Thread by thread

November 7, 2014

Thread by thread Earlier this year, Karim and I spent time in a village on the outskirts of Dhaka: South Rupshie, where almost everyone lives from producing beautiful, handmade sari fabrics. The story was published in the Swedish magazine Hemslöjd, a publication on social and creative crafting and artistry....

Health matters

June 11, 2014

Health matters Many don’t know this, but Bangladesh is much more than a country struggling with how to make life safe and secure for its people. In fact, during the past decades, when it comes to health care, Bangladesh has become much of a role model for other countries in...

Paint it coloured

April 13, 2014

Paint it coloured If Dhaka has a heart, it must be Shahbag, the intersection surrounded by the National Museum, the city’s best tea stalls (some of them prepare their sweet tea with gaur, not sugar, and of course they all have ginger), small shops arranging flowers, others selling hard-to-find...

What one can do on a day in Dhaka

March 12, 2014

I was looking through a book I bought last winter, with the collected writings of Adnan Morshed. In one essay, he talks about the purpose of a city. An immediate answer, he writes, is to provide services to its people. In this regard, the inhabitants of Dhaka, the megacity...

Kids, children, shishu, babies

March 1, 2014

Kids, children, shishu, babies We came back to Dhaka a couple of days ago, after almost a month in southwestern Bangladesh. Getting back to the capital was nice, the way it always is when you’ve been away from a familiar place. After the eight-hour train ride (which wasn’t bad...

Hidden history in Old Dhaka

January 15, 2014

Hidden history in Old Dhaka “See the monkeys playing on the roof? They’ve realised something that most humans haven’t: the value of these old buildings.” Sourav, a student who lives in Old Dhaka, points towards a rooftop one building away from the roof where we’re standing. A couple of...