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Fish stock set to crash

Some 44,000 fishing boats and 147 trawlers skim the Bay of Bengal every day with sea-floor-scraping nets that scoop up everything in its way, and experts fear this over-fishing by about 50 percent will be "disastrous" for fish stocks.

No Ulfa camp in Bangladesh

The United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) does not have any training camp or base in Bangladesh, although its operatives often cross border to take shelter here.

Dhaka to pen $1b loan from India today

Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee arrives in Dhaka this afternoon on a brief visit to witness the signing of $1 billion credit facility by EXIM Bank of India and Bangladesh to finance 14 infrastructure related projects.

ILLEGAL All available

Little Cormorant, locally known as Paan Kauri, has become extremely rare in the wetlands around Dhaka but still available for purchase at weekly market in the capital's suburb Tongi.

Lane rules to be reinforced

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police moves to reintroduce the three-lane system tomorrow to ease traffic jam on major roads in the capital.

9 workers held for RMG unrest

The Rapid Action Battalion arrested nine workers on Thursday night in connection with the garment factory violence that ravaged the capital and its outskirts last week.

Rajani joins kid brother in death

Eight-year-old Rajani Akhter died early yesterday like her brother did late Thursday at the ICU of the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Terminators thrive with trial licence

It all completed within just six days.

Last decade the warmest of century

The last decade (2000-2009) was the warmest decade of this century, said the 2009 State of the Climate report released by US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

British murder suspect held in city

The Rapid Action Battalion yesterday held a British citizen of Pakistani origin, who is accused of killing two persons in London.

Don't sign loan deal with Indian bank

The main opposition BNP yesterday asked the government not to sign any loan agreement with Exim Bank of India.

One killed in 'shootout' with Rab

An alleged criminal was killed in a “shootout” between his cohorts and members of the Rapid Action Battalion early yesterday at Sayedabad in the capital.

4 more GDs filed against ex-Jamaat MP

Police last night conducted raids at different places in the city to arrest former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Sayed Abdullah Mohammad Taher in connection with making "anti-state" statement.

Govt to recover Khas lands to rehabilitate homeless

The government will rehabilitate victims of river erosion, and other homeless and helpless people with self-employment by recovering Khas lands from land grabbers.

BDR jawan dies in hospital

A Bangladesh Rifles jawan, an accused in BDR mutiny case, died at a city hospital in Mohakhali on Thursday night.

Nepal fails to elect PM again

Nepal's parliament failed to elect a new prime minister for the fourth time yesterday as the deadlock between the three main parties deepened.

Komorowski sworn in as Poland's president

Bronislaw Komorowski has been sworn in as Poland's new president, a month after his election victory.

Shoot-at-sight order in Karachi

Authorities have issued shoot-at-sight orders as ethnic violence triggered by the assassination of a politician in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi entered its fifth day, taking the death toll to 85.


Prioritising demographic explosion issue

Despite development and other related issues taking centre stage, the concern over demographic explosion seems to have receded to the background. But the air of nonchalance notwithstanding, the population bomb is ticking away all the same as before.

Food safety concern

Neither the BSTI, the DCC, the commerce ministry, the business representative bodies nor any other authority have been able to make any impression on the public mind that the food we eat is safe for human consumption. The reality is starkly to the contrary.


Fresh contract for selectors

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is all over the news for the last month and unfortunately most of the time it has been for the wrong reasons. The trend continued as the recent decision of extending the selectors' tenure for three months took center stage and generated much discussion.

BOA ignores chess

The exclusion of chess from the Asian Games-bound Bangladesh contingent has raised questions about the selection procedure of the Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) as the performance of the chess team has so far been satisfactory in the last Asian Games in 2006.

Sri Lanka have India on the ropes

India's renowned batsmen were handed a stern challenge to secure a series-levelling win in the final Test after Sri Lanka fought hard with both bat and ball on Friday.

Eng ravage Pak again

James Anderson and Stuart Broad took four wickets apiece as Pakistan collapsed to 72 all out - their lowest total against England - on the first day of the second Test at Edgbaston here on Friday.

Bhaji hits out at pitch

Harbhajan Singh has hit out at the benign nature of pitch laid out for the second Test between India and Sri Lanka at the SSC. Bowlers from both sides struggled to make an impression during the Test in which several batting records were broken. Harbhajan told Hindustan Times that such lifeless pitches brought nothing to Test cricket, "not even spectators".

