Blowin’ in the Wind | The Daily Star
  • The Mosquito and the Ear

    There used to be a TV advert in which a husband was rebuked by his judgmental wife for not being able to kill even a mosquito that was sitting on her cheek.

  • Dhaka’s paradoxical delights

    Dhaka is growing right before our eyes. Every day it is birthing new projects.

  • Toxic spirit and sensationalism

    Five students of a private university went to a restaurant at Uttara to get a drink.

  • Learning unlearning and relearning

    Growing up in the 80s, one of the silliest things we used to do was to play loud music in our cassette decks.

  • E-learning: A boon or a bane?

    In our Viber group, a departmental colleague shared an excerpt from a student’s exam script. The student wrote down the title of Jhumpa Lahiri’s book “The Interpreter of Maladies” as “The Translator of Disease”.

  • Consuming facts without flavours

    A national newspaper ran a story on January 10 featuring the research expenditure of public and private universities of Bangladesh.

  • ‘A tumultuous and triumphal homecoming’

    On January 17, 1972, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was featured on the cover of Time magazine.

  • Reimagining the future of education

    Getting the news of vaccine was a figurative shot in the arm for the human race plagued by an ever-evolving crown-shaped virus.

  • World Rankings and Indexes: Like Ducks to Water

    Ever since a London based agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) partnered with Times Higher Education to measure “academic excellence” against a host of quality indicators at the beginning of the millennium, universities all over the world have been attracted to the idea like ducks to water.

  • On shared and contested histories

    National Professor Rafiqul Islam, speaking at a virtual event organised by ULAB in remembrance of the martyred intellectuals, mentioned that the job of writing the history of the Liberation War should have been given to the universities from the start and not to the politicians.

  • The inescapable greed grid of the health sector

    I walked out of the doctor’s chamber with my mother when someone took the prescription from me.

  • In Like a Lion, Out Like a Kitty

    A lot of whimpers and whines are coming out of the White House as the sun sets on the Trump presidency. The man in question is convinced that he has been cheated out of power.

  • On being ‘silly’

    On a day like this, 33 years ago, I became a man. To be precise, on November 28, 1987 at 12:10 pm in the emergency ward of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), I became a man.

  • The Shame of Being a Man

    I woke up with a colleague’s hesitant post on Facebook wishing his friends well on the International Men’s Day. The comment thread is filled with issues ranging from locker room banter to the high theory on the dominant form of masculinity.

  • Never waste a good crisis

    One more circular. One more extension. The opening of the educational institutions is further delayed; this time up to December 19.

  • An Unnatural Death

    Have you ever put your ear to the rail to listen to the rumbling sound of an approaching train? I have. Many of us have.

  • HSC results without exams: The pros and cons

    You have near perfect vision, or 20/20 vision, if you can see the letters of an eye-chart from a 20 feet distance. 20/20 is an exciting cricket game if you can add two ounces of cricket with one ounce of baseball and garnish it with pom-poms.

  • A game of kabadi against corruption

    As the old joke has it, there is no lid in the mouth of hell where the Bengalis are kept.

  • No onion, no cry

    In his Ode to the Onion, the Chilean Nobel laureate poet Pablo Neruda praises onions as “the miracle” that happens under the earth.

  • A Corpse of Love Doesn’t Sink in Water

    The title alludes to a very famous folk song by Abdul Alim, Premer Mora Jole Dobe Na. The song pits true love against so-called flings, suggesting that mere water cannot drown the “body” who is in love.

  • Rage, rage against the ragging in the campus

    English professors are known for being sticklers for rules. Even if I try to disassociate myself from the grammar Nazis, there are times when I have to wonder about the usage of certain words.

  • Losing a Loved One: When Doves Cry

    “And my last ask is: if you’re someone’s sister, the next time you see your brother, please hug him… as tightly as you can, for as long as you want, because that’s all I want to do every time I see those photos. But I will never be able to hug Fahim again.”

  • He gave to Mis’ry all he had, a tear

    Attending the peace summit on the occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela in 2018, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina quoted both Nelson Mandela and our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

  • Fostering a research culture in higher education

    In an op-ed published on July 27, Prof Syed Saad Andaleeb reviewed the DU annual budget and argued that the dearth of funding should not be blamed for the lack of research.

  • Sacrifice and the Sacred

    Cross border cattle smuggling prior to Eid-ul-Adha is an irritant that keeps officials in both Bangladesh and India nervy.

  • Counting of Crows

    During his regular stroll in the palace garden, Emperor Akbar once saw many crows flying around. He asked his minister, “How many crows are there in our kingdom, Birbal?”

  • Necessary sacrifices, unnecessary thoughts

    The coronavirus crisis posed serious threats to the global stock markets.

  • A hitchhiker’s guide to our educational galaxy

    Let’s admit it: our education today is in crisis. And it was in crisis even before the pandemic was here. The pandemic has exposed the skeletons we have been hiding in the open for a long time.

  • Doctor, doctor, what is wrong with us?

    There was a broken black chair by the window near the gate. On it there was a thin plastic bag containing some mixed up rice, daal, and probably vegetables or curry.

  • Time to rethink our examinations

    Uncertainties loom large over the holding of Higher Secondary Certificates (HSC) and its equivalent exams.

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