People never talk about what you have, they only talk about what you don’t!

What is your biggest insecurity? Some people feel insecure about their weight, some feel insecure about their height, most of South Asian Women have insecurities about their brown complexion. If you ask me, well I am full of insecurities about myself. I am not sure if that thought ever occurred to you, but if you think little deep you will realize, you never had any insecurities at first actually. Suppose you are out with someone really close to you, for some shopping, and you are trying a new dress, something not what you usually wear. And when you ask from him/her about how do you look, if she/he replies that this dress or design doesn’t suit you well, next time when you see this type of dress or design, you will be like, “oh, this doesn’t suit me at all, I better avoid this one!” Your insecurity is never your creation, but someone prepared it for you.

The thing is people love complaining. When they’ve got nothing in their life to complain about, they slip into other people’s business. Think it this way, when do you actually complain? When you don’t or can’t have something, right? More specifically the absence of any particular thing in you, in your life or in your collection makes you start complaining. If you are too thin, you’d complain, but when you are fat you’d also complain. Human minds are complicated and the worst system we have in our brain is not being grateful. We have lots of ungrateful people around us. And the worst of the worst of them can’t accept the fact that unlike them there are actually people who are happy in their life, so those jerks come to you out of nowhere and start pointing at you what you don’t or can’t have.

Being a fat, short heighted brown girl, I’ve always been insecure about my look. Few years ago, some friend of my very closed one commented that I am fat, and I should consider being careful about it. The moment I came to know that I’ve started being very concerned about how I do I look in the pictures. Because there’s no way in hell that person can meet me in person, but however Facebook often allows you to see friends of your friends by the tag option. I tried different poses just to make me look less fat. However, I never stopped eating to be honest, I only wanted to look less fat in the picture, not in real life lol ๐Ÿ˜€ How do you look in your Facebook pictures MATTER, TRUST ME! Another incident was bunch of my friends started questioning me in the comment section of one of my facebook photo if I am PREGNANT, cause the dress was a little fluffy on the down side. I was furious at the incident because I believe pregnancy is a very personal issue, YOU CAN’T JUST ASK QUESTION ABOUT THAT IN COMMENT SECTION OF FACEBOOK, NO, NEVER! A very recent incident happened when I took a trip to my country few months ago. Lots of my relatives were like : “oh you’ve lost quite a lot of weight, but we heard you’ve became so fat!”. Let me assure you, they are not even on my Facebook friend list and not everyone of them actually has an account on facebook. So very few of them has the opportunity to see me in facebook, or more specifically they only can see my cover picture, and I’m very selective about what I post as I mentioned I’ve insecurity issue. However, on one occasion I posted one picture, where I looked a little fat, and they made sure to spread this particular news like fire! Now, I have lost around 20kg from that “pregnant looking picture” issue, or that particular picture that entertained my relatives, but yet when I was changing my cover picture today in facebook, I kept watching the picture from different angles to make sure I don’t look fat! Even when I know that I’m 20 kg less now, exactly on the range what I was while I was in Bangladesh before moving back to Korea. I really felt very hopeless today. So you see if people didn’t mention those words to me, I would never be like this. Being fat is my insecurity is because people keep talking about that to me. I’m not in the obese range anymore, just a little more than the normal range, yet I struggle with insecurity everyday!

Let me tell you my husband’s stories. My husband loves sport related stuffs, so few years ago he started taking taekwondo (Korean traditional martial art) classes. He does that because he loves it, there’s no other reason to it. Yet people will say to him, why he is so fat, when he is taking taekwondo class! Well losers, because his wife makes the best of the best dishes for him, that’s why! When he almost drowned few months ago while sea surfing, rather than consoling him people started saying he should take swimming class, not taekwondo! People keep forgetting, or more like don’t wanna remember that he does taekwondo out of love, out of hobby. People keep mentioning what he doesn’t have rather than appreciating that he earned a black belt in taekwondo in just one year!

So that’s why I’m writing today, to remind you almost everyone around you is douchebag. They will ignore what you have and keep telling you what you don’t! But you know what, deep down inside, they envy how happy you are in your life, unlike those ungrateful jerks! Keep your heads up and pretend they don’t even exist at all!

Have a good night!

Btw a little personal update, I’ve succesfully defended my Master’s thesis and submitted my full thesis paper. Been busy for a long time with these, a little relaxed now! Hopefully will start my PhD in September. Wish me luck!

-Munira Chowdhury, 21/06/2018


Life nowadays

The last couple of months have been busy, like really busy. I guess you could understand that by my longtime absence from blogging world. I was busy at work, had to prepare a research paper. I spent my free times roaming around the city with hubby and filming new tutorial for my channel. Will update them here, soon.

