CHINTITO SINCE 1995 | Page 2 | The Daily Star
  • Expect everything, appreciate nothing

    Yet another Pahela Baishakh, the 1424th in fact, with lots of fanfare, merriment and of course hullabaloo came to pass. But one matter was confined in deafening silence for the second year running – the 20 percent bonus (of basic pay) for employees of all government, autonomous and semi-autonomous institutions disbursed as per a gazette.

  • Beating the traffic jam

    You can sit back and witness a silent movie unfolding, starring a street vendor and a buyer. Some people ask the price to pass time, and the disgusted seller knows it.

  • When you have to start with a 'no'

    No apol-ogy when one is due would reflect my insensitivity. The excuse for my unusually long voluntary hiatus is that the media the

  • A tribute to a scout leader

    The earth is not blessed every other day by a teacher as principled in his thought, word and deed, by a trainer as versatile in every aspect of training, by a person equally amicable to the young and the old as Monir Sarker Sir.

  • Beyond a social fever

    Elections are a fascinating spectacle, to say the least, and this is not in reference to any tax dodging on a massive scale, deleted emails of humongous volume, amazing tales of surreptitious groping (the 'victims' fading into silence after being overrun by the electoral

  • Politics of, for and by the non-politician

    Politics, for as long as I can remember, has been practised by most politicians (at least outwardly so) to give the impression that the 'politician' (not too many who pursue politics favour that stamp) was striving for the wellbeing of the electorate.

  • Those responsible must be accountable

    A witch-hunt is often launched following any fatal fire incident, a calamitous crumbling of a building, a tragic case of deliberate food adulteration, an in-house bank heist and such incidents that render loss of life and property. We almost never care for injuries or illnesses, discounting even cases that condemn one and the family to a lifetime of pain, neglect and suffering.

  • Want No Trump

    A Chinese, a Brazilian and a German were engaged in a round of bridge in one of the failed businesses, this one a casino, of an

  • Alas, my Bangla lingo!

    Throughout the 1960s, come every Ekushey February, we would see frantic efforts by mainly corporations, business houses and shop

  • How not to win an election?

    It's not easy, but one way to try and maintain sanity is by taking a worldwide view of every situation.