• Saturday, January 31, 2015

Cover Story

Published Date: January 30, 2015
THE 9 TO 5 CONUNDRUM

THE 9 TO 5 CONUNDRUM

Confucius says, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work.” I am sure most of today's jobs didn't exist then. Neither was it so difficult to find one. Despite the ever-rising cost of getting a degree, one fact stands out today like a student shouting in a quiet campus library:...

Chintito

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Death of an Opportunity

Death of an Opportunity

Abroad he died Away from home she cried Rare, but emotions she could not hide Yet, the blockade they said could not be defied In many places shops did not abide And vehicles too plied Yet the destruction was not nullified She took the ride To meet her she tried Emotions she did not want to hide Dubbed 'crocodile tears' in comments so snide Meanwhile,petrol bombs on buses were being applied Charred were the bodies inside The innocent, even children were being crucified Amidst the smell of carbon dioxide Not the dead, but the living cried Whom will they chide? About any wrong-doing, they denied Some say they lied Killers they were was as clear as print on bromide Such inhuman burning how long will the common man bide? As...

Current Affairs

Published Date: January 30, 2015
The Genesis of Crisis

The Genesis of Crisis

More than a week ago, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has announced that her party-led alliance will keep enforcing the ongoing blockade until the government creates an atmosphere congenial for holding a free and fair early election. For the sake of argument, let's think that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina agrees with Khaleda's demand and...

Photography

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Retelling People's History

Retelling People's History

We are about to tell you a story about a photograph which is at least fifty years old. Fungus has caused damage in the lower part of the sepia-tone picture, but the faces are still visible.  This is a story of a young woman named Parvati. She was married off to a man much older to her when she was still a child. Her husband was already married to another woman. The couple decided to bring Parvati since they had been unable to have any children.  Parvati's niece Sandhya Shah says the first wife of Parvati's husband took on the role of her guide. The couple truly believed that...

Straight Talk

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Fact vs Fiction

Fact vs Fiction

Breaking News: According to experts, there have been recent UFO (unidentified foreign objects) sightings in and around Bangladesh. Unprecedented satellite images have shown large objects resembling spaceships positioned over Sylhet and Chittagong. Correspondent Joseph Bloggs has reported that it was “like a scene from a science fiction movie. Although unperceivable to the naked...

Sport

Published Date: January 30, 2015
The Bengal Tigress

The Bengal Tigress

When Shakib All Hassan gets a cold, it's heard all around the country. On Tamim Iqbal's wedding day, thousands log on to Facebook to get a glimpse of the lucky bride. People queue outside Mushfiqur Rahim's house for a single autograph. But if we were to ask the same people about Salma Khatun, we'd get a blank look. And when we inform them that she is the captain of the Bangladesh National Women's Cricket Team, most reply with an apathetic oh’. Despite the lack of public and media attention, the Bangladesh National Women's Cricket Team continue to make us proud in the international arena. The team had a victorious international...

International

Published Date: January 30, 2015
OBAMA'S INDIA VISIT AND CHINA

OBAMA'S INDIA VISIT AND CHINA

India may be pushed back against China once again. This, in essence, is the line many media commentaries have been taking. It is this backdrop that makes US President Barack Obama's visit as the chief guest at India's Republic Day parade on January 26 interesting. His visit follows that of Japanese Prime Minister...

Info-tech

Published Date: January 30, 2015
A CLOUDY POTENTIAL

A CLOUDY POTENTIAL

Mahmud looked at a table titled 'current status' on the Sirvoy software interface. There were 16 check-ins vs. 10 check-outs and the occupancy rate was at around 80%. He quickly changed the view to check what the split of the guests were by nationality. Then he jumped to another page to view room...

Village Flute

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Sree Jamlal's Book

Sree Jamlal's Book

Village police officer and secretary of the local indigenous association in Dinajpur's Ghoraghat, Sree Jamlal Robidas, 60, is proud to show a copy of a manuscript he has. The simple book which is not grander than a basic exercise book, has well-decorated but worn and faded pages. Nonetheless, in his modest family home,...

Art

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Voyage of Nature

Voyage of Nature

Most of Rahman Sami's paintings, dreamlike and nostalgic, have been done on sight. Rain and thunder are integral part of the pieces. Imagination has gone into much of his work. Fifty percent of the paintings have been done at Zahing Xi Province, in the old city, in China where Sami and other students from...

Reflections

Published Date: January 30, 2015
A Pioneering Educator

A Pioneering Educator

It was that time of the year again; Ordinary Level GCE examinations results had been released. Thousands of 15-16 year olds streamed into the British Council to pick up their results, their hearts bursting with excitement, nervousness, hoping for the best and trying to be prepared for the worst.In a house on a peaceful street in Dhanmondi, for over twenty years, this same day was met with a sense of eagerness, anticipation and excitement. Atia Huq, Bengali teacher at Maple Leaf International and Dhanmondi Tutorial, waited eagerly for the first throng of her students to come to visit her with the good news of their Bengali GCE O Level...

