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Biman pilots call off strike

In a late night development, pilots of Biman Bangladesh Airlines called off their strike following assurance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Army sues 50-60 for Rupganj violence

Bangladesh Army yesterday filed a case against 50 to 60 unidentified people in connection with the recent clashes between law-enforcers and villagers in Rupganj of Narayanganj.

Pressure mounts in BNP to go tough

Mid-level leaders of the main opposition BNP are putting tremendous pressure on the top leadership to launch a tougher anti-government movement to resist what they term the government's move to "oust" their Chairperson Khaleda Zia from her Dhaka Cantonment house, and "harassment" of her two sons.

Tk 50cr rehabilitation scheme for farmers

The government is going to launch a Tk 50 crore agricultural rehabilitation programme for about 4 lakh farmers affected by flash floods in the last Boro season in the haor areas of northeast region of the country.

Govt won't allow pvt agencies to handle

The government has decided to send female garment workers to Jordan only through state-owned recruiting agency BOESL fearing a rise in migration costs and malpractices by private agencies.

Private bus operators obstruct BRTC services

Private bus operators and their associations are obstructing Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) to operate in many districts compelling the state-owned transport provider to suspend operation on different routes.

Five arrested

An uncle and four associates of Devashish Saha Rony, the prime accused in Chanpa Rani Bhowmik murder case, were detained yesterday in an overnight drive in Madhukhali upazila of the district.

Probe agency finds evidence against SQ Chy, Kasem

The agency probing 1971 war crimes has obtained enough evidence to arrest BNP standing committee member Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Kasem Ali on charges of war crimes.

Widow submits names of 28 more accused

Another 28 Awami League (AL), Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), and Jubo League activists were yesterday accused for their alleged involvement in Baraigram upazila chairman Sanaullah Noor Babu Murder in Natore.

BNP's probe commission talks to witnesses

A number of people yesterday gave their statements about the Sirajganj train accident before the enquiry commission formed by the BNP.

Asif sent to jail, Rajon produced to court

Police yesterday produced Abdul Awal Rajon, the prime accused in Natore college teacher Mizanur Rashid killing case, before a court seeking seven-day remand and sent the co-accused Mamunur Rashid Asif to jail on completion of his three-day remand.

13 hurt as SUST students clash with workers

At least 13 students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) were injured during a clash between students and transport workers at Kodomtoli here on Thursday night.

UP member beaten to death

A union parishad (UP) member died of his wounds at Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) yesterday after he came under attack allegedly of AL-backed Motor Sramik League activists in Sakoya Bazar of Sadar upazila Thursday night.

Cops claim outlaw link of 1 arrestee

Police identified one of the 20 Jamaat men arrested at the city's Mirpur on Thursday as a member of an outlawed party.

DCC to survey state of city playgrounds

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is going to carry out a survey in different areas of the city to know the present status of playgrounds for children, DCC officials said.

BDR mutiny trial begins in C'nawabganj today

A special court of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in Chapainawabganj will begin trial of 30 accused jawans in connection with the case of 39 Rifles Battalion mutiny today.

Hi-tech fraud in admission test of DU

Rab yesterday arrested a gang of eight students who sent answers to multiple-choice questions via SMS to freshmen aspirants inside Dhaka University admission test halls.

Babar taken to Ctg jail

Former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar was brought to Chittagong Central Jail from Dhaka yesterday to produce before a court here in cases linked to the 10-truck arms haul in Chittagong in 2004.

Jamaat declares fresh agitation

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday announced a fresh programme for four days across the country, demanding unconditional release of the party leaders and workers detained from Mirpur on Thursday.

Indonesia battles to aid survivors

Indonesia battled yesterday to deliver aid to remote islands where a tsunami has killed over 400 people, as bodies lay strewn on beaches and buried in debris days after the wave hit.

Nepal fails in 14th bid

Nepal's parliament failed yesterday in its 14th attempt to elect a new prime minister, meaning the impoverished Himalayan nation has been without a functioning government for four months.

Iran agrees to resume nuke talks next month: EU's Ashton

Iran agreed yesterday to resume long-stalled nuclear talks with world powers after November 10, the European Union's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said.

Halliburton admits it skipped key cement test

Halliburton admitted skipping a key cement test before the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico blowout, as the oil services behemoth found itself Friday day in the crosshairs of a US presidential probe.

