Going Home before Eid

Thousands of home bound passengers confront unspeakable sufferings and harassment due to shortage of transport just ahead of Eid. The scene is not in this Eid-ul-Fitr 2010 as most of the bus terminals, railway stations and launch terminals are found jampacked. Even taking risk of life, passengers are crowding in buses, trains and launches beyond their carrying capacity as there is no other alternative to travel to their respective destinations.

An overloaded launch is a common part for homebound people before the Eid
An overloaded launch is a common part for homebound people before the Eid

Private operators have increased their daily trips to 2,600 from 1,700, while the number of launches raised from 35 to more than 100. Bangladesh Railway has added extra compartments to its 78 trains running on different inter-district routes, a report says. Chairman of Bangladesh Inland Waterways Transport Association said that nearly one million people would leave the capital city for their village homes by launches from Sadarghat Launch Terminal. At least 40 launches are leaving the terminal every day for different parts of the country.
Railway officials said special, inter-city, commuter, mail and local trains are now running at full capacity from Kamalapur, Joydebpur, Dhaka Cantonment and Airport railway stations. Additional Director General (operation) of Bangladesh Railway said the number of passengers became double for Eid. In a day 70,000 people can travel to respective destinations by 78 trains from the different stations of the country.

People are in a long queue to 'win' bus tickets for leaving Dhaka before Eid
People are in a long queue to 'win' tickets for leaving Dhaka before Eid

Sources said that 2,600 buses leave the capital’s major bus terminals like Gabtoli, Sayedabad and Mohakhali every day and carrying about one lakh home bound people.  Sometimes, people are carried by truck, lorry and even by autirickshaws on the eve of the Eid.

While visiting the Sadarghat Launch Terminal it was found that launches and even boats were carrying passengers more than their capacity.

The better off section of society are availing airways on Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Jessore and Sylhet routes from the capital to go to their homes ahead of the Eid. The rush and humiliation is tolerable in the airways.

The train itself suffers huge pressure of home bound people on the occation of Eid
The train itself suffers huge pressure of home bound people on the occasion of Eid

I will leave for my hometown Jhenidah by today. I am not among the luckiers who could collect a bus ticket beforehand. Yet I am courageous enough to win the race of journey over my home & thrilled to make a festive Eid with my parents, brother other relatives & friends. The joy of celebrating a hilrious Eid lies in the successful and safe journey to home. I have win over the battle of overcoming hardship of Eid journey so far in life, hopeful to follw the groove this time also!

Eid Shopping in Dhaka

The scenario is getting compact day by day as Eid-ul-Fitr 2010 is knocking  at the door. Everyone is rushing in the shops to get their last time necessary stuffs as per the ability & appetite

With the largest Muslim festival Eid-ul-Fitr just a few days away, enthusiastic shoppers of all ages are seen flocking to the upscale shopping malls in Gulshan, Uttara and Dhanmondi. Top fashion-house retailers are still expecting higher sales, at times twice the normal. Shopkeepers are wooing customers by displaying different categories of men’s, women’s and children’s wear. Buyers and sellers have blamed price hike for dampening their Eid festivity to some erxtent.

inflation-mars-eid-festivity_1276The rush of crowd was particularly visible at the Chandni Chawk, Gausia Market, Rapa Plaza, New Market, Mirpur Benarasi Palli, Mouchack Market, Eastern Plaza, Eastern Plus, Motalib Plaza, Basundhara City, Concored Twin Tower, Bangabazar, Baitul Mukaram, and Rajdhani Super Markets in the capital. Other local markets are not less busy over the days.

In spite of their diverse origins, almost all major posh shopping outlets have long started displaying traditional yet innovative Eid dresses like panjabis and saris, besides the regular collections. However, many retailers observed that the middle and upper-middle class groups mainly account for most of the shopping in the city’s posh areas.

