Ekushey Fonts for Ubuntu

I’ve been using the Unicode based Bengali fonts of Ekushey for a long time, specially SolaimanLipi which I use almost everywhere. To make these fine fonts easily available on Ubuntu, I’ve made a package of all of them called ttf-ekushey. Users of Ubuntu derivatives such as Linux Mint can use this package too.

Font list:

  1. SolaimanLipi
  2. Rupali
  3. Ekushey Lohit
  4. Ekushey Sharifa
  5. Ekushey Punarbhaba
  6. Ekushey Sumit
  7. Ekushey Durga
  8. Ekushey Saraswati
  9. Ekushey Puja
  10. Ekushey Azad
  11. Ekushey Godhuli
  12. Ekushey Mohua

(Twelve for now, but whenever they releases a new font I’ll update my package too.)
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Moncho Natok

Time: 18:30-21:30
Location: Shilpakala Academy Experimental Theater Hall

I just came back home watching Aronnok Natyadal’s play “Raarang”, which (almost) bored me to death. I wouldn’t have been there if one of the actresses on the play wasn’t my friend. Bengali literature never really touched me, nor did this play.

It was the first time I watched a theater play, and probably the last. Gee, it’s so khet!


তুমি আর তো কারো নও, শুধু আমার
যত দূরে সরে যাও রবে আমার
স্তব্ধ সময়টাকে ধরে রেখে
স্মৃতির পাতায় শুধু তুমি আমার

কেন আজ এত একা আমি?
আলো হয়ে দূরে তুমি
আলো আলো আমি কখনও খুজে পাবে না
চাঁদের আলো তুমি কখনও আমার হবে না

রোমন্থন করি ফেলে আসা দৃশ্যপট স্বপ্নে আঁকা
লুকিয়ে তুমি কোন সুদূরে
হয়ত ভবিষ্যতের আড়ালে
তবে আজ এত একা কেন?
আলো হয়ে দূরে তুমি
ঘাসের চাদরে শুয়ে একা
আকাশের পানে চেয়ে জেগে থাকা…

This is the first track of Tahsan’s third solo album “Ichche”, released last week. I’ve been listening to this song non-stop for the last 8 hours, and thought of sharing it with my readers. I’m dedicating it to a very special person — hope she understands what I want to mean.

Click here if you can’t see the Bangla text above.

Made in Bangladesh

An apparently mild mannered young man, frustrated by rampant corruption and lack of opportunity in his society, decides to take drastic action. Armed with an explosives packed briefcase, he takes a group of provincial bureaucrats and politicians hostage, threatening to blow them and him up unless his demands are meet. He calls for an immediate session of Parliament to pass new legislation putting an end to corruption, injustice and poverty.

His hostages are thrown into desperation and chaos: all of their innate greed, pettiness and hypocrisy surfacing in the course of dramatic night in captivity come out drastically. With the progress of this hostage-drama, we start revealing a miniature of Bangladesh through the action & reactions of the people captivated there. In other layer, we come to face a pristine equation of “power”. What’s the source of power? And what’s power either?

The movie “Made in Bangladesh” is ad attempt to capture the contemporary political and economic crisis of Bangladesh, and the pervasive frustration of ordinary people whose thwarted aspirations for peace and prosperity are like a ticking social time bomb, ready to explode.

Directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and written by Anisul Haque, this movie stars Zahid Hasan, Shahiduzzaman Selim, Tariq Anam, Tania, Tinni, Marzuk Russell and others. Now showing at Star Cineplex and Balaka Cineworld. Go watch it!

Double Dating

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