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Curtain call

Curtain call

Book lovers, publishers and others at the Ekushey Boi Mela tell Sadiqur Rahman about the various ways the festival can be improved during the coming years As the month-long ‘Ekushey boi mela’ of 2017 concluded on February 28, book lovers at the fair hoped for more coordinated festivals along with quality titles in the years to come. The book lovers, […]

Never ending beauty

Never ending beauty

Mifat Nayer No matter how many times one visits or writes about Cox’s Bazar, there is always room for more to write about this Bangladeshi treasure. While visiting the longest natural sea beach at any time of the year, one can find eternal shades of beauty. Each season has its own aura. What can one wish more when the sea […]

The empowering article

The empowering article

Shantonu Sayor reveals how awareness about the Consumer’s Right Protection Act is building the confidence of consumers Faruq Azam, a government employee, bought a cosmetics product from a city chain shop. He was charged with an additional Taka 36 along with the labelled maximum retail price (MRP). As he reacted about the total price, the shop officials said they have […]

Durjoy Bangla travels to Kurigram

Durjoy Bangla travels to Kurigram

K.M. Golam Rabbani writes about the literature and social foundation Durjoy Bangla, whose second library has been inaugurated in Kurigram. Durjoy Bangla inaugurated its second library in Mugdha Kinder School at Sadur mor under Baldia union of Bhurungamari upazila in Kurigram on March 25. The founding general secretary of Durjoy Bangla, Toimur Mollik said the foundation launched on June 28, […]

Quijotas en Bangladesh

Quijotas en Bangladesh

Xtra Desk Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra may not be a household name in Bangladesh. But he is still widely regarded as the greatest writer in Spanish Language and one of the world’s pre-eminent novelists. The 17th century writer’s major work Don Quixotes is considered to be the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire […]

Behind the mask

Behind the mask

After visiting the Mind Matters exhibition, Namira Hossain explains how art can help break the stigma of mental illness People like to use the word ‘normal’ a lot. ‘Normal’ feels safe, it is known, it is what everybody else is doing, it is staying inside your comfort zone. It does not have the cringe-factor, it does not make you think. […]

The Moral Of The Story

The Moral Of The Story

After reading few stories from ‘Thakur maa’r jhuli’, Namira Hossain tries to understand the motive behind such fairy tales Tales and myths are found in every culture – they served as explanations for things the human mind did not understand such as why thunder and lightning exist and also to amuse and entertain. Similarly, fairy tales follow the typical structure […]

Aquatic adventures

Aquatic adventures

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid chases dolphins in the Buriganga river It was a sensational discovery that dolphins can be found in the rivers of Bangladesh, but only a bit of research substantiated this fact. Still, this was a sight that needed to be seen and so this led to a journey down to the river Buriganga.. They can be seen […]

Blood for sale

Blood for sale

Sadiqur Rahman reveals the kind of problems faced by patients and their family members at the DMCH when bags of blood are urgently required On July 23, Mamun, a carpenter from Shalbari in Gazipur, brought his wife Tamanna to the Gazipur Sadar Hospital after she fell ill and fainted. The duty doctor suggested that the patient was likely suffering from […]

Tales of the Olympians

Tales of the Olympians

by Xtra team Ever since the ‘Rio Olympics 2016’ was kicked off last week, the feats and accomplishments during the various games have already caught the attention of global audiences. But, besides sports, the human stories of some of the athletes are also making headlines.    From warzone to pool History was made as refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini made it […]