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Born out of blood

Born out of blood

Namira Hossain visits the recently opened Liberation War museum There are few stories more gruesome and horrifying than the birth of Bangladesh in 1971. For those who lived through it however, these are not just stories, indeed it is part and parcel of what they had lived through and an unforgettable bloody history for those who came after. Despite hearing […]

Breaking stereotypes

Breaking stereotypes

Photo by Koustubh Dhar Wrick The female rickshaw-puller in Bangladesh tells Ahmed Shatil Alam why she was forced to take this profession It may have been another sorrowful story of a pregnant woman from rural Bangladesh – in the third month of her pregnancy besides already having a child of four years – who was devastated and clueless after being […]

Baywatch

Baywatch

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid reveals the problems faced by lifeguards at Cox’s Bazar beach As one travels to any of Kolatoli, Laboni or Sugandha points of the Cox’s Bazar sea beach, one is likely to find people staring at the sea from an elevated stand. When I had first visited the beach, I thought they were merely visitors enjoying a […]

Noteworthy duels from history

Noteworthy duels from history

Xtra desk During the medieval times till the early 19th century, most men and women in Europe, USA and few other parts of the world did not run to judges to resolve disputes. Rather, they took it upon themselves, to settle the lingering issue through duels. Duels often occurred with the help of guns or swords, depending on the weapon […]

The Bicycle diary

The Bicycle diary

Ahmed Shatil Alam talks to Yusuf Mohammed, a bicyclist, who has cycled through 64 districts in Bangladesh The story of love between Yusuf Mohammed, a technology based company employee, and his bicycle began from the time he was a child. Later on, he often roamed on rented bicycles without the knowledge of his parents. The few times when he did […]

Our second home 

Our second home 

As New Age office has moved to a new location from its earlier address at Holiday Building 30 Tejgaon Industrial Area, Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid asked present and former members of the New Age family about their fondest memories in the former building Photo- Sourav Laskar It was during my early school years when I saw a new English newspaper […]

Moving on with Holey Artisan

Moving on with Holey Artisan

  Namira Hossain talks to Dhaka city dwellers to gauge their feelings about the reopening of Holey Artisan bakery   In January 2017, when a new supermarket opened up its’ first branch in Gulshan, nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary. From the outside, that is. But if one were to look closer, the re-opening of a certain cafe […]

Biriyani at Taka 20!

Biriyani at Taka 20!

Ahmed Shatil Alam has Biriyani for dinner at a street side shop in Naya Bazar and finds out why this food is so popular   It was like any street-side food shop. On a Thursday night, shop owner Badal Mia sat by the footpath adjacent to Nayabazaar Kitchen market in Dhaka while all his customers ate the food with satisfaction. […]

Against despair

Against despair

Cancer survivor SM Farid tells Ahmed Shatil Alam the techniques he had used during his fight against cancer There is a cliché about cancer affected people in Bangladesh- ‘he who has cancer, has no answer (of surviving)’. The sentiment seems to be true as around 1.5 lakh people are killed by the deadly disease of cancer every year, when two […]

Body of iron

Body of iron

Ahmed Shatil Alam talks to Shamsul Alam, the 64-year old body builder from Mirpur Over the last few decades, bodybuilding has been a popular activity among the young men and women from urban and rural settings in the country. Currently, most men and women visit some 300 gyms in Dhaka and several hundred in the entire country. The path to […]