Showing posts from April, 2009

The Tradition of Baishakh


LET's talk about a festival in Bangladesh where there are no barriers of religion, where people from all religions celebrate the festival with great delight and joy. I know you will say that it must be Pahela Baishak. Yes, you are absolutely right. Pahela Baishak is celebrated in a festive manner not only in Bangladesh but also in West Bengal as well as by Bengali people in Tripura and Assam. Besides, all over the world Bangla speaking people celebrate this day. When it is the question of our culture and our heritage, we unite, we assemble under the same umbrella. Pahela Baishak is that kind of Bengali culture. On this day, we Bengalis gather for new hopes and a new future.
Celebrations of Pahela Baishak started from Akbar's reign. But behind it the main cause was economical. Under the Mughals, agricultural taxes were collected according to the Hijri calendar. As the Hijri calendar is a moon calendar, it does not coincide with the harvest. Consequently, farmers were hard…

The Bicycle Clown


Álvaro Neil, the biciclown (bicycle clown), was born in Oviedo (Asturias), Spain on July 17, 1967. He studied Law in Pamplona (Navarra) and trained as a clown in Barcelona and Madrid. After selling his car, he left his job at a Notary Office in Madrid to cycle around South America (2001-2003). He also offered his clown shows for free to the poor audiences. He came back to Spain, wrote a book about his experience, Miles of Smiles around the World (2004-2014). Then he started preparing his big project. He started on November 19, 2004 from his local city, Oviedo. The first leg of this big project was Africa. Two years and nine months later, he had cycled down the west coast, from Morocco to Cape Town and then backed up to Cairo, covering 30 countries and a whopping 38,000 miles. He stopped in Cairo (Egypt) to write his second book. And he kept on going. Middle East was the second leg of his journey and then Central Asia. He had published his third book, available in English, Pho…

Secret sibling sneaker supervision

Rahad Abir is touched by this heart-rending movie from acclaimed filmmaker Majid Majidi

The first Iranian film to be nominated the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Children of Heaven makes its plot clear from the very first scene of a cobbler and a boy. This boy is Ali and the shabby school sneakers being repaired are his younger sister Jahra’s. On the way home Ali misplaces the bag with the shoes. Jahra and Ali decide to keep the loss secret from their parents to save their father from the impossible expense of a new pair. To manage school, the two share Ali’s sneakers – Jahra goes to school in the morning and comes running home to hand over the shoes to Ali so he can run to school at noon. As much as they try and as hard as they run, Ali cannot reach school on time and is caught coming in late by the headmaster for two consecutive days. A possible solution looms in when the school children’s footrace offers new sneakers as third prize. Ali enters the race, promising his…

Evoking Emotion Through Nostalgia


Marcelo Brodsky (b.1954) is an artist and human rights activist based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He trained as a photographer at the International Center of Photography in Barcelona, Spain during his exile in the 1980s. He has had solo exhibitions in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, New York, Rotterdam, Montevideo, Rome, Caracas, and Amsterdam and his work is represented in the collection of the Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, the Joaquim Paiva Collection, the Fernando Baur Collection and numerous private collections. In 1997, he edited and exhibited the photographic essay Buena Memoria (Good Memory), consisting of photos, video and texts that show the personal and collective evolution of a class of the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, marked by two “missing” students due to state terrorism. Between 1997 and 2007, the exhibition was presented over a hundred times in 20 countries, by itself and as part of other artistic projects. Buena Memoria…