King Harshavardhana of Vardhana dynasty

The elegant sight of white flowers presented a beautiful contrast to the cacophony of colours adorned all around the palace walls. The colours held luxurious textures of all kinds: muslin, linen, cotton, and abundant kinds of silk. The air bore the sweet aroma of...

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...
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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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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Zeb-un-Nissa:The poetess-princess

Zeb-un-Nissa:The poetess-princess

We often hear of the famous Princess Jahanara and Princess Roshanara, but not much is known about a Princess, who true to her pen name, Makhfi, has been concealed from the public eye. This princess was unique in many ways. While most Mughal queens and princesses...

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Recent Post

Pompeii

Pompeii

Pompeii is one of the world’s rarest phenomena. Unlike other historical sites, the age-old city seems petrified in time, much like a picture taken from the period when the city was alive. This is due to the ancient land being hidden under 13 to 20ft of volcanic debris...

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The Dancing Girl

The Dancing Girl

The Dancing Girl is an uncommon and exceptional work of art created during the Indus Valley Civilisation about 4500 years ago. It is an ancient bronze statue, one of the mere two statues of its time where the figure portrayed has an easygoing posture unlike other...

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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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Mosque of Bangladesh

Mosque of Bangladesh

Andarkilla Shahi Jame Masjid. In a period of twelve months of the conquest (1667 CE) of Chatgaon Buzurg Umed Khan began constructing the masjid on the highest point of a cliff in the regions of the vanquished stronghold following the command of Nawab Amir al-Umara. It...

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Black Holes

Black Holes

Black holes are the strangest objects in the Universe. A black hole does not have a surface, like a planet or star. Instead, it is a region of space where matter has collapsed in on itself. This catastrophic collapse results in a huge amount of mass being concentrated...

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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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Gallery

A Seasonal Mela

A Seasonal Mela

A ‘Mela’ in Dhaka (1960) captured by extraordinaire photographer and scientist late Dr. Nowajesh Ahmed. A mela is a wonderful melting pot for all types of people, their culture, and tradition. Its characteristics and objectives are identical regardless of whether it...

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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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Sachin Dev Burman: The wizard of music

Sachin Dev Burman: The wizard of music

Maya Angelou once said, "Everything in the universe has rhythm, everything dances" As true as this saying is, not everyone has the potential to pick up these rhythms; be it the melody of flowing water or the sad tunes of gloomy moonlight. One's music resonates with...

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The Persian merchant who built Dhaka city

The Persian merchant who built Dhaka city

When we talk about the 17th century, the name that springs up the most is that of Mir Jumla. A survivor and great tactician, Mir Jumla's story is one that deserves attention and great respect. Mir Jumla is the word for us when describing someone who started off from...

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Siraj ud-Dowla: Last nawab of Bengal

Siraj ud-Dowla: Last nawab of Bengal

The inner workings of politics, treacherous mind games and vile layers of masks people wear to benefit themselves trace back to time of the disintegration of the Mughal Empire, paving the way for regional states. In the contest for supremacy, the English emerged...

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World History

PORTUGUESE INFLUENCE IN BENGAL

PORTUGUESE INFLUENCE IN BENGAL

All foods have history; where they originated from, what they looked like the first time they were seen as consumable and how they've evolved throughout the years. We take their history for granted because to us it's just food; we don't see it as something to have an...

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Bibi Pari-An enigma

Bibi Pari-An enigma

Among the great paradigms of Mughal architecture built in and around Dhaka, one of the more well-known ones is the famous Lalbagh Fort. The fort, though left incomplete, is adorned with an elaborate Mughal-style garden and stands by the River Buriganga in the old part...

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Ziryab: The trendsetter

Ziryab: The trendsetter

Religion has always been one of the roots of conflicts in the world since medieval periods; with every era came a new religious controversy that marked the beginning of a new dynasty. One of the most peaceful ages in history, where people of different faiths lived in...

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