Memsahibs of Dhaka — redux

September 9, 2012
Kayes Ahmed
Memsahibs of Dhaka — redux

It was like sticking my head into a beehive or a blender. The result was a beaten down head, intellect and the sense of certainty. But, that is the purpose of any inquiry.
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Memsahibs of Dhaka 2012

August 28, 2012
Kayes Ahmed
<em>Memsahibs</em> of Dhaka 2012

“The thing is my driver will go for Eid vacation from 15th august to 25th august. Without him i’m completely immobile and…”
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Shahara Khatun, “Lock your doors”, and rule of law

August 9, 2012
Kayes Ahmed
Shahara Khatun, “Lock your doors”, and rule of law

This morning I saw yet another chest thumping, foot stamping and hair bending pronouncement from Bangladesh’s Chief Law Enforcer, Shahara Khatun. This was so out of the left field that I kept wondering why is this inane person the face of the Laws of the Land?
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Fair enough, but release the World Bank letter Madame Prime Minister!

July 31, 2012
Kayes Ahmed
Fair enough, but release the World Bank letter Madame Prime Minister!

“They suddenly raised the issue. I asked them myself give me proof and they could not give any substantial proof”. That was the response of the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina to the reporter from BBC programme “HARDtalk” during an interview on Monday, July 30, 2012.
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Fear and loathing in Colorado and Jihadis in my head!

July 24, 2012
Kayes Ahmed
Fear and loathing in Colorado and Jihadis in my head!

I saw the images of the aftermath of Colorado shooting in a place called WeiHai, Shandong Province in China. Late in the afternoon on Friday I had just gotten back to the hotel and was passing the lobby and someone called me over to watch TV
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Yes we are corrupt; live with it!

July 9, 2012
Kayes Ahmed
Yes we are corrupt; live with it!

The Padma River Bridge funding debacle has taken place… and… um… to no one’s great surprise! OK, the ministers and the officialdom are surprised, shocked and dismayed! The bellyaching has begun in earnest.
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alif for Allah, bay for Bondook!

June 2, 2012
Kayes Ahmed
alif for Allah, bay for Bondook!

A few days ago, I was watching PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) Newshour broadcast. Those of you who are not familiar with PBS in America, it is like the old BBC before the days of privatisation fervour.
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Posted in International, Religion | 51 Comments »

Mr. Spineless vs. Dr. Strangelove

May 20, 2012
Kayes Ahmed
Mr. Spineless vs. Dr. Strangelove

It was a brilliant sunny afternoon in Denver, Colorado. The preachers and the evangelicals prayed for days for rain and thunder but there it was, a flawless late summer day. Maybe the “Christian mullahs” lost their direct line to the Almighty.
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Blowing up bin Laden’s house

March 7, 2012
Kayes Ahmed
Blowing up bin Laden’s house

As the night fell on Saturday February 25, 2012 in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the mechanised backhoes moved in and started demolishing the house bin Laden had lived for seven years
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Pyramids, “idolatry” and the Salafis

January 27, 2012
Kayes Ahmed
Pyramids, “idolatry” and the Salafis

Back in the Middle Ages, AKA, 1987, I had my first glimpse of the pyramids. The pyramids of Giza took my breath away, literally. This was after I have been through the Valley of the Kings and the Luxor ruins and um, the lightshows! Nothing came close to the pyramids of Giza.
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Komor shokto hobey — a culture of co-dependence

January 18, 2012
Kayes Ahmed
<em>Komor shokto hobey</em> — a culture of co-dependence

A couple of months ago, I was visiting New York City. I used to live there at one time and now I simply get in and get out as fast as I can. This time an old friend of mine who is a high-up in the UN (United for Nothing) asked me to come...
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Second-class and no-class citizens, Bengali and such musings!

December 10, 2011
Kayes Ahmed
Second-class and no-class citizens, Bengali and such musings!

“Haramzada Bengoli”, screamed the fat guy to a rickshaw-puller near Bandar Bazar, Sylhet. This was in November 2010. But I digress. Let me get to the scream in a minute. I wrote an opinion piece in bdnews24.com in October 2011 titled, “Not my Father’s Islam”. It generated fair amount of controversy and lots of...
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End of time, prophecies, heresies and goulash soup!

November 22, 2011
Kayes Ahmed
End of time, prophecies, heresies and goulash soup!

I was driving down the New England thru-way on May 15th to visit a customer in Manchester, Vermont. Typically this is an event free drive with an occasional cop giving out tickets and growling about speeding but oddly satisfied that he/she has succeeded in nailing some “city scum.” Coming around the bend near Hartford,...
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Not my father’s Islam

October 12, 2011
Kayes Ahmed
Not my father’s Islam

“Betinthorkoborgaathawoagoona”. A loose English translation of this raw Sylheti is; “it is a sin for women to be in cemetery”. These were the words uttered by the officiating maulana while we were burying my mother few years ago. The maulana was trying to evict one of my sisters from near the open grave where...
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How not to follow the path of Pakistan!

August 27, 2011
Kayes Ahmed
How not to follow the path of Pakistan!

Everyone wants to know what’s up with Pakistan? What they really mean is what’s wrong with this country that once had a shared destiny of the land of my father? So, let me start at the beginning.
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