Step-by-Step Guide on How to Renew/Reissue Passport in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Our hearts miss a beat whenever we think of any task that has to do with our government. A lot of things used to be a big hassle — and some of them still are — whenever you needed some sort of citizen service from government offices.

However, over the past few years, significant changes have taken place. Digital Bangladesh is still a phrase we use to mock ridiculous decisions that our government take from time to time — entering 200+ characters by hand to top-up prepaid electric meters, banning Facebook during exam periods, shutting down internet ahead of the exams to prevent question leaks, to name a few — but if you look at some other areas, a lot has actually changed.

Applying for and renewing a passport used to be a ‘broker’ or dalal’s territory. The process still incites fear among the people. Even today, it does make one afraid and stressed about the whole process. The truth is, thanks to the digitalization of much of the process, it’s becoming much, much easier to do these tasks. Continue reading “Step-by-Step Guide on How to Renew/Reissue Passport in Dhaka, Bangladesh”

Of taking pictures in public

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In some developed countries, it’s legal to take pictures in public places including public roads and streets. However, if you’re being a creep and zooming in on people or otherwise singling out someone when taking a picture, it might be considered a violation of privacy, especially if that person decides to sue you.

I’m not 100% knowledgeable on the details of this law and where it is applicable: that’s a proper street photographer’s job. But what I do know is that in countries like India and Bangladesh, might is right. There are no laws that will save you if you get caught while trying to take someone’s picture in public space without their permission. The public will just have another field day beating the shit out of you if the subject(s) of your picture were to make a scene.

Today’s hot topic on Facebook seems to be a picture of a lady wearing a yellow saree, obviously celebrating the occasion of the first day of Falgun, who is riding a matching yellow-colored scooter. People are sharing that picture on various Facebook groups and in the comment section of those pictures, there’s a raging debate going on whether taking a picture like that without the subject’s permission is right or legal.

As I’ve already established, I’m not an expert on this, but I do have an opinion. And in my opinion, it’s okay to take the picture, and I think that for a number of reasons. Continue reading “Of taking pictures in public”