Indo-Roman trade relations

Tigers, elephants, rhinoceros, serpents and many more exotic species were now in their land. People watched in awe as these animals gradually made their home in Rome. How did those animals get there? The answer is simple- trade.   The history of this trade is...

Badakhshan’s Treasure Trove: What is Lapis Lazuli ?

A piece of heaven on Earth, a stone with such hypnotic beauty that it has left everyone an admirer and yearning for more, Lapis Lazuli is perhaps a stone so popular that it has been recorded through most of human history. Dating back to antiquity, Lapis Lazuli, more...

S.M. Sultan – A Divergent Outlooker

SM Sultan is one of the most legendary and one-of-a-kind figures of Bangladesh. SM Sultan, born as Sheikh Mohammed Sultan, was an exceptional artist, having had his artwork exhibited with world-renowned names like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, John...

Alexander The Great – The Undefeated Phenomenon

Alexander the Great was the creator of the world’s grandest empire. With incredible military achievements and diplomacy, he built a legacy others could only dream of achieving. Alexander was the king of Macedonia, an ancient kingdom of Greece, and a part of the Argead...

Zainul Abedin – The Trailblazer in Modern Arts for Bangladesh

Zainul Abedin was a legendary painter, political activist and the most influential contributor to the establishment of modern arts in Bangladesh. His most notable works are his paintings of the Bengal famine of 1943-44 during the Second World War, when 3 million...
Rockstrata: A Heavy Metal Music Band

Rockstrata: A Heavy Metal Music Band

Rockstrata is undoubtedly the pioneer of Bangladeshi heavy metal music. This image probably taken in the late 1980s captures (from the left): Arshad Amin (Bass), Mainul Islam (Guitar), Shoaib Rahman (Vocals), Imran Hussain (Guitar). The drummer Mahbubur Rashid is not...

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The Forgotten Women of 1857

The Forgotten Women of 1857

The Forgotten Women of 1857 Not just Begum Hazrat Mahal and Rani Lakshmibai but dozens of women participated in active fighting against the British. Their stories are largely unrecorded. History of Azizun Bai Azizun Bai left an excellent impact upon Indian History....

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Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang

Yin and yang (or yin-yang) is a complex relational concept in Chinese culture that has developed over thousands of years. The philosophy is at least 3,500 years old, discussed in the ninth-century BCE text known as I Ching or Book of Changes, and influences the...

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What Is the Stonehenge?

What Is the Stonehenge?

What Is the Stonehenge? The Stonehenge is one of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments and one of the biggest mysteries of its kind. The Stonehenge is an ancient, huge man-made circle of standing stones in Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England. It was built...

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Giant Tortoise

Giant Tortoise

Giant Tortoises van only be found in two remote places in the world today - the Aldabra Atoll and Fregate Island in Seychelles and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. The Aldabra giant tortoise lives on the remote Aldabra Atoll one of the Seychelles group of islands in...

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Imperfectly perfect

Imperfectly perfect

As we live in a world that puts a lot of stock in outer appearances, the scope of body shaming is wide and can include shaming for being fat, dark, stout, too thin, and the list goes on. Last week when I went to meet my Dadi after months, the first sentence she...

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Coco de Mer

Coco de Mer

Coco de Mer, commonly known as the sea coconut, or double coconut, Lodoicea is a monotypic genus in the palm family. The only species, Lodoicea maldivica, is endemic to the islands of Praslin and Curieuse in the Seychelles. The coco de mer palm has separate male and...

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Street-side Tea Stall in Dhaka

Street-side Tea Stall in Dhaka

This photo is 66 years old, portraying a typical street-side tea stall in Dhaka. Notice a couple of 'Murir tins' (puffed rice containers) are kept as snacks. The primary characteristic of the tea stall in Dhaka has not changed much since. Some of these tea stalls are...

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Warfaze: A Heavy Metal Music Band

Warfaze: A Heavy Metal Music Band

Warfaze, a pioneering Bangladeshi heavy metal music band along with Rockstrata, is performing at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka Hotel in 1988. The band was incepted by Ibrahim Kamal in 1984. The initial lineup was: Kamal on bass, Helal on drums, Mir and Naimul on...

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Boot Polish in Dhaka

Boot Polish in Dhaka

A 'Boot-polish' stand is seen on the footpath of Dhaka, probably in the 1960s. Shoe-shiner or boot-polisher is an occupation in which a person buffs shoes, applies wax, and then polishes them with a brush or a piece of cloth to give the shoes a shiny appearance. Most...

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A portrait of my father

A portrait of my father

Some people don't believe in heroes but they haven't met my Father.   Every time I think of this extraordinarily simple man, my heart fills with pride. He was unlike anyone else; very different from everyone in his family and time. It was difficult to understand him...

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World History

Buddha

Buddha

Gautama Buddha is the man who holds the title of the Buddha, a Sanskrit word meaning “the one who is enlightened”. Gautama was born as Siddhartha Gautama in the 5th century B.C. in Lumbini, Nepal. His father, King Suddhodana, was the ruler of a small kingdom and upon...

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Granada Alhamra and a love affair

Granada Alhamra and a love affair

Most European countries are recognized for their outstanding art and architecture. People from all around the world gather in countries like Italy, Germany, Spain, France to embrace the beauty of these fine arts. Whenever in Paris, France, a visit to the Eiffel Tower...

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Horses of Bakhtiyar

Horses of Bakhtiyar

Ikhtiyar al-Din Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khilji, also known as Muhammad Bakhtiyar Khilji, has been depicted both as a hero of Muslim conquest in Bengal and a destroyer of the great universities in Nalanda, Vikramshila and Odantapuri in present-day Bihar. It is still...

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Akbar and Birbal

Akbar and Birbal

Abu'l-Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar, more popularly known as Akbar the Great, was the third emperor of the Mughal Empire. He ruled from 1556 to 1605 and is hailed as the most celebrated Mughal emperor since he not only strengthened the foundation of the empire but...

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