Archive for October, 2015

Within four walls

Within four walls

Ahmed Shatil Alam reflects how the lack of open spaces and busy work schedules are leading to an increasing rise in the demand for indoor games among Dhaka city dwellers It was a Thursday night when Ashiqur Rahman and his friends gathered at his home in Indira Road to play Table Tennis. This has become a weekly event after office […]

Tour de Bandarban

Tour de Bandarban

Saeed Khan, a biker, writes about his three-day long motorcycle trip from Dhaka to Bandarban via Rangamati with his friends We embarked on a three day trip on July 21st. The initial list of people included Mohammad Shadiqullah, Alija Najnin Jui, Mashuque Ul Haq, Obydul Hoque Rony and his wife and me. Two others, Ashique Zaman Forhad and Hassan Shaon, […]

Memories of past winters

Memories of past winters

Winter is right around the corner. With improved lifestyle, the age-old traditions of winter in our country are gradually fading away. New Age Xtra had asked readers about their fondest memories of winter and whether they can still enjoy such experiences in urban environments. Md Sumon Mia October 27, 2015 First of all, winter in Bangladesh is way too short. […]

Forget drudgery; pick up the camera!

Forget drudgery; pick up the camera!

by Towheed Feroze From time to time, invitations to photo and painting exhibitions come to me and, to be honest, can’t make it to most. No disrespect, but somewhere that eccentricity intertwined with an essential touch of sensuality is absent. But that is not all! In recent times, I have become an addict of sorts. Obsessed with Dhaka of the […]

Facebook: Superficiality and distorted commitment

Facebook: Superficiality and distorted commitment

by Mehrab Jamal Well this piece can be wrapped up with one question: when was the last time you saw hundreds of ‘likes’ on an eye-opening ‘status’ from a commoner, the same commoner who gets hundreds of ‘likes’ on a photograph unnaturally beautified using one of myriad relevant apps? You might respond stating that said commoner does not have the […]

Wind power

Wind power

Mahfuzul Haque writes about the motorcycle that requires wind energy as opposed to the conventional fossil fuel PHOTOS-COURTESY It may sound a bit strange when you hear that a motorcycle does not require fossil fuel to run. What the astonishment to the next level is how power produced from wind can fuel the said motorcycle. An electrician in Chapai Nawabganj […]

A shift in paradigm

A shift in paradigm

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals why a growing number of viewers are shifting to entertainment and informative programmes on the internet, while abandoning the television It is almost midnight when university graduate Tashnuva Naomy was still watching a beauty channel at YouTube on her laptop. She has been a regular viewer of the channel among others ever since she learnt from […]

From Bangladesh to Edinburgh Part II

From Bangladesh to Edinburgh Part II

by Muhammad Mustafa Monowar Adventure Time Breakfasts and dinners at the Pollock Hall’s canteen were getting a bit difficult for me. Not that they were not tasty or not well prepared; there were a variety of items ranging from different kinds of vegetables, mashed potatoes and hash potatoes, scrambled eggs, sausages, desserts, juices and cold drinks; and a lot of […]

Internet killed the TV

Internet killed the TV

Recent reports have revealed that an increasing number of people are watching videos online than on television. Experts also believe that the numbers will continue to rise. New Age Xtra had asked readers’ views on the notion. Readers were also asked how much time they spend watching videos online and on social media platforms than on TV. Readers also commented […]

The vaping revolution

The vaping revolution

Namira Hossain reflects how vaping is gradually gaining popularity in Bangladesh Humans have been inhaling smoke for a long time – in the Americas. Archaeological evidence show shamans would smoke tobacco as far back as 5000 BC. Ancient literature from India, such as the Atharvaveda written circa 1500 BC, mentions cannabis. The Mayans smoked as far back as the 10 […]