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An Overachiever

Lawyer Saqeb Mahbub
Talks to
Saad Adnan Khan

Courtesy: Saqeb Mahbub

My first school was Shapla International School in London, United Kingdom. It was a school for Bengali children. I came to Bangladesh and completed my schooling from Green Gems International School. I was a regular teenager; taking part in different kinds of mischief, being bullied and getting into fights were regular day to day incidents. However, once, my friends and I wanted to do 'public service' for our school. We wanted to see if the fire extinguisher worked or not. So we stole it and took it to a friend's roof to test it, and it went empty after emitting only a little gas. We felt accomplished at our small discovery! I also had the knack for rhyming since childhood. As a kid, I used to write rhymes and as a grown-up now, I try and write songs every now and then.

I did my A-levels from Newcastle Law Academy and after that, got admission at London School of Economics and Political Science in law. I went there when I was 17. The transition was quite unsettling initially, but then by the third year, I had become very proactive. I was getting involved in many different things. I took one more year to complete my masters in law.

My book, titled 'Secularism and the Constitution of Bangladesh: Issues and Concepts', got published this year from the German publishing house called Lambert Academic Publishing (LAP). This was originally my master's dissertation, for which I had to do extensive research work on the constitutions of Bangladesh, India and the USA. The book is basically a comparative study between the constitutions of Bangladesh, India and America, and my goal was to assess the principles of secularism in the Bangladeshi constitution. The dissertation was 14,000 words. The book turned out to be 90 pages long, consisting of 19,000 words. Unfortunately, the book is still not available here, but I am trying to get a publishing house who might be interested to publish the book in Bangladesh.

I love my job. I have to work as a legal advisor and consult CEOs of big multinational companies. It's intriguing and interesting to have the upper hand, and work with these corporate officials. I like the intellectual challenge of my work. Earlier, one couldn't become a lawyer before the age of 30, but now there are many emerging young lawyers. I like to write as well, and have written for several newspapers. My topics of interests are law, governance and politics. I might think of getting into politics as well, but right now I want to work on becoming a good lawyer.

I really want to start a foundation for village children, where they will be taught English and how to use a computer. If I can save up enough money by the end of this year, I plan on setting up something like this in my village, which is in a remote area. I wanted to 'change the world' at the age of 20, but once you ground yourself in reality, you start seeing that things are different and far more complicated in real life. But we can bring changes in our own small ways, even if it's only planting a tree. If everyone planted one tree, there would be a million trees!

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