Archive for September, 2015

Meat bhoona, blood pressure and all that!

Meat bhoona, blood pressure and all that!

Towheed Feroze  writes about the traditions linked with Eid Ul Azha in Dhaka I love living in the past; do admit when we were teenagers, say back in the early 80’s, Dhaka culture or, the culture of the whole nation was relatively backward compared to the fast paced living in the West. Come to think of it, when relatives living […]

Eid in Turkey

Eid in Turkey

by S.A. Mansoor Eid at Antalya was dull, with none of the joy and fervour that can be enjoyed back home. There was no excitement, no new clothes and no new dresses worn by the people. Most shops were closed. The greatest surprise was to find the post office open. Here, with no Eid cards in sight, we had to […]

Homebound struggle

Homebound struggle

Eid ul Azha will be on September 25. Home-goers are getting ready to buy tickets. It has been observed that most bus companies are selling tickets online. But instead of putting up all 40 seats per bus on sale online, only 14 seats are being sold per bus. To get the rest, passengers are being forced to go to the […]

Burmese pickle?

Burmese pickle?

Plenty of tourists are going to visit Cox’s Bazar during the Eid holidays. For their benefit, Ahmed Shatil Alam investigates the origins of most Burmese pickles sold in the stores of Cox’s Bazar A number of things come to mind when the name ‘Cox’s Bazaar’ is pronounced before us. We associate a number of things with the South-eastern district, also […]

Dealing with a Pandora’s box!

Dealing with a Pandora’s box!

by Arafat Mohammad Noman When someone corrects your mistake and you feel offended it means you have an ego problem. And as a nation we are almost being inundated with our ego. We feed our ego with intolerance, blame-game, grudge, underestimating others and always nurture a mood of defending (or glorifying?) self. According to psychoanalyst Freud, human psyche is composed […]

Car without an engine

Car without an engine

Mahfuzul Haque writes about a recent car invented by an auto-mechanic from Bogra that runs without fossil fuel and engine  Imagine a car that can run without oil or gas; you may find it strange. It is no longer a figment of the imagination though. An auto mechanic in Bogra has invented a car that will be running without fuel. […]

Too proud to ask for help

Too proud to ask for help

Namira Hossain looks at the reasons behind the social stigma of mental illness and their consequences In May 2014, Mahreen Jannat received a distressing phone call from her brother’s best friend in the States. Shahrear, her younger brother, had taken his life and had sent a delayed email to his best friend with instructions to call his sister. A recent […]

Stone scavengers of Jaflong

Stone scavengers of Jaflong

Photo & Text: Fahad Kaizer The Pyong River carries huge quantities of rocks and pebbles from the Meghalaya Hills in India to the downstream Jaflong, a picturesque haven in Sylhet district of Bangladesh. Besides attracting tourists, the stone quarry at Jaflong attracts workers from the stone crushing trade. At dawn, hundreds of barefooted labourers with spades, ropes and baskets gather […]

Refugee conundrum

Refugee conundrum

We have seen the photograph of toddler Aylan, who had drowned along with his mother and brother, while trying to seek refuge in Canada from war-torn Syria. Later, his dead body was found in a beach of Turkey. The European countries are now planning to provide refuge to Syrian refugees. New Age Xtra had asked its readers whether this will […]

The efficient burner

The efficient burner

Mahfuzul Haque talks to a duo of engineers from MIST who have invented a mass cooking burner that is 50 per cent more efficient than the traditional star burners in the country Have you ever thought of how much gas you are wasting for mass cooking everyday through your inefficient cooking burner? The traditional star-shaped burner which was last modified […]