Abida Rahman Chowdhury

March 18, 2020
March 18, 2020

Coronavirus: As experts warn air pollution can elevate health risks, should Dhaka worry?

Concerns due to polluted air have been raised before, but now the warning rings louder as global experts say continued exposure to high levels of air pollution in cities can potentially increase...

March 9, 2020
March 9, 2020

The million promises and little perils of bird-watching by the coast of Bangladesh

It is years ago now. The day I took a bus to the southernmost tip of Bangladesh with a group of people wearing khaki-coloured shirts, two-in-one pants, carrying heavy duty binoculars, spotting...

March 4, 2020
March 4, 2020

Bangladeshi researchers discover new frog

“It is named after one of the most prominent wildlife scientists and conservationists in the country, it mimics the sound of crickets and it is tiny,” this is how the team of researchers who...

March 3, 2020
March 3, 2020

Bangladeshi researchers discover new frog that can fit on your thumb

‘Raorchestes rezakhani’ was the discovery of two young researchers -- Hasan Al Razi Chayan and Marjan Maria -- from Jagannath University, guided and led closely by Sabir Bin Muzaffar, professor of...

February 20, 2020
February 20, 2020

The story of an anxious generation growing up in a fast-changing world

“Environment, climate crisis, Facebook, Instastories, Snapchat, social media influencers, relationships (lack thereof), and a world obsessed with being connected and updated constantly.”

January 14, 2020
January 14, 2020

Why count birds?

On a half-wooden, half-iron boat, a team of men and women in heavy winter gear and heavy-duty binoculars set sail on a very, very cold winter morning on January 5. Their destination was the...

November 29, 2019
November 29, 2019

THE LAST HUSTLE

The soft light of the setting sun illuminates the entire section every time I walk in, mostly because I AM ALWAYS LATE. On one side white balloons hang, on another side a dart board.

November 22, 2019
November 22, 2019

Where it all ended and where it all began

This is the fifth and final (for now) instalment in a fiction series about a family navigating the woes of immigrant life.

October 18, 2019
October 18, 2019

Of stories from tidal villages by a vanishing forest and a fast-rising sea

Maybe it was Anita Desai’s book The Village by the Sea or was it that movie My Japanese Wife—I do not remember so clearly now—that had us all riled up during that short four-day long journey down...

October 4, 2019
October 4, 2019

Who am I?

The packing began months ahead of time, even before they had officially decided to move, even before tickets were purchased, even before the children could talk to their school and tell their...