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Cover Story

Published Date: September 12, 2014
Happily Ever After?

Happily Ever After?

Newspapers and entertainment magazines are always trying to delve deep into the lives of film actors. No one pays any attention to those who devote their lives to making films a bit crispier for the audience. Once described as “extras”, they are now called junior artistes. This week the Star interviews some of...

  

Chintito

Published Date: September 12, 2014
You Were IN, Now You are OUT

You Were IN, Now You are OUT

During the War of Liberation 1971, at Sector 2 HQs training camp at Melaghar (India), trainees were always cautioned by military officers about anti-Bangladesh forces within their ranks. This seemed dramatisation to the mostly teenage trainees, who wondered what sort of a lowly person would dare to work against them… this shaded forest had more freedom fighters than trees. But in the midst of Bangladesh forces there always lurked the Bangla-speaking collaborator and conspirator. Sadly for more deserving and loyal persons, several of them reached high positions in government and other services, so effective was their masquerade. Born in Pabna [in proximity of the Pabna Mental Hospital), Planning Minister in...

Current Affairs

Published Date: September 12, 2014
The Fake Opposition

The Fake Opposition

The Jatiya Party (JP), the handmaiden main opposition in parliament, keeps twisting its record. On August 31, its MPs had decided that they would oppose the constitutional amendment bill seeking to restore the Jatiya Sangsad's power to impeach Supreme Court judges for misbehaviour or incapacity. The opposition Chief Whip Tajul Islam Chowdhury and JP MP Moshiur Rahman Ranga, who is also a state minister in the cabinet, informed journalists about their decision. The meeting also decided in principle that the three JP ministers would resign to turn the party into a "real opposition". Their decision has made it plain that they have finally acknowledged that people do no consider...

Musings

Published Date: September 12, 2014
Ban — and Let Ideas Die

Ban — and Let Ideas Die

Banning is never a good idea. And yet there are people around you who will demand, any time something challenges their intellect or belief, that a ban be put in place. Now, Air Vice Marshal AK Khandker, a very reputed freedom fighter, has just come forth with a book that has set people's nerves on edge. One can understand that. But what one does not quite comprehend is why the book must be banned. A good number of individuals have loudly demanded that Khandker's book be proscribed. He has, they say, transgressed the boundaries of historical truth. Perhaps he has, but is banning the answer to the point he...

Impressions

Published Date: September 12, 2014
Hurrah for a 'Journalist'

Hurrah for a 'Journalist'

While covering the recent Israeli savagery in Gaza, Swedish Radio correspondent Johan-Matthias Sommarstrom was approached by a little boy as he returned to his hotel after a day of reporting in the troubled Strip. The Palestinian boy, about six years old, had dressed up as a journalist with a homemade flak jacket. "I'm a...

Photo Feature

Published Date: September 12, 2014
LEGAL ALIENS

LEGAL ALIENS

DARSHAN CHAKMA Some of the university going students in Dhaka come from different districts of Bangladesh. Sometimes it takes them a couple of months or even a year to get used to this unknown city, unknown life and unknown faces.  They live barely and struggle everyday to make their ends meet. They study hard...

Reflections

Published Date: September 12, 2014
Early Morning Adventure

Early Morning Adventure

I head out of our apartment building in Dhanmondi and take a left turn towards the lake. The air is crisp, the sun not yet glaring. And the best part, no traffic to worry about. It is almost 6 AM, and Dhaka City is barely waking up. The only people out on the...

Interview

Published Date: September 12, 2014
A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember

Reetu Sattar, a seasoned theatre artiste and director, has recently done a number of off-beat theatrical performances. Be it her directorial project “Dog, Woman, Man” or a protest against erecting walls around the parliament, she likes standing out. For Drik's fundraising exhibition “Appeal For Gaza” (that runs till October 31), Reetu did an...

Literature

Published Date: September 12, 2014
Tagore's Women

Tagore's Women

Laila Afroze, the well-loved reciter on TV for decades says, “Rabindranath was married at a very young age. He was maybe 21, and his wife Mrinalini 11 or 12. The Colonial English, the then rulers of the Subcontinent, taunted him for marrying a young girl. But he did love her deeply, and they...

