Mother’s Day special

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[ Mother’s Day special ! ] Hello there… Hope all are okay… Today is mother’s day and I guess all …

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That time of the year

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[ That time of the year ] Yes this is April. When entire Bangladesh is dressed in white and red, …

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Stitched dreams…

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[ Stitched dreams… ] Bangladesh is a tropical country, with a mild winter and humid summer. In the northern side, …

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Durga Puja Festival

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[ Durga Puja Festival ] I am a person who enjoys every festival that takes place on earth. In Bangladesh, …

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Fine art of….

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Adibasi is a term used for all the heterogeneous set of ethnic and tribal groups considered to be the indigenous …

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Delicate Bakarkhani

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Just like old Delhi old Dhaka too is bursting with traditional food items, ancient cultures and round the clock activity. …

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Le Halwa….

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6Shab e Barat was certainly one of the fun days of my childhood. Eating endless varieties of Halwa, distributing among the entire neighborhood rich and poor and the fireworks are well kept in my memory. So many happy times, smiling faces and fondest of memories come back to me every year. The essence, the simplicity or the magic is lost, but my endless effort of recreating happy times continues… here are some glimpses of this year’s Shabe e Barat extravagance.

Halwa Platter
Halwa Platter



বরাতের রাতে ছোটকালের সেই আতশবাজি, ভাইবোনদের হালুয়া উৎসব আর পাড়া-প্রতিবেশীদের সাজানো ট্রে আর আসে না। আসে না, বাড়ির উঠানে তারাবাতির জন্য অপেক্ষা, কখন চাচা নিয়ে ঢুকবে শখের তারাবাতি। হাসিখুশি মুখগুলো, উৎসবের সেই আটপৌরেভাব বা যাদুমাখা রঙিন দিনগুলোকে মনে করেই দিনটা কেটে গেলো।

তবু আমার মত করেই উৎসব করলাম, আমি একা একা…

Shab e Barat: Muslims around the world believe that on the night of Shab-E-Barat, Allah writes the destinies of all men for the coming year. There are many forms of celebration take place on this ocassion.  Making halwa on Shab e Barat is perhaps one of the biggest task of the home makers. Planning, going through recipe books/magazines, buying ingredients and preparation takes more than a week time. Cooking halwa is not as sweet as it tastes. It takes hell lot of time and energy. However, distributing the halwa among neighbors and poor is a fun task. Kids are usually occupied playing fire works.

Photo: Author

Spring in forever spring land…

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Bangladesh is generally hot and humid… the short, only a month long winter that we get, can at times turn extremely cold for our comfort. Though we have discovered quite many things to create a winter comfort zone, yet the sight of spring melt our hearts. We love to celebrate the coming of spring with music, dance, laughter and flowers… the girls wear sarees of bright orange-yellow tone and guys wear kurta’s of the same colour. A day of laughter, food and music makes us forget about the short winter in a blink… Here are few images taken by Ulfat Chowdhury on 15th February 2015  first of spring in Bangladesh..

Mother and daughter in bright yellow
Mother and daughter in bright yellow
The flower crown a favorite among the youngsters
The flower crown a favorite among the youngsters
Music to our heart's content
Music to our heart’s content
Local "Tepa" doll giants.
Local “Tepa” doll giants.

উৎসবপ্রিয় বাঙ্গালির প্রানের উৎসব পহেলা ফাগুন… ফাগুনের আগুন রঙে সেজে গান গেয়ে নেচে ফাগুনকে বরণ করে নেবার এ রীতি অনেক পুরান… তবে শহুরে কায়দায় ফাগুন উৎসব গ্রামীণ উৎসবের চেয়ে অনেক আলাদা…  মাঘের পর, চকচকে রোদ ঝলমলে দিন আমাদের মনকে রাঙ্গিয়ে দেয়। ফাগুন বরণের কিছু ছবি আপনাদের জন্য… উলফাতের ক্যামেরায়…

Photo: Ulfat Chowdhury