It is really good business time for the shop owners. They are charging as much as they can whereas the buyers are also very meticulous so that they can win the “battle” of purchasing the desired product at a negociable, proper price. However, the so called “proper price” is unknown to them. Yet they are happy to share the ecstatic feelings of purchasing new dresses for themselves, and for the family.

It is really unmovable in the city hubs from dawn to dusk due to traffic congestion, mass clogging has mingled with the chronic traffic congestion, which has turned the whole situation from bad to worse. Yet people are happy with the feelings of upcoming joy.eid-shopping-gains-momentum

Eid is the greatests muslim religious festival which aims to bring  people from all sects under the same umbrella of  humanity, equity and sharing happiness. One thing we should keep alive in our mind, never to forget those poor fellows who found it impossible to buy dress and other necessities before the Eid due to economical hardship. We feel pity for those who have yet to get their wages and Eid bonus on time.

Our Culture, Our Authenticity

Bangladesh has a long history of enriched culture. Once upon a time, this region was famous for its Muslin. Gradually the era of this significant cloth declined following the dominance of exotic culture. We turned victims of imported products. We had a long tradition of Nouka Biach, Aarong, Palki, Nokshi katha, panta eelish, dhol-dugi. It is good to witness the booming atmosphere of indigenous products.

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Colourful Nokshi Katha of this region

As the person of new generation of this country, we have to uphold & preserve the image of this country. Post colonial era has undermined our culture to a large extent. Exotic satellite channels have replaced our authenticity. We are turning to the play thing of dish culture.

Music instruments of Bangladesh
Music instruments of Bangladesh
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Engraved sculpture which denotes ancient glory of "Nouka Baich"

We have a lot to do. First think is to carry the symbols of this country upon everything. We love our country more than any one. I am hopeful the flamboyant days will come back following the contribution of all. I am optimistic about my belief, as I still see most of the people still celebrate Pohela Boishakh (Bengali New Year). People wear punjabi, lingi, shari during festivals. Lets croon “Amar sonar Bangla, Ami tomai Bhalobashi…(Oh my golden Bengal, I love you…)”.

Discover Your Possibilities

Discovering your possibilities can change your life.

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Whether you want to switch  careers, alter something in your personal life or just get out of a few bad old habits, discovering your possibilities is the first step in making a life change. It’s easy to feel limited by your day-to-day activities and forget the options you don’t take and the doors you don’t open. Discovering your possibilities can help to reawaken your passion and build the energy and creativity you need to change your life.

Things you will need:

  • Notebook
  • Pen

1. Find a space where you feel comfortable sitting and thinking. You may feel best in a quiet corner of your backyard or a favorite coffee shop. Alternatively, you may want to get out of your routine and find a new space that you don’t usually go to, such as a p

2. Make a list of important moments, people and experiences in your past where you experienced success or a sense of purpose. Note times when you made a breakthrough, what happened and why it was important to you. Note people who inspired you, what inspired you about them and what they brought out in you. Note places that were really inspiring to you and what they inspired.

3. Make a second list of your present interests and talents. What people and things are you drawn to? Are you passionate about a particular hobby? Do you thrive on a certain aspect of your job?

4. Write down things that draw people to you. Are you seen as a good source of advice or valued for a particular skill you possess? What do people like about you and what do you get out of their appreciation?

5. Look back at what you’ve written so far and see what it tells you about yourself. What have you been drawn to in the past and present? Are there any things that you didn’t realize you enjoyed or were good at? Are there any interests, skills or passions you’ve been ignoring in your life instead of making the most of?

6. Think about the future. What new things do you want to experience? What old experiences or skills do you want to relive or improve? Write down your ideas. Discover Your Possibilities.

          (From an article written by Isaiah David)

          Write a Good Essay & Win the Contest

          A lot of participants take part in an essay competition.  Only one is awarded first. There is nothing that feels better than winning a writing contest. Winning an essay contest is especially poignant because it lets you gain recognition for arguing for something you believe in. However, no matter how much you believe in what you’re writing, you won’t win on passion alone. Winning an essay contest requires flawless craftsmanship, careful adherence to the rules, and a novel hook to get the attention of the judges.

