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Dhaka Tribune Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Volume 1, Issue 23


Tales From the City Episodes 22: the queen


Jonaki's Headquarters Hello friends, This week we have a very special jumbo issue just for you! We know how much you enjoy my friends and I are going on adventures, so we decided to give all of you a little treat! Watch The Day of the Dead with your siblings on a weekend and try out our fun egg balance on Dr

Meows Lab. Let us know if you had fun trying it out. Try not to break the egg and avoid your mom’s scolding! Do let us know how we did. You know, we always love hearing from you all. Write to us at

Love Jonaki

A weekly production of

DhakaTribune Editor Zafar Sobhan

Magazine Editor Sabrina Fatma Ahmad

Contributor Farhanul Hasan

Solution: The prints told inspector Danger that something was wrong. The space between the prints pointing towards the house and the prints pointing away from the house is exactly the same. If a burglar rushing away from the scene of the crime had made the prints that space would have been much bigger, so Sir Gerald had probably staged the whole theft to collect the insurance.

Treehouse Team Sabiha Mahmud Sumi Rubab Nayeem Khan Azfar Rahman Munira Fidai Natasha Rahman Saudia Afrin Tahsin Momin Sama E Deen Rifat Binte Haider


Cartoonist Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy Rio Shuvo Graphics Mohammed Mahbub Alam Production Masum Billah Advertising Shahidan Khurshed Circulation Wahid Murad Email Website

2 Discobang’s pad

Teacher of the week Afrin Khan Sports Shahid Afridi Supervillain of the week Sabretooth Learn English Kids Tongue twister Word on the street Holes and a lot more

3 Tales from the city The Queen


4 Dr Meow’s Lab

Animal Facts Peacock Katydid Pet tips Disciplining your doggy DIY Button bookmarks Fun science Balancing an egg

5 Speedy’s Zone

Book The Screaming Staircase Movie The Day of the Dead Toy Qwirkle Videogame My Sims Kingdom Music 10 facts on Baul music

6 Bhootum’s Classroom Amazing facts; Facts; Jokes

7-15 Essay special


Discobang's Pad

Supervillain of the week Teacher of the week


The Perfect Combination

Word on the street

tahmeed SHADAB

Holes and a lot more!

Roman, Rokin, Shubho and Alamin are regular faces in front of the JAAGO School in Rayer Bazar. Why? Cause there happens to be a hole in the wall! Adopted from the concept which started in India, computers are places right outside the for all the kids! For the four friends, this is

Real Name Victor Creed Current Alias Sabretooth Aliases Slasher, El Tigre, Der Schlächter (“The Butcher” in German), Graydon Creed Sr., Mr. Silver, God of the Hunt, Murder Lord of the Eastern Hemisphere Affiliation Hellfire Club (Hellfire Academy),Hand (Japanese Branch),Brotherhood of Evil Mutants; formerly X-Men , Weapon X, Marauders, X-Factor, Hounds; Avengers; former partner of the Constrictor, Team X (CIA),Logan’s Mutant Team Unusual Features Sabretooth has elongated canines and claws at the tips of his fingers and toes Origin Mutant Universe Earth-616 Place of Birth Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

It is not every day we get to meet a teacher that we can connect to. This week, we bring you Afrin Khan; A level Co-ordinator in DPS. Previously, Afrin was an A-level Business Studies teacher; teaching in reputed schools like Manarat Int’l School and The Aga Khan School. Afrin has been in this profession for about 18 years, and has been an inspiration to everyone. Afrin graduated from Mohammedpur High School and later did her Masters from Dhaka University in Business Studies. When asked how she manages to take on life with such patience, she replies, “Some people come in your life as blessings while others as lessons.” Rifat Binte Haider

their favourite pastime! They play games, experiment on Paint and Google their favourite cartoon away. To us, computers might be a necessity these days but for a life in the slums...this is almost like a daily escapade for them. Tasmia Nehreen Ahmed


sports star

Shahid Afridi Born March 1, 1980 Current age 33 years Major teams Pakistan, Asia XI, Deccan Chargers,Dhaka Gladiators, Fly Emirates XI, Griqualand West,Habib Bank Limited, Hampshire, ICC World XI, Karachi,Leicestershire, Melbourne Renegades, South Australia

Playing role Allrounder Batting style Right-hand bat Bowling style Legbreak googly

tongue twisters Tongue twisters are difficult to say. How fast can you say it without making any mistakes?

A big black bug bit a big black dog on his big black nose.

Tahsin mOMIN

You can play this game and more online at:

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Treehouse Comics


Created by Sabrina Fatma Ahmad Story by Sabrina Fatma Ahmad Illustration by Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy Colour by Rio Shuvo

Tales From the City

Episode 22: the queen

The story

the queen! The Treehouse has its backup, but as long as the Queen Termite is around, the war isn’t over. Will Jonaki be able to save the day?



Dr Meow's Lab PET TIPS


No Fido Saying no to fur babies breaks your heart, especially when they beg for food. You melt every time when they stare at you with big sad eyes, during breakfast, lunch and dinner. As cute as it is, it’s not a good habit. Encouraging this behaviour will spoil your woofie. Here are couple of tricks that should help you out




BUTTON MARKS! Back to school and loads of books and assignments to keep track of? Hey! Why not make some super quick, fun bookmarks to help you organise your work? And that too, with buttons!

