Perhaps everyone has a cherished list of things to do, places to visit, and milestones to achieve in a personal Bucket List items to check off before one kicks the bucket! Sabrina Islam an entrepreneur, photographer, and avid traveler-- was able to fulfill one of her dreams from her Bucket List: a photo adventure in the backwaters of the south Indian state of Kerala. But it turned out to be something more: a journey of the soul, a sorely needed sojourn of the mind from the daily grind, and an opportunity to reflect, recharge, and rejuvenate. Bucker List: The Kerala Journal is a book of photography and a travelogue. As she travels through the different parts of Kerala, Sabrina keeps a daily journal, recording the landscapes, nature studies, the insects and birds, her introspections, and the merging of the surroundings with the emotions felt within. And she tries to capture the images with her camera. The Kerala Journal takes the reader on a visit to Kerala through the eyes and the lens of the writer. The writings, interjected with ‘haikus’ (a short form of Japanese poetry, usually consisting of seventeen syllables in three lines of five, seven, and five) and photographs convey the sense to the reader that the beautiful that is in front right here and now is but fleeting. If the subtle sense of pleasant sorrow-- that once the eyes are closed and then opened again it is gone forever-- is not there, the connection to the perpetual is missed. She wants her writing to make that connection every time.
Sabrina Islam is a Bangladeshi entrepreneur and photographer. She began her business career in the mid-70s at Karika, which pioneered the marketing of rural artisan arts and crafts, and she is currently the Managing Director of a garment factory. She is also the founder and CEO of Reflections, an architectural and decorative stained glass company. Her honours and awards include being named the Daily Star-DHL Outstanding Woman in Business (2008), Most Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur in Asia at the Businesswomen’s Forum in Islamic Countries (2008), and the FBCCI-SME Award for Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur (2006). She is keenly interested in women’s entrepreneurship and skills development, the eradication of poverty, gender disparity, and violence against women and sustainable economic development for women and