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This is a blog maintained by Bangladeshi photographer and writer Shahidul Alam. It is open to anyone who might like to contribute, but content is moderated for style, content and relevance. Please only send work where you own the copyright.

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  1. Partha Sengupta says:

    Dear Sir,
    I had seen your images over the web and had an opportunity to see you there at the recently held photo festival at Delhi.
    Just got the opportunity about this blog and want to subscribe, unfortunately the link provided for subscribing is not working
    So help me out for the subscription.
    Thanks and regards,

  2. Hi Partha. I just checked from Amsterdam and the link https://drik-amsterdam-01.drik.net:10000/virtualmin-mailman/unauthenticated/listinfo.cgi/shahidulnews (under the heading “Subscribe to ShahidulNews” – just above the blogroll, not the subscribe button above which relates to feeds – does appear to be working). I shall subscribe you anyway. Warm regards, Shahidul

  3. Rani Wierda says:

    Dear Mister Alam,

    I don’t think my writing is relevant for your blog, but I couldn’t reach you on youre website. Please, I would be gratefull if you can find time to read my question.

    Dear Mister Alam,

    Recently I saw information about you on a Dutch news website. The first thing I noticed is, that you come from Bangladesh. For me Bangladesh is the name of the country where I was born. Besides the western view of Bangladesh I know little to nothing about your country. I’ve been there once as a tourist, but I did not have the feeling that I got to know the country and her citizens.
    I was adopted to the Netherlands and a few years ago I started to experience the effect of loss of my (biological) mother, who I never met since she died when I was born. The feeling was intense and the effect of this experience of grief is that I suddenly felt more freedom to feel and experience things around me. Becoming more aware of myself so to say.
    Facts tell me I’m a Dutch citizen and have all the things I materially could wish for. But the other reality is that I feel the need to look for my biological family; If not my parents, maybe a sister and other relatives, like an uncle.
    Being a human right activist, I can imagine, that the stories people tell you are much more serious than mine, but if you can spare some time I would be grateful if you could be of any assistance, due to the fact of your understanding and managing  to find your way in Bangladesh administration.
    Can you tell me to what organisation – public or private – I can contact to support me to find my biological family, if there are any?
    Maybe it is possible for you to assist me by informing me about the necessary contact details. Or maybe you have any advice where I should start or work from to fulfill my wish to reconnect with my origin.
    Thank you so much in advance for taking the time to read this email.
    Kind regards,
    Rani Wierda

  4. Dear Rani,

    I will be happy to try and trace your biological mother. I can make no promises, but please send as much information as you can to my email ID shahidul@drik.net and I will try and see what I can come up with.

    Best wishes,


  5. Rani Wierda says:

    Dear mister Alam,
    Last February I contacted you about my search for biological family in Bangladesh. On your request I sent you some details from my adoption file. I would kindly like to ask you whether you have succeeded in obtaining any further information that can be helpful in my search. I’ve would have send you this by email, but the email came back 

    Yours sincerely,

    Rani Wierda

  6. Dear Rani,

    While road and telephone numbers at Dhanmondi have all changed, there is no “Inter Country Child Adoption Project” in the old address either. I have made enquiries, but I suspect this will be a long drawn out investigation. Few records in Bangladesh go back to the seventies.

    Please don’t give up hope. I shall keep trying.



  7. Frank Conway says:

    Just FYI, my Firefox browser doesn’t seem to trust the drik.net link for subscribing.
    This could be a temporary lapse of identifying information for the site, or an error, or anything. I don’t know.
    I’ve tried it a couple of times.
    This is what it tells me:
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    I was able to subscribe through My Yahoo. Based on your article about Rafael Correa and the photography I’ve seen I look forward to following you.
    Frank Conway
    Albuquerque, NM, USA

  8. peter says:

    Hello and thank you for the site, your photographers are well represented. In fact we have linked you site from capturedglobal.com given your mention of the special recognition grant awarded to AKM Shehab Uddin.

    Mr. Uddin’s original prints from Amarao Manush: Pavement Dwellers are offered at capturedglobal.com. Thank you for your work. 

  9. Ambarin says:

    Dear Mr. Alam and Ms. Wierda, I came across this write-up in an Indian magazine which reminded me of the little story that I saw here.

    Ms. Wierda, I sincerely hope you find the links that you’re looking for.

  10. Rani Wierda says:

    Dear Mr. or Ms. Ambarin,

    thanks for your whises and your article. Some stories are hopefull. 

  11. Maisha says:

    Dear Mr. Alam,

    I sent you an email a few days ago regarding a photo competition organised by myself, asking you to be one of the judges. We would really appreciate your expertise. Please let me know if you are interested. Thank you.


  12. merridy2013 says:

    Hello Shahidul Alam,
    As a technical editor, I am working on various papers on the topic of social justice. You have been credited as the source of the term “majority world” to replace, e.g., “third world”. I’d like to be able to provide a citation, where appropriate. Please, if you have a publication or any published material where you introduce this term, would you send me the reference here as a follow-up? Thank you.

  13. Hi Merridyl. Best to write to me directly at shahidul@drik.net. A reference to the term Majority World can be found in http://www.asianfortunenews.com/site/article_0808.php?article_id=60. See if this helps.

  14. admin says:

    Dont’ recall having received the mail Maisha. And rarely check this space. Please resend to shahidul@drik.net Probably too late, but at least we’ll have connected :-)

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