Archive for May, 2015

The day the earth shook

The day the earth shook

Bangladeshis, who were in Nepal during the weekend of the earthquake, tell Ahmed Shatil Alam about the nightmare they survived In the morning of April 25, Noman Robin, the director of Bengali movie Common Gender, was talking with his friend near the verandah of his cousin’s house in Sanepa, Kathmandu. At one point of the conversation, Robin felt a sudden […]

Leaving Bangladesh dry

Leaving Bangladesh dry

by Mehrab Jamal It seems as though the people of Bangladesh are great disciples of the popular adage ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’. More and more people, most of whom are highly qualified, literally flee the country in the hopes of attaining a better education, and better careers for better lives. Brain drain, by definition, is […]

From darkness into light

From darkness into light

Namira Hossain writes about two initiatives on social media through which actual victims of sexual abuse in our society are coming forward to share their stories One of the greatest ironies of living in our society is that while it is not considered impolite in a social setting to discuss one’s bowel movements, any mention of sexual harassment or abuse […]

Masters of colour

Masters of colour

Text by Sadiqur Rahman PHOTOS BY SONY RAMANY ‘Rickshaw painting’, often referred to as ‘People’s Art’ by many Bangladeshi and non-Bangladeshi art researchers, has made art accessible to people of the grassroots, as rickshaws roam freely allowing everyone to enjoy the burning colours of this subordinate art form. Prominent academics in art in Bangladesh often proudly declare that the colourful […]

Degrees of discrimination

Degrees of discrimination

Mahfuzul Haque talks to several employees from various sectors of the society to find out the varying forms of discrimination they face in their workplaces Photos by SANAUL HAQUE Completing post graduation from University of Dhaka, Tarana Rahman (not her real name) joined as a researcher at a national research firm in 2012. Fourteen months later when she applied for […]

Questionable rides

Questionable rides

Sadiqur Rahman explores the reasons behind the shabby state of the ambulance services sector in Bangladesh Ambulance services, necessary for emergency situations, is still beyond the affordability of general patients, especially poor patients and their families in the country. As such, even in Dhaka, people have to depend on paddle-powered and CNG-run auto rickshaws to take patients to the nearest […]

Remnants of a forgotten past

Remnants of a forgotten past

After visiting Munshiganj, Namira Hossain lists the numerous sites to visit in the culturally-rich district Photos by Tanwir Seraj and Tanjiba Tuba About an hour and a half south of Dhaka, lies the district of Munshiganj which was historically known as Bikrampur, the oldest known capital of Bengal. The district was also noted for its’ ancient Buddhist scholars and afterwards […]

Dominance of superheroes in mainstream entertainment

Dominance of superheroes in mainstream entertainment

by Alamgir Khan (Jamil) Avengers: Age of Ultron (Avengers 2) is released world-wide this month, with high expectations of this making US $2 Billion. This kind of expectation is not something new. For many years most of the anticipated hits for the movies have come from the comic books, mainly superheroes. Some people complain that these movies hog all the […]

Becoming real

Becoming real

by Nora N. Khan Three years ago, on my way to work in Boston, a young man standing by the train stop asked me to stop as I emerged from the escalator tunnel. He wanted me to consider his speech on children in need. Most days, I would apologise and hustle past him: worried about my day, my projects due, […]

Earthquake preparedness

Earthquake preparedness

This is a brand new section where the comments and reactions from readers on articles published in latest issue of New Age Xtra or on concurrent events will be published. Our readers can sound off on our official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NewAgeXtra) or in the comments section of the articles on our website. Reaction on Nepal Earthquake Faysal Islam, April 26, […]