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Published April 17, 2014

Published Date: April 17, 2014
MasterChef AMBITIONS

MasterChef AMBITIONS

In a country where it seems like the only career choices lay in business, engineering or medicine, dreams of chasing a career in the culinary arts were unheard of. Hardly, anyone was interested in becoming a chef. However, recent times prove that many young Bangladeshis aspire to professionally join the gastronomic world or seek lifelong careers bringing quality to people's palates. What is it that inspires them, we wonder? Is it exposure to popular reality shows such as “Masterchef” or are they motivated by Bangladesh's booming culinary industry? Arman Musa, 16, owner of a well-known cupcake business on Facebook, Cupcakes and Co, agrees that he was inspired by Dhaka's rapidly growing chain of restaurants and cafes. He says, “Opening up a food business is a smart choice in Dhaka because it's still our main source of recreation. When we go out with friends or family, we go out primarily to eat. It comforts and assures me greatly knowing that people are willing to pay up to get high quality food.” However, Nusrat Tabassum, founder of Silver Linings, a bakery that focuses on specialised cakes, disagrees. She says that she was...

Published Date: April 17, 2014
R.I.P. Windows XP

Windows XP, 13, died on April 8, 2014. (Okay well maybe die is too strong a word, but as a growing organism, it stopped by all accounts.) Born to Windows 2000 and Windows 98SE on October 25, 2001 in Redmond, Washington, Windows XP was originally conceived as an operating system for the business audience. After thirteen years, Windows XP still managed to remain the second most popular operating system in the world before Microsoft decided it was time to let go,...

Published Date: April 17, 2014
TSSEP: Using Technology for a Better Society

TSSEP: Using Technology for a Better Society

YES Alumni Bangladesh organised the Tech Solutions to Socio-Economic Problems (TSSEP), from March 15 to 27, to show high-school students how technology can be used as a tool to solve social problems. The programme was a project of the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and was a...

Published Date: April 17, 2014
Recognition for Young Achievers

Recognition for Young Achievers

The Daily Star 15th Award Presentation Ceremony for O and A Level students was held on April 5 at the Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka to recognise students who achieved at least 6 A's in O Level and 3 A's in A Level. Students from English medium schools were present...

OVERCLOCK

Published Date: April 17, 2014
Knowing your Graphics Card: Facts

Knowing your Graphics Card: Facts

A graphics card is undoubtedly the most crucial upgrade for your gaming PC. Sad thing is, the average noob has to tackle a plague of myths and misconceptions when he (or she) decides to make his first purchase. We'll tell you what to buy at what budget in another issue, but for now...

FABLE FACTORY

Published Date: April 17, 2014
ARABELLA

ARABELLA

Arabella was born on a cold December morning to the town's only doctor and his young wife. Her mother died during childbirth, and the doctor lost the love of his life. As the relatives rejoiced in the much anticipated birth; the doctor drank in the sorrow of his beloved's departure. Thus, Arabella was...

Published Date: April 17, 2014
EXPOSED

EXPOSED

Usually, our brain takes fractions of seconds to process information. We are able to respond to most things almost immediately. However there are a few things that, no matter how real, we find almost impossible to believe. A feeling of numbness takes over and the brain stops functioning. The first time we hear about the loss of someone special brings about this feeling and the few seconds that follow seem never ending. When my mother first told me that the person who meant the world to me was no more, I did not know how to respond. I felt as though every organ in my body was twisting inside. Time...

Published Date: April 17, 2014
Farewell, Sue Townsend

Farewell, Sue Townsend

When I first met Adrian Mole, I was twelve. I borrowed “The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾” from a friend who had borrowed it from the British Council library. That was the first time I encountered another teenager's inner world, a glimpse into the painfully funny phases of adolescence that made me laugh at my own ordeals. Back when I was reading the first two books, what I could relate to was Adrian Mole's obsession with his multiple zits or his intense embarrassment at having parents, a feeling all teenagers are familiar with. Unfortunately, the British Council library only had the first book of the series, so I...

Published Date: April 17, 2014
ANIME REVIEW

ANIME REVIEW

Suppose you have a microwave oven and a phone. What do you do? I can only expect you to give me a blank look. Believe me when I say that these two appliances were enough for Okabe to invent a type of time machine. You connect your phone to it; send a text...

EVERYDAY SCIENCE

Published Date: April 17, 2014
Exploring the Crab Nebula

Exploring the Crab Nebula

A supernova is an exploding star whose luminosity -- after exploding -- suddenly increases millions of timesl. A supernova remnant, therefore, is the cloud gas resulting from the explosion. The Crab Nebula is located 6300 light years away, in the constellation of Taurus. Though not visible to the naked eye, it could be seen...

ECHOES

Published Date: April 17, 2014
The Evolution of Pahela Baishakh

The Evolution of Pahela Baishakh

        In the “Wealth of Nations”, Adam Smith wrote in 1776, taxes should be collected when taxpayers find it convenient to pay. Two centuries before Smith, Akbar the Great realised this when he faced the challenge of collecting taxes to run the Mughal Empire. Akbar and his astrologers did something that has now become...

Published Date: April 17, 2014
MOVIE THEATRE ETIQUETTE

MOVIE THEATRE ETIQUETTE

A large, dark room filled with people sitting in rows enjoying a movie being played on a big white screen and you ask – what could go wrong? My answer: ANYTHING. From trash talking and food fighting to possibly a mini revolution of sorts, movie theatres are home to much drama themselves. Buckle...

Published Date: April 17, 2014
HUMANS OF BANGLADESH

HUMANS OF BANGLADESH

Mustafa works at a roadside bookstall in Nilkhet, Dhaka. These bookstalls mostly sell used books and are treasure troves for students and avid readers. Mustafa has been working here for the last three years. He couldn't continue his education after class 8 and had to come to Dhaka to earn a living. He is...

Published Date: April 17, 2014
BULLETIN BOARD

A glimpse of Harvard National MUN 2014 NABEERA RAHMAN The 60th session of the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) took place from February 13 to 16 at Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Massachusetts, USA. It was an honour for our delegation to be selected to attend the largest, oldest and most prestigious simulation of the United Nations -- HNMUN-2014. It was a unique opportunity to interact with over 3,000 fellow students from 73 countries. Soon after registration, there were a couple of...

Published Date: April 17, 2014
Windows Crab Chef

Windows Crab Chef

A lot of people nowadays want to be professional chefs. Unfortunately for them, Bangladesh provides no opportunity for bachelor's degree in culinary arts. In today's cover story, we talk about how difficult it is to become a pro-chef and what could be done to be one. Officially, Windows XP is dead. But I disagree....

Published Date: April 17, 2014
Internet Treasure

Internet Treasure

Ever since the day we figured out how to change fonts, Comic Sans has plagued us. Amateur designers think that Comic Sans is the universal answer to “being trendy.” If you love the font (you should not) there's only one way that can wean you away from the terrible, quirky curves of Comic Sans MS. Head over to comicneue.com and get the typeface that will work perfectly for your 5th grade assignment headers.

Published Date: April 17, 2014
SURPRISE AWAITS

SURPRISE AWAITS

 

Published Date: April 17, 2014
This Week's Horoscope

This Week's Horoscope

 

Published Date: April 17, 2014
Mixtape

Mixtape