Friday, August 31, 2007

The Bourne Ultimatum

Awesome!! The Bourne Ultimatum, the 3rd and the final part of the Bourne series is just simply breathtaking!! This pacey and action packed movie glued to me to the screen until it finished. The cat and mouse chase was unbelievably realistic. Only downside of the movie-How did Bourne withstand so many car crashes and still walked away from the accident scenes?
Rating 8.5 out of 10.

Anwar: Maula Mere

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Akbar's Restaurant: Review

I went to Akbar’s Restaurant in Manchester with couple of friends this evening. We had to wait for about half an hour to be seated, the restaurant was really packed and I had to get myself a drink and seat in the waiting room with friends. The waiting lounge was average.

After being guided to our table we were asked for the orders. We had ordered the food.

Below is the review of the food we experienced in Akbar’s:

Starters:

We ordered 3 starters, first of them was Chicken Nambali. It was Breast of chicken pieces marinated, grilled and finally garnished with melting cheese. Served with fried onions, peppers, tomatoes and potatoes. It was totally new stuff for us and we liked it. Tasted great, although it would’ve tasted even better if it was spicier.

Then we tried lamb chops. They were delicious and spicy. The best lamb chops I ever had. Really tender and succulent.

We also tried Grilled Salmon. It didn’t taste all that different from the Bangladeshi fishes with all the spices on it.

Main Course:

We ordered the Chef Special Akbar-E-Balti. It was a combination of chicken, lamb, mushroom & potatoes cooked with fresh spices & ingredients-garnished with fresh coriander. It read great in the menu but didn’t taste as great.

We heard about the special Chicken Biryani of Akbar’s so we decided to give it a go. It wasn’t all that different from the local take away biryanis.

And our same old Chicken Rogan Josh tasted the same as the ones we have tried in any other restaurants.

Desserts:

Akbar’s doesn’t have a great choice in desserts in the menu. We ordered Chocolate Bambino which was hot chocolate fudge cake, served with vanilla ice cream & chocolate sauce. We also tried different ice creams and Chocolate Chip Brownie. All tasted good.

We also tried Mango Lassi, which wasn’t the best lassi I’ve ever tasted. I have had better lassi in the restaurants in Rusholme.

Overall, Akbar’s restaurant was pretty inventive in their Starters menu, but the main course and desserts menu were just average. I find that in quite a lot of Indian/Bangladeshi/Pakistani restaurants these days. They all have great starter menu but lack the X factor in their main courses.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Animosity in University of Dhaka

The student activists of the corrupted political parties are at it again. Just when I started to think that they have been silenced, they have just shown there evil might again.

Following on from my previous blog, I spoke to a few students of University of Dhaka (DU). Below, there are some findings from the conversations:

  • The police did raid the halls, but contrary to the reports of student bashing, they didn’t actually beat up any student on the second day of clash. But police did fire tear gas shells in the halls on the 3rd day of the clash.
  • Most of the students involved in the clash were from the Arts faculty. The Arts faculty mainly draws students from rural areas of Bangladesh. The students from those areas are usually really poor. When they move to Dhaka, they look for some quick cash. And as ever, the corrupted politicians invite them to join the student politics in exchange of money and power and a relatively good lifestyle. The students, who are new to the city environment, happily accept the offer and get involved in the immoral student politics of Bangladesh.
  • The print and electronic media are heavily biased and most of the time publish and broadcast news in favour of their political godfathers. And, for obvious reasons, they usually play a silent role publishing the news against their godfathers.
  • The political activists living at Zia Hall were breaking the wall of the roof and were throwing the brick from the broken wall at the police; did they really think the police were going to kiss their feet after that?
  • The student activists of the political parties with the help from some corrupted teachers locked the doors of the Zia Hall after an evacuation order from the government. This was done because the activists knew police were going to raid the hall and charge the students. This would ultimately have created a public issue and would have put the Caretaker Govt. (CTG) in a difficult position in front of public eyes.
  • The student culture of DU have been totally destroyed with the students being heavily involved in politics, this has shattered dreams of thousands of genuine students who have to come to study and build a successful career from studying at this premier education establishment of Bangladesh.
  • The student politics should be banned from all education establishments in Bangladesh to prevent of re-emergence of this kind of situation again.
  • A few teachers of DU are corrupted and always kissing the feet of the political parties for their personal benefits. These teachers were appointed following their political allegiance and they are proving to be a harmful substance within the universities across the country. These teachers should be identified and removed as soon as possible to bring the quality learning environment back in DU.
  • The 6-7 months presence of Army in DU had brought stability within DU. There was no procession, no delays in exam for political reasons and there were no clashes between the different groups of students belonging to different political parties. It was a breath of fresh air. So, although some army personnel did make mistake during the last few days’ incident, some credit should be given to them.
  • Finally, I’ve got a question for everyone involved in the clash. According to Bangladesh Penal Code, what’s the maximum punishment for picking a fight? I’m not a legal expert, but I am sure it can’t be more than couple of months of prison term. Was this small incident really worthy of bringing the whole country into a standstill? Why are the Bangladeshis so impatient?

