Taking this opportunity to wish you all a very happy 2006 and announcing that the compilation of articles published in this column in 1995-1997 is about complete, as mentioned several weeks earlier, as a book A 'stir' is born.
The book shall be priced at Taka 1000; the entire money going to a charity. So the more you buy the better you shall feel. Details shall be announced later.
Here is the cover of the book (front and back), the dedication and the intro to the author that appears on the inside of the cover.
Thank you for your support over the years.
Chintito, meaning 'worried', was born in 1995 after he took up seriously a general offer by the Editor of The Daily Star to a group attending a technical seminar to write for the newspaper.
He first had to write three instalments, which were then Okayed by the editorial staff at the daily. It was a good start because later he proved terrible in meeting the weekly deadline
The first articles appeared intermittently in the editorial page of the newspapers in a series titled 'Pinch of Salt'.
In 1996 the editor decided to move the column from the broadsheet version to the newspaper's Star Weekend Magazine where it resides till date. The column is now known as Chintito.
The illustrations used in this publication were added in 2005 but the texts are published in their original.
A glossary of Bangla words used in the articles has been included.
No caption has been used, as readers shall discover their relevance as they go through the text of an article.
This publication includes the articles that appeared in the broadsheet and the weekend magazine from 1995 to 1997.
Chintito appears every Friday in the Star Weekend Magazine with of course exceptions and is also available in the internet version.
This publication is dedicated to all those who believe in the Bangladesh Muktijuddho, a war for the emancipation of the people of Bangladesh; to all those brave freedom fighters at home and abroad; to all those martyrs who laid down their life as the supreme sacrifice for the liberation of our sonar Bangla.
(R) thedailystar.net 2005