Afsan Chowdhury

Martial law or civil law, share market thieves are above all laws

April 24, 2011
Martial law or civil law, share market thieves are above all laws

How long did it take to cast aside the much awaited share market probe report and focus all attention on whether its author Ibrahim Khaled wanted martial law and why? It was a stroke of luck or brilliance on the part of the scammers to turn the tables and let everyone argue about something quite irrelevant forgetting the report. Not that it says much. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

The great buying bazaar

April 22, 2011
The great buying bazaar

I was at the mall yesterday and found that almost every store had a huge crowd bogging up the aisles, milling around the checkout counters and trolling through the shelves. It was sale time, a special event that had been announced in every newspaper, magazine, brochure and flyer for many days before the melee actually started. Privileged clients, mainly those with special credit cards from selected stores, had received news of the discounts and deals via text messages on their mobile phones, emails and the occasional pesky phone call. Read more »

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Hasan Reza

Unholy ‘crusade’ against 70 million women

April 21, 2011
Unholy ‘crusade’ against 70 million women

The recent Hartal by Islamist demagogues has claimed to be tantamount to a ‘crusade’ against the ‘infidels’! Past experiences suggest that similar ‘crusades’ by the Islamist zealots have always been waged against the progressive forces of the country (such as against Taslima Nasrin, Humayun Azad and Shamsur Rahman). In the present occasion, the ‘infidels’ are not communists or progressive culturists but the leader of the centre-left party Awami League and the country’s sitting prime minister Sheikh Hasina. Read more »

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MK Aaref

Our ‘Yellow Dog’ jingoism

April 20, 2011
Our ‘Yellow Dog’ jingoism

Years ago, as a student in the US, I came across a table in a convention…they were called ‘Yellow Dog Democrats’. Some elderly patrons even had pins with yellow dogs on it. Somewhat baffled, I finally asked what it was all about. They said they were the most ardent followers of the Democratic Party in Texas. Didn’t sound very exciting and I guess it showed on my face. ‘Well, son’, the gentleman explained…. ‘If the Texas Democratic Party even puts up a yellah dawg as a candidate for any post….we are gonna vote the dawg in….’ Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Happy New Year

April 19, 2011
Happy New Year

The rain battered our house last night. The mice sought refuge from the storm under my roof. Every springtime, where I live, the mice grow bold. Born in the fields just beyond the house during an unseasonable warm snap, when the weather turns rainy or cold, they come. Every year they decide that they like it better in our already crowded house and they stay. It is a cushy life for them, so they grow fat, tax our resources, and leave a mess. Last night we had a storm, and the river flooded. Now the house is loud with tiny refugees. Read more »

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ABM Nasir

Are Robert Blake’s warning and Amini’s hartal mere coincidence?

April 17, 2011
Are Robert Blake’s warning and Amini’s hartal mere coincidence?

What could have had gone so wrong that only two years into the incumbency, the government is drawing flaks from the Western allies? At least, Robert O. Blake’s repeated warning of dire consequences on bilateral relationship between Washington and Dhaka and international media blitz against the government for ousting Yunus from the helm of Grameen Bank seem to clearly indicate foreign displeasure. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Cricket and beyond: are we pro-Pakistani or anti-Indian?

April 15, 2011
Cricket and beyond: are we pro-Pakistani or anti-Indian?

Is cheering for a cricket team a good test of the national psyche? Does the team we support indicate where our identity lies? Is that why we support Pakistan when they play, and not India?

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During the recent World Cup, our cheering for Pakistan has caused many to wonder. After all, it’s the country which actively killed our people. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

The art of craft

April 15, 2011
The art of craft

A couple of weeks ago the gentleman who supplies us with printing paper and cartridges for the printer called to say that he had received a new shipment of stuff. His wife was really the dealer, he explained, and she was ready to show us some of the latest lot. Good quality, he promised, good prices too. For a few seconds, I wondered, but then I realised I already knew. It was nothing in the least bit nefarious that he was speaking of, but something quite innocuous albeit desirable. Read more »

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Rubana Huq

In Transit: In quest of an ‘O’ in place of an ‘A’

April 13, 2011
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 response: ‘‘Hello SASA (chacha)!’’ Read more »

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