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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 […]

Aerial athletes

Aerial athletes

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid reveals the passionate pigeon owners who race their birds on regular intervals in the country Unknown to many other than the pigeon owners, Pigeons are from the Columbidae bird family, which includes as many as 310 varied species including the Dove. Humans have had a relationship with pigeons in various sectors including military, domestication, in religion […]

Left with nothing

Left with nothing

Namira Hossain talks to victims of the latest Korail slum fire to see how they are coping after this forgotten tragedy It was 3:00am of March 16, 2017 when Asma heard her landlady crying that there was a fire. She quickly grabbed her sleeping children and stood out on the field stricken by the sight of the sky ablaze. ‘The […]

No country for heritage buildings

No country for heritage buildings

Ahmed Shatil Alam finds out the reasons behind the disappearance of heritage buildings and sites from Dhaka The news of demolition or partial-destruction of heritage sites or buildings from the Mughal and British era are very common in Dhaka. Around the second week of February this year, a news broke out that a Mughal era building, located in Shayesta Khan […]