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CWC inauguration

March 5, 2011

The biggest sporting event “Cricket World Cup 2011” inauguration took place at Dhaka Bangabandhu stadium. The event was mesmerizing for the incredible  presentations, fireworks and lighting.  Canadian rock star Bryan Adams performed at the occasion along with local singers.  I think, the most amazing part was the audio visual “School of Life” by Bangladesh Tourism. In a word it is amazing. I am just proud to be a Bangladeshi.

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My Niece.. my Valentine

March 3, 2011

After such a long time, I am blogging. I heard the good news that my sister got pregnant when I was in America. I couldn’t be more happy. I was excited. My sister gave birth to a baby girl on valentine day. It’s an amazing feeling when I first heard her scream. I’ll be sharing the 1st sight of her. God bless her. Love you sweetheart.


Photo Copyright (c) 2011 Shawkat Osman

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Durga Puja

March 29, 2009

Durga Puja the most important religious festival of Bengali Hindus, celebrates the return of the goddess to her natal home. In other parts of India as well, Durga is worshipped, but under different names.

The biggest religious festival of the Hindu community in Bangladesh is the festival of Durga Puja. Hindus participate in this festival with great devotion. Durga Puja is an old festival but it is difficult to say with any degree of certainty exactly how old it is.

The oldest manifestation of goddess Durga, who slew the Mahisasura, belonged to the fifteenth century AD. A series of festivals, centering on Durga Puja, is held in Bangladesh. Usually, on the sixth lunar day of the bright fortnight in the Bengali month of Ashwin, the ceremonial awakening of the goddess Durga takes place. Thereafter, Puja is performed for three days on the seventh, eighth and ninth and the immersion of the image of the goddess Durga (with her companions) takes place on the tenth day. People exchange greetings during a period of fifteen days after the immersion of the image of the deity.

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Independent Day

March 26, 2009

March 26 is the day of Independence of Bangladesh. It is the biggest state festival. This day is most befittingly observed and the capital wears a festive look. It is a public holiday. The citizens of Dhaka wake up early in the morning with the booming of guns heralding the day. Citizens including government leaders and sociopolitical organizations and freedom fighters place floral wreaths at the National Martyrs Monument at Savar. Bangla Academy, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and other socio-cultural organizations hold cultural functions. At night the main public buildings are tastefully illuminated to give the capital city a dazzling look. Similar functions are arranged in other parts of the city.

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Pohela Boishakh

March 19, 2009

The advent of Bengali New Year is gaily observed throughout the country. The Day (mid-April) is a public holiday. Most colorful daylong gatherings along with arrangement of cultural program and traditional Panta at Ramna Park, Dhaka is a special feature of Pahela Baishakh. Tournaments, boat races etc. are held in cities and villages amidst great jubilation. Many fairs are held in Dhaka and other towns and villages.

New Year’s festivities are closely linked with rural life in Bengal. Usually on Pohela Boishakh, the home is thoroughly scrubbed and cleaned; people bathe early in the morning and dress in fine clothes. They spend much of the day visiting relatives, friends, and neighbors. Special foods are prepared to entertain guests. This is one rural festival that has become enormously big in the cities, especially in Dhaka.

Various agricultural products, traditional handicrafts, toys, cosmetics, as well as various kinds of food and sweets are sold at these fairs. The fairs also provide entertainment, with singers and dancers staging jatra (traditional plays), pala gan, kobigan, jarigan, gambhira gan, gazir gan and alkapgan. They present folk songs as well as baul, marfati, murshidi and bhatiali songs. Narrative plays like Laila-Majnu, Yusuf-Zulekha and Radha-Krishna are staged. Among other attractions of these fairs are puppet shows and merry-go-rounds.

