Life is Beautiful Against All Odds.

Rasidul Azam Rasel – a man who overcame his disabilities with his patients. He is a very energetic person who always thinks that life is precious even after all the odds he has faced in his life and he believes that if a man tries, he or she can touch the Sky. Rasel was born in a village name Pasghariakandi on 1977 in Munshigonj district in Bangladesh. He was born without hands. His Father Mr. Akramuzaman and Mother Habiba Khannam had three children before his birth.

As the youngest child of the four, everybody loved him. His father worked in famous Adamji Jute Mill. They took care of him so that he could get admitted in a school. His parents taught him how to write with his leg and admitted him in a school. He was very interested in his studies and scored first division in school exams.

His parents were very happy with his success. The school teachers also helped him with his studies. He was not only a good student but also was good at sports and cultural activities. In cultural and sports competitions he would secure positions. Apart from school he helped the neighbours when they needed help. The school mates and neighbours always loved Rasel. They would encourage him to study further. In 1991 he passed his S.S.C. Exams from Adamji High Scool. Later, he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Tejgaon college, Dhaka.

He always tried to gain more and more knowledge from books and from his surroundings. He read books to sharp his knowledge and skills. He was very much interested to learn computer but many organizations refused him to admit. Rasel never lost hope and he tried different places to learn computer. At last one institute  took him in and him how to work with a  computer.

After completing his education life and computer course he became eager to work. He looked for a job. It was difficult to get a job for a disabled person. He was refused to get a job. Realizing the difficulties of finding a suitable job, his elder brother requested him to work in the community clinic. He took the job and worked there
very sincerely. He gained experienced from his job. After this job he joined in BRAC.

He always thought of helping disabled people. He understood how much pain and difficulties a disable person may face in the society they live. In 2005 he joined Centre for disability in Development (CDD) as   Associate Coordinator and Disability Inclusion Trainer in SHOMOTA Project. There he received a good work atmosphere and authority gave him all the supports so that he could work with comfort. He is married now and has a son. He was born as a disabled person but with his own efforts he overcame obstacles and became successful. He always thinks that life is beautiful if one works hard and be honest by heart. Rusel’s life story motivates us and encourages other disabled people to work towards becoming successful in their life.

He showed us that if we want to live a beautiful life we have to work. Only work can lead us to success and despite of all odds Life is beautiful.

The Story written by Dr. Usharani Boruah. Librarian, CIRDAP.