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Cover Story

Published Date: October 31, 2014
ENTER THE DREAM

ENTER THE DREAM

When Asif Arman wakes up just half an hour before his class at 8 in the morning, his heart skips a beat. He is going to be a laughing stock in the class again. Yesterday after missing the roll call he requested the professor to mark him for a late attendance and the...

Chintito

Published Date: October 31, 2014
The 'Citizen' Who Never Was

The 'Citizen' Who Never Was

It is not often that a people, even if it be its representation, lament the natural death of a 91-year old. The reason is not far too seek. Only about 43 years ago in 1971, so heinous and wholesale was his crime against humanity that even the youth of today (who were not...

Current Affairs

Published Date: October 31, 2014
THE PATRIOT AND HIS FRIENDS

THE PATRIOT AND HIS FRIENDS

How long can a minister remain in the cabinet? The answer is simple– as long as he enjoys blessings of the Prime Minister. The situation can be compared to what used to exist long ago in some countries including the United Kingdom under the rule of kings. The king in the UK had enjoyed the unfettered powers of hiring and firing anybody. He did not need to answer to anybody for his actions. For many years, the king was above the law. The common perception was that the king could do no wrong. In modern democracy, the Prime Minister in Bangladesh holds the same power. The constitution itself provides...

Interview

Published Date: October 31, 2014
A CANDID DIPLOMAT

A CANDID DIPLOMAT

While a second secretary at the High Commission of Pakistan, Mohiuddin Ahmed was the first Bangladeshi diplomat in Europe to join the Liberation War. During a long, illustrious career he served in different positions at Bangladesh Missions in Delhi, Geneva, Jakarta, Jeddah, and New York, and as a Secretary in the Ministry of...

Food for Thought

Published Date: October 31, 2014
The Secret Life of the Reader

The Secret Life of the Reader

I recently came across a statement to the effect that people who read a lot of books don't do it because they “have no life”, but because they have several  lives. Not only was I amused by this, I was struck by the truth underlying those words. Growing up as a voracious reader in Bangladesh, I experienced life vicariously by chasing smugglers with the Famous Five along the rainy English coast, hunting down clues with Nancy Drew and solving mysteries with Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators in sunny California, discovering demons and winged horses in the fairytales and myths of the Indian subcontinent, and wandering further afield to...

Perspective

Published Date: October 31, 2014
STOP THE ABUSE

STOP THE ABUSE

Afrin Khan (not her real name) has always been a very bright student. The only daughter in a family of three sons, Afrin has had to put up a fight, as she tried to convince her parents to send her to Dhaka to pursue her further education. After many arguments they finally allowed...

Musings

Published Date: October 31, 2014
FIVE TELL-TALE SIGNS THAT YOU ARE A BANGLADESHI PASSENGER

FIVE TELL-TALE SIGNS THAT YOU ARE A BANGLADESHI PASSENGER

After a hectic 12-day trip to Thailand, while standing in the boarding line to board the plane to Bangladesh, I sensed that familiar deshi chaos, something I was actually missing for so long. In a flight where around 80 percent of the passengers were Bangladeshi, our boarding line got quite unmanageable and the...

Impressions

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Obaidul's Dilemma

Obaidul's Dilemma

Road Transportation and Bridge Minister Obaidul Quader 's image of a tough task master may have mellowed , thanks to ramming his head against a wall of indifference. Yet he never flinches from making a moral point as something of a compulsive teacher when an opportunity presents itself. With all appreciation for his strong...

Human Rights

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Lost Childhood

Lost Childhood

Were the dreams, hopes, and aspirations of Bristi Das to become a lawyer, a doctor, or a politician? Perhaps even to nudge Sheikh Hasina from her lofty seat one day and become Prime Minister? Unfortunately  we will never know what went on in that young developing mind of hers or what greatness this cheerful 12-year-old Class 5 student might have achieved or what worthwhile contribution to Bangladesh she might have made, if she had survived the alleged horrific beatings of a criminal 'teacher' that ultimately led to her death. Bristi's young life came to a sad close 13-days after an alleged cruel beating by her private tutor in Boalkhali upazila of...