Exhibition

Published Date: September 12, 2014
The Love that Dare not Speak its Name

The Love that Dare not Speak its Name

The walls of the EMK Centre were white and plain, and at first glance they seemed to be barren. Upon closer inspection, it was clear why the minimalist theme was chosen. The subject matter, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), is a taboo one. The blank backdrop was appropriate, almost necessary, for the gravity of the photographs. Sebastien Chatelier, a freelance journalist, said he wasn't aware of Bangladesh until the Rana Plaza collapse. He realised that Bangladesh wasn't just about garments factories and decided to take a look into the social issues that are prevalent yet suppressed. Working with Rofiqul Islam Royal, a counsellor working with HIV prevention and awareness,...

Book Review

Published Date: September 12, 2014
Algebra of Love

Algebra of Love

After Orhan Pamuk, another great storyteller from Turkey, Elif Shafak, is emerging onto the scene of contemporary world literature. She is as yet less distinguished than Pamuk, but she possesses an unmatched narrative prowess which places her in the ranks of world-class novelists. Turkey's bestselling female writer, Elif Shafak has authored 13 books,...

Health

Published Date: September 12, 2014
Much Suffered, Less Talked

Much Suffered, Less Talked

‘Oh, it hurts! I am not going to the toilet anymore! It is bleeding'. These are expressions of a feeling, which more or less everyone has gone through. They are the cry of a hush-hush trouble that people experience and are shy to discuss. These are caused by Piles or Anal fissure. Piles...

International

Published Date: September 12, 2014
Modi and Abe

Before talking in person, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi have reached out to each other via Twitter quite often. Modi is one of the three people whom Abe claims to follow on social media. Abe's most recent tweet expressed his eagerness to meet with Modi days before his Indian guest embarked on a five-day visit to Japan, which started Saturday. On Monday the two elevated the Japan-India relationship to the "special strategic and global...

Published Date: September 12, 2014
Star Diary

Star Diary

The Art of Theft The other day my friend and I went to eat out at a restaurant. A waiter with a welcoming smile ushered us to a table. Another couple was already having their dinner at the table next to us.  Their child was running around while his mum was trying to...

Published Date: September 12, 2014
Write to Mita

Write to Mita

Dear Mita, I am a sixteen years old student. My father, who is around 40 years, insists on riding his motorcycle without wearing a helmet. He says that the helmet is too inconvenient and he feels uncomfortable while wearing it. When I tried to explain to him why it's important for me, he told me not to worry and pragmatically explained to me that even if anything does happen to him, I would be well provided for. I want my dad to be around for a long time and am at a loss to explain how important he is to me. Frightened Daughter Dear Frightened Daughter, You are very right in being concerned....

Published Date: September 12, 2014
Quirky Science

Quirky Science

Anger makes people want things more Anger is an interesting emotion for psychologists. On the one hand, it's negative, but then it also has some of the features of positive emotions. For a new study published in Psychological Science, researchers find that associating an object with anger actually makes people want the object—a kind...

Remembrance

Published Date: September 12, 2014
The Man behind the Myth

The Man behind the Myth

Jatindranath Mukherjee was one of the most valiant revolutionary philosophers and freedom fighters against the British rule in India. His heroic struggle against the colonial rulers earned him the moniker Bagha Jatin (Tiger Jatin). Gandhi respected him as 'a divine personality' and a British officer called Sir Charles Tegart said, “If Jatin were an Englishman, the English people would have built his statue next to Nelson's at Trafalgar Sqaure.” We remember the heroic sacrifice of this brave son of Bangladesh on his 99th death anniversary. Jatin was born in a village in Kushtia (then a subdivision) district of Bangladesh (then East Bengal) in 1879 After passing the Entrance examination in 1895,...

Postscript

Published Date: September 12, 2014
It's Cool to be a Little Uncool

It's Cool to be a Little Uncool

One of the biggest delusions of adult life is to perceive oneself to be a 'cool' parent. You try to be a friend rather than a jail warden. You wear what you think are funky clothes, watch the latest season of 'Vampire Diaries' and 'Student of the Year' with your teenager, memorise inane...

