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October 24, 2021
October 24, 2021

Elbowed out by an open mind; sequel to ‘mind block’

Our wedding feasts are not the usual places to showcase our best behaviour. Reaching out to fetch a bowl of rezala over the next guy, tossing a shami kebab to a needy friend beyond the reach of your spoon, and trying to cover spilt borhani with only one layer of tissue paper are all part of the gaiety.

October 16, 2021
October 16, 2021

Whom do the public servants serve?

Unlike the English language, where the hierarchy of age is muddled in the universality of “you,” Bangla distinguishes age, endearment, and insult with the terms “tui,”“tumi,” and “apni”—not in that order—as do several other dialects of the subcontinent.

September 24, 2021
September 24, 2021

Architects are not ‘others’

I have always resented the common belief (due to fabricated propaganda, plus the romanticisation of an emperor who had seven wives) that Samrat Shahjahan “built” the Taj Mahal.

September 10, 2021
September 10, 2021

The no-risk, all-gain game of mortal prophecy

You must have come across people, not necessarily ostentatious, who foretell the future, making a monkey out of the gullible with their forecasts.

August 16, 2021
August 16, 2021

Remembering Sultana Kamal Khuki

Not that we remember her only on August 15th, but she comes alive during events she embraced, at places that hold her memory, on the morning dew shimmering on the green, in the clouds that stand still, dark and heavy.

August 6, 2021
August 6, 2021

In search of an Olympic medal with ‘athletes without borders’

Now that San Marino, population 34,000, less than Sabrang, the smallest Union in Teknaf Upazila, have won medals at the Tokyo Olympics, the pressure is mounting on us, the eighth largest country, with about 17 crore people. But, how?

July 24, 2021
July 24, 2021

Lay and parley, eat and meet

Once the pandemic is over, that’s optimism, one thing I hope I will not miss, and you too perhaps, are meetings round the clock, that shall be freedom.

July 11, 2021
July 11, 2021

Happy birthday thoo you!

Researchers, I have always assumed, perhaps audaciously and inappropriately so, are rather awfully late to come to any conclusion, even on matters that appear conclusive on face value.

June 16, 2021
June 16, 2021

Shakib Al Hasan: Guilty victim of blind injustice

It is not easy to defend a cricketer who has kicked the stumps and uprooted them in successive overs in broad daylight, and that too on camera. His status as the world’s number one ODI all-rounder makes that task impossible. And yet, a diagnosis is necessary for even a terminal case.

May 21, 2021
May 21, 2021

Why does the story always begin with Palestinians throwing stones?

You have perhaps been witness to a cycle of violence that begins with one-sided bullying and coercion (action) and continues until the victim is forced to respond (reaction). And then the “fighting” begins. But then the victim is blamed for countering the continuing onslaught.