• Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Cover Story

Published Date: February 27, 2015
Unveiling The Great Thinker

Unveiling The Great Thinker

Professor Dr Nizamuddin Ahmed has been writing for the Star Magazine with the pseudonym Chintito. His witty and thought provoking articles have been nourishing our readers mind for more than 18 years. This week The Star reveals the amazing story of this thought leader through a detailed interview. Professionally Dr Nizamuddin Ahmed is...

Cover Story

Published Date: February 27, 2015
THE MAN BEHIND THE MAGIC

THE MAN BEHIND THE MAGIC

It is hard to speak out honestly in a world that is so intolerant of divergent views and so harsh in judging anything that challenges the status quo. But that is exactly what Chintito has done over the last twenty years – defying the convention of not talking of unpleasant truths. Starting as...

Periscope

Published Date: February 27, 2015
It Ends Here

It Ends Here

About 12 years ago, I, a naïve 24-year-old, joined the Star as Staff Writer, and now, it is time to bid it a tearful goodbye. When I first stepped into the three-storied Daily Star office in grungy Karwan Bazaar I did not have any idea about journalism in Bangladesh. I had just returned from Hong Kong, and the only piece of information I had about the Daily Star was that it was the largest circulating English newspaper in the country and its fan following was increasing rapidly.  My first piece (Collecting Past) in the Star was my musings on Dhaka, a requiem for the fading beauty of a city we...

Special Feature

Published Date: February 27, 2015
THE GROWTH OF THE SOIL

THE GROWTH OF THE SOIL

For a TV show about farmers—thin, bony, illiterate peasants, and agriculture—the mundane business of producing rice and jute, Mati O Manush might not have been a bright idea. But Shykh Seraj, award winning development activist and journalist, crafted it in such a way that it grabbed the audience by the collar and demanded...

Current Affairs

Published Date: February 27, 2015
World XI versus AL?

World XI versus AL?

Why does Sheikh Hasina now oppose the UN's call for holding a dialogue between her ruling Awami League and the opposition BNP to resolve the ongoing political crisis? Her stance regarding the UN was different in 2006 when her AL-led alliance resorted to all possible means to stop its rival BNP-led coalition from holding the parliamentary polls scheduled for January 22, 2007. She even sought a UN-mediated election rather than the prospect of the polls under the then caretaker government led by Iajuddin Ahmed, according to US diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks in September 2011. The then US ambassador to Dhaka Patricia A Butenis in a cable sent to Washington on...

Perspective

Published Date: February 27, 2015
The Story of the Star

The Story of the Star

The Star is about to embark on a new journey. It will change its format from its present size to a tabloid. Being its editor for most of the 18 years of its existence a little reminiscing is in order. As I look through old issues of the Star my facial expressions change from a smile to a grimace to a look of utter horror and then a grin. If cartoonist Sharier Khan were nearby he would have had a blast drawing cartoons of these contortions. But while my hands are blackened with the soot from old issues that are only archived in paper form, I am filled with pride...

Food for Thought

Published Date: February 27, 2015
Waiting for the Storm

Waiting for the Storm

It's happening again. A familiar rage unfolds its sticky wings within the captive interior of my chest: a monstrous butterfly emerging gracelessly from its cocoon. It's the same every night. The taste of panic blooms bitter on my tongue. Swallowing hard, I wonder how much longer I can bear this charade. I sculpt my features into submissiveness by a sheer act of will, reminding myself sternly that it's only during dinner that I must endure your company. It is the one meal that we eat together; indeed, the only time of day that we are even in the same room. I have tapped unexpected creativity to find excuses for wandering away...

Perceptions

Published Date: February 27, 2015
The Lure of Storytelling

The Lure of Storytelling

I am an accidental journalist, the one who sort of stumbled into the world of writing. I had a different dream as a kid. I wanted to be an astronaut, explore the stars and the universe. However, with age my ambition changed. At 14, I fell directly from the sky to the ocean...

Village Flute

Published Date: February 27, 2015
Coal Street

Coal Street

Coconuts, jackfruit, fish, papaya and rice… there's generosity to its geography. Bangladesh has a landscape that perpetually gives. It's the morning and I'm sitting in Saju's living room. It's not his Dinajpur Town residence but the old cottage in a row of cottages at Parbatipur's Barapukuria Coal Mine: the place he calls home on workdays. The housing strip is the old staff barracks. It currently houses employees unable to be accommodated elsewhere. Md Shajiul Islam, Saju Bhai, 43, is an assistant manager in the mechanical section. He's worked there for just short of eleven years. The minor concrete laneway features cute front gardens of vines and fruit trees – but has no...