Published Date: September 12, 2014
MAILBOX

MAILBOX

Living in Music, Living on Music I sincerely hope that the cover story will draw some much needed attention to the music scene of the country.  The media has an important role to play to promote good music. Singers who appear on TV are not necessarily the best the country can offer. There are...

MED GENIUS

Published Date: September 12, 2014
ÁNGEL DI MARÍA

ÁNGEL DI MARÍA

Ángel Fabián Di María Hernández is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for English club Manchester United and the Argentina national team. "It hurts when you are always doing your best and then you hear you might be going to spurs. There are people who shot 2 times and scored 2 goals, and others who shot 40 times and never score. The most important thing is not to win, but to make a good impression in the first game of a new cycle."

SNAPSHOT

Published Date: September 12, 2014
A Single Leaf

A Single Leaf

Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Published Date: September 12, 2014
Voicebox

Voicebox

  "People get panicked hearing Tarique's name. Apart from the beginning of bomb blasts and extortion anew, Hawa Bhaban will be created if Tarique (BNP) returns to power. He masterminds bomb blasts."  HM ERSHAD Jaitya Party chairman In a party conference Ershad described Bangladesh Nationalist Party senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman as a 'bomaru' (one who makes bombs).       "Khandker joined the Liberation War upon suggestions of Pakistan. He has been praising Ayub Khan, undermining Bangabandhu and the constitution." SHEIKH FAZLUL KARIM SELIM AL law maker Demanded that the government should bring sedition charges against the deputy chief of liberation forces Air Vice Marshal A K Khandaker and try him for the controversial claims he made in his recent...

Published Date: September 12, 2014
1 MINUTE PLEASE!

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

All the world's a stage. That's the motto of every good actor; versatile actor Rawnak Hasan is no different. His acting career started 18 years ago at the stage. He then gradually shifted to television and also acted in a few films. As an actor, Rawnak believes that in order to achieve complete creative satisfaction, one needs to be ready to experiment with different roles. The talented actor has widened his horizons to include script writing for films and directing television dramas to his credit. The Star caught up with the multifaceted personality...

Published Date: September 12, 2014
HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

  Dutta Making “Mon Baksho”  Anjan Dutt, a popular Kolkata-based artiste and one of the living legends of contemporary Bangla Music, has decided to enter the Bangladeshi film scene with his new directorial project called “Mon Baksho.”         Fishing in Flood Residents of Arkatia of Dhunat, Bogra spent their time in the flood water trying to catch...

Cartoon

Published Date: September 12, 2014
Babu

Babu

 

Cover Story

Published Date: September 5, 2014
LIVING IN MUSIC
LIVING ON MUSIC

LIVING IN MUSIC<br> LIVING ON MUSIC

Growing up, Zarin Tasnim, a young music enthusiast was always surrounded by music. She started her guitar and violin lessons when she was very young.  By the age of 20 she was already composing little musical pieces by herself.  Becoming a professional musician, therefore, was a rite of passage for this young music...

Chintito

Published Date: September 5, 2014
In Praise of Chintito - a 'Stir' is Born

In Praise of Chintito - a 'Stir' is Born

The challenges are on. Book list, ice bucket, sand bucket... The ice bucket challenge (and maybe the sand one) are about donating money to a very good cause, and the initiators have raised 10 million dollars in a short while. They expect to collect an awesome figure as much as 90 million at the end of the campaign, although critics point out that not all that is frozen is gold because the ultimate beneficiary will receive a paltry percentage of the take. Does there have to be a wolf lurking behind every tree in a forest where the birds chirp and the paths are laid with rose petals? About the sand...

Current Affairs

Published Date: September 5, 2014
Does He have What it Takes?

Does He have What it Takes?

Reform is always a continuous process. If someone in office initiates some reform, his successor should continue it to keep its spirit alive. What happened in the case of the submission of the political parties' annual audit clearly exposed a lack of leadership skill of the incumbent Election Commission-led by Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad...

