Archive for August 21st, 2015

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 […]

Knowledge on the walls

Knowledge on the walls

A newsman has revived the tradition of wallpapers in coastal areas of Bangladesh. Sadiqur Rahman writes If any young individual is asked about wallpapers today, he/she will instantly refer to the background on his/her personal computer. But even during the eighties, wallpapers were originally papers posted on walls, in a bid to freely dissipate information to pedestrians from all walks […]

Enclaves: A thing of the past

Enclaves: A thing of the past

photos and text by Sourav Lasker At last after 68 years of confinement, Najrul Islam and his wife Hamida Begum of the once largest Indian enclave inside Bangladesh-Dasiar Chhara, along with thousands of dwellers, celebrated ‘freedom from confined life’ in a festive mood by lighting 68 candles in each enclave and by hoisting the Bangladesh national flag at midnight on […]