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  • Laal kach

    Chaitra Shongkranti—those hours between the setting of the last sun of the year, and the first dawn of the next, has captivated the psyche of this land for ages. Hope is at its strongest, forgiveness its most benevolent self, and thoughts of the past turn into bittersweet remembrance.

  • Life at Chittagong Railway Station

    Among the thousands that throng the railway station every day, are those who make their homes and some, their livelihoods, in and around the station. They hawk goods, or more often, beg for a living travelling on the trains from station to station. Amidst the hubbub of the arriving and departing trains, they live and sleep on the busy platforms. Children roam around recklessly.

  • Ravaged by fire

    Early morning of March 12, a fire broke out at the Ilias Mollah slum of Mirpur-12, burning down around a thousand shanty settlements. The shanties crammed on the 70-bigha land were home to approximately 25,000 people, most of whom were garments workers. No casualties were reported, save for one elderly woman with burn injuries. The cause of the fire is not yet known. Left homeless, their belongings and savings were destroyed in the course of just four hours. The victims are to be temporarily housed at an under-construction building nearby.

  • Reclaiming Spaces

    Though the government has made an announcement to recognise our gender identity as "Hijras" or "Third Gender" in 2013 and promised to rehabilitate us by appointing 12 of us in government jobs in the first phase, they have failed to keep their promises so far. When we were going through the medical tests for the job, the doctors of the government hospital refused to touch us and instructed their assistants to strip

  • Life in conflict

    The world's youngest country, South Sudan, has been caught in the throes of a violent civilian conflict. Now in its fourth year, the ongoing war is afflicting the lives of millions of people, especially women and children, in irredeemable ways. Here's a snapshot of how poverty, disease and famine are plaguing the nation. Its people, however, continue to hope against all odds for a better, peaceful, tomorrow.

  • 10 Feet by 10 Feet

    I migrated to Dhaka in 2011 in pursuit of higher education. In the last two years, I have made a home for myself in Rayerbazar, near the Mohammadpur Beribadh area. Everyday, I witness my home inch closer and closer to becoming a barren and comfortless dystopia in the name of development. As infinite buildings are erected, a mountain of waste piles up, destroying rivers and causing pollution. Our economic


    Animals mean more to the big city slicker. They fulfill the completely ordinary, wholly elusive need for attachment the nine-to-fiver so often experiences in the lonely metropolis. Living in close proximity to these creatures enables the human to learn humility, honesty, sensitivity. To respect and be respected. Because you can fool a man, but you can never fool an animal.

  • Finding God in a kaleidoscope

    Milk-white wicks swim in little pools of ghee. They sit atop a shiny green banana leaf—each a prayer for a loved one, a prayer to ward off evil spirits or a prayer to grant your wildest wishes.

  •  Pushkar Fair Pushkar Mela

    When in Pushkar

    The Pushkar Fair or Pushkar Mela is held annually in Pushkar, Rajsthan during the month of Kartik. It is the largest livestock fair in India where camels, horses and cows are traded.

  • Where blue birds fly

    All the houses in the city have it—an empty patch under the sky.

  • Fragments

    A constant torment, white noise reminding us of our losses and sufferings.

  • A tale of single mothers

    I have not seen my mother smile in a long time. Not since I was a child—at least, not a heartfelt one. To me, it seemed she was always suffering an imperceptible, incessant anguish.

  • A thousand gardens

    Where have the fish in the Buriganga gone? Bubbling with rich, garish tones that can belie the grim reality, the waters of the Buriganga, once the lifeblood of the capital, tell our very own tale of woe.

  • A pause to breathe

    When I started working at the zoo it seemed impossible to relate to it, but in a serendipitous twist of fate, after spending ample time there, I started to develop a bond with the animals.

  • The happy Buddhas

    Between February 19 to 23, 2010, hundreds houses of Jumma villagers, Buddhist temples, and a church were torched in a communal attack in the Baghaihat area of Sajek union and Khagrchari municipality under Khagrachari district allegedly by Bangalee settlers.

  • Blinded by Beauty?

    We, travellers, have fallen in love with Sajek's stark, burnt-umber coloured cliffs that jut upright throughout the valley.

  • Charak

    Charak Puja is a festival celebrated in the southern belt of Bangladesh, where devotees undergo acts of flagellation in order to appease Lord Shiva and his wife Shakti.

  • White Memories

    The spell is over, the hour is up. And I can no longer remember.

  • Call Me Heena

    I feel like a mermaid. My body tells me I am a man and my soul tells me I am a woman — Heena, 51.

  • Beautiful Bangladesh

    Our land is one of colours, rivers, vast lands and warm people. Whether it is the concrete jungle that is Dhaka city, or the softer sides of

  • Relief

    There are moments when one needs to escape from the clutches of this concrete city and find themselves admiring nature- the sky,

  • Give us knowledge

    Devotees pay their respect to Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, music and arts. On the day of the puja, men, women and children wake up early in the morning.

  • Having Found Peace

    During holidays, my family and I often become tourists, traveling the roads less traveled by, in Bangladesh. Last year during the Eid holidays, we started our journey from Chittagong and headed to our destination, Sylhet.

  • The Little Things

    Often we stumble, and we look around for what can pick us back up. We look for family, for friends, we look for rewards, awards and achievements.

  • Remember Me?

    I am the rickshaw puller who took you home safe last night. Or the security guard, sitting outside the ATM booth, making sure that you have a secure money transaction.

  • Winter Weddings

    The month of December kicks-off the long awaited wedding season in Dhaka. The chilly breeze, coupled with warm Kachchi Biryani and a grande celebration of togetherness of newlyweds really brings out the festivity of this month.

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    Ashes to ashes, Dust to dust.

  • Them

    During my visit to the Mirpur National Zoo, unsurprisingly, I noticed how the animals are not treated too well. But what really broke my heart was that the visitors didn't care too much either.

  • A piece of Heaven on Earth

    Mountains, clouds and ancient temples – Darjeeling is sometimes described as a piece of heaven on earth by many a tourist and traveler.

  • Caring For Special Children

    Caring for Special Children

    Najifa Tabassum was a premature baby and the doctor called her Einstein at her birth. First recognised to be a special child when she was 18 months old...