About me

I am a teacher and writer who, until recently, was living in Bangladesh with my family. We have lived here since 2008 but have been visiting for longer than that. In some ways, my heart has been here all my life only I didn’t know it.

I was born in Wigan, raised in Leicestershire and did my degree in Cambridge where I met my wife. We lived there for 8 years before moving to Cumbria where I was deputy head of the Music department in a local school for 8 years.

Although trained in music, maths and science were never far away and I have always taught these subjects almost as hobbies for nearly 20 years. In Bangladesh, I taught these subjects for real, alongside other subjects such as Computer Studies and I helped grow a team running UK O-level subjects for a small school for Bangladeshis in one of the poorest parts of the country. Since leaving Bangladesh, that team has carried on in strength.

Sonali blurb front coverI have always been writing in some form or another and actually had my first article published years ago when I was just 12. Five years ago I rekindled this passion to write and after several published articles over four years went full time as a freelance writer last year.

In April 2014 my first book Sonali was published to help raise funds for Ria’s campaign.

My blog aims to look at all these areas of my life and that of those around me and to share my thoughts ‘aloud’ as it were to all who are interested. I hope you will be one them.

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148 Responses to About me

  1. krishnowornever says:

    Hi Teacher Ken,

    Not too sure if you remember me, I am Krishna. 4 years ago, I used to ran a blog here called KountingKrishes. I lost access to it, Now I created a new blog and started writing again. Anyways, It’s great to see that you haven’t stopped writing. Glad to have found your site again! Stay blessed!

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  2. Nomzi Kumalo says:

    Pleased to meet you.🙂

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  3. AdiC says:

    Hi!

    You have a new task awaiting you at http://www.inkingthethinking.wordpress.com titled ‘Spreading Love’. I hope you will accept it!

    Graciously Yours!

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  4. Ann Koplow says:

    I’m so glad our paths have crossed here, at WordPress. I look forward to future encounters and thanks for your wonderful blog.

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  5. archecotech says:

    Hey Ken, Wanted you to know that I’ve nominated your blog -Very Inspiring Blogger Award – hope that you accept. Thanks.

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    • D K Powell says:

      That’s very kind of you – coming from you as a long-term reader and one who runs an astonishingly good blog I take it as a very great compliment.

      I haven’t accept an award in a very long time (they come up so often – and often from people I’ve never had any involvment with – and usually require some kind of multiple nominations in a ponzi-like scheme that I usually gratefully decline) so you’ll have to tell me what I need to do in order to ‘accept’ this one from you!

      Best wishes

      K

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      • archecotech says:

        Sorry Ken, Just found your message. I don’t like the new layout for comments. They have actually made it more difficult. But if you go to the post where I nominated you, you will find the rules. This award isn’t that bad. Thanks for responding.

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  6. thatssojacob says:

    Hey there, how are you? Just tuned into your blog and decided to follow. Check me out if you like over at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com. Have a great day!

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    • Very glad to have you aboard! I hope you enjoy visiting. I took a quick look at your blog and thought it looked very cool. I hope to visit again (and the more you appear here the more likely that is! I’m loyal to my regular readers😉 )

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  9. Monjia Rahman says:

    Hello sir,
    i am a teacher…
    i read your article about our beautiful country Bangladesh.
    i like to work for you.i am so much interested in you school program.
    if you comfortable i would like to have your contact address..

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  11. Kabamba says:

    Just stumbled upon this blog. You seem be a very creative person. Looking forward to your posts.

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  12. archecotech says:

    Ken, If you are still interested I’d love to have you do a post on my blog. Let me know.

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  13. Bipasha says:

    Thanks for dropping by my blog, Ken!

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  14. Delighted to know about you. Your blog is awesome. I’m quite a new blogger.

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  15. Great blog you have here. Loved to read your experiences. Good luck !

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  16. archecotech says:

    Hello Ken,
    I stumbled on your blog while researching for my own blog that I’ve created while living in Kazan, Russia. I hope you don’t mind that I did a pingback to your blog. Actually it will bring others to see what you are doing there. What I do is create what I call Mirror Reflections that show the similarities between cultures. Come take a look. I will continue to follow your blog as I find my world view growing more all the time by doing so.
    Thanks
    Steve

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  17. Rajeev Kumar says:

    hello sir,
    can you share your email address with me?
    I want to ask a few questions.
    plz reply
    rajeev.k@live.com

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  18. Tinytoes says:

    Hi🙂 I have nominated you and your blog for SHINE ON award… Please do visit my site for it🙂
    http://atinytoes.wordpress.com

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  19. I love your blog, particularly reading about your recent trip back to the UK. I have nominated you for the Liebster Award (don’t feel you have to accept!)