Interview

Published Date: September 5, 2014
The One Who Heals

The One Who Heals

Dr Rumana Dowla is the first certified and trained Palliative Care physician in the country. After completing her MBBS from the prestigious Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, Dr Rumana was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship in 2008 to pursue a Masters in Palliative medicine from Cardiff University, UK. She has received numerous degrees...

Food

Published Date: September 5, 2014
A Mouthful of Happiness

A Mouthful of Happiness

The tale of Haji Biriyani has only one protagonist – the biriyani. No appetiser, no side dishes, no desserts; it's just one plate of biriyani. What sets hajir biriyani apart from all other biriyanis? While we have figured out that the taste, the owners' inclination to stick to the traditional recipe and the preparation, altogether make it different from any other biryanis, the owner and the manager say that it's the mercy of the Almighty that makes their food so delicious. The biriyani is cooked slowly with small grains of kataribhogh rice mixed with small cubes of mutton; fist pressed mustard oil and their secret spices do the rest of the...

Village Flute

Published Date: September 5, 2014
THAT FOREST FEELING

THAT FOREST FEELING

How is it that a bunch of trees and living things can lift spirits and free souls? What magnificent ingredient or elixir does the forest bring to enchant, inspire and release? Does anybody know? I'd say it's a lack of lines – in the sway of the giant bamboo stalks, in the leafy patterns...

  

APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA

Published Date: September 5, 2014
Black Gardener turned Heart Surgeon

Black Gardener turned Heart Surgeon

“He has skills that I don't have. If Hamilton had had the opportunity to perform, he would have probably become a brilliant surgeon.” — Dr Christiaan Barnard to Associated Press in 1993                                  What an illiberal, especially a racially segregated, society can do to thwart flowering of talents latent in many human beings is exemplified...

International

Published Date: September 5, 2014
ISRAEL CANNOT WIN

ISRAEL CANNOT WIN

All those whose opinions differ from the prevailing view are considered saboteurs. In this guest commentary, the Israeli writer ETGAR KERET describes how the thought police are dominating his homeland and explains why the problems Israel faces cannot simply be bombed away Whether I want to or not, for days now I have repeatedly...

Impressions

Published Date: September 5, 2014
NOT SO FUNNY AFTER ALL

NOT SO FUNNY AFTER ALL

It was part of a television serial set in a rural backdrop that portrayed a character chattering away his clearly quixotic connections to the local official circles as though they were mutual friends. He took the names of the subdivisional officer, upazilla nirbhai officer and officer-in –charge of the local thana to impress...

Profile

Published Date: September 5, 2014
From France with Love

From France with Love

The tall, lanky, Olivier Latvine, with black curly hair and bifocals, the outgoing Director of Alliance Française de Dhaka says, “The main projects that I have dealt with during my tenure, were 'Ethno Fashion', and 'Be Bop Dance'. The first was a collaboration of its kind with Goethe Institut, using Franco-German cultural funds....

Book Review

Published Date: September 5, 2014
A Short Prayer

A Short Prayer

Anees Salim emerged on the Indian English literary scene with his masterfully crafted debut novel The Vicks Mango Tree. His second book Vanity Bagh fetched him The Hindu Prize for Best Fiction 2013.  And now, The Blind Lady's Descendants, his fourth novel, is here to tell you a story of hope, aspiration, struggle,...

Health

Published Date: September 5, 2014
LOW BACK PAIN

LOW BACK PAIN

Back pain is one of the most common medical problems affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. Pain in the back usually originates from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine. It can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain....

Published Date: September 5, 2014
Star Diary

Star Diary

A Magnanimous Police Sergeant No matter whether it rains or the sun shines, three types of people- policeman, rickshaw-puller and diabetic patient cannot but go out of doors early in the morning regularly. As a diabetic patient, I also go out for a morning walk everyday. One morning, after completing my last lap of...

