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Published July 18, 2014
The Star

Cover Story

Published Date: July 18, 2014
BRAVING THE BUSINESS WORLD

BRAVING THE BUSINESS WORLD

Remember the Harvard University dropout, the guy with the neatly combed hair, a pair of specs and a smile glued to his face? A failed business called Traf-O-Data, his inexperience, endless doubt - nothing could stop this young man from chasing his dream and his passion for computer programming. The result of his hard work and determination was the world's largest software company, Microsoft, while the man was titled as the youngest self made billionaire of the world at the age of 31.  The tale of Bill Gates has been a source of inspiration for ambitious youngsters who are trying to carve their niche in the business world. Wondering what the perks of being a young entrepreneur are? Apart from being the powerhouse of energy and having the advantage of being tech...

Chintito

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Operation Enduring Gaza Freedom

Operation Enduring Gaza Freedom

Imagine a child in Gaza wondering whether Lio (as Maradona calls him) should have been awarded the Golden Ball at Brazil 2014. He has no brain. The concrete slab of his tenement house caved on him and his family the night we were watching extra time between Argentina and Germany. He missed Mario...

Special Feature

Published Date: July 18, 2014
COURAGE UNDER FIRE

COURAGE UNDER FIRE

A girl is kidnapped and raped in a posh area of the city. Another is forcibly picked up some steps ahead of a prestigious hotel. A young man gets shot trying to prevent goons from abducting a woman. Another other is threatened at knife point to hand over all his belongings. What is...

Endavour

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Accelerating Business

Accelerating Business

Jerry Nicholson is an 'angel investor' from London working in Dhaka. Angel investors are individuals who provide startup businesses with capital to help them grow. Nicholson first came here around 2005, after having read a book by Dr. Muhammed Yunus on Microfinance. Impressed with the latter's work, he and his wife, Fiona flew...

Tribute

Published Date: July 18, 2014
The Unsung Hero

The Unsung Hero

It was like the scene of a typical football match recently played by Brazil. Within less than half an hour Chinese players devastated the Indian football team with three goals. The helpless Indian defenders could do nothing to prevent the fast and furious Chinese strikers. In the dug- out, six feet tall man with a stout physique was seeing how his team was being demolished. He was in the Indian team but could not join the match because of an injury. Seeing his team's helpless condition, he requested the coach to take him into the field. He promised the coach that within 15 minutes he would make four goals and...

City

Published Date: July 18, 2014
The Masks We Wear

The Masks We Wear

SONGS OF THE CITYSCAPE “Songs of the Cityscape” is a fortnightly photo journal based on the colourfully paradoxical city of Dhaka. Here we live and breathe in a melting pot of contradictions, joy, despair and solitude. Embark upon this journey with us as we seek to bring to light the many faces of Dhaka...

Travel

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Anatomy of Travelling

Anatomy of Travelling

An exact itinerary, bookings, guided tour plans, medicines and a nervous mind have long been companions on my trips. I want to know exactly what I am getting for my money: does 3-star mean no swimming pool? Are there free transfers? Can five people take the 4-person group-package? What else is there to...

Perspective

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Nothing or Everything?

Nothing or Everything?

Wanting to know what the fuss about meditation is all about, I took a meditation course at one of the country's most renowned meditation centres. Sit for ten minutes a day in a quiet room. Concentrate. Fix your mind on an image. During those ten minutes I tried to control my mind. For...

Art

Published Date: July 18, 2014
A Kaleidoscopic Inner Vision

A Kaleidoscopic Inner Vision

Samarjit Roy Chowdury was probably the most romantic of the second generation of painters, says Shamsul Wares, a leading architect and art critic. In his early days, he was preoccupied with the pictorial aspect of life, bringing in motifs like birds, fishes, boats and human being early years. These gathered momentum over the...

Village Flute

Published Date: July 18, 2014
THE HIJOL TREE

THE HIJOL TREE

Do you see? Do you see the hijol tree? Note its cracked, thirsty bark and the determinedness of its stance. With majestic bird's-nest-in-crown and orderly ant lines it brings connectedness. It stands alone... they stand in clumps and pairs across the plain. Scan the empty lowland horizon between depressed watery stretch and rice field to find those lasting symbols. In the vast open lands that have come to be, where there is not even a hijol close at hand, he's pottering, inspecting the paddy. Shirtless and in lungee, he says his name is Lal Miah, 45. His skin is darkened by the sun. “Maybe thirty-five years ago there was jungle,”...

Straight Talk

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Iceland A Hidden Treasure

Iceland A Hidden Treasure

"Iceland?” I queried. “Yes, Iceland,” said my husband looking hopefully at me. Iceland was not exactly the destination I had in mind while trying to organise our summer holidays. Morocco, Greece, Hawaii were more like the places I was thinking of, not a small Island in the middle of the North Atlantic and...

