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  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    University can be considered an inexplicable place exempt from the traditional rules of time and space. One moment you walk in as a freshman with eyes full of wonder and a heart full of optimism, and in the next second you walk out as a person -- years older with slumped shoulders carrying the wisdom you wish you had before. In between there is a blur of moments that are impossible to distinguish from one another.

  • Dhaka: the role-playing game

    Many moons ago, before chaos had sprung upon the land, there was peace. Hundred years of prosperity till that fateful day. The winds of fury had risen long before, but it wasn't till the fat lady was breathing down his neck that Tazrian would take matters into his own hands, thus giving birth to the legend whose story would echo through the ages. The descendants he would never have would be proud.

  • How to prepare your First Pet Dog

    Preparing for your first pet dog

    Puppies are insatiable floof monsters who'll try to destroy anything within grasp. Therefore, you have to make your living space safe for its arrival. Take a good look around your house, especially the room your puppy will be spending the most time in, and try to identify all the items it can bite, chew, or pull down. Be especially wary of things made of leather, faux leather and PVC (mostly bags and shoes) as teething puppies love to sink their teeth into anything soft and rubbery. Objects with sharp edges and breakables should be stowed away as far as possible.

  • Cyber Privacy - why it should matter to you

    You've heard the age old adage “don't talk to strangers”, but funnily enough in the internet we end up talking a lot to strangers. In fact on the internet, information we'd formerly be conscientious about, like our daily activities that we'd probably once keep private in a diary, are now openly share without so much as a second thought. Given the massive boom in social media, and how easily we let our information be accessed, it's no surprise that data we share can be misused. And that brings us to our topic of today, cyber-privacy.

  • Is MBA a must after BBA?

    BBA is one of the most sought after degrees in the country today. With Bangladesh's promotion to a “developing” status on the horizon, more and more students are expected to pursue business degrees to take on newly emerging executive roles.

  • So You Think You Can Dance in Dhaka?

    Matching steps to your favourite beat and swaying like nobody's watching, dancing truly lets you find and lose yourself, all at the same time. Ever since I was a little girl, dance has always held a special place in my heart. I would participate in every dance competition my school had to offer, danced/choreographed in every gaaye holud I was asked to be a part of, and grooved to Macarena, The Ketchup Song, and almost every Bollywood hit like there's no tomorrow.

  • Once upon a Pahela Baishakh

    Sunlight peeks in through my curtains and gentle rays glimmer into the corner of my eyes helping me wake up earlier than usual. “Okay B!ng, prepare my morning coffee,” I mumble to my home assistant as I get ready to take a shower. The cold water sends jolts all the way to the small of my back till it finally alerts me to how important today is.

  • Superheroes fit for our City

    Motshokumar is our resident fishy hero who embodies the spirit of “Bhaat-e maach-e Bangali”. Protector of our rivers, seafaring saviour, watery weirdo, he got his powers after falling into a river polluted by horrible radioactive chemicals while on a fishing trip, and since then has sworn to stop river pollution and evildoers from harming aquatic life.

  • Classics that deserve a replay

    For all the gamers out there, the future promises much in the form of innovation. With the increased development of VR as well as various AR projects, gaming technology is about to get an overhaul and expand its horizons significantly. Before this new era is ushered in, however, we thought it would be a good idea to put on our rose-tinted goggles and pay homage to some of the classics which have stood the test of time.

  • How to be a better Bangladeshi

    This city we call “home” still finds itself on the list of “least liveable cities”, and our beloved country has been ranked 115th on the Happiness Index, according to UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network's (SDSN) 2018 World Happiness Report. As Independence Day approaches, why don't we all take a moment and ask ourselves, “Where are we going wrong?”

  • Home Music Production for Noobs

    The good news is that home music production is quite prevalent and things aren't as ridiculously difficult as they used to be; analogue recording is the stuff of nightmares. The bad news, however, is that 'correct' music production is still pretty difficult even after shifting to digital recording. As someone who's been in the works for quite a while now, I'd like to give you a very short tour of what's down this rabbit hole.

  • Press to break

    Press Ⓧ to break the glass ceiling

    While there had always been leading ladies in some form or another in video games, the first wave of female leads came into mainstream popularity during the mid-1990s, and the one who stood out from the rest was none other than Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider series. A sophisticated and highly intelligent character for the time, archaeologist Lara Croft's introduction to the gaming world set gamers'

  • The Sims - Bangladeshi Edition

    Have you ever felt the need to feel omnipotent? Well, then you must have enjoyed or still enjoy (it's okay, we don't judge) the invincibility stature while playing this life simulation game, “The Sims”. I still remember the sheer power I used to feel surging through my veins as I controlled the lives of my Sims, influenced their moods, or drowned them in the pool because why not. While taking my final exam the other day, a brilliant question struck me. What if this game was set in Bangladesh?

