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What life is like after retirement for labourers in Bangladesh – Part2

Nothing is left there,” said 55-years old widow Fazilat Begum who lost everything in river erosion 15 years ago.

She pauses for breath and looks out onto the alley through the half-open door of her home, a room made of corrugated iron in a slum of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. (more…)

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What life is like after retirement for labourers in Bangladesh – Part1

Md Habibur Rahman, 60, was just sitting in a metallic three-wheeled cart at the corner of a lane of the main street of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. He was waiting for some benevolent pedestrians of the city, home to more than 100 million people. (more…)

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‘Prostitution’ as a second job: Stories of ‘Laila’ and ‘Chandra‘ – garment workers from Bangladesh

Things went not so well for Laila, a divorced 28-year-old mother of one who is now a garment worker in a factory located in Savar area, the apparel industry hub of Bangladesh and not far away from the Dhaka city’s fringe. She was happily married to a man who was a masonry worker but since his income was never stable and sufficient enough for the family, it all started to go very erratic. (more…)

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Interview with fiction writer ‘Kathleen Maher’

Fiction writer Kathleen Maher, the oldest of five, grew up in a suburb of Chicago. She already authored two books, ‘Diary of a heretic’ and ‘Underground Nest’. It’s my pleasure today to talk to Kathleen on her books, specially about the ‘Diary of a Heretic’ – a wild ride of Malcom Tully through sex, food, money and religion.

So, dear readers, here we go.

Hello Kathleen, you are author of ‘Diary of a Heretic’ and ‘Underground Nest’. Will you please tell us what are these two books about?

Kathleen Maher: They’re fiction. Underground Nest is a novella (or a long short story) and Diary of a Heretic is a novel presented as a young man’s diary. (more…)

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