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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.

August 28, 2021
August 28, 2021

The Hills Have Eyes

I don’t remember the last time I went to Chattogram. My knowledge of the port city can be summed up by the memorable quote from the epic fantasy series, Game of Thrones, where the main protagonist is told: “You know nothing, Jon Snow.”

August 22, 2021
August 22, 2021

There are no secrets in the world

I was watching a movie on Netflix. Suddenly, the voice assistant of the laptop, Siri, got activated and said, “Siri aha?”.

August 7, 2021
August 7, 2021

Lizards Losing Their Tails

We are all glued to the mega-spectacle involving the flickering of the dropped or lost tails of some lizards who have tactically dissociated from a disposable part of their bodies to protect themselves from their attackers.

July 31, 2021
July 31, 2021

Intergenerational divides in the time of Covid-19

While staying with a host family in Pennsylvania during a weekend trip in the late 1990s, I found a statement knifed in the bed’s headboard: “Here a battle was won by the Man of the house [date]”.

July 24, 2021
July 24, 2021

The Heart of the Matter

There is a rush hour traffic out there. People after spending a short Eid escapade are frantically returning to the capital as the lockdown tolls the knell of a parting holiday.

July 17, 2021
July 17, 2021

Maracana, Wembley, Cannes and Narayanganj

Last week, all eyes were fixed on Neymar’s ripped shorts, Badhon’s jewelled blouse or English rogue fans’ red-crosses, when something terrible happened:

July 9, 2021
July 9, 2021

The problem with academic bureaucratisation

When an esteem-ed member of our university’s syndicate board died recently, we requested the government for a replacement.