• Thursday, August 21, 2014

Published August 21, 2014
WHAT the FUTURE HOLDS

WHAT the FUTURE HOLDS

Kazi Md. Rasel is a palmist. He has a shop, which consists of a medium sized low table, where he sits amidst all his instruments and flow charts. The shop is situated underneath the over-bridge at Mirpur-10 roundabout, and he tells me he is open every single day for the sake of his...

Personality Quizzes

Personality Quizzes

My Facebook feed is flooded with personality quizzes. After making faces at these for a couple of times, I eventually gave in to the quizzes because I realised it's too late to not look for the unanswered questions in life. I took the quiz 'What Color Is Your Aura?' In case you are...

ALBUM REVIEW

The Attempted Band

The Attempted Band

I heard a few complaints about the production quality of the album but when I heard the first few seconds of “DCG”, the sound quality was the last thing on my mind. Oozing influences from classic rock's finest, The Attempted Band is probably the first group in Bangladesh to work with sounds from the British Blues Revival era and give it their own twist. Definitely something that can pique your interest. The production issues do eventually kick in though. It is worth mentioning here that the band was formed in 1996. Yes, that's an 18 year wait for the first album, something the band itself has often made fun of....

The Zest of 'Orange Theory'

The Zest of 'Orange Theory'

Some brilliant mind once anonymously stated “Life is too short to wear boring jewellery” and amen to that! There are many definitions of jewellery; to men, it is nothing but pieces of rocks and metal that women crave for and thus essentially a route to a woman's heart. However, to women, jewellery is...

FABLE FACTORY

FUNERALOPOLIS

FUNERALOPOLIS

Funeralopolis. Millions are screaming to claw their way out of gravesites and the ruins of temples and they will rot in earth and be buried with their sons and daughters and mothers as distant calls to prayer gladden bloody-handed killers of children and cripples. Spit. Spit. Spit. Dig into their faces with heavy, polished boots and grind them back into the dust. Babies grabbed and smashed against walls and dreams bleed out and rainbowed, boundless thoughts are brought to light as little grey lumps of gristle. Shellshocked toddlers, veterans thrice-over sit beneath slow-moving fans in hospitals and orphanages packed to the brim and echoing with the cries of dead...

DIY

Your OWN little patch of GREEN

Your OWN little patch of GREEN

Are the monotonous shades of brick red, steel grey, rusty browns and mundane concrete suffocating you? It's not unlikely, considering the concrete jungle we survive in is concerned with simply putting up more and more congested confinements in the name of homes every day.  Why not splash a bit of green into it?...

How to do a Review

How to do a Review

In this day and age, everyone and their grandmother are 'critics'/ 'reviewers'. An editor of a publication, however, might not think so. Here's a list of suggestions to hone your reviewing skills: Read/view/listen to the thing When you are about to review something, make sure you have substantial knowledge about it. If you are critiquing a book, read it cover to cover, if you are doing a movie, watch it attentively; if it's an album, listen to it with the utmost concentration, more than once. Take notes Always do that. It helps a lot. A book or a movie can be long and you might forget some crucial opinion you made if you...

MUSCBD launches One Unitedmembership

MUSCBD launches One Unitedmembership

Manchester United Supporters Club Bangladesh (MUSCBD), the official supporters' club of Manchester United Football Club (MUFC) in the country, launched One United membership by organising an event with live screening of the Manchester United vs. Swansea City match on the opening day (August 16) of the English Premier League at The Mirage in...

Identity in a 'Globalised' World

Identity in a 'Globalised' World

We live in a time of globalisation -- an era of oneness, unity which sounds quite safe, secure and even utopian. However, questions are often raised regarding the effects of globalisation on smaller cultures and marginal societies. Crisis arises when the issue of 'individuality' is concerned. Because if every individual society has its...

WANDERLUST FOR ALL AGES

WANDERLUST FOR ALL AGES

J. Maarten Troost said, “Paradise was always over there, a day's sail away.” Indeed, that is how connoisseurs of travel describe what wanderlust means to them. It is the joy that comes from travelling and exploring, a never ending thirst that is only quenched momentarily from experiencing each new city or culture. . Our age,...

MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

When you've been a dedicated follower of the horror genre for long enough, all of it starts becoming quite predictable. You start picking up all the clues along the length of the movie that will be put together in the end by the protagonist just before s/he dies from a fatal realization to build the climax; you know it in your guts when a badly made up scary face is going to jump into the screen; and you most definitely know that everything happens because characters JUST DON'T WANT TO SWITCH THE LIGHTS ON IN A DARK ROOM WHEN THEY ENTER IT. I mean, what is up with these...

Your Guide to a Presentable Presentation

Your Guide to a Presentable Presentation

We don't always have class presentations but when we do we must make sure that the faculties are impressed, grades are secure, our teammates are proud and opponents are jealous. On top of that, it is mandatory to look 'presentable' in sarees or suits during a presentation. It is difficult to pull off...

BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

ASAUB observes National Mourning Day ASA University Bangladesh (ASAUB) observed the National Mourning Day marking the 39th death anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, with due respect and solemnity on August 16. ASAUB organised a discussion programme on the life and contributions of Bangabandhu. Professor Dr. Dalem Ch. Barman,...

Khulna divisional round of ENGLISH IN SCHOOLS wraps up

Khulna divisional round of ENGLISH IN SCHOOLS wraps up

The finale of Khulna divisional round of Robi-The Daily Star English in Schools was held at Saint Joseph Higher Secondary School in Khulna city on August 17. Nearly 500 students from 25 secondary schools from Khulna, Jessore and Bagerhat districts took part in a written test. The test covered general grammar questions, sentence...

Your future in 50 bucks or less

Your future in 50 bucks or less

You might be one of those people who believe in horoscopes on random Facebook pages. A lot of questions may plague you regarding the faults in your stars. Is your Cancer feeling a little Aries? Are you a 40-year-old Virgo? Who knows? Shaams Shahriar decided to double and triple check his future by...