Archive for August, 2015

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 […]

Kings of laughter

Kings of laughter

Ahmed Shatil Alam reflects on the state of stand-up comedy in Bangladesh Photos – Naveed’s Comedy Club Recently, a Mumbai based stand-up comedy group who are more popularly known as ‘AIB’ gained popularity as well as criticism in neighbouring India. The group, consisting of a number of stand-up comedians and founded by four Mumbai-based comedians, staged a show in December […]

Lost in the land of tranquility

Lost in the land of tranquility

Text by Syeda Nazneen Jahan Days one & two When the plane landed to the runaway of Paro airport, Bhutan, I could not even imagine the amazing experiences that lay before me during my journey. One fine morning in mid September 2013, my three friends and I flew to Bhutan. We started at 10:00am from Bangladesh and arrived at Paro […]

Brutalised

Brutalised

A number of gruesome killings of children, some of which included torture, has occurred in the country over the past few weeks. Besides the total number of murders and tortures, children are also falling victim to rape, kidnapping and other atrocities. New Age Xtra had asked its readers probable solutions to the issue. Readers also commented on past articles of […]

Dhaka’s ‘Red Army’

Dhaka’s ‘Red Army’

Namira Hossain enjoys the first Barclays Premier League match with Manchester United fanatics On the 8th of August. 2015 thousands of miles away from Manchester, where the city becomes divided in red and sky-blue every week, 250 people in red shirts gathered around a big screen in a local restaurant in Dhaka. The names on the shirts varied from Cantona […]

Culprits behind congestion

Culprits behind congestion

Sadiqur Rahman looks at how a number of unauthorised commuting services in the city are creating problems for city dwellers Farmgate is one of the busiest spots in Dhaka where thousands of people, irrespective of their professions, have to cross every day. As the area is home to many educational institutions like government and private colleges, high schools, coaching centres […]

The green roofs

The green roofs

Mahfuzul Haque looks at how an increasing number of Dhaka dwellers are maintaining gardens in the confined spaces of their homes PHOTOS  by SONY RAMANY On seeing the rows of pots containing various plants, it is hard to believe at first sight that it is a roof of a house in Dhaka. Besides flowers, here you can find various types […]

Disaster resilient habitat

Disaster resilient habitat

Sadiqur Rahman reflects on the need for alternative house construction techniques in coastal and disaster-prone areas of the country After the tropical storm Komen hit Bangladeshi coast on July 31, some areas in and around Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Feni, Bandarban, Barguna, Jessore, Satkhira and Patuakhali remain inundated due to rush of water from rivers upstream. The overall flood situation marooned […]

Of Matchbox and Hot Wheels

Of Matchbox and Hot Wheels

Ahmed Shatil Alam writes about the groups of miniature car lovers who collect and trade such cars through social media platforms Photos by SOURAV LASKAR There are very few young people of the 80s and 90s who were not engrossed by the ‘Matchbox car’ phenomenon during those times. Plenty of people used to collect these toys which were basically miniature […]