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  • Not for Passengers Anymore

    Brand new passenger sheds, third row left, on Airport Road. Gleaming black rods and digital boards both combine to hint at Bangladesh's

  • Celebrating Puja

    Durga Puja, the biggest religious festivals for Hindus, began on September 26 and ended on the 30th. The five-day festival begins with the “bodhon” (incarnation) of the Goddess Durga. While Durga is the focus of the celebration, other deities are also prominently featured and revered during the festival. The festival is one of the most colourful around with beautiful crafted idols dressed in many different hues and dazzling ornamentation. Artisans began to make the idols months before the festival and puja mandals are set up around the country. Devotees throng the festival areas in Chittagong in huge numbers. The religious festival culminates with the immersion of the idols of the goddess in rivers and water bodies around the country, in this case in the Bay in Patenga.

  • The Fishermen's Tale

    Before we can relish that fresh fish cooked in a combination of our favourite spices, a lot of hard work goes into bringing it on our plates. In Cox's Bazar, one can see the amount of dedication, courage and perseverance fishermen needed. An average trip means a seven day foray into deep sea with the powerful waves only one of many elements to be braved. Ten fishermen with one boat usually go into such week-long trips, risking their lives in the tempestuous sea, only to make living. The fishermen though aren't rewarded a deserving price for their labour nor for the fish they bring. Regardless, they go on, in a tradition passed down from generations, sometimes stuck in a vicious cycle of exploitation. The fruits of their labour are various; from hilsa, koral, loitta (Bombay duck) and many others. Businessmen buy the fish from them and send them around the country where they are loved, with some earmarked for export.

  • Another Man's Treasure

    In the capital's Chawk Bazar, Gulistan, Mouchak, Malibagh and opposite the Nagar Bhaban , second hand consumer electronics are becoming highly popular. What they have on offer isn't always serviceable but people still find various uses for them. From discarded electronic parts, broken mobile phones, used table fans, computers, laptops and even a Sony PSP, a gaming device, can all be found here. Bilkis, an 8 year old seller, opposite Nagar Bhaban, makes a profit of Tk 300 per day selling old torches, headphones, irons and so on. An old mobile phone will set one back Tk 50, Tk 600 for a table fan, Tk 20 for headphones with prices depending on the condition of the wares. Many buyers even scavenge parts, fix electronics and sell for a higher mark up. The customers are usually from the lower-income groups, but in area, such as around Dhaka medical, patients come to buy what they need in case of an emergency. For instance, if one forgets to bring a charger and has to stay at the hospital overnight, even that is available for a low price of Tk 40.

  • Quack, Who Only Pulls Out Teeth

    "ADAR DOCTOR” has only one cure for most ailments of the teeth. He tells most people with toothaches to get rid of their bad tooth.

  • Trekking out of horror

    Oing back is like drowning in the sea, said a woman residing in a makeshift camp in Teknaf. Her sentiment is shared by more than

  • Gabtoli All Ready

    Hroughout the year the Gabtoli Cattle Market in the capital caters to the meatpacking industry but ahead of Eid-ul-Azha it serves a large

  • Rough Ride Ahead

    As city dwellers prepare to travel back home for their Eid holidays, a major stumbling block stands in their way. Highways and roads

  • Roads or Obstacle Courses?

    Repair and development work with oversight and negligence has turned many streets of Dhaka virtually into obstacle courses, especially

  • Waste That Causes Waterlogging

    Inadequate and clogged drainage is to blame for flooded city streets after downpour. Over the years, wholesale grabbing of the city's

  • Allure of Aluminium

    In a small area in Keraniganj, right off the Buriganga, a road snakes its way through many small tin sheds. The sun's rays playfully bounce off a dazzling array of aluminium strewn about the otherwise nondescript structures. But here, this congregation of buildings work for one purpose: recycling. Some 10-12 recycling centres, employing 20-30 people each, diligently recycle huge amounts of aluminium. It works in a number of stages. First, the workers here visit various scrap metal shops in Lalbagh, Chawkbazar and Islambagh, collecting objects such as kitchen utensils, soda cans and deodorant bottles. These are then taken back to their little factories and the aluminium is extracted. The metal is first shredded, then melted in a furnace and finally moulded into shiny new bricks. The bricks are then sold off to factories where it is used for making brand new kitchen utensils and even pistons for motorbikes!

  • For the Love of Fish

    A five-day fish fair began in the city's Krishibid Institution Bangladesh, where around 37 stalls attracted hundreds of fish lovers of different ages from across the country. While highlighting the country's love for fish, the fair also informed the visitors about fish species and methods of rearing them. Some stalls showcased various species of fish preserved in glass jars and even live fish and others showed how to make the ideal fish farm. Tools used for fishing were also on display. Some of the freshest fish were on sale during the fair. To generate further interest, visitors were treated to demonstrations on how to rear their favourite fish in aquariums.

