Nahaly Nafisa Khan

Nahaly Nafisa Khan is a writer and journalist. She is working as a sub-editor at The Daily Star's City Desk.

'That Coca-Cola ad' only proves the power of boycott

A global brand trying to tell us that we are immature or ignorant for feeling this way is not acceptable.

1w ago

The heart of the home

Over the last few decades, refrigerators have transcended mere convenience to become an integral part of daily life in Bangladesh. From urban dwellings to remote rural areas, their affordability has ushered them into homes across the country.

2w ago

What does the recognition of European nations mean for Palestine?

However, the recognition, in practical terms, is only a symbolic move.

2w ago

Reimagining the urban environment with rivers

What good is a river to a city? Imagine strolling along the riverbanks on a lazy afternoon or just returning home from work. The picturesque sight that a river offers to city dwellers has its own charm. A river, as they say, has something to offer everyone.

2w ago

One more vote, one vote fewer: Why people will and won't go to polls

The Daily Star asked two young voters to explain their decisions as the 12th parliamentary election rolls out.

5m ago

The Runaway Boy: A promise not delivered

The Runway Boy (Eka, 2020), written by Manoranjan Byapari and translated from Bangla by V Ramaswamy, delivers an accurate portrayal of postcolonial Bengal,

8m ago

Home is where my books are

How do you pack 25 years of your life in two suitcases?

11m ago

Anuradha Roy's book of longing and belonging

In Hindu mythology, the figure of the flaming, underwater horse has been repeatedly used to represent balance and harmony—a state in which both the elements of fire and water can coexist.

1y ago
August 14, 2022
August 14, 2022

How Salman Rushdie’s ‘Midnight’s Children’ changed my life

Metaphors have never made more sense to me than when these two swapped but intertwined lives personified India and Pakistan, the two newborn countries, whose births were marked by blood, pain and trauma.

August 13, 2022
August 13, 2022

Of ‘tantrism’ and trickery

Faruk, a poultry dealer in Karwan Bazar who hails from Laxmipur, got married to his childhood sweetheart from the same village he used to live in. While they were staying in Dhaka, his wife got pregnant with their first child. But then, the couple had an altercation, and his wife went back to the village to stay with her parents.

August 4, 2022
August 4, 2022

Road Safety in Bangladesh: Demanded, yet Undelivered

On this week, 4 years ago, school and college students protested to ensure road safety for all.

July 23, 2022
July 23, 2022

Home, not a cage. Safety, not a curfew.

This is 2022. Imagine asking for security from your own alma mater and being caged as part of the solution.

July 6, 2022
July 6, 2022

The root of our unhappiness: When the personal becomes political

I woke up from a Covid-induced fever dream to this news: Bangladesh has ranked seventh among the world's angriest, saddest, and most stressed nations, according to the 2022 Global Emotions Report.

June 16, 2022
June 16, 2022

Where are our public spaces?

A lack of safe public spaces in Dhaka has aggravated a lot of issues, especially among the youth.

June 13, 2022
June 13, 2022

The story behind “Everyday Stories”

Each of them represented a unique crisis that women in our country are most frequently faced with, and when I had their stories assembled, I knew this was what I was looking for. 

May 18, 2022
May 18, 2022

Of grief, longing and 'Chiltey Roud'

Grief can be both excruciating and cathartic.

April 27, 2022
April 27, 2022

What enables vulgar display of power over a playground?

I often think about all the times our kids took to the streets to ask for something—justice for their friends who were killed in road crashes or raped and brutally murdered.

April 23, 2022
April 23, 2022

The fault in our books: Why are Bangla books poorly edited?

What does our editorial process lack? Why can’t we hire good proofreaders? The answer lies in the economics of it. 

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