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  20. Are there any videos of you performing? I tried going through the blog, but couldn’t find any… Would love to see some if you have them.

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  21. Hey, how are you?

    Good news, we are giving you the “BEST MOMENT AWARD“. Congratulations and enjoy the rest of the day!

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  22. SoundEagle says:

    Hi Ken,

    Happy March and springtime to you, your family and everyone in Bangladesh! All the best to your teaching, writing and playing music in the community!

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  23. mj says:

    Dear Ken, thank you for stopping by my blog. I’m fascinated by your blog here. I also liked your Bangla comment up here. I follow Bangla a bit ((grew up in the eastern part of India). I look forward to ‘exchanging’ posts and notes in the future. All the best!

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  24. Jerry Allen says:

    Ken, Excellent blog site. You are doing great work and you are obviously emotionally involved in your work. Jerry

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  25. Hi there,

    Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I hope this is welcome news to you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. To see more about the award and accepting this nomination, please visit my post at http://wp.me/p1w5ra-H8. All the best!

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  26. Dear Ken,
    I Really admire the fact that you are caring and helping the poor in Bangladesh through your gifts as a teacher. I really wish you and your family, health, happiness and prosperity
    God bless you and your family

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  27. Hi Ken,

    thank you for being such a great reader on my blog, I am glad that I have gotten to know you as well. Happy New Year and all the best to you and your family in the new year!

    Yulia

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  28. iRuniBreathe says:

    Ken,
    Thanks for the visit to my blog today. Lovely to read and hear about your adventures abroad. Very inspirational.
    iRuniBreathe

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  31. shail says:

    Nice knowing you,

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  32. Oh here i found a blogger / teacher / musician & guest of Asia🙂 , truly inspiring . a noble blog .

    Nirav / India . Happy blogging🙂

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  33. becca3416 says:

    I always find people who do the sort of thing you are doing to be inspiring. People like you are a constant reminder to me that we don’t have to live in a confined box. There is a whole WORLD out there🙂.

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    • kenthinksaloud says:

      Thanks Becca – you’re certainly right about the whole world being out there. It needs exploring, I can tell you🙂

      As I constantly tell people on these pages I really don’t deserve any accolades for being here. I just do my job same as I did in the UK. I am grateful for the kinds words such as you have just given but they tell me much more about the kind heart of the giver than they do about myself. What I CAN tell you is the privilege it is to BE here and live alongside the ones who REALLY deserve the title of ‘inspiring’. Watching good, honest, hard-working poor people who content themselves with what they’ve got is really the most inspiring. I’m not saying poverty is good – of course it’s not – but I see people here that just totally redefine my image of what it means to be human.

      For me, that is an honour and one I wish more would come and witness.🙂

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  34. Your life and family are inspiring. Your post on Darjeeling was wonderful and your son’s photos especially nice. I, too, have a son (16 yrs.) with ADHD tendencies who picked up the camera a few years back and it’s been his lifeline. He shares many of the same qualities as you describe of your lovely son–an ability to garner immediate likeability from strangers, many who seem to be equally unique and creative–as well as looking at and remarking about the world in a different way from most. Yes, we are truly blessed to have them in our lives, and I, for one, am so glad I found your blog. Kaukab’s daughter

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  35. Hi there,
    Just stumbled upon your blog whilst searching for random news on Bangladesh. Like one of the audiences above, I have taken the opposite direction whereby in the process of migrating from east to west. A Bangladeshi living in the UK.

    Liking your work out there and interesting articles in this blog. I look forward to reading them all one day! Thank you for all the works and contributions in Bangladesh.

    Are you on twitter? if so, please share the address.

    Best,
    @immysnet

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    • Thanks Immy – great to hear from you! I hope you enjoy reading the blog and continue to contribute comments.

      I’m not on twitter as yet but I think the number of days I can resist are limited! I may be forced to join it very soon as I have been advised it will be the best way to advertise my book I’m publishing very soon. So, when that happens, I’ll let everyone know!

      Best wishes

      Ken

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  36. Cool site. I’ve not heard much about Bangladesh so it will be interesting to read more of your articles. I’m a keen traveler.

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  38. clownonfire says:

    Ken, mon ami,
    Voilà! http://clownonfire.wordpress.com/blogroll/
    Le Clown

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  39. Joan Mae says:

    Yes, Teacher Ken,
    I’m one of those who are interested in your thoughts and stories of your life.
    Nice meeting you here. Happy blogging.