You will need

I can’t see you If you feel a furry tail moving around your legs at the dining table, be certain that your precious pup is here to beg. If you don’t make eye contact with them, they’ll give up after a certain time. 2) Say no A hundred times isn’t good enough if you end up giving food to your dog, when he/she is begging. Try again and again, in

Instructions 1 Take a paper clip and glue it to

2 Cut a small piece of tape and

stick it on top of the glued back, to make sure the clip is stuck safely.

3 Wait for the glue to dry out

and voila! You have your own unique button bookmark.

4 If you use simple buttons, you

can use glitters, paints and other decorative to make your bookmark fancy.


a louder voice so that your fourlegged friend understands that you are upset. 3) No frowning Don’t feel bad about it. If you feel sorry for your furry companion, they’ll trick you into giving them treats. Keep trying till you and your pup both get the hang of it. Rubab Nayeem Khan

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Equipments needed 1. White carnations 2. Food colours 3. Transparent plastic cups 4. Knife ( take help from parents/ guardians ) 5. Water How to 1. Fill a cup half-full with water and add 20-30 drops of red food colour 2. Fill another transparent cup half-empty with water. 3. Request your mother to trim the stem of the flower in such way so that the stem divides into 2 equal sides. 4. Put one segment of the stem into the colourless water and another into the colourful one. Wait 24 hours to see what happens. 5. There would be some random red sprinkles on the petals.

walking leaves • The Peacock Katydid look

the back of a button.

Multi-coloured carnations

animal facts

Paperclips Fancy buttons Glue Tape


exactly like dead/rotting leaves to the untrained eye (that’s their primary defence against predators). This insect has unique names such as Eyespot Attack, and walking leaves. There’s no two insects identical in their colour or shape of the wings. The adult Katydid’s size ranges from one to five inches. The Peacock Katydid’s diet consists of leaves, plant matter, and sometimes even other insects, mainly the ones that are already dead. They are extremely rare.

Explanation Plants absorb water by the roots from the ground .Water passes through the stems and infiltrate in the whole plant. When the flower is plucked it no longer has any roots hence it drinks water through its stems. When the colour is mixed with the water it we can see the movement of water through the petals.

Rifat Binte Haider

Rubab Nayeem Khan

Sama E Deen


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Speedy's Zone The Day of the Dead

There’s a special holiday in Mexico, and some other cultures in some other countries, called The Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos. It is usually celebrated on November 1-2, the day after Halloween. The whole point of the day is to remember friends and


The Story When Lucy gets a job at a ghost hunting agency named Lockwood & Co, she and her new boss Anthony Lockwood accidentally burn down their client’s house, but not before discovering a mystery murder that took place in that house 50 years ago. Angry, the client threatens to shut down their agency if they don’t pay up for the damages. Another high profile client offers to pay all of Lockwood’s debts but only on one condition –be-


fore the payment, Lockwood and his co worker must spend a night in the most haunted, unimaginably scary place of all – an ancient monastery, famous and dreaded for a Screaming Staircase.

Sabrina Fatma Ahmad

10 Facts on Baul Music

Any Good? With fabulous mystery, the perfect dose of scary, and ghosts to haunt you for ages , The Screaming Staircase: Lockwood & Co. Book 1 , is the right book for all budding mystery lovers out there. With positive messages on bravery and confidence on your abilities, this book is a must read and is guaranteed to keep you hooked onto it till the end. Sama E Deen

player with the longest line on the grid wins the game. Though it might seem a bit boring to a few, if you have loved Sequence and Scrabble, Qwirkle is the ultimate fun game for you. Sama E Deen

Kingdom Of Your Own Whenever we see an adult playing “Sims”, preteens always have to hear, “Not for your age”. This week we bring you, “My Sims Kingdom.” This game is a role-playing game where the goal is to build and repair structures for other Sims. After creating and customising your own Sim, you set out on creating your kingdom. The game is kept fresh by the mini-game challenges and delightful character interactions. You can talk to other Sims and hear them respond in their unique Sims

tle over 3 minutes long, and has no dialogue, just music. It’s sweet, sentimental, and you can catch it on Youtube. Educational content Positive message Treehouse rating



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relatives who have passed away. Ashley Graham, Kate Reynolds, and Lindsey St. Pierre, students of the Ringling College of Art and Design, made this sad and sweet short film about a little girl who visits the land of the dead one Día de Muertos, and truly understands what the holiday is all about. The movie is a lit-

GHOST BUSTERS! Author Jonathan Stroud Genre Mystery Age 8-12 years

Qwirkle is a fun board game where the key to victory is to mix, match and score. The game consists of 108 wooden blocks with six different shapes in six colours. The rule of the game is very simple. A game of four, each player has to first draw out six tiles randomly, similar to that in Scrabble, and using the blocks, he or she has to build lines that share the same shape or colour. The


gibberish language that is actually quite expressive. One can even talk to their environment, with the things they have added on. This game is truly inspiring for all those junior future builders of tomorrow! Rifat Binte Haider

1. Among many meanings, Baul means “madman” and “crazy for God” 2. Rabindranath Tagore gave Baul music a huge exposure in Bangladesh. 3. Baul music became popular in the 19th and 20th century. 4. The music of Baul singers are considered to be inspired from Sufi music. 5. Baul music is famous for their spiritual songs devoted to the love of God and nature. 6. Lalon Fokir is considered to be one of the most prominent Baul figures in Bangladesh. 7. Its said that the moment you need nothing from life, you become a Baul. 8. Bauls believe that God exists physically in the world and are within every human. 9. Baul play instruments such as the dubkis, violins and ektara. 10. Bauls usually dress in saffron or orange clothes so people can identify them as people living a religious life. Natasha Rahman


