to me one by one and wished me a happy birthday. I am very thankful to my coleagues for doing this surprise birthday celebration for me.

I am thanking my family, coleagues and friends for making me so happy on my birthday!