Experience

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 […]

Marooned and starving

Marooned and starving

PHOTOS  by Sony Ramany The ongoing flood in the country, caused by heavy rainfall and on-rush of water from India, has submerged croplands and marooned several lakh people in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Bogra, Gaibandha and some other northern districts. During a visit, a team from New Age found people, who lost their homes to the flood, moving haplessly to higher grounds […]

Spare the child

Spare the child

by Asifur Rahman Khan  Intelligence is so subjective, yet everywhere in the world, it is measured objectively. Entrance exams, quizzes, half yearly exams, final exams; every test measures the memorising ability of a student, and how much they can vomit at each battle ground to prove themselves. At least that’s how it goes in Bangladesh. ‘Dude, how did your exam […]

In his sleep

In his sleep

Somnambulism is a sleep disorder that affects many people in our country. Syed Tashfin Chowdhury writes about the experiences of a few sleepwalkers and how their families coped with it The hard shove forced Masud (not his real name) to wake up and discover himself standing right by the pond. His father was standing by him and had pushed him […]

Practicing mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness

Namira Hossain writes about the benefits of meditation Mindfulness has become one of those buzzwords, sometimes thrown about in a facetious manner to denigrate what are considered New Agey practices and to dismiss its’ actual meaning. Many websites and self-help books preach the art of mindfulness, but what is it exactly? According to the ever trusty dictionary, the first definition […]

Life is elsewhere

Life is elsewhere

by Kawshiki Nasser We Bangladeshis are used to moving to other countries. Remember ‘taka den dubai jamu’? We have been moving to other countries for higher studies, to improve our lives, to earn better wages, for decades. Once it was L-O-N-D-O-N, then it was the good ole U S of A then Australia and eventually Malaysia. But we do it. […]