Aanila Kishwar Tarannum

The case of the missing girl: Where are we in Bangla children’s literature?

It wasn’t until my 20s that I realised I had read less than 10 Bengali women authors in my childhood and adolescence.

3y ago

Fashion: Self-expression or consumerism?

Clothing carries undeniable meaning, becoming a strong vehicle for self-expression.

3y ago

Iconic TSC soon to be erased

In the wake of Dhaka University’s birth centenary in 2021, the decision to bulldoze its historical Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) and replace it with a multi-storied structure shocked students, alumni, and residents of Dhaka.

3y ago

What good is the DSA if it can’t protect women from online harassment?

There is little I can add to what has already been said about the shaming, blaming and moral policing of women on the internet.

3y ago

On broken things like the economy and young people’s spirits

For the number of times I have seen older people address and advise the youth, I have seen very few instances of the former assuming the role of a listener.

3y ago

From footpath to Facebook

Sixty-four-year-old Habibur Rahman came to Dhaka from Narsingdi in 1988. For the past 32 years, he has been selling books around the city, and now, to the elderly man’s amazement, he is selling books online with the help of his son.

4y ago

Periods to be replaced with commas in women’s bodies

When my editor asked me to write a period piece for this week’s Satireday, I was quite perplexed. After all, it is common knowledge that periods have been cancelled, and emojis now mark the end of sentences (¬‿¬)

4y ago

Worse off at a shelter

Photos taken by activists at a shelter called Kalua’s Homes at Baruikhali of the capital’s Rayerbazar area have revealed a dismal picture. Scores of well and unwell dogs were photographed cramped inside a small shed, while paralysed cats were found in cages. Some of the dogs were all skin and bones, as the food given to them were inedible and covered with mould.

4y ago
May 31, 2019
May 31, 2019

How unlimited pizza became an iftar tradition

Over a decade ago, Dhaka was introduced to the phenomenon of unlimited pizza and its faithful companion, the bottomless drink. The first and only time I have ever availed this offer was back in fifth grade. My mother, a dedicated pizza lover, took me to Pizza Hut on Satmasjid Road.

May 12, 2019
May 12, 2019

Mother’s Day: Teach your sons to respect women

Mothers, who have overcome all challenges to become successful professionals and be role models to their sons and daughters, say that teaching sons to share their familial and social space equally with girls is the first step for removing the double standards that have been instilled in generations.

April 26, 2019
April 26, 2019

Tale of two princes

If you are familiar with Game of Thrones fan theories, you might have heard one that suspects Jaime Lannister is Azor Ahai, a King Arthur-like figure who will rise up to save humanity.

April 25, 2019
April 25, 2019

Remnants of a Buddhist civilisation in Nateshwar

The recently excavated Nateshwar archaeological site bears witness to the Bengal region’s thousand-year-old history, with its

April 25, 2019
April 25, 2019

The Mediocre Millennial Creative Agency

After winning the second runner-up slot in CreatHive 3.0, Arif, Shabab and Shiuli’s team “Game of Thrones Pun” from Institute of Creative Administration (ICA) decided they can go even further.

April 9, 2019
April 9, 2019

Pahela Baishakh: The industry that colours the celebration

Next Sunday, this dusty grey city will transform into a sea of colours, momentarily giving its residents a break from their monotonous

April 5, 2019
April 5, 2019

The other side of Archie comics

When Riverdale, a TV series based on ye olde Archie comics released a few years ago, I was quite disappointed. The writing got worse each season, and the show had no humour.

March 29, 2019
March 29, 2019

Why blame the observers?

During the Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) and hall union polls on March 11, a group of eight teachers voluntarily carried out the duty of election observers. They reported multiple cases of irregularities and demanded reelection, claiming that the polls were not free and fair.

March 28, 2019
March 28, 2019

Sustainable startups by the youth, for the people

On a random Ramadan evening a few years ago, Abdulla Al Hamid, then a student of United International University, noticed the huge amount of waste generated from cooking oil.

March 27, 2019
March 27, 2019

'Will cooperate with this panel if they work for students'

Auroni Semonti Khan is a student of Dhaka University's Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology department.

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