HUMOROUSLY YOURS | The Daily Star
  • It's part of growing up

    The photo of the boy from St Joseph's School is flashed during the news on BTV, the only broadcasting channel in the country. His gone missing is national news. Two days later, there is a collective sigh of relief as he re-emerges, unscathed. Domestic interrogations yield that he got a detention at school and fled to his village home to escape the wrath of his parents.

  • Harry Oughta Know

    For myself and the senior midshipmen, this is a serious naval exercise. I have my marching orders from the Commandant of the Bangladesh Naval Academy to get serious about a dose of humour for the soon to be commissioned officers.

  • The Evolution of WMDs

    “Blessings only” is the blessing that has been the best blessing in the blessed season of WMDs—Weddings and Marriages of December. As an engineer I am black and white—at the wedding venue I queue up with all the others who have disregarded the last line of the invitation card.

  • The Accountable Link

    Times's up!” Everyone stops writing and places his/her test papers on the desk of Professor Ted Birdsall.

  • Tails You Lose

    The BBC Radio anchor announces live on air: “Well, that was our guest Naveed Mahbub. After the news we have with us in the studio—Jeffrey Archer.”

  • Legendary Singer Ayub Bachchu

    Heart to Heart

    The thin fused me corrects myself in the nick of time. After all, I have a six-year-old right in front of me. They are blotting papers, more so, when it comes to audio-visual equivalent of the Apple of Eden.

  • The Four Commandments

    The sophomore (second-year) engineering student sitting in front of my desk is sharp and confident. But being a typical Bangalee, I can't get rid of a parallel train of thought: what's up with his rather unusual circumstances of applying for the position of a summer intern?

  • America First, Bangladesh Second

    President Donald Trump said during his inaugural speech: “From this day forward, it's going to be only America First!”

  • It Takes Two to Tango

    The busy intersection is busier because people are confused as to what is to be followed (if at all) at the moment—the traffic lights or the hand signals of the police officer on duty.

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    If there is anything that will not only wake up a drowsy driver, but near about give him a heart attack, is the flashing lights of a police squad car in the US. The wattage and luminance emitted puts Dhaka's lit up Golf Garden to shame.

  • Gone with the Wind

    With the sun over the equator, it is hot as hell. July 19 records a high of 39 degrees Celsius, thus almost touching Bangladesh's record lowest 43…runs against West Indies.

  • Paul Pogba

    My Own Hat Trick

    My own vicarious hat trick—third in a row and the last column on the World Cup. Not surprising, as, for the past one month, not much work has been done in Bangladesh except for posting Facebook statuses on the games.

  • Russia World Cup final match france vs croatia

    Sucker for Soccer

    Well, the World Cup continues. The South Koreans are back home but are greeted with raw eggs. Thank Heavens, it's not North Korea; instead of eggs, it would've been ballistic missiles.

  • Kia > Mercedes

    Perhaps it is no coincidence that World Cup Football is not on a leap year. For this is the time when our hearts, especially those in Bangladesh, leap not only a beat, but beat in beats to see the favourites beat the favourites of the opponents. Even on December 16, do we not see so many flags as we see during this time—not those of Bangladesh's.

  • Obligingly Obliging

    I select seats 61A and 61B aboard the Boeing 777-200ER for myself and my only other travel companion, my 13-year-old. These are the poor man's business class seats—two seats next to the window and the aisle in the otherwise 3-3-3 seating configuration as the aircraft tapers off at the back. Besides, in the reverse direction, these are the 3rd row seats which will allow me to almost pre-board with the business class passengers.

  • June Bug

    As I sit down to write When Eddie Met Wallie, last week's Humorously Yours, I make a Freudian Slip in writing “pure bread” instead of “pure bred”.

  • When Eddie Met Wallie

    There is no reason for Queen Elizabeth II to have any apprehensions about Prince Harry marrying Meghan Markle,

  • LDC to DC

    During the serene start of a cricket game, two captains are on the field along with officials, as the coin is tossed.

  • America's Got Talent

    The students, teachers and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School return to campus in Parkland, Florida. But things will never be the same. After Marjory, just like after Columbine, Virginia Tech, Santana, San Bernardino, Las Vegas…, the debate on gun control is rekindled and is surely about to die an early death (yes, a sad pun), thanks to the gun-toting lobby.

  • The Rinkus and the Rajus

    Despite the apparent cordiality, there is the undercurrent of a race for the shotgun position, that is the front passenger seat of the car. Ok, the term “shotgun position” comes from the person sitting next to the stage coach driver sitting on the top of the stage coach with a shotgun in his hands as a means of protecting the passengers in the stage coach in the Wild Wild West.

  • Life Never Comes With a Manual

    Examination hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. They laugh when I say "examination hall".

  • Where Art Thou, Landline?

    Watching movies at home, no more missing the crucial scene as I have to dart to the bathroom, no rushing to catch the start of the

  • How often do you really look at a man's shoes?

    Sure I lived in sunny Southern California, but life is not quite Sunset Boulevard or Rodeo Drive or Malibu Beach.

  • Less is More

    But when you DO get that time, you'll be able to explain how the bird escaped from the cage not only in just two sentences, but with both your hands in your pockets…

  • Soap Opera

    In America, they put soap in the mouth of a kid when he uses swear words. The cussing has happened, he is a kid and the soap is out. But here's the catch: His daily dose of medicines include Propecia that

  • Are You Being Served?

    AFTER meeting the full cast of My Little Pony movie at Comic Con 2017 in San Diego, California along with getting their autographs, it is only natural that my six-year-old daughter goes to see the movie.

  • Eighteen Plus

    Forget the 2,000 years, focus on the rightmost two digits. The world has turned 18, woo hoo! Therefore, not a surprise that 17 has been anything but boring.

  • The Flight to Freedom

    Like every child, I'm a fussy eater. So, when I finally finish eating after what seems an eternity, mom goes, “Everybody clap! Naveed has

  • The Rat of Brooklyn

    I land at New York's John F Kenney Airport. Soon after, I am greeted by the sound of typical New York, or should I say, JFK Airport—an irritated, middle aged lady barking orders for people to line up as per their visa/immigration/nationality status.

  • Long Raining Reigns

    Definitely many long nights of depression with the end of the long running Sultan Suleiman—one of the most popular shows on local TV. In fact, I had to make sure my weekly TV show, The Naveed Mahbub Show on ATN Bangla ...

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