Interpreter of Maladies | The Daily Star
  • What's in a wedding?

    Traditionally, the celebration of a union of two lives, weddings can have religious (nikah), social (receptions), and cultural (holud) aspects, at times, with an added financial one (dowry!), depending on the families involved.

  • Impacts of excessive sadness

    Humans are emotional beings, meaning that a wide range of emotions are normal in human experiences, some of which are called negative emotions and some are called positive, depending on the kind of physiological response it evokes.

  • Lessons on morality

    Morality is a heavily loaded contentious topic. We can explore it carefully to examine its benefits and drawbacks at individual, community or social level.

  • Addiction: the silent catastrophe

    Addiction is a common problem that silently haunts many families around the world. Ignorance, secrecy and social stigma make this problem worse with consequent shame and isolation. Addiction is often defined as a pathological relationship with an external mood-altering agent despite all the negative consequences it brings.

  • Dealing with Stress

    Stress is part and parcel of modern life and it isn't necessarily a bad thing. Positive stress motivates us and helps us to get things done. I suspect most of us would be living a vegetative life if there were no internal or external stressors at all to deal with! However, stress becomes negative when it demands too much personal and

  • Fixing a broken marriage

    If we look at the history of marriage, it appears that back in the 18th century, marriage was mostly an economic arrangement. Marriage was used to manage wealth through merging properties of two families and then ensuring it through inheritance laws. Marriage also played a vital role in maintaining social class and adhering to the same social group (e.g. Brahman marrying Brahman or rich marrying rich etc.). In

  • Geriatric care — life after retirement

    The average lifespan has increased in Bangladesh which means more people are now living in their 70's, 80's and 90's.

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    Interpreter of maladies

    Q. Youngsters are very much into 'slumber parties.' Even we had them in our teen days but that was more than one and a half decade ago. How should parents handle the demand for night outs by girls and boys? Is it necessary, does it have good aspects to it, or is it all bad?

  • Interpreter of maladies

    Rise of mental health disorders among transitional aged youths (16-24 years) is quite alarming for families and societies across the globe.

  • Parenting skills

    Parenting is quite a challenging job that most of us sign up for without even realising the responsibilities and pains attached to it.

  • Interpreter of maladies

    Q. For quite some time now, I am getting intrusive thoughts especially at the end of the night. I have developed

  • Society’s slings and arrows

    I have extreme claustrophobia which reaches a point when I can't even get into an elevator with more than four people in it.