About Wonder Sonder


Wonder Sonder is the brainchild of Raad Rahman, a writer and communications, advocacy and partnerships expert, with a decade of experience working  in global INGOs and multilateral organizations in the forefront of entrepreneurial approaches to affecting change.

In love with Parisian cafes, always...

In late 2013, Raad was recognized as an Emerging Leader by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, for her contributions to advocating for children’s rights, equitable education through accountable programming, and fighting corruption systematically worldwide. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, VICE, Guernica, the Baffler, Paris Review, and every Bangladeshi newspaper. She was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize by Guernica Magazine.

Raad holds an MA degree in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University in Hungary. She studied Literature and Anthropology as an undergraduate at Bard College in upstate New York. She is also a super proud alum of Woodstock School in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, and writes constantly about monkeys, as a result.

She is passionate about creative processes, walkable streets, fighting corruption, the Millennial Generation, quality education for the next generation, and in searching for the best coffee, mangoes, and gelato.

She’s pretty outspoken about many of these things, but you’ve probably noticed that already. She also speaks publicly about children’s rights, emerging trends in development and using innovation to bolster education worldwide.

Raad’s debut novel, “Framed Butterflies”  can now be found exclusively on Amazon.com. She is working on her new novel.

You can follow her on Twitter @rad_rahman, or keep in touch with new writings from Wonder Sonder by liking us on Facebook, or on siameseorchid(at)gmail.com.

Cheers, and happy reading! 🙂


27 thoughts on “About Wonder Sonder

    • Hey Raisa,

      I commented already, but just in case you didn’t see it, you can contact me at rad.rahman(at)gmail.com or on Facebook at Raad Rahman. Thanks and curious to hear further from you.


  1. Fascinating profile and blog – I am so happy I happened across it! I have recently arrived in Chittagong for a 10 month post, and I was coming from NYC, so it looks like we have some things in common. Thank you for writing!

    • Hey there, funnily enough, I know AUW very well and live just down the road, and am friends with some of your teachers from last year who teach at the Access Academy.

      Welcome to my blog, but moreover welcome to Bangladesh. I am sure it will change your ideals in unmapped ways, and I’m glad you are finding my writing interesting! If there’s anything in particular you’re interested in hearing about, feel free to holler out!

      • So nice to hear you know AUW! Are you not based out of Dhaka?

        I will share your blog around with the other new faculty – and we’ll keep your offer in mind!

  2. I just moved to Dhaka in the last six months for work, but I was in Chittagong for a few months starting last September. Everyone in the NGO and development world should know AUW, I think. Certainly, given it’s not even half a block from my house makes it difficult to miss.

    Anyway, cheers, and any New Yorker is always awesome, so I’m glad that you reached out and hope you will continue to enjoy your stay here!

  3. hi I have read your post on Bangladesh. I am from Bangladesh currently in NYC. I would love to see some of your post ffrom India also as you said you are half indian and half Bangladeshi.

  4. Wow, you sound like you’ve already had an amazing life so far – look forward to reading more… Would love to read about your time in Budapest! Have always wanted to travel there…

  5. You probably have the most intelligent blog on Dhaka. I feel for you that one of the best things of life, taking a walk around the blog, is literally not happening in Dhaka. Just wondering, what makes you stay? I have seen the list to make Dhaka living more livable but really, what makes you stay?

      • Though I must say, the things you are interested in, Dhaka/Bangladesh has plenty of it.
        “Raad was recognized as an Emerging Leader by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, for her contributions to advocating for children’s rights, equitable education through accountable programming, and fighting corruption systematically worldwide.”

        And most of the best places to live actually needs the least amount of work you are interested in. Just curious, where do you live and what do you do? And Are you Bangladeshi passport holder?

      • Hey there. What I do is actually none of your business, is it? The bio is as much information as I’m willing to provide. And as for asking me whether I am a BD passport holder, way beyond normal protocol. I plead the fifth on everything, I’m here to write- not to focus on those who are trying to judge me based on paltry pieces of info. Peace easy. Keep reading, if you want, but please don’t ask me personal questions again.

  6. Wasn’t trying to offend you in any shape or form. Simply curious about what you do because you seem to have a lifestyle that does not fit in with a conventional career path in Bangladesh. And was asking you about Passport, merely to suggest you where you might be able to take a break from Dhaka. Because, as the green passport holders, we don’t really have a lot of choices when it comes down to taking a break from this place. Anyway, I hope you enjoy blogging. There are not many well written blogs about Dhaka/Bangladesh online. So, Its good for readers to have more quality blogs online.

  7. Thanks for reading. I appreciate that you think my writing is of good quality, and reflective of Bangladesh in a realistic manner. Apologies, but I never asked for help, although I do appreciate your desire to help figure out what’s going on in the life of a stranger. Kind regards.

  8. hey i just came across your blog and read the piece about the 76 experiences in chittaggong. it was fascinating. im a chatgaiyya kid but i was born and brought up in south east asia, perspectives of people growing up back home are always refreshing especially when they arent your parents’, and especially when theyve been tempered with a heavy dose of international exposure. i go back quite often to visit family during holidays and would be very interested to work with your NGO, voluntary or otherwise (sorry im still a student haha). Are you still in chittagong or moved elsewhere?

    • Left Chittagong a while ago. Thank you for reading. You can find a lot of my articles posted under the hashtag Bangladesh, if you’re interested in reading about Bangladesh. Cheers and thanks for reading.

  9. I just stumbled upon to your blog. I think your writing is great and love to read those travel articles. Keep up the good work and hope to read more of your stories. Cheers!

  10. Hi there! I am so happy to wander into Wonder Sonder by way of your amazing post Paris piece on FB that I just read and so glad I did ….. here is a treasure trove of blogs that I will now get to enjoy thanks to you

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