Village Flute

Published Date: October 31, 2014
In the Garden

In the Garden

Sun and light: the dirt road leading into Moulvibazar District's Chatlapore hillock country feels forgotten. At the final village bazaar the rickshaw pulls to a stop. It'll be on foot from there. There's a sentry post and a boundary. It's in the nature of gardens to be distinct from the wider world. They're supposed to be nature rationalised and improved. The houses of usual Bangladesh can venture no further in, because usual Bangladesh has ended. Ahead are old structures of a new kind: workers' cottages in rendered brick, washed in white, pastel blue or green, with brick chimneys distantly reminiscent of an old English village and more directly of colonial...

Art

Published Date: October 31, 2014
The Rhythms of Life

The Rhythms of Life

There is surely some connection between sculptor Novera Ahmed's style and Hamid's curious mind. Hamid's world was coloured by the haors of Kishoreganj, where he grew up. The waters flew and danced and skipped before him. He discovered life in stone when he hacked away at them, remembering the noise of the train...

Lifestyle

Published Date: October 31, 2014
ARE YOU READY FOR MOVEMBER?

ARE YOU READY FOR MOVEMBER?

With the month of November approaching, it is yet again the time to stop, reflect and make a difference. November or rather Movember also referred to as "Mo," (An Aussie slang for mustache) as the men in the grooming community likes to call it, is an annual event that marks the entire month...

Health

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Headaches and Migraines

Headaches and Migraines

Headaches are one of the most common symptoms that can be experienced. Most people will experience a headache at some point of their lives. They can affect anyone regardless of age and gender. Headache is a broad term that comprises of many different things. Headaches are pains that occur in any region of...

Book Review

Published Date: October 31, 2014
A Jab at Reality

A Jab at Reality

Kaiser Haq's latest book of poetry 'Pariah and other poems' is a social commentary in verse that alludes to the past and present with the perfect timing of a well edited short film. Cleverly he juxtaposes imagery through economically chosen words to recreate stories that have an almost journalistic authenticity. At times he is the perfect romantic at others the jaded cynic but each poem has elements of reality that is all too familiar. 'Beginnings' is clearly a nostalgic journey into the unadulterated simplicity and joy of the poet's childhood days. Like carefully crafted montage he conjures up pictures of a young boy enjoying life to the full : NayaPaltan...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Star Diary

Star Diary

Can't It Be Stopped? My only brother Lipu, who was a student of North South University, was kidnapped on August 31, 2014. We paid the kidnappers off but my brother was still not returned to his family. We searched anxiously for him for 13 days and finally came to know that my brother was killed, as he had seen his kidnappers and could recognise them. It's been two months since his disappearance but we have yet to get his body. Since his murder, we, his family, have forgotten how to smile. Existing without him has become a hard reality. Everyday, numerous boys and girls are cruelly snatched from their loved...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Write to Mita

Write to Mita

  Dear Mita, I am a 26-year-old girl and I often find it very difficult to take decisions. I wanted to pursue higher studies abroad but it did not happen due to personal reasons. Currently I am doing my masters in Bangladesh. I have always been very serious about studies and I was a merit...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Quirky Science

Quirky Science

Giving emotions to virtual characters Researchers at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) were able to simulate human facial expressions in virtual characters and use them in order to create better environments within a virtual communication. So far, the so-called virtual agents also mimic human behavior through programmed commands or scripts, but...

Remembrance

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Remembering the Media Man

Remembering the Media Man

Fazle Lohani was a renowned journalist, author, film producer and a celebrity television host. With his entertaining but edifying presentation Lohani became a legendary figure in the history of Bangladesh's television media. His magazine show in the 80s named Jodi Kichhu Mone Na koren aired by Bangladesh Television made him a popular personality all over the country. His contributions were diversified and pioneering for Bangladesh's media and culture. We remember this great personality on his 29th death anniversary. Fazle Lohani was born on March 12, 1929 at the village of Kaulia in Shirajganj district His childhood inspiration was his elder brother Fateh Lohani who was a famous actor, journalist and film...

