Grief of silence

October 9, 2011
Rubana Huq
Grief of silence

A slender sword of steel is ready to hit the kneeling figure in white. The kneeler’s neck remains exposed. The man in a flowing white robe, dishdasha and a red-checked head cloth lowers the blade to hit the condemned’s neck; the victim’s body sways forward, snaps up, and collapses to the right. A physician...
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Let’s Iftar, shall we?

August 21, 2011
Rubana Huq
Let’s Iftar, shall we?

There are multiple Iftar-types available today: The Secular Iftar, the 9/11 Iftar, the Power Iftar, the Alliance Iftar, the Elite Iftar; the Family Iftar and lastly and not so pleasantly, the Poverty Iftar. It all depends on which one you want to pick and be a part of. In India, it is like a season...
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Who tallies us tonight?

August 13, 2011
Rubana Huq
Who tallies us tonight?

I failed math when I was in seventh grade and showed no remorse. I scored a 94 the next quarter with equal indifference. The reason was simple, I learnt at a young age that score cards oscillate with the winds of time. Even winds have moods that may either drowns someone or carries them...
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Children of a lesser God

July 13, 2011
Rubana Huq
Children of a lesser God

On the 12th of July, Mirsarai upazila had thousands throng its grounds for prayers. On the 13th of July, all the educational institutions in the country are mourning for the dead, and for the rest of our lives, Bangladeshis will remember the tragedy with shame and regret.
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The same story of the same face

June 15, 2011
Rubana Huq
The same story of the same face

There are many ways to kill a woman. Physical torture is only one of them. Frankly, a gaze may shame a woman to death; a rape may seal her doomed life; a social sensitivity may scar her forever. Women are one of the easiest commodities in the market of abuse. It is easy to...
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Hosting Osama…

May 3, 2011
Rubana Huq
Hosting Osama…

The entire neighbourhood of Agarpur is talking about the dead body that has just shown up on their shore. It’s well wrapped in an unstitched piece of white cloth with the hair well hidden and the empty sockets that once hosted the eyes. A small boy of six years of age discovered the body...
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In Transit: In quest of an ‘O’ in place of an ‘A’

April 13, 2011
Rubana Huq
In Transit: In quest of an ‘O’ in place of an ‘A’

Boishakh is all about being spelt with an uninvited A and an absent H and becoming Baisakh instead. Boishakh is all about being greeted with unpalatable Vs being used in ShuVo greetings. Apparently a friend of ours has warned users against using ShuVA NAVAVARShA to which my daughter drafted but had not sent out the following...
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In Transit: bad taste

March 26, 2011
Rubana Huq
In Transit: bad taste

Sadly, media is depressing. Forty thousand feet above the ground, sipping an insipid orange juice from a five inch cup handed down by the stewardess bearing another five inch smile does not promise a great day. As it is pushing off for the airport at 5 in the morning is not the best moment...
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Ah, women!

March 7, 2011
Rubana Huq
Ah, women!

Excuse me, international women’s day? What day? Which one? Hmmm… the one where we arrange seminars, lunches, parade successful women, garland them, sing praises without having the basic iota of knowledge about their real lives? In reality, women are like carpets. Prettier ones may be passed off as the 100 percent silk ones, the...
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HVD (Happy Valentine’s Day)!

February 14, 2011
Rubana Huq
HVD (Happy Valentine’s Day)!

HVD is indeed not a disease and most certainly a day that brings in expectations of bouquets, gifts, dinners and celebration. Flowers are sold from before, hearts are racing for attention. This day, a young woman proposed just a minute ago, should be used for fund raising through ‚Äėspeed-dating‚Äô. Unfamiliar with the term, I...
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In transit: from fun to folly

December 12, 2010
Rubana Huq
In transit: from fun to folly

em>December 10, 2010 4:30 pm: The camera was nervous, shaking from one side to the other, mimicking emotion of the cameraman trying to capture a unique telescopic moment of the King Khan. They were all there. Meantime, the shadow stage had been set up in the studios and there were celebrities streaming in to the platform,...
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In transit: the next train home

November 30, 2010
Rubana Huq
In transit: the next train home

Everyone is too attached to India. The government is; our culture gurus are; the tourists as well. While the general people fear over-friendly overtures from any government, the policymakers have no option but to choose sides. Therefore every five years, we travel from one side of the court to the other. Being transported, it...
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In Transit

October 27, 2010
Rubana Huq
In Transit

‚ÄúMadam cheita geley kintu khobor asey‚ÄĚ: Basically, hell hath no fury than the VIP wife scorned. The luggage belt just rolled once, while the loader walked off the belt with only two suitcases marked: VIP reading on a Biman tag. The rest of the passengers like us just stared at the delivery of the VIP luggage...
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In Transit

October 20, 2010
Rubana Huq
In Transit

Women amaze me. A regular look at the women in the garment factories poke and open up a new consciousness. Their discussion on diet and divorce, their issues of diluting dogmas fascinate me. They seem to be more liberated than a rich handful living branded lives. In contrast, our Eves behind the machines truly spell...
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In transit

October 4, 2010
Rubana Huq

I had to listen to a 24-year-old development worker lecturing me on how well the country was adapting to the democratic processes. I eventually lost a dignified battle.  It’s indeed refreshing to discover that the young have not lost faith yet. But then again, perhaps they are too young to know any better. Not...
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