Adnan Firoze is a researcher, journalist and a graduate student of Journalism and Computer Science at Columbia University. The Geffen Scholar for Magazine Writing equally enjoys writing for the popular press and the scholarly peer-reviewed research arena such as the IEEE, ACM and Springer. Reach the part-time drummer at: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.thewindbag.com or @a_firoze.
By now, the whole world has been shaken by the massacre at Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This is not a chronicle of the death toll or the supposedly successful operation by the Bangladesh Army Commandos; rather, this one is about the press and the wave of backlash they earned in the aftermath of their reportage of the ordeal.
Banani Road Number 11, once a luxurious pathway to the richest neighbourhood in Dhaka, has transformed into a bustling hub of consumerism. This Ramadan, it is home to overpriced iftar items, boutiques and a place for you take your romantic partners to dates-- the Arabian ones you can eat! However, the hustle and bustle is not exclusively the province of the rich. Sometimes the two worlds - of privilege and deprivation - do collide. This is the tale of one such intersection.
18/07/2015 8:24 AM IST
To function in Dhaka, you need to be privy to certain scientific processes. Sounds absurd? Not necessarily - after all, the city is 75% and 67% more dense than Hong Kong and Mumbai respectively, with 115,000 people per square mile, and survival is a tricky game. And sorry Dr Einstein, the types of innovations on which Dhaka thrives are engendered by the likes of slum dwellers and local bus conductors.
08/07/2015 8:21 AM IST
These people are the core of our economy, a self-doubting, insecure group who do not talk loudly unless among themselves, who are polite yet brave, brave enough to cross the ocean to make a living albeit not knowing how to read a foreign language. That too with a heart full of pain, the pain of leaving the loved ones for a 20% growth in the salary.
01/07/2015 8:22 AM IST
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