Bhootum's Classroom

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Essay Special

Fatima 26th April, 2013

For the umpteenth time I raked my eyes over the eight-storey building now in rubbles, and for the first time spotted something I hadn’t before. Lying there, on a bloody stretcher was my sister- her face so indistinguishable, yet so familiar. Her lips pale, and her body lifeless. “Another dead body!” shouted a man. My eyes turned wide and mother’s trembling hand on my shoulder froze. My legs automatically darted towards the frail, limp body engulfed in a myriad of people, mother following suit. I held up her picture, once I’d gotten close to the people who seemed to be in charge and showed it to them. A tall, bearded man shot me a sympathetic look as I allowed the tears to now sway down my cheeks without resistance.

12th May, 2040

In these modern days of 2040, buildings and large structures are made with

Recently, Pledge Harbour School and International Business Forum of Bangladesh organised an inter-school essay contest. The theme is “What will Bangladesh be like in 2040?” The Top 4 prize-winners for the competition are Samiha Mahbub, Rafi Ahmed, Samreen Mehak and Mashraful Alam. We’re printing a compilation of some of the best, along with the winners’ essays this week. Write to us at to tell us which one you liked best! so much meticulous precision and care that not a single crack can be seen. Work environments are immaculate and the workers are treated like precious people. With Bangladesh now amongst the most advanced countries in the world, the citizens are never depressed. Garment factory workers like us are treated with respect and care. The encouraging government has rendered a huge increase in the country’s literacy rate, and the citizens are now more conscious about the events occurring in the country and worldwide. The now more climate conscious Bangladesh has shown a huge amount of interest in using solar power and has even initiated to build its own anti-global warming weapons. The once vulnerable country is now armed with deadly weapons- ready to attack anyone with the intention of harming this developed country. Conflicts within the country are now events occurring once in a blue moon, with the opposing political parties

having the best interests of the citizens in mind and hesitant to cause distress in the peaceful country. With the country becoming wealthier and more advanced as the years pass by, Bangladesh’s economical and financial state has never been better. Every cloud really does have a silver lining. The collapse of Rana Plaza that had taken the lives of so many innocent citizens seemed to be somewhat of a revolution. The downfall of that eight- storey garment factory had somewhat proved publicly the state Bangladesh was in at the time- broken. I blink back the tears building in my eyes as I enter the garment factory through the automatic doors and look

back up through the windows at the strong, not to mention perfectly safe, skyscrapers and wish that my sister Rumana would have been alongside me in witnessing this rapid alteration of Bangladesh, knowing that in this new era, a single life counts and that this newly refined and developed country would go to any lengths to save it. (Condensed from original) Samiha Mahbub Green Gems International School

Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy



Essay Special

PHSA ESSAYS (Year 8) I am James Carter. My age is 35 and I have a wife and two kids. I am a business man, and I came to Bangladesh to do business in clothes and taking them to New York. I can work here really well. I went with my friend to a village. The country goes through a lot of strikes which gives me a big headache because I can’t work well. I and Ananta went to Chittagong in the shipping business of clothes to take our clothes in New York. In my hotel the room

service is very good by the robots. My manager was happy and they told me to send more of the clothes that I made in Bangladesh. The clothes I made are sold in a high profit. I got very lucky travelling in jet trains, boats, jet packs. They have a really good service for the needy people. Dhaka has good food supply.The people without jobs can work any job but there is a rule that the oldest person in their family should have a job and they young ones will go to government school until they are 16. My family came after one month of my stay in Bangladesh. When they came I took them to Sundarban, Bandarban, Lalbagh Kella, Moshatangor, Zame Mosque and many more places in Bangladesh. My son and daughter had fun when they had a vacation from school. My family went to my friend’s house and my kids played there with his kids. They have really tall buildings and under water aquarium for diving under water and they see the the fishes and other water animals. The rich man has a lot of new cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Austin Martin, BMW, Mercedes, Toyota and many more cars in all around the whole Bangladesh. My kids had fun and they wanted to visit again. We had the best time in Bangladesh and we went back in New York. (Condensed from original) PHSA ESSAYS (YEAR 8)

Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy

What Will Life Be in Bangladesh in 2040 Bangladesh is our motherland and we all want to see her as a developed country by the year of 2040. Poverty and lack of education are the two main problems in our country since independence in 1971. I hope that in the year of 2040 Bangladesh will be free from poverty and all the children living both in the cities and villages will be properly educated. The production of agriculture will also increase and Bangladesh will be self-sufficient in foods. Country’s medical facilities will

also develop and poor people will have more access to medical treatments. Our export will increase by a large margin and dependency on other countries will decrease. The condition of our biggest export sector, Garments, will be highly developed and secured and our fallen jute industry will revive again as it was in the past. Moreover, many large and hi-tech industries will be established in the country creating jobs for thousands of people. Our capital city, Dhaka, will be free of

traffic jam. Even our highways will be highly developed and better railway services with magnetic trains will be implemented. Although, load-shedding is a major problem in our country, in 2040 Bangladesh will produce sufficient electricity including nuclear power. People will be more dependent on information technologies and online communications will be more popular among the Bangladeshis. Furthermore, I hope that Bangladesh will participate in the World Cup Football of 2040 and

will be a strong contender of it. Our Cricket team will dominate over other teams and we will shine in other sports too. Finally, Bangladesh will no more remain an under-developed country in 2040 but will be a strong developed nation and people of this country will have a comfortable, healthy and peaceful life. Md Mashruf-ul Alam SFX Green Herald International School

