Archive for March, 2016

Cricket picks me!

Cricket picks me!

by Towheed Feroze Some-time in 1998, while playing squash at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon court, heard a knock on the door. A little peeved, I opened and found two famous cricketers, Wasim Akram and Mustaq Ahmed smiling sheepishly: can we have fifteen minutes from your time slot for a quick work out? Well, I was never a big fan of […]

Rise of the anti hero

Rise of the anti hero

by Syed Tashfin Chowdhury Of late, Hollywood’s fascination with superhero movies had become monotonous. Since 2000, the formula has remained more or less the same. Almost all the big-budget superhero movies based on popular comic book characters were released as summer blockbusters. Starring some of the biggest names in the global film industry, the movies usually managed to rake up […]

The safety of our money

The safety of our money

Account holders of various banks in Bangladesh share their concerns with Mahfuzul Haque, following the recent incidents of bank card, POS and international credit card cloning scams Incidents of frauds through ATM bank cards, Point of Sale (POS) and other methods have been making the headlines in dailies over the past few weeks. The technological prowess being used by the […]

Daughter of the sea

Daughter of the sea

Following his visit to Kuakata, Mahfuzul Haque lists the many activities tourists can engage in, at the seashore Kuakata is a rare place in Bangladesh where you can witness sunrise and set. In the morning, it seems like the sun opens its eyes from the lap of the Bay of Bengal. In the evening, it goes back to the same […]

Inadequate security

Inadequate security

Over the past few weeks, it has been reported by the national dailies that frauds through ATM booths and Point of Sales (POS) may have amounted to stolen funds worth nearly BDT 1 crore. Besides residents of Bangladesh, Non-resident Bangladeshis (NRB) have also fallen victims to the crimes. New Age Xtra had asked the readers about their reactions to the […]

Invisibellas on the wall

Invisibellas on the wall

After visiting the Invisibellas art project, Namira Hossain writes how the themes of each art piece there depicted the struggles faced by women on a daily basis Two days before Women’s Day, on the 6th of March, an alley in Nuton Bazaar became an explosion of colours and laughter. Curious onlookers gathered to watch the young artists as they coloured […]

The Joint Family syndrome

The Joint Family syndrome

by Asifur Rahman Khan With beef priced at Tk 400 per kilogramme, it certainly pays to being a vegetarian. Not that I am a vegetarian, but contemplating on the switch. And it’s not just the price of beef. Last year, when I wanted to put my three year old daughter into a decent school, I was dumbfounded at the admission […]

Blocks for the future

Blocks for the future

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals the various aspects of the environment-friendly Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks (CSEB), introduced in Bangladesh by a German social business venture PHOTO courtesy : Building Pioneers It is widely known that the air quality in Dhaka is unhealthy, with the rest of the country slowly following suite.  One of the root causes is traditional brick kiln which, […]

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 […]