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  • The Path to Piety

    For the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, livestock from all over the country have begun their journey to cattle markets in the city. Cows, fat-tailed

  • National Tree Fair 2018

    The National Tree Fair held at Agargaon has thousands of nature lovers throughout the month-long event. This year, the plants showcased were mostly those that catered to the new-breed of gardeners: rooftop gardeners.

  • A day of Protest, Attack

    A day of Protest, Attack


    Like mythical harbingers of change, thousands of students from different schools and colleges descended on the streets of the capital,

  • Fish Fair 2018

    As part of the National Fisheries week which began on July 22, a five day fish fair is being held at the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh in Khamarbari.

  • From Scents to Cents

    Nazma has been working in the capital's Shahbagh area as a flower-seller for around 18 years.

  • Parroting Predictions

    The man and the parrot, partners from a time lost, together chart the trajectory of passerby's future. This ancient art of parrot astrology originates from South India, but has made its way into the almost the entirety of South Asia and some parts in the west. Remnants of the past, tasked with predicting the future using tarot cards, parrot astrologers have dwindled in numbers but the sight of them still evokes fond memories. It is believed that ancient Indians found and fostered a connection with nature, a relic of which are these astrologers. They can still be found in around Mirpur, Farmgate and other areas, selling futures for Tk 10. For this small charge, the parrot will tell you what the future holds for you. Parrot astrologers were also often used before making important decisions or finding auspicious dates for weddings.

  • Breath of The Bonsai

    Bonsai lovers in Dhaka were treated with a viewing of an expansive bonsai-tree collection -- Solo Bonsai Exhibition -- by Laila Ahmed. The

  • Tempting Fate

    Overloaded trains carrying passengers on the roof is a sight often seen in the country.

  • Eid Shoppers' Delight

    Markets around the capital wear a festive look before the upcoming Eid festival. Shoppers in their thousands throng to the many

  • Plates of The Piety

    Upholding the spirit of Ramadan, places around the city transform into settings for open-for-all iftars. In large congregations, people

  • Colour me Summer

    Summer brings with her a bounty of flavours and colours. Trees and plants bask in the glory of the beating sun while being nourished by

  • Final Stretch Made Difficult

    Just like the year before, early rains have put farmers across the country in trouble. As they were getting ready to reap the benefits of

  • A Tale of Refugees

    The unprecedented Rohingya crisis shows little sign of abating almost eight months later.

  • Toiling Away in Terrible Conditions

    With only a few days until May Day, it is prudent to get an overview of what the situation is for the many workers toiling away in the far,

  • Life Not on Track

    The railway slums were immortalised and romanticised by the famous words of the legendary Azam Khan. The bleak picture he painted

  • Bird

    The Wild And The Wonderful

    Bangladesh is a country rich in biodiversity. This is easy to forget if one grows up in an urban setting where the only vista outsides

  • Cleansed by The Bay

    Thousands of Hindu devotees gather at Rani Rashmoni Ghat to observe the three-day Baruni Snan.

  • Turkey

    The Treasure That is Turkey

    For a country that thrives on meat-based food, and with our thriving agriculture, Bangladesh can be a hotspot not only for turkey rearing

  • Spring is King

    “SPRING, the sweet spring, is the year's pleasant king.” Thomas Nash's poem sums up the most colourful season of the year. Coming on the heels of a dreary winter, spring means blossoming flowers and the return of nature's hues. In and around Dhaka, the re-birth takes place at full pace as trees come back to life, sprouting fruits, flowers and leaves. Fascinating blooms juxtaposed against the concrete slab that is Dhaka city, add a soothing vibrancy. The mango and lychee trees embellish themselves in full preparation for a bountiful summer. Light breeze rustles newborn leaves, ushering in a music long unheard. This is the re-incarnation of Mother Earth; this is her wake-up call.

