Dressed in a black and white panjabi, I was excited to go to the Ekushey Boi Mela for the first time. I was prepared for the hustle and bustle that I was told would ensue, even a distance away from the venue.
Born into a lower middle-income family, Ahsan Al Rifat was passionate about joining the army from a young age. After graduating from Dhaka Residential Model College (DRMC) he sat for the Inter Services Selection Board (ISSB) exam, and was part of the 71 BMA long course. When it seemed like all was going his way, fate struck a tragic blow to Rifat's military aspirations.