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The Joint Family syndrome

The Joint Family syndrome

by Asifur Rahman Khan With beef priced at Tk 400 per kilogramme, it certainly pays to being a vegetarian. Not that I am a vegetarian, but contemplating on the switch. And it’s not just the price of beef. Last year, when I wanted to put my three year old daughter into a decent school, I was dumbfounded at the admission […]

Dangerous food from across the world

Dangerous food from across the world

The adulteration of food items in Bangladesh has for long been a headache for the masses as well as the concerned authorities. As formalin was being used to preserve the perishable food items like fruits, vegetables etc. for longer periods of time, chemicals and other procedures were used to ripen fruits artificially. Health experts had opined time and again that […]

Leaving your comfort zone!

Leaving your comfort zone!

by Arafat Mohammad Noman British novelist C.S Lewis has said it brilliantly: ‘You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.’ Here the dream is not something unattainable or chimerical; rather the dream is that point where your arrival makes you silent while others deluge you with their eulogistic downpour. But, yes a big […]

‘EXPERT’ BLUNDERS

‘EXPERT’ BLUNDERS

by Asifur Rahman Khan Whenever ‘blunders’ are discussed in my friend circle, the name ‘Michael Bay’ reverberates amongst us like a cult gone wild. It’s not because he successfully killed off one of the best toys of yesteryears, it’s because NASA shows his film ‘Armageddon’ during their management training programme where new managers are given the task of trying to […]

Ignorant musings

Ignorant musings

by Asifur Rahman Khan The age-old question ‘why are we on earth?’ has elicited thousands of philosophical theories from thousands of philosophers for thousands of years that a handful of scientists have tried to invalidate over the duration of mankind. Of course, success came very slowly. Maybe that is why, for a long time, we all believed that the earth […]

A world with (Un)comfortable numbness

A world with (Un)comfortable numbness

by Arafat Mohammad Noman The last two lines from the monumental English rock band Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’, “The dream is gone; I have become comfortably numb”, ignite a dystopian invocation if we replace the ‘I’ with ‘We’. The dream is gone and we have become comfortably numb. No doubt we have become numb but are we really comfortable? I […]

Fickle relationships

Fickle relationships

Through a recent incident that he has faced, Raphy Islam shares his frustrations about the lack of commitment in relationships these days A few days ago a couple who were very close to me, broke up. I had been with them since the very beginning of their relationship and in a way it helped me understand what true relation may […]

The we-don’t-know facts of the universe part ii

The we-don’t-know facts of the universe part ii

by Asifur Rahman Khan Continued from last issue Sea people During the late Bronze Age, civilisation was progressing at an impressive rate in the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean regions. Kingdoms rose, order was established, and technology advanced. The Mycenaean and Minoans had intricate palaces in Greece and Crete, the Hittites dominated what is now Turkey. And the Canaanites controlled what […]

Facebook: Superficiality and distorted commitment

Facebook: Superficiality and distorted commitment

by Mehrab Jamal Well this piece can be wrapped up with one question: when was the last time you saw hundreds of ‘likes’ on an eye-opening ‘status’ from a commoner, the same commoner who gets hundreds of ‘likes’ on a photograph unnaturally beautified using one of myriad relevant apps? You might respond stating that said commoner does not have the […]

Run-out: Why are you running anyway!

Run-out: Why are you running anyway!

by Towheed Feroze There are times when a movie leaves you completely perplexed. One wonders why the film was made in the first place: was it to launch the celluloid career of a TV actress a bit past her prime or was it to give the audience a taste of semi-adult titillation?  Maybe the sole purpose was to provide some […]