Archive for February, 2017

Faces behind the book

Faces behind the book

After visiting Bangla Bazar, Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid writes about the gruelling work hours and conditions faced by the people involved in the publication and binding of the books that we love to purchase from the Ekushey Boi Mela every year Last week I bought a book from the Ekushe Boi Mela. As soon as I reached home, I turned […]

Memoirs and anthologies

Memoirs and anthologies

Sadiqur Rahman Mithun reviews some of the anthologies and memoirs available at this year’s Ekushey Boi Mela  Golpo Ponchashot By Jyotiprakash Dutta Publisher: Anyaprokash Price: BDT 500 In this book, Jyotiprakash Dutta artistically crafts a wide-range of dynamic plots for each story without ignoring any lives. He also reflects on various subjects in nature, sheds light on lives of individuals […]

Powered by the sun

Powered by the sun

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals how the solar-powered three wheeler ambulances can make a significant difference in the lives of people living in the villages and rural towns Few years back, on a night, Rashida Akhter, a Feni-based school teacher, fell severely ill with abdominal pain. Her family took her to a nearby physician. But the physician asked the family members […]

Kolkata dreaming

Kolkata dreaming

By Namira Hossain   Sometimes, life takes you places where you did not think you would ever belong, but somehow we can never assess the impact your decision will have on others. My mother’s side of the family is from West Bengal, so I grew up hearing shuddho Bangla being around my maternal grandparents and aunts. Never knew the difference […]

Noteworthy duels from history

Noteworthy duels from history

Xtra desk During the medieval times till the early 19th century, most men and women in Europe, USA and few other parts of the world did not run to judges to resolve disputes. Rather, they took it upon themselves, to settle the lingering issue through duels. Duels often occurred with the help of guns or swords, depending on the weapon […]

Muscles for money

Muscles for money

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals the state of most privately-run gymnasium and fitness centres in the country and how the government can play a role in ensuring better service from these Few years back, Nazmul Khan (not his real name), a Dhaka-based private university student, was sent to hospital for a major injury in his abdomen, straight from a gymnasium in […]

A virtual elder sister

A virtual elder sister

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid writes about the services through which the ‘Maya Apa’ app has uniquely helped over 1.4 lakh users since 2009 till date Keeping in pace with the changing mode of digitisation and use of advanced technologies, the service sector of the country is rapidly going online and opening its 24/7 care centres. All the initiatives are looking […]

Books at the boi mela

Books at the boi mela

By Sadiqur Rahman Manobota Birodhi Oporadh Bichar Andolon(1971-2013) By Tapan Palit Publisher: Bangla Academy Price: BDT 800 The ruling party peers for instance may credit the Awami League government for initiating the trial against a number of accused war criminals of the Liberation War in 1971. Tapan Palit, a history teacher at Jagannath University, has revealed that the momentum was […]

The Bicycle diary

The Bicycle diary

Ahmed Shatil Alam talks to Yusuf Mohammed, a bicyclist, who has cycled through 64 districts in Bangladesh The story of love between Yusuf Mohammed, a technology based company employee, and his bicycle began from the time he was a child. Later on, he often roamed on rented bicycles without the knowledge of his parents. The few times when he did […]

Geysers of Iceland

Geysers of Iceland

photos by Tanvir Opu Text by Ahmed Shatil Alam Bangladeshiborn Finland-based traveler TanvirOpu has visited more than 250 cities mostly in Europe. New Age Xtra will publisharticles about his Europe journey and the photos he has taken through his camera during this time. Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean. With a population of 332,529 and […]