• Thursday, September 18, 2014

THE MENTAL HEALTH
TABOO

THE MENTAL HEALTH <br>TABOO

Expect problems. They are a part of our lives. Let's say you are sick of being bullied by a fellow classmate and your confidence is running dangerously low. Maybe you are about to sit for your board exams in a few weeks' time and you are on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Perhaps,...

DEAL OR NO DEAL

DEAL OR NO DEAL

When in relationships, we often find ourselves in situations which bring to attention our significant others' imperfections. While we may try to cover up our true feelings with “your flaws are beautiful, bb”, what we actually want is for the person to not talk about cats any more and to stop dribbling food...

ECHOES

Career Choice Dilemma: A Day with BRACU and UIU Students

Career Choice Dilemma: A Day with BRACU and UIU Students

University students play a two stage game. In stage 1, they make a placement choice: what and where to study. In stage 2, they make a career choice: what to pursue in the labour market.  With 100+ universities, and thousands of new candidates into labour markets each year, it's needless to say the...

Getting to Know Spelling Bee Finalists

Getting to Know Spelling Bee Finalists

Anybody who watched Spelling Bee knows how intense the competition is. A participant needs to stay strong to go through all the rounds and become a finalist. I met all the participants and their families and couldn't be more impressed. Eloquence, determination and fighting spirit of the participants as well as the staunch...

FABLE FACTORY

Even Gold Rusts

Even Gold Rusts

I am pensive during the drive to the hospital. I lean against the open window, enjoying the movie of rushing scenery and sweating pedestrians before me. Eventually the familiarity of the view and the gentle humming of the car lull me into introspection. Dreams half remembered creep into the fore of my mind. ...

IGNITE
Sparking a passion for science

IGNITE<br>Sparking a passion for science

Earlier this year, The Daily Star and Grameenphone introduced an innovative competition to the students of Bangladesh: IGNITE. The purpose was to ignite a love for science in today's youth -- 'Science for the internet generation'. The competition began in early April and visited dozens of schools in the Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions....

BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

Autumn trimester begins at IUB Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) organised an orientation programme on September 6, 2014 at its permanent campus in Bashundhara, Dhaka, for the newly admitted students of the Autumn trimester. In his short speech, Professor M. Omar Rahman, Vice Chancellor, welcomed the students and urged them to contribute to the society, country...

DIY

ROOM DECOR

ROOM DECOR

Who doesn't love moving into a new house, a fresh start or a little change? Well, despite the back-breaking efforts that go into shifting the furniture and boxes full of obsolete, dust-ridden, yet undeniably precious knick-knacks, getting the chance to set up a new room is actually pretty awesome! Even if you're not...

Electro at the Institut
Dhaka Electronica Scene's ROOM 3

Electro at the Institut<br>Dhaka Electronica Scene's ROOM 3

Last Thursday, the most recent event by Dhaka Electronica Scene (DES) – 'Room 3' -- was held at Goethe-Institut Bangladesh's in Dhaka, featuring The Speakeasy, Fogbird, Kymatrip and Le Unicorns. The event took place in the Berlin hall. The show started at 8 PM with fairly minimal attendance, but this picked up as the...

What is Feminism?

Do you think feminists are just women who hate men and want to take over the world? Do you think throwing a fit over the existence of reserved women's seats on buses and in the Parliament makes you a feminist? Are feminists the people who think their private parts have a voice? The terms “feminism” and “feminist” have always had many misconceptions surrounding them. What does feminism mean? What does a feminist do? Why do they exist? What is feminism? Feminism,...

The Bechdel Test: What do Harry, Frodo and Han Solo have in Common?

The Bechdel Test: What do Harry, Frodo and Han Solo have in Common?

Media is pretty screwed and it's affecting how we perceive things. With an ever increasing middle class and thriving local market for Hollywood, we can't afford to ignore the pitfalls of global entertainment much longer. The Bechdel test is one of the numerous tools used to test inherent biases of Hollywood. It was designed to gauge the extent of minimum female representation in works of art. In its primary form, a movie has to have three things to pass the Bechdel test. 1.Two named women 2.Who talk to each other 3.Who talk to each other about something other than men Pretty simple, eh? Hollywood doesn't think so. It's been nearly three decades since Alison...

Writer's PLAYground workshop and competition

SPEED Youth (the youth development department of SPEED) is hosting a three-day creative writing workshop and competition called “Writer's PLAYground” in the next two weeks. It should be an effective platform for students to learn tips and tricks of writing innovatively and imaginatively, and develop their powers of storytelling. The workshop will give students of classes I-VI an opportunity to showcase their talents in writing and creative expression, and to win a trophy for their school. The students will get an...

