• Monday, September 01, 2014

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...

GAME REVIEW

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

Platform: iOS/Android Time spent in-game: 4 hours. Rating: 3/5 Kim Kardashian is a casual point-and-click game with somewhat plastered-on RPG mechanics like levelling up and an inventory system. There are two in-game currencies, one being the dollars that you earn after jobs and the other being the silver KimK stars that you use real life Google...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Adroit turns 15

Adroit turns 15

It all started innocently enough. Fifteen years ago, an 18-year-old boy, fresh out of school, sat and contemplated what the future held. However, it wasn't his own future he was worried about. Rather, it was the future of the very education system that bothered him. He believed that the classroom experience was too...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
The Relegation Battle
AN EXCITING BOTTOM

The Relegation Battle <br>AN EXCITING BOTTOM

The Barclays Premier League is said to be the best league in the world not only because of its highly contested title race, but also because of a relegation battle that is less highlighted yet equally enthralling. The top of the table is where all the teams want to be but from what we see every season, that is not necessarily where the most exciting football is played. Last season saw the relegation of Norwich City, Fulham and Cardiff City after a tense battle during the season's business end. These three teams always looked favourites to go down, but during the final months, the situation was never straight forward. With...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
FABLE FACTORY

FABLE FACTORY

The Astronomer ARUBA ADIL -------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm a troubled child I turn on the TV And dream of another life. I am not sorry I just wanted to have some fun. Those days were so divinely starry But now I'm on the run. No more stargazing, now I just stare at blank ceilings. But I've seen galaxies in my head, lying on my bed. Math and boys makes me feel amnesic. They told me to write about my feelings And it was like telling a deaf man to write about music. Wounds are stars and I'm full of constellations I've confused kismet with karma on several occasions But I've always known...

ANIME REVIEW

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Hitsugi No Chaika
(Chaika-The Coffin Princess)

Hitsugi No Chaika <br>(Chaika-The Coffin Princess)

A common complaint people have against a series with 12 episodes is that the show is too fast paced. "Chaika-The Coffin Princes" stands as a polar opposite. It starts slow, it builds slow, and it requires a bit of patience. But the pay-off is worth it. Based on Touko Machida's Light Novels, the...

MOVIE REVIEW

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Hercules

Hercules

This year has been full of blockbusters and surprises and one such film that has unexpectedly stood out as a summer flick is “Hercules”. The legendary Greek hero portrayed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson thrives on the big screen after “The Legend of Hercules”, which was also released earlier this year. The two films...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Ultimate Sleepover Guide
FOR GIRLS

Ultimate Sleepover Guide <br>FOR GIRLS

Sleepovers. We see them in the movies and read about them in books and wait and wait to go to one of our own. And when we've finally convinced our parents that we will all be good little girls and stay out of trouble, it is time to get ready for a wild...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Ultimate Sleepover Guide The Guy Way

Sleepovers for the boys of our nation are pretty similar to what they show in movies or on TV. There's little to no sleep, so I don't quite see the point of it being called a sleepover. The night rolls pretty nonchalantly, thanks to this uber-cool piece of technology called the internet. But I can assure you that it isn't that boring. Let me paint you a word picture of an average guys' night in. Firstly, there needs to be...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Dhaka Social Art Festival Stories of the Voiceless

Dhaka Social Art Festival Stories of the Voiceless

The Faketory is an art studio in Sao Paulo, Brazil with a branch in Amsterdam which produces art and carries out projects around the globe. The baseline is sustainable, always raising the question: What do you contribute to the world? Till date, the project has covered a handful of metropolitan cities from all...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
We're Looking

We're Looking

Requirements for applying: 1. All submissions must be attached as separate doc files. 2. Maximum 3 submissions per applicant [at most 2 fiction pieces]. 3. CV 4. Email the aforementioned documents to shoutds@gmail.com Include your byline and a headline. Your byline is the name under your headline. Although your email might have your name on it, organising and managing...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Research seminar at The American Center

