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How to survive mosquitoes even if it seems impossible

If you know your enemy and you know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. - Sun Tzu

How we survive Dhaka without really thinking about it (as told by bideshis)

Every day, us Dhaka residents (and from every other Bangladeshi city) do not realise how close we come to death, mutilation and further death. Only when you hang out with a bideshi do you take in...

How to be an almost okay dad

Life is tough. There is so much to worry about that you worry which one to worry about first. Global warming, US-China trade wars

How to stay married without killing yourself

I just celebrated 11 years of being married. That too, to the same woman. And this year we both remembered the day, a day late. Which is okay because now we are even. Last year, she forgot, which...

Buy the perfect smartphone without appearing like a complete douche

A recent statistic states an average person checks their cell phone 110 times a day. 50 percent of young people admit cellphone addiction. The other 50 percent do not admit.

How to use the wrong tool for the right job

I am a Master Of Improvisation. That is a title I have imposed upon myself alongside Masterchef and Coffee Bae. No one artfully sprinkles chocolate dust over coffee like I do. That is a how-to for...

August 2, 2019
August 2, 2019

How to survive mosquitoes even if it seems impossible

If you know your enemy and you know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. - Sun Tzu

July 19, 2019
July 19, 2019

How we survive Dhaka without really thinking about it (as told by bideshis)

Every day, us Dhaka residents (and from every other Bangladeshi city) do not realise how close we come to death, mutilation and further death. Only when you hang out with a bideshi do you take in...

June 14, 2019
June 14, 2019

How to be an almost okay dad

Life is tough. There is so much to worry about that you worry which one to worry about first. Global warming, US-China trade wars

April 12, 2019
April 12, 2019

How to become viral

In this day and age of memes, may-mays and monthiversarries, going viral is as important as having water in the hand shower during Number 2. Apologies to my western friends not getting the last...

March 29, 2019
March 29, 2019

How to decipher seemingly innocent Bangladeshi sale posts

It is the weekend and you sit back hoping to satisfy your greedy capitalist inner demon—but within reason. (You do not want to anger the wife by buying a Honda manual transmission because, hey, it...

March 15, 2019
March 15, 2019

How to talk about politics without losing friends, family and job

When I was a confused high school kid, a friend's dad sat us down and told us one of those great secrets of life. He told us to avoid three topics of discussion among friends: women, religion...

March 1, 2019
March 1, 2019

It's hard work being lazy

People say—and it is always people and not a lion or a cat or a cockroach that says things. People are lazy. They use words to get away without actually doing anything.

February 8, 2019
February 8, 2019

How to survive the least romantic day of the year

That's right. This article contains two very difficult to digest morsels of truth. One, Chris Hemsworth was NOT in Dhaka to shoot scenes for a movie called Dhaka. Instead, he was in India...

January 25, 2019
January 25, 2019

How not to die from your New Year's resolutions

At least 80 percent of New Year's resolutions fail by February. Next Friday will be February. Most of you reading this will soon be tasting the soggy, remorse-filled aftertaste of failure.

November 16, 2018
November 16, 2018

How to become rich from comics

My first comic book was an act of negotiation at the age of five. A distant, teenage cousin had come to live in our house and he held a copy of an Archie comic.