Experience

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 […]

The jail diary

The jail diary

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals the miseries of inmates in Dhaka Central Jail after talking with a former prisoner of the jail who shared his excruciating experience According to several news reports in the local media, the Dhaka Central Jail and other jails across the country are crammed so tight with inmates that they do not even have enough space to […]

Of black magic and envy

Of black magic and envy

New Age Xtra finds out from people in Dhaka who believe they have been done wrong through black magic Marium is a young divorcee in her thirties and the mother of an adorable little girl. She is attractive, intelligent and vivacious and after completing her master’s degree in Fashion Design and Marketing in the States, she came back to Bangladesh […]

The day the earth shook

The day the earth shook

Bangladeshis, who were in Nepal during the weekend of the earthquake, tell Ahmed Shatil Alam about the nightmare they survived In the morning of April 25, Noman Robin, the director of Bengali movie Common Gender, was talking with his friend near the verandah of his cousin’s house in Sanepa, Kathmandu. At one point of the conversation, Robin felt a sudden […]

Becoming real

Becoming real

by Nora N. Khan Three years ago, on my way to work in Boston, a young man standing by the train stop asked me to stop as I emerged from the escalator tunnel. He wanted me to consider his speech on children in need. Most days, I would apologise and hustle past him: worried about my day, my projects due, […]