Anyways, things are little relaxed now. At first I decided to take my masters degree this semester, then my Professor offered that he will provide me fund if I want to stay one more semester. This was a good proposal for me, cause my husband needs another year to finish his PhD, so what we will do in future depends upon which step he takes next. And if I finish early, I will get bored in home. So, I thought it’s a good thing for me to have the chance to be in touch with my lab! ๐Ÿ™‚ And, as I am taking my degree another semester later, I am not busy at all now!

So, I have decided to be regular both on blogging and vlogging. Though I started my youtube channel nearly a year ago, but never been was regular. I decided to post a blog and vlog at least once a week from now on. I am dealing with some thing, and I think getting busy with the things I love can only be the solution. Life in Korea has always been lonely, but time to deal with this in my own way. There’s another thing I’m tired of dealing with. I can’t stop looking back at the past.  There’s a saying that you can’t move forward, if you keep looking back at the past. And, I really can see how much harm these haunted memories are causing me. I guess no matter how much I love myself, at the end of the day I can be my own destroyer. I’ve always been stubborn, I was never able to accept a change in things. For example, I always complain about being lonely.  So, I should either get used to with it or make some friends. But you know what? I don’t wanna do either.

So, I was thinking, may be it’s time for a change. Or time to start pretending a change, if that helps!

-Munira Chowdhury, 28/09/2017




Imperfection for perfection

So, yesterday Bangladeshi media went nuts with the divorce news of one celebrity couple. They both were pretty famous, and a big portion of this generation has had a crush on them. They were the example of an ideal couple to this generation and now as they are separating, everyone is making a fuss about if there’s actually any example of ‘perfect relation’ out there. From yesterday, I am reading facebook posts, where most people expressed their frustration about this news, and almost every one of them concluded that ‘so no relation is perfect’!

And I am like, seriously? What struck me even more is, everyone talks about a perfect relationship! To be honest, I never heard anything more gross than a perfect relationship! Not only a relationship, there’s no beauty in any ‘perfect’ thing. You can value perfection only in the presence of imperfection. I was even telling to my husband that, ‘you know why the moments we makeup becomes wonderful after a fight? because we had a FIGHT!’ If that didn’t even happen, there will be no MAKEUP moment. I wouldn’t even realize how much I love being with him if there’s no pause in being in love.

Perfection is gross and boring!   And people can’t bear being bored. You know, we often heard how people gets sea sickness and bored while ship traveling on sea? I strongly believe those people gets bored by the endless sea. Sea is the most beautiful creation of almighty, but for a day or two, you may enjoy that. Because you’ve never been on a cruising ship, never been in the middle of a sea before. But after three days you will realize there’s nothing exceptional about sea. You’ve already seen what you need to see in two days. And now, it’s just boring! The endless water waves are so perfect, so beautiful, yet they are nothing to you. Their perfection making them even more boring, right? If you are unfortunately fortunate may be you get to see the dark side of the sea, when there’s a storm. And even in danger you will enjoy that anyways because you never saw something so terrible yet so beautiful! Human mind enjoy darkness. For a simple example, even in the simple argument most people will love to win even with the dirtiest way. So, even when that storm is terrible, even when you are afraid about your life, somehow and somewhere inside your mind you will enjoy it.  And after a storm you may feel the sea is not that boring always, but to realize ‘that’ you have to face a ‘storm’.

Human mind can’t take perfection. There’s a dark side of everything in their world. There’s day after night, positive in negative, good in bad, by born mankind is accustomed to versatility. To impress them, you have to present the two sides of everything. They crave perfection, yet they do not want it all. You introduce them perfection with imperfection  and now they will take all of it!

There’s no beauty in light without dark, there’s no perfection in ‘flawlessness’. Imperfection is what makes perfection, ‘perfect’.

-Munira Chowdhury, 21/07/17

When you are a Muslim Bangladeshi passport holder

So many things have happened last few months. Some were okay and some kinda made me broken. I don’t know where to start, but I do know that for a long time, I don’t remember the feeling of inner peace. Even when something good happens it comes to me with lots of work and pressure afterwards.

It all began on December, 23rd. I think I’ve mentioned before I have a freaking good memory about life events, that’s why I am so exact about the date. My professor told me Chinaย University of Mining and Technology & our university, is arranging some international workshops, and the first one would be in China. So, he was asking if I can go with our lab team in China. Well, only a fool refuses this kinda opportunity, which I am not so I agreed. And I started taking preparation too. But for no reason at all, all of my lab mates were able to get visa except me.

There were no statement from them about the reason of visa rejection, but I guessed it’s because of my hijab, it’s because I am from a 3rd world country, where suddenly terrorist attack started taking place more than ever.

