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, March 1, 2008

It seems to me that the day of today is only for me

By Sherin Sultana

Today I am very happy. No sorrows are in my mind. I am flying in my dream. An unknown pleasure is touching my mind again and again. In this morning no body needed to make me wake up. I got up as my own. I was waiting for this morning for many days.

After many days I felt like walking on foot on the soft grass. Today the black crows are seemed very beautiful. It seems to me that the nature is appeared with all of its elegance and beauty just like as the first morning of Falgun (the first day of spring). The sky seems to me as cool as the autumn. It seems to me that the day of today is only for me. This day is only for my pleasure. How beautiful every thing is! Being wonder I observed all the arrangements of nature today. A deep feeling filled my mind.

From many days I don’t use ‘Tip’ when I used to make up my face. So I will make up my face today as my choice. I will take a trip by rickshaw all day long. I will forget about the time today. Today I will observe the sunset for the last time. I will enjoy the beautiful nature at the light of twilight.

Today I feel like to sing with loud voice and wish to tell all of my untold talking to all.

If you come today all the arrangements will be arranged only for you. Do you know --- I am waiting for you for how many times, how many days, how many years ………….

Friday, February 29, 2008

The best time to have Pitha is in the Winter Morning

Written &Video taken by Mohtarimun Nahar Bipa
Video edited by Tarun Falia

In our country Pitha [home made cake] is a traditional food item. Different types of Pitha are made in the whole year in Bangladesh. But the winter season is the best season for making and having Pitha. To me the best time to have Pitha is in the winter morning.

For making Pitha, we need powder of Atap rice, coconut, banana, oil etc. For making sweet Pitha we use Molasses of date-palm [Patali Gur] or Molasses of sugarcane or juice of date or sugar etc. It depends on the type of Pitha. Some Pitha are sweet, some are salty & some are soft and some are hard.

In the winter season different kinds of Pitha are made in different areas in Bangladesh. Some known Pitha are—Chitoi, Milk-Chitoi, Vapa-pitha, Bora-pitha, Patishapta-pitha, Puli-pitha, Malpoa, Andesha, Alokeshi, Milk-puli, Khir-puli etc.
Village people receive and treat hospitably to their guest by seasonal Pitha

Village girls and women make different shapes and designed Pitha. It calls ‘Nakshi Pitha’. The names of some Nakhi Pitha are—Hijal-pata, Kajol-lata, Shajni-bahar, Padma-dighi, Shagor-dighi etc. Generally different kinds of Nakshi Pitha are arranged in the marriage ceremony of village.

In the Bangladesh Pitha making is a common tradition of village areas. The city people also like Pitha. Now-a-day different kinds of Pitha are found in the food shop. I think all aged people and children like Pitha.

Some days ago I went to my village with my Mom and Dad in winter season. My village name is Digrirchor. It is in the Dewangonj Thana in the Jamalpur district. Our village is near the Bangladesh-India Border. I stayed in my village for 3 days. All of my relatives came to meet with us. My uncles and aunts were busy to receive and treat hospitably to us. My Mom and aunts made some winter Pitha for me. I took videos on Puli-pitha and Malpoa-pitha.