Darshan Chakma

Category: Photo Stories

Will be with you

All Souls’ Day is marked on 2nd November, when relatives call to remembrance the loving departed. They remember and pray for the souls of people who are in Purgatory – the place (or state) in which those who have died atone for their less grave sins before being granted the vision of God in Heaven.
The images from this series are showing how those passing souls observe their relatives, visitors and other sights surrounding them. The relatives strongly believe that their loving one can hear or see them. Some of the relatives pass sometimes beside their grave, fire candles, decorate the graves with flowers and express their love with tears and smiles.


Most of the rickshaw pullers of Dhaka city pull the traditional three wheeler vehicle 8-10 hrs per day to manage their costs of daily foods, accommodation and the remaining money is only a few to satisfy their other needs.

The black dots that forms from their sweat on their clothes are the sign or marks of their hard works, pains, sorrows and fight.

Still they never die, they never cry and they never loose their battle until the age betray them.

A tale that never ends

Inside an iron Cave

The shipbuilding industry in Bangladesh is now becoming a promising sector as it has signed several contracts with Danish investors to build multipurpose vessels. These shipyards have positioned as serious players in the international shipbuilding industry in strong competition with Chinese and Vietnamese shipbuilders.

Although these ship yards are capturing international markets still they are not well equipped. The workers are not getting sophisticated safety supports. They are still using some traditional and local mechanisms. The workers work in two shifts and they are from different ages. It takes at least 3 years to build a ship. Those who works inside the ships hardly can see the outside surrounding them but only the sky. And who work outside the ships, passes most of times cutting iron sheets and with the flames of welding.

Beside these issues, they really do enjoy their job, leisure time gossiping and feel proud to be an iron cave builders.

Ripped Campaign

Politics of Bangladesh takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic republic, whereby the Prime Minister of Bangladesh is the head of government, and of a multiparty system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and parliament. The Constitution of Bangladesh was written in 1972 and has undergone fifteen amendments. Being a democratic country, an election takes place after every five years when a new authority of power is to be chosen by the people.

Politicians very often use posters, a piece of printed paper carrying a direct message to ordinary people. Such vast use of posters are mainly seen before election as vote campaign, local festive greets and more importantly as a protest of ongoing issues. These posters work as the voice of politicians as well as being a direct bridge between politicians and the people

Everyday new posters are being printed and every issue is changing. With such drift in our politic weather, every poster is being overlapped by a new one. As people’s view differ, some rip off what they do not want to see, fulfilling their hatred, they cover the old one and post their own.. Of course not all the posters are tore due to anger or jealousy. A great number of posters are only ripped out of silly boredom.

As said above, every five years the government changes. As the leaders changes , along with almost everything in the country, the words and the meanings of most posters change as well. These destroyed posters and the uncountable overlaps shows clearly how unstable our authority is. It’s unfortunate how these tiny bits of paper represent the transient mood of Bangladeshi politics , politicians and the overall fate of the people.

Colors for victory

Holi – the festival of colors is one of the most popular festivals of the country. It is celebrated during the spring season and embodies all the festivity, liveliness and exuberance of the season. Holi is the festival of young hearts. Spraying colors, dancing on traditional Holi songs, musical drum beats and wild processions are the common scenes that one comes across during this festival. The festival is associated with various legends but the most popular among them is the tale of Hollika. According to legends there was a demon-king named Hiranyakashipu who was very cruel and ordered everybody to worship him and not God. He was against Lord Vishnu. However, his little son Prahlad refused to do so and continued to worship the almighty Lord Vishnu, the Hindu God. He tried hard to kill him but every time Lord Vishnu saved him. One of the sisters of the king named Holika had a boon to remain unscathed by fire, so she followed her brother’s wishes. However, with this sinful act against Lord Narayana’s devotee, Holika’s boon ended and she was burnt to ashes, while Prahlad came out safe. From that day onwards Holi is celebrated as the festival of the victory of good over evil. Even today, bonfires are lit on the night before Holi in memory of the event and burning of the evil Holika. It symbolizes the victory of Good over evil.

The Second Home

Most of the university going students in Dhaka city come from different districts of Bangladesh. Among these students maximum are from middle class families and a large number of them have to live in this mega city without their families but with their friends. Some time it becomes difficult for them to match with the urban life style. It takes couple of months or even a year to get used to this unknown city, unknown life and unknown faces. And soon they find themselves in their new home which they call “The second home”.

Being bachelors and students it is really hard to lead lives here. No one to take care of them, no one to show the right way or the right things and most of them they get a very limited budget from parents. They are the care taker of themselves.

Most of their monthly liquid money spends on house rent, food and transportation. As a consequent, they can not effort much for good accommodation and nutritious foods. They have to live on outside foods, have to share places while sleeping and studying.

Though living among so many urban problems and difficulties they do not forget how to struggle and how to entertain. And, always welcome a new member to their second home where they live.