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#Events / Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2023: A must-have experience

Bangladeshi people love going to fairs, be it the Ekushey Book Fair, Baishakhi Mela, or the Dhaka International Trade fair taking place right at the peak of winter. Even record low temperatures this time around is no hindrance as people crowded the Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Centre at Purbachal and became part of the quintessential trade fair experience. So how is the fair going this year? Let us find out.

FC Barcelona: A New Era portrays the club’s route to resurgence

The documentary is an attempt to regain the fans’ trust who have been frustrated with the club’s condition.

BOOK REVIEW: NONFICTION / Love does not die in Maitreyi Devi’s 'Na Hanyate'

While talking about rebels wanting to liberate the country from the British, the author cannot help but ask the question of who will liberate the people—people like her and her mother who, even after being in the most progressive of the families, could not do what their hearts desired and were perpetually subdued.

BOOK REVIEW: NONFICTION / Hope over fate

Finding himself at the epicentre of the disaster, Abed realised that a large number of deaths (an estimated 500,000) in the “world’s deadliest known tropical cyclone” were not necessarily caused by the natural disaster.

BOOK REVIEW: NONFICTION / Tales of a development sector doyen

The book doesn’t only become a memoir of the writer’s life as a development worker, but also a tribute to the late Sir Abed and his magnanimity as a human being and a visionary. 

BOOK REVIEW: FICTION / Love, fate, and age-old curses: 'The Book of Magic' by Alice Hoffman

The familial bond portrayed in the novel makes it easy to sympathise with the characters and they rarely seem woven in a piece of fiction; rather, their attributes are more lifelike and one may just find someone like Franny or Gillian Owens among their kith and kin.

Poetry review: Moon’s madness

Protiti’s poems are mostly ‘bare’ conversational musings exploring ‘selfhood, separation, exile, love and longing’.

The Café Rio inaugurated at Section 12, Mirpur

The Café Rio is a unique buffet restaurant in the capital that began its journey from a small food court located in Dhaka’s 60 feet area in 2016. Later in 2017, the restaurant was turned into a buffet restaurant, which became a popular destination for its 45 types of food items within Tk 500.

A guide to kalai ruti of Chapai Nawabganj: Recipe, accompaniments, and where to eat

If you are going to Chapai Nawabganj, you must try out kalai ruti. That's what everyone said when I was planning a trip there. And so, I did, and I didn't regret it. The question of regret comes from the premise that kalai ruti is, after all, a ruti. I mean, how magically delicious can ruti be? My expectations were not that high. With that almost arrogant low expectation, I tried out this Chapai Nawabganj specialty, but it left me pleasantly surprised.

January 12, 2023
January 12, 2023

Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) 2023: A must-have experience

Bangladeshi people love going to fairs, be it the Ekushey Book Fair, Baishakhi Mela, or the Dhaka International Trade fair taking place right at the peak of winter. Even record low temperatures this time around is no hindrance as people crowded the Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Centre at Purbachal and became part of the quintessential trade fair experience. So how is the fair going this year? Let us find out.

January 10, 2023
January 10, 2023

FC Barcelona: A New Era portrays the club’s route to resurgence

The documentary is an attempt to regain the fans’ trust who have been frustrated with the club’s condition.

December 23, 2022
December 23, 2022

Love does not die in Maitreyi Devi’s 'Na Hanyate'

While talking about rebels wanting to liberate the country from the British, the author cannot help but ask the question of who will liberate the people—people like her and her mother who, even after being in the most progressive of the families, could not do what their hearts desired and were perpetually subdued.

November 24, 2022
November 24, 2022

Hope over fate

Finding himself at the epicentre of the disaster, Abed realised that a large number of deaths (an estimated 500,000) in the “world’s deadliest known tropical cyclone” were not necessarily caused by the natural disaster.

November 19, 2022
November 19, 2022

Tales of a development sector doyen

The book doesn’t only become a memoir of the writer’s life as a development worker, but also a tribute to the late Sir Abed and his magnanimity as a human being and a visionary. 

October 15, 2022
October 15, 2022

Love, fate, and age-old curses: 'The Book of Magic' by Alice Hoffman

The familial bond portrayed in the novel makes it easy to sympathise with the characters and they rarely seem woven in a piece of fiction; rather, their attributes are more lifelike and one may just find someone like Franny or Gillian Owens among their kith and kin.

October 6, 2022
October 6, 2022

Poetry review: Moon’s madness

Protiti’s poems are mostly ‘bare’ conversational musings exploring ‘selfhood, separation, exile, love and longing’.

September 17, 2022
September 17, 2022

The Café Rio inaugurated at Section 12, Mirpur

The Café Rio is a unique buffet restaurant in the capital that began its journey from a small food court located in Dhaka’s 60 feet area in 2016. Later in 2017, the restaurant was turned into a buffet restaurant, which became a popular destination for its 45 types of food items within Tk 500.

July 25, 2022
July 25, 2022

A guide to kalai ruti of Chapai Nawabganj: Recipe, accompaniments, and where to eat

If you are going to Chapai Nawabganj, you must try out kalai ruti. That's what everyone said when I was planning a trip there. And so, I did, and I didn't regret it. The question of regret comes from the premise that kalai ruti is, after all, a ruti. I mean, how magically delicious can ruti be? My expectations were not that high. With that almost arrogant low expectation, I tried out this Chapai Nawabganj specialty, but it left me pleasantly surprised.

June 14, 2022
June 14, 2022

High Tea Splendour at The Mumbai Express!

High tea parties have always looked fun and fascinating from the outside; I have been longing to experience one as such for ages. This is where ‘Mumbai Express’ came to my rescue, with not just any ordinary ‘high tea’ delicacy, but a full-fledged three course snack meal with a unique twist — ‘The Deshi High Tea!’