Postscript

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Creative Resume Writing

Creative Resume Writing

It's a dog eat dog world out there and jobs are hard to come by. Employers are becoming increasingly picky about choosing candidates. Candidates meanwhile are becoming increasingly creative when writing their resumes. Creativity is at its best when writing about one's work experience. It is here that the art of embellishment is displayed the most. 'Actively participated in meetings' could actually mean that the person attended mandatory briefings and actively participated in doodling, playing Candy Crush or napping. 'Was in charge of Security in the University Dining Services' refers to the time the person sat on a chair near the food stalls to make sure the kids didn't run...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
MAILBOX

MAILBOX

The Lost Art Why the government has imposed a 27 percent tax on importing the main ingredient of Shankha from Sri Lanka is beyond me. Why would they want to hurt a dying industry instead of trying to revive it? With the right policy support, the traditional arts and crafts mentioned in the cover...

MAD GENIUS

Published Date: October 31, 2014
HUMAYUN AHMED

HUMAYUN AHMED

13 November 1948 to 19 July 2012 Humayun Ahmed was an author, dramatist, screenwriter, playwright, filmmaker and cultural legend of Bangladesh. Humayun reached the peak of his fame with the publication of his novel Nondito Noroke (In Blissful Hell) in 1972, which remains one of his most famous works, winning admiration from literary critics. " People lie on account of necessity and self-interest. We fail to see things that exist in front of us. We don't remember the love that surrounds us every day, at every moment. But we remember the love that wafted up like a cool breeze and disappeared just as quickly. Be careful about those who smile without making a sound. Girls always weep before taking any serious decision....

SNAPSHOT

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Fields of Innocence

Fields of Innocence

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood. -Agatha Christie

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Voicebox

Voicebox

"Our alliance with Jamaat is only an electoral understanding. It is by no means an ideological one. On the contrary, the Awami League has a long history of close relations with the Jamaat and other extremist religious groups." KHALEDA ZIA Chairperson of BNP Said in an interview with the Indian journalist Jaideep Mazumdar   "Representatives of some countries are speaking against the election. But when I met the heads of different states and governments and the chancellor of a country, none of them raised any question about the election." SHEIKH HASINA Prime Minister Said that no world leaders questioned the January 5 election, which the BNP and most other political parties boycotted

Published Date: October 31, 2014
1 MINUTE PLEASE!

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

Being a freedom fighter himself, eminent artist Biren Shome loves to work on the history of Bangladesh, and the war that brought freedom to the country and its people. For over four decades, the maestro has been enriching the art scene of the country with his works. At present he is busy with his upcoming exhibition to be held in December on Panam city. His book 'Bangladesher Shadhinota Shongrame Shilpi Shomajer Bhumika,' which documents the heroic contributions and significance of artists in the birth of the country, will also be released in the same month. This week we bring you a brief conversation with this extremely talented, publicity-shy artist. Significant...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

Women Power Lalmonirhat. A woman from Fulgach village, Lalmonirhat, plants winter vegetables at the field beside her house. The area is witnessing an increasing number of women engaging in farming, a profession traditionally dominated by men. Ode to Hillary Dhaka. Mintu Dey shows his version of “Living History”, the autobiography of Hillary Clinton. The book...

Cartoon

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Babu

Babu

 

Cover Story

Published Date: October 24, 2014
THE LOST ART

THE LOST ART

When Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, a French gem merchant arrived in Dhaka some 400 years ago he was astounded by Dhaka's splendour. According to him, it was a city of skilful artisans and art loving aristocrats. The city's booming industry of exotic artefacts like muslin, furniture of delicate design, exotic perfumes and jewellery in intricate...

  

Chintito

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Excuse Me!

Excuse Me!

There are certain English, rather colonial practices, that we have blindly embraced over decades in our day-to-day manner without actually understanding their fundamental meaning, application and/or usefulness. I am not here talking about the custom of left-hand drive (not that we do not enjoy driving on the opposite lane), or the long wait...

Current Affairs

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Congratulations and Celebrations

Congratulations and Celebrations

Given the nature of our current parliament the recent elections of Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Saber Hossain Chowdhury as the chiefs of the Commonwealth Parliamentary (CPA) and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) are rather interesting. And how are we supposed to perceive their elections to the two global parliamentary bodies that exchange knowledge, practices of parliamentary democracy in the member assemblies and encourage parliamentary dialogue worldwide?    Saber was elected as an MP in the one-sided and voter less January 5 parliamentary election. And he was made the chief of the parliamentary standing committee of the Jute and Textile Ministry. Shirin was elected as an MP in a by-election and was elected...