Well, I couldn’t take it really well. I have always been afraid of falling apart, being left alone. Like this, you know! All my lab mates went but me. Anyways, my Professor is wonderful person, as I said before. When this happened, he tried to comfort me and he offered that, there’s a conference in March, in Singapore, he wants me to take there. Few days ago before all that, I made some progress with my research work. So, the next few days I spent writing my work in journal paper format so I can submit and later present that in the conference.

The last month went being busy with working on the journal paper. The good news is it got accepted! I am really happy! This is gonna be my first international Sci paper, and the topic is exactly what my Professor wanted from the beginning. ๐Ÿ˜€ For the first time, it felt like I am giving some work to my Professor finally!

But writing a paper and checking up with the conference in the same time is not quite easy. As I said before, this is my first time. The conference systems are kinda messed up, so I always get confused about everything. Even a week ago, while we were on a vacation, I had to work then. So yeah, the vacation didn’t really feel like a vacation. It’s like I’m always checking and replying mail now-a-days. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

My husband says, if you want a good work, you have to put effort to it. So, take it easy. But truth is I’m not half as strong as him. :/ So, I am not doing well. I always feel tired. And when it’s time to take rest I can’t even do that. Even in dreams all I see about paper and conference. lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

And the most frustrating thing is, now I always have to be in fear about visiting other countries. The international workshop this time is going to take place in Australia. But, after the last time my Professor really is confused about me. So, he keeps telling me please find out if there’s any restriction for you to visit Singapore and from last week Australia was added to this query.

I absolutely understand his concern. But this fear thing is really putting a lot of pressure to me. Things are certainly different for 3rd world countries. But things are even more different for 3rd world Muslim countries. I guess USA election and their new President’s policy, is a huge influence on this matters. After all, a big portion of the world believe all Muslims are terrorist.

Well, I didn’t know how to start, I don’t know how to finish the article. Most of my days goes by checking with conference and embassies now. Pathetic, isn’t it? Please keep me in your prayers that at least I could go to Singapore and present my work in the conference.

Best wishes!

-Munira Chowdhury, 06/02/17

Don’t get lost in your head! :)

How often do you lie? If you ask me, my answer is, well I try not to, but sometimes I need to, so that I can avoid certain circumstances. I don’t know about others, but in my religion, it is one of the most deadly sin, except if it’s a matter of death and life. But is it allowed to escape future consequences? I don’t know.

Humans are the greatest hypocrites of all the time. We want people to do things for us, which we don’t wanna do in return. We never really let people know, what is going on inside us.ย Like that meme we find in social networking site, that if we could actually read each others mind there would be a war in every hour. ha ha ๐Ÿ˜‰

Among all the demons you face everyday, the one which is in your head is the most scariest. He is tricky, yet very careful. He always leaves you devastated in confusion. And yes, your thoughts are capable enough to destruct one life, your life. So, don’t stay too long in your head.

You already are in a battle of your heart and brain in every minute of your life; From that 1 spoon extra sugar you wanna take in your tea but with the fact that it will cost 16 calories more, no need to mention that is the littlest battle of those two, and more are always keep coming. Don’t create extra battles, you are already fighting too much.

You don’t need to get a hold of yourself, but don’t lose yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚ There are too many people who are willing to listen to you, you may need not to share your destructive thoughts with them, but isn’t it enough that they are here? ๐Ÿ™‚ Think about it. And don’t let them go either. Take good care of both of you and them.

Well, I am not sure why I am writing these in my blog, but with each word I am typing, I feel better. And if this post makes anyone feel better, that would be my pleasure. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a good day, everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Arrange Marriage

I think I’ve said couple of times writing about arrange marriage, but that just didn’t happen because it’s a sensitive issue in the part of the world where it is maintained, but then I realized not all who lives in that part of the world gives a shit about what a messed up woman like me writes in her blog lol ๐Ÿ˜›

So, arrange marriage is the the type of marriage where bride and groom are chosen by their families. If the families aren’t much conservative, bride and grooms are given chance to talk to each other by phone, or they can even go for a date, after the wedding is fixed. But not every couple are lucky, still there’s some part of the world, where the girl says “Kabul” (more like saying “yes”), without even knowing what her husband looks like. This is in case of Muslim wedding of course, where you have to let know that you are agreed to this wedding, in front of two to three people and so do your husband.


I’ve mentioned it before, I had an arrange marriage too. But we both were lucky, we had dated for 5days, chatted in facebook for 10days. We even talked in phone, too. Though that’s for a short period of time. The time period doesn’t have to be that short, and actually is never that short, because it kinda became a culture of Bangladesh, to arrange an fancy fairy tale wedding even if you can’t afford it. So, for planning and etc. it takes 3months~ 1year.

At first both the families exchange a detailed Bio-data of both the candidates where the educational and occupational background of their family, relatives and also their own are briefly described. Sometimes even pictures of the bride and groom included.