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Essay Special

2040 Me in 2040! The usual splash of water made me jump out of my bed. I was wondering why my mother has to set up this automatic water splash alarm clock every day. It was February 16, 2040. I looked at the clock and saw it was 10 o’clock. I was terrified when I saw it because my History exam was going to start at 10:05, which means I had only 5 minutes left before my O level exam to begin. I immediately pressed my bell and ordered Tintin my new robot maid to bring my laptop. He turned on the automatic freshening up machine and left my room. Within 2 minutes, I was completely ready and fresh to appear for my exam. I turned on my web cam and projector. A tall, handsome human like robot appeared as my invigilator. At 10:04, a mail popped into my computer screen. The invigilator smiled at me and told me to start the exam. The paper seemed easy. It was all about the stories my grandma used to tell me. The stories about the Bangladesh civil war that held in 2013. My grandma was a teenager at that time. She was also appearing for her O level exam that year. She told me how scared they were at that time thinking that they might end up not being able to appear for the exam because of those strikes. The exam took 45 minutes to end. I sent the mail to CIE and turned off my web cam. I was extremely tired after giving the exam. Once again, I pressed the bell and ordered Tintin to bring my breakfast. My father called me and told me to get ready. The National Scientific Invention and Discovery (NSID) had discovered a green island on a bearing of 57-degree and 11 kilometres from Chittagong port. He told me to be in the head office within 10 minutes. Tintin entered my room with my breakfast in put the meal in the automatic feeding machine. Within 3 minutes, I was done with my breakfast. I unplugged my wings from the socket and put on my lead suit and oxygen mask. When I was a kid none of us had to wear either lead suit or oxygen mask but now the toxic fumes and gamma radiation has increased so much that one can die within a second


I am woken on a beautiful Monday morning just as the sun begins to shine through my bedroom’s open window by the sound of a hybrid car flying past. I smile to myself as I recognise the strong likeness between this and my childhood’s favourite show ‘The Jetsons’. I stretch wondering why it seems so quiet. The air-conditioner had apparently turned itself off when the room had become sufficiently cold, while I was asleep. I look up at my clock. It’s 9 AM already. This does not worry me since there is absolutely no traffic in the skies, so I can still get to my office in time. I have a quick breakfast, get ready and get into my Transition. It was one of the first flying cars ever built. It may be old but at least it’s a hybrid. Almost everyone owns one of these hybrids now and for the ones who do not there is still the wide range of improved public transport. I park in my office garage 5 minutes later to be greeted by a gliding screen flashing an attractive little advertisement for home insurance. I push it aside and it glides away to find someone who will hear out the whole message. The automated parking meter turns on with of inhaling the atmospheric air. It took only 5 minutes to reach the NSID office. My father was waiting outside for me to come. As soon as I reached my father came up and we started to fly towards Chittagong port. When we reached the island, I was mesmerized by what I saw below. It was all green and dark and it seemed so beautiful. My father said the last time he saw such a beautiful place was when he was 6/7 years old. We got down and removed the lead suit and oxygen mask. I had never felt this fresh or happy before. The fresh air went through my nose to my lungs and touched my heart. The aroma of fresh leaves and many unknown flowers made me feel good. I felt ashamed of my government. How could they turn such a beautiful country into a graveyard? Why did they let it happen? Yeah, it is late. We cannot change what had happened to us and perhaps we all deserved it. The over consumption of all the natural resources had made our lives so miserable that we cannot even inhale the atmospheric air. I wish our ancestors could see what this over consumption had led to us and how we failed to protect the beauty of our country! (Condensed from original) Anika Jannat Scholastica

9 a small click beside me. These machines can be seen in several places nowadays. They are like little timers keeping track of how long a car has been parked. I have to pay the money when I’m leaving so there is no problem of the timer expiring. I walk into my cabin just as my phone rings. I receive the call with a shake of my hand. The reason for me being such a show-off is that this device only came out last week. It is made completely of glass and has such a thick covering that even if it fell from a great height there would not be a scratch, something which has been proved on several occasions (I have already managed to drop it three times). I sit in front of my desktop to find 182 emails waiting for me. ‘Sort by importance’, I call out to me computer and after a second I open the top email from my CTO. It says something about thievery at one of the offices. I shake my head wondering why anyone would do such a thing. Crime rates have been dropping drastically for the past 20 years. The streets and also the skies have become a lot safer. However thievery has not yet completely stopped. I go to lunch at around 2pm . The cafeteria doors slide open as I come within the sensor’s range and a menu pops out of a counter beside the door. I walk into the shorter of two lines. Food is nowadays offered in two ways, manual and machine service. Of the two ma-

chines service is way faster but it fails to meet to taste satisfaction which a human cook can give and today, I feel like a good tasty meal made by a fellow human. I see Jake, a co-worker, in the other line. He shakes his head in a way which clearly shows that he disapproves of my choice of food service. I ignore him and spend the next fifteen minutes enjoying a delicious meal. I came out of my office at around 5pm that day to find that the Parking metre read thirty-five dollars. Well, that’s cheap, I think to myself. Nothing costs too much anymore. Food, petrol, even gold costs very little. I return home within minutes and park my car on my rooftop garage. Not every house has this but I cleverly designed mine according to my preference. I approach my roof door and place my eye against the retina scanner. This security measure was taken by our country’s government a few years ago and has proved very effective. Not a single burglary has taken place in our neighbourhood since. I go to sleep that night after a pizza for supper thinking about my past life. It was not like this. It was very different. None of the peace, quiet, safety and pleasure I enjoy now was there, but now there is. Maybe good things do happen. Maybe, good things have happened. (Condensed from original) Alvi Alveen Khan, Sunnydale


