March 25, 2014

What is toll?

Honestly speaking, I don’t understand the point of implementing toll system on the highways. The citizens have to pay toll fee to use their own road! Why?

We already give our taxes as per the requirement set by the government. Excuse my ignorance, I honestly don’t see why do I need to pay toll?

It sounds laughable when some officer of Roads and Highway Division claims: “This is service for the people. Revenue from the toll will be used for development.”

Seriously? Please! We all are aware of the grand level of corruption in the public sector, thanks but no thanks.

December 28, 2013

Don’t let socializing on Facebook jeopardize your relationships

Have we ever thought about Facebook’s disadvantages or the negative sides?

I think, we have. But we didn’t dwell on the thought and moved on. Here’s the danger, some reports have said that Facebook is fast becoming a major factor in marriage conflicts and increasingly being used for a source of evidence in divorce cases.

Interestingly, Facebook is popular among people for the simple reason that it is a means of communication and you can share information in a lot faster manner.

But who thought Facebook has the potential of breaking marriages?

According to an article on ABC news published last year in March, a third of all divorce filings in 2011 contained the word “Facebook,” according to Divorce Online. And more than 80% of US divorce attorneys say social networking in divorce proceedings is on the rise, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Having said that, Facebook is made the cause of all the trouble and not the root of the problems per se.

It is said that greater availability of information online through social media has created a variety of problems in relationships at every level. Alright, but why would it matter if the person using Facebook were responsible enough to refrain from making nasty comments about their spouse and to be away from sending inappropriate messages to the members of the opposite sex?

These are little things the users have to focus on when they are using social media. It only takes one insignificant mistake to just ruin a marriage.

I think one should really take social media seriously because one would think their personal profile is not seen or checked by others as they are extra careful about not leaving it off guard. But we are forgetful. You forget once and your luck overcomes you and reveals all your secret to your spouse. Once your spouse finds out about your clandestine acts, chances are that you will lose their trust for life which in effect will jeopardize the relationship. Worse, the marriage will be over.

Maybe, these suggestions are not common to come from a guy. Especially from an unmarried guy at that but these are just my two cents on what I understand about marriage and relationships. You do not need to take me for granted.

December 17, 2013

Indian deputy Consul general Devyani Khobragade arrest case

The arrest of Indian deputy consul general Devyani Khobragade in New York recently has deeply offended India. The diplomat was arrested for alleged visa fraud.

The IFS officer is accused of giving false information while applying for a visa for a “babysitter and housekeeper” she brought from India, and of underpaying the help.

An article published in Times of India says she had limited immunity as a consular officer and could be arrested only if her crime was grave.

Indian officials are arguing if her offenses were so grave, why was she released later on the $250 bill?

Yes, the charge filed against her was indeed grave. If proven guilty, She could get up to 15 years in jail.

While it is understandable why the US authorities took her into custody, I do to understand why will a middle-level diplomat be humiliated in such a way?

What is most disturbing about the incident is that she was publicly handcuffed, humiliatingly strip searched and kept in a cell with drug addicts after her arrest.

Worse still, she was taken into custody on a street in New York as she was dropping her daughter to school. Meaning she was arrested and handcuffed in front of her daughter.

Being a senior foreign diplomat, she had certain rights and therefore had to be treated with decency. But apparently, the US officials were indifferent to her status as a diplomat.

As expected, the angry Indian government has asked all US Consulate personnel and their families to turn in their ID cards immediately.

Infuriated BJP leader Yashwant Singh said, "The media has reported that we have issued visas to a number of US diplomats' companions. Companions means that they are of the same sex. Now, after the Supreme Court Ruling (on gay sex verdict), it is completely illegal in our country. Just as paying fewer wage was illegal in the US. So, why doesn't the Government of India go ahead and arrest all of them! Put them behind bars, prosecute them in this country and punish them?"

December 14, 2013

Some thoughts on Mollah execution

I think the main problem with Quader Mollah execution was not merely the outside pressure. Rather the problem from the very beginning was that the whole trial process was flawed.

I regret that I was fool enough to not follow David Bergman's blog on Bangladesh war crimes trial at first.

I always found it difficult to understand as to why would the international media care about the Bangladesh war crimes trial. Yes I understand they were against the death penalty but why would they even give a hoot about Bangladesh's internal matters? Again, they could run stories on the trial considering it was a big enough event but criticizing a trial which was supposedly of the internal standard?

That is because as Bergman says the entire trial process and the hanging of Mollah was 'filmsy.'

The witness who was brought to the court hadn't even seen Abdul Quader Mollah. She said someone else told her that Quader Mollah killed her family!

It goes without saying that when a person is executed based on hearsay then something is horribly wrong.

Which is exactly what The Economist opines in a blog published on December 13th.

There could be many other reasons why the trial process should have done justice to its name.

For one thing, this trial was by and large the most significant trial in the history of Bangladeshi people. Hence, it absolutely needed to end well.

