• Thursday, October 02, 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...

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

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...

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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...

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....

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...

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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...

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....

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,...

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...

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...

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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...

Published Date: September 25, 2014
Musings of a Girl Who Doesn't Cook

Musings of a Girl Who Doesn't Cook

I'm a girl and I don't cook. There are girls who can't cook because they lack the skill. Others don't seem to have the time for it. And then there's us -- a very special breed of happy individuals who just prefer to be doing the actual eating.   But it isn't easy being a...

OVERCLOCK

Published Date: September 25, 2014
When and How Should You Learn Programming?

When and How Should You Learn Programming?

Coding isn't easy and even though pop culture says that we can just press random buttons on the keyboard and magic will happen on a screen with green letters, it's not like that. Coding, like any other skill, takes practice. If you're learning to code because you want to hack your arch enemy's...

OVERCLOCK

Published Date: September 25, 2014
The Perks of Being A Latecomer in Console Gaming

The Perks of Being A Latecomer in Console Gaming

Not all of us buy the newest gaming consoles as soon as they are out. I got my Xbox 360 around 2012, when the platform was well into its twilight years with the release of its next gen successor right around the corner. While many are looking ahead, there are quite a few...

FABLE FACTORY

Published Date: September 25, 2014
Karma Police

Karma Police

Parked adjacent to us, in a parallel Earth, the city of Dhaka was an alien land. Skies were green and water bodies orange. Clouds of myriad shapes and outlandish colours trailed ropes of pure energy which tied onto the people living underneath. Everyone walked with these ropes attached to their shoulders, towing clouds...

FABLE FACTORY

Published Date: September 25, 2014
No Surprises

I hate my kids. Always have. They're strange little parasites. They shoot me this goofy smile whenever they see me, which, these days, isn't a lot. It's like that smile is going to make up for how extremely self-centred they are. I suppose I can't blame them. My mom used to call me selfish too. Karma, I suppose. But I love my kids. Always have. I enjoy being fed off of. That makes me feel purpose. The younger one...

Published Date: September 25, 2014
BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

ASAUB organises Seminar  Department of Pharmacy, ASA University Bangladesh (ASAUB), American Society for Microbiology (ASM), ideSHi and icddr,b jointly organised a seminar titled 'Scientific Research for Young Scientists & Benefits of ASM members for Scientific Research in Bangladesh' on September 8. Dr. Firdausi Qadri, Director, Centre for Vaccine Sciences and Head, Immunology Unit, icddr,b...

Published Date: September 25, 2014
ULAB's “Skills For Life” campaign ends on a high note

ULAB's “Skills For Life” campaign ends on a high note

The education we receive in schools, colleges and universities is what helps us find a firm ground beneath our feet and the skills we acquire beyond textbooks are the ones which stay with us for life. With that in mind, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) organised a month-long course entitled “Skills For Life”...

Published Date: September 25, 2014
Initiatives of Change: Asia-Pacific Youth Conference-2014 in Taiwan

Initiatives of Change: Asia-Pacific Youth Conference-2014 in Taiwan

The 20th Asia Pacific Youth Conference (APYC) was held in Taiwan from August 2 to 9, 2014. The forum gathered more than 100 participants from 14 countries of the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, including one from Bangladesh. The Initiatives of Change is a worldwide movement of people committed to the transformation of society...

MOVIE REVIEW

Published Date: September 25, 2014
Der Untergang (Downfall)

Der Untergang (Downfall)

We've all seen our fair share of World War II movies made by Americans about Americans and Der Untergang, as its name suggests, is not of the same category. This German movie based on the last ten days of the war is a vivid depiction of how Adolf Hitler and his loyalists dealt...

Published Date: September 25, 2014
Five Greatest Coming of Age Books

Five Greatest Coming of Age Books

Coming of age is never easy. that awkward transition from wanting to press every big red button to wanting to be taken seriously, it's not everyone's piece of cake. There's heartbreak, pimples, depression and then there's…more pimples. Hopefully one day you'll wake up and find that you're finally an adult and no one (other than your boss and society, sigh) can tell you what to do. Until then, there are many wonderful books that capture exactly how you feel right now. Here are some of the really good ones: 1. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky: A wallflower is someone who sees everything, knows everything, but does not say...

Published Date: September 25, 2014
The Book Bucket Challenge

Facebook is all about challenges these days. We've had our dose of the Rice Bucket, the Sand Bucket, and of course, the original, Ice Bucket challenges. But we still haven't had enough. Very recently we came across the Book Bucket Challenge, which managed to generate much interest among writers and readers around the globe. No, the Book Bucket Challenge is not about having a bunch of books dumped on your head from a bucket. The rules are rather simpler and...

Published Date: September 25, 2014
SUPER ICE SKATING WEEK

SUPER ICE SKATING WEEK

Ice skating is not yet a 'thing' in Bangladesh as it's a tropical country and we got no ice. Yet, Star Ice Rink at Star Zone in Bashundhara City Shopping Mall, Dhaka recently organised 'Super Ice Skating Week 2014' on September 18-21 to introduce this new sport here. The rink is now open...

IMRAN AHMED

Published Date: September 25, 2014
Experimenting with Jazz Fusion and Indian Classical

Experimenting with Jazz Fusion and Indian Classical

Imran Ahmed earned recognition as the frontman of the alternative rock band, Eclectic, becoming the Best Guitarist at 'Incursion Battle of the Bands' in 2012. He then went on to have a stint playing with the group Lalon, before joining Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in India. Now he's back, playing with his trio project in Dhaka. His music is a unique blend of jazz fusion and Indian classical. SHOUT caught up with the guitarist to get his views on music, influences and his ambitions. How would you describe your music? Imran Ahmed: I'm doing projects with musicians from different backgrounds which allows me to make the kind of music I hear...

Published Date: September 25, 2014
Spelin ur way 2 sucess

Spelin ur way 2 sucess

Spelling the right way is really important. Spelling difficult words under a high-stress, high-risk environment prepares a young mind for glorious things in the future. You wouldn't want to misspell “succedaneum” in a job interview. Your life may depend upon your spelling one day when grammar Nazis take over. I've seen a lot of...

Published Date: September 25, 2014
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Published Date: September 25, 2014
This Week's Horoscope

This Week's Horoscope

 

Published Date: 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,...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
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

Published Date: September 18, 2014
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...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
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

Published Date: September 18, 2014
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. ...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
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....

Published Date: September 18, 2014
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

Published Date: September 18, 2014
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...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
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...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
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,...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
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...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
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

Published Date: September 18, 2014
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...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
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...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
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Published Date: September 18, 2014
This Week's Horoscope

This Week's Horoscope

 

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....