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    Animals mean more to the big city slicker. They fulfill the completely ordinary, wholly elusive need for attachment the nine-to-fiver so often experiences in the lonely metropolis. Living in close proximity to these creatures enables the human to learn humility, honesty, sensitivity. To respect and be respected. Because you can fool a man, but you can never fool an animal.

  • Finding God in a kaleidoscope

    Milk-white wicks swim in little pools of ghee. They sit atop a shiny green banana leaf—each a prayer for a loved one, a prayer to ward off evil spirits or a prayer to grant your wildest wishes.

  •  Pushkar Fair Pushkar Mela

    When in Pushkar

    The Pushkar Fair or Pushkar Mela is held annually in Pushkar, Rajsthan during the month of Kartik. It is the largest livestock fair in India where camels, horses and cows are traded.

  • Where blue birds fly

    All the houses in the city have it—an empty patch under the sky.

  • Fragments

    A constant torment, white noise reminding us of our losses and sufferings.

  • A tale of single mothers

    I have not seen my mother smile in a long time. Not since I was a child—at least, not a heartfelt one. To me, it seemed she was always suffering an imperceptible, incessant anguish.

  • A thousand gardens

    Where have the fish in the Buriganga gone? Bubbling with rich, garish tones that can belie the grim reality, the waters of the Buriganga, once the lifeblood of the capital, tell our very own tale of woe.

  • A pause to breathe

    When I started working at the zoo it seemed impossible to relate to it, but in a serendipitous twist of fate, after spending ample time there, I started to develop a bond with the animals.

  • The happy Buddhas

    Between February 19 to 23, 2010, hundreds houses of Jumma villagers, Buddhist temples, and a church were torched in a communal attack in the Baghaihat area of Sajek union and Khagrchari municipality under Khagrachari district allegedly by Bangalee settlers.

  • Blinded by Beauty?

    We, travellers, have fallen in love with Sajek's stark, burnt-umber coloured cliffs that jut upright throughout the valley.

  • Charak

    Charak Puja is a festival celebrated in the southern belt of Bangladesh, where devotees undergo acts of flagellation in order to appease Lord Shiva and his wife Shakti.

  • White Memories

    The spell is over, the hour is up. And I can no longer remember.

  • Call Me Heena

    I feel like a mermaid. My body tells me I am a man and my soul tells me I am a woman — Heena, 51.

  • Beautiful Bangladesh

    Our land is one of colours, rivers, vast lands and warm people. Whether it is the concrete jungle that is Dhaka city, or the softer sides of

  • Relief

    There are moments when one needs to escape from the clutches of this concrete city and find themselves admiring nature- the sky,

  • Give us knowledge

    Devotees pay their respect to Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, music and arts. On the day of the puja, men, women and children wake up early in the morning.

  • Having Found Peace

    During holidays, my family and I often become tourists, traveling the roads less traveled by, in Bangladesh. Last year during the Eid holidays, we started our journey from Chittagong and headed to our destination, Sylhet.

  • The Little Things

    Often we stumble, and we look around for what can pick us back up. We look for family, for friends, we look for rewards, awards and achievements.

  • Remember Me?

    I am the rickshaw puller who took you home safe last night. Or the security guard, sitting outside the ATM booth, making sure that you have a secure money transaction.

  • Winter Weddings

    The month of December kicks-off the long awaited wedding season in Dhaka. The chilly breeze, coupled with warm Kachchi Biryani and a grande celebration of togetherness of newlyweds really brings out the festivity of this month.

  • 1 Like, 0 Prayer

    Ashes to ashes, Dust to dust.

  • Them

    During my visit to the Mirpur National Zoo, unsurprisingly, I noticed how the animals are not treated too well. But what really broke my heart was that the visitors didn't care too much either.

  • A piece of Heaven on Earth

    Mountains, clouds and ancient temples – Darjeeling is sometimes described as a piece of heaven on earth by many a tourist and traveler.

  • Caring For Special Children

    Caring for Special Children

    Najifa Tabassum was a premature baby and the doctor called her Einstein at her birth. First recognised to be a special child when she was 18 months old...

  • Dhaka Rain

    Monsoon and Dhaka have always had a love-hate relationship. Whenever it comes, rain brings along with it a number of troubles

  • Faces.Places.Stories

    Faces.Places.Stories” is a solo photography exhibition by Ata Mohammad Adnan and is currently running at the EMK Center, Dhanmondi-27, from Aug 13 till Aug 31.

  • Gambling with the last glory of Bengal

    While we have failed to protect most of our forests in Bangladesh for complex reasons, Sundarbans firmly stands in the south with all its glory.

  • Before Summer Rain

    Suddenly, from all the green around you, something-you don't know what-has disappeared;

  • Love for Bangladesh

    While fear gripped Dhaka city after the gruesome 1/7 attacks at the Holey Artisan Bakery, claiming 22 lives, there were individuals all across the globe showing support and giving sympathy to those affected by the tragedy.

  • In Harmony and Gratitude

    To mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, the three day fest of Eid-ul-Fitr is usually marked with Eid prayers, social