  • The Grace of Tallest Grass

    Bhudum, Borak, Baijja, Muli, Lota are some of the names of species of bamboo, the largest grass-type plant in the world. All these can be seen at “Bamboo Garden” of Bangladesh Forest Research Institute at Sholoshahar in Chittagong city. At least 33 plain land and hilly bamboo species were being grown in the facility since 1973. The garden exhibits the beauty of the majestic grass family herbs, some of which are 120 feet tall and some as small as a bush. A separate genetics department is situated beside the garden where some species are being conserved. All information and research records are also kept there. The garden is open to public on weekdays.

  • Festival of The Golden Fibre

    The National Jute Day was observed for the second time with the slogan: Sonali Asher Sonali Desh, Pat Ponne Bangladesh. Parts of the capital were decked out in jute promotion. Jute, also known as the golden fibre, was once the country's highest foreign currency earner. Now, a revival is in the offing. Jute's uses have been diversified over the years. The government formulated Jute Act-2017 for the development of the fibre. Jute Diversification Centre currently has 233 types of jute products. This year, jute saris were heavily promoted during The National Jute Day, a testament to the fibres' versatility.

  • Peddlers Pavement

    Peddlers' Pavement

    Dhaka north and south city corporations laid down the new footpaths with much fanfare, promising pedestrians beautified paths without

  • The Last Rickshaw Artists

    Brilliant strokes from master artisans bring vibrancy to rickshaws, the three-wheelers that rule the city streets. While considered a traffic nuisance at times, painted rickshaws bring colour to the roads. Four to five rickshaw painters in Old Dhaka are keeping the tradition alive despite screen prints offering heavy competition. Slumped over plates of steel, rickshaw artists can be seen working feverishly to bring the metal to life. Each of them can produce up to four such oil paintings a day, charging a mere Tk 250 for each. However, their daily earning isn't enough. The craftsmen learn the trade either from their father or an ustad. Although rickshaw art is a part of our heritage, there are only a handful holding onto this neo-romantic art form; possibly the last such artists in the region.

  • A Bounty of Books

    The Ekushey Boi Mela 2018 began earlier this month. A favourite fixture of every Bangladeshi, the grounds of Suhrawardy Udyan come

  • Behind The Balloons

    Balloons certainly make a child smile and excited. But the ones you buy for your children at shopping malls or fairs often have dreary

  • Turning Ruins Into Rubies

    Several factories in Hazaribagh and Kamrangirchar areas of Dhaka are turning seemingly useless plastic bottles into new items. Every

  • Festival For Consumers

    People look forward to two fairs at the beginning of the year – the first being the Dhaka International Trade Fair and the second Amar Ekushey Boi Mela. While readers are attracted to the book fair, consumers from all walks of life are drawn to the DITF at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar. From cinnamon to cars, and from mobile phones to mustard oil, everything is available and for reasonable prices too. Big brands, national and international, bring in their best to woo consumers. People in their thousands visit the fair every day and the crowd in the weekends are almost unmanageable. They queue up at the gates and leaves with shopping bags full of things designed to make their lives easier. Like previous years, the DITF would be open for the entire month of January.

  • A Decade of Inclusivity

    Sporsho Braille Prokashona celebrated the completion of its decade-long journey through a day-long festival at Bangla Academy on

  • Celebrating The Life Of A Great Teacher

    The three-day long “Zainul Utsab and Zainul Mela”, held at Charukola (Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University), drew admirers from all walks of life. It was a testament to the artist's enduring legacy and timeless relevance. The festivities commemorated the Shilpacharya's 103rd birth anniversary. Paintings, sculptures, busts, ceramic statuettes, entire installments and photographs were all on display, available for perusal and purchase. The celebration put together quite a display, showing the prowess of Bangladesh's art body. Many of the selected motifs incorporated and honoured Bangladesh's culture, traditions and beliefs. Charukola organised the event at the Bokultola part of the institute. The festival also featured a photography exhibition, poter gaan, a screening of Manpura-70 and many other attractions. Zainul Abedin is considered “The Great Teacher of Arts” and the “founding father of Bangladeshi art”. His Famine series paintings of 1943 thrust him towards the spotlight and sealed his legacy.