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12:00 AM, August 19, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 19, 2016


A Forever Potterhead

When I was a high school student, I introduced myself into the world of Harry Potter. When the first book was released, honestly I did not want to read it. It took a friend forcing me to at least read one when I had nothing else to do. But once I started reading it, I loved it. I grew alongside Harry Potter. I have read other fantasy series but no one has ever captured the same feeling as this series did. This time when the new book got released, I was saving my money to get me one. After my university classes when I got back home, I found a nice packet kept beside my pillow. As I unfolded it, I found Harry Potter and The Cursed Child inside it. It was a gift from my mother. It made me so happy that I started screaming cheers! I was excited just seeing it, even before I began reading it. To me, the feeling of holding a piece of my teen days was out of the world. If you still don't get why there is so much hype around the last Harry Potter book, all I can say is you have to have lived it to know it.

Fabiha Tanzim

Baridhara, Dhaka

A Distraught Mother

Recently one of my friends gave birth to a daughter. When I went to visit her, I felt as though her in-laws were not as excited about her birth as they should be. Even when the baby is crying, her parents-in-law don't bother to hush her; instead they call her or the nanny to attend to her-- that too in an annoying tone. This is not the case with her male cousin, who is around one-and-a-half years old and lives in the same house. His grandparents dote on him, ensuring that he gets the best of everything. When I talked to my friend, I came to know that they had earlier expressed their desire of a grandson when she was expecting, but she didn't imagine that things could get this bad. They are still very affectionate towards her but their attitude towards her daughter is so different. Her daughter is too young to understand all this, but she worries that when she grows older and if this behaviour continues, she is bound to get affected by it. I felt very disturbed to find that ideologies like this continue to dominate even in this era. 

Koli Aklima


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