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September 12, 2016
September 12, 2016

A Dramatic Fall

Tania, Tania, Tania!" a ponytailed musician-type claps furiously. He is apologising to his girlfriend. His face looks as though it were

September 11, 2016
September 11, 2016

Cornered men and toxic masculinity

Just after we had graduated to secondary school, a new boy joined our class. This new entrant was of pale, white complexion,

August 6, 2016
August 6, 2016

A marriage of ideals and realities

In reality, a village father does not care about Bangladesh's commitments at the Girl Summit 2014; he cares about his daughter, and his social standing. Integrally linked to this sense of honour are cultural ideas like virginity or purity.

July 11, 2016
July 11, 2016

The post-crisis rumour mill

During an unprecedented attack like the one at Holey Artisan Bakery, crisis management is of utmost priority.

July 4, 2016
July 4, 2016

A Night of Terror

So, a night of absolute terror preceded the glorified Night of Power this Ramadan. And it has left Dhaka in a stupor; in a dazed state of disbelief and heartbreak.

June 19, 2016
June 19, 2016

ViralSlide: Does 'Virality' Matter?

Take a look at the news-stories that really stirred our civic discourse in 2016: Rampal, central bank heist, teacher's humiliation by lawmaker or Tonu's murder. Think back another year: remember the #RichKids incident where a drunken teen (a former MP's nephew)

May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016

Bring Back Our Girls

Sabira has been adequately framed as a 'model' and something of a 'wildcard' - who didn't care much about social norms. Her final video, featuring her in a slightly incoherent, vulnerable state, has been branded by online media sites and uploaded endlessly for public display. Not a single voice suggested that her privacy be respected.

May 16, 2016
May 16, 2016

A Reasonable Vice

A former family chauffeur was recently suspended from his beloved 'government job'.

May 3, 2016
May 3, 2016

Can climate gather steam?

When a car spontaneously caught fire in Dhaka last week, allegedly from a heated engine, social media comments invoked the ongoing heat-spell.

April 18, 2016
April 18, 2016

Matrix of Biometrics

The man was up against a cave wall, holding his freshly ground and moistened haematite pigment in a coconut shell. He had spent the morning painting two Babirusas (pig-deer) with the chewed, bristly end of a twig. It was a hot day in Borneo; the forest breeze did not reach inside the cave. He was about to wipe the sweat off his brow, when the sight of his arm gave him an idea. He placed his hand against the cave wall and blew paint all over it, leaving an unmistakable imprint on the side of the wall. Little did he know that 40,000 years later – his work of art would dethrone European caves as the earliest instance of human creativity. Unknowingly, he had also become one of the first, deliberate users of biometric information.