Motorcycle Diary . . .

Caption : Self portrait taken by my iPhone with my camera and motorbike in Keraniganj area Dhaka, March, 2023 © Monirul Alam

WITNESS MY TIME / Motorcycle Diaries. . .

I love to ride motorbikes specifically on the high way ! I have been riding in this motorbike since 2010. Which I was received from my former daily newspaper office of Prothom Alo. It has still giving a good service with good a condition ! though precondition for regular maintenance of services. I have so many stories with my motorbikes . Yesterday, I am with my motorbike and my camera gears at the Buriganga 2nd bridge at Keraniganj part in Dhaka during my news coverage. Love the life you live. Live the life you love . . .

Diary / March, 2023
Keraniganj, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Diary / March, 2023

Keraniganj, Dhaka, Bangladesh

ছোট ছোট কথা . . .

দিনমজুর মামুন টুকরি মাথায় দাড়িয়ে, পুরান ঢাকা ছবি: মনিরুল আলম

সকাল সকাল মেঘ’কে নিয়ে ছুটলাম স্কুলে তার ভর্তি পরীক্ষা আছে । এ বছরও মেঘ’কে নিয়ে শুরু হয়েছে ভর্তি যুদ্ধ যুদ্ধ খেলা ! আহা—আমাদের শিক্ষা ব্যবস্থা !

ঘূর্ণিঝড় ‘ফেথাই’ দূর্বল হয়ে পড়েছে কিন্তু এর প্রভার পড়েছে—সারা দেশে । গত দুই দিনে মানুষের দুর্ভোগ বেড়েছে অনেক । একদিকে নিম্নচাপ আর অন্য দিকে শীত । জানা গেলে; সামনেই শৈত প্রবাহ আসছে— আসছে ৩০ ডিসেম্বর জাতীয় সংসদ নির্বাচন ।

গতকাল মেঘ’কে নিয়ে বাসায় ফিরলাম বৃষ্টিতে ভিজে । আজ ছাতা নিয়ে বের হয়েছি; বৃষ্টি নেই— সূর্য মামারও দেখা নেই তবে আবহাওয়া একটা গুমোট ভাব রয়েছে । স্কুল গেটে দাড়াতেই হাতে একটা লিফলেট ধরিয়ে দিল—ভোট চাই ! আবার কেউ কেউ নতুন স্কুলের ঠিকানার লিফলেট হাতে গুঁজে দিচ্ছে !

দিনমজুর মামুনের সাথে কথা হলো — ইট টানার টুকরিটা মাথায় দিয়ে, টুপি মাথায়— একটা গামছা শরীরে জড়িয়ে দাড়িয়ে আছেন, আজকের মতো তার ইট টানার কাজ শেষ। একটু পরেই পাওনা বুঝে ফিরে যাবেন; ভোর রাইতে উঠছি, আইজ ইট টানার কাজ পাইছিলাম— কোনদিন কাজ পাই আবার পাই না । আইজ মোট ৮০০ টাকা কামাই করছি । সে ঢাকা শহরে এসেছেন কয়েক বছর হলো, দিনমজুর হিসাবে কাজ করছেন । মামুনের সাথে কথা বলতে বলতে আমরাও ফিরে চলি—আমাদের গন্তব্যে . . .

পুরান ঢাকা, বাহাদুর শাহ পার্ক

১৯ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৮

Witness My Time . . .

Hindu devotees sits with lamps and pray at the Shri Shri Lokanath Brahmachar Ashram temple during the Rakher Upobash in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 10 November 2018. © Monirul Alam

I thinks it’s a —Light Pray Worship events ! The environment gradually turn from darkness to light. As an eyewitness I delighted to observed it, last week I was their and to do coverage a beautiful events. It’s Hindu religious worship.They called  “Rakher Upobash” or “Kartik Brati”. 

I takes on my position and than closely observe the events. The ritual begins after a day long fast to all devotees has been going to their temple for join worship during the worship they carries with earth made oil lamps, banana leaves, various fruits, holy book with all religious manners; they sits on the temple ground and than praying with sacred songs and music; they pray for their love ones, the environment creates with smoke and spiritual sprit, after their prayers then they brake fast.

Lokenath Brahmachari who is called Baba Lokenath was an 18th century Hindu saint and philosopher in Bengal. Sometimes he is even considered to be a living god. Hindu devotees fast and pray in earnest to the gods for their favors during the ritual traditionally. #Dhaka #Bangladesh


18 October 2018 ~ I used to see Durga Puja festival today. Many Puja Mandap has been makeshift install in different places of Old Dhaka. During my walking with crowd people seen a large elephant walking with mahout’s who is ride him through mass traffic—The true essence of beauty lies in old part of Dhaka not only Durga Puja festival— You see anytime ! © Monirul Alam


Photojournalist Rashid Talukder on duty during an Hartal hour at Russel Square in Dhaka, BANGLADESH on June, 2005. © Monirul Alam

As my early photojournalism carrier in daily newspaper several time I meet him during my photographic assignment. Since that time ( 2005-2016 ) I works with Prothom Alo is that, our editor Matiur Rahman invited him to the Prothom Alo newspaper office to discuss about his photojournalism experience sharing with us such time our photojournalist to learn and listen more about in early Bangladesh photojournalism chapter, he share his experience as a newspaper photojournalist. As my study about in photojournalism that time Rashid bhai as a brilliant and dedicated photojournalist in his professional life, his photography archives as well as good although through his images we know about our importance historical visual.

Rashid Talukder was a Bangladeshi photojournalist for The Daily Ittefaq, most known for capturing some of the defining images of the atrocities during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. Talukder was a founder of the Bangladesh Photo Journalists Association.

He stepped into mainstream photography towards the end of the 1950s, and by 1959 he joined the Press Information Department. After two years of service he began to work as a photojournalist in Daily Sangbad. It was in 1961, that he was given his first assignment. Talukdar worked uninterruptedly for a period of 13 years in The Daily Sangbad. For the next 32 years of his life he was engaged as a photojournalist in Daily Ittefaq. As a photographer with a knack for turning up at the right time in the right places, Talukder was a witness to the history of three successive epochs. [ Source SHAKHAWAT TIPU  / departmag ]

He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award the Chobi Mela, an International Photography Festival in Dhaka, in 2006, and the 2010 the ‘Pioneer Photographer Award’ given by National Geographic Society. Talukder born in October 24, 1939 and Died October 25, 2011 in Dhaka. He work with The Daily Ittefaq.