  • This is your brain on social media

    Ever wondered why gambling can sometimes develop into an addiction? It's really complex but two components play a role: variable rewards and dopamine. B. F. Skinner's famous experiment (read up on it if interested) demonstrated how unpredictable rewards compel us to reinforce an action. For instance, when people play slot machines they don't know whether they'll win or lose; same goes for those claw

  • Dhaka's Kacchi Biryani

    When Kacchi Meets Love

    The smell of love still reeks in the air — that annoying time of year has come and gone, when couples all around flooded your newsfeed with their pictures of romance that gave you diabetes and made you wish you weren't sad and lonely.

  • Looking for Pabna

    I've never been a fan of traffic and noise pollution, but my dad recently took up a new job in Dhaka and we had to move all the way

  • Talking Careers with Your Parents

    When we were younger, our elders would often ask us what we wanted to be when we grew up. Most of us would give clichéd answers such as doctor or engineer as suggested by our parents, but as we grow up and put a lot of

  • When musical instruments talk

    When musical instruments talk

    It's late on a Friday evening. All you want to do is get back home. You were told there would be kacchi – your greatest weakness, as well as your first love. Nothing can hold you back with kacchi on the horizon.

  • The Ever-evolving Talent Acquisition Platform

    The name Battle of Minds (BOM) sparks a fire within the most talented minds of Bangladesh. It is one of the most prestigious platforms in the country, which consistently hosts the most explosive ideas and innovative strategies ever conceived.

  • Opposite day in Dhaka city life

    Opposite day in Dhaka

    As soon as I went out, a bevy of rickshaws surrounded me. My eyes widened involuntarily, and my mouth moved in silence – forming words of bewilderment. “Mama koi jaiben?” one of them inquired.

  • Top Memes of 2017

    Top Memes of 2017

    As we bid goodbye to 2017, our hearts are filled with mixed emotions. We've all had our ups and downs, and are starting the new year with hopes of “New year, new me”. Let's not kid ourselves – that won't be happening before hell freezes over. One thing we can be sure of, however, is “New year, new memes”. Before we welcome the new batch of dankness, I'd like us to take a trip down memory lane and look at the best of the best in 2017.

  • Living with robots

    Living with robots - Dhaka in 2050

    Aklima and Sharmin are housewives who are neighbours. They spend each afternoon together over tea discussing the latest gossip in the apartment complex.

  • Wanderlust: Winter Edition

    For some of us, travelling is an option to take a break from the hectic schedule and adrenaline-filled-deadline-induced panic that we

  • How to move about in Dhaka

    With Dhaka's traffic situation worsening with each passing day, having an extended idea of the transportations available pays off. It can save time or offer possible shortcuts to beat the traffic and reduce the commute time.

  • Big Schools vs Small Schools

    Big Schools vs Small Schools - Which one is right for you?

    The greatest part of our childhood and adolescence is spent in school. In the confines of this institution, we learn the essential skills which will help us navigate the rest of our lives. However, choosing a school isn't as simple as many people make it out to be.

  • Board games

    Board games we deserve

    In this modern day and age where our smartphones are loaded with apps and games, the age old tradition of board games is often overlooked. And it shouldn't be. With that in mind here's our attempt at devising board games with a uniquely Bangladeshi vibe.

  • International Scholarships You Need To Check Out

    If you're a high school graduate wanting to pursue a bachelor's degree abroad or an undergraduate looking for a master's programme, you must be aware of the need to sell an arm, a leg, a kidney, and basically your whole existence...

  • Young Bangla

    Young Bangla - Engaging youth in nation-building

    An occasion dedicated to the youth of the nation, the second installation of 'Joy Bangla Youth Award' – organised by Young Bangla – completed its journey last month with a beautiful grand finale, awarding 30 organisations from across the country for their works that are changing the lives of their respective communities.

  • Pay to play

    Pay to Play

    It is rather ironic that the very industry that had zoomed in on corporate greed in the form of fictional organisations like Umbrella Corporation (Resident Evil), Shin-Ra Electric Power Company (Final Fantasy VII), Hyperion Corporation (Borderlands) and so on, is the one that's plagued by greed at an unimaginable level currently.

  • PRESENTING CORPORATE TRAILBLAZERS OF TOMORROW

    Business competitions are of monumental significance for all students standing on the edge of the corporate domain. Amongst all these ambitious prizefights, Unilever BizMaestros stands out for good reason.

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