Essay Special

Speech Once again the sun rose, following its ancient ritual. It rendered a shower of blessings, through its lustrous gleams, all over the place and revived the dormant city. I did not spend more time to behold the mesmerizing sight, but immediately left for the conference after bidding farewell to my husband and children. I was passing by the huge edifices and sky-scrapers, aimed at the sky, I was able to have glimpse of the old streets that I had first known in my earlier days. The gust of stale, smoky air, the dazzling red lights of the numerous vehicles and the shrill cries of the horns are all lost in time. The pavements, too, have an alteration; they are no longer the homes of thousand poverty-struck vagrants neither the market place of the disgraced hawkers. These stones paths are now only used by pedestrians and the roads are no more chock-a-block. I finally drove across the vast flyover and stepped into the highways that lead to the suburbs. I saw farmers and fishermen working sincerely with their inherited skills and highly specialized

machineries as well as tools to harvest the crops and catch fishes. Everything around me is so modernized that these days the labours do no need to shed their sweat in order to earn their livelihood. Furthermore, they now live in better-off conditions and can obtain all the possible necessities. It barely took me more than three hours to reach the district I intended for. The tall digital billboard, located a yard away, lit up with pleasant words of greetings as I was about to enter that region. Only a glance of the city has perplexed me, because it looked too similar to the city I left, earlier this morning. I realized that the people, living here, also lead a marvellously lavish life just like the people of Dhaka do. Besides the high-raised buildings and protracted streams of solid road, there were many other establishments – schools, business firms, hypermarkets, etc – which have made life a lot resplendent there. As far as I can recall, this was once a district with the crisis of development, where people combated to survive. But this was the reality about twenty years ago, and now it is completely contradictory. This is not the only district that has upgraded itself, the rest of the other sixty-three districts have also flourished with betterments. It is, indeed, blissful to see people wandering about like free birds on the spotless streets and relishing the freedom they had in their life.

At last I arrived at the venue and hurried towards the conference hall, where the conference has already begun. Before I could even enter the hall, I was dragged by someone and placed at the desk to deliver a brief opinion. My speech had to be concise, because I was inquired to state my opinion in a few minutes, so that they can serve the meal for the hungry-looking audience. I was standing there, being petrified, for a while, and realized that I had made no preparation for my verbal account. But looking at the banner, carved with the words ‘Living in Bangladesh’, I knew exactly what to say. “Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It is a pleasure to share my views with you. Today while I was heading towards this city, I came across a lot of instances that showed how much im-

proved people’s life is now. It was only a few years back, when I saw, with my juvenile eyes, the way people suffered; but now I see them living a happy life, where sufferance had become extinct. Bangladesh, the country which was born with dignity, is now overwhelmed with developments and so are the people and their life. In this modern era, all the Bangladeshi lives their regular life with ease and serenity, though during any festival we get restless with zeal! Now, when I grab a look around myself, I see the people living their lives with the true flavors of independence and freedom that the Bangladesh had triumphed for its people a long time ago. And I believe we will continue to live with this free(Condensed from original) dom.” Sarika Tasnim

A tourist from the United States visiting Bangladesh for the first time in 2040 A tourist from the United States was visiting Bangladesh for the first time because of all the interesting things he heard about the country. The densely populated country is in a very good state in terms of education, culture and economics. The tourist visits Shahid Minar, among other national monuments of Bangladesh. He is amazed to see the rich and beautiful sights of Bangladesh and astonished to see that Bangladesh is ahead in education, agriculture, economics, finances and politics than many other countries in the world. While visiting the national museum he knew about the liberation war of Bangladesh and what Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman did for our freedom. The tourist then visits the countryside of Bangladesh. There he finds that the villagers could harvest the crops six times a year because a nontoxic and effective fertilizer was created that could allow this to work. One day while he was out for a jog he notices that there weren’t any beggars or poor people lying on the streets or footpaths. He asks the man accompanying him how this was possible. The person says that the government made special shelters for them where they could get food and stay for the night. The tourist could not believe his ears. He is happy that the government cares so much about the people of the country. The man also said that this was so because there mostly aren’t any poor folks in Bangladesh. The poor people were getting jobs through which they

could earn their living. While travelling, he decides to visit Cox’s Bazar. He is satisfied with the overall arrangements of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation for the tourists. After staying in Cox’s Bazar he visits Rajshahi because of all the wonderful things he hears about their famous mangoes and Rajshahi silk clothes. The transportation good too; People could travel by the subway trains, buses, cars etc. Astonished and satisfied, he decides to go to Sylhet to see the beautiful tea gardens. The tourist heard of the deadly diseases in Bangladesh. He goes to the hospital where there were AIDS victims and is happy to find a small number of patients. He asks a doctor why this was so and the doctor says Bangladeshi scientist discovered a vaccine that reduces the probabilities of suffering from most diseases, even deadly diseases like AIDS and also makes an almost 0% chance of having CANCER. The tourist is overwhelmed to hear this. This is one of the best achievements of Bangladesh in 2040. The tourist is satisfied with the overall situation and security and compares the situation of Bangladesh between 2013 and 2040. He realizes that everything is possible with the hardship and patriotism of Bangladesh. He wishes to be a citizen of Bangladesh. (Condensed from original) Rebonto Haque S.F.X. Green Herald Int. School

