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Reading Time: 4 minutes The past year was topsy-turvy for real estate in Bangladesh. It started off with a lot of optimism, with the market on the up. The year looked to be a bright one for the real estate industry. And then everything came to a halt. The pandemic hit. Bangladesh’s real estate sector was badly hit by the pandemic at first. But slowly, thanks to certain initiatives from the government, along with an improvement in the situation, resulted in the market rebounding slowly from the effects of the pandemic. The real estate sector in Bangladesh saw a lot of activity in the latter half of the year, and showed signs of improvement. With the turn of the new year, the industry is looking to capitalize on these post-pandemic gains. Today, we will look at the things that will happen to the real estate market of Bangladesh in 2021. Increase In Investment One…

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) is planning to issue the first ever municipal bonds in Bangladesh. They will be issuing Tk1,000 crore bonds so that they can fund the construction of a high rise commercial building in Gulshan. Since this is the first instance of municipal bonds being issued in Bangladesh, many of you may not know what municipal bonds are, and how they can help fuel infrastructure growth and development. This is why we will be exploring the possibilities that come with DNCC’s introduction of the first ever municipal bonds in Bangladesh. But before that, we need to first understand what municipal bonds are, and how they work. What are Municipal Bonds? Municipal bonds are debt securities that are issued by municipalities, cities, and states for the financing of infrastructure projects. This includes roads, highways, bridges, buildings, and many other infrastructure projects. It is akin to providing a…

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Indian subcontinent has been under the rule of more than 70 governing bodies throughout history. But none has impacted the history of the subcontinent as profoundly as the British Raj. They ruled the entire region for 200 years. As a result, along with many unwanted interferences, they also brought substantial growth in art and architecture which was influenced by the architectural style of that period (for the most part)- The Victorian era. The style of architecture that was used to construct every structure during the British period was known as the Victorian style. And there are quite a few Victorian-style buildings in Bangladesh that still retain their grandeur to this day. But what is Victorian-style architecture? Victorian-style architecture Victorian-style architecture refers to a series of architectural revival styles instead of a particular architectural style. During the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901), which was the Victorian era, the style in…

Reading Time: 6 minutes Bookworms live in a different world. In that world, they partner with Srikanto, wander the world with Anna Karenina by train, adventure with one-armed Robin and walk down Baker street. But there is more than just these characters in that world which are also filled with equally interesting homes. Some of these houses have taught us to imagine what it would be like to live in a treehouse, some have brought us to the one-storey buildings of the 90s. From old England mansions to the Bengali homes of Kolkata, these homes have given us a glimpse into the lives of the characters who lived there and their stories. Today I will be talking about some of the most famous fictional homes that made their mark on readers’ minds. Sreepur Zamindar Bari (Bou Thakurani’r Haat) ‘Bou Thakurani’r Haat’ is one of Rabindranath Tagore’s unique creations. Surma who lived in her ancestral…

Reading Time: 3 minutes There is a saying that says, there are 13 festivals in 12 months in Bengal. Here, the Baishakh festival is celebrated in the scorching heat of summer, during monsoon, a showery day issues a warrant for rainy day festival, during Hemanta, Nabanna festival is celebrated when new crops are brought home. Winter is no different. From the fog piercing soft sunlight and morning dew on the grass to the reddish afternoon sunlight at the top of an almost barren eucalyptus, everything feels like an arrangement as if silently demanding its own celebration. Poush festival of rural Bangladesh is nothing like anything. Poush festival of rural Bangladesh: what and when Poush festival celebrates the arrival of winter. This festival is also known as Poush Sankranti or Makar Sankranti. Sankranti refers to the last day of a Bangla month. That is why the festival is celebrated on the last day of Bengali…

Reading Time: 5 minutes ‘How is winter in the rural areas of Bangladesh? As I was thinking all this sitting in the air-conditioned room of a multi-story building, my mind went back to my childhood and summoned images of the shady courtyard of my village home. There, the smell of dried neem leaves comes out of the folds in winter. There, a wintry afternoon is all about burning green peas and smoking hot vapapitha (one kind of rice cake); the lunch and dinner menu is predominantly filled with gourd and fish curry; in a wintry evening, a flock of wild ducks flutters its wings in the still water. Rural winter speaks of a completely different world like poetry hemmed by fog and cold. When the winter comes As a child, I read a poem in a weekly magazine, written by Rafiqul Haque, better known as ‘Dadubhai’. In his poem he referred to winter as…

Reading Time: 4 minutes For many people, the new year means the beginning of many new things. For some, the new year means the beginning of a new chapter in their life. If that is the case, then it is only natural that there will be some new plans for that. For those who are thinking about buying a house in the new year, what will be the plans for them? What are the things that need to be tackled in advance? High time for saving money ‘Every dollar counts!’ – this sentence is particularly important when buying a house. Start saving from this year without spending a fortune on things that are not essential. Because controlling costs is more important now than ever. It is simple, the faster you can save money, the faster you will get your roof over your head. There is nothing better than living in your dream home!  Know…

Reading Time: 5 minutes Jasim Uddin’s famous verse narrative, ‘Nakshi Kanthar Maath (The Field of Embroidered Quilt)’, is not a fantasy based in a faraway land. It tells the story of how the women of rural Bengal wove beautiful embroidered quilts for their loved ones. Fond memories of loved ones living in foreign lands were imbued in every weave of the Nakshi Kantha. Many might have unfulfilled wishes of gifting that handwoven Nakshi Kantha to their true love, just like Shaju in the poem. Is it stories such as this, or the intricacy of the weaves that made the Nakshi Kantha into an icon in Bengali folklore? It is true that such tales have endeared us to the humble Nakshi Kantha. But the embroidery of the Nakshi Katha itself also paints a picture of life in rural Bengal. We cannot ignore the artistry that goes behind the creation of the Nakshi Kantha. And in…

Reading Time: 3 minutes According to the constitution of Bangladesh, all people are equal. The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, gender, race, and occupation. But in most cases, the reality is quite different. In our country, people of the third gender still face extreme discrimination and inequality. One of the examples is Bangladesh’s inheritance law. It does not permit them to inherit properties from their parents. But the wind of change has started blowing and it’s about time that they get justice against the unreasonable inequality that they face. Today we will discuss everything from the possibility to the future prospects if the property inheritance law for the third gender is passed and implemented. The barrier In 2013, the government recognized transgender people as the ‘third gender’. They have also been given the right to vote. But even then their position in our society has not changed much. They are…

Reading Time: 6 minutes Two of the main reasons why homes are called historic is either because of their association with historical figures or because of the fascinating stories and historical events associated with them. However, some of them are steeped so much in history that they become a part of it. For instance, the story behind Anne Frank’s house is rooted deeply in the history of Ward War II itself. That being said, there are plenty of historic homes around the world to admire from afar. And today, we will give you a ride through history by telling the stories behind some of the most historic homes around the world. Ayers House, South Australia The house is named after Sir Henry Ayers, a wealthy industrialist and five times Premier of South Australia. He leased the property in 1855 when it was a 9-room house and transformed it into a 40-room mansion during the…