Experience

A glimpse of letterpress legacy

A glimpse of letterpress legacy

by Abu Jar M Akkas A man is picking up small metal pieces, one after another, from a case, of four drawers, full of compartments for each of the letters. He picks them up without looking into where he is putting his hand, sets them, one after another, on a compositing stick, to make up a line. When the line […]

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 […]

Episode X : The Force Within

Episode X : The Force Within

Namira Hossain talks to two Star Wars fanatics to see how the popular movie franchise has shaped their lives A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away a little known American film-maker named George Lucas changed the landscape of sci-fi fantasy with the first installment of the Star Wars trilogy which later came to be known as A […]

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 […]