• Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Published July 24, 2014

Published Date: July 24, 2014
PARKS & RECREATION

PARKS & RECREATION

If you're in Dhaka for Eid and are stuck for places to go, it really shouldn't be because Dhaka can be a beautiful place when it's not filled to the brim. This city has its own brand of magic -- one that'll never fail to entertain you. From watching angry bus drivers in heated arguments on roadsides, to a stroll down Dhanmondi Lake on a calm afternoon, Dhaka can be amazing. For those that complain that there aren't many things to be done in the city, I ask you to read on because Dhaka, my friend, has parks and recreational activities in abundance.   We begin with Dhanmondi. The Dhanmondi Lake really is something beautiful. With vivid trees shading the pathway on which you walk, to the little red bricked platforms made for resting...

  

Published Date: July 24, 2014
Beginners' Guide to (not) paying
Salami

Beginners' Guide to (not) paying<br>Salami

I love money! No matter how much of a crude capitalist that makes me sound, asking for money is sweet rather than selfish on Eid day. The mood and the merriment are always on their height on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr and what adds to the excitement is children lining up in front...

ECHOES

Published Date: July 24, 2014
Success:
More to the Picture than Meets the Eye

Success: <br> More to the Picture than Meets the Eye

Rock stars are all around us. They don't shine in music only. They exist everywhere you look. Their light makes the world glow from the spotlight where they stand. It's from this spotlight we see them. The newspaper, the television and the social media beam lights from this very spotlight. After seeing these rock stars, isn't it easy to feel motivated? You can become one too? When we see a phenomenon, there's almost always more to the picture than meets the eye. When we fail to see the story behind the story, we tend to overestimate the story we actually see. JK Rowling and Paulo Coelho are two of the...

Published Date: July 24, 2014
100 SMILES 2014

100 SMILES 2014

Saturdays are usually not very eventful in the typical Dhakaite's life. The traffic is relatively lazy, schools are out and it's the underdog day of the weekend. On July 19, however, the One Degree Initiative Foundation (1dI) went all out and hosted the fifth year of 100 Smiles. The One Degree Initiative Foundation...

GAME REVIEW

Published Date: July 24, 2014
OUTLAST

OUTLAST

Platforms: Windows, PS4, X1 Outlast is a survival horror game from Red Barrels, a new independent company with founders who've worked on games like Assassin's Creed, Prince of Persia, Uncharted and Splinter Cell. In Outlast, you play as an investigative reporter who is following a tip concerning not-so-legal, not-so-ethical activities in his friendly neighbourhood mental asylum. After a drive through a dark forest, you finally arrive there. There is no one at the gate. The front doors are locked with police vans outside, but you don't hear a soul. You find other means to let yourself into the building and the investigation begins. And wouldn't you know it—the homicidal patients have all...

APP REVIEWS

Published Date: July 24, 2014
ANDROID:
Preventing Invasion of Privacy on Smartphones

ANDROID: <br>Preventing Invasion of Privacy on Smartphones

The password or pattern lock on your smart phone can only do so much to protect your privacy. But when you let someone use your phone, there's always that risk of them reading your messages, viewing your pictures or files that you'd not want them to, and of course that inevitable fraping that leaves everyone questioning your sexuality. There are some apps in Google Play Store which can help you out in these cases. APPLOCK It's a free app that lets you lock other apps on your smarty. You can use the password or pattern lock, and there's a random keyboard option and pattern invisibility option to prevent peepers from gaining access....

FABLE FACTORY

Published Date: July 24, 2014
THE CHAMPION

THE CHAMPION

Mere flesh and blood after all. I feel like screaming! I want to scream so loud, that your dead ears would burst. Renna still held the sword over the lifeless body of her challenger. As she took out her blade and cleaned it with the dead boy's clothes, she couldn't help but think again...

Published Date: July 24, 2014
BRAKES

I struggled to keep my eyes open, my right hand gripped the wheel while I began to rub my eyes with the left. I glanced at the small digital watch on the dashboard -- 2 am. I swore out loud. I had an hour for the delivery to be made on time. A minute late and the retailer would make a fuss about paying me. 200 kilograms of onions, pulses and potatoes were wrapped tightly with sacks and ropes...

SINGLE REVIEW

Published Date: July 24, 2014
Space/Ghost’s New Single

Space/Ghost’s New Single

After having been featured on Dhaka Electronica Scene's (DES) “Explorations” and Akaliko Records' “Melankoli”, Dhaka-based solo electronic project, Space/Ghost is back with his new single “Kimosabe”. The track stands alone with its unique pulsating vibe amidst the horde of bass-heavy, experimental and fusion tracks that DES' reserve holds. Excuse me if I sound like...

Published Date: July 24, 2014
Gaza's Fight to Exist

Gaza's Fight to Exist

In the rubbles of Gaza, there now lie more than 300 Palestinians. Victims to both the cruel coincidence of their geographic birth land and a conflict spanning almost a century. It is a strange place where making it through an entire day is considered a privilege, let alone accessing food and shelter. And...

Published Date: July 24, 2014
Books to Read Depending on Your Mood

Books to Read Depending on Your Mood

Mood: Gloomy/ Exhausted Reading is respite. For even the most amateur of readers, provided you give it a chance, reading acts as a means to escape from the harsh reality around you and visit another world of your tastes and fantasies. For more avid readers, it is life. You can choose your next read as per your mood and then let the book do wonders to your mood. As depressing as the theme of this article may seem, the point I'm trying to make is quite the opposite. For times when you're feeling gray, be it from a personal crisis or from being overworked, what we need is a pick-me-up. We...

Published Date: July 24, 2014
The Essential Humayun Ahmed

The Essential Humayun Ahmed

You were surprised when the whole country seemed to come to a standstill at his untimely passing because you were too young to understand. Or you never really got into the craze. But take some time to explore his work. You might just end up loving the man. Here's a ranking of five...

Published Date: July 24, 2014
SHEMAI ALTERNATIVES

SHEMAI ALTERNATIVES

The recent news on unhygienic food production during the month of Ramadan has caused quite a stir among food lovers across the country. Known to the rest of the world as vermicelli, our 'shemai' has been the latest victim of such adulteration. Kids and adults alike have reportedly shown their disapproval towards the...

Published Date: July 24, 2014
BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 presents Campus Soundbox at IUB Presented by Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 and powered by U-Cash, 'Campus Soundbox' has begun at Independent University, Bangladesh. Campus Soundbox is an initiative of Creinse Limited, the official Programme Syndication Partner of MTV/Viacom in Bangladesh. The key objective of the event is to discover fresh music...

Published Date: July 24, 2014
Dhaka: Nice and Empty

Dhaka: Nice and Empty

Dhaka is actually reasonably-endowed with nice places and charming views, but usually this view will be blocked by someone's armpit. For one magical almost-week the masses will vacate the city and you can go about and actually look at stuff. Our cover story lists a fair few places you can go during the...

INTERNET TREASURE

Published Date: July 24, 2014
Akinator, the Web Genius

Akinator, the Web Genius

Akinator is a genie who asks you to think of a character, fictional or non-fictional, and tries to guess who you're thinking of via a series of questions. It's no great trick to program such a thing and Akinator clearly has a fairly large database covering even the most obscure of characters, but...

Published Date: July 24, 2014
SURPRISE AWAITS

SURPRISE AWAITS

 

Published Date: July 24, 2014
This Week's Horoscope

This Week's Horoscope