Week-long camp for U-19s

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been selected twenty-six cricketers for the two-week training camp of Under-19 development squad.

Sheikh Jamal aim for foreign coach

Newcomers Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club have already surprised the sports arena in their first appearance in the top fray having confirmed country's top footballers long before the proposed players' transfer.

Disciplinary hearing for French stars

Five players in France's World Cup squad will face a disciplinary hearing for their part in Les Bleus' disastrous campaign in South Africa, the French Football Federation (FFF) said on Friday.

L'pool, Juve cruise

Former European champions Liverpool and Juventus guaranteed a heavyweight presence in the Europa League play-offs on Thursday after wrapping up their qualifying ties.

Trio to fight it out

Their national side may have wallowed in humiliation at a disastrous World Cup but French fans can look forward to an intriguing domestic season as Lyon and Bordeaux look to knock Marseille off their Ligue 1 perch.

Cesc stays a Gunner

Cesc Fabregas has confirmed he will stay at Arsenal this season after conceding he won't get his wish to rejoin Barcelona.

Blues the biggest threat

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Chelsea are the team that pose the biggest threat to Manchester United's hopes of bringing the Premier League title back to Old Trafford.

FFF summons five

Nicolas Anelka was among five France internationals ordered to appear before the disciplinary commission of the French Football Federation (FFF) on Friday to explain the team's training ground strike at the World Cup.

Loew rests stars for friendly

Germany coach Joachim Loew has as anticipated rested the bulk of his World Cup stars for next week's friendly against Denmark.

Degen loaned to Stuttgart

Liverpool right-back Philipp Degen has been loaned out to Stuttgart for the upcoming season, the German club has announced.

Ronaldinho not for sale

AC Milan have strongly denied that Ronaldinho and Thiago Silva are up for sale after renewed media speculation on Friday that they could be sold.

Ambassadors get wet

Ambassadors from the United States and Britain dived into a swimming pool fully clothed here as payment for a bet struck on the World Cup.

Reds to face Trabzonspor

Former European champions Liverpool will face Turkish side Trabzonspor and Manchester City take on Romania's Timisoara in the Europa League play-offs.

Perfect Aussies

Australia defeated hosts Germany 3-1 on Thursday to maintain their perfect Champions Trophy record and book their place in Sunday's final.

'We are no chokers'

Dale Steyn is fed up of South Africa's 'chokers' tag, and believes they do not deserve to go in to the 2011 World Cup with doubts over their ability to succeed in crunch games.

Roddick upset by Simon

Gilles Simon beat second-seeded Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday night in the third round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.

Zvonareva stunned

California teenager Coco Vandeweghe rallied to upset Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the WTA San Diego Open.

Sachin looking forward to WC 2011

Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar is optimistic about India's chances at next year's cricket World Cup and said pre-tournament recovery and maintaining the momentum will be the key to success.

Half-century for Phelps

Michael Phelps won the 100m butterfly at the US Swimming Championships on Thursday, nabbing the 50th national title of his career with a time that put a smile on his face.

May wants uniform referral system

The chief of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations on Friday called for the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) to be applied throughout all Test series.

Bayern reward Mueller

Bayern Munich have rewarded Germany international Thomas Mueller, top scorer at the World Cup with five goals, with an improved two year contract extension, the Bundesliga champions announced.

Kuantan 6's

The Bengal Gladiators take on Kerala in the opening match of the 41st Kuantan Six-a-side Cricket tournament today at the seaside resort.


Change in law to check smoking on cards

The five-year old tobacco control law is going to be amended further shortly with effective control measures to reduce smoking and other forms of tobacco uses and check manipulation by the tobacco companies.

'Trust Bank merchant bank'

The Trust Bank, sponsored by Army Welfare Trust, has not only become a commercial bank but also received permission to run its activities as a "merchant bank," in other words "an investment institution," said a BBC Bangla radio documentary yesterday.

Ensure right to land of indigenous people

Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council Chairman Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, popularly known as Santu Larma, yesterday demanded constitutional recognition of indigenous people, and their right to land.

GM crops threat to environment

Environmentalists have expressed deep concern over the genetically modified (GM) crops now cultivated in the country fearing environmental disaster as such GM crops could change the genetic characters of indigenous species of crops and plants.

Stop trade in name of health services

Health rights activists urged the government yesterday to strictly control trade of private hospitals in the name of providing healthcare and saving lives.

