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The legendary Curzon Hall
If you walk pass the Dhaka University campus towards the Doel Chattar and High Court building, there stands one of the best examples of Dhaka's architecture- the Curzon Hall. From a little distance the red brick double storied building looks like an old courthouse. Neatly mowed green grass and well maintained spacious gardens around the premise add an ambience of grandeur to the whole picture.
Curzon Hall is one of the most significant buildings from the British era in Bangladesh. The style blends European and Mughal elements.
The foundation of the building was laid in 1904. Originally meant to be a town hall, it was built by Lord Curzon the viceroy of the then British India.
Over the years, the building attained a special place in our history. During 1911 Curzon Hall was used as the premise of the renowned Dhaka College for a while. The University of Dhaka was established in the year 1921 and Curzon Hall then became the main campus of the institution.
Curzon Hall also had a role to play in our Language Movement. It was there, in 1948, that students of Dhaka University protested, refusing to accept Mohammad Ali Jinnah's declaration that “Urdu and Urdu alone would be the state language of Pakistan”. From a huge gathering at the Curzon Hall area a student movement was born that went on to change our shared future, and led to the historical victory of the Bengali Language in February 21, 1952.
Those of you who have heard of the science wiz Shatyendra Nath Bose, would probably be intrigued to know that this legendary physics professor who broke new grounds with the Bose-Einstein Theory and Boson Ray taught here in Curzon Hall, in the Physics Department of DU. In 1921, Bose joined the DU as a lecturer and in 1926 he became a professor and the head of the department. Bose continued teaching there till 1945.
Today the future science wizzes of Bangladesh walk the green turf with pride. Curzon Hall is now being used as the science faculty of the Dhaka University. It stays busy all day long with the chattering of the students and the clattering of the lab tools. It has a pond in the back and adjacent to it is the Shahidullah Hall where students of the science faculty stay.
Hours spent beside the pond or the rooftop of the hall during the summer, secret rendezvous with sweet hearts at the mini botanical garden or a quick trip to Chankhar pool for a midnight snack are cherished cultures the place has witnessed for years.
Curzon Hall turned 100 in 2004. At some point the building was extended, and some parts of it demolished, altering the original structure and design. For lack of restoration and ill-suited additions, the cherished memories may now be at stake just like the building that has been their backdrop.
By Shahnaz Parveen
On the cover
Curzon Hall turns 102 this year, and we'd like to take a moment to marvel at this lovely piece of architecture that has been witness to some major historical events.
If you live in Bangladesh, you're bound to have come across those roadside quacks who advertise a wealth of pills and potions, each of which is loudly proclaimed to be a 'miracle cure' that will relieve you of everything from AIDS to acne. I'm sure you've shaken your urbane head at the ludicrous claims and moved on without a thought, right?
What if you heard that there really is a miracle cure, which, if not capable of curing AIDS, can be used to treat a whole lot of other stuff?
That's right…and the cure is readily available in most countries. Move over, Batman and Robin, there's a new dynamic duo in town, and they're called honey and cinnamon. Let's take a look at some practical applications of this wonder cure.
By Sabrina F Ahmad
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