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.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Role of Rivers in Bangladesh

I would like to share with the readers about the role of rivers in Bangladesh. We all know that Bangladesh is a land of rivers. She has many rivers. Some rivers are big and some rivers are small. River causes benefits with some devastate. There are some main rivers in Bangladesh. They are: the Padma, the Meghna, the Jamuna, the Karnafuly, the Buriganga, the Sitalakshya, the Dhaleswari, and the Madhumati etc.

Bangladesh is an agricultural country. The rivers help us in agriculture. The prosperity of her agriculture depends on these rives. We get many kinds of fishes from these rivers. Fish is our important wealth. Our fishermen catch a huge quantity of fish. They earn a lot of foreign exchange by exporting fish. Fish is our main item of food. Our rivers are important for communication and transport. Boats, Launches and steamers move on these rivers in all seasons. Men and goods are carried from one place to another and one port to another port.

Sometimes the rivers cause a great damage to our life and property. In rainy season they make floods. Roads, houses, fields go under water. They destroy our wealth, People suffer from untold sufferings.

The name of my village is Hoshil. It is situated near the Padma. The Padma is a very beautiful river. When I go to my village, then I take bath in the river. I swim there as much as I can.

The river-break causes a problem for the villagers. When river-break occurs then the villagers need to change their houses. They loose their lands also. If we help those helpless villagers then we can remove our poverty. So, we can see that rivers cause some problems. But rivers are very essential for an agricultural country.

written by Aysha Akter

Friday, July 13, 2007

Nari Jibon’s first Workshop on Blogging

Today is Friday, July 13, 2007. After achieving Globalvoices grant, Nari Jibon has arranged the first workshop on Blogging. Nari Jibon has invited Razib Ahmed- a Bangladeshi professional blogger. Mr. Ahmed writes in SouthAsiaBiz.com and IndianRaj.com with Know More Media Network (one of the top blog networks in Internet today). Know More Media has more than 70 blogs and it is based in California, USA.

Razib Ahmed is one of the most successful Bangladeshi bloggers according to Alexa and Tecnorati rankings. SouthAsiaBiz has received nearly 1.6 million pageviews in the last 15 months. His blogs have been featured and linked by Times Online, BoingBoing, UK’s Channel 4, BBC and many other websites. His blogs have been nominated for Best Asian Business blog Award and Razib Ahmed received Know More Media's Incredible Author Award for July 2006. He has also been interviewed.

Mr. Ahmed will talk about…..

Bangla blogging
Unicode fonts
Websites for Bangla blogging
Using Technorati

Writing a blog entry

It is a good opportunity for Nari Jibon’s new and young bloggers to learn about blogging from an expert blogger like Razib Ahmed.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Life of a Little Street Girl in Dhaka City

Written by Suchitra Roy

Champabati is 12 years old girl and lives in a slum in Dhaka City. At this age, she had to go to school but now she is collecting torn papers from one area to another area of Dhaka City and does it until evening .Then she gathers all the papers and takes her preparation for selling them. She gets a very little profit from it.

During talking with her, she has expressed her secreted regret that she hates to lead this type of life and is to face many problems. She dreams to be educated like other girls who are leading a different type of life, not like her in the society.

Champabati studied before but for her family she was to leave her school. She shows her anger to her father and blames him for her miserable life. Yet she is working all day long keeping a sweet dream in her heart that one day happy day will come for her.

Fire Attack in a Graments of Bangladesh

Pictures by Animesh Chandara Bain

Strong flame playing inside the Garments buildings

Dense Black Smoke covers the hole Garments building

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A Street Cake Maker in Dhaka City

Written by Suchitra Roy

Bangladesh, the green land is full of natural beauty. At the present, Bangladesh takes a different appearance and color in each season. In winter season, we can to arrange a festival (Poish Paban Mela) of making different types of cakes in each home in our villages of Bangladesh.

But we see some male & female to make cake named ‘Chitoi Pitha’ beside the street of Dhaka City. They try to make up the demand of the city people.
One of them is Shafia Begum who has been making cakes on the street for 7 years. Everyday she sells her hand made ‘Chitoi Pitha’ with dry fish mash.

Shafia Begum makes 150 pieces of cakes and her benefit is only Tk50 per day. She sells her cakes to all classes of people and they are buying them eagerly. Her making process of cakes is so skillful. At her old age this profession is the only way to meet up her daily needs. But it is very hard to maintain her family. She said, “Inshallah my business will go well through the blessing of God.”

Sunday, July 8, 2007

A Tale of a Day Struggled Girl in Dhaka City

story written & picture taken by Taslima Akter

In Dhaka, more than 10 million people live here. We know a little bit of them. But the slum life of Dhaka is miserable. I am going to express something one of them.

In slum of Dhaka city, here are live in lots people who came from the rural village area of Bangladesh. Many of them have come to Dhaka for finding job and to do something of their livelihood. The environment of slum was very dirty. There are no facilities of pure water, well sanitation and suitable living place.

Some days ago, I had gone Khilgaon slum in Dhaka city. Here I talked with a girl Nazma. She is 18 years old. Her home district is Sariyatpur. She has lost her mother when she was 4 years old. After her mother dead her father got married again. Now her father and step-mother don’t communicate with her. Now she lives with her uncle and aunty.

Nazma is illiterate. When I asked about her education, she answered to me she has no any interest on education. What is the benefit of education? No one sent her to school in her childhood, she replied. She has lost her interest about education. Whole day she has worked in her uncle business. She has broken brick all day long. She has no any payment for this work. Alternately her uncle and aunty provide food, cloth and living place.