Experience

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, […]