Musings

Published Date: February 27, 2015
The Bizarre, the Weird and the Fantastic

The Bizarre, the Weird and the Fantastic

In my two years working with The Star, I had the opportunity to contribute to this wonderful magazine in a number of capacities. I wrote features, often helped with the editing and collected the entries for Star Diary and Write to Mita. Of all these responsibilities, I felt a particular affinity for Star...

Art

Published Date: February 27, 2015
KAJOL'S VISION

KAJOL'S VISION

According to artist Ruhul Amin Kajol, who is in Bangladesh for three months , visiting friends and relatives, formal art began with the Egyptians, Phoenicians and the cave dwellers before them, who used art to express their thoughts, beliefs and stories through architecture and relief work and to glorify their power. Huge constructions...

Perceptions

Published Date: February 27, 2015
The Need to Do More

The Need to Do More

‘Ekush' holds a special place in the history of this country. It was the first scintilla of Bangladesh, long before Bangladesh was born. It is a unique example for a nation's struggle for its right, and the sacrifices made for a belief. It took the world decades to fully comprehend the stature of...

Published Date: February 27, 2015
Star Diary

Star Diary

A Rickshaw-puller's Epiphany The rickshaw puller was a middle-aged, jolly fellow, who spoke with concern about the hygiene and cleanliness of the city. He suddenly stopped the rickshaw, signaling to me that he will be back within a couple of minutes. I noticed that he went to a corner beside a sidewalk to respond...

Published Date: February 27, 2015
Write to Mita

Write to Mita

Dear Mita, I am a 48-year-old man and have a 20-year-old daughter who is now away at a college abroad. Her mother and I divorced over a decade ago. However, when I remarried someone else around four years back, my daughter was not pleased with my decision. My wife has been very patient and treats my daughter like her own. But my daughter insists on behaving badly with her, not even attending family events if my wife is there. My ex-wife has encouraged my daughter in this behaviour but now I think that enough is enough. I refused to grant one of her many requests and since then she has...

Published Date: February 27, 2015
Quirky Science

Quirky Science

LOOK AT HIS FINGER Maybe women should take a good look at their partner's fingers before putting a ring on one. Men with short index fingers and long ring fingers are on average nicer towards women. They are more likely to listen attentively, smile and laugh, compromise or compliment the other person, according to...

Remembrance

Published Date: February 27, 2015
The Humanist Author

The Humanist Author

Krishan Chander was an Urdu writer famous for his short stories and novels. He was also well versed in Hindi and English. He has written around 30 collections of short stories and 20 novels with many Urdu radio plays. He also wrote screen plays for several Indian movies. Some of his stories and...

Postscript

Published Date: February 27, 2015
The Last of the Tuesday Blues

The Last of the Tuesday Blues

It's a Tuesday today, the day we go to print, the day my colleagues, friends and family try to stay out of my way knowing the rise in my level of crankiness. Today I start the day with that same sense of panic – will I be able to finish my column before...

Published Date: February 27, 2015
MAILBOX

MAILBOX

Story of the Bangla press What a timely cover story just before the 21st February! While the rest of the world takes great care in preserving their history, we pay no attention our own. How can we let something like the press of Kangal Harinath rot in sheer neglect and lack of attention?  It...

Published Date: February 27, 2015
LUCIANO PAVAROTTI

LUCIANO PAVAROTTI

12 October 1935 – 6 September 2007 One of the most commercially successful musicians Luciano Pavarotti was an Italian operatic tenor.  He made numerous recordings of complete operas and individual arias, gaining worldwide fame for the brilliance and beauty of his tone—especially into the upper register—and eventually established himself as one of the finest tenors of the 20th century. "  For me, music making is the most joyful activity possible, the most perfect expression of any emotion. Why should be elite, music? Excuse me. Music must be for everybody. You don't need any brains to listen to music. There is no prodigy in our profession. If you see all the great singer of the past, none...