FABLE FACTORY

INTRODUCES PROMPTS

Starting this month we are introducing prompts to Fable Factory. Every month we will post a topic on which to write, and the last Fable Factory of the month will be devoted to the best submissions received related to that prompt. This is open to everyone, from our own in-house fiction writers to readers. Writing to a prompt every now and then is great practice because it teaches you to think about the meanings of words and to understand concepts...

A Mind is a Terrible Thing... to Waste

A Mind is a Terrible Thing... to Waste

This may sound familiar: an otherwise bright, young student who's not coping well with the pressure of studying. Then the rumour is, they've lost it and started breaking clocks to “stop time”, because there's just not enough time to finish preparing for exams. #TrueStory. Traditionally we, deshi folks, have been ignoring mental healthcare...

MIXTAPE

MIXTAPE

 

Published Date: September 11, 2014
Unilever BizMaestros

Unilever BizMaestros

'Business' does not get any tougher than this. The fifth season of Unilever BizMaestros saw its curtain fall on yet another amazing edition of one of the most talked about business competitions of the country, on September 2, 2014 at the Lakeshore Hotel in Gulshan, Dhaka. Unilever is in a constant pursuit to make its...

Published Date: September 11, 2014
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

I wouldn't necessarily call James Ponsoldt's “The Spectacular Now” a brilliant movie. Still this drama has the right amount of humour and romance to make it perfect for a night in or just to pass some otherwise idle time. “The Spectacular Now” has a very ordinary plotline, the classic tale of 'boy meets girl'. However, this movie shines because of its simplicity. The story revolves around Sutter Keely, a confident, charming and occasionally very flawed teenager who takes an interest in the shy and low-key Aimee. According to Sutter, Aimee is clueless, so, he takes it upon himself to show Aimee the typical teenage life revolving around parties and first...

Published Date: September 11, 2014
APOCALYPSE NOW

APOCALYPSE NOW

Recently there was a petition that had sought an order to ban broadcast of Indian TV channels in Bangladesh; made me wonder what would transpire if that ever really happened.   We would have the next Great depression on our hands. And God knows, this “great depression” might even lead to another world war....

OVERCLOCK

Published Date: September 11, 2014
SEQUELS IN NEXT GEN GAMING

SEQUELS IN NEXT GEN GAMING

Picking up where the last article left off, these are the new game sequels set for release exclusively for the next generation of consoles. Let this continue to provide food for thought for those still on the fence regarding the console they want. Final Fantasy XV Platforms: Xbone, PS4 Release Date: March 2015 FFXV is the Chinese Democracy of the Final Fantasy series. The game has been in the works for eight years since it was first announced in May 2006 under the title Final Fantasy Versus XIII. FFXV takes place in a dark and gritty new world with no connections with any of the other games. The protagonist, Noctis is the heir...

ANDROID APP REVIEW

Published Date: September 11, 2014
Leave your phone's battery in peace with Greenify

Leave your phone's battery in peace with Greenify

Facebook is the biggest culprit when it comes to hogging an Android phone's battery. Somehow, the Facebook app is terrible at being Facebook but still, for many, it's a necessary evil. Most people turn the push notifications off to save themselves from the constant buzzing. But what if I told you that you can keep Facebook from sucking your battery dry? In fact, what if I told you that you can add any app to the list? Enter Greenify. A lot of people might be accustomed to task killer applications which do little to help and maybe even add to the battery's load at times. What Greenify does is it...

Published Date: September 11, 2014
FABLE FACTORY

FABLE FACTORY

Maharani's Elixirs Shreyosi Endow Maharani lay in a state of sheer bliss. Her lean hands hung over the edge of the red, velvet sheets; a pale, pinkish white against a startling blood red. Her thin, slightly puffy lips were parted with a few droplets of clear liquid at the corners and were slowly turning a...

Published Date: September 11, 2014
BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

Seminar at UCASM A seminar to provide career guidance for students who have completed HSC was arranged recently by United College of Aviation, Science & Management (UCASM) and overall management of the Omar Sultan Foundation, at the IDEB Building. The seminar was chaired by Mohammad Ali, Principal of UCASM. Dr. Kim Jin-U, Dean of External...

ALBUM REVIEW

Published Date: September 11, 2014
THE CROWD MAKES THE ALBUM
YOU WISH YOUR FAVORITE BAND DID

THE CROWD MAKES THE ALBUM<br>YOU WISH YOUR FAVORITE BAND DID

It's an accepted truth that most bands do their best work in their early days. This is especially the case in Bangladesh, where resources are limited, but it's also very easy for a band to become part of the musical establishment. And where limited resources force creativity, having an entrenched fanbase may force...

Published Date: September 11, 2014
Brandwitz 2014: Dare. Dream. Discover.

Brandwitz 2014: Dare. Dream. Discover.