28 hurt in Rangamati road accident

At least 28 people were injured when two passenger buses collided head-on on Rangamati-Naniachar road at Kukurmara of Naniachar upazila here yesterday.

Tiger kills honey collector in Sundarbans

A honey collector was killed in an attack by a tiger in Sundarbans at Kalabogi in Dakop upazila yesterday.

Top outlaw leader arrested

Police in a drive arrested a top outlaw leader from Char Mukuri village in Bera upazila of the district on Thursday night in connection with the killing of three policemen on July 20.

M A Khan's anniversary of death observed

Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral ZU Ahmed yesterday placed wreaths at the Banani Military Graveyard and offered special munajat marking the 26th death anniversary of former Naval Chief Rear Admiral Mahbub Ali Khan, says an ISPR release.

'Decision to issue arrest warrant right'

The International Crimes Tribunal's decision to issue warrant of arrest against four Jamaat leaders in connection with 1971 war crimes was right as per the rules of relevant law, said leaders of Antorjatik Aporadh Tribunal Dhaka Sohayak Mancha (AATDSM).

Fresh probe demanded

Speakers at a rally demanded a fresh and quick investigation into the fire incident that killed former Ganotantri Party president Nurul Islam, and exemplary punishment to those responsible for it.

Send back fugitive killers of Bangabandhu

Speakers at a rally yesterday urged the heads of state and government of different countries to hand over the six fugitive killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Bangladesh.

AL won't tolerate extortion in party name

Awami League (AL) presidium member Obaidul Quader yesterday urged people to remain alert to "toll collection" by many organisations using the names of the party, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members on various occasions.

19 drug addicts held with 994 bottles of phensidyl

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a raid at a slum here on Thursday night held 19 drug addicts and a drug peddler along with 994 bottles of phensidyl.


Japanese tanker hit by 'terror blast'

An explosives-laden boat carried out a "terrorist attack" that damaged a Japanese oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz last week, the United Arab Emirates, where the ship docked for repairs, said yesterday.

Half a million flee as Pak floods move south

Pakistan battled to contain flooding in its rich agricultural south, evacuating half a million people from at-risk areas as the UN warned yesterday of the "daunting" scale of the crisis.

UK, Pak pledge 'anti-terror' unity

The leaders of Britain and Pakistan moved yesterday to shelve a row over a British attack on Islamabad's security record, pledging to step up their cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

113 killed in Kashmir floods

At least 113 people were killed and 370 were injured when flash floods triggered by torrential rains struck Leh town of Jammu and Kashmir state early yesterday.

Al-Qaeda in Pakistan 'most formidable'

The United States said Thursday that despite major setbacks, al-Qaeda's core in Pakistan is the "most formidable" terrorist group threatening the United States, along with affiliates in Yemen and Africa.

Mandela charity trustee 'kept' Campbell's diamonds

An official at a Nelson Mandela charity said yesterday he kept suspected blood diamonds for over a decade, giving them to police only when supermodel Naomi Campbell testified at a war crimes trial.

US attends Hiroshima ceremony for first time

The United States yesterday for the first time attended a ceremony commemorating its atomic bombing of Hiroshima, 65 years after the Japanese city's obliteration rang in the nuclear age.

Scientists find sea sponges share human genes

Mankind may be descended from apes but Australian scientists have found proof of links much closer to the sea floor, with a study revealing that sea sponges share almost 70 percent of human genes.

Convicted K Rouge jailer hires new lawyer

Khmer Rouge prison chief Duch has hired a Cambodian lawyer to replace his international attorney, the tribunal said yesterday, as he prepares to appeal his conviction for crimes against humanity.

12 Afghan civilians, 1 Nato service member killed

Roadside bombings killed 12 Afghan civilians and a Nato service member in increasingly volatile eastern Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

The tradition of staging Tagore’s plays in Bangladesh

With an intention to stage plays by Rabindranath Tagore, as a regular theatrical practice, a theatre troupe emerged in Bangladesh seven years ago. The troupe, Prangane Mor, made its debut through the play “Shyama Prem,” an adaptation of the Tagore dance-drama “Shyama.” The troupe is the brainchild of actor-directed Ananta Hira. Hira directed “Shyama Prem” as well. His fascination with everything Tagore inspired him to take the initiative.

Ranjit’s intimate plays on human emotions

Noted painter Ranjit Das's solo exhibition, titled “Images & Reflections” is now on at Galleri Kaya in Uttara, Dhaka. Das is considered to be one of the most influential contemporary painters. As an artist he is easily recognised and can interpret diverse dimensions with his outstanding style and techniques, where colours, lines, textures and forms merge together.

