Archive for September, 2017

City of wind- II

City of wind- II

By Mahfuzul Haque The city has people of different colour and ethnicity. While walking along the streets, do not be surprised if someone asks you, “Kemon achen, bhai?” (How are you, brother?). I met such a man, from Tangail who works there. He informed about a place in Devon Street where Indian and Pakistani food items are offered. It seemed […]

Rice becomes dearer

Rice becomes dearer

There has been a silent increase in the prices of various types of rice. New Age Xtra had asked readers if they think that this increase in prices will have an adverse effect on the overall expenditure and lifestyle of the citizens of Dhaka, if not properly checked by authorities in time.  Shishir Reza Currently, if we look at the […]

Toil, tears and sweat

Toil, tears and sweat

Through a number of real life accounts, Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid highlights why the country is facing a dip in remittances from migrant workers A significant portion of the county’s economy is driven from overseas cash flow, most of which are remittances sent by migrant workers. According to ILO, more than 400,000 workers leave the country for overseas employment each […]

A glimpse of letterpress legacy

A glimpse of letterpress legacy

by Abu Jar M Akkas A man is picking up small metal pieces, one after another, from a case, of four drawers, full of compartments for each of the letters. He picks them up without looking into where he is putting his hand, sets them, one after another, on a compositing stick, to make up a line. When the line […]

‘Politicians from either parties of our country have never paid attention to the popular demand’

‘Politicians from either parties of our country have never paid attention to the popular demand’

Anupam Debashis Roy is popular over social media through his video series ‘Choromchitro’, where he critically looks at socio-political and international issues related to Bangladesh. He shared with Syed Tashfin Chowdhury why his video series is gaining millions of views over social media.   Please tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Anupam Debashis Roy. Born in Syedpur […]

Greener rooftops

Ahmed Shatil Alam reveals the many programmes of Green Savers, an organisation that is promoting gardening in the country It was not a usual start for Dhaka based green activist Ahsan Rony to become a saviour of environment.  He may rather be called a rooftop gardening activist as he was not very fond of plantation much, growing up, he never […]

City of wind- I

City of wind- I

By Mahfuzul Haque Chicago – it is the city of Sears Tower, the skyscraper that was designed by Bangladeshi-American structural engineer Fazlur Rahman Khan. The tower’s main attraction is its skydeck, a glass balcony extending around 4 feet, on the 103rd floor. Looking straight down might make you feel uneasy but when you look at the horizon you can feel […]

Under the open skies

Under the open skies

More than one lakh Rohingyas have reportedly fled to Bangladesh border from Myanmar over the past few weeks, thus gaining international media attention. New Age Xtra had asked its readers that, under the circumstances, from the Myanmar government, the international community, Bangladesh government and others, who they think should come forward to solve the sufferings of the Rohingyas.   Mahfuz […]

Cow, goat, camel and Kaliji!

Cow, goat, camel and Kaliji!

By Toto During Eid ul Azha or the Eid that is popularly known as the Qurbani Eid; our entire social credo for a few days undergo a metamorphosis. That includes the language because for about two weeks, our conversations, excited chats plus public declarations revolve around the size of the cow/goat, the best animal selling market in town and meat-based […]

The Facebook haat

The Facebook haat

Ahmed Shatil Alam and Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid talk with the admins of a Facebook group that is entirely dedicated to providing information to online users about the various haats of the country One of the most exciting activities of Eid-ul-Azha is to check out the sacrificial animals bought by neighbours. Some of the biggest or most expensive sacrificial animals […]