          Follow the Instructions:

          1. Above all else, follow the rules! If you are over the word limit by even one word, you will probably be disqualified. If the essay contest states that all essays have to begin with the word “I believe,” and yours starts with “I firmly believe,” you will probably be disqualified. It doesn’t matter how good your essay is if they don’t read it because you broke the rules.

          2. Brainstorm. Come up with as many ideas as you can before you start writing. The more different ways you can imagine addressing the essay topic, the more flexibility you will have when you start writing it.

          3. If possible, look at previous winning essays. This will give you a good idea of what the judges are looking for. Some essay contests are looking for a certain message or a particular style. Other contests value unconventionality and innovation. You will have a better chance of winning if you give them what they want.

          4. Come up with a good hook. Particularly with short essays, you win or lose it in the first sentence or two. Ask your reader a question that will get her thinking, or introduce a perspective she may have not have thought about before. Remember, the judges will be reading a lot of essays. Make yours stand out from the first sentence.

          5. Make sure that your spelling, grammar, and punctuation are flawless. If you are entering essay in a contest, the judges will expect it to be perfect. Leaving in grammatical mistakes or awkward sentences looks like laziness. Be sure to have a friend proofread it for you, then look it over one more time yourself.

          6. Be confident. Don’t hedge by making excessive use of phrases like “I think” or “it seems to me.” Convince yourself that what you have to say is important, and write your contest essay With that knowledge.

          (**The essay is connoted by Isaiah David, who is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has nearly five years’ experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.)

          Conflict between Nationalism & Internationalism

          Nationalism denotes idea, feelings & action related to indigenous, patriotic essence; whereas, Internationalism holds up closeness with globalization. The senses of nationalism and internationalism are ordained from opposite poles. So, differences are inevitable between them.

          Conflicts are predictable between Nationalism & Internationalism. The people with nationalist fervour can never comply with the ideology of the people with internationalist zeal. Disagreements can be of political, social, religious, ethical, economical, psychological, cultural & so on.

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          The core spirit of Nationalism lies in sovereignty & native culture. A nationalist fellow all the time thinks of the betterment of his compatriots & motherland. It is a matter of continuous practice and by gradual sharpening, a person becomes a nationalist. A person armoured with nationalism is habituated to do (of think) good for the motherland of any kind as and when required. The idea of nationalism is a broad sense. It can not be defined, however, with a single definition. Nationalism generally involves the identification of an ethnic identity with a state. The subject can include the belief that one’s nation is of primary importance. It is also used to describe a movement to establish or protect a homeland (usually an autonomous state) for an ethnic group— defines Wikipedia. A person with the notion & belief of Nationalism instilled in him may search the history, origin & evolution of indigenous language, culture, people & nation. He may wear the dresses; listen the tunes & music; relish the dishes; study the books that match with native heritage & culture. He may deny migrating abroad in lieu of serving the motherland by being attached within it. All such actions & spirits are the emblems of nationalism. It is a rigid process that can not be altered radically. They are the orthodox believers.

          During the Language movement in 52, or during the Liberation War, the people who were in the part of Bangladesh— were to the top of the spirit of Nationalism. To get rid of the colonialism, the Independence Movement of the subcontinent from the clutch of British— is another good example of Nationalism. Celebration of Bengali New year is ingrained in Bengali culture. Games like, boat race & kabaddi symbolize indigenous identity. Rural fair, Baul concerts, patriotic song & poetry, national anthem, using native products, wearing lungi, punjabee or fatua— categorize people with Bengali Nationalism.