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BDR massacre…

March 15, 2009

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24th Feb, 2009

i was awaken by phone ringing at 10.30 in the morning.  It was my eldest sister, (in terrified tone) “where are you? stay home, don’t go anywhere. Gunfire have been going on near Riffles Square (a market near BDR gate-3).” My respose wasn’t instant. i slowly went toward the television so that i can watch what is wrong.  Hitting the local T.V. channels,  i saw Live Telecast were going on. Reporters where reporting nervously. It took about a while to understand what is going on in BDR Pillkhana. So many questions arose in my mind in a split of a second- who is revolting? if revolting why they are revolting? how come descpline force like BDR creating mischief on the land? The media was not providing vivid pictures. While my questions remained unanswered, i kept on watching all the local channels in search of good news and latest updates.  i received a phone call from a friend that all classes have been cancelled due to unavoidable reasons. As far as i can remember it was around 12.30. By then it was clear that at a conference in the headquarters of the Bangladesh Rifles, BDR pointed his weapon at the force commander. Some commotion ensued, according to investigators, and then other guards stormed the hall. Gunfire could be heard blocks away. Hundreds of civilians who lived, worked and went to school inside the compound were trapped. Even a helicopter was sent to drop leaflets from the government. That leaflet massage was not to take break law. However, the mutineers shot 7 rounds at the helicopter.

The first day media potrayed BDR was victimized by army officers or DG (Director General) of BDR. They  complained they dont get proper food, salary and transport. They don’t get opportunity to go to a missions etc. As a result, sympathy grew in general public’s hearts towards BDR. But they didnt know what was going inside Pillkhana? if they were..they wouldnt support for sure. i think the media failed to present valid and verified news. It was biased and one sided. In a manner the media presented in the 1st day, everyone thought the revolt was justified. Sadly, i saw people clapping, jumping infront one of the BDR gates. It’s a matter of national disgrace that  some people of Bangladesh were busy celebrating by dancing and jumping with joy, whereas people inside Pillkhana were counting last moments and rest had already counted of their life.

Even a helicopter was sent to drop leaflets from the government. That leaflet massage was not to take break law. However, the mutineers shot 7 rounds at the helicopter. Fire and smoke can be seen from the outer perimeters of the Bangladesh Rifles headquarters. The army took position around the compound but did not attack.

Government representative, Home Minister tried to negotiate in every possible way. Even, she rescued some hostages.

Next day, gun firing continued till PM gave her speech to the nation, asked the mutineers to surrender and set free all the families of army officers kept as a hostage. If they failed to do so, strong action will be taken.

In 33 hours of mutiny, 150 officers were killed brutally. Among them top ranked officers such as major general, brigadier general, Lt. Colonel, Major were killed. In no battle field top rank officers were killed in a huge number at a time. The brutality was enormous. The mutineers threw the dead bodies of the army officers into manholes; mass engraved dead bodies.

I wonder how come 7000 solders escaped while the BDR Pillkhana was cordoned by RAB and army. For sure it wasn’t cordoned properly whereas 150 talented officers couldn’t get out.

The brutality was immense. We lost brilliant officers and some unarmed lives during this mutiny. This loss is unfulfillable. The whole nation was shattered apart. Now, I realize how horrible liberation war was. I salute all the brilliant officers who gave their life and on the other hand, demand justice for such inhumanity. I pray for the lost souls. Lastly, I don’t want people of Bangladesh do anything against their motherhood in exchange of some monetary value.

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Ekushey Boi Mela..a book fair of Bengali’s

March 8, 2009

Ekushey Boi Mela is a book fair held every year on the Bangla Academy premises in the city, commemorating the martyrs of the historic Language Movement, with a record number of institutions taking part, the book fair this year (2009)  had special visiting hours for women and children.

The fair this year was more organized and lively with the participation of readers, writers and publishing houses alike. A total of 436 stalls had been allocated to 297 institutions and publishing houses this year, with expanded accommodation facilities spilling over the precincts of the academy.

The fair will remained open for all from 3:00pm to 9:00pm on working days and from 11:00am to 9:00pm on weekends. On February 21, the International Mother Language Day, the fair remained open from 8:00 in the morning till 10:00pm.