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Knocked by a flower

Knocked by a flower

New Age Xtra will be shedding light on some of the forgotten games of Bangladesh over the next few months in this section. This week, Muhammad Ibrahim IbneTowhid writes aboutPhulTokkaand the reasons behind it being so popular among urban and rural children and youth PhulTokka is generally played by children of all ages. For years, this game has been played […]

The beautiful crop

The beautiful crop

Xtra Desk Photos by Indrajit Ghosh  Once upon a time, not very long ago, flowers were not considered agricultural products in Bangladesh.However, due to the huge demand of flowers, the country often used to import a substantial amount of flowers every year. There were some who cultivated flowers in their backyards or on their rooftops. But in recent days, flower […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thought provoking Non-fictions 

Thought provoking Non-fictions 

By Muhammad Ibrahim Ibne Towhid   Goriber Rabindranth Ahmed Sofa’s research and subsequent write ups on Rabindranath Tagore had continued for more than 31 years. During this time, Sofa analysed, revised and in some cases was skeptical about some of the points in the writings of Tagore. All of Sofa’s writings are yet to be published and the publishing house Modhupok […]

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 […]

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 […]

Story Books for Children

Story Books for Children

Xtra Desk Golper Jhuri Golper Jhuri or ‘compilation of stories’ is a set of 12 short stories in Bengali. The 40 page story book comes with a colorful cover and hand sketched pictures for all stories which are related to the storylines. These stories for children can be self read or parents can read it to their children. The subjects […]

From corners of the world

From corners of the world

Sadiqur Rahman reviews some of the recent books by Non-Resident Bangladeshi authors currently available at the Ekushey Boi Mela The Ekushey Boi Mela is the only time of the year when a huge number of Bengali books are published and also bought by thousands of book-lovers in the country. The authors, publishers, editors and other professionals related to the publication […]

News of the world December 4, 2015- December 10, 2015

News of the world December 4, 2015- December 10, 2015

Researchers in China have unveiled a car that can be controlled simply by the mind, according to a Reuters report. A research team from Nankai University in Tianjin helped developed the car, which is the first of its kind. The car works by capturing EEG (electroencephalogram) signals from the driver’s brain. It comes with 16 sensors to convert these signals […]