Abida Rahman Chowdhury

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...

March 18, 2020
March 18, 2020

Coronavirus: As experts warn air pollution can elevate health risks, should Dhaka worry?

Concerns due to polluted air have been raised before, but now the warning rings louder as global experts say continued exposure to high levels of air pollution in cities can potentially increase...

March 9, 2020
March 9, 2020

The million promises and little perils of bird-watching by the coast of Bangladesh

It is years ago now. The day I took a bus to the southernmost tip of Bangladesh with a group of people wearing khaki-coloured shirts, two-in-one pants, carrying heavy duty binoculars, spotting...

March 4, 2020
March 4, 2020

Bangladeshi researchers discover new frog

“It is named after one of the most prominent wildlife scientists and conservationists in the country, it mimics the sound of crickets and it is tiny,” this is how the team of researchers who...

March 3, 2020
March 3, 2020

Bangladeshi researchers discover new frog that can fit on your thumb

‘Raorchestes rezakhani’ was the discovery of two young researchers -- Hasan Al Razi Chayan and Marjan Maria -- from Jagannath University, guided and led closely by Sabir Bin Muzaffar, professor of...

February 20, 2020
February 20, 2020

The story of an anxious generation growing up in a fast-changing world

“Environment, climate crisis, Facebook, Instastories, Snapchat, social media influencers, relationships (lack thereof), and a world obsessed with being connected and updated constantly.”