Norwegian glass and ceramics exhibition at Bengal Gallery

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts is holding an exhibition featuring contemporary Norwegian glass and ceramic artworks. The exhibition opened at Bengal Gallery, in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on August 6 and will continue till August 20. Veteran and promising artists are taking part in the exhibition.

Singer Wyclef Jean files to run for Haiti’s presidency

Singer Wyclef Jean officially announced his bid to be president of Haiti to a roaring crowd of supporters on Thursday, thrusting himself into a contentious race to lead an impoverished country reeling from a devastating earthquake.

Impress Telefilm buys rights to “Titash Ekti Nadir Naam” and “Padma Nadir Majhi”

Impress Telefilm Limited has bought rights to four acclaimed films produced by Ashirbad Chalach-chitra. The films include “Titash Ekti Nadir Naam” directed by Ritwik Kumar Ghatak and “Padma Nadir Majhi” by Gautam Ghosh. Through this Impress Telefilm's archive of cinema has become richer.

“Mughal-e-Azam” turns 50

It was a contrasting tale of two actors of Hindi cinema -- one a thespian who can legitimately claim to a 'been there, done that' attitude and the other a young actress aspiring to leave an indelible mark.


Challenge of counter-terrorism strategy

Concerned individuals and organisations have been thinking and deliberating for quite some time upon the urgency of adopting a counter-terrorism strategy for Bangladesh that continues to remain affected by the scourge of terrorist violence. Political leaders and regulatory bodies have sought effective administrative tools and enhanced legal cover in the campaign against terrorism.

No ideal solution on Kashmir

What is happening in the Valley lends credibility to the Kashmiri diaspora that met at Washington a few days ago to ask for early, peaceful solution to the Kashmir problem. I was one of the participants at the conference, which was convened by the Kashmiri-American Council and Association of Humanitarian Lawyers. Emotions apart, the diaspora was concerned over the future of the land of their origin.

Student politics casting gloom on campus

IN the backdrop of student groups' involvement in cadre politics, increased violence, tender manipulation and admission business, the citizens have issued a clarion call to the political parties for a consensus in declaring a moratorium on student politics in colleges and universities. Student politics in recent times has taken away hundreds of promising lives from our midst.

Green banking: A multi-stakeholder endeavour

Banks that were once seen only as profit motive institutions have been adjusting to a more demanding market and a more socially conscious society over the last two decades. Environmental concern is at the centre of the green banking strategy. An increasing number of global banks around the world are going green by launching environmental friendly initiatives and providing innovative green products.

The food grain conundrum

Food grains generally refer to rice, wheat, oat, rye, barley, corn and millet. But in the context of Bangladesh, food grains normally mean rice, which alone provides 93.69% of food grain intake. Next to rice, though not comparable with rice, comes wheat, which provides 2.57% of food grain intake. The remaining 3.74% come from other food grains mentioned above (ref. HIES-2005 of BBS).


How likely is flooding this year?

What is seasonal forecasts: Some readers will be a bit surprised to read this article as when the country is dry and hot with a serious shortage of rainfall, I am writing about a probabilistic outlook of flooding for the next few months. This is the beauty of probabilistic forecasting techniques where you can make advance forecasts for at least 3-6 months in advance. In the case of short-range and deterministic forecasts, we can generate information 3-7 days in advance, but the probabilistic seasonal forecasts can produce information for about 3-6 months in advance with reasonable accuracy. However, there is a problem here while the deterministic forecasts are mostly accurate as these are on shorter time scales, the probabilistic forecasts have some uncertainties as these are on longer time scales.

Historic Dhaka city: Past glory and present crisis

From its beginning as a small city with a few thousand people, Dhaka actually experienced dramatic turns upward and today it has become one of the fastest growing mega cities of the world. Its existence as a major urban agglomeration has been consistent over a period of 400 years. Even the most developed cities in the world today cannot boast 400 years of uninterrupted and organised existence that Dhaka does as a historic city.


