Archive for March, 2017

Left with nothing

Left with nothing

Namira Hossain talks to victims of the latest Korail slum fire to see how they are coping after this forgotten tragedy It was 3:00am of March 16, 2017 when Asma heard her landlady crying that there was a fire. She quickly grabbed her sleeping children and stood out on the field stricken by the sight of the sky ablaze. ‘The […]

For fresh and unadulterated food

For fresh and unadulterated food

Ahmed Shatil Alam learns how a strip of paper can solve the formalin-laced food issue in Bangladesh For the past few years, the issue of formaldehyde usage, widely known as formalin, a chemical that can kill human beings if consumed in significant amounts, has been one of the most discussed on media. Formalin is used illegally on fishes, foods and […]

Birds of Bangladesh

Birds of Bangladesh

By Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid Photos from the exhibition Bird photography, especially wild bird photography, is considered challenging.  The most celebrated technical challenge in bird photography is of capturing crisp images of birds in flight. While the static portrait shots of birds at rest are pleasing aesthetically, there is also a dynamic power of a well-executed flight shot. The avifauna of Bangladesh includes […]

Autonomy and self-determination

Autonomy and self-determination

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. Mst. Maleka Pervin reveals the various strategies that may work against the disorder that is becoming more rampant across the globe with every passing year Tocelebrate the World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, there will undoubtedly be unique fundraising and awareness generation campaigns. These can provide us with focus through which a voice can […]

Riveting insight into a repressive past!

Riveting insight into a repressive past!

by Towheed Feroze Simply fascinating is my assessment of this thoroughly researched book, which should become a must read for sociology students and made mandatory at HSC level. The reason is because this work, the thesis of Dr Bilkis Rahman, opens up the excruciatingly repressive conditions women faced in 19th century Bengal. That women in the past were disenfranchised and […]

No country for heritage buildings

No country for heritage buildings

Ahmed Shatil Alam finds out the reasons behind the disappearance of heritage buildings and sites from Dhaka The news of demolition or partial-destruction of heritage sites or buildings from the Mughal and British era are very common in Dhaka. Around the second week of February this year, a news broke out that a Mughal era building, located in Shayesta Khan […]

Boka Baksha!

Boka Baksha!

The founders of a new online store tell Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid how their venture is going to be unique from other similar online stores The world is a place where all kinds of mammals and other living beings survive. Only humans are deemed as the smartest of all living beings here. However, when all other animals depend on nature for their […]

Technology for human welfare

Technology for human welfare

By Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid Technology is science in action. Although a discipline can be twisted and misused towards destructive ends for progress, one should not blame the technology for the way it is being used. Many view this as a complex system of foreign origin; however, the author of the book Technology for Human Welfare and other Writings has […]

Arts and aestheticism

Arts and aestheticism

Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid visits an exhibition by the Edge Foundation to understand what makes the platform unique from other institutions promoting art A study into the thought of ‘absurd’ refers that things be observed differently and that meaning be sought out even in the most properly portrayed art. Similarly, the American influential painter Jackson Pollock had said, ‘the painting […]

Of Bánh Mì, Turtles and The Giant Lotus,  Part I

Of Bánh Mì, Turtles and The Giant Lotus, Part I

By Namira Hossain Traffic in Hanoi, Vietnam can only be described as ‘zen chaos’ if you can ever imagine such a thing. Everything moves along at its’ own pace, and crossing the street is like playing a game where one has to walk slowly and steadily to avoid the onslaught of motorcycles which even swerve onto the pavements from time […]