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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More of the “Doing Guy” and also the “Talking Guy”

June 27, 2011
Kayes Ahmed
More of the “Doing Guy” and also the “Talking Guy”

A slick black Buick was waiting for us at the airport. We hustled into the car and started inching through the mind boggling traffic of Guangzhou, Canton to the uninitiated. We landed in the municipal airport near the teeming City on Pearl River around 2 PM in stifling heat.
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Share market, punters, greed and other foibles

May 11, 2011
Kayes Ahmed
Share market, punters, greed and other foibles

I have been reading with some amusements various articles; blood curdling calls for martial law, unspecified legal action, street protests, call for disgorgements of ill-gotten profits from the recent calamities of the Dhaka Stock Exchange. I see friends like Afsan Chowdhury calling some of the participant scammers and the government prima facie agreeing that...
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Amar Sonar Bangla – real or not so much?

March 16, 2011
Kayes Ahmed
Amar Sonar Bangla – real or not so much?

After a recent trip to Dhaka I am back in snowy Colorado. On a walk on snowshoes with my dogs, I was thinking about the changes I saw in Bangladesh. My mind was wondering to a faraway place, Dhaka to be exact. I saw or believe I saw dramatic shiftsin in the country’s core...
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Hope for the land of my father

December 29, 2010
Kayes Ahmed
Hope for the land of my father

“Nimu na Sir. Apne Kinna lon”. This was unfamiliar territory and I was looking for a suitable response. For the uninitiated, the kid is about 14 and was selling yellow-looking popcorn in the middle of a traffic jam on my way back from Gulshan to Dhanmondi, a couple of weeks ago. What he...
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