Usually, in country like Bangladesh an eligible bride is the one, who has attractive physical beauty, like fair color, nice body shape, tall structure and etc. Anyways, in which part of the world doesn’t praise woman like that? ;) Though there’s some family now who give more importance to the brides educational background. But with the increase rate of girls taking part in the education and other fields, some families even want a girl bothย with brain and beauty to be their daughter in law.

A groom’s eligibility is a good job with a handsome salary of course, with that educational institutions are factor sometimes. Most of the families doesn’t give shit about the boy’s look, but they do like a smart son-in-law.

So, let’s start with the positive sides of an arrange marriage:

  • Arrange marriages are arranged by family, so no matter what happens, you always will have family by your side, because if anything goes wrong, it’s their fault that they chose the wrong one for you.
  • Usually, people in arrange marriage lives in a joint family of father-in-law, mother-in-law, sister-brother in law etc. It means greater responsibility for sure but simultaneously it means you’ve got more people to share your responsibility to.
  • It is said that, divorce/separation in arrange marriage occurs less. Now, you may say, the one who does’t chose whom he/she gonna spend the life with, how he/she can have courage to stop living it too? Well, I have a different explanation about it. When you marry someone, after 3-4 years of an affair, there’s nothing new, when you actually start living with him. Some couple can find a way to deal with it and maintain the spark of the relation just as new. And you just have to respect their motivation โค But for some, it becomes a habit of living together, where the sparks are long gone. When you marry a completely unknown person, everyday you find something new about them. Like for me, it’s only been 1 year, 8 months, 18 days we’ve been married, there’s so much we have to learn about each other, and we are willing to do so! โค
  • People expect more from an affair marriage than the arranged one. Because when you know a person before, you have the right to expect. But, you’ve got nothing to expect from an unknown person, so a little effort from him/her always makes your day. Because this person has no idea what you like or not, but still they are trying, which is totally appreciable.

So, what’s the negativity?

  • Maximum families want the perfect bride of perfect beauty. The 2nd step of an arrange marriage is both the candidates with their families meet at some common place, where they talk with each other and actually measure in their head if they are actually eligible. Some families even demand to meet with the girl again and again, because they forget to measure something every time lol ๐Ÿ˜› ย Sadly, the brides family never disagree with that, they let them every time. And the girl, with a hatred against the world, have to meet them again, sometimes 5-6 times.
  • Usually brides family bear the cost of the wedding. And grooms family usually wants to invite the whole country for showing off. Lol just kidding, not whole country though, but sometimes even 5000 people attends in a wedding. Can you even think of how much wastage of money happens? Anyways, this one doesn’t only happens only in arrange marriage, but also sometimes in a affair marriage too. ย So, that’s actually the social negativity of my country, you can say.
  • The groom is also sometimes a sufferer for a country like Bangladesh. Because job scarcity and unemployment is very common, so for becoming an eligible bachelor you have to work really hard too.

For me, arrange marriage is a business contract at first. Where we both are agreed to spend the life together for the sake of our “perfect” new generation. I will only marry him, if I think he is capable of having a good financial future with good educational background, because I want my future generation to be smart. Again, he only would marry me, if he thinks I can give him beautiful kids. Actually, these are the thing our family thinks, but it’s more or less the same anyways.

So, there’s no love in a arrange marriage? Of course there is! After you successfully sign your business contract, your love life begins. You wake up next to someone every morning, ย you spend the whole time with him/her when you are in your house, how can you notย feel love towards him? You are human after all, right? Humans have some strange power of emotions, which makes them to love someone. You do not need any reason to love or hate someone, it’s totally up to you what you gonna choose. Sometimes it’s your need, so it just happens. ๐Ÿ™‚

I was prepared for a long time that, I’m gonna marry the person my parents choose, so arrange marriage or the after part of it, never bothered me much. My father is a businessman, so I know what business contracts are like, and I am totally okay to deal with it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a nice day, people! โค

Dedicated to husband ;)

Okay, so please don’t laugh at me, please, please, please! This is something really funny I am writing, I know. But the thing is, you know so many times, I said, I never forgive, I never forget! ?ย And recently my husband was making fun of that line, saying you should write a song with it :/ So, that’s what I did! -_-


And here it goes-

I get lost in moments,

I get lost in me.

Something can never be forgiven,

Always haunts you down from your safe haven.

Part of me keep breaking me apart,

& I give up holding myself together.

Every tear I shed, is a reminder

I never forgive, never forget, ever!

Okay, so you can make fun of me too, about my poor composition lol ๐Ÿ˜€ But all these was just to irritate him a little! If it’s not a good composition, than it’s no problem either, cause I gave you a thing to laugh, anyways! ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜‚

Have a good day, people! ๐Ÿ™‚