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Published July 17, 2014

Published Date: July 17, 2014
EATING OUT BEFORE DAWN

EATING OUT BEFORE DAWN

Sehri is a meal that most of us eat with groggy eyes but lately, having sehri is turning into a social gathering of friends and families at the city's culinary attractions in the wee hours. This has long been a popular trend in Old Dhaka but of late restaurants in other parts of the city have also been catering to this growing need of the urbanites. So this Ramadan, we offer you our list of lively places -- offering the most appetising food -- that you can visit for sehri.   Star Kabab: We don't even know why we are mentioning this, since Star Kabab is always THE place to be, on any occasion. For sehri, Star Kabab remains open and offers its usual items. If you can't decide on a fancier place,...

Published Date: July 17, 2014
I like my football
like I like my music

I like my football<br> like I like my music

"It's like an orchestra, but it's a silent song, yeah? And I like heavy metal more. I always want it loud! I want to have this: 'BOOM!'” —Jurgen Klopp on Arsenal's style ahead of Dortmun vs Arsenal in the Champion's League 2013-2014. Klopp was not the first to make such comparisons. Many football styles have...

Published Date: July 17, 2014
SKILLS for LIFE
Combining creative expression and critical thinking

SKILLS for LIFE <br>Combining creative expression and critical thinking

“It's a jungle out there and you need to be ready,” says Dr. Shamsad Mortuza, Chief Advisor, Department of English, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB). He further explains that to be able to “think right and express right” is the key. With this in mind, ULAB introduced 'Skills for Life'. For the...

Published Date: July 17, 2014
How to Avoid Unwanted Attention

How to Avoid Unwanted Attention

We live in a world today where communication is perhaps the biggest part of our lives. Whether we live a few houses away or continents apart, we are almost always in touch. While it usually comes in handy to be able to reach anyone anytime, sometimes the constant ringing of the phone and...

TV REVIEW

Published Date: July 17, 2014
FARGO

FARGO

Fargo was this year's most unexpected TV series. What was all set to be another rip-off show made from a movie, turned out to be a fun, realistic dark comedy that is all about the predatory nature of humans. Based on the 1996 Coen brothers film of the same name, Fargo revolves around Lester...

FABLE FACTORY

Published Date: July 17, 2014
DHAKA GHOSTS

DHAKA GHOSTS

'I've been waiting for a guide to come and take me by the hand, Could these sensations make me feel the pleasures of a normal man? These sensations barely interest me for another day, I've got the spirit, lose the feeling, take the shock away.' —“Disorder”, Joy Division Sometimes in broad daylight, we'd see ghosts, all pale and...

Published Date: July 17, 2014
Your sonder, and mine.

'Sonder, noun. Briefly, "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own." Originally from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, which has a lot more beautiful neologism definitions like this you might enjoy’ - Urban Dictionary I sit in my Corolla, as the rain pours down. Dhaka is experiencing the year's first sweet shower. I hum in tune with the rain pellets, satisfied - the math test had gone well, but the dance exam needs...

Published Date: July 17, 2014
Writer Feuds on Twitter

Writer Feuds on Twitter

Bret Easton Ellis, the author of “American Psycho” and the guy who actually wanted to write the screenplay for “50 Shades of Grey”, is infamous on twitter for his spats. He recently tweeted about Nobel laureate Alice Munro, saying: “Alice Munro was always an overrated writer, and now that she's won the Nobel,...

Published Date: July 17, 2014
How to Creatively Oversell Yourself

How to Creatively Oversell Yourself

Whether it's for your college application or your first job, skills count just as much as your grades. Despite what everyone will say about grade point averages and certificates, skills are what set you apart from people who can actually do the job and people who only know how to do the job. Unfortunately, most of us lack actual skills barring keyboard shortcuts on how to like something on Facebook. So how do you spin your useless “skill set” into something that might land you a job or your dream college? You invent euphemisms. Script Facilitator Savant (I can touch-type on Microsoft Word…sometimes) There isn't a resume out there without Microsoft Office,...

Published Date: July 17, 2014
Mashroof Hossain, making law enforcement cool

Mashroof Hossain, making law enforcement cool

Assistant Superintendent of Police Mashroof Hossain is not just a young police officer. He's a symbol of change in a system that has often been considered static. He initiated the 'Dhaka Metropolitan Police Mobile App' project, which generated much positive response. He also initiated the first 'digital safe zone' in Bangladesh (a 400 metre safe zone under 24/7 police surveillance). As a social media savvy police officer, he initiated new possibilities in the country in terms of using social media as a crime fighting tool. With over 33,000 Facebook followers, Hossain is someone who makes being a police officer look cool and is undoubtedly an inspiration for young people...

Published Date: July 17, 2014
Selfies Don't Lie

Selfies Don't Lie

Taking selfies at every celebration, especially for the youngsters, has become a global trend and when it comes to showing support for your favourite football teams, a selfie is a must to show off your preparation to be a part of the carnival. To add a dose of fun to the football fever, The...

Published Date: July 17, 2014
Bangladeshi Self-help Books

Bangladeshi Self-help Books

Every newsstand in this city is proliferating with odd self-help books these days. And people actually buy them. They come in all sizes: some can fit in your pockets, while others are rather large. I don't know how effective they are (probably not much) but they do seem quite profitable. The Language Guides If you are the person who wants to learn a new language every 30 days, these are for you. There's help in the market for practically every language: English, German, Spanish, French, Belgian, Korean, Russian, Mandarin, etc.  They all promise to teach you a new language within 30 days. However, if you seriously want to learn one, they won't really...

Published Date: July 17, 2014
RESTAURANT ETIQUETTE

RESTAURANT ETIQUETTE

Eating out at restaurants has always been a popular pastime, particularly in Bangladesh where options for recreation are few and far between, but sometimes our behaviour at eateries makes it very difficult for others to have a decent time.  Here are a few guidelines for the next time you are at a restaurant....

Published Date: July 17, 2014
BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

Eastern University hosts 'Social  Business Youth Convention 2014' Eastern University, in collaboration with Yunus Centre, hosted 'Social Business Youth Convention 2014' at the university premises on July 2. The day-long event was focused on the theme of 'Empowering Youth through Social Business.' The convention was inaugurated by Rokia Afzal Rahman as Chief Guest in presence...

Published Date: July 17, 2014
IT'S SEHRI TIME

IT'S SEHRI TIME

Sehri is serious business. You can't just pick a random restaurant and be done with it. The portions have to be good enough to make you last 15 hours and the quality matters even more than your usual everyday meal. We decided to review all the sehri places worth going to at one...

INTERNET TREASURE

Published Date: July 17, 2014
Commercial Tunage

Commercial Tunage

Sometimes viral commercials go around the internet and the songs in the background leave us wanting more. You wouldn't expect Fiona Apple to do a cover of Pure Imagination for Chipotle but that happens and finding the music is a tough job. This is where commercialtunage.com comes in. They list all the music for the commercials.

Published Date: July 17, 2014
DOUGHIE & BRUNO

DOUGHIE & BRUNO

 

Published Date: July 17, 2014
This Week's Horrorscope

This Week's Horrorscope