Experience

Asking for it

Asking for it

By Namira Hossain I remember learning of the word ‘rape’ when I was 10 years old. I was in Class 4 and my classmate, let’s call him ‘A’ made a lame joke and said that another classmate of ours ‘K’ raped a girl called ‘M’. I didn’t know what the word meant, so a bunch of us looked it up […]

Guilty deliberations

Guilty deliberations

Shaikha Shuhada Panzeree shares her experience as an audience after seeing the performance of 12 Angry Men on stage First aired as a TV play 12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose in 1954 afterwards filmed in 1957, the three category Academy award nominee is considered one of the finest films produced in English language. Starting its stage journey in 1964, […]

Urbanite invasion

Urbanite invasion

After visiting Moinot Ghat, Monojit Saha writes about how the place is reeling from the effects of more tourists Moinot Ghat happens to be a new addition to the list of places urbanites can visit within the span of a day. It is a pretty good place to visit for groups seeking a ‘Cox’s Bazaar’ flavour without suffering all the […]

Without a word

Without a word

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid writes about his experience as an audience member at the recent ‘International Mime Fest 2017’ at the Dhaka University premises Mime is the form of entertainment that uses gestures, mimics and dance, not words, to communicate and entertain. The purpose of the white faces of the mime is to help the audience be able to see […]

A Clay date

A Clay date

After spending a few hours at the Clay Station, Namira Hossain writes about her experience of playing with clay   In a road tucked away on the side streets of Banani, lies an inconspicuous two-storey, white building that guards one of Dhaka’s best kept secrets. Perhaps not such a big secret anymore –  having hosted a few corporate events, birthday […]

Arts and aestheticism

Arts and aestheticism

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid visits an exhibition by the Edge Foundation to understand what makes the platform unique from other institutions promoting art A study into the thought of ‘absurd’ refers that things be observed differently and that meaning be sought out even in the most properly portrayed art. Similarly, the American influential painter Jackson Pollock had said, ‘the painting […]

Stigmatised

Stigmatised

An HIV positive patient from Bangladesh tells Ahmed Shatil Alam about his illness and how he hides it from even his closest relatives On a day of October 2003, Hasib (name has been changed), a migrant worker from a South-Eastern district of Bangladesh, had returned to his workplace at a food processing company in Saudi Arabia. ‘I had gone to […]

Learning to learn

Learning to learn

by Mehrab Jamal When it was suggested that I, as someone in his early days of studying at a university abroad, should write some sort of a piece describing my experiences so far, I said I would get started soon but never really got around to it. Now, perhaps one and a half years in to my time here in […]

Being creative scores high

Being creative scores high

by Asifur Rahman Khan It was 1999, and one of my classmates was narrating my Bengali essay. Nobody could stop laughing, including my English teacher. In fact, the narrator could barely keep his voice straight, trying to be a good narrator instead of joining the crowd. He spoke slowly and loudly in Bangla, ‘When the detective found themselves at the […]

Empathy or apathy

Empathy or apathy

by Raphy Islam A boy was running in the middle of a busy street. He was maybe six to seven years old. He was being chased by other boys armed with sticks. Onlookers could say that the boy was scared out of his wits. In a rickshaw, I watched the incident for 20 odd seconds. I did not know why […]