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Readings this week

Readings this week

Xtra Desk Reflections on Economy and Governance in Bangladesh   To the social scientists, Bangladesh is an enigma wrapped in paradoxes. She defied conventional prophets of gloom and doom during last three decades by making significant strides in social and economic spheres. Ironically, she is deeply divided politically despite bonds of extraordinary ethnic and linguistic homogeneity. The multiple dimensions of […]

Dhaka under water

Dhaka under water

Photos by New Age Capital city Dhaka went under knee-deep water, in some places waist-high, after consecutive rainfall during the past week. Public life almost came to a halt; roads including the major ones turned into swamps making transports unavailable on the roads and commuting difficult for citizens. It takes hours for the city’s drainage system to get rid of […]

Let’s steal the bride!

Let’s steal the bride!

Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree writes about Bouchi, a Bangladeshi game that seems to have faded away over the past decade Brides are precious- who does not fancy of having a doll-like bride all dressed up to be taken to the groom’s house? But the bride of Bouchi-a native game of rural Bangladesh, has something different about her; she requires to be […]

This bird has flown!

This bird has flown!

By Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree As the Beatles’ song ‘Norwegian Wood’ is heard playing through the airplane speakers, nostalgia takes Toru Watanabe, a middle-aged successful businessman, back to his teen days. The song gets him to reminisce the days full of love- one girl stands out from his several love affairs and flings, yet with a presence of pain, melancholia and […]

Knocked by a flower

Knocked by a flower

New Age Xtra will be shedding light on some of the forgotten games of Bangladesh over the next few months in this section. This week, Muhammad Ibrahim IbneTowhid writes aboutPhulTokkaand the reasons behind it being so popular among urban and rural children and youth PhulTokka is generally played by children of all ages. For years, this game has been played […]

The beautiful crop

The beautiful crop

Xtra Desk Photos by Indrajit Ghosh  Once upon a time, not very long ago, flowers were not considered agricultural products in Bangladesh.However, due to the huge demand of flowers, the country often used to import a substantial amount of flowers every year. There were some who cultivated flowers in their backyards or on their rooftops. But in recent days, flower […]

Riveting insight into a repressive past!

Riveting insight into a repressive past!

by Towheed Feroze Simply fascinating is my assessment of this thoroughly researched book, which should become a must read for sociology students and made mandatory at HSC level. The reason is because this work, the thesis of Dr Bilkis Rahman, opens up the excruciatingly repressive conditions women faced in 19th century Bengal. That women in the past were disenfranchised and […]

Technology for human welfare

Technology for human welfare

By Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid Technology is science in action. Although a discipline can be twisted and misused towards destructive ends for progress, one should not blame the technology for the way it is being used. Many view this as a complex system of foreign origin; however, the author of the book Technology for Human Welfare and other Writings has […]

Thought provoking Non-fictions 

Thought provoking Non-fictions 

By Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid   Goriber Rabindranth Ahmed Sofa’s research and subsequent write ups on Rabindranath Tagore had continued for more than 31 years. During this time, Sofa analysed, revised and in some cases was skeptical about some of the points in the writings of Tagore. All of Sofa’s writings are yet to be published and the publishing house Modhupok […]

Memoirs and anthologies

Memoirs and anthologies

Sadiqur Rahman Mithun reviews some of the anthologies and memoirs available at this year’s Ekushey Boi Mela  Golpo Ponchashot By Jyotiprakash Dutta Publisher: Anyaprokash Price: BDT 500 In this book, Jyotiprakash Dutta artistically crafts a wide-range of dynamic plots for each story without ignoring any lives. He also reflects on various subjects in nature, sheds light on lives of individuals […]