Eid now, Eid then

August 20, 2012
Rumi Ahmed
Eid now, Eid then

My town’s major Islamic society, which in fact is a conglomerate of about a dozen masjids and a couple of Islamic schools, had it in their website since June of this year.
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Posted in Lifestyle, Religion | 8 Comments »

Godspeed Barack Obama

November 5, 2012
Rumi Ahmed
Godspeed Barack Obama

During the first few years after I came to America as a graduate student, my life was a monotonous repetition of long cold nights in my attic den, day long lab and class and daily lunchtime walk to the student centre for a 99 cent taco with a plastic glass of water.
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Posted in US Election 2012 | 7 Comments »

One Nafis, many problems

October 25, 2012
Rumi Ahmed
One Nafis, many problems

Let me start by asking you all a question. You may have a very strong religious affiliation; your faith may be impeccable. Or you may be deeply indoctrinated with a political ideology.
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The guns of Bretton Woods

October 15, 2012
Rumi Ahmed
The guns of Bretton Woods

Joseph Kony is the leader of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army and is the person responsible for creating the 100,000 strong army of enslaved child soldiers, many of whose parents Kony killed to force the children work for him.
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Remembering Roja: A devout festive nation

July 29, 2012
Rumi Ahmed
Remembering Roja: A devout festive nation

The last time I was in Bangladesh during roja, it was 1995. It has been 17 years since; I’ve regularly visited Bangladesh, but never during roja. Over the last 12 years, in this ‘bidesh bibhui’, ‘roja’ has been replaced by ‘ramadan’.
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Posted in Lifestyle, Religion | 18 Comments »

Humayun Ahmed: A thousand more years

July 20, 2012
Rumi Ahmed
Humayun Ahmed: A thousand more years

Today, my facebook page was a collage of grief. Every single friend of Bangladesh origin had something to say about the death of Humayun Ahmed — some sadness to share, some feelings of loss to express.
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Alaol’s unfortunate children and Bengali nationalistic chivalry

July 1, 2012
Rumi Ahmed
Alaol’s unfortunate children and Bengali nationalistic chivalry

It was 1978. The now-defunct Weekly Bichitra made a cover story titled, “Manush Aite achhe – naaf nodeer baner lahan” (People are coming in like flood on Naaf River). All of a sudden, a group of people living in the Arakan region of northwest Burma
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Halal novel

June 3, 2012
Rumi Ahmed
<em>Halal</em> novel

The Attorney General and the High Court are in agreement that a recent novel, Deyal, being written by popular novelist and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed contains some historical inaccuracies that should not be read by the people of the country.
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Posted in Literature, Politics | 15 Comments »

Maisha’s day out, our exuberant police and the ‘Men in Black’

May 8, 2012
Rumi Ahmed
Maisha’s day out, our exuberant police and the ‘Men in Black’

Maisha’s Day Out Those who have watched the movie “Baby’s Day Out” must recollect the similarities and dissimilarities between the storyline of the movie and the recent sensational abduction of the eight-month-old infant named Maisha.
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Alien invasion of Bangladesh

April 24, 2012
Rumi Ahmed
Alien invasion of Bangladesh

Over the last few years, mysterious things started happening in Bangladesh. In absence of any earthly explanation of those incidents, informed people of Bangladesh are seriously concerned that the country is at the receiving end of an alien invasion.
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Posted in Satire | 45 Comments »

The killer of Azam Khan

June 8, 2011
Rumi Ahmed
The killer of Azam Khan

Azam Khan, the pop legend breathed his last a few days ago. Azam Khan contributed more than his fair share to the country he helped create and to the people he lived to entertain. Unlike most, he will live in our collective memories and his songs will remain beyond the longevity of many...
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Posted in Entertainment, Health | 8 Comments »

Ziaur Rahman: the kind of statesman we need now

May 30, 2011
Rumi Ahmed
Ziaur Rahman: the kind of statesman we need now

Today is the 30th death anniversary of President Ziaur Rahman. This anniversary comes at a time when Zia, his image, contribution and his philosophy are under fiercest attack ever. After decades of relentless attack on Zia, the war hero and Zia the statesman, after abysmal failure of Zia’s party to portray him appropriately and...
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Posted in Politics | 41 Comments »

The war that was never fought

February 27, 2011
Rumi Ahmed
The war that was never fought

Two years ago on February 25-26, a group of violent soldiers of the Bangladesh border security force, called BDR, revolted. They occupied the part of capital Dhaka where the garrison is located and held hundreds of military officers, general soldiers and civilians hostage. During this occupation of nearly two days, the marauding soldiers committed...
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Municipal polls — an analysis

February 3, 2011
Rumi Ahmed
Municipal polls — an analysis

The recently concluded municipal elections highlight the current trend of Bangladesh politics, and add to the debate on the possibility of fair elections under ‘partisan’ governments. Before going into the messages the voters sent and what our democracy can learn from the process, let us give an overview of the results and other political issues...
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Felani’s hanging body over the road to connectivity

January 19, 2011
Rumi Ahmed
Felani’s hanging body over the road to connectivity

The year 2011 heralds completion of two-year of the Awami League-led Grand Alliance government, and marks the 4th anniversary of the so-called ‘1/11’ — a ‘military coup’ in disguise. Under close watch of police and RAB, New Year’s Eve celebration went fairly uneventful.
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