• Saturday, October 25, 2014

Published Date: October 23, 2014
HOW TO NOT GO BROKE

HOW TO NOT GO BROKE

“Hey, want to go and grab some ice cream?” “Nah, I'm broke.” Well, it's an everyday struggle, isn't it? Earning and saving money as a student can be difficult. You might be teaching kids, freelancing at oDesk or getting pocket money from parents or elder siblings but it's never enough unless you learn to wrap...

OPINION

Published Date: October 23, 2014
PRIVACY in RELATIONSHIP

PRIVACY in RELATIONSHIP

Privacy. Something we all take very seriously, no? What about privacy in a relationship? When it comes to how much you're willing to share with your significant other, where do you draw the line? We asked some 'in a relationship' individuals and this is what they had to say. Sadia Afrin, 19: Privacy is...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Vulnerability doesn't discriminate

Vulnerability doesn't discriminate

How did we, as a society, perceive the recent murder case of Zubair Ahmed? We all did our fair share of wagging our tongues, expressed our dissatisfaction with the initial reports where the details didn't add up and we felt relief when evidence incriminated the suspect. We've treated this as an isolated case of homosexual, pedophilic assault. Let's consider another case of a young male's death, as suicide or murder, resulting from sexual assault. Considering the population of Bangladesh, the probability of such an occurrence isn't too narrow. What will we do then? Surely, we can't dismiss it as an isolated case again. Surely, we can't keep doing that every...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
8 SUBTLE SIGNS THAT SHE'S PSYCHOTIC

8 SUBTLE SIGNS THAT SHE'S PSYCHOTIC

Sometimes major red flags can be classified as being “quirky” when it comes to relationships. We can often misjudge someone, I mean, we are the same species who nominated Adolf Hitler for the Nobel Peace Prize. Look how that turned out. So, here are some signs to definitely watch out for. 1. She Gets Upset over Immortality Some women worry over stuff like the relationship not working out down the road. That may or may not be justified. But there exists another category: women who get upset because they can't have you 24/7 forever. And I mean forever. If she gets visibly upset over you getting to meet 72 new women...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
The Legacy of Alpha Centauri

The Legacy of Alpha Centauri

Evolution is at work here, but just what is evolving remains to be seen. --Comissioner Pravin Lal, "Man and Machine" Tomorrow will see the international release of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth on Microsoft Windows. This addition to the Civilization series takes the action to space, and is a spiritual successor to 1999's Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, itself intended as a sequel to Civilization II. Fans of that game will recognise this as being both a welcome and a worrying fact. First, a quick summary of Alpha Centauri. Earth is lost and mankind travels to the distant Alpha Centauri system, to the planet Charon, to rebuild civilization. The colonists split under the...

GAME REVIEW

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

In the recent months, several hyped-up games have failed to live up to their high expectations. In these times of glorified debacles, Shadow of Mordor shone its light through the cloud of anonymity cast by high profile games. As the game got high ratings from critics, I was stupefied as to how a...

FABLE FACTORY

Published Date: October 23, 2014
THE LIFE-CHANGER

‘I won't be able to do it,' I thought. 'I don't have what it takes.' I felt really miserable after giving an unsatisfactory test despite studying really hard the night before. I was fed-up with my life and was pretty sure, like today's test, I was going to fail in it too. I stepped onto a bus and threw myself on the first seat by the window. After a while, a man sat beside me. I did not really notice what...

FABLE FACTORY

Published Date: October 23, 2014
LOVE LETTER for THE UNLOVED

LOVE LETTER for THE UNLOVED

Ugly is evil. Yes? So billions of children around the world have been told for ages. Take Cinderella, for instance: the quintessential damsel in distress and the reasons for her stress -- harpies of a stepmother and two stepsisters. As countless fables and ancient scripts would have us believe, good always triumphs over...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

Memorial program in honour of Professor Piash Karim at BRACU BRAC University organised a memorial program in honour of Professor Piash Karim on October 16. The program was held at the university auditorium with over 200 students and faculty members. The day was spent the way Dr. Karim loved -- with poetry, music, laughter...

