way we look at Ramadan
The way we look at the holy month of Ramadan definitely changes as we grow older. The older we grow, the more difficult fasting seems to us. Is it supposed to be that way? I mean, did God make us that way (so that we can 'feel' the motive behind fasting), or do we become'unholier' with age? Scary thought! Here is how I classify the different groups with their different outlook on Ramadan.
6 to 12:
13 to before marriage:
marriage to before growing old:
Ubhochor Manush is a translation of the book The Amphibious written by Alexander Belayev and translated by Noni Bhowmik. Alexander Belayev was a Russian writer who drew many imaginary portraits in his stories. Ubhochor Manush is one of these stories. In this story the writer has created an amphibious man named Ikthiandor. A talented but lunatic doctor called Salvador set the gill of a shark alongside the lung of Ikthiandor, who was a Red Indian baby boy then. Baltazar, a diver, is Ikthiandor's father. He knows that his son is dead since his brother Christo took his sick son to Dr Salvador, who is known as God to the Red Indians because he is a miraculous doctor. So the miraculous doctor does this ridiculous experiment on Ikthiandor and thus Ikthiandor becomes an amphibious! Ikthiandor lives mostly in the sea. The people living in the coastal area know him as the monster of the sea because he disturbs them so often. And so he is well known to his diver father also. Jurita is a dealer of pearls and Baltazar is his partner. They want to catch Ikthiandor for collecting pearls from the deep sea. In the mean time Ikthiandor falls in love with his father's foster-daughter Guttiere! He often goes to the shore to meet her. Thus he becomes sick, as he is not used to with the polluted shore. Baltazar and Jurita send Christo to work as Dr Salvador's servant. But still they fail to catch Ikthiandor and Ikthiandor fails to get his love. Guttiere marries Jurita and is not happy. Ikthiandor goes to meet her crossing the La Plata Sea. He becomes sicker and is caught by Jurita. He is sent to the police and in the court Dr Salvador has to describe how he created this 'creature'. Then he is imprisoned for two years. Ikthiandor escaped from the jail and goes to a coral island to live with Arma Vilbua, a French scientist and oceanographer and Salvador's old friend. There he may get a family and some friends. Guttiere is divorced and runs away with Aulsen, her well-wisher. Meanwhile Baltazar comes to know that Ikthiandor is his son and becomes crazy to get his son back. When storm rises in the sea, he runs to the seashore and cries: 'Ikthiandor, my boy…'
Bishyoshahityo Kendro first published this book in 1993. The theme of the story is great but the translation is a little boring. So I prefer everyone to read the original copy. If you don't get that, read the translated version but don't miss it cause it's a great story.
By Fahmina Nahid.
the hidden glory
BANDHU, a voluntary organisation, launched a Seminar,title "Discovering The Hidden Glory" last week. It was held at their officepremises at 4:00 pm on October 17, 2003. They arranged an exquisite seminar about the historical glories of the northern part of our country & I wasthere reporting on the seminar. I felt completely different environment while I had been there. General Secretary, Advisor, other members of BANDHUand distinguished guests were present on the spot. The Associate Program Coordinator Soma Dutta welcomed the audiences.
the resource person of this seminar Tracker and Photographer Mr. M.A.
Moohit was conducting his lecture on our hidden and splendid heritage
ofthe northern part of Bangladesh. He was giving his presentation of
different historical area with brief historical background. Mohastangar,Govinda
Bhita, Dinajpur Rajbari, Kantonogor Mondir, Putia Rajbar, Chini Mosque,
Dighpotia Rajbari, Dighpotia Rajbari, Shompur Buddha Bihar, Shona
got lots of information about ourcountries northern zone fromthis seminar.
Mohastangar (established near about 2500 years ago) was thecapital city
of Mourjo, Gupta, Pal kingdom and the shrine of Shah SultanBalkhi Mahi
Sawar is located there. Govinda Bhita known as Govinda or Bishno Mondir
is situated in the bank of river Korotoa.
Another attraction of that seminar was Kantonogor Mondir. Jamindar Moharaja Pran Nath and his adopted son Ram Nath were made it in between 1704-1752 A.D. at Kaharol, Dinajpur. Government announced it to preserve this old heritage in 1960.
area of Rajbari is popularly known as 'Mondir Nogori (City of Temple)'
because there is Ahnhik mondir, Govinda mondir, Shib mondir and Dol
Proshonno Nath Roy was made Dighpotia Rajbari in Nator. Monayem Kha
was given its name 'Governor House' at 1967. Jamindar Gopal Lal Roy
was made Tajhat Jamindarbari in 1905 at Rangpur. The size of the jamindarbari
is 58 acre and there are 28 rooms, which is made by mejh-shet stone.
High court Bench was established in 1984. The second King of Pal family
Darma Pal was made Shompur Buddha Bihar also known as Paharpur Buddha
Mr. Moohit also showed few more slide pictures of Choto Shona Mosque in Shibgonj, Chapainobabganj; Nator Raj Bari and Gokul Medh at Mohastangar.
group of children and adolescents were present in the seminar and they
enjoyed a lot. When a child asked that does our government has any law
for preserving this rich heritage, Advisor of BANDHU Mr. Khaled Mahfuz
Saeef answered, 'we have the preservation act but our government does
not bother to implement it. We are citizens and duty is ours. Now it
is up to us
(Belfry Association for Nations Development & Human Unison) is an
By Samiha Esha
The astonishing results of not eating!
Although it is a practice that's more than a thousand years old, fasting is suddenly "the" health fad of today in European countries. Obviously one can fast anywhere, but being at a Thai beach, or any other exotic place, makes it relatively easier. Weight loss, of course, is one of its side effects, but believers claim far greater benefits they say it can save lives!
theory behind fasting is very simple. Normally, our bodies are in digestion
mode. But, if we stop eating for just 36 hours, our bodies move from
digestion to detoxification mode, and start cleaning the debris and
toxins left behind by years of less-than-ideal 20th-century eating,
drinking and living habits. In fact, after just 36 hours of fasting,
the millions of enzymes normally used for digestion are converted into
The black rubbery stuff is hardened mucus mainly," the owner of one of the health resort explained. To protect ourselves from any unwholesome foods, pesticides or parasites we take in, our bodies produce mucus, which lines the walls of out colon to prevent absorption into our bodies.
we ate the right kind of foods, we would only need to produce this every
now and then, and it would disperse naturally. However, because we do
not always eat well, this mucus is almost constantly manufactured, until
a wall an inch or more thick lines our colons.
there are no estimates for other parts of the world, according to the
US Health Service, over 90 percent of Americans are walking around with
clogged colons and could therefore do with a detoxification fast.
People fasting should also take large doses of vitamin C and several other herbal supplements, fruit juices and a thin broth in the evening to keep them going. This is, in fact, ancient health therapy. Pythagoras required his students to fast for 40 days before receiving his higher teachings.
Fasting is also claimed to rebalance pH levels in the bloodstream. In Russia, it's been used to combat mental illness (the reportedly successful treatment is known as "the hunger cure"). Fasting is even said to help clean out wastes that cause dysfunction in many of our body's organs.
Despite the apparent evidence, Western medics are divided on whether or not fasting is a useful tool and the key to better health. One thing they do agree on, however, is that anyone should check with his or her own personal doctor or physicians before beginning even the shortest of fasts. Anyone with any kind of comments or questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
By Jennifer Ashraf
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