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Published February 26, 2015

Published Date: February 26, 2015
Bystanders

Bystanders

Munize Manzur Imagine, I say, a nation of bystanders. Where we stand dumb and watch a wife bleeding over a husband who is lying face down, his head hacked in. Don’t be silly, he says. We are Bangalis. We raged against a giant and won. A David we are, he says. To any Goliath. Were, I...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
GROWING UP THE '90S VS THE 2000S

GROWING UP THE '90S VS THE 2000S

If you feel trapped in eternal childhood, unable to get over all the awesomeness that you experienced as kids, we are here to make you feel worse. Well, not really. We know that growing up was magical and whether you are a 90s' kid or a millennial, you have fond memories from your era that you would never want to let go of. FOOD We, the 90s kids, might not have had imported chips and restaurants mushrooming here and there but we definitely had food that was less adulterated. Mimi and Aziz Chocolates were childhood favourites for many of us and one of us have an entire scrapbook filled with...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
T20 : CURSE OR BOON FOR ODI?

T20 : CURSE OR BOON FOR ODI?

The ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup has presented us with quite a few innings with very high scores. While some attribute this to the characteristics of Australia and New Zealand grounds, some think it could be due to the effect of the Twenty 20 (T20) format on the ODIs. The shorter of the limited over game has evidently affected the longer one, but has it been for the best or not? Let's analyse. CONS: 1. Shorter duration. A T20 match usually takes roughly 3 hours to complete, whereas ODI takes more than twice that time generally. As a result, fans are more inclined towards watching T20 matches rather than sitting...

OVERCLOCK

Published Date: February 26, 2015
Engineering Fear

Engineering Fear

We as a species have always been obsessed with fear, and it's quite evident when you look back at how prevalent the horror genre is in every medium. The reason for this is quite simple. We need fear to survive. Whether it is in a human fleeing from a crazy axe murderer or a crab scuttling away from a fisherman, the need for fear exists in all sentient life. Commenting on Alien: Isolation, Dr. Russell Green, a psychiatrist, said, “If you look back at pre-human primates, most of our days were spent living a life that wasn't that dissimilar from that game. You're kind of walking around this environment, waiting...

GAME REVIEW

Published Date: February 26, 2015
DYING LIGHT

DYING LIGHT

Every gamer has played a zombie video game. The whole concept of being able to slay ravenous hordes of mindless zombies has been very popular. However, the recent zombie games have failed to make the same impact as their predecessors. Games like Dead Island and Dead Rising tried to incorporate new mechanics into...

FABLE FACTORY

Published Date: February 26, 2015
Boy-Interrupted

Boy-Interrupted

The world was for the boys who wore their hearts in iron covers and for the men who looked at the world from their stage of necessary ambitions. The men of the world. Designed for it, structured into it. They had their seasoned beards for a cause and perfumes that embraced the air when they...

DIY

Published Date: February 26, 2015
BOOKMARKS

BOOKMARKS

While store-bought bookmarks are a more convenient option for the lazy, home-made bookmarks possess more character and depth. Needless to say, they make the most perfect presents for bookworms. Paperclip Bookmarks Colourful paper or gem clips can make for adorable bookmarks. Twist one of the overlapping curled ends upwards to make a heart or just...

The Pit Grill

Published Date: February 26, 2015
Deceptively Underwhelming

Deceptively Underwhelming

The Pit Grill has always intrigued me. Being the first steak house in Dhanmondi, I felt a small piece of high-end Gulshan had made its way here, and I was eager to try. Thus, I made the journey one fine, winter night, but returned disappointed. Immediately upon walking in, I was in quiet awe...

APP REVIEW

Published Date: February 26, 2015
HabitRPG

HabitRPG

Platform: Android, iOS, Windows For most of us gamers, we sometimes wish that everything we accomplish gave us XP points to level up and distribute attribute points. Even though it sort of works like that in real life, we don't really have a definite stats page to show us for it. HabitRPG aims to give us that RPG in our real lives. HabitRPG is essentially a jacked up to-do list app. You can define everyday activities or certain actions according to difficulty and accomplishing those give you XP, HP and coins. You can spend the coins to do a “negative” action as opposed to the productive “positive” actions. Let's say you...

