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  • A DIFFERENT KIND OF STREETWEAR

    Street vendors are a defining part of Dhaka. And in these roadside businesses, the cheap clothing industry is booming. It’s a shopper’s dream; you can find almost every possible clothing item at shockingly affordable rates.

  • REPURPOSE YOUR OLD LAPTOP

    Do you have an old laptop lying around the house that no one has the patience to even turn on? Perhaps its usefulness can be likened to that of the exit button on Skype.

  • THE BIG FAT BENGALI W̶E̶D̶D̶I̶N̶G̶ GRADUATION

    Unlike other days, Srijita woke up almost half an hour before her alarm rang. She knew this week was going to be one of the most exciting weeks of her life,

  • The Great Gridlock

    Rashed tried to remain as courteous as possible, and looked for the man’s bags. After only five minutes in the crowd, Mr. Chowdhury yelled, “Ridiculous! I’ll wait in the executive lounge for first class passengers. You let me know after the luggage is here and you have called my cars.”

  • CATTLE TALES

    Ugh, this heat is terrible. Why did I have to show up here? This is a terrible place for a goru’r haat. The turnout isn’t that good, parts of the fence around the perimeter are broken, and I can easily count all the loose nooses from a mile away.

  • WHOSE CONTENT IS IT ANYWAY?

    When it comes to entertainment, the demand for pirated content remains in Bangladesh despite the availability of a number of legal alternatives. Streaming services officially available in Bangladesh such as Iflix, Gaan and ones that aren’t such as Netflix has not cured

  • The Entrepreneurs of Today

    The world as we know it is now massively influenced by entrepreneurs. In the last few decades, Bangladesh itself has experienced a boom in start-up culture. These businesses have not only found success in existing industries but many businesses have helped create new industries altogether.

  • HEALTH & HER

    Whilst many of us are aware of the term itself, most of us are not educated sufficiently. Menstruation is basically the discharge of blood, uterine lining, mucus lining of the vagina, red blood cells, and old cellular tissue.

  • The Prospects and Promises of E-learning

    Technological advancement is ensuring convenience for us in almost every step of our lives, starting with online shopping, ride-sharing services, and of course, food order and delivery.

  • Youth on Wheels

    “It’s not just a sport, it is food for the soul,” enthuses Tanveer Alim as he describes what skateboarding means to him. Sport, art and community all combined into one adrenaline-fuelled activity, skateboarding could emerge as a major form of self-expression for Bangladeshi adolescents.

  • Who will save the planet?

    It is in the basic human nature to play the blame game when we are very close to finding out we may be at fault. Whether it is a defence mechanism, or just the belief of “offense being the best form of defence,” truth is, it is always easier for us to shift the blame than to assume

  • The AWFUL People Awards

    Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the inaugural AWFUL People Awards, where I honour those without whom my life would not have been this entertaining.

  • THE GAME OF GAWSIA

    In a galaxy far far away lies the Bangladeshi equivalent of Mordor, the land known as Gawsia. Feared by many but revered by even more, the strange land seemed like a completely different planet. One fateful day, four friends took it upon themselves to bravely venture into the heart of this land they’d heard so much about.

  • The Mediocre Millennial Creative Agency

    After winning the second runner-up slot in CreatHive 3.0, Arif, Shabab and Shiuli’s team “Game of Thrones Pun” from Institute of Creative Administration (ICA) decided they can go even further.

  • The fast and the futuristic

    Dhaka, the world’s most densely populated city, has over 18 million people squirming inside a 306.4 square kilometre space. As anyone who lives or has been in this city knows, moving from one place to another isn’t easy, nor is it any fun.

  • ONLINE COMMUNICATION TODAY

    The most popular online communication platforms today create a framework for an open environment where every move of one person is clearly visible to the other.

  • IN PURSUIT OF THE CULINARY ARTS

    “Growing up in a household of amazing cooks, it was difficult to not fall in love with cooking. I had always wanted to enrol in a culinary school right after finishing A Levels.