SNAPSHOT

Published Date: February 27, 2015
A New Beginning

A New Beginning

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?         — Percy Bysshe Shelley

Published Date: February 27, 2015
Voicebox

"I believe discussion is needed to change anything in a democracy. Without discussion, nothing can change." AMARTYA SEN Nobel Laureate Economist Said while launching the translated Bangla version of his latest book in Dhaka "We are very much aware of welfare of our country. Do not poke your nose into our internal affairs. The interference of foreigners will not be tolerated, foreigners are not our masters." SHEIKH FAZLUL KARIM SELIM Senior Awami League Lawmaker Warned the foreign diplomats that measures would be taken against the diplomats...

Published Date: February 27, 2015
HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

Deplorable Condition Barisal. Barisal BM College's Jibonananda Das Hall has been in a bad shape for a long time. Looting the Orphans Patuakhali. Despite the signboard claiming that the land is reserved for the orphanage Hasemia Islamia Shishu Sadan, there are no accommodations for orphans. The authorities of the 'orphanage' however received over Tk 3 Lakhs...

Cartoon

Published Date: February 27, 2015
Babu

Babu

 

Cover Story

Published Date: February 20, 2015
STORY OF THE BANGLA PRESS

STORY OF THE BANGLA PRESS

A teacher of a small village was so overwhelmed by the atrocities of the landowners or zamindars of colonial India that he decided to write something in protest. A former employee of a British-owned indigo production factory, he was a first-hand witness of the cruelties against the workers who gave their sweat and...

Chintito

Published Date: February 20, 2015
Farewell to Charms

Farewell to Charms

Chintito began as a column “Pinch of Salt” in The Daily Star's broadsheet on 30 May 1995 when respected elder brother Madan Sahu was looking after a weekly post-editorial page. The column was shifted to the Star Weekend Magazine since the latter's inception. I continued to write without having to meet the magazine...

Current Affairs

Published Date: February 20, 2015
Extremism Destroys Democracy

All the prevailing signs suggest that the top politicians of our two major political parties nurture extreme ideas. One side is determined not to sit in any talks with its rival to resolve the political crisis. The other is still determined even after one and a half months of non-stop blockade to continue it. These extreme stand points fail to bring anything positive for people who have been suffering immensely from the war waged by the two feuding sides. When...

Straight Talk

Published Date: February 20, 2015
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

I have always been a Sci-fi fan and geek and a question that has crossed my mind on numerous occasions is whether there are any other life forms out there. Surely we cannot be the only sentient beings in this mind bogglingly vast array of galaxies. Thinking we are alone seems rather presumptuous. Can...

Perspective

Published Date: February 20, 2015
Open the Door

Open the Door

The reigning assumption these days about courtesy, civility, and manners is that they are merely frosting on a cake. The clear connection between courtesy and kindness is generally not understood. All the childhood lessons about saying “please” and “thank you”, not talking only about oneself, not speaking loudly or not asking personal questions are deemed decorative at best and perhaps even unhealthy because they camouflage true feelings. The assumption, one supposes, is that true feelings must be ugly and cruel, and that manners and etiquettes get in the way of their liberating honesty. Yet, an older assumption is that manners are indispensable because they elevate our darkest impulses. Courtesy forces people...

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT OUTRAGE

Published Date: February 20, 2015
THE POPE IS UNDER FIRE WORLDWIDE

THE POPE IS UNDER FIRE WORLDWIDE

“Is the Holy See now doing what it claimed not to be doing a year ago, namely actively and internationally promoting the corporal punishment of children?” – Former Irish President Mary McAleese The Pope's silence on corporal punishment to children continues to fuel the inferno he ignited globally. While sycophants, apologists and spokespersons have rallied...

International

Published Date: February 20, 2015
REBIRTH OF AAM AADMI

REBIRTH OF AAM AADMI

It is, indeed, instructive to analyse why the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was decimated at the polls in Delhi. But the more important point is how the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has emerged with such a bang: 67 seats in a house of 70! The BJP is down to just three from the...

Village Flute

Published Date: February 20, 2015
The Miraculous Dog

The Miraculous Dog

It was after evening when we sat in the living room ready for adda, a chat that could foreseeably last half the night. Zaharul Islam, 50, had just arrived in the city from his home in Dinajpur's Ghoraghat. He found his way to my place from Gabtoli Bus Stand. It's ironic we spoke of...

