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Archive for July, 2008

Tuesday
Jul 29,2008

If you have been wondering why my blog posts are so sparse, I am ready to reveal to you my humiliating secret. I am addicted to playing Carrom. I pronounce it Karam. Personae Studios,  who have developed it for the iPhone and iPod,  call it Carrom. This Singapore based software outfit have done the blogging world a great service by effectively removing me from blogging activity for long periods of time.

Use Aps store on your phone to download it. It costs £0.59

Mamunur Rashid’s Akhtari Banu

Sunday
Jul 20,2008

Mamunur Rashid\'s Akhtari Banu

It seems that slowly but surely Bangladeshi cultural activists are finally turning their gaze on the long festering “bihari” issue. A couple of month’s ago Mamunur Rashid produced a docu-drama on the issue and it was premiered in the Liberation War Museum. Interestingly holding a premiere of one’s film at such an institution has some obligations and Mr Rashid had to utter the Liberation War Museum mantra ” I demand the trial of war criminals who collaborated with the Pakistani army. ” Prefacing one’s film with this statement only serves to tarr this entire community with that useless, mouldy and oppressive brush beloved of those who unthinkingly think of themselves as “pro-liberation.”

The war-criminal issue is not one sided Mr Rashid. And you should know this. Your film has plagiarised wantonly from the documentary I co-produced and researched - Swapnabhumi, The Promised Land. And given your manifest approval of our film I would have thought you would have understood the message of that film. You were only too happy, it seems, to steal our footage, our songs and even copyright footage I paid for but you seem not to understand that demanding a trial should be a bit more than a mantra, a message that is implicit in our documentary. I too am in favour of a trial. However I have thought about the terms of reference of such a putative trial. Have you?

Tetulia tea Garden

Wednesday
Jul 2,2008

I will be blogging some stuff on labour issues re tea plantations in Bangladesh…at some point…but here is a promotional video (shot in HD). This is the Youtube version below. And folks please note - I am not promoting the vid. I have nothing to do with it. I am simply bringing it to your notice! And note the flowery words about humanity. lol.