Experience

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 […]

What is the big deal about gravitational waves?

What is the big deal about gravitational waves?

by Asifur Rahman Khan When the news of gravitational waves being finally detected came out last week in various dailies, my younger brother asked me, ‘What are gravitational waves and what is the big deal about them?’ I looked at him blankly for a while, because I could not articulate the reasons behind its ‘big deal-ness’ although I knew for […]

A hard ride home

A hard ride home

Rajnarayana Andagare shares with Ahmed Shatil Alam his experience of motorcycling a distance of nearly 40,000 kilometres from Australia to his birthplace in India and what motivated him toward this It is a very rare incident particularly in the subcontinent when a prosperous architect, of Indian-origin and with an Australian citizenship, leaves the ‘land of fortunes’ to return to his […]

Are you SAD?

Are you SAD?

Namira Hossain writes about the mental disorder that is triggered among people during the change in seasons Our moods can do very strange things to us if we are not aware, pulling the strings on us from our subconscious as though we are mere puppets. Sometimes, during especially critical situations, we can find ourselves exercising immense levels of control that […]

Revisiting a childhood home

Revisiting a childhood home

By visiting her childhood home, Namira Hossain reflects on why such visits are necessary for many of us They say, ‘you can’t go back home again,’ but sometimes if you are lucky, you can. I left my old childhood home where I grew up in a peaceful neighbourhood in Baily Road, when I was sixteen. Without looking back, I moved […]

Hidden treasure among the shelves

Hidden treasure among the shelves

Namira Hossain shares her account of browsing through antiquarian book stores in London ‘Books are uniquely portable magic.’ Stephen King, On Writing. On a mid-July afternoon in London earlier this year, I boarded the bus and set off on my quest to explore the unique antiquarian booksellers of London. For a bookworm, there is no greater adventure than getting lost […]

Truth behind the rumour

Truth behind the rumour

Ahmed Shatil Alam investigates the rumours surrounding an abandoned building in Mohammadpur It was another 31st night party for Ishtiar Al Sadi and his friends on December 31, 2014. Just like other years they had all gotten together at the former Dhaka University student Sadi’s residence at Sher Shah Suri road of Mohammadpur in the capital. The friends were having […]