Purpose of Narijibon Blog

Nari Jibon Project seeks to increase our students’ and staffs’ abilities through different ways: classes, practice, computers, internet, and now the Narijibon Blog. Readers and writers (our students & staff) of the Blog will both learn about our lives, culture, Nature, activities of people in Bangladesh and the Nari Jibon Project.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Bloggers profile (Students)

Shahana Akter

"My name is Shahana Akter Munia. I live in Dhaka City with my family. I am a student of B.A [Bachalor of Arts]. Beside this I am an English and Computer student of Nari Jibon Project. I am very glad to take training from this project in a safe environment. I have many friends. I like to gossip with my friends. Reading detective book is my hobby. I like to see Bengali movie. Some of my favorite Bengali movies are: SHUVA, JOY JATRA. I also like to hear music of Bengali Band. I am very happy to involve here in Nari Jibon Blog. I want to write about our country and myself. I am very happy to get this great opportunity from Nari Jibon."

Tahmina Akter

"My name is Tahmina Akter. I was born at Dhaka in Bangladesh. I am Bangladeshi. My religion is Islam. I have completed my secondary school certificate (S.S.C) in 2006 and now I am a student of H.S.C [Higher Secondary Certificate] second year in business study group in Khilgoan Model University College.

I am taking courses on English and Computer from Nari Jibon. I heard about Narijibon from my friend Ayesha Akter. I admitted here in English-2 and computer class. I am really happy to admit here. Because I think I have improved my skills in English and got knowledge on computer. I wish that I will be able to do something in future. It’s a new experience for me. I am just trying to write. I didn’t know about Blog before. Now I am writing for Blog. I am very happy to be a part of this Blog Project of Nari Jibon. We can share our culture to other countries through Blog. Narijibon is really a good organization for women. I like watching TV and reading story books."

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Hilsha Fish is our National Fish

Written & Pictures taken by M. G. Rabbany

Hilsha fish is national fish of Bangladesh. People in our country like this fish very much. It is very delicious and nutritious. There is a proverb that ‘Vat-e Mas-e Bangali’ (Bangladeshis are fond of rice and fish). Pohela Boishakh (1st Day of Bengali Year) is celebrated by eating fried Hilsha fish with Panta Rice. New or rich guests are entertained by the Hilsha fish. We get sufficient protein from Hilsha fish. Our national economy is being developed by exporting Hilsha Fish. Not only have these, Hilsha fishes also contribute 1% in our GDP. In the world about 60% Hilsha fishes are found in Bangladesh.

Photo from Khilgoan Taltola Super Market

Hilsha fish is migratory kind of fishes. Hilsha fishes come from the channel (mouth) of rivers from the sea due to spawn in the Bangladesh. After laying eggs they returned to the sea. From six to seven months these young Hilsha fishes stay in the rivers or channels and then they go to the sea being maturity. Hilsha fishes are found almost all the big rivers in Bangladesh. Mainly Hilsha fishes are found in the Padma, Meghna, Jomuna, Brohmoputra and low land area of Southern part of Bangladesh. In the rainy season Hilsha fishes are found more in the Padma, Meghna and Jomuna.

In the decade of 90th, Hilsha fish productions were decreasing due to several reasons, like as: effecting of the Farakka Dam, making dams for irrigation or controlling flood, water pollution, catching young Hilsha fish etc.

As it is a national fish the Government of Bangladesh tries to protect this Hilsha fish by taking some steps. Such as: in 2003-04 Govt. declared to stop catching young Hilsha fish and mother of Hilsha fish. Rallies, seminars, distributing flyers were arranged by the Govt. due to increase awareness. Fishermen and businessmen were organized to protect this silver wealth of Bangladesh.

The Natural gift and the mercy of God, these Hilsha fishes are very dear to the people of Bangladesh and India. Day by day its demand is increasing to the people of Bangladesh and India. On last June- July of 2007, a problem occurred between India & Bangladesh for the Hilsha fish. Due to high demand of Hilsha fish in India, the businessmen and the fishermen of Bangladesh exported most of the Hilsha fish to India and as a result the people of Bangladesh was bereft of Hilsha fish. At that time Hilsha fishes were valuable and difficult to obtain in Bangladesh. People and Newspaper of Bangladesh started to publish the real situation of Hilsha fish and then on 4th July of 2007, the present Care- Taker Govt. stopped to export Hilsha fish to our neighbor country India for six months. Though govt. could not stop the whole dishonest businessmen who send Hilsha fishes to the India in unlawful way; day by day Hilsha fish became available in Bangladesh.

Conversely, people of India also pressured to the local Govt. of India to solve this problem as they also like Bangladeshi’s famous Hilsha fish!!!!

He is selling Hilsha fish in the Khilgoan Taltola kitchen market

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Rickshaw Puller of Bangladesh

Written By Ruma Akter
Student of English section

The man who pulls rickshaw for money is a rickshaw puller. Rickshaw pullers are familiar in cities and town in Bangladesh. They live in slum. Their income is very poor. They earn money but that is too little to live properly. They don’t have their own rickshaws. They work hard all-time. In any weathers they are to carry passengers. Sometimes they need to bargain with their passengers. They demand more when the weather remains very hot. Some times they try to cheat passengers. But most of the time they are cheated by passengers on rent. Rickshaw pullers are seen sleeping beneath a tree or take rest on their rickshaw. They drive rickshaw from morning to till late night. They lead a very simple and miserable life. Their lives are full of sorrows and sufferings. They can’t enjoy any occasions. They don’t have any peace and happiness. If they become sick they don’t have much money to get treatment. For being sickness sometimes they can’t drive rickshaw and on that day they can’t earn money. Then they and their families starve. If they can earn more than their expectation their face become smiley. But this opportunity comes to their life for a while. We should respect them. Cause they take us at our destination area.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A Child beggar

Written & Picture taken by Amita Roy

She is a street child beggar. She doesn’t get enough food from her family to fulfill her stomach. So she searches food from door to door. Her parents are not able to give food as much as her need. So she thinks it is better for her to beg. When her family members go to work outside then she starts begging.

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In the rich family we can see that their children are not interested to take much food. Some time they spoil food when they have no interest to have them.

The street children cannot get food properly. But one thing, to serve their lives they roam in different places and therefore they get a little food. At the beginning of their lives they see the cruel picture of the world. Some people say that the beggars are shameless but they do not feel how it is tough to beg daily. Actually the little street children struggle to live being a citizen. We should save them from begging occupation.