  • My Engineering Academia

    Takiona was standing in front of a building with optimism glaring out of his eyes. This was it. He had been preparing up for months to face this assortment of bricks, bricks that whisper stories of glory and honour.

  • Internship Survival Guide

    An internship gives you the opportunity to get a glimpse of what it will be like in your future chosen field of work. It is more than just a job, rather an experience that moulds you and betters you to possess all kinds of skills neces-sary to prosper in your career. However, choosing the right time for an internship in the right place is of utmost importance and is a decision that shouldn't be made lightly.

  • Art in a Digital World

    Digital media is helping push forward the frontiers of the arts to a whole new arena. Your music is no longer in the form of a CD, but on your phone instead. Your stories go on a “doc file” instead of on paper. Even the illustrations on this page are most likely done digitally.

  • Working Against a Stacked Deck

    “I've earned the degree and the job. It's not something that was given to me as a gift,” says Afnan Rudabe Rahman, Project Engineer and Coordinator at Energypac Electronics Ltd. She, like countless other women, has had to coolly answer multitudes of unnecessary questions about her established qualifications, simply because she didn't fit the mental image some people have of workers employed in her field. And like all those women, she takes it in stride as part of the unavoidable struggles of being a female STEM major.

  • LEARNING SOFT SKILLS

    The types of skillsets mentioned here serve to accomplish the same goal. But as you can already tell, they are vastly different. Not only do these differ in nature, but they're also different in the methods that are used to develop them.

  • Evolution of Bangla

    It has been long argued that language affects the way we think and the way we perceive the world around us. If this is true, Bangla will have had an immense impact on those who speak it. Today we will journey through time to take an in-depth look into the language spoken by over 250 million people worldwide, and how it has shaped and is re-shaping the land of Bengal and its inhabitants.

  • Are we treating our kids right?

    “Kids are the torch bearers of our future” – these are the words we hear often, from political speeches to assemblies in school grounds, on the note of someone trying to establish the important stakeholders for future progress of a nation.

  • Chigalympic Games

    CHIGALYMPICS

    The stage had been set. With over three hundred athletes from over a hundred participating countries, Bangladesh was set to host the first-ever Chigalympic Games.

  • CombaTting Systematic Misogyny

    Combatting Systematic Misogyny

    The past decade has seen progress being made for movements to support equality. The #MeToo and Time's Up movements helped start conversations within the general public worldwide on the topics of sexual harassment and misogyny.

  • Mad about Football

    It surprises me, that even a decade later, more and more fans in Bangladesh are venturing into the realm of watching foreign leagues. As a nation whose national sport is kabaddi, and where the staple game of choice is cricket – it is shocking how the fan base around football continues to grow with every passing year.

  • ­­ENEMIES AT THE MOSHARI

    All was quiet; I returned to the base to find myself and my team immersed in a rather peaceful environment. This was completely unexpected given that these were troubled times. The enemy had started to breach our frontlines, moving closer to civilian territory with each passing day. We were doing our best to try and hold them back but to no avail. Our tactics were being outmatched by them. Back at base, our peace and tranquillity was suddenly shattered by a soft and familiar sound. “Buzzzzz!”

  • Psychology as a major

    While choosing a college major becomes a series of hard decisions and logical reasoning, deciding to major in Psychology makes the overall process seem harder. The idea of studying Psychology excites a lot of people, but not everyone goes through with it. More than that, there are still tons of people who find this major ineffective especially in a society that highly values medical, technical, and business degrees. But as much as people may underestimate Psychology as a subject of academics, the depth of understanding and out-of-the-box perception you need to master this subject is what people find the most galvanising. Before we get into the intricate details, we need to understand what Psychology really is.

  • Juggling work and academics

    It can be said without a shred of doubt that Dhaka is an expensive city. A ten minute distance from your house on a rickshaw costs about forty taka. Want to hangout with your friends or eat somewhere you won't get food-poisoning?

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