War up close

August 3, 2014
Ishrat Firdousi
War up close

Lt Col M Nazrul Islam Bhuiyan, Bir Protik, psc (Retd), was a 19 year old university student in 1971. This narrative was gleaned from his account in Ishrat Firdousi’s book The Year That Was.
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Boom!

July 22, 2014
Ishrat Firdousi
Boom!

In 1971, Syed Mahbub Ali was a 20-year-old student and jobholder who lived in Dhaka city. This is his story of the war year.
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Dey, dey!

July 10, 2014
Ishrat Firdousi
Dey, dey!

Blitzkrieg. Lightning war. It was invented by the Germans after WWI. The attacking force forces a breakthrough into enemy defence with a series of short
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World Cup wonders

July 3, 2014
Ishrat Firdousi
World Cup wonders

He:    There was no dope test in ancient Greece. She:   How do you know? Were you there in BCE?
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Copa Mundial 2014

June 12, 2014
Ishrat Firdousi
Copa Mundial 2014

Am I so round with you as you with me, That like a football you do spurn me thus?
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Boy soldier

April 29, 2014
Ishrat Firdousi
Boy soldier

Shahzaman Mozumdar was born at Dinajpur in 1956. At curfew break on March 27, 1971, he saw the gruesome handiwork of the Pakistani army in Dhaka
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T20 World Cup and all that

April 6, 2014
Ishrat Firdousi
T20 World Cup and all that

Some people do not suffer fools, with some nowhere near gracefully. I know many of my friends don’t.
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Death of a musician: Remembering Altaf Mahmud

March 26, 2014
Ishrat Firdousi
Death of a musician: Remembering Altaf Mahmud

I have been interviewing people from all walks of life on their experiences of  1971 for nearly two decades.
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The war that was

December 16, 2013
Ishrat Firdousi
The war that was

Our war has many faces and so our stories are also varied. The ones we mostly hear are of suffering or valour
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Soccer sorcery in town

September 8, 2011
Ishrat Firdousi
Soccer sorcery in town

“Goal!” screamed the fans who had gathered in front of the giant screen at what we call the T&T ground near Indira Road. The roar that followed was even more deafening than those that came after the first two goals. Wait a minute.
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Sidhu, the overripe

March 29, 2011
Ishrat Firdousi
Sidhu, the overripe

Botham had said the Tigers were ahead of the West Indies in the race for the quarterfinals. But Sidhu didn’t think so and said that both birds and cockroaches fly but cockroaches were not birds. Sure they are not. Birds they say are second hand evolving from dinosaurs and all that and that the...
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Brought down to earth

March 5, 2011
Ishrat Firdousi
Brought down to earth

How does one wriggle out of this one? No, I wasn’t suggesting denial by us or the players. What does one write about this match? Was there a match? Even the much maligned Kenyans didn’t fare this badly. Whistle my way past deadline? The less said about this match the better? No, Sonia K,...
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Extraordinary win after batting debacle

February 26, 2011
Ishrat Firdousi
Extraordinary win after batting debacle

“I didn’t tell them anything but they all said we were going to win by 20 runs!” answered Shakib when Gavaskar asked him what words of wisdom and inspiration he had offered his boys before they went out to defend those 205 runs. This was an extremely valuable victory talk about snatching it from the...
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Smashing, awesome inaugural, but our game is another matter

February 25, 2011
Ishrat Firdousi
Smashing, awesome inaugural, but our game is another matter

The curtains for the ICC WC 2011 are up and we raised them and with a spectacular inaugural too. Such an event was a first for Bangladesh. At least in designated neighbourhoods the city literally took on a new look, so much so that gawking was common. In the inaugural, the stadium — Bangabandhu...
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A minute of silence (for our bowlers and fielders)

February 20, 2011
Ishrat Firdousi
A minute of silence (for our bowlers and fielders)

This was just one match, our first in fact, so perhaps we will have better luck in the next one. But, we were brought down to earth in a big way in this one. After the high of the inaugural, this one ended in a disappointment that was never entirely unexpected. Shakib when he...
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