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Ode to the Ukulele

May 25, 2014


On first impressions, small things usually seem unimpressive – the ukulele is one such example. It seems too simple; surely an unspectacular instrument with a sound that only suits folk songs and Hawaiian holidays. You can buy one in a kid’s toy shop, after all. But looks are deceiving. As one writer puts it, it […]

Durga Puja in Puran Dhaka

October 7, 2011


Yesterday marked the fifth and final day of Durga Puja, a major Hindu festival dedicated to the Goddess Durga. The event marks the victory of Durga over the demon Mahishadura, and is a particularly significant religious festival for Bengali-speaking Hindus. The streets of Old Dhaka – particularly around Dhakeswari National Temple, Sadarghat port and Shakhari […]

Under the New Moon: of fasts and foods

August 7, 2011


A new moon always brings new and exciting things. This week, it heralded the start of the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims around the world. I was standing on a rooftop in Rayer Bazaar, surrounded by a group of amazing young Bangladeshis volunteering at the Jaago Foundation, when word came that the new moon […]