Opinion

July 24, 2021
July 24, 2021

The Heart of the Matter

There is a rush hour traffic out there. People after spending a short Eid escapade are frantically returning to the capital as the lockdown tolls the knell of a parting holiday.

July 17, 2021
July 17, 2021

Maracana, Wembley, Cannes and Narayanganj

Last week, all eyes were fixed on Neymar’s ripped shorts, Badhon’s jewelled blouse or English rogue fans’ red-crosses, when something terrible happened:

July 9, 2021
July 9, 2021

The problem with academic bureaucratisation

When an esteem-ed member of our university’s syndicate board died recently, we requested the government for a replacement.

July 3, 2021
July 3, 2021

Mother of All Bangladeshi Universities

The institution that one attends for education is often attributed with the honorific title alma mater, literally meaning "generous or nourishing mother". The phrase "alma mater...

June 26, 2021
June 26, 2021

Street violence and gang culture 2.0

A female student of mine walked out of her dentist’s chamber at Bailey Road at around 8pm on June 7, 2021.

June 19, 2021
June 19, 2021

A Canary in the Mine

Normally, you and I would not see fairies or hear them singing. They exist in a world where we fear (or do not care) to tread (anymore). Even if we do, we will not admit it in public.

June 12, 2021
June 12, 2021

‘Please forgive me…’

It reads like a Netflix blurb of a horror movie. A young man took a machete from a street coconut seller, uttered his last words: “please forgive me”, and then slit his own throat in front of Dhaka...

June 5, 2021
June 5, 2021

Students getting a slim slice of the budget pie

At a preparatory meeting for ULAB’s planned virtual convocation, I suggested that we use the iconic image of Keanu Reeves dodging many bullets in the Matrix trilogy as our promotional campaign.

May 29, 2021
May 29, 2021

Desperate Times, Desperate Journeys

During the latest rerun of the biblical David and Goliath narrative in a changed context, the age-old conflict between the Israelites and the Philistines has come alive.

May 22, 2021
May 22, 2021

How do I hate myself? Let me count the ways

The holiday lethargy has caused me self-loathing. Let me count some of the factors as to why I am beginning to hate myself.