Book Review

Published Date: January 30, 2015
History and Elemental Law

History and Elemental Law

Iqbal-The Life of a Poet, Philosopher and Politician By Zafar Anjum Random House India. Price 499/ Pages-274 Elemental law, history and poetry are indelibly linked and the best connection among the three was sought by none other than Derek Walcott who wrote, “For every poet it is always the morning in the world, and History a forgotten insomniac night; History and elemental awe are always our early beginning, because the fate of poetry is to fall in love with the world, in spite of History.” Zafar Anjum's sprawling book, a reminder of the raison d' etre of what Walcott said, begins with a question posed to him by one of his friends,...

Health

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Irritated Reservoir!!

Irritated Reservoir!!

Cholecystitis- a term, I believe may feel like an alienated word to many. But actually it is something, every household has themselves experienced or atleast have heard of from their relatives. Cholecystitis is a medical term for inflammation of the gall bladder. With the rise of fast foods and sedentary lifestyle, Cholecystitis has nearly become an epidemic. To get a clear understanding of this disease, we need to first know about the whole set-up- Gallbladder- It's a small sac, hiding just under the liver, which acts as a reservoir for bile. Bile is a bitter tasting, greenish fluid that helps you in digesting food (especially fatty foods). This bile is produced...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Star Diary

Star Diary

Disruption and Commotion Like any other evening, I went to the kitchen to make some snacks for my family. When I tried to turn on the stove, I found that there was no gas. We waited till 11 in the night and even then there was no sign of any gas connection. We...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Quirky Science

Quirky Science

Ebola epidemic in Liberia could be ended by June There is a chance that the Ebola epidemic in Liberia could be eliminated by June 2015 if the current high rate of hospitalisation and vigilance can be maintained. That's according to a new model developed by ecologists at the University of Georgia and Pennsylvania State...

Remembrance

Published Date: January 30, 2015
THE POLEMIC WRITER

THE POLEMIC WRITER

Saadat Hassan Manto is one of the greatest authors of the sub-continent. Best known for his short stories, he also authored a novel, five collections of radio plays and three collections of essays. He also has two collections of personal sketches. He is one of the greatest authors of Urdu literature and many of his writings have been translated into other languages. His writings reflect the human sufferings and social dilemma during the post-partition period in India and Pakistan. Through his writings he asked questions to human conscience against the doctrine of long established social values. We remember this great author on his 60th death anniversary. Saadat Hassan Manto was...

Postscript

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Being Human First

Being Human First

When the news of the PM visiting the Chairperson of BNP came to us we were filled with relief. We were relieved and impressed that our PM had risen above her personal and political animosity towards her archrival and reached out to a mother who had lost her son. Many will say it...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
MAILBOX

MAILBOX

A visual (Af)fair The cover story about Chobimela was very encouraging for an aspiring photographer like me. Now in its eighth year, Chobimela has become a platform for talented photographers of the world to showcase their works. It is a great achievement for our country. I hope Chobimela will grow into an even bigger...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
JALĀL AD-DĪN MUHAMMAD RŪMĪ

JALĀL AD-DĪN MUHAMMAD RŪMĪ

1207 to 17 December 1273 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic, Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, popularly known as Rūmī was influential among different national borders and ethnic divisions. Iranians, Tajiks, Turkish, Greeks, Pashtuns, other Central Asian Muslims, and the Muslims of South Asia have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries. "Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world; today I am wise, so I am changing myself. The wound is the place where the Light enters you. Reason is powerless in the expression of Love. Source: Wikipedia and Search Quotes Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence."

Snapshot

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Saraswati Puja

Saraswati Puja

The Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University is beautifully lit and decorated in celebration of Saraswati Puja on January 25. The Hindu goddess Saraswati represents intelligence, creativity, enlightenment, knowledge and power.

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Voicebox

"Of course it is American strategy to use India against China….But India is a civilisational state for a long time and pursues independent foreign policy. It is not easy for anybody to use it." WANG YEWEI Professor of the School of international relations at the Renmin University Told CCTV that Obama became the first US President visiting India for the second time and the visit was aimed at containing China " I lived both under Gorbachev and Yeltsin, but Putin is the first...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

No Work, No Money Dhaka. Sumon Saha, a tailor, sits idle in front of Tejgaon College at Farmgate in the capital yesterday. His business has been slow since the blockade began on January 6. Careless Dumping Nilphamari. Labourers employed by Ismail Beej Bhandar pf Kalabagan village in Saidpur upaizla under Nilphamari district load rotten...

