• Liberal Arts Education: Misconceptions and prospects

    Liberal Arts Colleges (LACs) in the US have been attracting young Bangladeshis seeking education abroad for quite some time.

  • Losing parents to mental conditions

    Not many kids actually come forward with their problems at home, especially when it comes to something as sensitive as their parents. Two of my close friends have somehow lost their parents to a world of their own – depression and Alzheimer's, and I found myself in the middle of their stories.

  • Mama Bari: Empowering Children through Education

    Imagine an ordinary man whose day begins like any other. He wakes up at quarter past seven, worn out from the previous day, preparing to grit his teeth through the next.

  • Fantastic birds and how to pet them

    I know your story, bro. Your dog does not listen to you. Your cat drinks your share of chocolate milk and jumps out of your window.

  • How to deal with parents remarrying

    Growing up in Bangladesh involves navigating through various taboos. There are things that people are not willing to talk about as you are growing up, depending on how liberal or conservative a family may be.

  • The 2016 Time Capsule

    Most mornings I wake up to ancient photos of the once-pristine Dhaka city from yesteryears. Sometimes photos of our legendary poets, actors, artists or even of the meme-makers surface on a couple of Facebook pages.

  • Students under Microscope

    The July 1, 2016 attack at Holey Artisan Bakery, Dhaka brought an onslaught of scrutiny towards the roles played by education institutions in the lives of their respective students.

  • In the Green Room of a Teacher's Performance

    On stage, we watch as the teacher turns to scrawl on the board, commanding pin-drop silence and claiming to have a third eye in the back of her head. What we don't know is the racket going on backstage – in her mind – and the labour that goes into constructing the performance. You'd be surprised and awed to find out the details.

  • What Makes a Happy Country - And where do we stand?

    As the age-old adage goes, “Money can't buy you happiness”, it seems the same is true for a country. The Happy Planet Index (HPI), introduced by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) in July 2006, delved into this and formulated a method to determine how happy a country is. Amazingly, Bangladesh has been rising up consistently on the rankings of HPI.

  • 48 Hours in Bandarban

    With our ever-expanding bucket lists, rife with extreme sports and exotic locations, we often lose sight of the beauty that exists in our own backyard. Sure, who wouldn't want to spend the next weekend sipping an authentic Café au Lait in a dainty French bistro? As charming as that may be, sometimes, there's just no alternative to the inexplicable joy of exploring home. But when time is limited and so is your wallet, you have to keep your desires in check - but to what extent? That is, exactly what I set out to find on my two-day trip to Bandarban - with a budget of four thousand. Yikes.

  • Student  Competitions in Bangladesh

    Student Competitions in Bangladesh

    If you think only academics are the most important aspect of a student's life, just look around. You're bound to find students winning medals at Olympiads, flying abroad for international debate championships, or taking quizzes just for the fun of it. The student competition scene in Bangladesh, right now, is buzzing.

  • Putting Your Best Face Forward

    A little lipstick and a spot of liner is no longer what we think of when considering a makeover. From fake lashes to sculpting your dream features, the magic of makeup has now risen to a new level – the greatest wizards being makeup artists (MUAs). Gone are the days when MUAs would strictly work at salons; more young women are expressing their passion for makeup in conventional and unconventional ways. SHOUT decided to highlight MUAs from two core forms: professional and YouTuber.

  • Local yet Foreign

    Local yet Foreign

    When you belong to more than one ethnicity, race, country life is bound to get interesting and often challenging. Moving halfway across the world, facing identity issues, and overcoming language barriers are just a few of the things that come with this life.

  • 100% Solid App Ideas for Local Start-ups

    To the entrepreneurs of the country who want to do justice to that Silicon Valley poster on your wall, and to the college dropouts who seek to make Bill Gates proud, here are four 100 percent solid, totally not-satirical ideas for absolutely doable apps based on the customs of Bangladesh.

  • Grand Skills from Grandparents

    Whenever we think of our grandparents, we immediately get an image of smiles and hugs. Rarely do we think of the numerous talents they have that we can learn and preserve. In this article, we try to talk about some of the many cool things we ought to learn from these beloved elders. We also reminiscence how amazing the time we spent – as kids – with them was, because that's the only way to get it right.

  • REVEALED!!! THE BANGLADESHI YOUTH IN 2016

    One of the problems with writing in English is using words whose Bangla substitutes are simply superior.

  • Surviving Zombie Apocalypse in Dhaka

    Anaf's mother had just finished typing “mamdo bhoot” after an hour's struggle with Bangla font in the Google search bar when a man outside her window shouted something in a dialect.

  • Around the World

    “Opening your eyes at 6 am every day is like going down Alice's wonderful little hole. You have to pinch yourself every single time,”

  • The Pursuit of Hair

    Hair loss is a malady that has troubled man throughout history. As the sad comb-overs accrue more patches of scalp through its thinning mass, many of us have scampered to crisis mode.

  • A Constant Work in Progress

    As SHOUT celebrates its 3rd anniversary, I can't help but feel a surge of nostalgia and pride. Having been with SHOUT from its humble first steps, I have seen the publication grow in quality and stature to become the definitive (English) youth publication in Bangladesh.

  • A Quick Getaway

    An hour and a half flight away from Dhaka is a land of humble people, soothing climate and the highest peaks in the world. Everything about this country will sweep you off your feet. The alluring sceneries, panoramic views of the Himalayas, the serenity, and the amazing nightlife are only to name a few.

  • The Art of Bargaining

    I once agreed on a fare of Tk 30 from Shahbagh to TSC. Don't judge me. I was at Dhaka University for the first time. When my friends came to know this, they mocked me and I know you have been in my position too.

  • Why Study Engineering

    Engineering is a popular choice of major for science – particularly tech – lovers in Bangladesh and beyond. Though many choose to study engineering at both public and private universities of the country, due to the competitive job market and the stress that accompanies the curriculum, some think twice before choosing it as their preferred field of studies.

  • HOW THE KIDS GOT FAT

    While most of Bangladesh still struggles with malnutrition, obesity and weight related health issues are starting to become quite common among the urban youth.

  • 1st Day at Magic School

    Rawnak still remembers that odd, fateful day on Shiddheshwari Lane. The bearded rickshawala suddenly turned towards her, on the passenger seat, and uttered some weird words.

  • Inside a Bully's Mind

    One day during school hours at an English medium school in Dhaka, 9th grader Rahul Chowdhury wished to play table tennis while some other students were already playing.

  • WHEN TOMORROW'S LEADERS GET TOGETHER

    The campus of North South University was abuzz last weekend as it hosted the Gala Round of “DCCI presents Bangladesh YouthFest”, an initiative of Bangladesh Band Forum (BBF) on May 13-14, 2016.

  • Competitive Programming - Where Computer Geeks become Gladiators

    Contrary to popular belief, programmers have a life, though mostly bound to their computers. One of the many incentives that make it so is programming competitions.

  • WINNING THE BIG LEAGUES

    Idea. Leadership. Inspiration.The words above are, no doubt, heard of and spoken about a lot in current times. Nowadays we are seeing a generation of Bangladeshis marking their excellence in fields of science, education, entrepreneurship, arts – both in and outside our borders. To be born with qualities as such is a blessing, to hone them is no easy task.

  • Between 2 Worlds

    "I don't know if it's because of the time (last year of high school) I shifted to Canada, it was really hard for me to make friends. It took me a few months to find people I actually liked and who liked me back and wanted to be friends," says Moneesha R Kalamder, who immigrated to Canada in her teens.

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