“I never start writing until I can hear the voices of the main characters in my head”

I always had a desire to write fiction from school days onwards, but ‘to be a writer’ seemed like an unattainable goal.

“Our studies prove that we are on the brink of a public health catastrophe”

On June 25, Professor ABM Faroque, the chief investigator of a nine-member research team unveiled that a study found detergent and antibiotics for human-use in several samples of widely sold pasteurised and non-pasteurised milk.

All the talk, we talk

Many may know Shibu Kumer Shill as the lead singer of Meghdol, a popular soft rock band; some may know of him as a book cover artist who skillfully merges the contemporary with the traditional.

The Bangladeshi migrant worker turned award-winning writer in Singapore

Migrants are often said to have built the imposing city of Singapore, making up around a quarter of its workforce, but are arguably not yet considered part of Singaporean society.

Interview / In conversation with the man of the moment

Md Shahnawaz Khan Chandan of Star Weekend talks to Nurul Haque Nur, the vice-president elect of Dhaka University Central Students' Union (DUCSU) about his stance on the controversial elections, the challenges he has been facing, and future plans.

In conversation with Mohammad Sultan

About five years ago, I had a long talk with Sultan about several political events relating to the 1952 language movement, which I had taped. Mohammed Sultan was one of the pioneers of the movement and the founder of 'Puthipotro' which was the first progressive press in the country.This conversation was first published in 'Bichitra'.

"Peacekeeping has to adapt to the changing nature of conflict"

Ameerah Haq served as the Under-Secretary General (USG) for the Department of Field Support and was the highest-ranking Bangladeshi in the United Nations during those years. After four decades of heading humanitarian and development missions in Asia and Africa, she retired in 2015. In this conversation with Sarah Nafisa Shahid, exclusively conducted for Star Weekend, Haq shares reflections from her field experiences in post-conflict regions and speaks about the future of the UN's Peacekeeping department.

Interview / Witness to Horror: In conversation with advocate Razia Sultana

Razia Sultana is a Rohingya lawyer and educator in Bangladesh. She is currently one of 16 women activists featured by the Nobel Women's Initiative for their work as change makers in their societies.

For actor and director Nandita Das, filmmaking is activism

Backstage at this year's Dhaka Lit Fest was a riot of activity—of footsteps, voices, human bodies all jostling to snag a conversation with some of their favourite cultural minds.

'Bangladesh is held in high esteem'

Masud Bin Momen (MBM) is currently serving as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York.

Berlinale drops by Dhaka

In terms of ticket sales and admissions, it holds the bragging rights for the biggest annual film festival in the world, but the Berlin International Film Festival—or Berlinale, as it is better known as—is not just about its numbers.