Afsan Chowdhury

The autobiography of an unknown Bangladeshi

July 15, 2012
The autobiography of an unknown Bangladeshi

This is an amazing book because although it is the tale of the most successful Bengali politician of all times, it is one of the simplest stories told. The lack of pretension and straightforwardness of the narrative is humbling. Read more »

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Ahmed Shafee

Nearly finished brief biography of a well-known scintilla

July 14, 2012
Nearly finished brief biography of a well-known scintilla

There is a story about a young unknown author approaching a famous writer with a huge manuscript and asking him to suggest a title for it. Read more »

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Nofel Wahid

The World Bank’s cancellation is a blessing in disguise

July 12, 2012
The World Bank’s cancellation is a blessing in disguise

Moses has reached the mountain, finally! It took a $3 billion political crisis to make it happen, but it has happened nonetheless. Read more »

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Rubana Huq

Torture takes and recommendations

July 11, 2012
Torture takes and recommendations

The 57-page report of Human Rights Watch, released on the 4th of July 2012, starts with: “The Fear Never Leaves Me”, a quote from MA whose father worked with the Engineering section at Pilkhana barracks, was picked up, blindfolded, put into another car, Read more »

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Meer Ahsan Habib

Nod to black money but for whom

July 10, 2012
Nod to black money but for whom

Black is defined as non-existence of colour while white is the opposite, combination of all colours. So, psychologically, white is supposed to be more desirable than black. Read more »

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Kayes Ahmed

Yes we are corrupt; live with it!

July 9, 2012
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. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Dear Madam Prime Minister…

July 8, 2012
Dear Madam Prime Minister…

I have often written about my fantasy of having a hotline to your Prime Minister, and being able to give my opinion any time I choose. Read more »

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Rainer Ebert

Young Bangladeshis more conservative than their elders, survey finds

July 5, 2012
Young Bangladeshis more conservative than their elders, survey finds

Many of my Bangladeshi friends and relatives frenetically deny that their compatriots have sex before marriage. Amusingly, about as many unmarried friends in Bangladesh tell me that they are sexually active. Read more »

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Rubana Huq

The Blame Bank

July 4, 2012
The Blame Bank

Adam started the blame agenda. In fact, he started the double-inclusive blame game when he responded to God:

“The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. Read more »

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