• Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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...

Straight Talk

Published Date: January 16, 2015
Je Suis Ahmed (I am Ahmed)

Je Suis Ahmed (I am Ahmed)

2015 has not started the way one might have hoped. We had barely completed the first week of the New Year when the news of the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo shocked the world. Three armed gunmen bearing Kalashnikovs attacked the magazine's offices in Paris leaving twelve people dead including...

In Retrospect

Published Date: January 16, 2015
A Rare Honour

A Rare Honour

Sometimes one comes across events which are unexpected and sudden. It takes time to absorb them. One then starts to reflect and ponder. Rationale for the event may not be readily available. But that really does not matter. In this recollection I want to write about one such event in my life. In...

Musings

Published Date: January 16, 2015
Days of Precarity

Days of Precarity

Armed law enforcers guard buildings, elite security forces in black uniform with assault rifles are in position, armoured vehicles parked in the street and several patrol cars patrols are the deserted streets. While these people are on their serious duty, some youngsters have occupied the street with a very special business of their...

Art

Published Date: January 16, 2015
A CRITIC'S EXPERIENCE IN THE GLOBAL AREA

A CRITIC'S EXPERIENCE IN THE GLOBAL AREA

“If art comes from everywhere and everyone thinks differently, why does so much of what we see these days look the same?” — Jerry Saltz on Art's Insidious New Cliché: Neo-Mannerism According to Dr Bartelik, that's one of the dilemmas we face when we look at contemporary art. The motivation of his expedition comes from...

Perspective

Published Date: January 16, 2015
The Quarter-Life Crisis

The Quarter-Life Crisis

The 'quarter-life crisis' is not a myth. The term is often thought to aggrandise the problems faced by those in their early and mid twenties. The conflicts however do exist and it is best experienced by fresh graduates. With a degree in hand and the ever looming pressure from family, they often feel...

Village Flute

Published Date: January 16, 2015
A CONVERSATION IN CLAY

A CONVERSATION IN CLAY

With hand to hip she's kneeling: a repose that brings comfort to the carriage of the ox cart. Puffing on a hookah pipe as ladies like to do, she's a connoisseur of culture. Both smoking and ox cart travelling must offer ground for contemplation – all the more so in a frozen moment such...

Exhibition

Published Date: January 16, 2015
The Magic and Mystery of Kalidas

The Magic and Mystery of Kalidas

Kalidas got the attention of the world as early as 1976 with a startling exhibition at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. He now does gives us another surprise: presenting his superb etchings simultaneously at Shilpakala Academy and at Alliance Francaise. He makes the use of strange items like ropes, pebbles and cowries to complement his philosophical attitude towards art. His attraction for the surreal as well as his keenness to present white upon white and his use of Tantric philosophy predominate his works. His use of symbols—both from Hinduism and other religions, lend interest and depth to his work. As a past maser of art he is excellent both at mixed media painting...

Health

Published Date: January 16, 2015
Crooked Nose

Crooked Nose

Have you ever noticed your siblings or younger ones, hissing like a snake while sleeping? The hissing sound is so intense that wakes you up from sleep and in some instances you avoid sharing a bed with your loved ones. I have been through it until my parents decided to do something about...

Travel

Published Date: January 16, 2015
So Long Japan, Thanks for the Fish

So Long Japan, Thanks for the Fish

One night towards the end of my two-year stay in Japan, my husband came home with the sweetest words he had ever said to me: "My colleague got us a reservation at Jiro." "Yay!" I said, imagining not just the sumptuous sushi that awaited but also the delicious looks of envy from everyone who...

Published Date: January 16, 2015
Star Diary

Star Diary

Simple Logic I had to stand in a long queue at the electricity billing counter of a bank. There were elderly people, people who seemed unwell and a pregnant woman waiting patiently for their turn to pay their bills. A woman entered the bank, looked at the line and came up front to...

Published Date: January 16, 2015
Quirky Science

Quirky Science

Sexual vs emotional infidelity Men and women are different when it comes to feeling jealous. That's according to the largest study to date on infidelity by Chapman University.   According to the findings, heterosexual men were more likely than heterosexual women to be most upset by sexual infidelity (54 percent of men vs. 35 percent...

