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Victims of the digital boom

Victims of the digital boom

Online shoppers and traders share with Ahmed Shatil Alam why there are frequent complaints against big online commerce sites of the country In recent years, online shopping has gained momentum in Bangladesh, as a result of a steady increase in internet and mobile cell phone penetration and gridlocked traffic which discourages in-person shopping at the city areas. According to the […]

A change for the better

A change for the better

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals how and why most Bangladeshis are shifting from rice to tortillas for lunch and dinner IT WAS his usual habit to have rice in every morning before going to his workplace, but since January, Nur Alam — a 30 year old cab driver — stopped eating rice as its price has been increasing almost in every […]

Silence: crucial and cruel

Silence: crucial and cruel

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid writes about mime, silent performance, and its prospect in the country SILENCE at times tells more than words. And mime is a strong way to deliver messages. This form of entertainment, done with gestures, mimics and dance, communicates and entertains without using words. The white face helps the audience to see the performer from distance. The […]

A bond with the saint!

A bond with the saint!

by Towheed Feroze Sir Roger Moore always used a self-deprecating line to refer to his acting, saying unequivocally that he had been immensely lucky to have become famous with his mediocre performance.The point is: Roger Moore was too good looking to play scarred and deeply tormented souls. No one could imagine Moore, unshaven, scruffy representing a working class person. Though […]

Convenient intrusion

Convenient intrusion

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals why foreign fruits are replacing the traditional fruits of Bangladesh in the local markets For many of us, the arrival of Baishakh signifies the birth of a new year with new hope and a new season that not only make people’s lives difficult with nor’westers and scorching heat, but at the same time many of us […]

Sumo, Sake and the Japanese escapade!

Sumo, Sake and the Japanese escapade!

by Towheed Feroze The air of amazement peppered with disbelief in the voice of the customs officer was too perceptible to miss: ‘All of you are going to Japan?’. This was 2001; going to Japan usually conjured up the image of landing in a dream land and, well, for many Bangladeshis, the temptation to stay back and work was sometimes […]

Tears of the Haor

Tears of the Haor

Giasuddin Rana and Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid write about the hapless situation of a number of families in the flood-affected Haor areas of Bangladesh After the protection embankment cracked, gushing flood water inundated the boro crops of Paknar Haor, the second largest wetland of Sunamganj, leaving no hope for the residents of more than 60 villages in the early hours […]

Lofty ideals

Lofty ideals

Ahead of Labour Day 2017, workers from various sectors of Bangladesh share their woeful stories with Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid Faisal Haque is a cleaner at a prominent hospital in Gulshan 2. When his age was asked he smiled but did not reply while continuing his work. Haque looked no more than 16 years old. Working from 7:00pm till 7:00am, […]

Making the wrong lists

Making the wrong lists

Ahmed Shatil Alam explores various reasons that has led to Dhaka be in the top ten of a number of recent surveys on cities of the world Asiful Azam, a private banker, lives with his parents, younger sister and newly married wife in a part of Dhaka which was once known as the ‘middle class’ area of the capital. Being […]

Panta Ilish, Shakib, Apu!

Panta Ilish, Shakib, Apu!

Towheed Feroze lists the ways through which we can spend Pahela Baishakh, this year The frenzy to buy Ilish, the fish which is a mainstay for the celebration of the Bengali New Year, is somewhat dampened by the latest storm in the cine world. Shakib Khan-Apu Biswas drama unfolds amidst the steamy heat of high summer. Some are sweating from […]