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  • The shepherd of floating dreams

    I sometimes think of Dhaka as an ancient twisted folk tale—one with a mystical, rusty lamp with a faux genie.
  • When the monsters came out of the closet

    It is the eve of Eid-ul-Azha. A little girl goes to a neighbour’s house to apply mehendi on her hands. A skip in her step.
  • Fighting a different kind of war

    Being a millennial, finding the time and desire to indulge in the act of “simply doing nothing” is a grinding process. The Dutch have even coined a term for this luxury: “Niksen”, which, in plain English, translates to “enjoying idleness” and which, in plain reality, is an almost impossible task for Gen Y.
  • Privacy violations, the rise of Big Data and Orwell’s premonition

    In George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, the fictional omniscient entity “Big Brother” seemed like an absurd possibility even a decade back. For an all-knowing being to exist in a society that had access to a constant flow of information was not common in everyday narratives of the time.
  • Breaking the backbone of a nation

    Childhood recollections eventually start resembling the bright, vivid pages of a favourite storybook. We turn those pages someday,
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