ANIME REVIEW

Published Date: October 23, 2014
HIGASHI NO EDEN (Eden of the East)

HIGASHI NO EDEN (Eden of the East)

With so many shows easily available, it's important that a show makes a statement of intent in the very first episode. Why would anybody follow a show that can't grab attention right off the bat? Fortunately though, Kenji Kamiyama's “Higashi No Eden” caught my attention from the get go. The show's opening theme is “Falling Down” by Oasis. Although that really doesn't have much to do with the show itself, it was the first time I had heard Oasis in an anime soundtrack. Pretty hipster move from an anime perspective. Anyway, the show kicks...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
NICK REBOOT: BRINGING OUR CHILDHOOD BACK

NICK REBOOT: BRINGING OUR CHILDHOOD BACK

“Which 90s' cartoon network character are you?” Buzzfeed quizzes, hopeful YouTube searches and endless nostalgic discussions on everything from white keds to Backstreet Boys albums -- we just keep trying to bring back the golden days. For us, television was at its best back then and nothing they show now can ever compare. We trained ourselves in impeccable English from watching Cartoon Network, honed our sense of humour from watching “Friends” and the best thing to ever have happened to all of us, hands down, was Nickelodeon. Recently, my precious friend Fatin Khandoker (mentioning his name to show how utterly grateful I am to him) made a brilliant discovery: Nick...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
What Not to Wear: Meeting Future In-laws

What Not to Wear: Meeting Future In-laws

FOR WOMEN Sarah Anjum Bari Visiting your significant other's family has always been, and will forever be, one of the most nerve-wracking experiences for anyone. A generally decent and presentable appearance suffices for the men of the family you're visiting, but you will most certainly fall under the scrutiny of your man's mother, sister and...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Go on. Be the Odd One.

Go on. Be the Odd One.

 If you take a minute to dissect your friend circle, where do you find yourself? Are you the lively one, the foodie, or are you simply there, just filling in the empty spaces like botox? If you are, then this article's for you. Iss Pyaar Ko Kyan Naam Doo: If you didn't understand this,...

WINDOW SHOPPING

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Wristband House Bangladesh

Wristband House Bangladesh

Are you into wristbands like I am? Do you like wearing wristbands with just about any outfit? If so, there's this cool shop in Banani you can check out for some really good wristbands, called Wristbands House. The wristbands are made from recyclable material with zero environmental footprint. Their collection is huge. Brands, comics, cars, musicians, photography, sports, tech, zodiac -- they have wristbands of all categories. There are some with pictures and quotes of famous figures like Gandhi, Tagore and Guevara. The prices of wristbands range from Tk 40 to 100 apiece, depending on the product and its width. You can also make customised printed and/or debossed ink-filled wristbands,...

DR. GEEK SAYS

Published Date: October 23, 2014
How to Get Rid of the Ask.com Toolbar:

To remove, uninstall it from the Control Panel. Change your browser's default home page to your preferred one. Next, go to the extensions page which you can find under Tools/Settings, Add-Ons/Extensions and remove/disable anything that has "Ask" on it. Also, delete it from the list of search providers.

ANDROID GAME REVIEW

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Fashion Icon

Fashion Icon

Size: 48.67 MB Fashion Icon by GameLoft is what the name suggests.  The game starts off with your first day in Paris. You can change your looks, hairstyle, clothes and start on goals/missions. This is an ideal game for you if you're a shopaholic as you can buy lots of outfits, accessories from various...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Don't Spend it All in One Place

Don't Spend it All in One Place

Earning while being a student is great stuff. The independence of spending, being able to buy whatever little thing catches your eye, putting your membership on Foodbank to use and being answerable to no one for your phone bills. It's heady stuff and you probably aren't ready for it, you irresponsible twit. Exercise...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Dirt MIXTAPE

