If Bangladesh drowns…
Could you possibly complain anymore?
Global Warming Warning
The Last Plan
The government is looking for a solution but let us make our voices louder. If we speak, let us speak to be heard and not be muted. If we whisper, let us whisper to usher in a new revolution. If we think, let us think to conquer our problems and if we dare complain let us complain to pin-point solutions. Our forefathers gave their lives to keep this country and language from disappearing and we must follow their footsteps, armed with knowledge and observation instead of machetes and bamboo sticks. It's always good to laugh at ourselves, but maybe we have taken it a bit too far.
Lastly, as a precaution for what tomorrow may hold, let us prepare for the worst by learning to co-exist, respecting ourselves and our culture and by always staying loyal and true to the red and green, as it has stayed loyal to us. Global Warming or not, it is time we care. Bangladeshis everywhere, Bangladesh was our dream, let us not let our dream drown.
By Osama Rahman
Pied Piper of Hamelin & friends
Annual function of City School International Dhaka
In a rather unusual choice of venue, the national museum played host to the Annual Function 2008 of The City School International Dhaka on the 4th of November. The show kicked off with introductory speeches by the school's principal and the head girl, followed immediately by performances. The aspect about this particular school function that was different was that it was being held not in the school itself, or at some fancy community center, but in the national museum, the heart of culture.
The show had various kinds of performances, including Bengali and English songs varying from classical to pop, dance routines, and plays. One of the most memorable instances of the show would be a dozen toddlers dancing in sync to the song One Love by Blue, with dance moves that really pushed through the song's message. This kind of talent displayed by dancers so young was startling for this reporter. This was followed by a performance of the hit Boney M. song, By The Rivers of Babylon- a song with the sure power of invoking nostalgia in just about anyone. Though not very well synchronized, the performance carried through well to definite applause.
A classical dance routine came after this, with young dancers displaying our cultural heritage brilliantly with their skilled and well-balanced dance moves. As before, the young age of these performers, and the skill they displayed was shocking.
A recitation of a popular Bengali children's rhyme followed this, with children dressed up as flowers and bees, reciting the poem in sing-song with interpretive dance moves. The next skit featured a hand-crafted spaceship and school students dressed up as aliens from outer space, who dance rhythmically and in sync to upbeat techno music. The best part about the performance was how well the music and the dances and costumes and theme gelled in together. This was followed by a short play of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Though the entire function progressed well, and to plan, there were many technical difficulties that tried the audience's patience slightly.
But this was made up for by the performance that followed which certainly was the highlight of the evening- a rendition of Shakespeare's famous play, King Lear. With believable costumes and props, and stage antics and acting virtuoso, the seniors of the school delivered brilliantly. Most commendable amongst all was the stage presence of Jarifa Purna, the head girl of the school, who played Lear's ruthless eldest daughter, Goneril. She was the most into her character, with a voice that carried throughout the auditorium, and an unflinching stamina. However, with the entire crew's work behind it, the play proved a popular success in the audience, and the function concluded with the national anthem.
By Ahsan Sajid
“To strengthen and foster relationship among all SHAHEENS and to create a platform that can provide leadership and guideline in multi-disciplinary sectors” the motto of ESAD (Ex Shaheen Association Dhaka) is quite a clear indication of the reason behind its establishment. ESAD announced its existence by unveiling their official logo on 7th November 2008 at the Reporter's Unity Auditorium. Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed inaugurated the programme which started at 11:00am and continued until 12:30pm. Present and former students of BAF Shaheen School Dhaka were present along with reporters from many local newspapers and TV channels. The event was followed by lunch at the same venue. This press conference was arranged by Apu Mahfuz ('94 batch), Hassan Sharif Shantu ('97 batch) and Zunayeed Noor Alam ('05 batch).
ESAD plans to host a grand reunion on 26th of December 2008. Former and present students and teachers were asked to register for this event. Registration forms are available at all Agora stores in Dhaka until 30th November 2008. ESAD has proclaimed many noble ideals only their future activities will prove their good intentions. Let us join in wishing them all the best.
By Nishita Aurnab
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