Of ducks and sun-filled afternoons

We sat on the edge of a man-made lake somewhere in the north of the city of Edmonton. It was a spectacular late summer afternoon...almost timeless…the temperatures touching a balmy 25 degree centigrade. Lake Beaumaris is a storm water lake and brown hued ducks were all around, diving for little silvery fishes and critters off the surface of the lake. We spotted a couple of grey Canadian geese too. There was a ripple and a flurry of sorts, all around the water as the creatures played in the afternoon sun, content in themselves. The grass felt firm under me and I inched my feet out of my sandals and unto the mossy earth. It pushed itself back. I surveyed my toes with a certain amount of approval. Suddenly, a couple of waddling ducks ventured out of the water and headed towards me. I was startled! Surely my toes were not on their gourmet meal for the evening! Perish the thought of toe eating ducks!

Memories of 1968

There are the years that give a shake to your sensibilities. And these are years you recall with something of fondness, with sometimes a dash of sadness. In 1968, we were young, we were in our teens, and we watched in amazement the way the world around us as also the world of which we were a part moved on, in breeziness that left us worried about the future to be. For those of us who remember 1968, it was a time when the world changed. We changed, all of us, enough to develop new perspectives on life and politics around us.

Man in the mirror

He wore his full sleeve shirt over his grey trousers. There was nothing remarkable about his features. But his long hair parted in the middle and ran down to his shoulders a trend of the times. A man on the other side of thirty that he was, his glasses had a thick black frame, giving him an intellectual air. He was holding a cigarette between his fingers and he smoked with hauteur. It was a time of defiance. We had assembled to submit advertising campaigns. It was a collection of men that walked in the cloud. His men hung around him and prattled on. He lazed in his silence and spoke only when talked to. Soon the agencies started to submit their presentations and they did it with great relish. When his agency was to speak he curtly observed that since this was not a trade fair, he would prefer an exclusive opportunity. His wish was granted and it surprised me. I was a neophyte to the trade. And I got curious to know who this brash gentleman was. I was buffeted by a foreign name that showed his baptism. I naturally did not proceed any further.

. . . from Rabindranath Tagore

Amare Tumi Ashesh Korecho

Making me inexhaustible
Gives you pleasure;
Exhausting me fully,
You fill me till I am born anew
Taking the little flute that I am,
You cross hills and river banks,
Evoking endless tunes from me!
Who could I tell all this to?

Star Health

10 steps to successful breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival. Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1 to 7 in order to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

Calcium supplements may raise risk of heart attack!

Calcium supplements, which many people consume hoping to ward off osteoporosis, may increase the risk of heart attack by as much as 30 percent, researchers reported recently.

Poverty is not the key reason for malnutrition

Gary Tickle and Dr Sanjeev Ganguly are two eminent South Asian figures who have been working for long to combat malnutrition in the region. Gary Tickle is the regional Head of Nestle Nutrition and Dr Sanjeev Ganguly is the Medical Director, South Asia region of Nestle Nutrition Institute, a web based non-profit organisation comprising nutrition experts from all over the world. Recently they came to Bangladesh on a short visit and shared insights on nutrition with Star Health.

"Health is not only wealth, this also needs wealth"

Now a days, quality of healthcare has become one of the most widely discussed issues. Because ‘Health’ — whether you like it or not is everyone’s everyday concern. We all are not simply reactors in this system — we are active actors in it as well.

Seminar on drug resistant microorganisms

With a view to lessening the prevalence of drug resistance microorganisms and implementation of proper antibiotic guideline, the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine of Bangabandhu Shaikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) arranged a scientific seminar recently, says a press release.

UN declares water and sanitation as human right

The resolution on the right to water and sanitation has been accepted at the UN General Assembly recently. This resolution was presented by the Bolivian Prime Minister and 122 countries voted yes and 41 abstained with no countries voting against it.

Strategic Issues

Pakistan under US and UK attacks: A look at history

Pakistan has suddenly become the scapegoat for what is going wrong in Afghanistan. The latest documents released on WikiLeaks (92,000 documents in total) reveal that in Afghanistan USA is losing the war and the truth is far removed from what the Obama administration has been telling the people. The documents also show Pakistan's intelligence agency (Inter Services Intelligence) ISI's close collusion with the Talibans and other terrorist groups. In line with the leaks, British Prime Minister David Cameron has caused a major controversy by stating bluntly that his country and allies cannot tolerate in any sense the idea that Pakistan is allowed to look both ways and is able in any way, to promote the export of terror to India, Afghanistan or any other country. Quite understandably, Pakistan protested furiously but David Cameron did not recant his statement rather he came up with free advise about what Pakistan should do, which was like adding insult to injury.

