Laila Karim

Rooftop gardening ideas

After a long COVID break, I returned to the column receiving a request from one of our readers, Tusher from Narayanganj, who wrote — “I have a big roof that I want to decorate with a garden.

Palliative Care: the new healthcare frontier

I came across the terminology 'palliative care' while conversing with a young couple sometime in late 2017. Being a non-medical person, I was unfamiliar with the term and other jargons that came up in that discussion.

Boshonto eshe gechey…

Have you noticed that the celebration has already started with the changing colour of the morning sky, the sweet breeze from the south, and the smell of 'amro-mukul', the

Letter from a reader

Allow me to thank you for the wonderful articles on plants and everything related to gardening.

Siyara – the new age planter

It has been over one year since the day Siyara came to my office and expressed her desire to visit a nursery – home of the plants! She wanted to touch the seeds and soils and see by herself how the life of a plant begins.

Know Dr Tree — our very own shojne!

Today, while I was plucking some shojne daata/pods from our roof top garden, I just felt like sharing the thrill with my readers. I know many of you are fans of this yummy vegetable that has been valued by our ancestors for its health benefits and also for its place as a summer specialty. In the exhausting hot summer days, many of us find respite with this vegetable as it is soothing, light and cool enough to lure us to the dining table.

Being alive with plants…some moments of joy

It has been about five months since I have been away from many things special to my life– from my plants, my books and songs. My regular life was halted for a while due to a family health crisis, from which I, along with my family members, have gradually recovered. I returned from the self-exile soon after receiving some beautiful bulbs of Tulips from my daughter, brought from the Shiphol Airport of Amsterdam. We know southern Europe is the home of

Get winter veggies from your own garden!

The monsoon is prolonged this year. It is mid September – officially autumm, but the floating clouds seem inclined to stay a few more days at least.

Foes of mosquitoes

These days, a notorious fever –chikungunya– has become the talk of the town and many of us are pointing at the plants we raise in our homes. Container based plants are considered as one of the main culprits that 'host' mosquitoes in our surroundings.

Our Brikha Mela - Calling

It will instantaneously uplift your mood, and make you look forward to the fair till next year.

Small space greenery

While you browse, their eyes follow you, and sometimes you feel like talking to them too. Is it not beautiful and refreshing!

Trading with tiny hands: Do we really care?

On June 12, Bangladesh, along with other countries, observed World Day Against Child Labour, with elaborate programmes.

Our mother – who taught us love for nature!

People all over the world celebrated Mother's Day on 14 May. Although I believe that every day belongs to the mother who gave us birth and brought a new life to this world! She is always special to the mother earth and to all of us.

Dreaming Vincent's dream

On 30 March, the world celebrated artist Vincent Van Gogh's 164th birthday. To honour his memory, I decided it was best to begin with a short letter for him and to him directly, reminiscent of the song his artwork inspired, one whispering of starry, starry nights.

Rooftop Gardening: Days of Babylon to our Current Life

The concept of 'hanging gardens' fascinated me from the second grade.

Calling out to you, Begum Rokeya

I have been speaking to you for the past couple of days. I have been visiting you repeatedly in different sites, going back to your

Orchids find a new home

The famed orchid is not an indigenous bloom and came to this land from one of our neighbouring countries. Like gracious hosts, nature lovers of the country welcomed orchids with open arms.

Budapest Park – a pride of Toronto city!

This is one of the favourite places, and a source of pride for Toronto city dwellers. As it combines history and nature together, the Budapest Park is termed as a 'city within a park.'


It has been a long time since I last wrote my column. I was preoccupied during the entire hiatus but happy to have received some

Allan Garden Conservatory

Toronto city of Canada itself could be termed as a vast park. It has more than 1,500 parks with numerous open spaces and 600 km of trails.

Teresa – tale of an orchid lover

For over a period of three the sixth-floor balcony of a neighbourhood building attracted me so much that overtime I became its observer.

Flowers that beautify the home and soul

Flowers are a veritable gift of nature, with power to change a scene, decor and a person's mood despite their delicate fragility.

Lost childhoods

Back in 1972, my husband brought home Mugal, a boy of about 10 or 11, to assist me in household chores. Mugal's father handed him over to us saying, “I am giving my only son to you for his future”. Perhaps my husband's office assistant had

Succulents Rugged Beauty

I found her while passing through the pavements of the training institute in Faridpur district.

Passing winter, random thoughts

For the past few days, winter has been telling us that it is time for it to go and the calendar is reminding us to inhale the colour...

Understanding the rose

In response to the request of one of my readers, named Zep, today I am going to share my experience of dealing with the rose.

Loving and Living with Plants

Seniors in the family are unfortunately more or less confined to the four walls of their rooms in this day and age of of living in...

Essential herbs

Just think of a day when you have run out of essential herbs in your kitchen. They are such an integral part of our everyday cooking that we simply cannot imagine a day without them.

Loving and Living With Plants

The Lotus - the water lily symbolises beauty, majesty, grace, fertility, wealth, richness, knowledge and serenity.

The flower maryam comes with

Last month, while returning from the Prophet's Mosque at Madina after the morning prayer, I found this flower in the street side shops.

Let your wall speak for you!

We are famous for writing on our walls – our walls are everybody's property. Anybody can mark his/her presence by writing their issues, sticking images of leaders, expressing love or hatred towards others.

Apartment gardening

We often make statement like, 'I live in apartment so I have very little scope of gardening."

To my readers….

I would like to grow Dhone(coriander) pata and Pudina (mint) pata in small pots.


I have had dental problems since 1969! In over a four decade period, I have had the experience of meeting and visiting dental clinics of all kinds and nature.

Introduce your child to Green life and TLC

The lives of young parents is not easy these days.

Spring is here

The other day while returning home from an exhaustive day of work, I was perplexed by the song of the wind and dancing trees waiting for me outside the four walls.

Green walls, green living

In the days of undivided India, Rangpur was regarded as the gateway to this region due to its connectivity with the neighbouring towns on the other side of the border like Jalpaiguri, Shilliguri, Darjeeling, etc.