Remembrance

Published Date: January 16, 2015
The Writer of the Common Man

The Writer of the Common Man

Akhteruzzaman Elias is a renowned Bangladeshi novelist and short story writer. He wrote only a couple of novels but those masterpieces made him one of the greatest novelists of Bengali literature. His short stories are also much acclaimed in both the Bengals. Elias's plots were mainly on lives of common Bengalis during the pre-partition Pakistan and turbulent times of anti-Pakistan movement. He was also a leader of progressive writers' movement in Bangladesh. We remember this great literary personality on his 18th death anniversary. Akhteruzzaman Elias was born on February 12, 1943 at his maternal uncle's home in Gaibandha district    His father Badiuzzaman Muhammad Elias was a renowned Muslim League leader...

Published Date: January 16, 2015
MAILBOX

MAILBOX

Gone with the wind I had a pair of roller skates while growing up. I have not thought about them in years. Until I read the nostalgic cover story, that is. I miss a well written letter from a loved one and I miss a good fountain pen. But change is inevitable and we...

MAD GENIUS

Published Date: January 16, 2015
CHARLES BUKOWSKI

CHARLES BUKOWSKI

August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994 Celebrated German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer Charles Bukowski's work addresses the ordinary lives of underprivileged Americans, the act of writing, alcoholism, relationships with women, and the drudgery of work. He wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over...

SNAPSHOT

Published Date: January 16, 2015
For the Sake of Water

For the Sake of Water

No water, no life. No blue, no green. - Sylvia Earle

Published Date: January 16, 2015
Voicebox

"We stood up for this because different voices - even if they're sometimes offensive - can make the world a better and more interesting place." MARK ZUCKERBERG Facebook's chief executive Condemning the gunmen who carried out the Paris massacre while expressing his support for free speech with the #‎JeSuisCharlie hashtag "The West's hypocrisy is obvious. Games are being played with the Islamic world. French citizens carry out such a massacre and Muslims pay the price. That's very meaningful." RECEP TAYYIP ERDOĞAN Turkish President Erdogan accused the...

Published Date: January 16, 2015
1 MINUTE PLEASE

1 MINUTE PLEASE

To music enthusiasts around the country, Minar Rahman has become a household name for his songs like Shada, Bandhu and Journey from his first album. Minar's music has brought him into the limelight, but he was working in the creative media long before his career in music took off. He started his journey...

Published Date: January 16, 2015
HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

The Aftermath Dhaka. A man tries to salvage his tin of rice, which have gone brown in the heat from a fire which gutted over 200 homes in the Katsur slum in Mohammadpur on January 11. Hartal Pains Lalmonirhat. Vegetable sellers in Goshala, Lalmonirhat, look on helplessly as prices of their products experience a drastic...

Published Date: January 16, 2015
Babu

Babu

 

Cover Story

Published Date: January 9, 2015
GONE WITH THE WIND

GONE WITH THE WIND

While we celebrate the advent of a new year, we know we have to say goodbye to some things. In fact there are many things that have become extinct over the past few decades. We associate these things with our childhood or growing years and they are assigned a special place in our hearts and memories. As we look forward to 2015, the Star takes a look back at the things that have become obsolete or failed to stand the test of time. Times they are a changin'. And how. Things that are indispensable one day are relegated to the dustbins of history the next. Make no mistake. Human beings...

Current Affairs

Published Date: January 9, 2015
A SAD DAY FOR DEMOCRACY

A SAD DAY FOR DEMOCRACY

More than half of the country's voters were made redundant much before the polling on January 5 as 153 of the 300 MPs were elected uncontested in the 10th parliamentary election. In the remaining 147 seats, less than even half of the voters did not find it necessary to exercise their rights to...

International

Published Date: January 9, 2015
How to Try a Terrorist

How to Try a Terrorist

It was a grim end to a sad year, Pakistan, was quiet on New Year's Eve as the rest of the world revelled and brought in 2015 with fireworks and fanfare. The alleged mastermind of the bloodiest school massacre in Pakistan's history, however, was busy sending emails. Just as the New Year changed the date...

Art

Published Date: January 9, 2015
Taking on the Art World

Taking on the Art World

Curating a show that too the kind that aims to take art to the general public rather than restricting it to galleries, is not an easy feat. At 27, Syed Md Shohrab Jahan is a young curator who uses his creativity to do just that. The art scene of Chittagong has seen an emergence...