Archive for March 4th, 2016

The secret life of a ‘working girl’

The secret life of a ‘working girl’

For Women’s Day, 2016, Namira Hossain looks at the subversive ways sexism still exists in the workplace and what companies are doing to combat it Photos by INDRAJIT GHOSH Tarannum is a twenty-something woman who works at a well-known radio station in Dhaka. ‘The reason I went into severe depression is because of the guilt I carried around for months […]

Two days in Yangon

Two days in Yangon

photos and text by Muktadir Rashid I was extremely cautious as the tiny jet was about to land following a nearly two hour long journey from Dhaka to Yangon on a sunny afternoon. After getting down from the plane and while I made my way to immigrations, I was astonished by the lavish Yangon International Airport, still under construction by […]

Discrimination at the workplace

Discrimination at the workplace

International Women’s Day will be celebrated globally on March 8, 2016. While Bangladesh has made significant improvements in areas of gender equality, most women rights promoters feel there is still more that needs to be done. New Age Xtra had asked readers the ways in which gender discrimination still exist in our society. Readers had also commented on other articles […]

A victory for the masses

A victory for the masses

Namira Hossain writes about her experience of watching the Bangladesh versus Pakistan match, live at the Mirpur stadium Growing up in a cricket crazy nation like Bangladesh, even without being an avid follower of cricket, there are some things you come to expect. You become well acquainted with the cricket fever whenever there is a tournament going on. Conversations circle […]

Panther Khokon, Boi Mela and surreal poetry

Panther Khokon, Boi Mela and surreal poetry

by Towheed Feroze Brother, you must come to the unveiling of my anthology of surreal poetry, the writer exhorted. I could not say no, though after going through some lines of his poems, I felt like an imbecile. One poem, Nokkhotrer nucleus e kutshit boshonto (Vulgar spring in the nucleus of the star) left me completely baffled: Eishob kalo kalo […]

Frequently occurring disasters

Frequently occurring disasters

Ahmed Shatil Alam writes about the recurring gas explosions in the capital and the ways through which these can be prevented Last Friday, Bangladeshis were shocked by the news of a gas explosion in an apartment in Uttara of the capital. Over the next few days, three out of five members of the family passed away after succumbing to severe […]