Dirt MIXTAPE

 

Published Date: October 23, 2014
This Week's Horoscope

This Week's Horoscope

 

Published Date: October 16, 2014
DHAKA STREETS HIERARCHY

DHAKA STREETS HIERARCHY

Dhaka's roads often witness some of the most profound falling outs between owners or drivers of different vehicles, each trying his best to blame the other for any misconduct, and trying to prove that they are right. Well, since the dawn of time, quarrels and fights have had one purpose -- to publicly...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
How to Unfriend Someone in Real Life

How to Unfriend Someone in Real Life

Sometimes as we grow up, we find ourselves hanging out with people we don't want to any more, but we still do, for they are our friends. In fact, if you go through this phase, you'd also probably not even remember why or how you guys ever became friends in the first place....

Published Date: October 16, 2014
Fictional CV of a Bassist

Fictional CV of a Bassist

Name  Will get one when an interviewer asks for it. (Like that ever happens.) Qualifications  Has invisibility powers. No one ever notices me on stage.  Is able to play out of tune without the band noticing like a top class bassist.  Has effective sense of how not to find the key and delay joining in and embarrassing myself. Only myself, because nobody else will see/hear me.  Can play any progression after being taught by the lead guitarist only once! (Seriously, you can't get anyone better than me.)  Wanted to play bass from the start and wasn't one of those, “Oh,...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
A Writer's PLAYground indeed!

A Writer's PLAYground indeed!

Creative writing, although being a crucial stepping stone to develop literary skills, has over the years transformed into a mundane, stereotyped process, especially for children. To generate interest in creative writing, courtesy of SPEED Youth, “Writer's PLAYground” -- a three-day workshop -- was held on 20th, 26th and 27th September, 2014. The Junior section...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
FABLE FACTORY

FABLE FACTORY

A lovely life broken Runner-up Story by Naisha Ali & Marzuka Reefat South Breeze School Genre: Fairy tales Once upon a time a couple called Alisa and Robert lived happily in a little house. Robert earned money by selling roses from their garden. They both worked very hard. One day while Robert was away selling roses Alisa's friend...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

Annual Photo Contest at ULAB University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) organised prize giving ceremony for its annual photo contest on October 1 at its Dhanmondi campus. A weeklong photo exhibition was held consisting of photographs taken and submitted by ULAB students. This year the theme of the photo contest was 'Millennium Development Goals'. Judges...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
Rebuilding from Highbury and The Invincibles

Rebuilding from Highbury and The Invincibles

Last season, after an 8-year trophy drought, Arsenal finally lifted the F.A. Cup. Hopefully for the Gunners, this lays down the ground work for a period different and more successful than what they've had in the past decade. Although a 17th consecutive season in the Champions League is quite the success itself, the...

GAME REVIEW

Published Date: October 16, 2014
FIFA 15

FIFA 15

EA Sports have always strived for realism in their FIFA franchise. FIFA 15 upholds the series' lifelong tradition of making marked improvements upon the previous installments thus successfully taking steps toward capturing the true essence of the beautiful game with every sequel. This year, EA Sports do have a very refined product in...

OVERCLOCK

Published Date: October 16, 2014
TIME TO BUY A NEW GPU FOR CHEAP

TIME TO BUY A NEW GPU FOR CHEAP

Q4 2014 is going to be a treat for people who are looking to buy a new Graphics Card. On the other hand, devastation awaits those who recently bought theirs. The reason? Well, it's just one word to describe it all really – Maxwell GPU architecture. Nvidia released Maxwell (aka GTX 9xx Series) last...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
How to Learn “Real” Magic

How to Learn “Real” Magic

You know I always think about you people's wellbeing. Think about it in a way that makes your eyes start to twitch, and your brain to relay pictures of 'My Little Pony', I'm that guy who tells you stolen jokes from troll pages to soothe you. To calm you. My point being that you...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
THE DON'TS OF INSTAGRAM

THE DON'TS OF INSTAGRAM

Just like everything else that was once hipster, Instagram too has become a mainstream phenomenon. Allowing users to connect to multiple social networking platforms and enabling easy editing, the squared, filter-plastered images have become a popular form of expression as an alternate to status updates or tweets. As for any medium where socialising is involved, there are some basic etiquettes that everyone is expected to follow. Here are some things you're probably doing wrong (being hipster isn't an excuse). 1.  #hashtags #that #are #not #acceptable Hashtags are brilliant things that open up the universe to...