Tribute

Published Date: October 24, 2014
THE PASSING OF AN ESTEEMED SCHOLAR

THE PASSING OF AN ESTEEMED SCHOLAR

A celebrated scholar, humanist and a man of principles, is how many people would remember Professor Salahuddin Ahmed. I myself had the privilege of knowing him over 40 years as a friend and colleague of my father-in-law, Dr A R Mallick. Thus the news of his demise on October 19, came as a...

Photo Feature

Published Date: October 24, 2014
The Lifeline

The Lifeline

PHOTOS: BOUNDELE Rivers have always been the lifeline for the country's trade and commerce. No other country can perhaps boast such a long and intricate network of waterways as we have. But years of neglect and abuse have left our rivers in ruins. The boats, launches and trawlers that are used for ferrying...

Special Feature

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Virus Vs Us

Virus Vs Us

Ebola had a sort of comforting, faraway otherness to it until October 9 when six Bangladeshi passengers from Ebola-affected Liberia entered the country without the knowledge of immigration, the medical team at the airport and the airline concerned.   Luckily, none of the six were infected with the virus. If they were, they might...

Perspective

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Not Just a Quitter

Not Just a Quitter

As a young journalist, working at my first job as a full-fledged writer for the lifestyle section of a well-known English newspaper, I was excited and somewhat nervous when I was sent for my first interview. I was assigned to interview a former child actress, who had portrayed one of the most iconic characters in the history of Bangladeshi television. She greeted us with a wide smile and even before we were seated, she started talking about her new endeavour, a very popular online clothing store. She seemed excited and passionate about her work. She spoke about her past laurels with pride but was definitely more thrilled about her...

History

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Judge Bernard Nicholl of Dinajpur

Judge Bernard Nicholl of Dinajpur

History is perhaps my forte. A more recent interest of mine involves selective readings and research on genealogy or family histories. Lately, I have also been engaged in the documentation efforts of old European/Christian cemeteries with historic, funerary monuments - tombs, graves, mausoleums and epitaphs of the British colonial era in Bangladesh. It brought me in touch with Peter Cockerill. Peter Cockerill lives in London, England. We were introduced by a mutual friend a few years back. Peter has a very interesting background. He belongs to a family of “old India hands”. His maternal grandfather, Bernard Vincent Nicholl, of the Indian Civil Service ( ICS), Bengal cadre, died and was...

Book Review

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Negotiating The Price You Pay

Negotiating The Price You Pay

Novice reporter Abhishek Dutta gets lucky his first day on the job covering a routine press conference when he overhears an exchange between two police officers in the men's washroom – “Babloo Shankar is planning a comeback”. Using this as leverage, he makes his way into the privileged nexus of the police and media and quickly rises to fame as a crime reporter in Delhi's print, then television, media. Reporting crime is not easy, however, and, from rubbing his powerful superiors the wrong way to becoming embroiled in a kidnapping rescue mission almost gone wrong,  Abhishek must negotiate, even compromise, with his influential bosses, his competitive peers, his vital...

Art

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Recording the Undulations of Nature

Recording the Undulations of Nature

What is the work you have done this time for your fourth solo? I ask Anukul at his apartment in Mohammadpur where he keeps his works and sometimes shows to art lovers.  Anukul replies: “Acrylic plus charcoal – what I call mixed media.” His subjects for 15 years have been Nature : gloomy...

International

Published Date: October 24, 2014
INVESTMENT BOOM IN MYANMAR

INVESTMENT BOOM IN MYANMAR

Thailand's total investment in Myanmar has nearly reached US$10 billion, making the Kingdom the second-largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country after China, whose investment swelled past $14 billion. Pisanu Suvanajata, Thailand's ambassador to Myanmar, reckons the Thai ranking may not last too long as the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has...

Musings

Published Date: October 24, 2014
The City of Eternal Spring: Kunming

The City of Eternal Spring: Kunming

An article that came out in the Star in August on Kunming, written by Azizul Jalil, made me nostalgic and took me back to 1965 when I had taken an unusual trip to that city. Kunming is not only a city of 'Eternal Spring' but it was Chairman Mao's winter resort with the...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Star Diary

Star Diary

Corrupt and Unrepentant Last week, after returning home from work, I caught a glimpse of the news on TV, which showed a man in his mid-fifties grinning amiably and waving his hands to the crowd while walking down the court premises. At first glance, I thought that the man might be on his...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Quirky Science

Quirky Science

Trying to fool a kindergartner? Not so fast From the words for colours to how to tie a shoelace, kids have lots to learn -- and for the most part, they depend on others to teach it to them. But whether deliberately or inadvertently, people sometimes misinform. So at what age can kids tell trustworthy...

