Archive for August, 2016

On the back of elephants

On the back of elephants

Historians tell Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid about the real stories behind the names of various areas in Dhaka  Often, as a teenager, while passing through green road area of Dhaka, I asked my rickshaw puller to notify me when we are entering ‘Bhooter goli’. It was not because I am scared. I wanted to look at the houses that I […]

A friend in need

A friend in need

Rakibul Azam Rana writes about the ‘Earthquake rescue furniture’ developed by the ‘NEUB Durjoy’ team Earthquakes have been one of the major concerns for the Bangladeshi populace over the past few years as there have been increased reports pointing out that there may be a significant natural disaster due to earthquakes anytime over the next few years. A recent study […]

Do you believe in magic?

Do you believe in magic?

Namira Hossain explores the psychology behind magic and how magicians continue to fool and amaze us with their mind-bending tricks On a sultry summer’s day at a popular cafe, a young woman enters the room. Khaled Huda, or #puzzler as he likes to call himself does not hesitate to take his chances. Suave and charming, Huda has a different kind […]

Nearly suicidal

Nearly suicidal

The latest instalment from DC Universe is ‘Suicide Squad’ which was released in Bangladesh. Unlike most Marvel Studio superhero movies, this is getting negative reviews. New Age Xtra had asked readers who watched the movie whether they agree with the critics.   Alaul Haque Sourav This movie could have been a huge plus point for DCEU. But they did not […]

Tales of the Olympians

Tales of the Olympians

by Xtra team Ever since the ‘Rio Olympics 2016’ was kicked off last week, the feats and accomplishments during the various games have already caught the attention of global audiences. But, besides sports, the human stories of some of the athletes are also making headlines.    From warzone to pool History was made as refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini made it […]

Allure of the forbidden

Allure of the forbidden

Ahmed Shatil Alam explores the probable reasons behind the easy accessibility of porn sites from Bangladesh despite a promise by the Telecommunications and Postal state minister to block all such sites in April In April, a news was reported by the national media quoting the state minister for Postal and Telecommunication ministry advocate Tarana Halim that within a week all […]

Birishiri: where the turquoise flows

Birishiri: where the turquoise flows

Photo and text by Hridita Anisha Photos by Jovago.com The lake of Birishiri is reputed to have a tinge of an exceptional greenish-blue – hence the title. Birishiri is in Netrokona: a place quite close to Dhaka, and thus can be visited in a span of two days or short.The easiest way is to hop on a bus from Mohakhali […]

Being creative scores high

Being creative scores high

by Asifur Rahman Khan It was 1999, and one of my classmates was narrating my Bengali essay. Nobody could stop laughing, including my English teacher. In fact, the narrator could barely keep his voice straight, trying to be a good narrator instead of joining the crowd. He spoke slowly and loudly in Bangla, ‘When the detective found themselves at the […]

Social media sensation

Social media sensation

Ahmed Shatil Alam and Sadiqur Rahman explore why and how ‘Hero Alom’ has become so popular among Bangladeshis, at home and abroad, within a matter of two months Around June of this year, a YouTube video went viral in the country and abroad due to its unique content. The four minute long video depicted a love triangle between two girls […]

Pushed to the brink?

Pushed to the brink?

Plenty of restaurants and other businesses are being evicted or torn down in Uttara, Banani, Gulshan and Dhanmondi by the authorities. The eviction is lawful. But in the process, most of these businesses may never be able to open up in their current locations or otherwise. New Age Xtra had asked readers about their opinion on whether those restaurants being […]