ALBUM REVIEW

Published Date: October 16, 2014
Karnival: Dysfunctional Motion Picture

Karnival: Dysfunctional Motion Picture

Karnival's latest album Dysfunctional Motion Picture is a wake-up call for people like me who had decided the local rock scene had nothing to offer us. Originally composed as the score to a film that ended up not happening after all, Karnival went ahead and released it independently as an album. For free. The...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
HOW TO EARN A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

HOW TO EARN A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

There is something curious about nationalism that infects us with a pair of internal blinkers and subconsciously limits our powers of reasoning. When the nationalist fervour is strongly burning inside of us, we are for the most part immune to our own logic. Logic is what we are calling it every time we...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
Know Your Place?

Know Your Place?

If you're navigating Dhaka streets, you need to know who's the Big Boss and who's the 'mama'. Basically, you need to know your station and act accordingly. For example, if you're on a bike, trying to mess with the real 'rasta-r raja' would be suicidal. Yes, on Dhaka streets you are what you...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
Love MIXTAPE

Love MIXTAPE

 

Published Date: October 16, 2014
This Week's Horoscope

This Week's Horoscope

 

Published Date: October 2, 2014
A SUITABLE COW

A SUITABLE COW

Most of us are rather young and know little about buying cows, but it is something most of us will have to do at some time or other. And let us tell you something, helping your dad or your uncle choose the perfect cow will go a long way to giving you cred in your family which is an essential part of growing up. You need to convince your parents you are well on your way to becoming a mature adult so they can trust you with the freedom we all know you don't actually deserve. This is going to be a how-to on buying cows -- your COW 101...

Published Date: October 2, 2014
What NOT to Wear to a Qurbani Haat

What NOT to Wear to a Qurbani Haat

This time it's not about the fashion police. It's also not about the animals judging you for your dress sense. They hardly care about two-legged broiler chickens, if you know what I mean. It is in fact about accomplishing the daunting task of choosing and buying a cow, goat or [insert animal of...

ECHOES

Published Date: October 2, 2014
Public University Admission Tests: Then & Now

Public University Admission Tests: Then & Now

The Past: It's 1984. The choice of a university and a subject is that of HSC students. O & A level students almost don't exist. There are only four general universities to choose from: Dhaka (1921), Rajshahi (1953), Chittagong (1966) and Jahangirnagar (1970).  There are only two technical universities: BUET (1962) in Dhaka and Agricultural University (1961) in Mymensingh. Today's ubiquitous BBA programmes didn't exist. The alternative wasn't a private university. Private universities came later. The alternative was placement in what was then known as a Degree College. Today's Jagannath University in Dhaka was a degree college. These colleges were under Dhaka, Rajshahi and Chittagong universities. Today they're under...

FABLE FACTORY

Published Date: October 2, 2014
PILLARS

PILLARS

Slabs of Prussian blue laid by a thick brush on leaves and vines and the broken masonry of a broken empire. Twilight midtones laid over a grounding of deepening black as the sun sank from view, a last wild stroke of pink-purple that failed to complete the canvas. Jagged oppressive blue jungle, the sweat of leaves cloying to the skin of the last villagers to go home. Crickets and mosquitoes and the strange grunts of the night beasts reverberating through the ruined halls of the shrine. The jungle's dark, damp heartbeat. An orange pinprick appeared in the darkening. A lone incense stick in a chipped cup of rice. He put...

