• Keeping Folk Culture Alive

    Keeping Folk Culture Alive

  • Plantings in Tray

    Miniature trees and plants made by bonsai artists grab the spotlight at the Women's Voluntary Association auditorium a few months ago awing visitors. Bangladesh Bonsai Society, which began its journey in 1999, has been holding the yearly exhibition of the work of bonsai artists to promote the art in Bangladesh. From palm trees to banyan, the exhibition had them all. Bonsai is the Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. It originated from the Chinese practice of penjing.

  • Exciting For Some, Tedious For Others

    What looks like white-water rafting is actually the only means of travel to Tindu, Remakri, Baramadak and Chhotamadak in Thanchi of Bandarban. Tourists might find the trip on the Sangu river exciting with the beauty of Bandarban all around but regular travellers see it as troublesome. You have to get down at places as the boat runs aground and you often have to push the boat. And there is always the added danger of hitting a rock and the boat getting shattered. There is no boat service during the rainy season when the river becomes dangerously turbulent. A ride on this boat costs Tk 400 per person.

  • The Joy That The Baby Jesus Brings

    At churches in Dhaka and across the country Christmas carols, prayers, and special Masses marked the biggest festival of the Christian community. The birth of baby Jesus was celebrated on December 25 and there was something for every age group. Some devoted themselves to prayers, some in the choir, some were all about the Christmas dinner party while others more interested in what Father Christmas had in his bag or a ride on a choo-choo train.

  • Life in Winter Nights

    Winter arrives in Bangladesh predominantly with two conspicuous but completely different pictures. One section of people breathe a sigh of relief after long summer days and relish winter delicacies, while the other is in pain and sufferings. The underprivileged people hardly have enough warm clothes to protect themselves from the chilling cold. Things get even worse for the homeless, especially when the night falls. With no place to call home, they cover themselves with whatever they have and make footpaths and railway station platforms their bed. A little humanitarian help from the affluent could greatly reduce their sufferings.

  • High Time to Hit The Beach

    The advent of winter heralds the peak of holiday season in Cox's Bazar, perhaps the most popular holiday destination for the Bangladeshis. There seems to be something for everybody on the longest sea beach of the world. Some find it fun collecting seashells while others would rather go surfing, jet skiing, or on a ride on the quad bikes. Some want to have a dip in the water while others want a horse ride along the beach or just sit on one of those beach chairs for rent. The beach is crowded this time of the year since it caters to everyone from children, whose school exams just ended, to senior citizens.

  • Life in A Doomed City

    HOUSANDS of low-income people migrate to Dhaka from different corners of the country, looking for a better life. Unfortunately, most of them end up in slums and shanties in the capital which is already stretched to its limits and identified as the second worst livable city in the world. The photos show a slice of the everyday life of those living in shanties in Tejgaon and Jurain. Life here runs along the railway lines. Danger of accidents barely matters when reality is allready too cruel for them.

  • A Time of Plenty

    Bangladesh has a rich cultural heritage and Nabanna, the festival of new harvest is celebrated by the rural people across the country. This rich tradition was almost going into oblivion in the cities but now it has caught on again. Nabanna Utsab 1422 was organised a few days ago at the Institute of Fine Arts in Dhaka University, where children performed dances and sang welcoming the new harvest and a time of plenty. Traditional delicacies like several kinds of pitha and food items were also on display.

  • Butterfly Park

    There are a few zoos in Bangladesh and a handful of safari parks and every now and then we hear about something unusual, like a crocodile farm doing well. But a butterfly park is something unheard of in Bangladesh and one has been in existence since 2010 (officially opened in 2012) near Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport. Despite the noisy jets landing and taking off frequently, the park built on six acres of land has about 11 species of live butterflies and a museum of butterflies.

  • Colours Of Durga Puja

    Colours Of Durga Puja

  • The Village of Vegetables

    Barinagar, a village of Jessore, is famous for large-scale vegetable cultivation. The farmers of the village remain busy

  • Hide Market Takes a Hit

    EID-UL-AZHA is the occasion when tanners buy almost half the hides they need for the year. Seasonal traders going

  • The Benarasi Bliss

    The Benarasi Bliss

  • Bad Days For Handloom

    Bad Days For Handloom

  • Silent Recycling

    The garbage you throw away contains a lot of plastic; plastic that is dirty, of different colours, and transparency. Yet, through a series of

  • is it mourning for Bangabandhu or vulgar self promotion?

    It's one of the biggest losses the nation has ever suffered. Within only four years of independence, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,

  • THIS RAINY SEASON

    As the Bangla month of Shraban ends, so does what is officially the rainy season of Bangladesh. This year there was plenty of rain. The

  • Perilous Streets Of Ctg

    Perilous Streets Of Ctg

  • Forget Weather, it's Eid

    People celebrate Eid in a calm capital as many left the city to spend the holidays with their families in other districts. The weather did not help the city dwellers.

  • Clearing The Shelves

    Clearing The Shelves

  • Fair For Greener Country

    Fair For Greener Country

  • Changes In Orchards

    Changes In Orchards

  • Luscious Litchis Of Dinajpur

    Luscious Litchis Of Dinajpur

  • Reshmi Churi

    The tinkle of glass bangles on a woman's hand is one of those things that make Bangladeshi women stand out, just like the bindi on their forehead and the way they wear their

  • Handicrafts And Our Heritage

    To exhibit the rich cultural heritage of the Bengalis, a three-day Karu Shilpa Mela [handicrafts fair] was held on Bangla Academy premises

  • May Day?

    The heat and soot of the tiny cramped workshop get to them and they have to reach for the window just to have a breath of fresh air once in a while. The blaze of the furnace, the dimly lit room, and unhealthy working environment take a toll on grown up workers, let alone the ones who should be in school. With no protective gear whatsoever, they hammer away for their livelihood. Today is May Day but some of the workers there did not even know what it was for. The photos were taken at a workshop of Jatrabari in the capital.

  • Smiles, Chaos, Worries

    Awami League-backed mayoral candidate AJM Nasir Uddin was all smiles while casting his vote at Municipal Model High School and

  • of Voting, Violence

    SUPPORTERS of ruling party-backed councillor candidates clash with the supporters of BNP-endorsed runners and that of rivals in their

  • ELECTION IN THE AIR

    In most streets and alleys the sky cannot be seen due to the campaign posters hanging from ropes. And the neighbourhoods echo of

  • Pahela Baishakh 1422

    It is a time to let go of the dismal past and look forward and welcome the New Year. People, after having given particular attention to

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