Day 132937 in Oborodh Town -- relationships are falling apart. The kilometres of dusty, deserted expressway leading to the faraway township of Uttara speak of happier times, when impatient lovers sat in traffic for hours to meet their beloved, whispering sweet-nothings on their mobiles, just out of the chauffeur's earshot. In this issue of SHOUT, we take a look at the long-distance relationships this city gave birth to. Even though the physical distance might not be so great between Dhanmondi and Uttara, the complete breakdown in communication has pushed lovers beyond each other's reach. How do they make up for it, or do they ever?
On a brighter note, New Year's round the corner, and that means the ghosts of last year's resolutions are haunting us. Our columnist takes a look at the economic/behavioural theories behind failed resolutions, so this year when you give up halfway you at least know why you failed. New Year also means parties, lots of instagrammed selfies, and the scope to photo-bomb rather than cocktail-bomb. Our guide to extraordinary photo-bombing will ensure you are the heart of the party.
Here's hoping this week's SHOUT will entertain you, blockades will end and your relationships will gain back momentum. If not, good reading and good riddance.
– Madhubanti Anashua, Sub-editor, SHOUT