Sights

Dhaka during Ramadan

Dhaka during Ramadan

By Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid Photos by Indrajit Ghosh Iftar lovers are swarming Old Town’s Chawkbazar, as over 100 shops are offering variety of traditional items from the first day of Ramadan. The most popular dishes include ‘suti kebab’, leg fry, roasted chicken, ‘shahi paratha’, grilled lamb, ‘boro baper polay khay’,’ jali kabab’, ‘dahi bara’, ‘shahi jilapi’, ‘halim’ and ‘Kashmiri […]

Quiet Islamabad and picturesque Kashmir

Quiet Islamabad and picturesque Kashmir

Photos by Abu Jar M Akkas Islamabad, a relatively quiet city with a population of two million, is the political seat of Pakistan. It hosts mainly federal government offices, parliament house, official residences of ranking government leaders, diplomatic enclave and the like. Karachi had been the national capital of Pakistan when it gained independence in 1947. The capital later moved […]

Karachi: City of lights

Karachi: City of lights

Photos by Abu Jar M Akkas They say that Karachi never sleeps. Because of its night life, Karachi has come to be known as the ‘city of lights’. The financial capital of Pakistan, which has the sea, started off as a fishing town two centuries ago. And it remained the capital of Pakistan from the partition of India till 1960. […]

Lahore layout

Lahore layout

Photos by Abu Jar M Akkas   Lahore, the cultural capital of Pakistan, is earnestly associated with the partition of India in that the Lahore Resolution was presented by Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq in 1940 where now stands Minar-e-Pakistan (Tower of Pakistan), widely known as Yadgar, the memorial, erected in the 1960s. Close by is the Tomb of Allama Muhammad […]

Discovering Rangabali

Discovering Rangabali

by Sajjad Ahamed It takes nearly 14 hours to reach GalachipaUpazila of Patuakhali district form Dhaka by launch, followed by another one and a half hours to reach the Panpattighat from Galachipa launch station by local-three wheelers. There are two mini-launch boatsto cross the Agunmukha River which sailsoffevery hour during the daylight. It takes almost an hour to cross the […]

Sacrifice for a greater cause

Sacrifice for a greater cause

K.M. Golam Rabbani writes about the myth behind the Sindur Moti pond in Kurigram district The mysterious tale of Sindur Moti pond of Rajarhat upazila in Kurigram is renowned in the northern parts of Bangladesh. The Hindu communities regard this ancient pond as a gift from God. They believe that the pond is a medium to be free from sin […]

Rupasi Bangla exhibition 1424

Rupasi Bangla exhibition 1424

By Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid A three-day long photo exhibition titled ‘Rupasi Bangla National Photo Exhibition and Competition 1424’ was organised by Bangladesh Photojournalists’ Association at its office auditorium at Purana Paltan. More than 100 photographs by 56 photojournalists were exhibited during the event that ran till April 15. The photographs were selected from 1,100 entries which represented the diverse […]

Of Bánh Mì, Turtles and The Giant Lotus-  Part II

Of Bánh Mì, Turtles and The Giant Lotus- Part II

By Namira Hossain Continued from last issue  The lake has a very interesting legend tied to it where the emperor LêLợi defeated the invading Chinese army with a magical sword that was given to him by the gods, which he then returned to the Golden Turtle God. Turtles are considered in Vietnam to be symbols of longevity and wisdom and […]

Birds of Bangladesh

Birds of Bangladesh

By Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid Photos from the exhibition Bird photography, especially wild bird photography, is considered challenging.  The most celebrated technical challenge in bird photography is of capturing crisp images of birds in flight. While the static portrait shots of birds at rest are pleasing aesthetically, there is also a dynamic power of a well-executed flight shot. The avifauna of Bangladesh includes […]

Of Bánh Mì, Turtles and The Giant Lotus,  Part I

Of Bánh Mì, Turtles and The Giant Lotus, Part I

By Namira Hossain Traffic in Hanoi, Vietnam can only be described as ‘zen chaos’ if you can ever imagine such a thing. Everything moves along at its’ own pace, and crossing the street is like playing a game where one has to walk slowly and steadily to avoid the onslaught of motorcycles which even swerve onto the pavements from time […]