28th Anniversary Supplements | The Daily Star
  • A walk down 'pop' lane

    How does one define culture, and essentially 'pop culture'? Never mind the academicians as there is no true consensus.

  • Explaining community supported agriculture

    Who does not want a piece of unadulterated farm-fresh produce served right on the table? Today, due to increased awareness

  • Finding Bangladesh

    In this short article, I humbly attempt to engage the readers and equip them with some facts about olden Bangladesh that once were

  • Zero chemicals; hero toiletries!

    You get up in the morning, brush your teeth, and gargle with your mouth wash, all the while thinking about the lunch meeting and

  • Stitched in time: The saga of Nakshi Kantha

    The Europeans may have lauded masterpieces of tapestry, but the iconic 'Nakshi Kantha' is a canvas indigenous to Bengal that holds a

  • Thakurma's stories: Bengali lit for children

    The origin and development of Bengali literature for children can be dated back to the times when colonial modernity began to

  • Once upon a time

    Over the decades, children's fairy tales and stories have evolved significantly. From Hans Christian Anderson's classics to the Grimm's

  • Surviving the test of time: Of shops and legacies

    Long before he became a 'darwan' at Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, he used to work as an apprentice under one Muslim Miah,

  • The great fish debate: to fry or not before cooking it!

    It was the usual hangout. And of course a heated debate began out of the blue. The topic of discussion – is fish tastier when fried

  • From the imperial kitchens: Food fit for the Mughals

    Culinary knowledge distinguishes man from beast. Not my words! The thought was explicated in a 16th century Mughal text when detailing the workings of Emperor Akbar's kitchen.

  • Lifestyle Parenthesis

    How does one put city life within the proverbial parenthesis? In this concluding edition of The Daily Star Anniversary Supplement, we try to capture snippets from what can be termed as “Dhaka living.”

  • “What a wonderful World”

    It would not be an understatement that Jazz, as a musical genre, defies all definitions.

  • In the name of the Queen

    For solving the jigsaw puzzle that is history, we look into a wide plethora of heritage items/symbols — from monuments to artworks to chronicles and to even myths for that matter! Another such significant piece of that puzzle is numismatics, the study of coins.

  • Minted bling

    An old dented jolly tin box, a lock of hair, a torn sari anchal, a tiny note from a mother to her son in a hostel, and a copper half pice Victorian Indian coin from the 1900s; that's the closest I got to my grandmother while cleaning my father's almirah.

  • Written in the stars

    Most rational human beings like to hedge our bets, minimise risks, whatever you call it. In my usually hare-brained shopping, I do like to check for the expiry dates on the juice packs and such, and the “actual” sale that the markets offer, whenever I remember to.

  • Head in chiffon clouds

    It's amazing how the clothes we wear, so seemingly utilitarian and mundane, has superpowers. Now, before getting told off for a dramatic choice of word, allow me to elaborate —

  • Accessorise!

    Formal events are the best places for experimentation. It is true, at least in this part of the world, when it comes to men and formal wear, the only forms of jewellery men are seen wearing is a ring or watch, and maybe cufflinks once in a while.

  • The futuristic view on architecture

    For Bangladesh, the challenge is to focus more on the practical side rather than aesthetical perspective. More often than not, aesthetics is applauded, while functionality is set aside.

  • Autism Awareness: an IPNA story

    Every parent of a child who misses their developmental milestone is slightly anxious, worrying that their worst fear might come true, but autism is hardly an endemic to the 21st century.

  • To the sacred cities

    One of the first set of story books I received, read, and till date cherish, are about the Sirah — the life of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (S).

  • What's wrong with one star?

    In the spirit of the #10yearchallenge that seems to be the gripping trend in social media at the time of this writing, why don't we look back at our own lifestyle 10 or 20 years ago?

  • Living the Upper Class Life

    Linia Baksh, 28, and a graduate from a reputed private university of Dhaka now works at a multinational company located at the central district of the capital.

  • The lady's side of solo travel

    Venturing to other countries is no longer a challenge, time-wise. It sometimes boggles the mind as to how it took over months for ships to travel from the Indian subcontinent to the British Isles, but that is how it was!

  • Sexual violence

    To understand sexual violence, it might be helpful to shed some light on sexuality and gender first, which are often the underlying issues of sexual violence. Being cognisant of the fact that sexuality and gender are both very complex and vast subjects, I'll only touch on issues relevant to this topic.

  • To a future with glam!

    There comes a time when every civilisation faces a conundrum. Without a doubt, it is the thought of what lies ahead.

  • Truly Bangladesh

    Our identity is our truth. But the search for one's identity is anything but easy. It's because identity itself is not as straightforward a

  • Khadi diaries

    “When they sell, copper turns to gold but when we do, that very same gold becomes dust…”

  • Biased for a cause

    The cuckoo's call is ushering Spring, our favourite season. Once again, the premises of Charukola will fill with activities; cheerful women with garlands around their necks and gerbera blooms neatly tucked behind their ears will become a common sight.

  • Jibanananda: A lingering consciousness

    I was introduced to Jibanananda in 1999. In December of the penultimate year of the last millennium, I became 18; Jibanananda Das had just turned 100 in February.

  • Folk musical instruments of the land

    Melody is part of the Bangladeshi DNA, and no melody is complete without an instrument to go with it. Words often do not need a place as the sound of the bamboo flute mingles into the moonlight.