  • Land, Dreams Erode

    As the floodwaters recede, sighs of relief are quickly turning into cries of anguish. Areas around the country affected by river erosion are

  • Monsoon Market

    The 100-year-old Kaikkar Tek Haat in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj sits in the early morning of Sundays during the rainy season.

  • Still Pressing Pewter

    With the advent of cheaper alternatives to make domestic utensils, the use of the heavier pewter has dwindled in Bangladesh. Beating the odds, some seven to eight families of Kasharipara in Uttar Dariabad of Jamalpur's Islampur continue to make such items out of this tin (25 percent) and copper (75 percent) alloy, and hold on to this centuries-old heritage, the adherents of which were once deemed aristocratic.

  • Flair, Flavour of Traditional Fair

    A month-long traditional fair begins every Baishakh in Durmut of Jamalpur centring the Urs (religious congregation) of a sufi saint, Hazrat Shah Kamal Yemeni. People of all ages, gender and religion throng the fair throughout the day and night from home and abroad. They soak up the colour and atmosphere of the fair, have snacks, watch the shows on offer and buy items on sale.

  • Tales of Tapestry

    Like adding beautiful melody to a lyrical muse, embroidery is what brings your clothes to life. Come Eid, embroiderers get busy ornamenting otherwise dull pieces of fabric, embellishing them with flamboyance and flair. New Market has become a hub for such artisans who intricately combine their threads and needles to create stunning and varied motifs. Batik, puti, block prints and many other techniques are applied. In their hands, each fabric transforms into a work of art. The finished garments are then transferred to shops in New Market and there is never a shortage of buyers!

  • A Celebration of Trees

    The enchanting Buddha's hand, a Tk 300,000 cactus, fragrances of a hundred fruits and a feast of flowers are the highlights of this year's

  • A Shower of Flowers

    IVINE brushstrokes in the breeze produce a vibrant picture. Against the backdrop of drab grey concrete, explosions of colours dot the

  • Stunning Stunts

    Doing motorcycle stunts is becoming a craze among a certain group of young men. Daredevil bikers perform breath-taking stunts like wheelies and stoppies on usually deserted streets. They claim they try to ensure all cautionary measures, safety for themselves and others around. The photos were taken in 300-feet area near Purbachal. These bikers belong to a club called Haunt Ryderz.

  • Killing The Karnaphuli

    The Karnaphuli river is dying. Over the years the rampant occupation of its shores and mindless pollution have left the river by the port

  • Still, They Thrive…

    The city, Dhaka, is mostly a concrete jungle where nature has a very little part to play. Its greens have vanished or are left to neglect.

  • Lal Kach Festival

    As the month of Chaitra, the last in the Bangla year, draws to an end, the Hindu community comes together in a festival dedicated to

  • The Army That Makes Dry Fish

    They make and mend their nets and then head out to the sea in their boats to fish. They are gone for as long as 15 days.

  • Encouraging a Comeback

    From shoes to handbags and accessories, from carpets to bed sheets and wind chimes, everything made of jute were on display at a fair in the Krishibid Institute of Bangladesh earlier this month to mark the National Jute Day on March 6. To mark the occasion, even adjacent areas of the Institute were decorated with jute and jute-made products. The government is trying to increase the popularity of jute-made products. “The golden days of jute will make a comeback,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had said at a programme of the fair.

  • It's time to celebrate

    Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium reverberated with loud cheers and jubilation for the nation-builders of tomorrow as The

  • Empty Field … Why Not Race?

    Right after all the paddy has been harvested and farmers have taken home their produce, villagers in Bahadurpur of Jessore organise bullock cart race towards the end of January. It is a major event in the area and racers and people from far away travel there to join. Well-bred bulls are used in the race since the stakes are high. The winner can walk away with a TV, bicycle or even a complete audio system.

  • Colourful Yarn People Long For

    From the thread you use to attach the button of your shirt that has gone missing to the threads garment factories use for sewing your clothes, every kind of twine is dyed at Bakalia Miakhan Nagar in Chittagong. The yards of the small factories are a festival of colour and workers are busy dying yarn. Some are rolled onto small paper cylinders for use in sewing machines and use by hand while others are rolled on to much bigger rolls for use in large industrial machines.

  • From Earth to Art

    Creations of 20 artisans of two villages near Paharpur Buddhist Bihar are being showcased in the Terracotta Fair and Exhibition 2017 at the National Museum. With the help of Unesco, the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh held several workshops with the artisans over the last nine months. The fair began on February 10 and would end tomorrow. The Unesco and the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh hope that their year-long project and the exercise and promotional activities would help expand the market for the artisan community.

  • Trade Saving Environment

    A lot of discarded plastic of different colours and transparency are collected from the garbage and sorted. The plastic are cleaned and grinded. They are then melted and made into a sort of grain and then molded into fine Tupperware, bathroom buckets and mugs. This market-driven trade goes on in Dhaka almost silently. Many modern cities across the world however have to spend a lot of money to have this recycling done so that the non-biodegradable plastic does not pollute the environment.

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