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Healing broken human relations

Healing broken human relations

Like the 'Unreal City' in TS Elitot's The Wasteland, Dhaka soaks the searing heat of a fiercely burning sun and stands abstract and impervious as if it is a piece cut out of the netherworld. In Eliot's masterpiece, London was under the brown fog of a winter dawn. But the difference in time of the


The Middle East took over the US

The Middle East took over the US

Moving to another continent to pursue college education was already a huge risk. I didn't know what I envisioned my first year of college to be like but it didn't definitely include witnessing a period of radical social justice and a demand for change. The massacres in Palestine have shaken the new

Dhaka's unyielding air pollution

Dhaka's unyielding air pollution

As one of the largest and most disaster-prone populous deltas in the world, Bangladesh is beset by over 10 million climate refugees, with an estimated 2,000 people moving to Dhaka every day. The infrastructurally underdeveloped megacity, already groaning under the weight of rural migration, is stru

Rains transform weather beyond recognition

Rains transform weather beyond recognition

To say it was magical is an understatement. But when the rain came after the longest spell of blistering heat on record pushing the mercury down, it was unbelievable. No, the heavenly blessing did not soak parching Dhaka city all at a time, let alone the country across its length and breadth. But

Do unto others

Do unto others

'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you'. These are Biblical words defining ethical behaviour. But how they relate to life today? In this context I recall an experience of my younger years when I was working for a consulting house. It was about visiting a nearby city where we had a proje

Thriving of a niche brand

Thriving of a niche brand

The country's local market is filled with hundreds if not thousands of e-commerce, retail and f-commerce brands in similar categories like T-shirts, shirts, pants, or punjabis. Only a few people do anything beyond that as it is easier to follow what someone else has already done. So, venturing into

Role of gender in longevity of men and women

Role of gender in longevity of men and women

Women live longer because they don't have a wife. Sarcasm at its worst from the point of male chauvinism! Well, that is likely to be the case but the underbelly punch in the light statement is unmissed. Sarcasm apart, the findings of a global study by the Lancet Public Health journal are sure to ca

Lesson from the superhuman endurance of cricketers

Lesson from the superhuman endurance of cricketers

At a time when heat waves are on the rampage in most parts of Bangladesh, the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) in short (DPL) defies the heat. A 50-over match that starts at 9:30 in the morning continues throughout the day's most sizzling hours when the sun is at its most merciless.

World's first artists, relevance now

World's first artists, relevance now

Art is as old as time, and older than history and human civilization. For a long time since the emergence of humans on the face of Earth, homosapiens had used signs, symbols and carvings as means of communications. The ancient forms of artworks, thus, shaped economic activity, societal behaviours

Across the Seas

Across the Seas

Now that people live longer Dementia is on the rise in terms of the number of people affected. People in their fifties are known to be affected by the disease when one is not able to remember simple things such as faces. It is amazing how such things can slip out of one's memory. Memory is not give

A ramp show with a difference

A ramp show with a difference

Here was a ramp show. But it was a catwalk with a difference. No biped was present as a model but cattle, camels, goats, rams, horses, dogs had each a gala session of walking ramp. Like the models in a fashion show, the prized oxen ---not cows---did the cat walking. By the way, was there a sessio

The woes of investment

The woes of investment

The concept of wealth or waste is related to time. What is considered a wealth today can be a waste tomorrow and vice versa. Alaska, once termed as Stewart's folly, is an asset today. Germany's much praised autobahn was completed through conscripted labour in time of Hitler. In our younger days Sah

Eid shopping in the perspective of economic recession

Eid shopping in the perspective of economic recession

If Ramadan is a time for self-abnegation or asceticism, it is also an occasion for sharing and caring. Unfortunately, self-control and self-denial are not matched by the reaching out to others in need. Yet, the fact remains that this period is marked by sumptuousness and consumption at its most opt