Brandwitz is an inter business school marketing competition held annually by IBA Communication Club of the Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka. Every year, the competition hosts undergraduate participants from various business schools around Bangladesh who apply their understanding and expertise to solve real-life business and social problems. Since its inception, the...

Published Date: September 11, 2014
Junior Climate Champion 2014 Divisional Round begins

Junior Climate Champion 2014 Divisional Round begins

The Junior Climate Champion 2014 is a school based environment related competition for students ranging from classes VI to X, to ensure a climate conscious future generation of Bangladeshis who will actively participate in learning, awareness building, prevention and mitigation efforts regarding climate challenges. Hosted by HSBC and The Daily Star, Junior Climate Champion...

Published Date: September 11, 2014
The End of the Transfer Window

The End of the Transfer Window

Club football has been away for three months and now that the summer is over, all the European leagues are underway. The clubs haven't sat idle all summer, bringing in new players, new staff and settling into new playing styles. Let's take a look at how all the top European clubs look coming...

HANGOUTS

Published Date: September 11, 2014
PREETOM

PREETOM

When my mother claimed that she had tasted the best burger in the whole country, I just had to check the place out. It's located in Banani and it opened back in February. Being relatively new, Preetom has already become much talked about, especially with their famous beef bacon burger. Like the name suggests, it includes 'beef bacon' (all their products are 100 percent halal as well). Entering Preetom and taking a seat, I, naturally, ordered the beef burger. It contained a thick, tasty beef patty, slathered in herb mayo and cheese, some crispy and juicy beef bacon -- all in a fresh, soft bun. Just a few bites and I was...

Published Date: September 11, 2014
NICE BURGERS YOU GOT THERE

NICE BURGERS YOU GOT THERE

Branding and marketing have always tipped the scales in the business world and Unilever's BizMaestros is all about that. In today's globalised world, we need savvy business leaders marketing Bangladeshi products out there and the winners of Bizmaestros get to represent Bangladesh at Unilever's international Future Leaders' League. The Crowd released their debut album....

Published Date: September 11, 2014
This Week's Horoscope

This Week's Horoscope

 

Published Date: September 4, 2014
PLAYTIME

PLAYTIME

Along with music, poetry and art, various games shape our culture. The sight of children enjoying these games like kanamachhi is not uncommon, particularly in the countryside. On the other hand, city skylines marked by tall and crowded buildings means we look indoors for recreation. Does this mean we will be forced to...

Published Date: September 4, 2014
Group Study with an Imaginary Friend

Group Study with an Imaginary Friend

Group studying is this impractical method of learning that requires unnecessary things like social skills -- having to cooperate, being nice and helping out others. A lot of us don't like people, some of us don't have friends and the ones who do are often annoyed by them. But teachers say group study...

ANIME REVIEW

Published Date: September 4, 2014
JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE

JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE

Episodes: 47 episodes out and ongoing Genre: Action/Adventure/Supernatural Writer and Illustrator: Hirohiko Araki The story doesn't follow just one character or a group, it follows a lineage. When one arc finishes it is time for a different protagonist to take the stage. Phantom Blood takes place in 1880s Great Britain with Jonathan Joestar. Then it's Battle...

Published Date: September 4, 2014
BOOK REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW

“There's always another secret.”                       – Kelsier, The Final Empire If you are a fan of the fantasy genre, chances are you have heard of Brandon Sanderson. However, most know him as the man who was called upon to finish Robert Jordan's epic series 'A Wheel of Time' after his untimely demise. While Sanderson did a great job finishing Jordan's work, his original works are what he should be best known for and remembered by. Sanderson creates a world that is exciting and vibrant, playing with the tropes in the genre while being fresh and intriguing. While it is inspired from the classics of fantasy, it maintains its own pace which is...

Published Date: September 4, 2014
English in Schools wraps up in Chittagong

English in Schools wraps up in Chittagong

English in Schools (EIS), a joint initiative of The Daily Star and Robi, began in January 2014 with an aim to generate interest in learning English among school students. From then, the project was carried out in more than 100 schools in four divisions: Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet and Chittagong. Once the event activation...

Published Date: September 4, 2014
FABLE FACTORY

FABLE FACTORY

FAIZAA FARIYA HRIDI --------------------------------------------------- The streets were deserted save a few stragglers yawning and rubbing their eyes. They ignored him and he them. He felt a chill as he walked but it dissipated slowly as he got closer to his destination. Squawks greeted him. The chickens cried out angrily as they were lifted. He wrinkled his nose, the stench was nauseating. The hawkers however seemed to be immune. Without any sign of distress in their faces, they worked. He couldn't help but feel a flash of admiration for them. One of the hawkers had noticed him. With a grin stretching from ear to ear, the hawker walked towards him. “You are here again,” said...