Impressions

Published Date: July 18, 2014
VIGNETTES FROM DHAKA

VIGNETTES FROM DHAKA

SAVAR. Wednesday 24th April 2013 The scene of the second worst industrial disaster in human history resembles a war zone with screams, tears, countless hands with the photos or identity cards of the deceased or missing, sirens, barricades and the putrid stench of decomposing corpses which once were lived by souls who dreamed of...

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Star Diary

Star Diary

The Ugly Face of Society The other day I was heading to my University in Bashundhara Residential Area on a rickshaw, through the narrow road behind Apollo hospital when I saw a small crowd in the middle of the road blocking the way. As I went forward to investigate the situation, I saw a...

Health

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Fasting- Heals Soul and Body

Fasting- Heals Soul and Body

Ramadan, the ninth month of Islamic calendar, is the month of blessings and virtue. Muslims all over the world, from food, water and all sorts of ill-habits from dawn till dusk. They indulge in prayers and seek Gods' forgiveness with a pure heart. People keep fast, irrespective of age and gender, to gain...

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Quirky Science

Quirky Science

It's not so much 'eureka' moments as it's the sweat of one's brow Simply put, engineers make things. But is finding that "new" invention a massive mental leap from point A to point B, or are there scores of unnoticed intermediate steps in between? The University of Pittsburgh's Joel Chan and Christian Schunn say that not enough has been done to understand how engineers create. Understanding the process, they say, may provide a road map for speeding up innovation. So, along with Chan, Schunn used multiple hours of transcripts of a professional engineering team's "brainstorming" sessions and broke down the conversation systematically, looking for the path by which thought A led to...

Remembrance

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Honouring the Legend

Honouring the Legend

Humayun Ahmed, a Bangladeshi author, novelist, dramatist, screenwriter, filmmaker, teacher and a scientist is a legendary figure in the history of Bangladesh. Times of India wrote about Humayun Ahmed: “Humayun was a custodian of the Bangladeshi literary culture whose contribution single-handedly shifted the capital of Bengali literature from Kolkata to Dhaka without any...

Published Date: July 18, 2014
MAILBOX

MAILBOX

Howdy neighbour? In my opinion, the real reason why we don't have good relationships with our neighbours is we do not trust each other anymore. We do not smile at a neighbour or invite them to our homes because deep inside we do not trust them. The reason behind that may be the simple...

Published Date: July 18, 2014
MAD GENIUS

MAD GENIUS

VINCENT WILLEM VAN GOGH 30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890 Van Gogh was a post-Impressionist painter of Dutch origin whose work—notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty, and bold color—had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died at a very early age from a gunshot wound, generally accepted to be self-inflicted (although no gun was ever found). His work was then known to only a handful of people and appreciated by fewer still. "I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model. In spite...

SNAPSHOT

Published Date: July 18, 2014
A Hard Day’s Labour

A Hard Day’s Labour

A worker of a transport company works hard to adjust the tires of the company’s buses so that they are in perfect order before people return to their hometowns to celebrate Eid.

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Voicebox

Voicebox

    "I know my team is out...but I do have the habit of watching the game. But I would have been happier if Messi had scored and Argentina had won." SHEIKH HASINA Prime Minister The prime minister told her colleagues during a cabinet meeting that she had watched the entire Argentina versus Germany match like other soccer fans across the world       "How can it be a victory when we lost 6,000 square kilometres of territory? The 25,000 sq km maritime area is not a disputed territory rather it is the area of Bangladesh."  MIRZA FAKHRUL ISLAM ALAMGIR BNP acting secretary general Described government's victory claim over India in the maritime boundary verdict as a drama while addressing...

Published Date: July 18, 2014
1 MINUTE PLEASE!

1 MINUTE PLEASE!

She's a singer, a television actress, a theatre personality, a model, anchor – phew! We can go on and on about Swagaata's many talents but let's just say that she loves to experiment with her creative abilities. With two films and a number of television shows under her belt, Swagata continues to charm...

Published Date: July 18, 2014
HOME AND ABROAD

HOME AND ABROAD

To Germany with Love Magura. Amzad Hossain spent 1.5 lakhs to create a 3.5 km long German flag before the World Cup began. Hossain was diagnosed with a disease in 1986, and it was medicine brought from Germany that cured him. Germany truly has a lifelong fan in this Bangladeshi farmer! 100 Villages Flooded...

Postscript

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Predictably Unpredictable

Predictably Unpredictable

Dhaka is becoming the most unpredictable city in the world. Say you are coming to Karwan Bazar from Uttara. This could be a two to three hour long journey or as short as half an hour. Meanwhile going to the other side of the street in a motorised vehicle could take well over...

Cartoon

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Babu

Babu