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Bangladesh 2015: Was cricket more successful than politics?

National top achievement   Sports   Cricket: Bangladesh did it finally. It took on all- comers and they were big but beat them – sorry, whacked- them all. It began with an innocent looking romp of a whitewash against Zimbabwe but the wagon just Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Shun the ‘four chin tellers’

How would 2016 turnout for us?   I don’t know. Besides warm clothing, greeting cards, calendars and diaries January is also the month for forecasting the year’s unseen future. At a more personal level, the biggest question to the countless many right Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Looking to future as sun sets on 2015

The year started unlike the way it is set to finish. At the very beginning of the year, we saw widespread political violence amid a non-stop countrywide transport blockade programme enforced by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies, Thursday, December 31st, 2015

My elusive immigrants and one Badshah miah!

Who are they?   They are my relatives, friends, acquaintances and the ones known but never understood. They are one of the sects under the generalised category of ‘Expat Bangladeshis’. They don’t necessarily contribute to the huge amount of inflow revenue otherwise Thursday, December 31st, 2015

The Begum’s doubt and a travesty of history

BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia has finally unfolded to us her side of the Liberation War story. And it is a shock to the system. Her doubt about the number of our Liberation War martyrs has put Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Tales of beautiful women

A beautiful woman named Sadhana Shivdasani died last week at the age of seventy four. Last year, it was the charming Nanda who passed away. Not long ago, Suchitra Sen, the Bengali woman of unsurpassing beauty and grace, passed on.   All Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Boom-time for brazenness

Criminality is a well-known problem in politics, and no political party can claim to be clean. Individuals with criminal records dominate politics not only in Bangladesh but also in many countries of the world. There are accused murderers, rapists and Thursday, December 24th, 2015

A modest proposal

The history of our Liberation War is a history of its friends and foes. And the history of its friends and foes is an unending history. It cannot come to a full stop. We don't know the whole history of Thursday, December 24th, 2015

The day ‘Universe’ took its revenge

Beauty pageants were never my cup of tea.   Not that I don’t like viewing beautiful women, but almost in all beauty pageants my favourite contender was either shown the way out after the third round or was never crowned as the Thursday, December 24th, 2015
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