TAHSIN ABEDI | The Daily Star

  • A book that makes you say "law, have mercy"

    Set in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s, The Help by Kathryn Stockett talks about racial segregation at its worst. The book is narrated by three very different women; Aibileen, a black maid who is raising her 'seventeenth white child', Minny, another black maid unable to keep a job due to her loud mouth and hot head, and Miss Skeeter, a white woman who wants to be a writer.
  • From one home to another

    It was hot inside the bus – there was no air-conditioning. I was engulfed by the stench of stale sweat, cheap cologne and a gloomy scent of desolation. What an oxymoron, though, because the bus was anything but empty, with passengers crammed both inside and on the roof, clutching their bags of coconuts and fresh vegetables that they had collected from
  • Dealing with a bad exam

    “Candidates, you have five minutes remaining until the end of the examination,” blares the speaker. Your heartbeat suddenly increases exponentially. Your mind goes blank, known answers are forgotten and your brain turns into a mushy mess of fat and tissue that seems to have lost its intellectual prowess. Your pen is scribbling away words that don't make any sense and before you can actually finish the paper, the speaker announces that the time is over.
  • Struggles of having acne prone skin

    Acne is basically caused by pores getting clogged with either dirt or oil. So, after a long, tiring day, don't just plop on the bed directly, remember to actually wash your face.
  • Coping with changing houses

    If you are about to move to a new house and the sheer thought of packing up your whole life and unpacking it in a strange new place is starting to overwhelm you, then you are in the right place. As someone who has moved houses twice in the last two years, I speak from experience that your moving experience will be far less stressful if you follow these 15 guidelines.