• Friday, July 11, 2014

Published July 11, 2014
The Star

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HOWDY NEIGHBOUR?

HOWDY NEIGHBOUR?

Be it the technological advancement, or our modern day belief in individualism or simply our fear and hesitation in knowing new people, we often prefer staying out of reach in our neighbourhood. This week the Star explores the beauty of befriending your neighbours and helps you feel at home in your community. In her sixties, Jahanara Banu enjoys whipping up home-cooked scrumptious desserts and savouries for her family and neighbours on any given occasions. Till date she has always welcomed Ramadan by sharing meals with the neighbourhood families. But she isn't being able to do so this year, as she moved from Barisal to stay with her son in Dhaka. “On the night of Shab-e-Barat, I was thinking of preparing sweets and halwa to distribute it amongst the neighbours. But I found...

Chintito

Misplaced Empathies

Misplaced Empathies

Only last week a man in Dhaka found himself in the midst of some Brazilian (football) fanatic fans, and he (perhaps because he was not one of them) said out of jest, “Brazil Bhua (false)”, an expression not taken seriously in our society. The Bangla-speaking Bangladeshi ID card holders, having no blood relations...

Current Affairs

Be You Ever So High, the Law is Above You

Be You Ever So High, the Law is Above You

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her valedictory speech at the first budget session of the 10th Jatiya Sangsad on July 3, was describing the Awami League's long struggle for the country's democracy. In so doing, she bitterly castigated military ruler Ziaur Rahman for grabbing power violating the constitution after the bloody changeover of August 15, 1975. She also described how General Zia made efforts to legalise his takeover by holding a farcical presidential election which elected him President. She left no stone unturned to portray Zia as a despot.   But Sheikh Hasina, also leader of the House, seemed to have softened her stance on the military takeover when she...

History

A Hero's Tale

A Hero's Tale

April 18, 1971. A company of freedom fighters took a determined defence position in a village called Daruin to resist the advancing Pakistan occupation army. But everything was not favourable for the freedom fighters. Continuous rain for three days had drenched and damaged most of their ammunition and food supply. Darkened by heavy...

Interview

Protecting Creativity

Protecting Creativity

Barrister A B M Hamidul Mishbah, the founder of Bangladesh Copyright & Industrial Property Forum (BCIPF) and member of the Anti-Piracy Task Force of Bangladesh, is involved in developing the National Intellectual Property Policy. In this interview with the Star, Mishbah shares his insights on the Intellectual Property rights and the prospect of...

Special Feature

To Mother, With Love

To Mother, With Love

For more than 14 years, Didar Islam lived the American dream working as an electrical engineer for top companies.  Commuting to work in his brand new Lexus, he would wonder what more he could do with his knowledge.   Now, in a move that hints at a big shift in the global technology, he...

Impressions

The Food Nightmare

The Food Nightmare

Food security has significantly acquired a new dimension beyond having enough to eat in stipulated caloric terms. Now, such concern has been overtaken by a bone-chilling fright about safety of many of the food items we have to consume. The coarsely demonstrative crackdowns on kitchen markets, wholesale and retail fruit outlets and restaurants selling...

TributeA fighter, a war hero. A philosopher, teacher, writer

The Great Sardar

The Great Sardar

A fighter, a war hero. A philosopher, teacher, writer, intellectual. Sardar Fazlul Karim adopted all these mantles in an unassuming manner; the labels never seemed to have attracted him, nothing was more important for him than ideals. And he never seemed to have compromised on them. Even when he was forced to spend...

Village Flute

The Body Cutters

The Body Cutters

The corpse has found the cold metal of the dissection table. It's the time to place the brick-like body block under the small of the back. The arms and neck will fall behind; the chest will stretch and rise. It's easier for the cutting. “The body is impermanent,” says fifty-year-old Abinash Dom. He's not...

Food for Thought

The Rigours of Romance

The Rigours of Romance

Although the poets would have us believe it's in spring that a young man's fancy turns lightly to love, for Dhaka Romeos, winter seems to be the season of preference. Perhaps that isn't surprising, given that the rest of the year the weather can make it difficult to summon up enough energy to...

Musings

Fatima Jinnah, Mozart and Reagan

Fatima Jinnah, Mozart and Reagan

Over a week ago, the authorities in the Pakistani city of Karachi served notice on Fatima Jinnah, sister of Pakistan's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah, about a non-payment of bills relating to utilities provided to her. She was warned that unless she cleared the amount, coming to nearly three hundred thousand rupees, a warrant of arrest would be issued against her. The authorities were surely doing the right thing. No one, no matter how highly placed or how privileged, should be allowed to get away with a commission of manifest wrong. If Ms. Jinnah had done anything wrong, she would pay for it. But then you remember that Fatima Jinnah has...

