• Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cover Story

Published Date: September 19, 2014
AN INTELLIGENT COMPANY

AN INTELLIGENT COMPANY

IDCOL, who? Doesn't ring a bell? It should. After all, through its 47 partners, it has installed 3.2 million solar home systems that provide clean electricity to 13 million rural people of the country. To get an idea about how big of an achievement that is, here is a fact: the number of solar home...

Current Affairs

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Looking Back

Looking Back

The constitution of 1972 empowered the parliament to remove a Supreme Court judge on ground of misbehaviour or incapacity. The power was revoked in January 1975 before it had taken effect through the enactment of a law. The fourth amendment curtailed the parliament's power and empowered the president to remove a SC judge...

Economy

Published Date: September 19, 2014
MAKING IT FAIR

MAKING IT FAIR

When Assia Begum, the wife of a poor landless farmer, received Tk 300 from the Union Parishad office she became quite surprised. At first she thought she was mistakenly given the money. Suddenly she realised that almost two years ago when she conceived her first child she applied for the government's maternity allowance...

Perspective

Published Date: September 19, 2014
A Homecoming for Akram Khan

A Homecoming for Akram Khan

I saw Akram Khan's DESH in Toronto late last year. Mesmerised, I left the theatre, my experience of the show enhanced by bumping into the performer outside the theatre. We talked; I asked him if he had plans to stage it in Bangladesh. He mentioned that given that so much of the stories...

Photo Feature

Published Date: September 19, 2014
DEATHTRAP

DEATHTRAP

Some of the roads in Dhaka, especially those at Begun Bari, Shat Rastar Mor, Malibag and Mirpur are now littered with big potholes. To make it even worse, there are places where roads and drains merge into a single entity. The government and the authorities concerned remain oblivious to the plights of the...

Impressions

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Creature of Habit

Creature of Habit

Have you ever realised how much of a creature of habit you are? Small things matter in life so intensely that if any one of your articles of daily use should be misplaced, you will be first upset. And, should it not be retrieved quickly enough you lose temper without throwing anybody on the mat instantly. That is because you wouldn't know who played the trick until your housemaid pointed a finger to the private security man who would have doubled as a 'meticulous interior decorator' on a weekend. With his peculiar aesthetic sense and a sleight of hand he would rearrange the things upsetting your private corner. For...

International

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Farmers in Distress

Farmers in Distress

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish over suicides by farmers, whose condition has not improved despite the high rate of economic growth. The reason for this distressing state of affairs is that economic policies are badly crafted. The primary effort of the government has been to increase agricultural production. The price factor...

Musings

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Fading Childhood

Fading Childhood

Childhood in Dhaka was drastically different when I was growing up in the early 80's. There were morning cartoons yes, even video games and movies, but there were also neighbourhoods where children would come out to play hopscotch or tag and all the games only children's imagination could invent. Every day I would...

Village Flute

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Sreemangal Sevens

Sreemangal Sevens

Beyond town is the Sathrong – the Seven Colours – Restaurant. According to the signboard it's “fully air-condition,” and it will be, at some time after you arrive when they switch the air-conditioner on. Or you can sit street side. Those tables have air all the time, occasionally mixed with a hint of...

Reflections

Published Date: September 19, 2014
IT'S TIME TO TALK

IT'S TIME TO TALK

Dear society. Consider this an open letter. It's the taboo that people want to ignore. It's the taboo that isn't sexy or appealing; you don't feel a sense of daring when you get close to it. There's no thrill involved. It's the leading cause of suicide worldwide when it isn't diagnosed. It's depression, and...

Book Review

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Written in Blood

Written in Blood

In The Blood Telegram: India's Secret War in East Pakistan Gary J Bass, with credential of being an author, a Professor of politics at Princeton and a restless narrator on South Asia, keeps the truth behind the events well in order that shook the subcontinent. Soon after the horrific riots and horrific partition became...

