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Glimpses into the life of a social worker and homemaker

The lady I am writing about was a silent social worker and an ardent homemaker.

Akbar Ali Khan: A versatile scholar bureaucrat

Akbar Ali Khan is no more. His passing leaves a deep chasm in the intellectual firmament of Bangladesh.

Abul Mansur Ahmad saw the world for what it could be

As a visionary and an intellectual, Abul Mansur Ahmad was far ahead of his time.

Remembering Syed Muazzem Ali: A diplomat and a freedom fighter

Muazzem Ali had joined the prestigious Pakistan Foreign Service only a couple of years before, and Washington DC was his first diplomatic assignment. As a career foreign service official he had a bright and brilliant future awaiting him had he chosen not to leave the job and risk his career for a fledgling government that was fighting for independence from exile.

Memories of Syed Muazzem Ali

At the first death anniversary of Syed Muazzem Ali, former Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh, on December 30, many of his colleagues remember him as the highly accomplished and charismatic diplomat who helped to turn International Mother Language Day into a reality, and who tirelessly advanced Bangladeshi priorities on the world stage. They remember his warmth, humour and charm.

Where water lilies will always bloom

The sky was unusually blue for an early morning in late November, the day Aly Zaker passed away. Everything else that happened after feels like a sort of blur, except I distinctly remember thinking that he would have appreciated the beauty of that cold, clear morning in Dhaka.

September 16, 2022
September 16, 2022

Glimpses into the life of a social worker and homemaker

The lady I am writing about was a silent social worker and an ardent homemaker.

September 11, 2022
September 11, 2022

Akbar Ali Khan: A versatile scholar bureaucrat

Akbar Ali Khan is no more. His passing leaves a deep chasm in the intellectual firmament of Bangladesh.

September 3, 2022
September 3, 2022

Abul Mansur Ahmad saw the world for what it could be

As a visionary and an intellectual, Abul Mansur Ahmad was far ahead of his time.

August 27, 2022
August 27, 2022

Birth Centenary of Jahan Ara Rahman: An Inspiring Life

Jahan Ara dedicated her life to the promotion of girls’ education in Bangladesh

August 5, 2022
August 5, 2022

The courage and strength within

Mrs Musleha Islam, known to many as Bucchu Apa, Khala, Nani, and Dadi, was born in an Urdu-speaking family in Kolkata.

July 16, 2022
July 16, 2022

Remembering Shinzo Abe: Tragic death of an Asian statesman

From the moment he appeared on the world stage, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s most compelling politician in a generation, was cut from a different cloth.

March 20, 2022
March 20, 2022

Tribute to Justice Shahabuddin: The man who led us back to democracy

Former president of Bangladesh Justice Shahabuddin Ahmed passed away on March 19, 2022. In grateful remembrance of his contribution for steering the nation from autocracy to democracy during the turbulent days of 1990-1991

July 9, 2021
July 9, 2021

Bidding Adieu to Emeritus Publisher Mohiuddin Ahmed

Emeritus publisher Mohiuddin Ahmed, the doyen of Bangladesh’s publishing industry, left us on June 22, 2021. As it is said, life ends but memories do not. When I recall my association with him, three distinctive episodes and numerous encounters flash across my mind.

July 4, 2021
July 4, 2021

Remembering my teacher Shah Abdul Hannan

Sometime in October 2001, I attended a discussion programme at Markfield Conference Centre in Leicestershire, UK. There was a lively debate on Islamic banking over lunch, involving Murad Wilfried Hofmann (1931-2020) and Shah Abdul Hannan (1939-2021).

July 3, 2021
July 3, 2021

Farewell, My Friend

My first meeting with Mohiuddin Ahmed was in 1956, at a dinner in his brother's house. His brother, Kabir Ahmed, was what in Bangla we call the "bhaira bhai" of SAM Khan, my father's colleague in the civil service, and the friendship of the two families extended to include him.