Published Date: September 5, 2014
Write to Mita

Write to Mita

Dear Mita, I am working at a state owned bank. Nowadays I find my work very monotonous and mundane. After working for four years in the same bank, I am now thinking of switching to a new workplace. But I think I need a business degree from a reputed institution to help me get a better job. However, I am not being able to take proper preparations because of tremendous workload. After toiling all day, I feel very tired and can't concentrate on my studies. I even have a wife and a daughter whom need to give some time as well. I had applied to a university to continue my...

Published Date: September 5, 2014
Quirky Science

Quirky Science

In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions? Children's social skills may be declining as they have less time for face-to-face interaction due to their increased use of digital media, according to a UCLA psychology study, published in the online edition of edition of Computers in Human Behavior. UCLA scientists...

Remembrance

Published Date: September 5, 2014
A True Humanist

A True Humanist

Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) is one of the most important and pioneering filmmakers in the history of cinema. During his 57 years long career, he directed and created some of the best films the world has ever seen. His humanistic approach towards filmmaking has influenced a lot of renowned filmmakers. Kurosawa said, “Human beings share the same common problems. A film can only be understood if it depicts these properly.” We pay tribute to this great personality on his 88th death anniversary. Kurosawa was born on March 23, 1910 in Ōimachi in the Ōmori district of Tokyo His father Isamu was a member of a former Samurai family from Akita Prefecture Kurosawa entered...

Published Date: September 5, 2014
MAILBOX

MAILBOX

I, Who? The well researched cover story deals with one of the oldest and most fundamental questions of all time. We often hear songs and read poems that preach knowing the self but they offer little insights into how to achieve that feat. The article presents the reader with ways to do it. It...

MAD GENIUS

Published Date: September 5, 2014
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE

LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE

March 27, 1886 – August 17, 1969 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a German-American architect. He is commonly referred to and was addressed as Mies, his surname. Along with Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, he is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture. "Less is more. Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins. True education isconcerned not only with practical goals but also with values.Our aims assure us of our material life, ourvalues make possible our spiritual life. Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space."

Published Date: September 5, 2014
Voicebox

Voicebox

"Russia's partners...should understand it's best not to mess with us. I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers." VLADIMIR PUTIN Russian President Said on Friday that Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression "There are many people in Bangladesh who still wish to be slaves of Pakistan and they do not believe in the country's independence. Khaleda Zia is one of them and she still is with the defeated forces [of the Liberation War]. People, who want to be Pakistan's slaves, may leave the country for Pakistan." SHEIKH HASINA Prime Minister of Bangladesh Branded her political archrival Khaleda Zia "a killer" and "a...

SNAPSHOT

Published Date: September 5, 2014
All By Myself

All By Myself

“It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it.”- Rainer Maria Rilke

Published Date: September 5, 2014
1 MINUTE PLEASE

1 MINUTE PLEASE

Music runs through his vein. Sujit Mustafa is a legendary singer of Nazrul Sangeet in our country. Mustafa has sung classical, semi -classical, Nazrul Sangeet and modern Bangla songs at home and abroad. In his long celebrated career, he was selected to perform classical music at the Videshi Kalakar Utsab organised by the...

Published Date: September 5, 2014
HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

Mourning? The rally was called to mourn the murder of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. But the Bangladesh Chatra League's victory parade-like bus rallies created a public transport nightmare in downtown Dhaka. Illegal makeshift shops Illegal makeshift shops and poorly parked vehicles occupy the street in front of the emergency section of Dhaka Medical College Hospital....

Cartoon

Published Date: September 5, 2014
Babu

Babu

 

Cover Story

Published Date: August 29, 2014
I WHO?

I WHO?

“Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.” — Soren Kierkegaard  Danish philosopher, theologian Socrates' ukase was “know thyself.” Easier said than done—a whole cloud of philosophy condensed into the drop of these two short words. How can you know yourself? And why should you know yourself? Don't cringe...

Chintito

Published Date: August 29, 2014
"My Enemy's Enemy is Not My Friend"

President Barrack Obama and the United States government are in the middle of learning it the hard way. In Syria's prolonged civil war they always backed the rebel forces to oust hereditary (yet elected, and they all are) president Bashar_ al-Assad until they found out by their own (one could even suspect biased)...