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  40. terry1954 says:

    you are a very intelligent man with a lot of talent. music, math, science? it is an honor to meet someone with your flexibilities to be of use to so many. nice to meet you

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  41. dilipnaidu says:

    I read your ‘About’ with great interest and found it very inspiring. How nice you are into the noble occupation of teaching. And now knowing you are fluent in Bengali makes me admire you more. Wish you and your family all the very best.

    Namaste & cheers🙂
    Dilip

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  42. Malou says:

    Great blog, Ken. I came from the east and moved west while you took the opposite direction. What you are doing out there in Bangladesh is wonderful, the world needs more good teachers who are driven by the passion to educate the youth of today who will make a huge difference in the world tomorrow. 😉

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  43. oddznns says:

    You know… there is no way to “like” or “comment” underneath your actual daily blogs. Well, maybe I can’t find the button there. Anyway, I’ve been following your blog for a while and do enjoy them. The posts on England are a nice change. It’s quite exotic from my S.E. Asian perspective. I understand everything you refer to when you write about Bangla Desh… What opr who though are the “Solway Deltas” and why would you want to grow up to live/be there? .

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    • I think you have come to the home page and need to click on the title of the blog. Then you will come to the full page itself where you will find likes and comments galore! They are there I promise you!

      Thanks for your comments about the posts on England – I like to put ones in that reflect the two cultures I am part of and, as I will explore in the 2nd part of the one on Coalville, I do make connections between them.

      The Solway Deltas are a Rock band in my home town of Whitehaven. If you go back to that post and click on the title you will get the full post along with all the pictures which should make it very clear – then you can like and comment as much as you want!🙂

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  44. Hi Ken,
    Thanks for dropping my blog! It’s a great initiative that you work on, following you now, look forward to read your work.🙂

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  45. La La says:

    Your life is awesome. I am looking forward to reading more.

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    • Thank you – welcome to the blog. I think I will gain much more enjoyment from yours than you do from mine but I’m glad you’ve come along for the ride. Best wishes🙂

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  46. It sounds like you’ve led an interesting life with plenty of ‘flavor’. Hope you don’t mind if I tag along!

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  47. Ken,
    I love it when writers follow me. Nothing against gambling addicts or college kids, but it’s an extra-special nod when someone who loves what I love takes the time. Thank you. I’m looking forward to reading your work.
    Stacie

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  48. Hey Ken,
    I’ve nominated you for ABC (Awesome Blog Content) Award. http://originalapplejunkie.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/day-113-awesome-blog-content-award/
    Take a look and feel free to nominate some other bloggers for the award..although it’s not mandatory!
    *I look forward to more posts from you!*😛

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  49. I really, really like your blog!
    Thank you for passing through mine and commenting🙂

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  50. whyyyjen says:

    Your life is very interesting. Everyday will be an adventure when you’re living in a different country🙂

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  51. clownonfire says:

    Thanks for looking me up and giving me the opportunity to find your blog.

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  52. Ameena says:

    How amazing that you are blogging from Bangladesh Ken…you are really an amazing person, and your story here is very inspiring! Glad to have found you.

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  53. Muna Haque says:

    What a beautiful story….
    ok, now i know all about my uncle Ken!

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  54. A suggestion: you might have heard it before, or you already have planned it, but in any case, I was wondering if you could open a page within this blog where you let your students blog about their classes, life in the area where they live in, their thoughts in general, etc … what do you think? It will be a great way to expose them to the writing world, and to turn their in-class writing assignments into blog projects🙂 … since you mentioned you are a teacher, that just came to my mind. I kno I would do it were I a teacher.🙂

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    • Not to mention that it will b really fun to do such a project … but they have to be interested, they shouldnt feel obliged or pressured, which I dont think will happen. I just imagine them being excited about it🙂

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      • I think that would be a great idea and one I will think about! The only real problem is that where I work in Bangladesh is still a very poor area and most of my students don’t have access to consistent internet (or electricity, water etc). That is changing over the years but even now, most who have, say, facebook, only access it with their mobile phones – not an ideal way to get into blogging – but not impossible! Thanks for the idea anyway🙂

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      • I see. But wherever there is a problem, there hast to be a solution, right? lol and here is one solution that I think could work. it seems, you have a good internet access, since I assume you are blogging from the same place as your students, so here’s my idea: they can write their stories, say, a weekly entry, and you can post it for them.🙂 … i kno that is like adding additional work on your tight schedule, but you can make it like a competition, where the best writing makes it as the entry of the week, or best writings (1st, 2nd, 3rd plc ones) get the spotlight, or if u wanna give every student a chance and avoid the feeling of competition to foster collaboration, then u can use a lottery kinda system where a piece is randomly selected to b featured on your site.🙂 So that way this project doesn’t add a heavy work load to your already busy schedule … since you will have to type their pieces. And you can also limit the amount of words they can write, say 500 or 1000.🙂 I dont kno am just thinking out loud because i believe it’s great to give students, young minds a platform to project their voices, especially those of us from under-represented areas we surely need such a platform. And that will add a flavor to your page.🙂
        Cheers,

