Abida Rahman Chowdhury

October 19, 2020
October 19, 2020

The devil rays of Bengal

I was mostly lurking behind the group of marine biologists, young researchers, and local parabiologists scouting the dirt-ridden streets of Chattogram just opposite to the under-construction...

October 5, 2020
October 5, 2020

World Habitat Day: Habitats not just for humanity, but for life

Through the choppy waters of the Bay of Bengal, our speedboat twisted and turned trying to reach Sonadia Island.

September 18, 2020
September 18, 2020

Marine biologists question gaps between science, research and action

Accessing and reading scientific articles is no easy task. A lot of us are even more acutely aware of the fact now that that many of us are reading scientific papers for the first time in an...

September 10, 2020
September 10, 2020

In the heart of anxiety

I picked up Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019) while trying to find a good therapist in this...

June 4, 2020
June 4, 2020

The absence of climate change in fiction and other great derangements

I was first introduced to Amitav Ghosh while gulping down The Hungry Tide as a freshman Environmental Science student. In that book, Ghosh navigates the Indian side of the Sundarbans, its politics,...

May 18, 2020
May 18, 2020

The giants of the sea: all but gone

When we get there at the break of dawn, Cox’s Bazar is asleep and unexpectedly cold. Pinching at our cheek, making everyone scrunch up their noses. But reassurances drop in from right and left that...

May 8, 2020
May 8, 2020

A welcome respite for them

Something strange is happening inside the Bangladesh National Zoo in Dhaka. For the first time in decades, this establishment is devoid of huge throngs of people for an extended period of time as...

May 6, 2020
May 6, 2020

(Watch) A moment of respite: Animals at Mirpur Zoo get a much-deserved break

With no people in sight, the animals housed at Bangladesh National Zoo in Mirpur-1 seem to be having the time of their lives (however much is possible within the confines of a cage).

March 22, 2020
March 22, 2020

Childhood sexual abuse: A trauma that continues to haunt

By the time she was a young adult, she had started to show the first signs of anxiety, rebellion (cue the dating older men, being too ready, almost too eager to be in bed with them), then not...

March 19, 2020
March 19, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak: Air pollution can elevate risk

Dhaka -- Bangladesh’s densely populated capital -- keeps topping the list of cities with the worst air pollution. Concerns about health hazards due to polluted air have been raised before, but now...