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Night rickshaw to Nazira Bazaar!

Night rickshaw to Nazira Bazaar!

by Towheed Feroze In fact, Dhakaiya people call it Najira Bajar. When I asked the rickshaw driver about the most vibrant place of Old Dhaka for Sehri, he simply said: kela, Najira Bajar! Which in English translates into: why, it’s Najira Bajar! So, off we were after the clock struck midnight to the old portion of town. Shakespeare came to […]

Far from the madding crowd

Far from the madding crowd

Ahmed Shatil Alam reflects why a growing number of people are taking up trekking as a hobby Last Wednesday found readymade garments merchandiser Golam Sarwar Shamim, along with seven of his friends, buying shoes, backpacks, water jars, tents etc. Like most people in the country, the group wants to spend their Eid vacation memorably. But rather than visiting tourist spots […]

Art of fragrance

Art of fragrance

After visiting the Attar and Agar oil industry in Moulvibazar,  Ahmed Shatil Alam writes about the export potential of the sector While celebrating my fourth Eid-ul Fitr, I first came across the item called Attar, a kind of perfumery with a smooth and sweet fragrance that was somehow related to religious occasions. Over the next few years, I realised that […]

Love the way you lie

Love the way you lie

Namira Hossain reflects on the cycle of abuse in relationships as she talks to a number of victims who survived physical and emotional abuse It is not uncommon for most people to have experienced unhealthy or toxic relationships in their lives; whether it is with friends, lovers, spouses or even parents and their children. Often in relationships such as these, […]

For the love of theatre

For the love of theatre

Veteran theatre activists, directors and actors tell Sadiqur Rahman about the current situation of the theatre movement and how theatre can be promoted to all audiences across the city and country Motiul Islam, a non-government employee of Sylhet, recently came to Dhaka on professional purpose. He got to hear that ‘Mahajoner Nao’, a musical play by Subachan Natya Sangsad and […]

Gold rush

Gold rush

Ahmed Shatil Alam writes about the mindset and ambitions of an increasing number of young cricket-enthusiasts and their parents at becoming professional cricketers in the national team Photos by SANAUL HAQUE Remember March 19, when Bangladesh was beaten by India thanks to the worst example of umpiring during the second quarter final match of 2015 world cup cricket? We all […]

Money-making machines

Money-making machines

Family members and victims share with Mahfuzul Haque their miseries due to misdiagnosis, medical malpractice and negligence that occurred in private and public hospitals Photos by SANAUL HAQUE Around end of April of this year, Ayesha Begum (65), a resident of Sherpur, was suffering from abdominal pains. She was admitted at a public hospital in her neighborhood for treatment initially. […]

Hunt for safe food

Hunt for safe food

Mahfuzul Haque and Sadiqur Rahman write about the ways most citizens of Dhaka obtain pure food for their family members For years, citizens of the country have been struggling through the food adulteration crisis. As a number of initiatives by government, civil society and trade bodies proved unsuccessful against the menace, people of the country are like hostages in the […]

Rise of the shutterbugs

Rise of the shutterbugs

Mahfuzul Haque explores the reasons why photography is becoming an increasingly sought-after activity in the country   Shabbir Ahmad Naym is so passionate about photography that he saved a portion of his daily expenditure to buy a camera. The executive officer of Janata Bank has been an ardent photographer since his life as student at the University of Dhaka. He […]

A new day for films

A new day for films

Sadiqur Rahman writes about the success and challenges being faced by a new group of film-makers and producers who are trying to revive the local film industry Sutopar Thikana, directed by Proshoon Rahman, may not have commercial stars and was not filmed or screened in the same manner as commercial movies. But the cinema released last Friday on the eve […]