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Essay Special In April, 2040, Jeffrey Caster, a journalist from New York, visited Dhaka, to see its attractions. This is what he has written:

Life in Bangladesh in the Year 2040 He felt a cold of excitement. This was the place where he had always dreamt of going and today he was finally visiting the country which was Bangladesh. He landed on the capital, Dhaka and took refuge on a hotel named Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. On his way to the hotel, he took delight in seeing the scenic beauty of the lush, green country through the window of his cab. Since Johnson was a tourist who was visiting Bangladesh for the first time from the US he was given a special kind of treatment by all. No one was harsh or rude to him. Even though some people were a bit rowdy, he managed to stay with them. Twenty-seven years back in 2013, his father had visited Bangladesh and told him about the wonderful sights of the country. Now, after twenty-seven years in 2040, when he himself visited the country it appeared to be completely different than what he had heard from his father. As he went to the balcony, he could see flying cars, robot police, etc. People had time and money for leisure and many other activities. The rivers were completely polluted and flying cars had caused an increase in pollutants in the air. He went to meet his grandfather who had been living in Bangladesh for the past 27 years, and asked him, ‘Have you ever seen the natural beauty of this green country?’ He answered, ‘I have been here for the past twenty-seven years, I have surely seen it. Your father has told you everything about the past and with that fruit of knowledge, go and seek the future.’ Johnson walked away speechlessly. Taking a deep breath inside he told his soul that it was time for future. Putting all his mind and soul to work, he set off the next day to see the “Shahid Minar.” He took photos and went to see the “Jatiyo Jadu Ghor” and also visited many other places. Everything


21 April, 2040 Though the city is really crowded, it is clean. About 20 years ago l heard that it was dirtier than people could imagine but now it is just the opposite. There are also fewer vehicles on the roads as the people use the public transports such as public buses and taxi cabs to reduce pollution. But as there are an increased amount of industries we can’t exactly say that the city is less polluted.


Tourist half the population died and 80% of the city was destroyed. All the ancient monuments in and near Dhaka leveled with the ground. Since that disaster Dhaka had never been the same. So as Lalbagh Fort is no more I went to Millennium Museum and Cine star movie theatre. Many sorrowful pictures and remnants of the earthquake of ’25 and the serious haze of 2020 filled the museum

23 April, 2040 Today I would have visited Lalbagh Fort but I couldn’t. In 2025, Dhaka suffered a 4.3 earthquake. More than

24 April, 2040 Well, today l went to the Bengal Driveway. And I should tell you that it is totally a can’t-miss place. The driveway, about 30km long, stretches along the north side of the Buriganga River. The glistening water of the river just makes it more eye-catching. From juveniles to old people and from ordinary citizens to rich characteristics, it is an ideal place to hang out. You can find numerous

was modern at that time so all ancient buildings had gravity machines which could only be accessed by scanning a person’s mind. This process could easily find out thieves and the robot police and security guards were always on guard. In every important building strict security was maintained and anyone caught red - handed would be punished severely. Everything in the country was technologically advanced. The hospitals had doctors who had electronic devices which could catch any disease and teach them the cure. As a result people lived longer.No trees were allowed to be cut. Cutting trees and hunting animals were considered to be a crime. In fact, the police had made a rule which said

anyone were to be found cutting trees or hunting animals would be punished severely. In this way, they also conserved many natural resources and wildlife. Johnson made a video about all these things and named it ‘TechnologicallyAdvanced Bangladesh.’ He also introduced in this video, the life of poor and rich people, about the beautiful mountains, seas, rivers, lakes, animals and many other things. He went to Khulna and Chittagong after Dhaka. He also went to Cox’s Bazar and Kuakata. He observed the sea beaches were all cleaned out and the creatures which belonged to them were all taken out and exhibited and sold in shops which

resorts and restaurants beside the road. The whole place has firmly caught the eye of the whole world. 26 April, 2040 Well, it is the last day of my tour of Dhaka. I did not expect so many sights here. This trip has been the experience of a lifetime, it was exciting, joyful, sorrowful, magnificent and of course worth it. The people here are very friendly and after this experience l will clearly say that it is one of the greatest megacities on Earth and I am not lying. I will surely visit it again and I should inform you that it is full of surprises! (Condensed from original) Rafi Ahmed Sunnydale School

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were set up in the barren area where the sea belonged. All the sea animals were in cages and the people started making money out of them. Many people came to see them and paid money in return. However, this was soon banned due to some government issues. After visiting those places he went many other places for which the country was reknowned for. At last, after six months he went back to US. He took with himself great love and respect for Bangladesh. He also Realized how nature had bestowed its beauty upon this country. (Condensed from original)  Sohana Nizam S.F.X Greenherald International School