Published Date: January 30, 2015
Babu

Babu

 

Cover Story

Published Date: January 23, 2015
A Visual (Af)fair

A Visual (Af)fair

Chobimela, the biggest festival celebrating photography in the country, has had an enormous impact on the photography movement of Bangladesh since its inception in 2000. The event has not just set a milestone for photography in the country but is considered the first and the biggest festival for photography in Asia, hailed worldwide...

Cover Story

Published Date: January 23, 2015
Seeing the Unseen

Seeing the Unseen

Jannatul Mawa, Maria Kapajeva, Cristina Nuñez, Alexandra Serrano, and Andrea Diefenbach are some of the most conspicuous names in contemporary photography. The medium they use has taken them to different countries to document actual space in connection with their imagination and reality. Therefore, the most significant aspect of their powerful images is the concept. Each concept instead of telling stories leads us into a labyrinth of questions. And inside our mind we answer those questions and line up our own stories. The stories they produce, through a reproduction process, becomes our own. We talked to the photographers about their life, philosophy, work, and production process. Cristina Nuñez: The Self Portrait...

Current Affairs

Published Date: January 23, 2015
A WAR ON PEOPLE

A WAR ON PEOPLE

The constitution has made people of Bangladesh rich in terms of possession of the state powers! And the powers must be exercised on their behalf and under the authority of the constitution. People are empowered to authorise someone or a group of individuals to exercise the powers on their behalf. The constitution stipulates...

Chintito

Published Date: January 23, 2015
The Pope and I

The Pope and I

Somebody pinch me please, for this cannot be real. The Pope has the mystical power to read the Star in advance; simply mind-blowing. Or else, how do you explain his statement aboard the Papal plane Jan 15 replicating mine that was submitted two days earlier? The Star of Jan 16 had this from Yours...

Sports

Published Date: January 23, 2015
The World's Best Cricketer

The World's Best Cricketer

Cricket is one of the few issues that can unite all Bangladeshis, fending off hundreds of factors constantly working to divide them. From a street child to the Prime Minister, every citizen of Bangladesh celebrates when their beloved cricket team wins an international match against a formidable opponent. In most of these matches...

Writing the Wrong

Published Date: January 23, 2015
For Marsha

For Marsha

As I get older I am starting to understand more and more the human need to lay down roots.  Speaking of roots, when I think about the inherent cause of my deepest personal insecurities which are fear of abandonment, not being cherished, lack of acceptance, lack of recognition for what gifts I do...

Perspective

Published Date: January 23, 2015
Human Touch

Human Touch

Originally put to work writing news reports, the writing software called Quill has found a new job—analysing financial data and producing reports.  Quill was developed by Narrative Science, a Chicago company set up in 2010 to commercialise technology developed at Northwestern University, USA. The founders whimsically named Quill after the precursor to the...

Endeavour

Published Date: January 23, 2015
The Anguish of War

The Anguish of War

With the rise of extravagant urban pursuits, how many from the young generation has time for a hobby? Not too many of us. Many believe that having grown up as a tech savvy age group, especially in a time when we have a confused-twisted-stressful political situation, the current young generation would show interest in anything...

Viillage Flute

Published Date: January 23, 2015
Freedom

Freedom

Tell the river not to flow? I don't think so. In Majadanga beyond Dinajpur Town evening is on its way. The sunset sky makes the river sparkle. She's dazzling! Shall we be blinded by nature's collaboration and call it improper? Shall we tell the river not to shine? Or does it make sense to...

Food for Thought

Published Date: January 23, 2015
Trinkets and Treasures

Trinkets and Treasures

Anyone who has been on this planet for a decade or more knows the value of the small, deeply personal treasures that make up an individual's collection of keepsakes. These are sometimes things given to us by family members or close friends – occasionally, they have been handed down through generations. But equally...

In Retrospect

Published Date: January 23, 2015
Armenians of Dacca

Armenians of Dacca

I studied and grew up in Armanitola of Old Dacca. The two landmarks in Armanitola are Mirza Golam Pir's Star Mosque and the Church of Holy Surrection at Armenian Street. The house of my school friend is nearby so the place is familiar to me. Beside the fortress like wooden gate is a...

Education

Published Date: January 23, 2015
Dreams Shattered

Dreams Shattered

Finding someone who enjoys studying would be difficult. Tahsin Ishrat Khan Oroni, however, enjoyed gathering information and knowledge from a very young age. What, for most, would be a boring, unbearable task became a source of inspiration for her. Her small dreams were woven around the pursuit for education. A simple,attainable dream. A...

Art

Published Date: January 23, 2015
Nicola Embroiders the World

Nicola Embroiders the World

Nicola Strippoli Tarshito, an architect by profession, adopts materials and symbols belonging to ancient cultures and traditions into his work. In his eyes the world is devoid of light and harmony. “Embroider the world” transcends all borders and cultures. With the help of Bengal Foundation, he has discovered the magic of the Nakshikantha,...

