Submissions for Papercuts Vol. 14, themed Home is Not a Place is now open. Their deadline is August 15th.

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2 days ago on 07/26/14 at 04:46am


Photo: Sayed Asif Mahmud

Inside Bangladesh’s Cheap Cigarette Factories

Sayed Asif Mahmud’s powerful photos document the dangers that workers face in Bangladesh’s tobacco factories.


Fire breathers of BUET. by Javed.Miandad on Flickr.

The ceiling fan was at full speed, slicing violently through the air.

A Golden Age, Tahmina Anam, pg 158

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Bangladesh, the Aging Society of the Future ›

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Maher Sattar in Dhaka Tribune

It might be hard to come to terms with, but Bangladesh is an ageing society. The number of elderly people in the country – that is, those aged 60 and above – is growing at a faster rate than the number of people below the age of 18. We’re getting old.

But that still doesn’t acknowledge the full scale of what’s about to happen. In 2010, Bangladesh’s elderly demographic was 6.6% of the total population. By 2050, it’s projected to be 22.5%, making Bangladesh a fully-fledged aged society.

To put this in another way, at present only about one-twentieth of our population is over 60; in just 35 years, it’ll be about one out of every four people. It’s going to be one of the sharpest demographic shifts in Asia, and one of the sharpest shifts in population age in history, anywhere.

In a way, this is quite an accomplishment given our status as a poster-child for developing country problems – a monumental success in accomplishing birth control targets and prolonging life expectancy. On these terms, we win.

In almost every other way, we don’t. Bangladesh is not ready to become an aged society.

Read more here.

5 days ago on 07/22/14 at 09:31am


"Gonona kathi", the Bengali name for the ancient tally counting system, being used on a ship carrying cargo along the Jamuna River in Bangladesh.

A tally (or tally stick) was an ancient memory aid device used to record and document numbers, quantities, or even messages. Tally sticks first appear as animal bones carved with notches, in the Upper Paleolithic; a notable example is the Ishango Bone. Historical reference is made by Pliny the Elder (AD 23-79) about the best wood to use for tallies, and by Marco Polo (1254-1324) who mentions the use of the tally in China. Tallies have been used for numerous purposes such as messaging and scheduling, and especically in financial and legal transactions, the the point of being currency.

Principally there are two different kinds of tally sticks, the single and split tally. A common form of the same kind of primitive counting device is seen in various kinds of prayer beads.

6 days ago on 07/22/14 at 01:36am

Al Jazeera: Library movement takes root in Bangladesh ›

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Syed Tashfin Chowdhury in Al Jazeera:

Dhaka, Bangladesh - A non-profit platform in Bangladesh is aiding in the setup and sustenance of libraries in remote districts and villages of the country. The efforts of the Village Library Movement, initiated in 2006, have already benefited at least 3,000 readers through nearly 30 libraries.

The platform is content that most of these libraries are playing a role towards community development in the country, besides providing rural youth and adults with an opportunity to read more. Read more here.

1 week ago on 07/20/14 at 02:46am


As of January 2014, Dhaka has been declared as the least livable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Therefore, the Inspiration Crew of Footsteps set out on a journey throughout Dhaka city, seeking the opinions of the citizens on how to improve the living conditions of Dhaka city.

We asked them two questions: What is the biggest problem you face in the city and what can be the solution to this problem.
Like and Share our video to spread the message of wanting a cleaner, safer and better Dhaka city!

Featuring: Taskin Ahmed, Korvi Rakshaand, Arnob, Shakib Chowdhury, Arbovirus,Shykh Shiraj, Nawshin, Hillol and the citizens of Dhaka city!”

1 week ago on 07/18/14 at 12:30am


This is more then a Game! Football!!!

Book Review: Asymptote Blog Reviews Mahmud Rahman’s “Killing the Water” ›

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A link to this book review was shared on Shabnam Nadiya’s blog.