Published Date: October 2, 2014
BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

Fall 2014-15 edition of Dr. Anwarul Abedin Lecture Series at AIUB Heather Cruden was the distinguished guest lecturer for the Fall 2014-15 edition of the Dr. Anwarul Abedin Lecture Series. The event took place on September 16 at the AIUB auditorium. The Vice Chancellor of AIUB, Dr. Carmen Z Lamagna, was present during the event....

Published Date: October 2, 2014
Divisional rounds of JCC wraps up in Dhaka

Divisional rounds of JCC wraps up in Dhaka

The second edition of Junior Climate Champions, a joint initiative of HSBC and The Daily Star kicked off on July 21 this year with a view to groom a climate conscious generation who would work on awareness building and adaptation measures in the future. The secondary school based competition was open for students of...

HEADOUT

Published Date: October 2, 2014
SOULFUL KUSHTIA

SOULFUL KUSHTIA

My friends and I made a sudden plan for a Kushtia trip just the day before we went. We got the AC bus tickets from S.B. Paribahan's counter in Kalyanpur, Dhaka. Lightly packing our bags, we set off early the next morning, but the Sunday morning traffic of Dhaka almost made us miss...

Published Date: October 2, 2014
10 Witty Responses to “Koto Nise?”

10 Witty Responses to “Koto Nise?”

With Eid around the corner, one question is soon set to be flying around the streets, “Koto Nise?” On your way back from the haat with your sacrificial animal, you'll face this question, or may yourself ask it to others on the road. It gets tiresome answering the same thing some 87+ times, so why not turn a little creative and have witty retorts? Here are some usable ones. 1. Squint at the person who asked you this, scream and leave your cow behind. 2. “Fill this form out and watch this 10 second advertisement. The answer will be emailed to you.” 3. “The amount for a family dinner at Mainland China. “ 4....

Published Date: October 2, 2014
Ways to Certify Yourself as a Sociopath on Eid

Ways to Certify Yourself as a Sociopath on Eid

Preach Vegetarianism Vegetables are great but the red meat used to build up the biceps that'll throw punches at you is greater. It's okay to be a vegetarian, it really is. But there is a time and a place. You don't wear a fedora and moonwalk into a playground, do you? Time and place,...

Published Date: October 2, 2014
HUMANS OF BANGLADESH

HUMANS OF BANGLADESH

Autumn is the third in the cycle of the six seasons in Bangladesh. Every year autumn comes with its wisps of fresh air in the morning accompanied by mist to soothe the senses. The silvery kashphool starts blooming with the advent of the season of white. As autumnal lustre spreads in the air...

Published Date: October 2, 2014
Till the cows come home

Till the cows come home

This week's issue will be a treat for those of you who are dying to visit a 'gorur haat' or two.  We've got tips ranging from choosing the right cow and what not to wear while doing so.  Also, if you're planning on being a nuisance this Eid, TehGoatLord can help. On a more...

Published Date: October 2, 2014
MIXTAPE

MIXTAPE

 

Published Date: October 2, 2014
This Week's Horoscope

This Week's Horoscope

 

THE DAILY STAR SPELLING BEE

Published Date: September 25, 2014
GETTING TO KNOW THE TOP SPELLERS

GETTING TO KNOW THE TOP SPELLERS

The Champion of 'The Daily Star Spelling Bee' Season 3 was announced at a spectacular grand finale, held at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in Dhaka. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid was present as the chief guest and among other respectable guests present were: Russell T Ahmed, CEO, Champs21.com, Iqbal Ahmed Menon, Category Manager, GSK...

Published Date: September 25, 2014
BOOK REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW

Pankaj Mishra's only novel “The Romantics” is heavily influenced by Flaubert. Published in 2001, it is a story of people trying to find solace in cultures other than their own; of people mired in romanticism they fail to shed. We have the East trying to be the West to find happiness. We have...