Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Quotation of the Week (February 22 - 28, 2015)

A quotation of John Erskine on 'beauty and charm of a woman,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (An intricate woodcarving of a Hindu goddess in Karaikudi South Indian restaurant on Kennedy Road, Toronto: July 16, 2013) © Jerome D'Costa

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bengali Language in Bangladesh Is Losing Its Importance

 A weekly 'Bangla Kagoj' article on the waning position of the Bangla (Bengali) language in Bangladesh (Click on the above images to read them in an expanded format)
Through struggle and blood, the Bangla (Bengali) language earned its rightful place as one of the two state language of Pakistan after 1952.

Salam Saleh Uddin, in his Bengali-language article, published in the weekly Bangla Kagoj (February 17, 2015), provides the background of this language movement in Bangladesh culminating in the independence of the country in 1971 and Bengali being its sole state language.

The writer then demonstrates with facts and reasoning how the preeminence of this language in the country is gradually being jeopardized by unfocused and unthoughtful government policies and decisions. He says among 114 universities in the country, only 18 have the Bengali as a subject in the curricula. This is all the more shameful because countries around the world in every February 21 observe the International Mother Language Day following Bangladesh's example of the Bengali language movement

In addition, the globalization with its free economy and incursion of the international communication media (Internet, TV and films), the Bengali language in Bangladesh is under aggression from both English and Hindi languages.

To read the complete article of the Bangla Kagoj in an expanded format, you may click on the two images above.

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'Roktim Polash': A Book of Poems by Moon Rozario

Roktim Polash, a book of poems, by Moon Rozario
 Moon Rozario’s Roktim Polash (meaning 'red Polash flower', having the scientific name of butea monosperma) is a book of Bangla (Bengali) language poems, published by Jolark of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

This book is a collection of 71 poems, ranging from agony, hope, love and God to poet’s surroundings, seasons and persons around her. 
Her reflections  and feelings are expressed in her poems. 

Besides poems, Moon Rozario also writes short stories and novels. She is a Christian poet hailing from Noakhali region of Bangladesh.

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Today Is the Ekushey February: Bangladesh and World Honour Their Mother Languages

The Shaheed Minar (language martyrs' memorial) doodle by Jerome D'Costa
Today is the 63rd anniversary of the Bangladesh language martyrs' sacrifice of life for defending their mother language, Bangla (Bengali), against the encroachment of Urdu. 

On this day, the Bangladeshis all over the world pay their tribute to the language martyrs, called Bhasha Shaheed. Millions of Bangladesh citizens converge on their local Shaheed Minars to lay flowers, garlands and wreaths in honour of the martyrs. 

 In consonance with this day in Bangladesh, the world communities also observe this day as the International Mother Language Day.

To read more on the subject, you may visit our past blog posts at: Ekushey February.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Quotation of the Week (February 15 - 21, 2015)

A quotation of George Santayana on 'the need for learning,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A cycle-van driver carrying wood in Tongi, Bangladesh: Jan. 10, 2012) © Jerome D'Costa

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day: Stories of Some Interfaith Couples in Ontario

L-R: Sahar (Muslim) + Alvaro (Catholic)

Today is the Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air all over.

On this day, it would be both interesting and enlightening to see that there are an increasing number of couples engaging in interfaith relationships.

Colin Boyd Shafer, a teacher-cum-documentary photographer, in his website, called Interlove explores ‘how people with differing beliefs come together in love.”

This website in next few months will profile 100 couples across Ontario with their individual stories. A number of stories, already published, are a fascinating read. These tell who they are, and how and why they fell for each other. 
L-R: Amanda (Atheist having New Darwinism spectrum) + Craig (Afrocentric Spirituality)

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Some of the couples mentioned there, in black-and-white photos and texts, come from following religious backgrounds: Jewish + Catholic, Muslim + Catholic, liberal and non-traditional Muslim + Greek Orthodox, Catholic + Agnostic, Jew-tile (Jew and gentile) + humanistic Jew, Atheist but culturally Jew + Aboriginal Anishnawbe Spiritality, and Catholic + Hindu.

You may visit the website, Interlove, to see the photos of these mixed faith couples and read their stories in detail.

More couples of interfaith backgrounds in Ontario can also visit this website and provide their details for inclusion in it.

Those who are photophiles (lovers of photographs) and want to see more photo projects of this same photographer, may visit his other website, called Colin Boyd Shafer.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Quotation of the Week (February 8 - 14, 2014)

A quotation of Gail Godwin on 'teaching,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (A sunrise seen through a car window in Toronto: Oct. 11, 2013) © Jerome D'Costa

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