June 12, 2013


Jiah Khan suicide....

I haven't seen her movies. Hence, I don't know her. She was young and probably had a long life. But she wasted it completely. For something as silly as failing in love. I don't want to sound rude but that's what it is. You do not commit suicide for being a failure.

wait. My mind is blank now.

June 02, 2013

Back from a hiatus.

Due to workload, I really could not focus on my personal blog for the last few months. As I get some time for myself I decide to write about my experience at Dhaka Tribune. Well.....It's been busy. It's been crazy. All in all, it's been an experience worth talking about.

While there's freedom to voice my opinions, I still had to somewhat suppress my stance on a few issues. Since DT is my employer and it wants me to limit my activities on facebook and on the blogosphere I had to kind of give in to their terms and conditions or else my loyalty to my org is incomplete.

Despite all of that, I am liking it there. Considering that there is a friendly environment in the office. Almost everyone in my section is very nice, except for a few snobs. And I sincerely hope they will come to their senses sooner rather than later.

March 27, 2013

'Life of Pi' A tale of unmatched love

Watched the academy-award winning movie 'Life of Pi' last night. I must say, it's an amazing movie. No wonder how it bagged 4 Oscars this year. I am generally not a person who is always in the lookout for latest movies, but this one again was worth watching.

So there is this guy by the name of pi (Irfan Khan), who is the lead character or the protagonist of the story, was born in Pondichery which is in the southern part of India. The movie sort of gives an account of pi into his religious journey in the beginning. As to how he went from Vishnu to Jesus and Jesus to Allaah. Interestingly, Pi does not subscribe to any of these faiths per se. He tries to practice each of these religions in installments, so to speak.

Now, though it's just a movie and there is no reason why I should be overly critical about it, I do think it can lead people into thinking it is okay to, partially, subscribe to a faith. That's why I kind of liked the statement of pi's father, the agnostic.

"I would rather have you believe in something I don't believe in than believing in everything you come across."

And then he goes on to say religion is bakwas and it cannot explain most things. Hence, being a rational creature one should start from reason. Pi's mother says something similar to the effect, agreeing to his father. However, she says something much more important and worth paying attention to. She says while science and reason can indeed explain pretty much everything there is, neither can it explain the soul nor can it give it solace. Glory be to God, Allaah testifies in the Qur'an that the knowledge of soul is not given to any human being. Rather it is only with Allaah!

Probably, that's why when Pi is in trouble he calls unto Allaah only. Where does Vishnu or Jesus go? Even though in the beginning we see him calling to each one of them, when the time of crisis comes He only seeks Allah's help. Why? Because deep down inside he knows none can really deliver him out this mess except Allah. How do you explain it? If the soul were to be something known to the human beings they would have been able to tell you why this happens? When you worship, worship father, son and the holy ghost and when you seriously are in complete predicament you ask Allah to help you. Is this a joke or something you get to crack with the creator of the heavens and the earth? You may say this pi guy is saying his prayers too, how then could I say he is not worshiping Allah? Well, in Islam when someone prays to any other being as associates to Allah he clearly violates the 101-fundamental of the creed. The moment you are bringing in other stuff in your worship you are actually no longer a monotheist thus you are no longer worshiping Allah. Hence, your prayer or rather pi's prayer in this case is actually null and void.

Having said that, the movie does have loads of wisdom to reap out benefits from. For one thing, you learn how you come out of a severe situation and how you never ever lose hope in a situation where it is natural for you to believe that you are not going to survive. And when you see this type of strength from a teenager you feel you are more worthy of manning yourself up. And to avoid confusion, let me point out that I am referring to the strength of Pi's character.

You witness the true face of trial in the form of a thin teenage boy, that too with an adult royal bengal tiger! It is amazing how quickly Pi adopts himself to the situation and accepts the reality. The reality that he has to now spend a considerable amount of time with this ferocious creature, namely the tiger, if he does get himself killed before that. Lesson learned! Act quickly, the world is not a place for the sleuths. It is where the survival is of the fittest.

But the most profound lesson to me was the unmatched relationship between the human being and the tiger. The human being possesses the highest of intellects and the most superior of emotions. While the tiger being an animal obviously possesses an inferior mind, let alone having a superior intellect. In the relationship of Pi and Richard Parker, namely the tiger, I really find a sort of binary. It is like black and white, containing of completely opposite characteristics. Here you have a person having sensitive emotions, in fact more sensitive than most people I would argue. Considering we see him crying in the last scene reminiscing his days with Richard Parker. And you have a tiger that doesn't know what emotion is, it does not matter it. All it wants is food.

I feel that's the very reason why Richard Parker kind of makes an unsigned deal with Pi to come out of this impossible situation in the pacific ocean. And what do we see in the end? Richard Parker reaches the shore and immediately he reaches it he does not even look behind for once rather he waits in his tracks for a while and then enters the woods and disappears forever, oblivious to the emotions of Pi.