Nine Mexican police killed in ambush

Nine police officers were killed in a hail of bullets when they drove into an ambush on a highway in the western state of Jalisco, local police said late Thursday.


Biman grounded

The current situation prevailing in Bangladesh Biman is unwarranted and unacceptable. The national airlines has virtually ground to a halt as a result of strike called by the pilots in protest against suspension of four pilots, which again is the consequence of action and counteraction of the two parties, the Biman management and Bangladesh Airlines Pilots Associations (BAPA), that have to do with certain provisions in the working conditions of the pilots and their retirement age.

Food security concerns

Food Minister Abdur Razzaque underscored the need for harmonizing regional cooperation to enhance food production and ensure food security in South Asia. The food stock in the region is proposed to increase coinciding with the 4th Board Meeting of SAARC Food Bank. But food grain management and distribution are needed to be considered first, as predicament already exists due to the drawbacks in the operational manual and the level of contribution of the member countries to the food bank.


Abahani, Sk Jamal fight it out today

Three-time Bangladesh League champions Abahani will be looking to break a nine-year jinx when they take on star-studded Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in the final of the Grameenphone Federation Cup at Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur today.

Siddikur stands tall

Siddikur Rahman was pleased with his effort in the second round of the CIMB Asia-Pacific Classic yesterday. Finishing at five-under-par 137 at the end of the day, Siddikur said his hitting and long putting was better compared to the first day. He remained equal on seventh place with American Heath Slocum and Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant as he looks forward to the final two days.

Barisal's 3rd in a row

Fazle Rabbi hit an unbeaten hundred after Kamrul Islam's five-for as Barisal continued their winning streak with a massive nine-wicket victory over Chittagong in the National Cricket League at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.

Day of Sonia & Sabura

Six more new national records were broken on the second day of the Walton 24th National Swimming Championships with Sonia Akhter and Sabura Khatun together creating four records at the National Swimming Complex in Mirpur yesterday.

Pakistan out for 203

Lanky South African paceman Lonwabo Tsotsobe carried his Twenty20 form into the 50-over game with a career-best feat to derail Pakistan to 203 in the first day-night international here on Friday.

Zim, Reebok strike $1m contract

Zimbabwe Cricket has signed a one-million-dollar sponsorship deal with Reebok to supply kit for the national team over the next three years, an official said on Friday.

Lanka close to finalising WC squad

Vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene said Friday Sri Lanka's squad was close to what will be fielded in next year's World Cup.

Div I cricket

Favourites Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club outplayed Young Pegasus by 5 wickets in their First Division Cricket League clash at the Dhaka University Ground yesterday.

Maradona turns 50 today

Former Bangladesh football star Sabbir will cut the cake to mark Argentine legend Diego Maradona's 50th birthday at the Dhaka reporters' unity today. Fans of Maradona are free to attend the celebration.

India hope to do well in Asiad

India hopes to translate a creditable show at the Commonwealth Games into a rich haul at the Asian Games, but officials have warned against getting carried away by their success in New Delhi.

Caroline keeps top spot

Caroline Wozniacki secured the year-end number one spot in the world ranking on Thursday, becoming the first ever Dane to do so, but only after suffering an early fright at the WTA Tour Championships here.

England Gilly's pick

Former Australia star Adam Gilchrist claims England are favourites to win the forthcoming Ashes series.

Strauss ready to roll

England captain Andrew Strauss has told his players to be ready for war when they face Australia in the forthcoming Ashes showdown.

Overseas investments welcome in Australia

Overseas private investment in teams will be allowed in Australia's revamped domestic Twenty20 competition to start next season, Cricket Australia said on Friday.

Hughes axed

Former Test fast bowler Merv Hughes has lost his place on Australia's selection panel, Cricket Australia said on Friday.

Butt & Aamer to appeal ban

Pakistani batsman Salman Butt and bowler Mohammad Aamer vowed Friday to prove their innocence as they left for Dubai to appeal against their suspension over a spot-fixing scandal.

Sino cricket to debut in the Asiad

Unfancied China should not be underestimated when cricket makes its debut at the Asian Games next month, according to Pakistan great Javed Miandad.

C'Ron warns Barca

Barcelona will face a "very different" Real Madrid when the two sides clash next month for the first time since Jose Mourinho took over as coach, Real star Cristiano Ronaldo has warned.

Tevez feeling homesick

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini expects Carlos Tevez to stay with the Premier League club even though he conceded the Argentina striker may be feeling homesick.