Health

Published Date: September 19, 2014
That Burning Sensation

That Burning Sensation

Do you feel burning sensation when you micturate? Does it hurt? Do you feel an urgency to go to the toilet? Do you feel weak and feverish? You may be suffering from UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). Acute UTI occurs in many women each year, and it rate is very high in Bangladesh. Studies...

Event

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Understanding Identity

Understanding Identity

Stuart Hall, in the introduction to a volume of studies published in 1996, suggested that "There has been a veritable discursive explosion in recent years around the concept of identity." More than a decade has passed since he made that observation, but the concept of identity has exploded in worldwide academia, making it...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Star Diary

Star Diary

Treating Them with Respect I was going to my office in Gulshan-1 and was waiting for a bus at a busy place. Suddenly I noticed that a rickshaw-puller was moving towards the main road and had unwittingly hit a man with one of the wheels of the rickshaw. The man got infuriated and started...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Write to Mita

Write to Mita

Dear Mita, I recently gave birth to a daughter but I feel as though my in-laws are not as excited about her birth as they should be. Even when she is crying, my parents-in-law don't bother to quiet her, instead they call me or the nanny to attend to her. This is not the...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Quirky Science

Quirky Science

Training your brain to prefer healthy foods It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital. Published online in...

Remembrance

Published Date: September 19, 2014
A Mystic Soul

A Mystic Soul

Mohammed Monsooruddin (1904 –1987) was an eminent Bengali author, lyricist, essayist and literary critic. He was also a renowned collector of Bengali folk literature and mystic art. His lifelong effort to preserve folk literature saved one of the most resourceful parts of Bengali literature from going into total oblivion. We remember this great scholar on his 27th death anniversary. Monsooruddin was born on January 31, 1904 in Muraripur, Shujanagar of Pabna district His education started in the rural schools of his village He graduated from Rajshahi College in 1926 He studied in the department of Indian Vernacular of the Calcutta University from where he secured Masters degree with a First Class in 1928 Monsooruddin...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
MAILBOX

MAILBOX

Happily Ever After? I want to congratulate the writer for such an engaging and enjoyable cover story. Through his writing style, the junior artistes who always remain nameless become alive. The life stories of Muhammad Sulaiman, Rowshanara, Ripon Shikder and Nasir are intriguing. These people are in the film industry because they love being...

MAD GENIUS

Published Date: September 19, 2014
SATYAJIT RAY

SATYAJIT RAY

Satyajit Ray (May 1921 – 23 April 1992) was an Indian filmmaker, fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, calligrapher, graphic designer and film critic. Ray was born in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of arts and literature. "At the age when Bengali youth almost inevitably writes poetry, I was listening to European classical music. The director isthe only person who knows what the film is about. There's always some room for  improvisation. The only solutions that are ever worth anything are the solutions that people find themselves."

SNAPSHOT

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Let it Be!

Let it Be!

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ― Charlotte Brontë

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Voicebox

"An octogenarian leader, Ershad will have to undergo an acid test. Awami League enjoys two-third majority in the parliament. So, why would it take part in the game of splitting the Jatiya Party?" OBAIDUL QUADER  Minister for Road Transport and Bridges said that the JP is now faced with a dilemma but Awami League will not interfere in JP's internal affairs. "What would interest Iran is a real fight against terrorism in the region and around the world, not this selective one." HOSSEIN AMIR-ABDOLLAHIAN Iranian...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
1 MINUTE PLEASE!

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

Growing up, Urmila Srabonti Kar was always surrounded by a cultural vibe in her family. Apart from being a classical dancer, Urmila made a splash in the art world with a few TV commercials and a handful of TV dramas after competing in a beauty pageant. While she is committed to explore life...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

“Biggest Ever” An anti-smuggling team of Bangladesh Navy seized the “biggest ever” consignment of 2,20,000 Yaba tablets near Patenga in Anwara upazila of Chittagong. 2 Years Jail for Child Marriage The cabinet approved a new law on child marriage incorporating a provision of up to two-year imprisonment and Tk 50,000 fine to the grooms, marriage registers...

Cartoon

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Babu

Babu

 

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...