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Volume 2 Issue 9 | October 2007



Original Forum Editorial

Month in Review: Bangladesh
Month in Review: International
What does the opposition want to oppose?- - Farid Bakht
Turning point for the Bangladesh Economy--Forrest Cookson
Entry strategies-- Jyoti Rahman and Syeed Ahamed
Coal policy needs finalisation now -- S.M. Mahfuzur Rahman
Energy sector issues and an open mind-- S. Nazrul Islam
Country at a crossroads, nation cross-eyed-- Shahnoor Wahid
Building a knowledge society -- Ananya Raihan
Photo Feature --After the Rains 
Private Universities: New laws and the real picture -- Kazi Anis Ahmed
Remote control -- Kamila Shamsie
The Tin Bigha corridor 15 years on--Jason Cons
Emerson and Islam-- Syed Ashraf Ali
Golden past, golden future-- Kamran Rahman
Science Forum
It's No Joke
Forum Lit


Forum Home




Drumroll Season
Abeer Hoque

she sits on the bed
as the rain counts out
the minutes of her life
on the tin roof
dhip dhap
a gigolo wind
steps through the grilled window
furls the pages of the calendars on the wall
obsolete all
2005 falls back with a slap
1998 caresses '99
she undoes her khopa
in a lightning crackle
and now the real rains


The Metropolitan Museum and After
Faisal Salahuddin

Why couldn't we meet at the Met
Under Aurangzeb's dream in the Asian gallery,
Before the Persian river from your eyes
Devoured me a like a forbidden vortex
Numbing my Victorian immigrant senses
We both miserably pretended that
The thunder between our well-demarcated worlds
Did not pull us together
Like a blackhole beyond every pedestrian's view,
Before we slided
Into the zero gravity of
Early quiet morning in the Central Park
Until you suffocated me
With your hair and
Tabooless glances,
Even after the empty glasses
Stood silently on the crowded coffee table
Like obedient soldiers.


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