A Bangladeshi’s story of romanticizing the rain

People have been romanticizing the rain since the beginning of time. There are poems and stories written that revolve around the beauty of this season. There are paintings of the scenic beauty of rainy days in Dhaka, and as time goes by, we seem to come up with more reasons to romanticize rainy days.

Most importantly, because the weather in Bangladesh rarely changes, the rain is something people look forward to. And even if it disrupts us going to class/work on time or floods the roads of Dhaka, the rain is an absolute delight, right? Because the rainy season is always glorified so much, I tried looking for a few things we can always get out of a rainy day.

The only time everything looks aesthetic

The best part about rain is that every place in Dhaka looks picture-worthy. Hell, the sky’s the main attraction so does it really matter what else there is in the background? No matter where you live, and where you are, the dull sky and lightning make every single place in Dhaka aesthetic. Even if your home is next to a local slum, the rain will have some way of making it look good. And why would you NOT make a video of this blessing of a season?

Finally becoming a photographer

Whether you have a flip phone or a DSLR, today is the day you finally become a photographer. Even if it’s of the trees and signboards breaking down and blocking the street, you need to take a picture. There’s beauty in destruction too, after all. Taking a breath-taking picture on a rainy day will definitely be the stepping stone of your photography career. But since it’s important you make it look professional, get yourself some photography gadgets. Save up to buy the best DSLR in the market, with lenses and a tripod. Or better yet, buy an iPhone! We all know every iPhone user is a pro photographer by heart.

Getting in touch with Bangla literature

This is the time of the year a lot of people get in touch with Bangla literature. At least, that’s what I got from the pictures. During rainy days, people read almost as much Bangla literature as they do during the month of February. And jokes apart, this is probably the most beautiful thing the rain brings to Bangladesh. You’ll find many people reading Bangla poetry and novels, even if it is for that one day. And even they don’t, they’ll definitely take it out of the bookshelf just to take a picture, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Whatever the reason is, don’t stop yourself from reading a few lines of Bangla poetry just because some writer said it’s mainstream in a humorous piece about the rain.  

Unleashing the writer in you

Now, you’ve taken a lot of pictures of the rain, the sky, and everything else around you. But you definitely need something deep to caption it. Since you took advantage of this day to turn yourself into a professional photographer, why not become a writer too? Today, you can write whatever you want (as long as it’s so deep people don’t understand a word of it and avoid reading) and use it to enhance the aesthetic vibe of your photography. However, if you don’t think you’re capable of writing yourself something amazing, there are always lyrics from Oniket Prantor or Shei je Boshe Ache that can save the day!

5 Bangla books that you must read

It is that time of the year again. The Ekushey Book-fair is going in full swing. Commemorating the mother language movement of 1952, the month-long Boi Mela is ubiquitously the biggest celebratory hub for Bangla literature. Both seasoned wordsmiths and emerging authors publish their books throughout the extent the fair.

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We have handpicked 5 newly published Bangla books from Boi Mela. These 5 titles will surely keep you glued to the pages!

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#1 Floyedian (ফ্লয়েডিয়ান)

Publisher: Pearl publications

Price: 150 TK

How often do you see books about legendary bands like Pink Floyd, that too in Bangla? Not much. But this book titled ‘Floyedian’ particularly caught my attention. Writer Milu Aman blended the history of psychedelic rock giant Pink Floyd with his remembrance of growing up in the cassette era. Being only 95 pages in size, this book is not a definitive biography of Pink Floyd. Nevertheless, it is an interesting page-turner and can be read in an hour.

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#2 Mamlar shakkhi moyna pakhi (মামলার সাক্ষী ময়না পাখি)

Publisher: Prothoma

Price: 180

Doctor/writer Shahaduz Zaman is an esteemed personality in contemporary Bangla literature. His much-anticipated compilation title ‘Mamlar shakkhi moyna pakhi’ has finally been released on the second week of February. It is a compilation of 10 short stories. Zaman casts a spell of wordplay on his readers; this book upheaves his standard much farther. Shoutout to Sabyasachi Hazra as well for his incredible cover illustration. Definitely, a must read.

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#3 64 jelay ki dekhechi (৬৪ জেলায় কি দেখেছি)

Publisher: Agami prokashoni

Price: 300 tk

You can’t be sad while riding a bicycle. Imagine cycling through the 64 districts of Bangladesh, staying over at strangers’ place and writing about your cross country solo trip. Exciting, right? Well, Mohammad Shariful Islam did so in 2010. During his journey, he wrote daily journals about paddling hundreds of kilometres and meeting a diverse array of strangers. “64 jelay ki dekhechi” is the compilation of Shariful’s journal. Once you start reading, you will catch yourself musing about quitting your job and going on a backpacking adventure.

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#4 David Lynch er notebook (ডেভিড লিঞ্চের নোটবুক)

Publisher: Oitijjhyo

Price: 190 tk

I am quite picky about translated books. They don’t usually meet my expectations. But Rudra Arif did a tremendous job translating “Catching the big fish”, the personal account of filmmaking extraordinaire David Lynch. One of the most important directors of our time, his filmography includes Mulholland Drive and Eraserhead. “David Lynch er notebook”, the Bangla version of journals kept by Lynch, is a great way to peek into the inner world of the director admired by many. As a dedicated Twin Peaks fan (which David Lynch co-created), I was excited to read this book.

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#5 Baniyalulu (বানিয়ালুলু)

Publisher: Baatighar

Price: 180 tk

I am a patsy for Bangla sci-fi. Shibabrata Bormon’s sci-fi short story compilation ‘Baniyalulu’ is a genre-bending book that manoeuvres interplay between originality and literary excellence. Bormon is a very underrated writer and deserves a wider fanbase. I liked all of the stories, but I have to highlight the title story. It captivated me and I will definitely give it another read in future. 

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Books are and have always been our best friend, and will remain to be so in the future. So take some time away from your Netflix binges and harken back to the days where you had a longer attention span and a wider scope for imagination. I hope these 5 books will make it to your list.

Happy reading!