Rooney out indefinitely

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney could be out of action for longer than the initial prognosis of three weeks, manager Sir Alex Ferguson said on Friday.

Ribery on the mend

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery said on Friday that he is close to making a return from injury, as coach Louis van Gaal expressed his regret at letting Miroslav Klose return too soon.

Brutal battle awaits Chelsea

Chelsea captain John Terry has warned his team-mates to expect a brutal battle when the Premier League leaders travel to Blackburn on Saturday.

Sevilla's toughest test

Champions Barcelona have taken the plaudits over the past two seasons for their stylish football but Jose Mourinho's goal-plundering Real Madrid have bagged the limelight of late while Barca look a shadow of the side that has won back-to-back league titles.

Ronaldinho recalled by Brazil

Brazil coach Mano Menezes on Friday named Ronaldinho in his squad for the prestigious friendly game against arch-rivals Argentina in Doha, Qatar on November 17.

UEFA awards Italy 3-0 win

UEFA on Friday ordered Serbia to play a home match behind closed doors and awarded Italy a 3-0 win after their Euro 2012 qualifier three weeks ago was cancelled because of crowd trouble.

Zidane set for C League role

Former Real Madrid star Zinedine Zidane is set for a more hands-on role at the Spanish giants, especially during Champions League matches, the club's director general Jorge Valdano said on Thursday.


Ensure Dalit's rights in constitution

Speakers at a press conference yesterday demanded inclusion of a special provision in the constitution to ensure social security, citizen's rights and human dignity of the Dalit community.

Dressmaker to Royalty

It was a hot afternoon on Lalbagh Road. The imposing wall of the Lalbagh Kella (Moghul Fort) runs on one side of this road; the opposite side, along which I was walking, is a row of shops and homes punctuated by alleys which always curved out of sight.

3 killed in road crash

Three people were killed and two others injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Adamjee-Demra Highway at Godnail in Sadar upazila yesterday.

Join battle against Jamaat, Shibir

Speakers at a discussion urged all to join another battle like the Liberation War to drive Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islam and Islami Chhatra Shibir, the anti-liberation forces, out of the country.

Sudha Sadan to be Zia museum

Sudha Sadan, the prime minister's personal residence, will be made "freedom fighter Zia memorial museum'' if the Awami League (AL) government drives Khaleda Zia out of her cantonment house.

Dispose of cases quickly

Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque yesterday urged the senior assistant judges to dispose of cases quickly and pronounce judgements immediately after the hearing.

Woman attempts 'suicide'

Failing to tolerate abuses by her own relatives, a woman yesterday attempted to commit suicide by burning with kerosene.

Build leadership skills of new generation

Speakers at a conference here yesterday stressed the need for building leadership skills of the new generation to lead the country properly in the future competitive world.

New Pabna DC seeks help from politicians

Pabna district administration yesterday sought assistance from people of all sections to work for the country's development.

'Frame law to stop human trafficking'

Speakers at an advocacy meeting called upon the government to formulate a separate law on human trafficking to curb the crime in the country.

Don't torture children

The killers of Sheikh Russel wanted to wipe out patriots and honest politicians from the country and so they killed him, said Dr Syed Modasser Ali, health adviser to the prime minister, yesterday.

Valuables worth Tk 50 lakh looted

A gang of armed men looted valuables and cash worth about Tk 50 lakh from a factory in the district's Ghior upazila on Thursday night, officials claimed.

50 hurt in Habiganj clash

About 50 persons were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers of Baniachang in the district yesterday.

Hindu priest killed in clash

A Hindu priest was killed during a clash between the management committee of Shonai Kali Temple and its rival group at Nashibganj Bazar in Pirganj upazila on Thursday evening.

Appeal for help

A youth, Zubayer Ahmed Babu, who has been suffering from vital diseases in brain and heart, makes an appeal for help to save his life.

11 PSI firms submit EoI to NBR

Eleven Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) companies submitted their Expression of Interest (EoI) to the National Board of Revenue (NBR) aiming to get contracts for the next two years.

2 injured in clash at DU

Two students were injured in a clash between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday.


Koreas exchange gunfire at land border

North and South Korea exchanged gunfire across their heavily armed land border yesterday, the South's military said, despite an apparent thaw in tensions on the divided peninsula in the past few months.

