Archive for August, 2015

For a better city

For a better city

Ahmed Shatil Alam spends a day with ‘Clean up Dhaka’ campaign Photo courtesy Clean up Dhaka Almost on a daily basis when we step out of our homes or office out on the streets of Dhaka, either our nostrils are attacked by the stench of garbage dumped arbitrarily on roadsides or we try to veer our eyes away from the […]

Timeless like the mountains

Timeless like the mountains

Namira Hossain visits the castles of Scotland I gazed out at the rolling hills of green dotted with white fluffy sheep, when my mother asked what I was hoping for from our week long family vacation in mid July, 2015. ‘To feel inspired,’ I said. It was the least I could hope for from a land that has always intrigued […]

The beautiful game

The beautiful game

The ‘national under-16’ football team has enjoyed phenomenal success by becoming the football champions in the SAFF U-16 football championship 2015. New Age Xtra had asked its readers what steps the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) can take to improve the football sector of the country. Readers also commented on past articles published in the Facebook page of New Age Xtra.  […]

The drinkable book

The drinkable book

Mahfuzul Haque writes about a book that can filter dirty water It looks like a traditional book, but you can tear out its pages and use them to filter dirty water for drinking later. Each page also contains information on how and why to clean drinking water. Dr Teri Dankovich, a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in the USA, […]

Truth behind the rumour

Truth behind the rumour

Ahmed Shatil Alam investigates the rumours surrounding an abandoned building in Mohammadpur It was another 31st night party for Ishtiar Al Sadi and his friends on December 31, 2014. Just like other years they had all gotten together at the former Dhaka University student Sadi’s residence at Sher Shah Suri road of Mohammadpur in the capital. The friends were having […]

Lover Number One: Digital sado-masochism

Lover Number One: Digital sado-masochism

by Towheed Feroze One of the two actresses who is exceedingly cautious about her modesty but decides to wear markedly skimpy clothes in public, is surrounded by a gang of hoodlums, who, we can presume, have taken handful of Viagra or maybe Yaba. The taunting is usual but what follows is a novelty – the almost sadistic peeling off her […]

For the love of books

For the love of books

Mahfuzul Haque writes about a number of Facebook pages which are selling ‘used’ books to Bangladeshis, at a time when the number of ‘used’ book shops are rapidly decreasing across the country When you are alone with no one around to talk to, a book is the trusted companion that, not only helps you to gain knowledge, but also enhances […]

Lost in the land of tranquility-II

Lost in the land of tranquility-II

by Syeda Nazneen Jahan Continued from last issue Days three & four With our guide Tshering and porter Gasazi, we began our trek from Punakha the next morning around 9:00am. As we walked up the steep mountain trail, we passed small villages, paddy fields, oak and pine forests and flowering Rhododendrons. We realised after a few hours that we had lost […]

Disappearance of the ‘used books’ stores

Disappearance of the ‘used books’ stores

A number of shops inside Dhaka University, Motijheel, Stadium market and other areas of the city used to sell used books including novels and textbooks even till 2010. Over the past five years, the numbers of such shops have drastically diminished, as most owners of these shops reverted to selling more lucrative items like admission examination notebooks etc. New Age […]

Conservators of wildlife

Conservators of wildlife

Wildlife photographers tell Ahmed Shatil Alam why wildlife photography is yet to boom in Bangladesh, when it has existed across the world for more than a century PHOTOS- Rifat Iqbal Last year, a child from Spain won ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest’, the most prestigious wildlife photography award in the world. Since 1964, the National History Museum in London has […]