Shamsad Mortuza

BLOWIN' IN THE WIND

Shamsad Mortuza is the Pro VC, and the Head of the Department of English and Humanities at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh.

January 15, 2022
January 15, 2022

A case for our mental privacy

The thoughtfulness of my son-in-law in printing a personalised letter on a blanket as a paper-themed anniversary gift to my daughter enthralled me.

January 8, 2022
January 8, 2022

When the protector becomes the predator

“Money can open every DoE door”—I read out the news heading in this daily only to trip over the last two words. The stuttering tongue-twister made me chuckle.

January 1, 2022
January 1, 2022

When the masks come off

Will the Covid-19 masks finally come off in 2022? The ever-evolving nature of our little big enemy makes it difficult to say if the mask mandates will remain effective in this new year.

December 25, 2021
December 25, 2021

Lifting the trophy of Bangladesh’s rise

In October 2019, The Guardian featured an article titled “The rise and rise of Bangladesh” with a string attached in its title, asking, “But is life getting any better?”

December 18, 2021
December 18, 2021

The trophies and atrophies of the Covid-19 pandemic

Covid-19 deserves a trophy for virtually connecting many of us during these atrophy-ridden times.

December 11, 2021
December 11, 2021

From Disgrace to Grace

The recent announce-ment and endorsement of the resignation of two high-profile figures have rocked the political boat. A mayor and a state minister have given up their offices—or should I say,...

December 4, 2021
December 4, 2021

Prof Rafiqul Islam: A great chronicler

There was a 10mm glass wall at ULAB that separated Prof Rafiqul Islam’s office room from mine for more than three years.

November 27, 2021
November 27, 2021

Protecting our Students from the Wrath of the Titans

Every time I pass by the Banani flyover area, I look at the worms that have come out of the deep to rear their heads to announce the underpass underneath, and ask myself why the much-hyped...

November 20, 2021
November 20, 2021

The digitalisation of our birth

“Do you know that you cannot die without being born first?”

November 13, 2021
November 13, 2021

Our development and the middle-class dilemma

The planning minister recently used an onomatope—a word that imitates the things signified. He referred to the economic growth of the country with the sound image of “shonoi, shonoi,” which can be...