New York: The Place to Be
To Mohammad Sallahuddin Chowdhury, 38, of Queens, New York was the place to succeed — especially if you were confident, smart and very good-looking.
He was supporting his pregnant wife and 6- year-old daughter by serving banquets at Windows on the World, but that was only temporary. He had a master's degree in physics from Bangladesh, where he grew up, and had studied real estate and computer science in this country. After a few doleful years in Baltimore, he was determined to stay in New York. He knew something good would come up.
Meanwhile, he had a new baby to look forward to. It was due in September.
"If it's a boy," he told Baraheen Ashrafi, his wife, "we'll have a perfect family." On Sept. 13, Farqad Chowdhury was born — 8 pounds 10 ounces, with deep black eyes like his father's. "Very expressive," said Mrs. Ashrafi. "Eyes, like he's trying to tell me something."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 4, 2001.