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What the pandemic has taught us

The few months that turned the world upside down have made us look back and review all that we have done for centuries. The coronavirus pandemic has certainly taught us about many aspects of our lives, of which we may think differently now. It has at least shown us what we, humankind, have been doing […]

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How the pandemic is damaging our mental health

It really doesn’t take an expert or a UN agency to tell us that there’s a storm of stress and trauma of cataclysmic proportions ravaging our minds across the world. If any one of us says that he or she is not scared, he or she may be lying. The pandemic has taken us by […]

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Let this Eid be a time for helping others

Our pandemic-time lockdown didn’t work. The people were not convinced enough or scared enough to stay indoors to avoid being contaminated with Covid-19. Millions of people went out of the capital city and came into the city. Despite the government’s direction to stay at home, thousands of people went out with no particular work. They […]

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Sickcare is not healthcare

Health, healthcare, disease, and death are the talk of the town now, and I think this is the perfect opportunity to discuss the most important issue about healthcare that I have been wanting to put forward for a long time. It’s my firm belief that what we practice in the name of healthcare is in […]

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A time to give back

The pandemic arising out of the spread of a deadly virus, seemingly, to my mind, has strengthened the helping attitudes of humans towards other humans. We have become more charitable, willing to spend to help others. We are helping others more than we used to in the past. We have already seen how our physicians, […]

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How coronavirus will change our world

We thought we had it all right; our way of living was right, our way of balancing the society was right, our way of providing health care to the masses was right, our way of handling the state of the affairs, including politics, was right. The coronavirus outbreak has demonstrated how wrong we were. The […]

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Do we really need a women’s day?

How many women does a man know or can know in his lifetime? And what type? He gets to know his mother, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, wife, daughters, friends at the educational institutions, and female colleagues at his workplace. And I refuse to believe that he, the man, doesn’t have the mind to care for all […]

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Let’s prepare; right now…

Imagine that a few of Bangladeshi workers, infected with coronavirus, manage to filter through our ports and airports and mingle in with an ocean of 170 million people. Since the virus is airborne, those infected persons would surely contaminate many. From a few persons to many; from many to millions. That’s how we have observed […]

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Can Dhaka city be sustainable?

I have a mind like a commoner. I think like a commoner. I enjoy thinking like a commoner. And that brings me to my understanding of a sustainable city. In my mind, a sustainable city would be able to survive without any disastrous consequences at least for one thousand years, if not more. A sustainable […]

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A sad January

For me, like many around the globe, the advent of the New Year was deeply saddening. When I heard that America had assassinated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, I panicked. I thought this would be the beginning of another spate of long-drawn conflicts in the Middle East and Gulf regions, which would leave millions […]