Research seminar at The American Center

The American Center, U.S. Embassy Dhaka hosted a research seminar on August 21, 2014, showcasing the findings of four U.S. Fulbright students who have been in Bangladesh for nine months. The U.S. Fulbright programme offers grants for scholars to design their own projects and work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Writing Workshop at Department of English, DU

Diane Slaouti of Manchester University, UK, is visiting the Department of English, University of Dhaka to conduct a series of workshops on developing student writing at the tertiary level (academic writing for university students). She has come to the department as part of the INSPIRE project funded by the British Council to develop student writing between the Department of English, University of Dhaka and Manchester University. During her weeklong visit, Slaouti will be conducting workshops and collaborating with the faculty...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

10th Anniversary of UAP's EEE Department The 10th anniversary of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) Department of University of Asia Pacific (UAP) was observed with a two-day comprehensive programme on August 21 and 22. Professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Vice Chancellor of UAP, inaugurated the event on August 20. Professor Emeritus Abdul Matin Patwari, former Vice Chancellor...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Sylhet Divisional Finale of English in Schools

Sylhet Divisional Finale of English in Schools

With the spontaneous participation of nearly 500 students, the divisional finale of The Daily Star-Robi English in Schools was held in Sylhet. Students of class VI to X from 25 schools of three districts -- Sylhet, Sunamganj and Moulvibazar -- participated in the event. Scholarshome School and College, the venue of the event, wore...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
We Should Have More Ukuleles

We Should Have More Ukuleles

This week we have a guide for purchasing musical instruments.  This will help those who are recently done with their exams and would like to play “Pothchola”. This one time I bought a ukulele and a cover story like this one would have helped (although we don't have ukuleles in this issue).   And...

Published Date: August 28, 2014
MIXTAPE

MIXTAPE

 

Published Date: August 28, 2014
This Week's Horoscope

This Week's Horoscope

 

Published Date: 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...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
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

Published Date: August 21, 2014
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....

Published Date: August 21, 2014
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

Published Date: August 21, 2014
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

Published Date: August 21, 2014
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?...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
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...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
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...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
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...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
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,...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
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...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
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...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
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,...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
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...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
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...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
This Week's Horoscope

This Week's Horoscope

 

Published Date: August 14, 2014
HIGHER STUDIES ABROAD

HIGHER STUDIES ABROAD

For a majority of us, studying at a reputable university abroad is the imminent goal. While planning to study abroad, one must know what to look for and where, and decide accordingly on their next moves. You need to work efficiently throughout your entire application process. What are your options? In Bangladesh, the most popular...

Published Date: August 14, 2014
The War of Hashtags

The War of Hashtags

What started out only as a social media feature has taken on a whole new meaning now. In the recent days, all of us have witnessed what hashtags can and can't do. Precisely speaking, in this most recent Israel/Palestine crisis, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have played a far more important role in influencing...

OVERCLOCK

Published Date: August 14, 2014
FPS (FRAMES PER SECOND) EXPLAINED

FPS (FRAMES PER SECOND) EXPLAINED

FPS or Frames per Second is exactly what the name suggests it's the number of frames we are seeing within a second. There is no exact point from which we will encounter lags. This varies from PC to PC, although 24 can be considered as a base. The stuff we watch on TV,...

STARTING RANKED:

Published Date: August 14, 2014
THE DAUNTING JOURNEY

THE DAUNTING JOURNEY

“I remember the first time I started playing ranked. I had a limited champion pool. I only learned to decently play one role: jungle. I picked Lee Sin and started the game normally by clearing my buffs, hitting level 3 and looking into ganking a lane. Pretty soon I heard the chilling announcement...

Published Date: August 14, 2014
Rajshahi Divisional Finale of English in Schools

Rajshahi Divisional Finale of English in Schools

The Rajshahi divisional finale of English in Schools, a joint initiative of Robi and The Daily Star, took place on August 8 at Rajshahi University School and College. Nearly 500 students from 25 schools from three districts -- Rajshahi, Natore and Chapainawabganj -- took part in the finale. Students of class VI-X participated...

