Monday, January 23, 2012

Book Reading Activity of Bishwo Shahitto Kendro, A Concrete Nourishment to Live an Enlightened Life

Many of you have already heard the name of "Bishwo Shahitto Kendro" (BSK), also known as "World Literature Centre" in Bangladesh. As far as I know, this is an unique organization in the world which runs some stunning types of Book Reading programmes to light up the human individuals.

Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed, the lone founder of BSK had realized that, to make a country progressive and to make a nation step forward, we need thousands of broad, enlightened, liberal, brave, astounded, open-minded, free-thinking individuals. And such individuals can only be produced through the nourishment of healthy books. He started this amazing organization in the year of 1978 only with taka 30.

Now, this organization is working all over the country in more than 6000 high schools with some financial support of government and other foreign assistance. In the high schools, children get 16 different books per class to read throughout the year. In the higher secondary level, the students get more 12 world classic books per year. At the year end, the successful readers are awarded with a handful of books also.

BSK also introduced Mobile Library. This four wheeler libraries relentlessly run to the different Districts and Upazillas of Bangladesh. They have a schedule to cover a village or area once per week for a certain periods of time. Homebound and local readers take books from this library. Moreover, Bishwo Shahitto Kendro conducts a lot of Study Circle in different Universities and centrally from its main building- 14, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Dhaka-1000.

This is a bombastic effort to bring the individuals towards patience, self realization, humanity, secularity and progress. Hats off to Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed, for his extraordinary, pioneering and true realization of present needs of the society. Hope the hole nation and society will drink the payback of this enormous endeavor in near future.

Recently, BSK has awarded its successful readers of School programme-2011 (Dhaka city) at Ramna Park. Here, I am sharing some moments of this prize giving Ceremony-2012.














Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hatia Island (Upazilla), Noakhali

Hatia is a large Island and an administrative upazilla of Noakhali district. Visitors can get village life, traditional coastal life and can enjoy the wild life sanctuary in Nighum Diwp. Nijhum island is famous for wild deer.


Two ways can be used to reach in Hatia Island. The most comfortable one is by launch from Dhaka Sadar Ghat. It takes almost 12 hours to reach in Hatia Island from Dhaka. The second way is to go Sonapur, Noakhali from Dhaka by bus. Then you have to hire CNG run vehicles to go to Chairman Ghat. It takes 5 hours from Dhaka to Sonapur and 1 hour from Sonapur to Chairman Ghat. There are sea truck, launches, and engine boats to cross the sea to reach Hatia Island. Sea truck and launch are available only from 11.00 a.m. to 3 p.m. depending on tidal ups and downs. If you choose this second way, you can reach Hatia within 9 hours and will be landed on Nalchira Ghat in Hatia. On the other hand, the launches from Sadar Ghat anchor at Tamuroddi Ghat in Hatia.


Passenger Boats and Fishing Boats At Chairman Ghat



This people collects the most strange and anomalous objects from the nature such as some rare wild animal’s leather, skull, bones, teeth, feathers, wings, some kind of plant or animal oils etc and showcase those things in a village market place to enchant the others and thus he earns his lives. These types of pupil in the village and in other remote locality are now very rare because of the anti superstitious campaign through literacy movement. This photo was shot at Chairman Ghat, Noakhali on the way to Hatia Island.



Hatia is a long Island. It is wide in North to South and is about 50 km long. This Island’s width is not more than 15 km. It is the island with a huge amount of population. Upazilla Sadar is located at Ochkhali area. There are two residential hotels in Hatia named Hongkong and Bankok.


Nalchira Ghat, Hatia

The visitors who want to visit Nijhum diwp have to go Jahagmara, at the very end of Hatia towards south. Then you have to cross the river channel by boat to reach Nijhum diwp (Island).

In Hatia, you can go Kazir Hath from Ochkhali by Rikshaw and other motor vehicles. Kazir hath is the eastern part of the island. You can enjoy the sea shore, Badi Badh (Dam) and man made forest in the area.




Cautions: Try to avoid engine boats from Chairman Ghat to Nalchira Journey. Because some boat owners have collaboration with the sea robbers. Sea robbery often takes place in this route. Do not stay in the shores and forest of Kazir Hath at night. Many fishermen and native dwellers in the char area of Hatia are associated with robbery.