Art

Published Date: February 20, 2015
RAFI'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH FORM AND COLOUR

RAFI'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH FORM AND COLOUR

Rafi Haque's works juxtapose the past and the contemporary world. His journals fuse images and texts. His journals mix collages, doodles, written texts. Besides creating intriguing images with strong political or social messages, they also document his life. Rafi has a recurrent fascination with melancholy. It is like the Sufi notion that everything , even happy feelings have a melancholy element. Rafi is internationally acclaimed as a visual artist. His works have been in numerous solo and  group exhibitions in Bangladesh, France, Germany, India , Holland Egypt , Russia, etc . So how did it all begin? “My father was a book publisher and my mother was quite adept at embroidery,...

Book Review

Published Date: February 20, 2015
In the Company of Rebels

In the Company of Rebels

Rajeev Bhattacharyya, a seasoned journalist and passionate advocate of truth on the ground – stands tall to tell the story of insurgency in India's northeast. Rendezvous with Rebels is the passionate account of his most daring journey to the rebel bases in eastern Nagaland in Myanmar, staying at the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) camp. He along with a fellow journalist, Pradip Gogoi spent over four months to complete their rendezvous in the tough and forbidden terrains to interview ULFA Chief Paresh Barua and the Chairman of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), SS Khaplang. Bhattacharyya has been covering the conflicts in the region for yesrs. In the voyage,...

HUMOROUSLY YOURS

Published Date: February 20, 2015
Naveed Mahbub Uses Humour as Social Critique

Naveed Mahbub Uses Humour as Social Critique

“There is no such thing as victimless comedy. We are always a victim of situation and that is when you are able to deliver the message very effectively through humor” explains comedian Naveed Mahbub. Although comedy is often misunderstood as facetious, there can often be a strong underlying message. Comedy, like other forms of art, is a cathartic experience. Honest humor has the surprising quality to unite people. Through laughter we release of tension and feel connected to others. A sense of humor can go a long way. Astute observation and insight turns humour to social critique. Naveed Mahbub's new book Humorously Yours, a compilation of writings from his column...

Health

Published Date: February 20, 2015
COMBATING SYPHILIS

COMBATING SYPHILIS

Though initiatives have been taken by the government and NGOs to promote sexual education/ awareness, a stigma still prevails in our society regarding this matter. Due to this hush-hush nature, a vast majority of young population get exposed to unknowing dangers related to sexual activity.   We may have some knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), due to health campaigns and mass awareness programmes. But what about those people who are already exposed? Do they really know that they are exposed? Do they know what should be done? I have seen patients coming to me with STD cases after months of exposure, only because they were too shy to discuss...

Published Date: February 20, 2015
Star Diary

Star Diary

LOST CHILDHOOD When I arrived at the doorstep of the student I tutor, I saw a boy, who was around 10 to 12 years old, working hard with other adults at a nearby establishment. I knew him from before and that's probably the reason why he was pretending that he didn't work there but was rather just helping those people. He seemed embarrassed that I had seen him working, so I pretended not to notice him and walked away slowly. I suddenly stopped, however, and looked back to see him busy with his work. He had thought that I had left the place and probably was relieved that I...

Published Date: February 20, 2015
Quirky Science

Quirky Science

Engineered insulin! A new type of insulin developed by MIT engineers could eliminate the need for patients with Type I diabetes to repeatedly monitor their blood sugar levels and inject insulin throughout the day. In tests in mice, the enigineers showed that their modified insulin can circulate in blood for at least 10 hours, and...

Remembrance

Published Date: February 20, 2015
The Man Who Changed Black America

The Man Who Changed Black America

Malcolm X was an African-American minister and human rights activist renowned for his courageous moves to protect the rights of black Americans. He is considered as one of the pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement against racism in America. His activism, speeches and published work raised the self-esteem of black Americans reviving their...

Postscript

Published Date: February 20, 2015
Groovy* is not Cool Anymore

Groovy* is not Cool Anymore

“Ma, teacher onek para ditase homework kori nay bole” (Ma my teacher is giving me a lot of 'para' because I didn't submit my homework), says your school going kid one day. What is 'para' (the 'a' pronounced as in pan or pancake) you may think– some new form of detention? Actually, close...