After thinking about the incidents that took place in Bangladesh over the last few days, I have come to the conclusion that only animals can react to a small incident like ‘manhandling’ and make it such a big issue and cause trouble in peoples’ lives. What mistake did the car owners of Dhaka commit for which their cars were burnt? The student activists of the political parties have turned into animals and they should be caged as soon as possible. I urge the CTG to take strong steps against the people behind the chaos and give them exemplary punishment so that no one ever thinks of causing this kind of disruption again.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Simpsons Movie: Film Review

The Simpson Movie is an adaptation of the famous TV series. I quite liked the film although it was kind of an extended version of a The Simpsons on TV. The movie had a lengthy story. But it was quite enjoyable nevertheless. Rating 7 out of 10.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Chaos in Bangladesh..again

Bangladesh politics has fallen into chaos again. It started off with a small incident- some soldiers based in Dhaka University beaten up some students for no good reason. But this has caused widespread violence in Dhaka University and surrounding areas and subsequently resulted in withdrawal of troops from the university campus. But the students went on protesting against the army and the government and created a chaotic situation in Dhaka by smashing cars and public properties. Police dealt with situation heavily and as a result the violence erupted. The government has imposed curfew in 6 divisional headquarters until further notice, followed by stoppage of mobile phone service and restricted media coverage.

While I see the point of students’ anguish, and blame the soldiers responsible for the whole fiasco. I think the students over reacted to the whole situation. The students had no right to burn the cars and smash the properties of the innocent citizens. The university students in Bangladesh have grown a habit of living in a lawless environment during the past military and democratic governments. Killing spree was a usual phenomenon in the public university campuses in Bangladesh. Terrorists made the dormitories a safe haven for their network for years, and after the clashes it’s evident that terrorists are playing main role behind this anarchic situation in Dhaka.

I am happy that the army finally realized that it will not help the situation by having a garrison within the campus, so they packed up and left the campus. Having said that while the army was in the campus, there were no political and terrorist activities which were a common scene in public university campuses and were destroying the education system in Bangladesh. So the army deserves some credit for that.
I was also happy that troops were withdrawn to pacify the situation, but clearly the terrorists were pushing the general students to continue the violent protests which forced the government to impose curfew.

By now, some of my readers may have started to think that I am supporting the caretaker government of Bangladesh illogically and blindly. For them I have a few questions I need answered.

If you are asking for the caretaker government to resign, who do you want to take over the government? The same old corrupted political parties? The same corrupted bunch of people who were killing people in the streets like butchers and were looting millions of dollars from the state treasury just under a year ago?

Bangladeshis have given the corrupted politicians 15 years in power, and in return they politicians have looted the country and killed the citizen. Why don’t you give the caretaker government couple of years to see if they can make a difference? The caretaker government has announced they are willing to hand over the power by 2008. Why don’t the Bangladeshis wait until then? Just give this government a chance. If they don’t resign after 2008, then they can always remove them in the same way they have removed the previous government. The big fishes of corruption are behind the bars. This violence is giving them hope of getting away from the crimes they have committed. Please don’t give them any hope or chance.