Delegates deadlocked as UN nature talks near end

Delegates from more than 190 countries struggled yesterday to break a deadlock on setting ambitious goals to protect animals, plants and ecosystems, raising the prospect that the two-week UN meeting might end in failure.

Warning systems often don't help tsunami victims

Costly warning systems installed across Asia since the deadly 2004 tsunami did nothing to save villagers on these remote Indonesian islands who saw homes and loved ones swept away by a giant wave this week.

Asean to bring in US as counterbalance to China

Southeast Asian nations prepared to welcome the United States into their club, a move seen as bringing a counterweight to China following a series of aggressive maritime moves by Beijing.

Chinese court upholds 11-year jail sentence for peace prize winner

A spokesman for the Beijing court that upheld an 11-year prison sentence for Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo denounced the award yesterday in the latest indication China will brush aside international calls for his release.

Argentines mourn ex-president

Thousands have converged on Argentina's government palace to pay their respects to ex-President Nestor Kirchner, who died on Wednesday at 60.

Spiritual caretaker of Indonesian volcano dies

He was the keeper of Mount Merapi -- an 83-year-old man entrusted to watch over the volcano's spirits, dispatching his assistant to go to the gaping crater and bring back ash as a symbolic offering.

Internet reaches Everest summit

Climbers at the top of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, will now be able to make video calls and surf the Internet on their mobile phones, a Nepalese telecom group claims.

Myanmar court hears Suu Kyi appeal

Myanmar's Supreme Court yesterday heard democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's final appeal against her house arrest, due to end days after controversial elections next month.

Haiti cholera deaths rise above 300

Haiti's cholera death toll rose above 300 Thursday, as medical teams sought to contain an outbreak overwhelming the quake-hit nation's crumbling hospitals with desperate patients.

Japan and China island row flares at Asean summit

A diplomatic spat between China and Japan over a group of disputed islands has flared up again, hours after an apparently friendly bilateral meeting.

Obama for larger Indian role in East Asia

China will be the elephant in the room when US President Barack Obama holds talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Nov 8 as the two countries prepare a joint statement that could talk of a bigger role for India in East Asia to counterbalance what is being seen widely as increasing Chinese assertiveness in the region.

Arts & Entertainment

Celebrating Bangladeshi life through music and images

It was an elating experience for the winners and participants of the “Celebrating Life” contest [for the years 2008 and 2009], as their creative faculties and visions came into the limelight once more through the launch of an audio album and an exclusive compilation of photographs.

Sukumar Ray Breaking ground with literary nonsense

Bengali poet, storywriter and playwright Sukumar Ray was perhaps the most famous practitioner of “literary nonsense” in the subcontinent. He is often compared to Lewis Carroll. His works such as the collection of poems “Aboltabol”, novella “HaJaBaRaLa”, short story collection “Pagla Dashu” and play “Chalachittachanchari” are considered nonsense masterpieces equal in stature to “Alice in Wonderland”, and are regarded as some of the greatest treasures of Bangla literature. Close to a century after his death, Ray remains one of the most popular among children's writers in both West Bengal and Bangladesh.

Sandhya Mukherjee hospitalised

Considered an institution in both West Bengal and Bangladesh, veteran singer Sandhya Mukherjee was admitted to the ICCU of Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratisthan in Kolkata last Tuesday. She was complaining about a chest pain.

R.I.P. Sony Walkman

Sony Walkman has reached the end of side two. Its batteries have run out. The rewind button is broken.

“Rooted Creativity-6” begins at Bengal Gallery

Bengal Gallery's “Rooted Creativity-6”, a group art exhibition, which is a part of the celebration of the gallery's 10th anniversary, began yesterday. The show will run till November 9.

Drum beats

Taposh Chandra Das' life changed forever when his father, a musical instrument-maker, died in 2002 at the age of 64. Caught in the vicious grip of hardship, his brother and he had little choice but to take up the same profession as their father.


Mass protest and police action

Large-scale mass protest leading to unfortunate violence entailing loss of human lives and destruction of property and subsequent police action often bordering on the excessive has been a reality of our public life. The violence at Rupgonj resulting from the Army housing scheme land acquisition transaction in the recent past brings to the fore some facets of authoritarian actions that are not apparently in public interest.

Resolving the Babri Masjid dispute

I have not been able to make out why the ruling Congress has been inactive when it could have taken the initiative in bringing the two communities, Hindus and Muslims, together to discuss the Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi dispute after the Allahabad High Court judgment. It has opened a window, which still remains ajar after five weeks.

