Opinion

July 3, 2021
July 3, 2021

Mother of All Bangladeshi Universities

The institution that one attends for education is often attributed with the honorific title alma mater, literally meaning "generous or nourishing mother". The phrase "alma mater...

June 26, 2021
June 26, 2021

Street violence and gang culture 2.0

A female student of mine walked out of her dentist’s chamber at Bailey Road at around 8pm on June 7, 2021.

June 19, 2021
June 19, 2021

A Canary in the Mine

Normally, you and I would not see fairies or hear them singing. They exist in a world where we fear (or do not care) to tread (anymore). Even if we do, we will not admit it in public.

June 12, 2021
June 12, 2021

‘Please forgive me…’

It reads like a Netflix blurb of a horror movie. A young man took a machete from a street coconut seller, uttered his last words: “please forgive me”, and then slit his own throat in front of Dhaka...

June 5, 2021
June 5, 2021

Students getting a slim slice of the budget pie

At a preparatory meeting for ULAB’s planned virtual convocation, I suggested that we use the iconic image of Keanu Reeves dodging many bullets in the Matrix trilogy as our promotional campaign.

May 29, 2021
May 29, 2021

Desperate Times, Desperate Journeys

During the latest rerun of the biblical David and Goliath narrative in a changed context, the age-old conflict between the Israelites and the Philistines has come alive.

May 22, 2021
May 22, 2021

How do I hate myself? Let me count the ways

The holiday lethargy has caused me self-loathing. Let me count some of the factors as to why I am beginning to hate myself.

May 8, 2021
May 8, 2021

The Tortoise, the Hare and the UGC

A breath of fresh air: the University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to allow public universities to hold online examinations.

April 24, 2021
April 24, 2021

The Covid-induced stress factors impacting our students

There have been changes in the way we live and the way we die. We have learned to live carefully during this time of the pandemic, yet we have been dying carelessly.

April 17, 2021
April 17, 2021

Education in a post-Covid-19 world

The onslaught of Covid-19 shows no signs of relenting. While the infection-death curve has been arrested by some countries, our one is still climbing, as if it wants to put a flag of our collective...