CHINTITO SINCE 1995 | The Daily Star
  • The world has changed

    Till that moment, I was under the impression that North Korea's so-called “old lunatic, mean trickster and human reject” was alone in his diatribe against anyone who did not see eye to eye with him. We were so wrong

  • Good ideas gone bad

    Ershad Shaheb perhaps had a Maoist idea when after seizing power in 1982 he proposed, ordered and then displayed what he and his cohorts at the time thought would become the trendiest phenomenon since Marilyn Monroe lost her purdah to the winds.

  • Conflict of interest, for example…

    Often times, at greater intensity than the minister himself or the MP herself, the corporation chairperson, the district commissioner or the police officer in-charge—in happenings that hurt the government

  • Lonely, yet we do not walk alone

    The position of Russia is bullish at best because the Kremlin machinery does not have the eye to see the human destruction in the Rakhine State of Myanmar; yet there have been protests in Moscow, and arrests too, with Chechen Republic's Ramzan Kadyrov contemplating a nuclear strike.

  • Myanmar military's murderous melodrama

    Myanmar has based its entire brutal, shameless operation on unarmed Rohingya civilian men, women and children, on the vaunted single incident of August 25 when reportedly...

  • Stop genocide, in the name of Buddha

    Buddhism is a religion of peace; all religions are. Although we are born into a religion, many, mostly Westerners, influenced by the philosophical teachings of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, have embraced Buddhism as a lifestyle; so powerful has been its all-inclusive ideology.

  • Pray, tell me why?

    All retired government, police and military officers have all the solutions to all the problems and a big-window plan for the next one hundred years, and yet those presently serving are at a loss for words.

  • Ball, bribe, birthday, bridges and beef

    It had been heralded last month that Bangladesh has moved up two notches in FIFA ranking. Wow! You sit up to bask in the glory that we could be, say thirty-forty places behind Germany or Brazil, Spain if you fancy Flamenco, because in a classroom situation that's how at worse fares the untalented, inattentive and unruly student. They make great “politicians” though.

  • Apologies to Pablo Picasso

    I was shocked to see Pablo. Well, if you know him as Picasso, that's your shortcoming, rather your admittance of not being on first names with perhaps the world's most multi-talented painter.

  • Visa is not a right, courtesy is

    Ekushey Padak awardee, sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan Sir was my senior colleague at university. It's been quite a while, close to a decade, since we last met. After all these years consulting Sir was critical, because I was exploring the possibility of his art objects adorning the garden of a bungalow I designed.

  • The foreign input and the ugly outcome

    Our officers are (in)famous for making foreign trips as part of any government project. Executives of some private enterprises are also

  • Astounding, bewildering and confounding

    Ever since the second IPL, obviously I could not do it any earlier, it has been a matter of wonderment for me why the three-piece

  • Expect everything, appreciate nothing

    Yet another Pahela Baishakh, the 1424th in fact, with lots of fanfare, merriment and of course hullabaloo came to pass. But one matter was confined in deafening silence for the second year running – the 20 percent bonus (of basic pay) for employees of all government, autonomous and semi-autonomous institutions disbursed as per a gazette.

  • Beating the traffic jam

    You can sit back and witness a silent movie unfolding, starring a street vendor and a buyer. Some people ask the price to pass time, and the disgusted seller knows it.

  • When you have to start with a 'no'

    No apol-ogy when one is due would reflect my insensitivity. The excuse for my unusually long voluntary hiatus is that the media the

  • A tribute to a scout leader

    The earth is not blessed every other day by a teacher as principled in his thought, word and deed, by a trainer as versatile in every aspect of training, by a person equally amicable to the young and the old as Monir Sarker Sir.

  • Beyond a social fever

    Elections are a fascinating spectacle, to say the least, and this is not in reference to any tax dodging on a massive scale, deleted emails of humongous volume, amazing tales of surreptitious groping (the 'victims' fading into silence after being overrun by the electoral

  • Politics of, for and by the non-politician

    Politics, for as long as I can remember, has been practised by most politicians (at least outwardly so) to give the impression that the 'politician' (not too many who pursue politics favour that stamp) was striving for the wellbeing of the electorate.

  • Those responsible must be accountable

    A witch-hunt is often launched following any fatal fire incident, a calamitous crumbling of a building, a tragic case of deliberate food adulteration, an in-house bank heist and such incidents that render loss of life and property. We almost never care for injuries or illnesses, discounting even cases that condemn one and the family to a lifetime of pain, neglect and suffering.

  • Want No Trump

    A Chinese, a Brazilian and a German were engaged in a round of bridge in one of the failed businesses, this one a casino, of an

  • Alas, my Bangla lingo!

    Throughout the 1960s, come every Ekushey February, we would see frantic efforts by mainly corporations, business houses and shop

  • How not to win an election?

    It's not easy, but one way to try and maintain sanity is by taking a worldwide view of every situation.

  • A tale of two committers

    The Muslim world is in agony each time there is a killing in a non-Muslim locale. Who did it? Why, is not important, and most often never known. Will it be a person carrying a Muslim name? Will they then search for his terrorist linkage? Will it be a non-

  • 'Likes' that can kill

    Selfies were born when people found no one to take their photo. Again, no one among family and friends wanted to be left out, and so the crowding into the frame began.

  • Not a perfect ending

    This is your Chief, whatever you meant by that. Can you hear me?

  • United in Division

    You do not necessarily have to be an Awami League aficionado to appreciate that the two mayors of Dhaka City, albeit split along

  • In a relationship

    It will perhaps be beyond the imagination of a couple today that the year-old baby they are cuddling so fondly as their keeps-forever heart and soul...

  • Whither professionalism

    It happens occasionally, during busy hours particularly, that even before you can get off the rickshaw, mama has begun negotiating with his next customer...

  • May Day! May Day! And Mayday!

    May Day 1: Our most common understanding of May 1 being a holiday is that it represents a movement for the establishment of the rights of workers.

  • Famed by PP, framed at BB

    A city can become famous for one or more reasons; for instance, Dhaka is famous for its myriad of masjids, although some may prefer tagging traffic jams or 'relieving' denizens standing against a wall, looking smilingly towards the sky every now and then.