Andrew Eagle | The Daily Star
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  • When darkness falls

    Morzina Begum from Daktarpara in Rangpur town works in a bidi factory, rolling cheap cigarettes. Aged 75, it's not an ideal
  • Bloom and grow, forever

    In and around Mathorpara village, in Gaibandha's Shaghata upazila, it's become usual for every newborn child to be welcomed into the world with the planting of a tree. The tradition began three years ago by 28-year-old visual artist Gopal Chandra Barmon, as an extension of a tree-planting hobby carried from boyhood.
  • Cost of floating farms on the rise

    In wetland areas of Pirojpur, farming on floating seedbeds called “dhap” is a tradition that spans centuries. Primarily constructed from water hyacinth, the seedbeds that are up to 180 feet long, four feet wide and two feet thick, allow farming in areas otherwise unavailable for regular crops. But this year, the rising cost of floating cultivation has farmers worried.
  • Jessore School Teacher: Never late, absent in 31-year career

    Every school day morning like clockwork, maths and science teacher Satyajit Biswas is to be seen on his bicycle, commuting the seven kilometres from his Kucholia village home in Jessore's Monirampur upazila to Dhopadi Secondary School.
  • Pigeon lover becomes a local trailblazer

    When life knocks you down, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again. It is a lesson Bogra town's ATM Faysal Hasan learnt after his graduation with a master's in Bangla. Twice he appeared for a viva-voce exam for the public service. Twice, he claims, he was confronted by brokers wanting a bribe. Dreams defeated, Faysal turned to his hobby—pigeon rearing. He could not guess how successful he would be.