Price spiral: Cry for relief

The price of boiled medium rice increased by 31.6% in the last two months in rural areas and 17.7% in urban areas. Even if farmers produce about 3 crore tonnes of rice the government has to import 20 lakh tonnes.

Innovating solutions to extreme poverty

US$2.3 trillion has been spent by the global North on international aid in the last five decades. Nevertheless, close to half of the world's population still lives in poverty. One in five live in extreme poverty. Aid is not working as well as it should. Unless we can inject the spirit of innovation into this provision, the extreme poor we try to help in places like Bangladesh will continue to remain poor.

I touched a guitar from U2

Life rocks! Someone invited me to be master of ceremonies at a charity ball to raise funds for a children's home. Sure, no problem. Up for auction was an autographed guitar from U2, the mega-famous pop band fronted by Bono. Cool!


Carbon Tax: Where are we heading

Mother Earth faces a major threat now as its very existence has come into question due to the mind boggling behaviour of its habitants in their desperate search for prosperity. Developed countries' frantic ambition for global superiority resulted in the rapid buildup of gas emissions, leading to the phenomenon known as 'greenhouse effect'. Carbon dioxide being one of the main components of greenhouse gas is targeted by many countries in their efforts to mitigate climate change related problems.

Dhaka city traffic: Grinding to a halt

Dhaka undoubtedly is the world's fastest growing megacity. According to the World Bank report, there are 15 million people living right now in this city, which will be more than 20 million by 2025 according to UN prediction. In Dhaka, population doubled from 6 to 12 million from 1990 to 2005. This mass population causes a great many problems in this city among which the traffic congestion is seemingly the worst, which need to be straightened out as soon as possible.


The olive green jeep

The rusty old bus skids to a halt with a screech of brakes. The diesel engine stops with a harsh sound. Exhaust fumes are winding into dark clouds. It is a routine picture with this bus. There is plenty of room for controversy as to whether it can be called a bus. It is little bigger than a minibus and much smaller than an ordinary one. It has a turtle neck. This grotesque shape is made by a local carpenterDilu Mistry. His name is so strikingly inscribed on its body that it must tickle your fancy on sight. But this optical attraction flees through the window when you get on it through the narrow door in huddles. Jampacked with passengers, it moves at a snail's pace and takes the whole day to cover the distance of about fifty miles between Rangpur and Gaibandha, suffering at least a couple of mechanical failures. People call it a buffalo cart, but they are left with no better means.

Shanghai never sleeps

“Shanghae is by far the most important station for foreign trade on the coast of China…No other town with which I am acquainted possesses such advantages; it is the great gate the principal entrance, in fact, to the Chinese Empire… there can be no doubt that in a few years it will not only rival Canton, but become a place of far greater importance.”

Letter to a grandfather

I miss you very much, but as you said in the past, dying is not the end at all. It is in fact a new beginning as I know that you are now on your way to being re-united with Allah and your loved ones who have passed away, and life is simply a very small fraction of the eternity that our souls must endure.

Star Health

How to admit a family member for drug rehabilitation

Helping loved ones admit to a drug rehabilitation programme for addiction may not be an easy thing to do. You will likely encounter resistance (specially emotional) from your beloved one who has been addicted. You may have fear of spreading this outrageous problem or problem in discussing the matter to get the right professional assistance. When wondering how to admit a family member to a drug treatment programme, consider the following information.

New polio vaccine raises hope for eradication

A new polio vaccine offers superior immunisation and is raising hopes of a total eradication of the disease, according to a study published recently in the medical journal The Lancet.

Contraceptive gel shows promise as alternative to pill

There are millions of women who are unhappy with the current contraceptive methods they are using due to the side effects, hassle in use etc. but they will have alternative choice now. A birth control gel that is applied to the skin could offer woman an alternative to the Pill, say experts.

Smoking doubles dementia risk in late life: study

Heavy smoking during middle age can double the risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia two decades later, researchers said recently. Smoking already causes millions of deaths each year from cancer and heart disease.

Clinical psychology as a health profession

Human behaviour is too complex to deal the patient as a whole by a single professional. Rather treatment of the patients with mental illness needs a psychiatric team comprising of psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, psychiatric social worker and psychiatric nurse. Clinical psychology is a heath profession that involves specialised knowledge of psychological functioning and psychological methods, which provides particular expertise in carrying out psychological assessments e.g. psychometric tests, formulating problems psychologically, psychological treatments and psychological methods of research and evaluation. Their work can range from prevention and early intervention of minor problems of adjustment to dealing with the adjustment and maladjustment of individuals whose disturbance requires then to be institutionalised.