Published Date: February 20, 2015
MAILBOX

MAILBOX

Challenging the Stigma Mizanur Rahman has indeed challenged our perception of disability. Reading the cover story, I am convinced that he really believes in what he is doing. People with disability deserve a second chance and Mizanur Rahman is giving them just that through his organisation—Physically-Challenged Development Foundation. We wish him more success. Tania Sultana Lalmatia,...

MAD GENIUS

Published Date: February 20, 2015
OMAR KHAYYÁM

OMAR KHAYYÁM

18 May 1048 – 4 December 1131 Celebrated Persian philosopher Omar Khayyám  was a mathematician, astronomer, and poet. He also wrote treatises on mechanics, geography, mineralogy, music, and Islamic theology. "There was a door to which I found no key: There was the veil through which I might      not see. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. A hair divides what is false and true. The moving finger writes, and having written moves on. Nor all thy piety nor all thy wit, can cancel half a line of it."

SNAPSHOT

Published Date: February 20, 2015
Under the Bridge

Under the Bridge

I demolish my bridges behind me - then there is no choice but forward. -Fridtjof Nansen

Published Date: February 20, 2015
HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

Getting Ready Dhaka. The central Shaheed Minar gets a facelift in the capital before the Language Movement Day and International Mother Language Day on February 21. Unstable and Dangerous Dhaka. This wobbly bamboo bridge is the only way from Nandipara Trimohoni area to Demra's Bhidpur area. The locals demand a permanent structure over fears that...

Published Date: February 20, 2015
Voicebox

"It's so sad that no matter who wins, Pakistanis will continue to be way hotter than us and we'll continue to be their ugly neighbours." REGA JHA Buzzfeed India's Editor Tweeted as India won the last Sunday's world cup match against its archrival Pakistan "Israel is your home. We are preparing and calling for the absorption of mass immigration from Europe." BENJAMIN NETANYAHU Israeli Prime Minister  Renews his call to Jews to move in to Israel from all over Europe after Copenhagen attacks

Published Date: February 20, 2015
Babu

Babu

 

Cover Story

Published Date: February 13, 2015
CHALLENGING THE STIGMA

CHALLENGING THE STIGMA

When Mizanur Rahman became enrolled into Jahanginagar University in 2006, he was not sure whether he would be able to continue to meet the costs of his education. Says the founder of Physically-Challenged Development Foundation (PDF): “While I was struggling with trying to meet the costs of my education, I met Barkat from...

Chintito

Published Date: February 13, 2015
Our Blunted Senses Must Arise

Our Blunted Senses Must Arise

A photograph splashed on the front page of The Daily Star8 February under 'Shocking shooting' has poignantly exposed the insensitivity that is sadly manifest in some members of the media in their eagerness to collect information. The photo shows a person with severe burn injuries on his hands and face, and in obvious...

Current Affairs

Published Date: February 13, 2015
Mr President, Can't you do Something?

Mr President, Can't you do Something?

Last Monday, Nagorik Samaj, a platform of civil society members sent separate letters to President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the BNP chief Khaleda Zia requesting them to take initiative to hold talks to resolve the ongoing political crisis. In the letter to the president, civil society members have made an appeal to the president, the guardian of the state, to play a special role in bringing the two feuding sides to the table. Khaleda has long been urging the government to sit for a dialogue. The BNP-led alliance's demand for talks is aimed at holding an early parliamentary election. An early election is the only possible...

Special Feature

Published Date: February 13, 2015
MOMENT OF SURRENDER

MOMENT OF SURRENDER

Valentine's Day has as much to do with love as the Easter Bunny has with resurrection. For one thing, it is named after a martyr. Are we celebrating punishment or passion? In the olden days, a typical observance involved bachelors pulling maiden's names out of a pot as in a raffle. Nowadays, Valentine's Day...

Interview

Published Date: February 13, 2015
Photography Gave Meaning to My Life

Photography Gave Meaning to My Life

When and how did you start photography? I wasn't serious about photography until I visited Central America in the early 1980s. I was studying visual arts on painting and sculpture at York University in Toronto. Ronald Regan was the president of the United States of America back then. He seemed to be trying to transform all of Central America into a smouldering landscape. In other words, one could witness revolutions and unrests in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala.   Landless people were fighting to change the status quo of their native lands. These people were considered as threats by the US administration, which backed the repressive regimes of Central America and South...