Sultana Parvin Shimul, Dhaka: December 31, 2023, was the last day of the year. It was also the birthday of Hosneara Chowdhury, co-founder and vice president of the Shah Foundation, a New York-based non-profit organization, and a member of the editorial board of The Generation, a New York-based English-language weekly.
Hosneara Chowdhury didn’t make any special plans for her birthday, she just spent it with her family.
However, it wasn’t an event without a noteworthy arrangement.
Shah J. Chowdhury, the husband of Hosneara Chowdhury, is the executive editor of The Generation as well as the founder and president of the Shah Foundation. He planned a different surprise for his spouse. He plans to provide blankets to some destitutes in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
“My wife is my greatest asset. And this is a gift for her on this special day.”
The distribution of blankets started at the west gate of the National Press Club in the capital on December 31 afternoon. Journalists from various national and international media were present on the occasion. Later, after 12: 00 pm, 50 people sleeping on footpaths in Mouchak, Malibagh, Shantinagar and Kakrail areas of Dhaka were given blankets.
Mubin Khan, the executive editor of Ruposi Bangla and The Generation, was in charge of the overall management and supervision of the blanket distribution. He was accompanied by businessmen Abdul Baset Rasel, Nayan Khalid and journalist Makhdoom Sami Kallol.