In Retrospect

Allure of Old Dhaka

Allure of Old Dhaka

Dhaka began to grow under the imperial Moghuls from 1610 AD as an organised settlement under The Subedhars, who operated under the Delhi based Moghuls. The independent Muslim Sultanates who ruled this part of the Subcontinent were of Afghan and Turkish origin, and they had arrived long before the Moghuls. Much of the history...

Star Diary

Star Diary

Source of Alarm? I came back to my room with a glass of water to complete the article I had been working on, but I was mortified by what I saw. My two-year-old cousin was running towards my laptop, hands outstretched and a sparkle of purpose in his eyes. Fearing the impending doom of...

Health

Look Before You Step

Look Before You Step

Tetanus is one of those diseases, which though is non-communicable in nature (does not spread from person to person), is still a public health threat. The rate of tetanus affected patients is high, especially in a developing country like ours, where farming is a major occupation. Plus it is also one of the...

Quirky Science

Quirky Science

New superconductor world record set A world record that has stood for more than a decade has been broken by a team led by University of Cambridge engineers, harnessing the equivalent of three tonnes of force inside a golf ball-sized sample of material that is normally as brittle as fine china. The Cambridge researchers managed...

Remembrance

Remembering the Man of Letters

Remembering the Man of Letters

Muhammad Shahidullah was a famous Bengali educationist, philologist, linguist, writer and religious scholar. Venerated as Gyantaposh, Shahidullah conducted fundamental research on the origin of Bengali language. We pay homage to this great scholar on his 45th death anniversary. Muhammad Shahidullah was born in village Peyara, West Bengal, India on 10th July, 1885 He father Mofizuddin was a warden of a religious shrine During his school life Shahidullah learnt to speak, read and write in Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit and English fluently Shahidullah completed his graduation on Sanskrit and obtained Master degree on comparative philology from the University of Calcutta After completing his doctorate Shahidullah returned home and started teaching In 1937 he became the head...

Mailbox

Mailbox

The Permanent Revolution The Quranic word 'zakat' not only has the meaning of charity, alms, official tax and voluntary contribution; it also has a strong spiritual motive. The way the Holy Quran induces the well-off to give zakat is courteous yet firm. If they give the poor their due, Allah will pay back them...

Voicebox

"The World Bank cancelled the fund being often provoked by a vested quarter from the country and America." SHEIKH HASINA Prime Minister Alleged that the World Bank (WB) had cancelled its funding in the Padma bridge project being provoked by the US and a vested quarter in the country. "The series of disciplinary breaches show that he has a severe attitude problem, the extent of which we have never seen in a Bangladesh national player. …What is alarming is that there are several...

MAD GENIUS

MAD GENIUS

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE 22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930 Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was a Scottish physician and writer who is most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. He is also known for writing the fictional adventures of a second character he invented, Professor Challenger, and for popularising the mystery of the Mary Celeste. "Of all ghosts the ghosts of our old loves are the worst. It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the...

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

“I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I'm not afraid to look behind them.” ― Elizabeth Taylor

Strange History

Taxing Beards!

Taxing Beards!

Queen Elizabeth I was always in the lookout for expanding tax revenue sources. At a time when beards were in style, she and her government decided to tax people with whiskers to increase their source of revenue. Interestingly, Elizabeth I's father, King Henry VIII of England, who wore a beard himself, introduced the...

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

Writing is his forte. Be it scripts for films or poetry, this week's interviewee does not hesitate to try his hand at every form of text. A script writer, poet, production designer, filmmaker, Anjan Sarkar Jimy has several identities attached to his name. After finishing his graduation in fine arts, he decided to...

THE BARE MINIMUM

Best foods to eat at Sehri

Best foods to eat at Sehri

Anas (RA) quotes the Prophet (Pbuh) as saying: “Make sure to have your suhoor  meal, for suhoor is blessed.” These five healthy foods are a must have for sehri if you want to maintain your energy levels till you break your fast at dusk. 1       Bananas This fruit is a good source of potassium and other essential nutrients. If you don't feel like having the fruit, you could make a quick protein smoothie with peanut butter, banana, yogurt, milk and cocoa powder.  2       Oats Oats contain are slow releasing and can help give you the feeling of fullness for the greater part of the day. 3       Lentils Lentils contain complex carbohydrates which are the primary...

HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

Pale Green Ghosts Savar. A few months ago, the Dhaka-Aricha highway was lined with rows of beautiful trees. However, continuous dumping of garbage in that area by the Savar municipality has left many trees dead and many others dying. Horror, Horror! Gaibandha. Despite a ban on their sale, piranhas, a kind of omnivorous fish...

Postscript

The First Faltering Steps on FB

The First Faltering Steps on FB

Being a newbie in Facebook can be quite embarrassing. It's not just because you have defected to the 'other side' after vowing NEVER EVER to join this narcissistic, voyeuristic, self-promoting, exhibitionist forum. It's not because you realise you how pathetic it is to live vicariously through other people's glamorous lives. It's not even...

Cartoon

Babu

Babu

 

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