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27 years later

Me Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” I had always dreamed of a beautiful Bangladesh. Some people agreed with me, others laughed at my “childish” imaginings. But I knew that in the end, I would get what I want. I had faith in my country, and now, Bangladesh is one of the most developed and modern countries in the world. A new government has come to power. The people are proud of their government and greatly respect the regime. In return, the government genuinely loves the people and the political condition of the country is very stable. They strive to keep the streets clean, and flyovers are being built in different areas nearly every month. They listen to the demands of every citizen and endeavor to provide the very best for the country. New inventions are being made everyday. Time travel is possible and Bangladesh is home to some of the most competent time-travelers in the world. Scientists are discovering fascinating things about the world in our country. Speaking of scientists, I have become one. Getting my degree from Harvard, I was given the chance to live and work in the US, but I came back for my country and now I serve as a researcher to the prolific and respected institutes of our country. Most importantly, steps are being taken to protect the rights of important causes. Buildings are being specially checked and special components are being added to prevent disintegration of the building after the construction plans are made so that calamities like the 2012 tragedy of Rana plaza’s collapse don’t occur anymore. However, if disasters like this should occur, scientists have come up with ingenious equipment and supplies that will help to rescue people and save more people and property from harm. Solar panels have been invented to reduce pollution and hydro-electric power (HEP) and wind power are being more widely used to help the environment. Garments workers, some of the most vital contributors of our country’s economy are ensure first-class

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protection and safety. Their clothes have now reached worldwide respect and world-famous brands from France, England, and America. are buying their clothes. People are getting better education. More than 90% of the population at least has a basic education and are able to get decent job. We no longer see beggars and poor children loitering on the streets because they are either off to work or to school. People have embraced autism. The ailment is no longer treated as a burden but rather people are learning to care for these individuals. Bangladesh was once known as the “Country of Corruption”. However that reputation has been erased. Thievery, robbery, murder and other crimes hardly happen or don’t happen at all. Crimes against women have decreased greatly. Women are treated with equal dignity and respect as men and now women hold very important places and high positions in society. At the sports front, the Bangladesh

cricket team has earned great fame. The prestigious Bangladesh cricket team has won many international and national cricket titles and is one of the best teams in the world. On the topic of entertainment, the young generation have learnt to love our culture and alongside Western music and dance such as hip hop, pop and rock they also value our cultural dances and Bangladeshi folk songs. In conclusion, Bangladesh has become one of the most elite countries in the world and development has greatly taken place. We have developed as a whole and through the teamwork of the population and government alike in many different fields. Politics, science, nature, security, economics and most importantly security play an important role. Now I am proud to say I am a Bangladeshi and I am proud to serve my country as a scientist.

All traffic signals work, no person is poor anymore, all are rich or middle. The incessant blabbering of jobless(and homeless) and hubbub of people has stopped. Labour is not needed any more; machinery handles most of the work. The country, frankly, has changed unbelievably in these 27 years. Who needs ACs or heaters when they are fitted in each nook and cranny of the town? The peace of the entire town embraces you with calm. Only occasional hums of cars flying over cars. With flying traffic signals attached, who cares about accidents? There are even police control rooms in the sky! As for the land, lush beautiful grass covers most of the ground. Along with that beautiful coal roads and trees everywhere. Kids go to school by cycle. They study using computers and use them when needed. Schools have been revolutionised, with robots replacing teachers. You can’t cheat anymore either, because of machines of lie detectors, and robotic scanners. Electronics handle everything, they handle your whole days exercise in 5 minutes by just moving your joints at supersonic speeds. In other words, people are better off now. The foolishness of battle has been tossed aside, and invited is the brilliance of rebuttal. Innovative Bangladeshi scientists are still working hard to create and form into existence of new inventions; ready to take on and challenge the world. Universal truth was challenged before, and still people try to make great things to change the way the world runs. The governments are no longer corrupt, because they don’t need money anymore. They have enough money, so corruption is not even needed anymore. The governments work well to please their people. This is my distinct view of my dear Bangladesh in 27 whole years. This may just be a spare figment of imagination of a dreamer, but it could be produced into reality if the citizens and officials of Bangladesh become one to work together and change the country with truth, diligence and (Condensed from original) work.

(Condensed from original) Sami Ahmed Samreen Mehak

Anandeniketan School

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Essay Special

What will life be like in Bangladesh in the year 2040? Introduction

Bangladesh is a peaceful country. There are some things in our country that changes over time. People sometimes find out ways to make hypothesis of the future and the changes that might take place then. Renowned American cultural anthropologist Margaret Meadonce said “Every person is unique; they have different perspective in seeing their lives.” It is our luck which led us in seeing our lives differently. Today we are experiencing the life in perspective of a 45 years old women Fatima. She has seen changes in the world more than we did; dealt with problems that we never thought about.

Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy

Personal information

I am Fatima Mira, a proud Bangali. There had been changes that people like me have seen. I work at “Dulal brother’s garments factory” as a garments manufacturer.

Past years 2013-2040

This is year February 13, 2040. It has been 22 years since I moved to Dhaka from my village in Jaipur. There have been a lot of changes in Bangladesh ever since. Bangladesh has had many political conflicts in the past between the Islamic parties and the national parties. A civil war took place, a war between religion and history. The leaders of the Islamic parties were charged of murdering freedom fighters, charges they denied. Similar to 1970’s the students and the youth urged for executing the ruthless murderers. Since then, our country had been in conflict and many strikes had followed from there on. As a result, the lives of people had been deeply affected. Strikes brought along burning vehicles and killing the innocent. In several months, however, the conflict came to an end. Though the effects of the strikes and fear of war had cursed our education and economy.

