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A seasonal affair
Rajib and at least a dozen others in Azimpur colony have completed Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) examination this year and with plenty of time on their hands, play badminton at the colony playground. This is an annual ritual really, where the whole community chips in to prepare a badminton court, buy provisions required such as lights and also sporting accessories like the net and racquets.
Rajib's friend, Dhiman said, “We all contributed Tk100-150 each and our total collection was around Tk1200.” They spent the money to install a lighting system, to buy a net and the shuttlecocks. “Everyday we need five to six shuttlecocks and we have to spend a good amount of money for this purpose,” he said. “This time of the year is really a very good time for us, because in other seasons of the year we, the city dwellers, don't have any kind of physical exercise,”
Lke Rajib and his friends, people aged between seven to fifty are seen playing this winter sport wherever there is space. In such a densely populated city, where finding space for any recreational sport is difficult, people somehow make space for badminton, no matter how small. As they say, youth is uncontainable, because even with such limitations the young boys somehow manage to play their sport of choice.
If you go around the city in the evenings you will find boys playing badminton on the streets, on grounds recently made vacant for construction work, or on the rooftops of apartment buildings. Children who are not allowed to go outside, play badminton in their rooms, verandahs or rooftops.
Why do Bangladeshis play this game in winter? Sajib, an LLB student at Demra was quick to answer, “Because, when we sweat after playing the game we don't feel tired or fatigued in winter.” Why do people feel more interested to play badminton rather than any other game? To answer this question, Wasi, a private university student residing at Banani answered, “There is not much wind during the Bangladeshi winter, which helps to control the shuttlecock.”
Badminton is a racquet sport played by either two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs (doubles), who take positions on opposite halves of a rectangular court that is divided by a net. Players score points by striking a shuttlecock with their racquets so that it passes over the net and lands in their opponents' half of the court. Each side may only strike the shuttlecock once before it passes over the net. A rally ends once the shuttlecock has landed on the floor.
The shuttlecock (or shuttle) is a feathered projectile whose unique aerodynamic properties cause it to fly differently from the balls used in most racquet sports; in particular, the feathers create much higher drag, causing the shuttlecock to decelerate more rapidly than a ball. Shuttlecocks have a much higher top speed, when compared to other racquet sports. Because shuttlecock flight is affected by wind, competitive badminton is played indoors. Badminton is also played outdoors as a casual recreational activity, often as a garden or beach game.
Bangladeshi boys are very enthused about playing badminton, as observed every winter. The limitations of growing up into a good badminton player in this country is that there is lack of family support as it is a very costly game, and also, lack of sufficient space for exercise and adequate institutional support. But that does not deter people enjoying spending time striking the shuttlecock up in the air, whenever and wherever possible.
By Mahtabi Zaman
To catch a fish!
A hunter needs his equipment, so does a fisherman. An angler needs his fishing tackle- the equipments needed for fishing. If you're an angler, you'll need a fishing rod, fishing reel, fishing line, fishing hook and float.
The ideal places to buy these are from Fakirapul and Chokbazaar. The latter is mainly known for wholesale while Fakirapul sells for both wholesale and retail. But if you are an individual buyer you need not bother about it.
In Fakirapul, there are two shops specialising in such equipment: King Fisher Fishing Tackle Store and Kabir & Brothers. Both are located in D. I. T. Extension Road, Naya Paltan, Fakirapul.
By M H Haider
Bibi at Brussels
Twelve years ago Bibi Russell returned to Bangladesh to preserve the ancient craft of hand-weaving. She pays thousands of impoverished women all over Bangladesh to weave materials for her which she uses in her own line of designer clothing.
With the set up in 1995 of Bibi Productions, she has given the Bangladeshi weavers and artisans the golden opportunity to utilise their considerable skills and talents to achieve economic survival and to build towards a prosperous future.
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