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        • No not quite – I get the internet through using my phone as a modem – the signal at school is almost nil so I do all my internet work at home. Students could write it and put it on for them – and I shall definitely think about letting them ‘guest blog’ in that way, but for some it would be very hard. I think it would be more useful to encourage them to blog for themselves! Then they can guest for me at any time and I could guest blog on theirs! Anyway, its an interesting idea and I will give it some thought. Thank you🙂

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  55. Inspiring story!🙂 Am sure your students are happy to have you as their teacher.
    Looking forward to reading more of your writings.
    Whenever you get a chance, you are welcome to visit mine.
    Your newest fan,
    Cheers!

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  56. Wow…you and your wife sound like incredible people who probably have a vast amount of stories to share, full of your life experiences!

    So….uh….why haven’t you written a book yet…?🙂

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    • Thank you so much – you’re very kind!🙂 The book WILL happen sooner or later – we do have a lot to share! Could do with an offer from a publisher to sweeten the deal though somewhere along the way! Thanks for coming – please come again🙂

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  57. Bindu says:

    Glad that you found my blog. I would be there to listen to you whenever you think ‘ aloud’.🙂

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  58. Tinytoes says:

    Hello!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for liking my post🙂 And i sure have to mention that you have really a nice blog here🙂

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  59. Hi

    Thanks for coming by my blog. I’ve had a stroll around your blog and I find the stuff you write about and your story interesting.

    I will be adding you to my favourite list and will be checking your blog our regularly.

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  60. Ladygardenia says:

    Hi, I noticed you subscribed me and I am happy to know that there are other foreigners living in Bangladesh. Your blog is very interesting and I’m surely going to discover more about it.🙂

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  61. SR says:

    Just wanted to stop by and wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. Do not know if you celebrate it over there or not, if you do not have a Happy One anyways. God Bless,SR

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    • Well now SR, here in the UK we don’t (though we know all about you yanks and your strange customs ha ha) BUT over at LAMB where I work in Bangladesh, we have a lot of Americans there and Thanksgiving is often celebrated. We had a HUGE one a couple of years ago with about 80+ of us and it was just the most wonderful time of fellowship. Thanks for the kind wishes – it made my day! Happy Thanksgiving and may your next year and your blog continue to be well blessed🙂

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  62. Sajib says:

    I had my first article published when I was 14. I have been writing since. Now I’m a regular writer in a newspaper, monthly tech magazine and a few blogs. But I can still remember the feeling of seeing my writings in print for the first time. Nowadays it’s become a regular affair and I don’t really feel much about it. Often I forget to collect the issue my writings are on.😉

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I wish we could meet someday. But you said you don’t come around Dhaka.😦

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    • No problems Bhai – it was an interesting blog! We do come to Dhaka 5 or 6 times a year so maybe we can meet for a coffee some time – I tend to hang around Gulshan/Banani. Which newspaper do you write for and would they like articles from an English freelance writer?! Always looking for opportunities to write🙂

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      • Sajib says:

        First of all you can call me Sajib. After all I’m 17.😀

        I write for bdnews24.com (if you heard of it). I’m afraid they don’t really take English articles.😦 I write in Bangla version of it.

        Anyway, where do you write always? I’m a little obsessed with writing as well. I do write a lot but in Bangla where I’m actually interested in writing English which is not that easy living in a country where everyone else speaks Bangla you know.😦

        Is there a chance we can chat online? Do you chat using Yahoo or facebook?

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        • Thik ache Sajib bhai kintu shadaronotu amar pochondo je “bhai” ami bebohar korbo🙂
          Hote pare je ami bangla script likte pare – ami bangla lekhte pare, pore ebong bolte pare. Kintu shombhoboto je ami shahajjo lagbe karon amar bekharon eta khub bhalo na!

          He, ami facebook bebohar korchi – amar nam kujben. Apni janen je onek ingreji khorbor kagoj Bangladeshe pawa jaye? Tai na? Shekhane apnar lekhte uchit!!

          Obossheshe, he nischoy je bdnews24.com ami jani! Protek din je ami bangla bhasha kagoj ami porchi.

          abar dekha hobe🙂

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  63. Oh it would be very boring I’m afraid and the magazine is now out of print. Actually, thinking about it – I don’t think I have a copy of it any longer! Bummer😦

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  64. At 12? wow thats awesome… do you still have it? would love to read it.. 🙂

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