The Kabul Conference: A fruitless exercise?

The plane carrying UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon to the Kabul Conference last Tuesday had to be diverted to Bagram Air Base from Kabul Airport, due to rocket fire. The 70 countries, organizations, and groups attending this conference cannot possibly feel any reassurances about their discussion after this incident. Peace and success seem to still be a distant quixotic notion for the people and government of Afghanistan, and while the Kabul Conference reports boast of unrelenting support for President Hamid Karzai, there are still many elements lacking in this country before it can become a fully functioning, sovereign, governing body.

Top thinker says China may 'push the US out of Asia'

One of the US's leading strategic thinkers has warned Australia that over the next 30 years, China would seek to dominate Asia.

Russia's defense spending to rise by 60% by 2013

Moscow, Russia: Russian defense spending will increase by 60 percent, to more than 2 trillion rubles ($66.3 million) by 2013 from 1.264 trillion ($42 million) in 2010, a leading Russian business daily has said.

Dutch withdraw from Afghanistan

The last Dutch forces are leaving Afghanistan Sunday, marking the end of the Netherlands' four-year mission in the central province of Uruzgan. The Dutch withdrawal is the most significant pull-out of troops from the Afghan war, now in its ninth year.

Star Books Review

Home truths from the great African moralist

The occasion of a new book by Chinua Achebe, Africa's most celebrated writer and author of Things Fall Apart, the great African novel, cannot be ignored. It's been twenty years since his previously published book and more than that since his last novel. Much has happened to Achebe and Nigeria during those years, much of it not good. But even prior to those twenty years there was the civil war in Nigeria (1967-1970), after the country's Igbos succeeded and formed their own country called Biafra. It took years for the scars of those events to heal (if they ever did). Achebe and many other Igbos were left in a state of emotional collapse and, if you talk to Igbos today in southeastern Nigeria, they'll tell you that a similar situation could occur again.

Loneliness of a mother

"CARO” is short for Caroline Venable. A woman in her thirties, Caro lived in Peacock's Island, South Carolina. She was born there, grew up on the island and knew of no second home. Dayclear, a settlement of the Gullahs, was just a part of Peacock's Island divided by a marshland. To Caro both the places were like heavens in this world. She was in awe of the old civilization of the Gullahs. She wanted them to retain their own lifestyle and live on there in their own way. To her, the word Gullah was a beautiful word, a part of the strange and lyrical amalgam of West African and Colonial English once spoken by the handful of Gullah community. They were the descendants of the slaves brought here by the first white settlers of these archipelago marshes. Some of the elders still spoke the old patois among themselves. To Caro the Gullahs were a part of her home, part of her being.

Between bat and ball . . .

Ramachandra Guha gives you here, not the details of cricket matches in history but the personalities who left indelible impressions on the game. You have here a collage of essays straddling various periods of time, articles that throw up images of a bright past. The surprise is that those who may not understand the nuances of the game, indeed may not have demonstrated much attention to it (include this reviewer in that group of the ignorant) will nevertheless end up admiring the write-ups here. Did it ever occur to you that Hanif Mohammad, the original Little Master, went to a madrasa in Pakistan after his family had migrated from India in the aftermath of Partition? Those of us who went to school in the 1960s recall the splendour he brought to cricket with his quiet handling of the bat. Ah, those were the days of Hanif, Mushtaq, Kardar and so many others. Remember the Ceylonese (today's Sri Lankan) named Michael Tissera, whose batting so impressed the girls in Karachi in 1967 that they all crowed in unison, 'Tissera, Tissera, we want a century'?

Problematizing Conrad's eastern vision `

There is much to commend in Agnes S. K. Yeow's recent book, Conrad's Eastern Vision: A Vain and Floating Appearance. It is thoroughly researched, lucidly written and completely focused on its subject: the stories and novel Joseph Conrad wrote where the Malay Archipelago is the setting. Making good use of recent Conrad criticism, poststructuralist approaches to texts, and her knowledge of the history and geography of the region, Yeow has provided us with fully contextualized, readable, fascinating and nuanced readings of works such as An Outcast of the Islands, Almayer's Folly, and of course, Lord Jim. In the process, she manages to convince us not only of the “romance” that drew him to fictionalize the region he had experienced on his own but of the way he problematized it in his narratives. Additionally, she tries to persuade us that “in the trajectory of Conrad's aesthetic development, there is clearly a 'Malayan' phase” in which he negotiated between art and history.

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