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Birishiri: where the turquoise flows

Birishiri: where the turquoise flows

Photo and text by Hridita Anisha Photos by Jovago.com The lake of Birishiri is reputed to have a tinge of an exceptional greenish-blue – hence the title. Birishiri is in Netrokona: a place quite close to Dhaka, and thus can be visited in a span of two days or short.The easiest way is to hop on a bus from Mohakhali […]

Blind leading the blind

Blind leading the blind

Namira Hossain writes about the odds that the visually-impaired VashkarBhattacharjee had to overcome and how he is  helping others like him. During a hot summer day on July 1, 1979, in a remote village in Chittagong, a government employee and a housewife welcomed their baby boy to this world. He was bleeding through his nose and mouth, baffling the parents […]

The chariot festival

The chariot festival

Rakibul Azam Rana writes about a nearly 400-year old annual tradition that takes place in Dhamrai and manages to bring together people from different communities The Roth Jatra is a joyous festival among the Hindu community in India and Bangladesh. In the Asian subcontinent, the Sri Sri Joshomadhob Roth Jatra of Dhamrai is one of the most famous and traditional […]

When medicines do not work

When medicines do not work

Medical professionals tell Mahfuzul Haque why the arbitrary intake of antibiotics, with or without prescription, can lead to health complications Antibiotics are mainly used for the treatment or prevention of bacterial infections. Physicians say though antibiotics are needed to cure some severe health complications but for the health conditions that are not serious, the antibiotics should not be taken. The […]

Forgotten delights

Forgotten delights

Ahmed Shatil Alam visits the Fruits Fair that was organised in Dhaka, last week When Nabil, a student of class seven from a private school in Dhaka saw Cherimoyas (locally known as Ata) on a tree, he was a bit confused as this was the first time he had come across this fruit. Later, he learnt about the fruit from […]

E3 2016: A cultural phenomenon

E3 2016: A cultural phenomenon

Md Wahid Hasib writes about the latest reveals at E3 2016, after staying up late to catch all the press conferences by major names in gaming over the internet COURTESY – E3 2016 Every year video gaming enthusiasts look forward to Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the premier video gaming exposition where video gaming companies gather and showcase their creation to […]

Animal instinct

Animal instinct

Namira Hossain writes about the efforts of the Creative Conservation Alliance that is trying to conserve natural resources and wildlife in rural areas Humans by nature are destructive creatures. We wage wars, pollute our cities and our rivers, destroy forests and ruthlessly hunt other species of animals for their meat, fur or just simply for sport. If numbers on Wikipedia […]

A life in exile

A life in exile

Forest guards of Sunderban share with Sadiqur Rahman about their daily lives and problems In the ancient Sanskrit epic ‘Ramayana’, Hindu avatar Rama, the prince of Ayodha, had to accept banishment for 14 years to the forest following a vile conspiracy of his stepmother Kailkeyi. The subjects of Rama in Ayodha bade a sorrowful farewell to Rama, his wife Sita […]

A life less ordinary

A life less ordinary

Namira Hossain deactivated her Facebook profile to re-evaluate life without the popular social media platform I have a bone to pick with Facebook. I may sound like an old grandma, wearied by age and time, but I long for the days before we had Facebook, let’s call it B.F. They say that nostalgia comes in the shape of rose-tinted glasses, […]

Deadly diets – food for thought

Deadly diets – food for thought

Namira Hossain writes about how eating disorders are caused by unrealistic expectations of beauty Clicking through Samia’s (name changed) Facebook profile, one could easily be fooled into thinking she was just another girl living in Dhaka, who enjoys spending time with her friends and boyfriend, watching movies, listening to music and doing other things young people love to do. Take […]