Browsing All posts tagged under »bangladesh«

Green Tea And Honey With Muhammad Yunus

December 15, 2014

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If you’re passionate about ending poverty, then you might have heard of Professor Muhammad Yunus. He is the founder of the Grameen Bank, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize and the 1998 Sydney Peace Prize. But more importantly, he is a pioneer of microfinance who is now helping over seven million Bangladeshi women leave […]

(Still) learning Bangla: an interview with My Bangla Diary | আমি বাংলা শিখছি: আমার বাংলা ডাইরি

January 12, 2014

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This is a cross-post taken from the terrific blog, My Bangla Diary আমার বাংলা ডাইরি, which charts the joys and challenges of learning Bengali. It’s definitely worth checking out, as it provides lots of tools for learning Bangla – my favourite is the English-Bangla translation project of Winne the Pooh! I wanted to share it […]

Understanding #Shahbagh

April 20, 2013

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Since the beginning of this year, I’ve been watching the political upheavals that are taking place in Bangladesh with close attention. After living in Dhaka, I can remember only too well how easily political instability could send daily life into chaos – closed markets, closed businesses, school exams cancelled and all entry and exit from […]

Creative Vignettes

November 16, 2012

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I recently completed a short creative writing course taught by Mark Tredinnick. Over a month and a half, we were encouraged to write to a creative prompt each week. It was lots of fun to get my creative nonfiction juices flowing, so I thought I’d share some of my pieces here: The Small Pleasures in […]

From One Table To Another: Eating in Bangladesh And Australia

October 29, 2012

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This is a cross-post with Oxfam’s Food Rights blog. Find out more about GROW here. There’s nothing quite like a plate of fuchka to satisfy a hungry appetite. Over the weekend, I found myself savouring those delicious explosions of coriander, chilli and chickpea flavours for the first time in months. But I wasn’t sitting on […]

My Love Letter to Bangladesh

July 15, 2012

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Now that I have left Bangladesh, the land of flowing ornas and floating sunsets, it’s been strange to return to life in Australia and, now, China. I flounder at pedestrian crossings, unconvinced that the cars will really stop. I marvel at the wonders of giant supermarkets that stock everything from everywhere, everyday; but I also […]

Cooking Khichuri

May 31, 2012

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Someone once told me that in Bangladesh, sharing food is the closest thing to sharing love. In this country, where the memory of hunger is firmly etched into the national consciousness, eating is a solemn and important occasion. Dinner table conversation is almost entirely replaced by the licks, burps, slurps and gulps of mouths, food […]