Published Date: August 14, 2014
BCCP HOSTS “TOWARDS A BETTER FUTURE” FOR NSU'S TOP 10

BCCP HOSTS “TOWARDS A BETTER FUTURE” FOR NSU'S TOP 10

Bangladesh Center for Communication Program (BCCP) in association with North South University (NSU) hosted the seminar “Towards a better future” at Hotel Summer Palace, Dhaka on August 9. This seminar was one of the three organised for the private universities NSU, East West University and University of Liberal Arts by BCCP. The event started...

Published Date: August 14, 2014
CAN LEADERS BE CREATED?

Does leadership only mean leading a group of employees or leading a country? Are political leaders and business leaders the only leaders who exist? Common perception is that leaders are born but this perception has changed now to “leaders are created”. Today's evolving leaders have set a distinct view of leadership and the meaning of leadership has been redefined. There are those who are leading our youth to bring a meaningful change in the society. An example of this...

FABLE FACTORY

Published Date: August 14, 2014
The Alien in My Living Room

The Alien in My Living Room

Tell me about it. Mr. Mongoose Chinaman has mommy issues. He has never had any friends because his mom didn't want him to have any. Friends were a waste of time. They gripe. They 'influence' you to do bad things. They're freeloaders. They're leeches. You don't need 'em, son, you want company, you come...

Published Date: August 14, 2014
No.2222012

No.2222012

I expected a different world on the outside. I expected the sun would shine brightly. I expected to breathe in a wide range of fresh and fragrant aromas. Sadly, one expectation I couldn't have was a welcome - a smiling face waiting to greet me. My folks were probably dead now. Any other...

Published Date: August 14, 2014
The Man Who Gave Us Chacha Chaudhary

The Man Who Gave Us Chacha Chaudhary

On the 5th of August, Pran Kumar Sharma, the creator of Chacha Chaudhary, passed away at the age of 75. He was a legend, giving us familiar looking comic book characters that later became household names. I doubt there still is, in this age of extreme technological distractions, a kid in this part of the world who has not heard of Chacha Chaudhary's wit (whose “brain works faster than a computer”, mind you) or Sabu's gargantuan strength. Pran was born on August 15, 1938 in a small town called Kasur that now falls in Pakistan. He started his career as a cartoonist in 1960 for Milap, a monthly based in...

Published Date: August 14, 2014
LIGHT, CAMERA, SHARE

LIGHT, CAMERA, SHARE

From daguerreotypes to selfies, the art of photography has evolved over decades. There was a time when taking a single photo of oneself took minutes and getting the copy of it took days. Gone are the days when photos used to be printed on glossy or matte paper; they look much better on...

Published Date: August 14, 2014
Creepy things to do upon meeting your doppelganger

Creepy things to do upon meeting your doppelganger

You never know when you might stumble upon your doppelganger. Anything can happen nowadays. The person who looks eerily just like you might just be loitering in the inappropriate section of a bookstore, waiting to be found. Therefore, you have to prepare for it when that happens and according to my preliminary research which consisted of asking people about it on Reddit, it WILL happen. First thing's first. There's this postulation that your doppelganger is you from the future, visiting you to see what a moron you used to be. So make sure you keep ropes and gloves with you. Ropes so that you can tie him up. Gloves because you...

Published Date: August 14, 2014
HUMANS OF BANGLADESH

HUMANS OF BANGLADESH

Eleven-day old Pial going to Barisal with his father from Borguna. Met him at a ferry ghat while crossing a river. PHOTOGRAPHER: JAVED MIANDAD

Published Date: August 14, 2014
BULLETIN BOARD

LEGAL QUIZ COMPETITION AT UAP Prize giving ceremony of Departmental Legal Quiz Competition of Law and Human Rights was held on July 13 at the University of Asia Pacific. Professor Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Vice Chancellor, addressed the ceremony as Chief Guest. Md. Abdur Rahim, Acting Head of the Department, presided over the program. Head of the department expressed his vision of making the law department as best one in the country's higher education with the effort of the faculty members and...