Published Date: September 4, 2014
Environmental School Campaign 2014

Environmental School Campaign 2014

The Earth Club of North South University organised the grand finale of its “Environmental School Campaign 2014” on August 22, 2014 at the university's Bashundhara campus. The two-month long event included various fun activities to spread awareness about environmental issues. The campaign began back in April and culminated in June. Members of the Earth...

Published Date: September 4, 2014
Construction of Identity

Construction of Identity

I attended the First International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities by Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) held on August 23-25 at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). CSSR is the only social science research centre at a private university in Bangladesh. It is difficult to sum up the experience. Obviously, I did not find...

ECHOES

Published Date: September 4, 2014
The Intuition Behind Math

The Intuition Behind Math

A con may be a photo in our news feed on Facebook. It could be a spam mail that bypassed the spam protector. Cons can even be well researched evidence that look fantastic on face value. Cons fool us because many of the times we aren't able to perceive the intuition behind math...

Published Date: September 4, 2014
STUDIO 13
Bangladesh's New YouTube Sensation

STUDIO 13<br> Bangladesh's New YouTube Sensation

Bangladesh isn't exactly new to YouTube. Comedy videos made by Bangladeshis have gone viral before and there have been a few local musicians posting videos on the site as well. But Abtahi Iptesam and his Studio 13 have caused quite a stir since launching with a cover video of Coldplay's Yellow. Nearly a year and thousands of hits later, Studio 13 is a growing brand in the music scene. Abtahi was first in a metal band called “Friday The 13th”. They were a fast growing band, having been crowned the champions of “Incursion Battle of the Bands” in 2012. Abtahi, inspired by hard rockers like Guns N' Roses and Led...

Published Date: September 4, 2014
DUAL SWORD WIELDING

DUAL SWORD WIELDING

Like many teenagers of my age, I am quite a big fan of anime. And in many anime, as well as many western movies, we are introduced to some awesome character who wields not one, but TWO swords. That's like going the extra mile, but it makes sense, right? Double the swords, double...

Published Date: September 4, 2014
SINGLE REVIEW

SINGLE REVIEW

Armeen Musa is one of the more celebrated names of the indie music scene in the country. After all, 2008's “Ai Ghum Bhangai” was probably one of the few times an indie inspired album was released under a major label in Bangladesh. “Graceland” is a single from the Armeen's upcoming album, to be released later this year. Released online earlier this month, the song is a short indie pop ballad about growing up and embracing liberty and the little joys of being free; the guitar and the piano work together to make the backdrop lush and serene. If you close your eyes and let the music take over, you will...

Published Date: September 4, 2014
BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

DIU Chairman honoured at Asia Summer Program-2014 Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman, Daffodil International University (DIU) was honoured with a reception at the closing ceremony of the three-week long Asia Summer Program-2014 hosted by University Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) held on August 25. Y.B. Dato' Seri Idris Bin Jusoh, Minister of Education, Malaysia was the chief...

Published Date: September 4, 2014
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Toddler

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Toddler

Our cover story deals with the games we used to play as kids. I was quite good at lukochuri and I miss it. I used to hide inside small closets, as I was very slightly built. I am currently far too conspicuous to hide easily. The SHOUT team would be poor at lukochuri....

Published Date: September 4, 2014
8 Teams, 1 Court

8 Teams, 1 Court

In their attempt to bring limelight to one of the underdog sports in Dhaka -- basketball, Vertical Horizon is back with their annual tournament. In association with Bangladesh Basketball Federation, the VH Underground Basketball Championship is looking forward to its fifth year in a row this time around. They say that basketball is...

Published Date: September 4, 2014
This Week's Horoscope

This Week's Horoscope

 

Published Date: September 4, 2014
MIXTAPE

MIXTAPE

 

Published Date: August 28, 2014
MUSIC 101
ADOPTING AN INSTRUMENT

MUSIC 101<br> ADOPTING AN INSTRUMENT

Hobbies are a nice way to kill time. There are some hobbies that can be more rewarding than others; learning to play an instrument is one such hobby. But starting off with an instrument can also be challenging, since everything ranging from what sort of instrument to buy and who to learn from...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Are you ready for the #IceBucketChallenge?

Are you ready for the #IceBucketChallenge?

It's too hot in here. Let's down a bucket of ice water on ourselves. Okay? Not okay. Well, global warming is not why this viral sensation, which has used the hashtag #IceBucketChallenge, has attracted thousands of people, including celebrities, who eagerly dropped frozen ice on themselves and issued the challenge to others. This is in...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
SEQUELS IN NEXT GEN GAMING: PART 1

SEQUELS IN NEXT GEN GAMING: PART 1

"PC master race is a lie we tell ourselves so we don't have to cry ourselves to sleep every night." - Shefali the German Shefath Ask any dweller and he will smugly tell you the list of games currently available on the new consoles is… lacking. True, but big titles are set for release. Having...