Published Date: January 23, 2015
Star Diary

Star Diary

Cruel Intentions While taking my evening stroll at a park near my house, I noticed a man enter the park with his dog. The dog was on a leash and was walking alongside its master. Suddenly I noticed that it was barking at a bush. His owner stopped and allowed the dog to...

Remembrance

Published Date: January 23, 2015
Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts

Suchitra Sen was one of the most celebrated actresses of Bengal. Her films with another famed actor Uttam Kumar brought the Uttam- Suchitra pairing a legendary status in the history of Bengali cinema. She starred in many critically acclaimed films and also acted in many Hindi block-busters during her long film career. She was the first Bengali actress to achieve international recognition for acting. After retirement Sen successfully avoided any public appearance for 30 long years. On January 17, 2014 Suchitra Sen died of prolonged illness. We remember this great personality on her first death anniversary. Suchitra Sen was born on 6th April, 1927 in Pabna district of Bangladesh (then...

Postscript

Published Date: January 23, 2015
Frozen

Frozen

I feel frozen when I start to type on the keyboard. Not because it is 16 degrees and the cold, damp air makes everything icy to touch. It's because I feel numb, speechless, every time I read about another child, another truck helper, another university student, a mother, a father, another helpless victim...

Published Date: January 23, 2015
MAILBOX

MAILBOX

Know Thy Food Unhealthy eating habits contribute to many health problems. A poor diet is associated with major health risks that can cause illness and even death. These include heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer. By making smart food choices, we can help protect ourselves...

MAD GENIUS

Published Date: January 23, 2015
ZINEDINE ZIDANE

ZINEDINE ZIDANE

June 23, 1972 One of the all-time greats, soccer player Zinedine Zidane was born in Marseille, France. He led France to victory at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and won a three-time FIFA World Player of the Year. Zidane joined Real Madrid's front office as an adviser and was named the club's sporting director in 2011 and later begin his coaching carrier at Real Madrid's youth academy. "It was my father who taught us that an immigrant must work twice as hard as anybody else that he must never give up. It doesn't matter how many times you win an award, it is always very special. I was lucky to come from a difficult area. It teaches you not just about football  but...

SNAPSHOT

Published Date: January 23, 2015
A Love Dance

A Love Dance

How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude! - Emily Dickinson

Published Date: January 23, 2015
Voicebox

"We are going to take a decision to shoot arsonists and saboteurs on sight. No need to try them under the speedy trials act. We want to declare a war against them… An arrangement will be made in this regard by a week." SYED MOHSIN ALI Social Welfare Minister Said while admitting the government's failure in providing security to the people during his visit to Dhaka Medical College on Tuesday "What made him feel the need to drag the team into overdoing it?...

Published Date: January 23, 2015
1 MINUTE PLEASE!

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

Everyone in the country knows or at least heard about the Chobi Mela. But what about the people behind it? Tanzim Wahab, a young photographer, has been curating the international festival of photography for quite a while now. Wahab's love for photography goes beyond his camera. He has published two editions of a...

Published Date: January 23, 2015
HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

Stranded Cars Chittagong. Seized motor vehicles including private cars and motorcycles, gradually wear away and go out of order as Chittagong Metropolitan Police takes no follow-up action to dispose of those. A Cold, Cold Winter Dhaka. A family huddles on a rickshaw in front of the Central Shaheed Minar. A trough of low pressure in the...

Published Date: January 23, 2015
Babu

Babu

 

Cover Story

Published Date: January 16, 2015
KNOW THY FOOD

KNOW THY FOOD

You'll not meet a Bangladeshi ready to pass up free food. In fact, Bangladeshis don't really mind paying for their food, either. As long as we get to eat and feed others, we are a happy bunch. However, our connection to food is limited to just the taste buds. We don't know (or...

Chintito

Published Date: January 16, 2015
The World Could have been a Better Place

The World Could have been a Better Place

It is not easy as a mortal being to be open to criticism of the people whom you hold so dearly, people whom you respect for the strength of their character, people whom you follow as your idol. In Bangladesh, indeed perhaps all over the subcontinent, 'charlie' is someone who is somewhat of a...

Current Affairs

Published Date: January 16, 2015
Hasina versus Khaleda

Hasina versus Khaleda

Both Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia have made the same record of leading their respective governments to stage one-sided and controversial parliamentary elections. Khaleda was first to have done it in 1996 while her archrival Hasina followed suit in 2014. However, Awami League chief Hasina has made something possible that her archrival BNP chief...

Profile

Published Date: January 16, 2015
A Small-town Story

A Small-town Story

There is something encouraging about discovering small-town Bangladesh. It reinforces the truth that big cities and grand institutions per se don't produce great works; individuals do. On a recent trip to Jessore, a district on the southern tip of Bangladesh, I had my horizon shifted by an unheralded gem of such an individual. Everything...