No sooner have I arrived back in Bangladesh that I am now heading back to the UK. I have to go ‘back to school’ (college really) for two Masters modules and spend 3 weeks sleeping on the floor (or couch) of some friends and walking into college each day for lectures.
Is it sad that I am really looking forward to it?
I love studying. The idea of not having to look after anyone else, prepare school work, play with kids or anything else is a wonderful one – for the short term at least.
On top of Masters work I hope to get the finishing touches to my book sorted so I can get it E-published (not the one I wrote about in ‘The Book – part I’ which I am still waiting on Publishers to hear from). The Preview version will come out for free to all of you who subscribe to the Blog so I hope you will all write nice things about it when you finally get it! It is finally on the top of the ‘to do’ list instead of being at number one hundred and something, so it might just happen by the end of May. We’ll see…
The most worrying part about going home is that the UK is going through a chilly spell at the moment. This is at the exact time that Bangladesh is going through its regular hot spell! So here I am in Dhaka in T-shirt and shorts which I will wear on the plane this evening and I know I will still be sweating even though it will be turned midnight. But with all my clothes locked in the case in the belly of the plane, there is no opportunity to change before I am thrust out into the cold British night and, after a bus journey, finally arrive at my friends’ house in Gloucester turned 1 am. My wife has told me I will freeze. I have told her not to be so bloody silly and reminded her that I’m British so I can handle anything. I wonder who will be right..?
This week has been difficult. My wife went to Dhaka to help a friend so I have looked after our two at LAMB all week while fighting off a horrible throat infection, trying to get school work sorted (up at 2 am twice marking papers) and also dealing with my daughter who was quite ill and had to be seen by doctors. If I’ve not forgotten something vital (like my passport or something) it’ll be a miracle.
The result is that I have still not written my post on Pohela Boishakh and my first performance on Sitar. This is an important one to me so I hope to get it done before May properly kicks in when I celebrate this blog being one year old!
Keep posting comments my friends – I love hearing from you. Talk to you next in the UK. See you then.
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