          Internationalism deals with the issues beyond the native sense. Internationalism is a political movement which advocates a greater economic and political cooperation among nations for the theoretical benefit or common good of all— is one of the recognized definitions of Internationalism. This doctrine believes that nations should cooperate because their common interests are more important than their differences. It always keeps pace with the contemporary trend of the world. Interestingly, the go of the world changes every now and then. So, the notion of internationalism changes as well. The internationalist people are liberal enough to grab & appreciate the proceedings of the world. They think that, Internationalism broadens the vision, uplifts the career, secure the life & bread, enhances the scope of betterment, practices a comparison between indigenous & exotic matters. A fellow with the view & belief of Internationalism inculcated in him may wear the dresses; listen the tunes & music; relish the dishes; study the books that comply with alien heritage & culture. He may switch to abroad in lieu of serving the motherland by being attached within it.

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          People with the vigor of Internationalism keep pace with the aspects which are not indigenous. They may like attending rock concerts, eating fast foods, celebrating like Thirty-first Night or New Year or Valentine Day, using imported/foreign product, migrating permanently to foreign countries, wearing foreign cloths, showing grudge for native people and so on. Some International blocs like UN, SAARC, ASIAN, Commonwealth, have been created with a view to bring the world under globalization. Interestingly, these sorts of organizations have created division & instability through cold war & other kind of wars. Materialism, dominance over pelf & power, vulnerable privacy of nations have overwhelmed the world.

          A man cannot be a nationalist & internationalist simultaneously. This kind of duality is impossible because that implies the identity crisis. A person suffers from identity crisis. It is better to support one part. From my point of view, Nationalism should be the better choice. Being international is not bad until it splits individuality. One should be devoted to one’s motherland. Serving the nation, nourishing its culture, inculcating its spirit, upholding its tradition— can cement the footing of a person as a superior human being. Internationalism comes later.

          AWAIT

          Ignoring all dynamicity, this large metropolitan comes to a dire standstill

          Cornucopia of its flora & fauna languishes despite the inundation of rain,

          Thriving economy collapses as the business hub has not a bit sap to instill

          Vendors divest them of goods; productivity of the entire city goes in vain.


          Excruciating vacuity & anesthesia overwhelm the city’s whole spectrum

          Virgins’ exquisite floral adornments fall short to distract the young men,

          Diurnal motion of the sun perishes because there is stagnancy humdrum

          Noble cosmopolitans are deterred from panning out a welfare campaign.


          Dwellers are no more imbued with patriotism, verve & vital civic sense

          Closed Market; no export-import; no sports: only embedded distraction

          Inert Media; tarnished morality; Scaramouch plummets in dismay, tense

          Lethargic Admin; insecure Citadel; contused Medicare; spoiled Education


          I’m the most impecunious & experiencing dissuasion from everything

          Thine sole return in this metropolis can fetch up normalcy- but nothing.

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          by: Ahemed Shamim Ansary.

          *The poem AWAIT was published in THE MUSE, the little magazine of the Department of English, Daffodil International University in its Fourth issue (September-October 2008).

          Ten Things We Waste

          1. Our Knowledge: Wasted by not taking action with it

          2. Our Actions: Wasted by committing them without sincerity.

          3. Our Wealth: Wasted by using on things that will not bring us ajr (reward from Allah). We waste our money, our status, our authority, on things which have no benefit in this life or in akhirah (hereafter).

          4. Our Hearts: Wasted because they are empty from the love of Allah, and the feeling of longing to go to Him, and a feeling of peace and contentment. In it’s place, our hearts are filled with something or someone else.

          5. Our Bodies: Wasted because we don’t use them in ibadah (worship) and service of Allah.

          6. Our Love: Our emotional love is misdirected, not towards Allah, but towards something/someone else.

          7. Our Time: Wasted, not used properly, to compensate for that which has passed, by doing what is righteous to make up for past deeds.

          8. Our Intellect: Wasted on things that are not beneficial, that are detrimental to society and the individual, not in contemplation or reflection.

          9. Our Service: Wasted in service of someone who will not bring us closer to Allah, or benefit in dunyaa.

          10. Our Dhikr (Remembrence of Allah): Wasted, because it does not effect us or our hearts.

          Lessons from Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah