Experience

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. […]

Toy guns or Barbie dolls?

Toy guns or Barbie dolls?

by Arafat Mohammad Noman My nine-year old cousin surprised me with the following answer when I had asked him about his classmates, ‘My mom asked me not to talk with the girls.’ This made me curious and my young cousin left me with points like ‘girls are disturbing element for studies’, ‘girls are dangerous’, and ‘it is prohibited to talk […]

Marijuana, for entertainment

Marijuana, for entertainment

by Raphy Islam I love it when I am amazed. Mainly it reminds me that I still have a lot to catch up with. I have my surroundings and as any rational being I feel quite comfortable in there. But in the same setup when I hear something really ‘amazing’, I feel quite daft as then I am in a […]

A victory for the masses

A victory for the masses

Namira Hossain writes about her experience of watching the Bangladesh versus Pakistan match, live at the Mirpur stadium Growing up in a cricket crazy nation like Bangladesh, even without being an avid follower of cricket, there are some things you come to expect. You become well acquainted with the cricket fever whenever there is a tournament going on. Conversations circle […]

To Kewkradong on two-wheels

To Kewkradong on two-wheels

Ahmed Shatil Alam writes about the group that reached the Kewkradong peak on their bicycles The achievement and efforts by Musa Ibrahim and MA Muhith at conquering Mount Everest, world’s highest peak, encouraged most Bangladeshis toward hiking. As most people initiate hiking within Bangladesh’s boundaries, the best choice for them is Kewkradong, the top peak within the country. According to […]