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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 […]

Heat afflictions

Heat afflictions

Doctors and fitness experts tell Ahmed Shatil Alam the ways through which Bangladeshis can beat the heat Thanks to human and natural causes,  the temperature is increasing in Bangladesh, with every year. Now the six seasons of the country can be classified  as winter, monsoon and summer. The last seems to occupy most months of any year now. Just two […]

Passion on wheels

Passion on wheels

Ahmed Shatil Alam talks to a motorbike stuntman from Chapainawabganj who is quite popular in his community through the risky stunts he pulls with his motorcycle on a regular basis When we sit to watch any instalment from the Tom Cruise starring blockbuster franchise ‘Mission Impossible’, we are filled with anticipation about at least one or two sequences involving motorcycles. […]

Invisibellas on the wall

Invisibellas on the wall

After visiting the Invisibellas art project, Namira Hossain writes how the themes of each art piece there depicted the struggles faced by women on a daily basis Two days before Women’s Day, on the 6th of March, an alley in Nuton Bazaar became an explosion of colours and laughter. Curious onlookers gathered to watch the young artists as they coloured […]

Reaching out with healthcare

Reaching out with healthcare

Sadiqur Rahman writes about three of the most popular mobile healthcare providing institutions in Bangladesh Being a densely populated country with limited resources, Bangladesh is struggling to improve key indicators in health sector including immunisation coverage, survival rate from infectious diseases and mental health amid improvements in reducing child mortality rate. It has been identified many times that some critical […]

The Savior from Australia

The Savior from Australia

by Khalid Asadullah It was while watching a documentary on Australian Broadcasting Corporation titled ‘Fred Hyde-An Australian Story’ is when I got to learn of the Fred Hyde. The Australian is unknown to most Bangladeshis except the people of Char Fassion in the island of Bhola. Ever since watching the documentary, I have thought of meeting him one day. This […]

Born into misery

Born into misery

Mahfuzul Haque writes about the health complications faced by child brides and the babies they give birth to Early marriage remains one of the pressing problems in Bangladesh with a large portion of female children getting married before 18 years of age. Besides ruining the lives of these child brides, such marriages also result in serious health complications in the […]

Ki to healing

Ki to healing

Namira Hossain writes how the Japanese Reiki technique can be a formidable step toward healing from repressed trauma In the book, ‘The Everything Guide to Reiki’, by Phylameana Lila Desy, Reiki is described as ‘an ancient hands-on healing art that intentionally channels ki energies to promote balance and well-being.’ The term Reiki is derived from two Japanese syllables, rei and […]