Opinion

November 6, 2021
November 6, 2021

A lemonade for the illusion of confidence

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

October 30, 2021
October 30, 2021

The Untranslatable Porosrikatorota

Is the Bangla word “porosrikatorota” really untranslatable? Does “envy” or “jealousy” fall short of denoting the condition of feeling down after seeing the success of others?

October 23, 2021
October 23, 2021

Our Shrunken Mentality

The sudden onrush of floodwater flowing into the country through the Teesta at a measured dangerous level—soon after the equally sudden disruption of peace and vandalism of temples and altars in different parts of the country—reminded me of the 1974 movie

October 16, 2021
October 16, 2021

Death is inevitable, but we must not get used to it

I wrote this short poem a long time ago, inspired by a cemetery headstone. I was ruminating over the plight of a man who had transformed into a corpse, then reduced to a sign marked by dates. In the eternal existence of mankind,

October 9, 2021
October 9, 2021

A momentary lapse of reason

Recently, while I was driving to my office, an SUV full of security men whooshed past me on the wrong side. I slowed down and let the car come to my lane near Ganabhaban.

October 2, 2021
October 2, 2021

The Rape of the Lock: A Mock Epic Revisited

“How do I cultivate freedom alongside discipline?” German philosopher Immanuel Kant asked in 1899. The question still remains valid in many sectors of life, especially in teaching.

September 25, 2021
September 25, 2021

Let’s not be the fox without a tail

You must have heard of the story of a fox who accidentally lost his tail to a trap, and later decreed that all foxes must lose their tails too.

September 18, 2021
September 18, 2021

With Covid, there’s no easing back into campus

It is as refreshing as watching flowers of urban forestry in bloom or the roadside plants glisten after a bout of rain.

September 11, 2021
September 11, 2021

9/11: The Turning Point

In September 2001, soon after the attack on the Twin Towers, the Bangladesh government issued a public announcement to contact the America & Pacific wing of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the whereabouts of Bangladeshi residents.

September 4, 2021
September 4, 2021

Human and elephant lives both matter

Two news reports caught my attention on Friday: one was about a wild elephant being electrocuted, and the other was about the dwindling international funds for the Rohingya refugees.