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Chasing success

‘Success’ is an addictive word, similar to gambling or alcohol. If caught in its sweetness, we keep adding sugar to it. Too obsessed, it can lead back to square one. The Chinese story of a runner creeps into memories. It Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Murder is never a stray incident

We have been shamed by the murder of two foreigners in our country. Our shame takes a more crimson hue when we have senior figures of the government inform us that these killings were stray incidents. No murder is a Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Reflecting on the Nobel for literature

Contrary to all expectations, the odds-makers’ favourite, the journalist-cum-author, Svetlana Alexievich has finally won the Nobel Prize for literature ( 2015), the most prestigious accolade in the world, the 8 million crown prize! Many experts were wondering if 2015 would Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Halloween and ghosts ride

“Hey”, my friend Yelena says, “how come you are writing about this nonsense stuff?” She wrinkles her nose as she looks at my topic.   “Fine” I say to her, “You don’t believe in ghosts then why did you cross your hear Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Buying burdens

Once known for its greeneries, open spaces, clear air and fresh water, the capital Dhaka has now turned out to be a nightmare to live in because of its unplanned development and increasing pollution. All green patches are being destroyed Thursday, October 8th, 2015

‘The most complete human being of our time’

Ernesto Che Guevara was murdered in the Bolivian village of La Higuera on October 9, 1967. Caught a day earlier by Bolivian soldiers in the jungles near the village, 13 days into the siege he and his fellow guerrillas had Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Achar, moshla, mishti

Imagine the Bangladeshi parents coming to their children in the USA. The house waits, when are the suitcases going to be opened?   Out comes the “had-to-have” things from back home by the daughters or the sons. Packets of turmeric, coriander, chili, Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Caught with habits

I have a couple of recipes, hand-written with detailed measurements. I flip through all of them, excited to taste a coming dish, but am confused. I did not write the names of the dishes. They had many ingredients. The one Thursday, October 1st, 2015

History . . . distorted, battered, bruised

A difficulty with the Awami League is that it sometimes goes into the business of suppressing, if not distorting, history. When some time ago Sharmin Ahmad came up with a work on her father Tajuddin Ahmad (Neta O Pita), many Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Championing the Earth

Sheikh Hasina’s winning the UN environmental award ‘Champions of the Earth’ is a new feather in her cap. However, this sort of news about our current premier is not new on us. It’s known that Sheikh Hasina has a lot Thursday, October 1st, 2015
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