Strategic Issues

Hegemonic brinkmanship and security torn asunder

The whole world is sick with security fever. The etiology of the ailment has multi-faceted strings of comprehension. Ever since human beings started their roller-coaster of existence on this planet they have been concerned with it for their proliferation, perpetuation and further extension of lives. At first this war was against the inhospitable nature, when this was tamed a bit and rudimentary specialization emerged and competition for the available resources intensified along with the accompanying increase in population, the question of security was redirected against human beings. Mutual collaboration of homo sapiens got circumscribed within a narrower field of amiability. In course of time one human group was subjected to abject condition by another i.e. the blacks by the whites usurping their rights of humane existence. The system of literal slavery gave Aristotle, Plato and other philosophers the security and comfort of leading a rarefied life and pontificating on anything including the slaves on whose blood they were celebrating their knowledge and argumentation. The security of the privileged class was guaranteed snatching the rights of the people who were treated as mere chattels. The feudal system of attached slavery of the peasants to land was deposed through the inauguration of reign of terror during French revolution. Guillotine worked as the judge of restoring security for the exploited millions. Dickens' 'A tale of two cities' recounts the mass-frenzy partially with powerful imagery of description and profound analysis of plot. It is always the so-called powerful interest-groups who exploit the teeming millions and devise and design the security system to safeguard their accumulated wealth through policing mechanism.

5th Annual summit under strategic and global partnership arrangement

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid a three-day visit to Japan from October 24th, exchange views with Japanese leaders. It is important to note that the visit took place at a time of high diplomatic tensions between Japan and China.

Iraq secret files detail shadow war between US, Iran

Washington: Secret US files released on Friday show Iran waging a shadow war with US troops in Iraq, with a firefight erupting on the border and Tehran allegedly using militias to kill and kidnap American soldiers.

Japan considers extra submarines in defence review

China's increasing maritime activities in waters off Japan may prompt Tokyo to procure additional diesel-electric attack submarines or extend the life of existing platforms.

Star Books Review

Sifting through the many facets of criminality

Salma A Shafi is an elegant person of many qualities. She is an architect and urban planner, trained at home and abroad. She is a brilliant researcher on urban planning issues and an accomplished writer, having publications at home and abroad. She is a friend of the poor and a serious environmentalist. She is the wife of a valiant freedom fighter. Last but not the least, she is a fine singer of Tagore songs. If you come to know her, you have to admire her.

Tugging at the heartstrings . . .

Poetry nourishes and refreshes the soul. And Sabahat Jahan's collection of poetry, Rough Edges, does just that. It is like a gust of fresh air to the reader. Her poems are thought provoking and reflective of a young mind of this generation. Through concise words and phrases she expresses her rich imaginative self. Simple in approach, yet the poems touch the reader's mind and make him or her delve into deeper meanings.

Plunging into melody's waves

Namita Devidayal addressed her gentle, nurturing Brahmin music teacher Dhondutai as 'baiji,' whose whisper sounded like, 'You will be my little goddess… my Bhairavi,' an early morning raga, the wife of cosmic dance destroyer Shiva. She is like the moody mythical goddess, sometimes a pining lover, and a seductress---always the mysterious female force which overpowers evil. This work, Devidayal's first, is dedicated to Dhondutai Kulkarni, whose ancestors were from Kolhapur. The music teacher moved to Bombay in 1978-79, lived in a small apartment with Ayi, her mother, in the neighborhood of Kennedy Bridge which was only ten minutes away from Namita's home in Cumballa Hills. Reading this autobiographical reportage, that it 'was a lifetime of learning---and not just of music,' tracing the legacy of the Jaipur Gharana, an intellectual school, and one of the pillars of Indian classical music, is sheer delight. The cover design by Rachana, photo by Ishika represents Dhondutai 50, five feet tall, 'remarkably youthful… attributed to never having married' protégé of the Jaipur Gharana, at a concert. Kesarbai recalls, '… you were in a white silk nine yard sari with a gold border, and wore your hair in a long plait… walked onto the stage with great confidence… started with a perfect sa… you sang raga Bhoop…'

In the bookstores of London

Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. --- Samuel Johnson

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