Archive for June, 2017

Victims of the digital boom

Victims of the digital boom

Online shoppers and traders share with Ahmed Shatil Alam why there are frequent complaints against big online commerce sites of the country In recent years, online shopping has gained momentum in Bangladesh, as a result of a steady increase in internet and mobile cell phone penetration and gridlocked traffic which discourages in-person shopping at the city areas. According to the […]

Uber troubles

Uber troubles

Shaikha Shuhada Panjeree reveals the various problems being faced by riders of Uber in Dhaka Uber is the latest hype in transportation services in Dhaka city. For its promised services and offered comfort, people from middle to high income groups have been using the service from last November when Uber started its service in Dhaka. Despite being new to Dhaka, […]

The Wandering, woeful ‘Feminism’ of Wonder Woman

The Wandering, woeful ‘Feminism’ of Wonder Woman

By Shahana Siddiqui Like millions of men and women globally, who either grew up with the comic books or Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman TV series, I too was eagerly looking forward to the much awaited standalone WW movie. Though no expert, comic books and superhero movies are kryptonite to me and my nine year old son! But as the release […]

For the bikers, by the bikers

For the bikers, by the bikers

Ahmed Shatil Alam speaks to the founder of bikebd.com, the country’s first motorcycle blog that tries to answer all questions on motorcycles available in the local market Being an avid fan of Valentino Rossi,considered to be the greatest and one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time with nine Grand Prix World Championships to his name, this New Age […]

The Vatican City

The Vatican City

Photos by Tanvir Opu The Vatican City is called the smallest country in the world, but it is one of the richest country-museum of the world, as the whole country itself is a museum which has numerous collection of artifacts from all over the world and creations of the renaissance masters. The central attraction is the Sistine chapel, the most […]

Readings this week

Readings this week

Xtra Desk Reflections on Economy and Governance in Bangladesh   To the social scientists, Bangladesh is an enigma wrapped in paradoxes. She defied conventional prophets of gloom and doom during last three decades by making significant strides in social and economic spheres. Ironically, she is deeply divided politically despite bonds of extraordinary ethnic and linguistic homogeneity. The multiple dimensions of […]

Service at your doorstep

Service at your doorstep

Ahmed Shatil Alam talks with the founder of the first-ever digital one-stop service platform in Bangladesh There is no specific data on the total number of Dhaka residents who are tenants.But according to an estimation around 90 percent of its 1.5 crore population fall in this group. This group of people need to shift their home once in every two or […]

Dhaka under water

Dhaka under water

Photos by New Age Capital city Dhaka went under knee-deep water, in some places waist-high, after consecutive rainfall during the past week. Public life almost came to a halt; roads including the major ones turned into swamps making transports unavailable on the roads and commuting difficult for citizens. It takes hours for the city’s drainage system to get rid of […]

A change for the better

A change for the better

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals how and why most Bangladeshis are shifting from rice to tortillas for lunch and dinner IT WAS his usual habit to have rice in every morning before going to his workplace, but since January, Nur Alam — a 30 year old cab driver — stopped eating rice as its price has been increasing almost in every […]

Asking for it

Asking for it

By Namira Hossain I remember learning of the word ‘rape’ when I was 10 years old. I was in Class 4 and my classmate, let’s call him ‘A’ made a lame joke and said that another classmate of ours ‘K’ raped a girl called ‘M’. I didn’t know what the word meant, so a bunch of us looked it up […]