Of colours, nagordolas and fortune-telling
As the sun's rays hit the windows of the auditorium, the cultural programme arranged by Murchona, BUET began. The campus slowly got filled by alumni and current students of the university. The cafeteria offered special menus of food times such as hilsha fish with 'khichuri' or 'pantabhaat.' It was quite funny when engineers of this institution took to fortune telling and parrots. Such an occasion indeed exemplified the co-operation and coordination among the students of the eleven departments of BUET to arrange a successful Pahela Baishakh festival. A 'nagordola' was put up and it created much hype among adults and kids alike. The day was memorable for all BUET students, as it gave them an opportunity to stop thinking about classes, assignments and lab reports.
Department of Water Resources Engineering, BUET, Dhaka.
Photo: Ashif Anam Siddique
I am fascinated about the districts of Jessore, Jhenaidah, Narail and Magura. Natural environment of Jessore however is deteriorating in a very alarming rate due to a meager flow of water in Padma river. In the middle of February 2012, I got a chance to visit the Piruli village of Kalia Upazilla in Narail district. I crossed the Voyrab River by boat and hired a bike to go to Piruli village. I got to see a lot of greenery and different kinds of colourful birds around me like Machranga, Jhinai, Babui, Ghutal, Ghugu etc. It was a very cloudy day- not ideal for taking photographs but best for travelling. This journey truly made me realise that remote places like these hold the essence of beautiful Bangladesh. Students should explore the country and protect the nature.
Ashif Anam Siddique
Alumnus, Department of Soil, Water and Environment, University of Dhaka, Dhaka.
Relics from the past!
Most students of Chittagong University do not know that there is a rich museum on our campus, known as 'University Museum'. This is a rare thing, since universities in Bangladesh do not have history or art museums. Even I did not know about the museum when I was a first year student of Mass Communication and Journalism Department. The museum has a rich collection of items from ancient times. Different kinds of statue, paintings, canon, palki, boats, ornaments, arms and swords are kept in the museum. These relics from the past are our practical history lessons. Everyone should pay a visit to the museum. It is our duty to preserve these relics with great care.
Tania Farah Alam
Chittagong University, Chittagong.
A great instructor
Few months ago, I suddenly started to notice a new face around the campus, wearing 'kurta', 'dupatta' with jeans and snickers. I used to wonder who this girl is. She neither seemed to be a new faculty, nor a staff member. I assumed that she might be a new student applying for admission. Gradually, I got to know that she was Ushashi Dasgupta, an instructor who would be helping our seniors to get into graduate school. Sitting on the stairs of our academic building, I used to see her waiting for the transport to return to her apartment in the evening. One thing that was never missing on her face was the subtle smile as if she is happy for each and everything happening around her. We, the junior student, did not even know when she came and when she left. Still we wish we will have her again to instruct us for our graduate school.
Asian University for Women, Chittagong.
Keeping the essence intact
Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo
The other day I was made fun of by one of my compatriots, because I have Bangla tracks on my iPod playlist, and because I know nothing about pop culture and cannot post a Facebook status in Hindi. There is a large number of such “smart” youth in Bangladesh. Young people visit the 'Amar Ekushe Grantha Mela,' but do not know the background of February 21. Nor do they seem very interested to know about it. Today's concerned parents send their kids to top-notched English medium schools, but do not bother to buy them a book on Bangladesh's history. Youngsters are too busy watching 'MTV Roadies.' Most RJs cannot speak proper Bangla, and instead opt for 'Bang-lish.' Of course we live in a globalised world, but it is not very difficult to keep the essence of Bangla culture and language intact.
Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka.