Of All the Humble Blessings

Little, overlooked things-objects or incidents often play life shaping rolls; most of which go unnoticed. Shouldn’t such small blessings gain our attention ?

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Dried chilli, an inseparable part of Bengali Cuisine. Though this act of drying a small amount of already dried chilli looks all cute and joyful, but it makes night and day difference in the process of cooking and eating of an average Bengali family.

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A grasshopper in the concrete jungle of Dhaka, rare sight to behold for sure.

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Good health, a gift we almost always take for granted. But the ones with a lacking feel the preciousness of this belssing. Is it a humble blessing? Or a grand one? Who knows…

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Religious books, often cited as Words of The Almighty, have been the major sources of social norms and laws. Though there are instances of extreme measures and illogical violences in these books; still the fact that morality, integrity, sense of justice are mostly derived from these books.

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Once a source of immense joy and fun for the owner, this little bicycle is left alone to rust away. Once a blessing has become a burden.

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Being able to see them in front, having meals with them, taking about past-present and future; how many of us actually realize that how hard it is for those who don’t have such luck?

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A cup of tea is capable of making all the differences in particular moments.

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Securing a spot, taking a look at the view and the mind gets refreshed.

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During the scorching summer heat and humidity, fresh sweet water from green coconut cools the body, soothes the mind.

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Being able to look at the beautiful colors is something to be grateful.

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Playground, beautiful evening light and surrounded by greeneries, All of these make an evening to be cherished.

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In midsts of lights and shadows, a short nap freshens up all the creatures.

How to Make a Cup of Milk Tea

Disclaimer : This is just a post consisting of  common captures, nothing well thought or well framed. If you find it unpleasing, then please forgive me for wasting your valuable time.

Tea, the love of my life. Any flavor, any brand, any taste – I’ll be there. Yet, to be a bit particular, I must admit that my most favorite flavor is Milk tea. Now, these photos don’t depict any sort of recipe. More likely a normal view of tea making from the makers perspective. I hope you’ll find it interesting.

01. Powder Milk

Step (optional) – Cut the pack and pour the Powder milk in a suitable glass jar.

02. Measuring Water

Step 01 – Measure a mug of water

03. Pour in the Cooking Pot

Step 02 – Pour the measured water in the cooking pot

04. Fire up the Stove

Step 03 – Light up the Stove and start boiling the water

05. Teaspoon of Powder Milk

Step 04 – Measure a teaspoon of Powder Milk and Pour it into the Mug

06. Teaspoon of Bengal Sugar

Step 05 – Measure suitable amount of Bengal Sugar( Made from pure Sugarcane) and pour it into the Mug

07. Hand Measure Tea

Step 06 – This is the critical part. Depending on your taste, measure suitable amount of tea with hand or spoon

08. Pour Tea in Boiling Water

Step 07 – Pour the measured tea in the water right before it starts to boil ( Before bubbles start to emerge)

09. Let the Color Settle

Step 08 – Heat the mixture until your desired color and density are achieved

10. Sieve the Prepared Tea

Step 09 – Pour the prepared the Mixture through a strainer in the Mug so that tea leaves don’t make their way into the final drink

11. Mix and Drink

Step 10 – Mix it properly with spoon. And start taking sip

This is the way I prepare my Milk tea. Cheers…!

My University : The Neglected Corners

Almost all university campuses on earth are bursting with life,joy and fun. BUET was an exception up to the year 2005. It was known as the nerd camp of Bangladesh. But somehow situation started to change, thanks to the effort of some energetic and extremely enthusiastic cultural activists. Now BUET campus has become one of the most culturally active, dynamic and joyous campuses in Bangladesh. Though the nerd camp identity has lost it’s glory ( You have to sacrifice your previous identity to some extent to achieve another brand new identity), the newfound Identity is celebrated here with utmost enthusiasm. Cultural functions, different competitive programs etc. keep happening in almost every week.

Positive change? or Negative? That decision is for the students to take. Yet, there are some lone runners who prefer the old identity over the new one. Deviation from the root purpose might cause the uprooting of academic Glory ( which is already happening).

I prefer to stay separated from all the fun and chaos. I enjoy the quite side of my campus, I love to walk on those corners where the already popular or wannabe popular never come. And I do love to capture those corners in my memory machine.

01 - Semi Shattered Window

There are numerous windows with half shattered glasses. Nobody cares. If somebody care, he can’t seek attention. Everybody has got many more important tasks… Yet, at least the entire glass is not broken. There is hope.

02 - Of Crows and Colors

BUET campus has one of the highest concentration of birds in Dhaka city, for it holds a lot of trees within its campus. Dhaka city is a concrete jungle without any sign of green in it. BUET campus is at least helping the birds to stay around this godforsaken city.

03 - PUET

The new academic building is one of the largest single academic buildings in south asia. The view is full of tranquility in Dusk, and I often spend a lot of time watching the sky and the light bathed building.

04 - The Untouchables

These metals serve very important purposes, yet neglected. Well, neglecting is inevitable…!

05 - The Barren Antena

Once upon a time, when cable network was nonexistent in this parts, this antenna was used to catch clear signal for the Television . Now it is out of service. Yet it is there, tolerating the battering of sun,rain,dew.

06 - Sunbathed Garden

Residential Halls have very well maintained Gardens. But the students don’t appreciate the gardens at all. Appreciation for Nature and it’s beauty is not a part of Modern Bengal culture. It’s all about hiring sound systems, arranging concerts, throwing away all the wastes here and there and polluting the entire campus. BLACK & WHITE makes sense now?

07 - The Never Used Path

Once upon a time this path was probably in service. Now, the only purpose it serves in addition to being photographed is holding the fallen leaves.

08 - Post Office - A Dying Breed

This is 21st century ! There is no place for a traditional post office in this fast moving world, let alone in this ultra fast moving university campus…

09 - Of Stars and Piercing Rays of Freedom

Few moths ago, a new monument was opened for the public in Suhrawardy Uddan. This is titled as ” Swadhinota Stambha”, which can be translated in English as Freedom Minaret. It involves lighting up the entire minaret in such a way that the light shall pierce the dark night as far as it can. A country where power outage is more common than the availability of power, yes, very appreciable(!) monument.

10 - Exit and Entry

The corridor through which I walk more than 10 times everyday. The entrance and exit way from my Hostel building.