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‘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 […]

The We-Don’t-know facts of the universe part l

The We-Don’t-know facts of the universe part l

by Asifur Rahman Khan Questions are the natural consequence of curiousity. Ever since childhood, questions unravelled the reality around us. A child might ask pointing at a star, ‘Dad, what’s that?’, while a scientist might look at the same star and ask, ‘What is making this star move away from us?’. The same object can give different people with different […]

Taking back Dhaka’s waterways

Taking back Dhaka’s waterways

Mehedi Haque explains, through two simple examples, how Dhaka’s water-logging problem can be solved Haphazard filling up of canals and rivers in Dhaka and impetuous actions taken by the urban management agencies are leading to severe water logging- such statement is too superficial to fathom the ins and outs of the problem because it is always confined to another statement […]

Dealing with a Pandora’s box!

Dealing with a Pandora’s box!

by Arafat Mohammad Noman When someone corrects your mistake and you feel offended it means you have an ego problem. And as a nation we are almost being inundated with our ego. We feed our ego with intolerance, blame-game, grudge, underestimating others and always nurture a mood of defending (or glorifying?) self. According to psychoanalyst Freud, human psyche is composed […]