In my previous blogs, I have written that, some of the Bangladeshis are suffering from amnesia. How could they forget that during the period of October 2006 to January 2007 they were praying for a savior to help them free from the clutches of corrupted politicians? Now that they have the saviors and the corrupted politicians are behind the bars, they want their savior to be removed with the job undone? Can’t the Bangladeshis make their mind up?

I know that price hike in the commodities and inflation has been unbearable for the most of the people of Bangladesh. But the people of Bangladesh have to understand that, the price of food has only gone up because there are no supplies of rotten, out of date, low quality food in the market anymore. The process of food supply chain is experiencing a cleaning up operation, so there is a temporary effect of that in the market. Every change that brings good brings some hardship along the way. Bangladeshis will have to brave the hardship and get used to a strong civilized system. What the Bangladeshis have to understand is that, the members of the Caretaker government have formed the government in a chaotic situation to help the country. They have been appointed by the people to clean the Bangladeshi politics and corrupted system. They are doing the job. Obviously, there are some mistakes that have been made by them which primarily were due to their inexperience in politics. But with the passage of time, I am sure they will overcome the difficulties and be more adept in dealing with redress and commanding the armed forces. The members of the present government are highly educated and so far, have been honest (at least they don’t take bribe from the murderers-you know what I’m talking about). So please give them a chance.

শুভ জন্মদিন তাওফিক!

আজ আমার ছোট ভাই তাওফিক এর ১৭তম জন্মদিন। অনেক অনেক শুভেচ্ছা তাওফিককে।

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

সালাম বাংলাদেশ-ওয়ারিদ টেলিকম

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Indians beat Sir Isaac by 250 years!

According to the research conducted by Dr George Gheverghese Joseph from The University of Manchester, the 'Kerala School' from south west India identified the 'infinite series'- one of the basic components of calculus - in about 1350.

It is a huge blow to the European scholars who have been priding themselves with the 'invention' by Sir Isaac Newton and German scholar Gottried Leibniz in the late 1600s.

The team from the Universities of Manchester and Exeter reveal the Kerala School also discovered what amounted to the Pi series and used it to calculate Pi correct to 9, 10 and later 17 decimal places. This was essential to today's maths, physics and engineering.

Nevertheless, the achievement of Newton can't be denied when it comes to the algorithms of calculus.

But according to the researchers, "..other names from the Kerala School, notably Madhava and Nilakantha, should stand shoulder to shoulder with him (Newton)..".

Full news article can be found by clicking here.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Rush Hour 3: Film Review

Action comedy masterpiece. Chris Tucker was amazing again and Jackie Chan was at his usual best. Rush Hour 3 kept me glued to the sit at the cinema for the whole length of the movie with its comedy and action scenes. Jackie Chan has shown sign of age in the movie. Overall rating 8 out of 10.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Human origin

Right now, my little head is puzzled with questions about human origin after reading a BBC article today.
The BBC article reads,

"Two hominid fossils discovered in Kenya are challenging a long-held view of human evolution.

The broken upper jaw-bone and intact skull from humanlike creatures, or hominids, are described in Nature.

Previously, the hominid Homo habilis was thought to have evolved into the more advanced Homo erectus, which evolved into us.

Now, habilis and erectus are now thought to be sister species that overlapped in time.

The new fossil evidence reveals an overlap of about 500,000 years during which Homo habilis and Homo erectus must have co-existed in the Turkana basin area, the region of East Africa where the fossils were unearthed.

"Their co-existence makes it unlikely that Homo erectus evolved from Homo habilis," said co-author Professor Meave Leakey, palaeontologist and co-director of the Koobi Fora Research Project. "

My question is, if the co-existense of Homo habilis and Homo erectus means that Homo erectus could not have evolved from Homo habilis, then why do people think human beings evolved from monkeys while they co-exist to date? Monkeys are still giving birth to monkeys, not human beings.

Am I just missing a clue somewhere?

The original BBC article can be found by clicking here.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Download from YouTube!

YouTube fans can now download the videos on their PC/PSP/iPods. For downloading the YouTube videos, you need to go on http://vixy.net/ and then copy and paste the YouTube URL in the box. After pasting the URL, you have select an option from the dropdown box for your desired output format. Then click start. The file from YouTube will start to convert in to your desired format. After the conversion, you will get an option to download the file on to your desired hardware. For best results chose the mp4 format for downloading and view the downloaded videos on QuickTime player.

