Historical

It’s harvest time

Farming families across the country are in different stages of Boro harvesting. In the low-lying plains, known as the haor region, farmers start harvesting paddy

An abundance of healthy riches

The Krishibid Institute of Bangladesh in the capital’s Farmgate was decked out in a riot of colours from February 28-March 2, when the

Caging the symbol of freedom

Birds flying the limitless open sky is an enduring symbol of the freedom of spirit and mind. These very symbols are however caged for profit, even as the ethics

Crafting a living

Trained by Jagoroni, which has a showroom in Dhaka, women make dolls and other small handicrafts using jute and other plant fibres.

Bazar For The Poor

The Fokinni Bazar, otherwise known as “Gorib er Bazar”, is a market for vegetables and fruits salvaged from the nearby Karwan Bazar. The bazar, which started back in 1983, has some 120 open-air stalls selling produce. According to the vendors, it all started when those living near the rail lines began collecting vegetables that fell off wagons or were thrown out for being “damaged”. They took the scraps and sold them for less than half the price. The financially-challenged customers of the bazar do not consider the blemishes to be deal-breakers and instead use them to haggle down prices. The bazar serves as a grocery haven for slum dwellers who live in and around the area. However, due to frequent eviction drives, it may just be in its twilight years.

The king of mats

In Aaghoria in Sirajganj’s Raiganj upazila, a change is creeping up. Rice fields are taking over jungles where once murta plants ruled. At times, there seems to be a harmony between the two, but looks can be deceiving. The murta plants are used to produce the traditional shitalpati, the naturally cold mat which is a blessing on most summer days. The mats come from the trees taller than men. The trees are cut, then boiled and finally individually coloured. Fold it as much as one wants, but it never breaks. The shitalpati is something special. But it is being replaced by plastic. And slowly, but surely, the locals are moving away from their heirloom pieces.

May 21, 2022
May 21, 2022

It’s harvest time

Farming families across the country are in different stages of Boro harvesting. In the low-lying plains, known as the haor region, farmers start harvesting paddy

April 17, 2022
April 17, 2022

An abundance of healthy riches

The Krishibid Institute of Bangladesh in the capital’s Farmgate was decked out in a riot of colours from February 28-March 2, when the

February 9, 2022
February 9, 2022

Caging the symbol of freedom

Birds flying the limitless open sky is an enduring symbol of the freedom of spirit and mind. These very symbols are however caged for profit, even as the ethics

January 10, 2022
January 10, 2022

Winter Wonders

Along with winter come the joys, colours and flavours of winter vegetables. Even amid the concrete jungle of the capital, this time of the year sees small open

January 5, 2022
January 5, 2022

Cycle of waste

The dumping of plastic waste in landfills and water bodies has reached gargantuan proportions in the country, posing a threat to natural

December 12, 2021
December 12, 2021

On the road again

The death of Notre Dame College student Nayeem Hasan under the wheels of a garbage truck in Gulistan on November 24 reignited the

July 25, 2021
July 25, 2021

A Beel For Birds

Migratory birds throng Charol Beel, located in the Indian border area of Chapainawabganj’s Gomastapur upazila. During a visit to the wetland, this

June 21, 2021
June 21, 2021

Making Shutki while the sun shines

One of Chattogram’s best loved culinary delicacies -- shutki (dried fish) -- is not just a favourite in the port city, but it sets mouths watering around the country and has become popular in many parts of the world.

June 13, 2021
June 13, 2021

The Flavours of Summer

All year round, the people of Bangladesh wait for summer to arrive, despite the heat and humidity.

May 28, 2021
May 28, 2021

Cyclone Yaas Whips Up Tidal Surge

Cyclone Yaas caused high winds, unusually high tides, and storm surges in southern part of the country. Many villages were inundated by sea and river water during the high tide, forcing people to take shelter in safer places.