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I was born in Bangladesh. I spent most of my childhood and the formative years in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Though I was too young or not brave enough to directly participate in the liberation war of Bangladesh, like most Bangladeshis, I experienced the war from a close quarter. The war left an indelible mark on my young but very politically conscious mind.
After finshing school I got admitted in the Merchant Marine Academy in Bangladesh to be trained as a career Marine Engineer to serve in merchant ships. I chose that profession more to pursue my childhood dream to "travel and see the world". Though as a first choice I wanted to become a journalist. However, In the post liberation Bangladesh there were not many opportunities. After graduating from the Marine Academy, first few years I served in the Bangladesh Shipping Corporation vessels plying in the Bangladesh US east coast and UK-Europe routes. From 1982-1991 I served with the Singapore based Scandinavian shipping companies, travelling all over the world.
Between 1992 -1999 I worked as an entrepreneur, as the CEO of my own start up business. In between, during 1995-96 I took leave from my business to complete an MBA course in Melbourne University. In March 1999 I sold my business and permanently moved to Australia. Since January 2000 I am working as a senior policy adviser with the Department of Finance and Deregulation, Australian Federal Government.
Interests: As a person I am a "wonderer and wanderer" - Travelling (backpacking), reading and reflections are my primary past times. Since childhood I have been an avid reader on wide ranging subjects, my current reading interests include philosophy, metaphysics, analytical history, history of civilisations, general and human evolution, international and strategic affairs, current affairs, global and national economy, general articles/books on technology and astrophysics etc.
Since january 2010 I started writing seriously - my writing interests reflect my "wanderer and wonderer" persona, my reading interests and my deep attachment with Bangladesh.
I was completely absorbed reading Moin Ahsan's backpacking experience in South America. There is something about his narration that made me spellbound until I finished reading. It was narrated in such an ease that I became part of the journey. The journey came to life because of the his emotional attachment with Che-Guevera's diary as mentioned in the Foreword. Excellent work!
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I agree with a previous reviewer who says that this reads more like a blog than a book, due to the fact that the book was constructed from the author's communiques back home. One of the strengths of the book is its current and fresh feel as you're carried along the journey not knowing what you might encounter next.
This book would be extremely useful for anyone planning to follow the gringo trail and, for the rest of us who can only dream rather than plan, I found the author's observations interesting, informative, engaging, sometimes moving, and a good evocation of the budget travel experience of moving around and meeting people and sometimes encountering the unexpected. The author comes across as a very genuine person with boundless curiosity about the people he meets and the places that he's visited.
This book will not win any awards for great literature but I found it a very relaxing read that I looked forward to getting back to. Photos are also included that, even on kindle, give you an idea of the grandeur that he saw. As one Australian to another all I can say to the author is - onya, mate.
I am interested in travelling to Chile and Argentina. Therefore, When I saw the a book by a Bangladeshi Australian travelling through those countries, I had to get it. Being Indian-Australian myself, I wanted to know how I am likely to be treated. The author does a great job of describing the landscape and features of South America including prices for things(though they may not be relevant for today). I made my mind that Argentina atleast is a great place to travel on a tight budget(using buses)
However, I think this is more of a blog than a book. Its great for the job it does. I will recommend it to anyone travelling to Chile and Argentina.