Check it out! It’s great!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Resilience

"Allah has given us mouths, so He will give us food," that was Monwara’s answer to the question about her future amidst the flood.

John Sudworth of BBC took a tour to the worst affected areas of Sirajgonj district in Bangladesh. He came across the upbeat Bangladeshis who are used to face natural calamities. To his surprise, he found out, these poor Bangladeshis possess a somehow philosophical view towards life. They brave the calamities and rebuild everything they lose over and over again, year by year.

This is what amazes me about these people. The Bangladeshi villagers never get frustrated. They have no idea what depression is. They only know one thing-how to fight. I have lived many years in Bangladesh and I came across these people with enormous fighting spirit day by day. I used to draw inspiration from them in my difficult times. Mr Sudworth rightly pointed out that faith is playing a vital role behind their inspirations. Islam is a comprehensive religion which requires absolute faith in God. The absolute faith in God is keeping these people going, they never lose hope and they never give up.

The BBC article by John Sudworth can be found by clicking here.

দিন গেলো (Din Gelo)

দিন গেলো তোমার পথ চাহিয়া
মন পোড়ে সখি গো কার লাগিয়া
সহে না যাতনা তোমার আশায় বসিয়া
মানে না কিছুতে মন আমার যায় কাঁদিয়া
পুড়ি আমি আগুনে।
যার লাগি তরী বেয়ে যাই
জীবন গতির সেই জনা কি রেখেছে খবর
কার তরে গান গেয়ে যাই
অচেনা সুরে বুঝিনা কেবা আপন কেবা পর
যার কথা মন ভেবে যায়
যার ছবি মন এঁকে যায়
ও যারে এই মন চায়
জীবনে পাবো কি তার দেখা
সহে না যাতনা তোমার আশায় বসিয়া
মানে না কিছুতে মন আমার যায় কাঁদিয়া
পুড়ি আমি আগুনে।
যারে ভাবি প্রতি রাতে
তার ইশারাতে তোমারে খুঁজে যাই স্বপনে
আশার পথ চেয়ে রই
প্রতিটি প্রহর কখনো বা শ্রাবণ আনমনে
যার কথা মন ভেবে যায়
যার ছবি মন এঁকে যায়
ও যারে এই মন চায়
জীবনে পাবো কি তার দেখা
সহে না যাতনা তোমার আশায় বসিয়া
মানে না কিছুতে মন আমার যায় কাঁদিয়া
পুড়ি আমি আগুনে।



Habib Wahid and Mona Lisa in the music video of 'Din Gelo'
Above is the lyric of the song.

Friday, August 03, 2007

The Companies Act 2006

The Companies Act 2006 (the "Act"), which applies to both public and private companies, is the largest piece of legislation that the UK has ever seen. It will replace the majority of the existing Companies Acts. Consequently, there will be significant changes in the way that many parts of different companies operate, including fundamental activities such as how companies engage with third party entities, corporate governance and accounting.

In general, the Act is intended to make company law simpler for private companies.

Some parts of the Act are already in force, but the majority will be implemented in stages starting from October 2007, then in April 2008 and October 2008.

The Act will be particularly relevant to the following generic activities.

  • Statutory financial reporting
  • Corporate finance
  • Managing shareholdings in third party entities

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Defying the nature

These young Bangladeshis are making the most of the floodwater. They have amazing characters. They can always find a good thing even from the worst possible scenario. Most likely, these kids haven't eaten anything for couple of days and are not sure if they are going to be fed within next few days. But they are in no mood to let the fun go away from their lives. C'est la vie!!

অকুতোভয় বালকযুগল। বন্যার পানিকে উৎসবের উপলক্ষ বানিয়ে ঘুরে বেড়াচ্ছে। নানা প্রতিকুলতার মধ্যেও তাদের জীবনে আনন্দের কমতি নেই।এইতো জীবন। আসুন আবার স্বপ্ন দেখি।

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Tanvir's Video Blog

First ever Bangla Video blog by me.