Remembrance

Published Date: October 24, 2014
An Author Without Borders

An Author Without Borders

Sunil Ganguli popularly known as Sunil Gangopadhyay is one of the most celebrated novelists and poets of modern Bengali literature. His works of different genres have conquered the hearts of Bengali readers around the world. He was also a renowned poet of the post-modern era. Besides his creations Sunil edited poetry journals which...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
MAILBOX

MAILBOX

Diving for Pearls Over the past several years the shipbuilding industry in Bangladesh has achieved substantial growth despite the downturn in the global economy. The industry has even better potential. With the good performance of the industry, the government should play a more vital role in helping the industry to develop further. The government...

MAD GENIUS

Published Date: October 24, 2014
SM SULTAN

SM SULTAN

10 August 1923 - 10 October 1994 Sheikh Mohammed Sultan was a Bangladeshi avant-garde artist who worked in painting and drawing. His fame rests on his striking depictions of exaggeratedly muscular Bangladeshi peasants engaged in the activities of their everyday lives. He was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 1982; the Bangladesh Charu Shilpi Sangsad Award in 1986; and the Independence Day Award in 1993. "No art is vulgar; vulgarity is the way of seeing it. I paint on a large canvas because my painting is for the people not for room decoration.  Bangladesh is a haven for landscape painters, but unfortunately we do not have any genuine landscape artist. People often ask why I paint muscular figures of feeble peasants. My answer is I...

SNAPSHOT

Published Date: October 24, 2014
The Silent Observer

The Silent Observer

“What is important is not what you hear said, it's what you observe.” - Michael Connelly

Published Date: October 24, 2014
1 MINUTE PLEASE!

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

This week the Star interviewed one of the most eminent architects of Bangladesh, Masudur Rahman Khan. Khan has designed some of the most significant and picturesque structures such as the International Mother Language Institute building, Bangladesh Computer Council building and the Mausoleum Complex of former President Ziaur Rahman. He is also chasing his dream of designing the tallest structure of Bangladesh. Khan is famous for the renovation and remodelling projects of many significant structures such as the Banganbandhu Stadium and Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium etc. As an architect, Khan has always been dreaming of developing Dhaka as a well-planned and architecturally perfect city. Childhood Dream I have always dreamt of pursuing...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

Submerged School Thakurgaon. The school ground of Mathurapur-1 Government Primary School in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila has remained waterlogged for a couple of months as rainwater outlets were blocked following the construction of a road on the eastern side of the ground. Stop Gambling Lalmonirhat. While people at Namuri village of Aditmari upazila, Lalmonirhat, continue to...

Cartoon

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Babu

Babu

 

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Voicebox

"I fell in love with my boss in a 22-year-old sort of a way. But my boss was the President of the United States." MONICA LEWINSKY Former White House intern Said during a tearful speech describing the pain of being made into a figure of global humiliation when she "fell in love" with Bill Clinton. "You bring economic prosperity to the affected people or to alienated people. So, that prosperity comes in, terrorism slowly declines. If you plot a curve [that] terrorism [is]...

Cover Story

Published Date: October 17, 2014
DIVING FOR PEARLS

DIVING FOR PEARLS

Bangladesh was once known as one of the largest ship graveyards of the world. Every year, dozens of aging container vessels would head towards the country's southern coast to breathe their last before being broken into pieces. National and international news media, documentaries, photographs and numerous campaigns addressed the socio-environment and human rights...

Current Affairs

Published Date: October 17, 2014
Painful Resignations

Painful Resignations

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has set a new precedent by sacking Abdul Latif Siddique from her cabinet, jumping the constitutional path. As per the constitution, she was supposed to request Latif, who hurt the sentiments of Muslims by making derogative remarks on hajj and Prophet Muhammad (SM), to resign as the minister from her cabinet. If Latif was requested to resign, he would have no alternative to retain the office. If he refused to comply with the request, he would have been removed from the cabinet through the president. The premier however did not explore the first option. Instead, she advised the president to terminate Latif as minister from...