Naveed Mahbub | The Daily Star
  • Naveed Mahbub

    The writer is an engineer at Ford & Qualcomm USA and CEO of IBM & Nokia Siemens Networks Bangladesh turned comedian (by choice), the host of ABC Radio's Good Morning Bangladesh and the founder of Naveed's Comedy Club. E-mail:

  • To Cut or Not to Cut

    When a cyclone is named Bulbul, chances are people, at least in Bangladesh, won’t take it seriously. And we are Bangladeshis—what freaks us out is not a number 9 signal, but the lowest number
  • Indecent Proposal

    A bit more about “special” rooms from my column a few weeks ago, when Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) was in the news for the wrong reasons. It’s room 429, Nazrul Islam Hall.
  • The last and the ludicrous

    Hats off to the Ministry of Public Administration for taking the bold step of introducing paternity leave. Better be clear though about the cap on the number of such leaves, else we will have a population explosion 2.0.
  • The ‘Special’ Room

    Room 429 is probably the furnace of the boiler. For it is on the topmost floor, thus a few inches of concrete in between the roof above being hit with direct sunlight (remember, the skies were clearer in those days with less pollution) and the furnace underneath.
  • The ‘i’ Word

    As Houthi drones strike Aramco oil refineries in Saudi Arabia, the world holds its breath. For the Houthis (reminds me of the nineties band, Hootie and the “Blow” Fish) are backed by Iran which in turn may lead to Operation Desert Stormy Daniels. But if president