A Traditional Manipuri Game

Published June 29th, 2012

Kang Shanaba is an indigenous game of Manipur i community which has been most popular among the old as well as young people equally through the ages. The people of this particular community believe that Kang was originally played by the deities both male & female to celebrate the creation of earth and beauty of the rising sun and moon. It is derived from the Manipuri word Kangba (means to start). The play, therefore, signified the start of a new life after the creation of the earth.

The pre-requisites of the game Kang are: Kang (an oval shaped object made up of buffalo horns or tortoise shells), Kangkhil (a round object like a giant seed), wax (uses during the play to make the striker object smooth & flexible) & rice(uses for keeping the playground smooth so that the striker object can rotate on the pitch). Nowadays Kang made up of plastic is becoming popular to the commoners.

On a plane surface the game is played either between two individuals or between two teams consists of seven ...

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Tale of Two Children

Published June 28th, 2012

Nadira works as a domestic worker in a house in the capital of Bangladesh. Both of her employers go out everyday in the morning to join their job & back home by evening. All the day long, only except Friday, she has to stay home alone & do her routine activities. She has to sweep the whole house, then she cleans the kitchen, then she prepares breakfast & serves on the table & above all, she has to look after their 5 years old boy-child. Though her employer lady is kind enough to assist her whenever she returns home by evening, the major part of preparing dinner is the biggest task for Nadira. She always tries to perform her best, even though mistakes are occurred & she use to get rebuked by her employer lady. But Nadira admits such disrespect made upon her because she never faced cruelty & physical assault from her employer. Nadira gets no day off apart from her annual leave for 4/5 days to visit her parents. She is paid a very little as wages gets 3 meals everyday & a pair of clothes ...

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Stone Harbor

Published June 27th, 2012

Salma and Giyas are working in the stone trading area which is popularly known as Korean Ghat situated in the bank of river Buriganga adjacent to Amin Bazar territory of Dhaka. Both of them have engaged with this work of earning wages since they got married few years ago. Salma is an enthusiastic young woman of 29 and Giyas is a man of 36. They have two children living away from them with their grandparents in the remote downtown. Giyas and Salma spend night in a temporary tent in the site where they work along with other wage-earners. They visit their children once in a week at their off day.

It is true that they, like the 65 percent low-income population in the megacity that mostly are slum dwellers, live from hand to mouth. Even though they have their own way of making life meaningful under such miserable circumstances. They save money for the sake of their children. Both of them are agreed that the children certainly bring better days in their life. They decided to let their ch ...

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A Tale of Stone Worker

Published June 27th, 2012

The couple is a symbol of underprivileged society of Bangladesh who devotes their life just to ensure the daily bread. They are the part of these massive ten thousands day-labors of Kuriyan Ghat. Like other day labor of the ghat, Salma and Gyas also busy don to dusk for unloading sand, stone or coal. They unload this from the cargo arrived in the ghat. The cargo, ghat and this couple are interlinked with each other to supply the fuel of life and civilization.

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Snake-charmers & Their Lifestyle

Published June 23rd, 2012

Dwellers of village Sonapur of Sunamganj district under Sylhet division are known as Snake-charmers. In Bangla they are called Bede. The predecessors of the community came from Assam of India. Evolving of time they are now settled in Sonapur. Bedepolli, a cluster of snake-charmer households, is situated in the bank of river Surma. Once upon a time, people of this particular ethnic group were invariably nomads. Nowadays it is seen they are settling in some place and live for a long time. Most of the houses are made up of bamboo or brick and corrugated sheet, some are tents. Those who are well-off, make houses by brick. The snake-charmers are inseparably same as mainstream people except only the difference in their customs and values.

There are mainly two types of Bede/snake-charmers: Sapurey and Maal. There is clearly a paradigm shifting seen in Sapure group in terms of life and livelihood. They are more rapidly mainstreamed than latter. What is the core philosophy of this particular ...

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