A day in my life

School and law chambers are shut during strikes. A day without work may not mean much to you though it means a lot to me. If I don’t work at the factory, I can’t feed my family. I have three children and two are school going. I have to cook their tiffin, wash their clothes, and pick them up from school everyday. In addition, I have to pay the house bills every month. To top it off I have an unemployed husband and a son who is a drug addict. Do you think you can survive a single day in my life? On several occasions I had to bribe the counselor in order to release my son from jail.

Advantages in 2040 Education Since 2013 till 2040, education has definitely advanced after the disaster. Before 75% Bangladeshis were literate and presently the number stands at 90%. The students who were affected in the 2013-2018 civil


wars had to struggle. I had to give my “A-level” exams. Due to the strikes, my exams were cancelled as all institutions and schools were shut. For five years this continued; thus I was five years behind and later it was too late to sit for the exams. My parents did not take any chances and arranged for me to be married that year.

Communication and transportation All the people

in Bangladesh use cell phones. The uses of rickshaws have been banned, which led to the decrease of traffic jam. Now there are solar powered cars that can carry twenty people at a time so that there is less use of fuel and nonrenewable energy. You need to pay a lot of money to ride them. I wish I could ride them once. The government The government of Bangladesh has now turned to a computerised government. The works of governors are now operated by the computer so that there is no politics and corruption. They developed this system after the incident of 2013 strikes. The currency Instead of taka we use electrode. Electrode is a card that is kinetic energy to pay electricity bills, drive cars and buy food. The electricity is given off to the super computer to store energy; the energy it gives to the society is the payment of whatever is purchased, making lives more convenient. Addiction There are cures to drug addiction, but they are expensive, so I can’t cure my son from this curse. I am collecting money to purchase antidotes. Security There are computerised security checks everywhere. The criminals can now work the way a usual work garment workers would do in 2013. Conclusion Everybody has to live their lives, no matter how hard it is. We can change the future if we work together. The life in 2040 to Fatima could be different to the life we might lead in the future. It depends on luck. (Condensed from original)  Tawfique Hassan,


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Fatima Mera My name is Fatima Mera. I was born In 1995 In Gazipur Singer Dhing at 11:42 PM. I am currently 45 years old and I am a female. I have 2 sons and they are twins and both 12 years old and they sell pop corn on the streets of Gazipur. I always think about them especially when they don’t get home on time because that makes me think they got knocked down by a car. I have been working in a garments factory since I was 18 years old in 2013 and I still work there. I don’t get paid a lot of money but it is enough to keep me and my family running so that we can survive. Bangladesh now has 124,186,249 people in it and Bangladesh is a very small country compared to all the other countries which are much bigger than this country. So in that case, Bangladesh isan over populated country because there are loads of people that are from foreign countries. Bangladesh was a very clean place in 1998 and now it is a very dirty place because all the factories that has been made over the last 27 years. Now it is 6:00 AM in the morning and I just got up and I remember my dad saying early night and early shine. I need to get ready to go to the factory so I can clock in a bit early so that I can get a little bit more money to keep my family running. I normally start my shift at 8:30 AM and I leave my house at 6:30 because it takes me 2 hours to get to the factory because I can’t afford to

pay for a CNG or a taxi. Well, I could but then that would be all my money and I would not be able to afford to put food on the table for my family. Yesterday, 5 workers that had been working here the longest were entered into a prize draw to select a manager for the garments factory I currently work at. There was a drum roll and I could not believe it I was the new garments factory manager but even better I won 1 billion BDT (1,000,000,000 BDT). It was unbelievable I just could not wait to tell my family the news and with that money I was going to make a garments factory all in one day by giving the workers a lot of money so that would be 1 million BDT gone and I would leave me with nine hundred and ninety nine million (999,000,000 BDT). I also planned to make a mansion with a huge swimming pool because in the future I want to be a professional swimmer and that will be made in one day as well which will cost me 5 million and that will leave me with nine hundred and ninety four million (994,000,000 BDT). Then my boss told me my new job which was to watch every one doing their jobs. As time went on and on it turned dawn and my shift was over and in my head I was planning on when I can tell my boss I am retiring. Then I found the perfect time to say it and that was 5 minutes after my shift was over. So I slowly approached my boss and I said I am retiring and my boss said ” It has

been a pleasure having you work at my factory and I wish you luck for the future”. So for the first time ever I got a taxi home and told my family the good news. After that day my garments factory was up and running and I had an income of ten million (10,000,000 BDT) per day. My mansion was built with everything new inside and with the other money I made 50 halls in each country and city where poor people can have food, a shelter above their head, medicine if they need it, a bed with a nice warm blanket and ten thousand (10,000BDT) per day so that they can get themselves together and be like me one day. Now am the president of Bangladesh I demanded to have workers to clean the water, road, add a drain system, be echo friendly, plant trees, make more bridges, make sure there is no hartels, make traffic lights which people must obey or they will be fined five hundred (500BDT), make a recycling scheme and now I have made this country a better place. I stand up straight and solute you and my fellow soldiers who fought for freedom and those who have made our county a better place. I speak loud and clear for you and it has been an honor to be your president. (Condensed from original) HafezulTalukdar


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