IS YOUR BODY READY?

Published Date: February 26, 2015
Myth: Girls shouldn't lift

Myth: Girls shouldn't lift

Apparently, older women here discourage girls from working out. They are of the opinion that if girls work out, then they will grow big and muscular. Then possibly they would never get married because the very sight of them would intimidate and emasculate the feeble men of this nation, and no man wants...

ECHOES

Published Date: February 26, 2015
There's no alternative to practice and deep thinking

There's no alternative to practice and deep thinking

A few days ago, I was humming a tune. I got curious about the lyrics. I found out the lyricist was Shibdas Bandopadhyay. He was born in Khulna. He penned lyrics for the singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika. In 1971, when Bangladesh was fighting for its existence, the two churned out the timeless song Ganga...

THE FARMER'S MARKET

Published Date: February 26, 2015
New Stage for Emerging Musicians

New Stage for Emerging Musicians

Live music at cafés is nothing new in Bangladesh. There have been such events in Bangladesh at eateries, with some cafés regularly hosting performances. Cuppa Coffee Club, The Stage and Thirty3 Lounge are some of the examples. I went to The Farmer's Market at Gulshan 1 with a few friends last Friday and...

DIGITAL MARKETING

Published Date: February 26, 2015
The Impact of Visuals & Digital Customer Service

The Impact of Visuals & Digital Customer Service

Remember those comic books we were crazy about when we were kids? Even today those comic books may draw us more than regular books. Marketing through effective visuals has always been the most important tactic of digital marketing. A recent study shows that the social media site, Instagram, with over 300 million users...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
BREAKING INTO BANGLA FICTION

BREAKING INTO BANGLA FICTION

To me, a stereotypical English medium bred nerd, Bangla fiction was alien territory until a few years ago. If I hadn't failed miserably in Bangla during high school I would not have taken it upon myself to read Bangla fiction (to improve my grades). So how did I get started? A school textbook actually; we had to study a few stories from Dui Banglar Chhotoder Sreshtho Golpo for Bangla class. It's an anthology of short stories and so serves as the perfect introduction to Bangla fiction. The stories are diverse and you can sample the works of Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, Humayun Ahmed, Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal and many more...

JATRATRONICA

Published Date: February 26, 2015
Breaking away from the monotony

Breaking away from the monotony

Jatratronica, organised by Goethe-Institut and Jatra Biroti (in Banani, Dhaka) on February 19, aimed to bring into focus the budding electronic music scenes of South Asia and Germany. Although Bangladeshi music enthusiasts aren't strangers to electronica, it is far from becoming an integral part of our everyday playlist. Jatratronica was a brave attempt...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
THE NEW NORMAL

THE NEW NORMAL

The human mind is a strange thing. We have all seen those posts that ask us where our concern for the plight of Gaza is now, and have we stopped caring about the Sundarbans and so on. While I do not encourage apathy it's important to realise that the mind that can always...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
This Week's Horoscope

This Week's Horoscope

 

Published Date: February 26, 2015
ENCOUNTERS 8: The time for change, is now

ENCOUNTERS 8: The time for change, is now

With the theme “Continents: Existence to obliteration”, this year, Earth Club of North South University launched 'Encounters 8' on February 20, 2015 at the NSU campus. 'Encounters' is a 3D exhibition hosted annually with the portrayal of a different environmental theme. While the previous Encounters displayed themes such as biodiversity, Sundarbans and impacts of...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

Boshonto Boron and Award Giving Ceremony at UU “Boshonto Boron” and Award Giving Ceremony 2015 was held on February 20, 2015 arranged by the Dept. of Physical Education at the permanent campus of Uttara University. Prizes were given away among 15 graduates (2013-2014 sessions) of the department. Prof. Dr. M. Azizur Rahman, VC of...

Published Date: February 26, 2015
MIXTAPE

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