Experience

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 […]

Roots go deep

Roots go deep

Esther Jording, the Bangladeshi girl who was sold off when she was less than a week old and grew up in the USA, shares with Namira Hossain her true story of tracing out her real parents in Khulna of Bangladesh Separated at only 5 days old from her mother, and having grown up in Portland, Oregon in the USA, the […]

Going Green

Going Green

by Afsana Zarin Do you remember the good old days when you could not wait for the summer vacation to start? And as soon as it started, you would pack your bags and get ready to spend the vacation over at your grandparents’, just so you could get your hands on all the seasonal fruits from their garden? Mangoes, lychees, […]

Bus lover

Bus lover

Mahfuzul Haque talks to a group of people whose common interest is buses Now the title may intrigue some people, it may bring a conniving smile on the faces of others. We have heard of or met nature lovers, cricket lovers or movie lovers. But who are ‘bus lovers’? This is a group on Facebook with around 5,000 members from […]

Hundred miles to go before I sleep

Hundred miles to go before I sleep

Chowdhury Rashaad Shabab tells Namira Hossain how it feels to be the first Bangladeshi to run the Ultramarathon in UK The indomitable spirit of the human nature is capable of overcoming all obstacles and the trappings of fear to transcend all past experiences and troubles. Chowdhury Rashaad Shabab, 32, PhD candidate and Associate Tutor at Sussex University became the first […]