Nazifa Raidah

Journalist at The Daily Star. For insights or collaborations, reach her at: nazifa@thedailystar.net

Where’s the noose for 'murder caused by negligence'?

Many of us walked past those restaurant corridors on Bailey Road without fire safety measures.

5d ago

The mystery of Pahela Baishakh and the Bengali calendar

A blend of astronomy, history, and culture

3m ago

Younus Ali’s dream of conquering the Californian waves

I could tell that his dream is not a dream per se, but an event that only requires time to come true.

3m ago

What are we doing for people with autism?

Has the government truly done enough for children and people with ASD and their parents?

3m ago

Reduce, reuse, recycle… and then what?

The reality is that recycling alone cannot combat the environmental impact of plastic waste.

3m ago

When our victim-blaming culture shrouds predators as teachers

How can students regain a sense of safety within their classrooms?

4m ago

Silencing the critic: The cost of stifling voices in the name of authority

Would we, in today's Bangladesh, have subjected Quamrul Hassan to imprisonment for employing his art to critique the current political culture?

4m ago

A riverine country with dying rivers

Have we led ourselves to inevitable doom?

9m ago
July 18, 2023
July 18, 2023

Attack on Hero Alom: When dissent begets a beating

I will always remember the Dhaka-17 by-polls as the election where a man from the grassroots went running towards his dream and was shot down with assault.

July 15, 2023
July 15, 2023

Introvert who can’t carry conversation shouts ‘that’s crazy’ in every reply

Even at the age of 26, Syeda Chupchap Komkotha, a recent university graduate, struggles to socialise. It’s not like she isn’t interesting or doesn’t have quirky insights to share, it’s more of a general disinterest towards other human affairs.  

July 15, 2023
July 15, 2023

Catching lilies

“Listen, I have a plan but you have to say yes,” said Naya as her eyes traced Noorie’s computer screen, checking to see if she finished typing the rest of the sentence. With a last click on the full stop, Noorie bent backward to see Naya’s face gleaming.

July 8, 2023
July 8, 2023

Chairs Anonymous pledges to ‘bring back the original utility of chairs’

Some of them screeched as they moved, while others rolled in strides thinking everybody was totally jealous of them (they were) – the annual Chairs Anonymous, a chair-only two-day convention commenced in the capital yesterday.  

May 20, 2023
May 20, 2023

‘Coincidence? I think not’

On a fateful day, Officers Abul and Kabul arrested a student during a protest against the price hike of kidney dialysis. The arrestee was defiant of the police officers, making preposterous arguments about freedom of speech and the right to protest, which had really ticked the officers off.

April 22, 2023
April 22, 2023

This Eid, I pray for an awakening 

So this Eid, I pray for a fresh pair of eyes, and a reason to hope. Or at the very least (once the festivities are over and we return to life as it is) be able to hope for and demand better realities than the ones we’ve been dealt. 

April 2, 2023
April 2, 2023

What goes on the internet, doesn’t stay on the internet

Online harassment can range from hate speech and verbal abuse to (threat of) circulation of doctored photos and videos. In worst cases, perpetrators record rape in the form of video and photographs and then use it to extort or silence the victim.

March 4, 2023
March 4, 2023

Unable to deal with mosquito menace, Fashundhara resident starts adopting them as pets

It was late at night.  After what was an excruciatingly exhausting day, Armana dragged her body to bed, eager to put the day, and herself, to rest.

February 18, 2023
February 18, 2023

The yellow days in Hanoi

When I visited Hanoi in 2019, I only had a chance to catch a whiff of Vietnam’s capital. I took a glance at all the splotches of yellow architecture in awe and had little to no idea how to navigate myself in a town that hardly communicated in English. But even then, Hanoi found a place of eternal fondness in my heart and gave me a gift of familiarity that I couldn’t make much sense of at the time.

February 11, 2023
February 11, 2023

Let the seasons begin

It was a time in the night where one can’t really tell if it’s night or eve. The sun is still sleeping in and it’s unlikely that it has any other plans anytime soon. Nothing but silence cloaks the wood and it is the time for the chatter of the owls and bats.

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