Editorial | The Daily Star

    Before I begin, when I say memes in this context, I mean them as image macros. So now that we all more or less know that memes are here to stay for good, it's time to ask ourselves how we should classify these

  • Celebrating change

    Change is a thing that splinters opinions. Some want it, some don't. Some want it now, while some are willing to wait for it. Some people want to bring about change themselves, and some sit there complaining that it's taking too long. And this is where the great divide is. Change happens because someone out there is actively working to make it happen, and like with everything else in this world, change is never handed out simply because someone

  • Talent vs persistence: Who wins?

    Talent is usually perceived as an inherent skill that allows the person possessing it to do something without trying as hard as someone who does not have that particular talent.


    Most industries in Bangladesh finally got the memo and are now digitising heavily. More importantly, the global push towards digitisation has led to many disruptions all across. This has led organisations to seriously demand “out of the box,” “agile” and “dynamic” ideas from their young talent. Unfortunately, our education system pretty much revolves around stamping out any sort of creativity whatsoever.


    I love travelling and books; what I love more is travelling with books. I have never been on a trip, domestic or international, where a book wasn't in my backpack. And every time I step into a bookstore, my eyes search for any hint of a book that's about Bangladesh or authored by my compatriot. More often than not, I am disappointed.


    Being young is tricky business. It's great because you have time on your side, and the freedom to choose your path, something people with years behind them are constantly keen to remind us of.

  • History, Politics, Drama

    Themistocles was a non-aristocratic politician in ancient Athens. In the run up to the second Persian (present day Iran) invasion, he became the most prominent politician in Greece. In 483 BC, he convinced the

  • Farewell

    Change is an integral aspect of life. I find myself in a situation where I have to embrace it. I joined SHOUT as a contributing writer in October 2014 with no idea about how I got there.


    Youth is the favourite target group of marketers nowadays thanks to the startup boom and over a half of the population being in that TG. Big brands have realised this, and are pushing into the digital sphere to reach out to the youth. Recently, I saw a post from one of the leading youth brands on Facebook that spent quite a few words describing what “SWAG” means. Unfortunately, 2012 called and wants its “word of

  • Hang in there

    I know it's disheartening to see your friends getting jobs while you are still receiving “Thank you for applying…” emails. I know it's a huge blow to your confidence when you can't really say that you have life figured out. I know it's difficult to bear with the uncertainty every day. But it's okay.

  • Go for selfies & check-ins, stay for art

    Folks going to Classical Music Festival, Bengal Boi, and the recently ended Dhaka Art Summit for selfies and check-ins were a thing.

  • What is time?

    If you're in Dhaka and you don't have the magical powers to take the wrong side of the road/shut down traffic movement, should the concept of time apply to you?

  • You have forsaken me

    Winter brought along the cold nights where our kombols would actually see some use. We could actually wear our woollen jackets and not feel like we're in the Sahara.

  • Smoking kills everyone

    Smoking in public is banned in Bangladesh and people caught smoking in public have to pay a fine. Despite this, people continue to smoke in public. I don't smoke but if you're willingly paying to ingest tar

  • Where is the Banijjo?

    After spending two and a half hours commuting 6.5 kilometres, from my home to the office, to write this editorial thanks to the Dhaka International Trade Fair 2018, I have to ask how this fair is

  • Not your circus, not your monkey

    I don't believe in New Year's resolutions. At best, they're probably half of January resolutions. But I do believe in and strongly endorse self-improvement.

  • 2018 > 2017, please

    If we're talking about events that are inevitable, let me tell you this: the year 2017 is about to be a thing of the past, and robots are no longer a subject of the future.

  • No longer a student

    As I find myself really close to my inevitable graduation, I can't help but feel mixed emotions. Yes, I am very glad that I do not have to stay up late writing lengthy assignments, and relieved that I do not have any homework left to do.

  • Indomitable

    The only folks I envy are those who have to commute long distances multiple times a day for work and then CHOOSE to have a social life, requiring further commutes, sitting in Dhaka traffic at various points of the day.


    Sometimes it's best to act as if you don't know anything.

  • Dusty

    I remember writing about the dust problem in our city a year back. Looking back, I realise the situation hasn't improved at all. In fact, it's gotten much worse. Just the other day I saw a few workers loading shovels full of dust from a demolished building onto a

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    Recently, I came across several posts in my news feed about some students requiring likes on their Facebook pages to pass a course. What's worse is that a lot of these students from a leading university are even spamming groups like the WWE Bangladesh

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    The Art of Deflection

    If you've made a boo-boo, the right thing to do is wo/man up and own up to your mistake or transgression. Take full responsibility of your actions and make honest effort to be a better person.

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    I've never been a fan of Dhaka's unpredictable weather. One day you're drowning in kaada paani, the next day you become 10 shades darker due to the scorching sun. It's a hate-hate relationship.

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    “Adult content in movies: graphic violence, profanity, overtly sexual dialogue, [nudity is on the menu too, but explicit nakedness is usually censored before movies can make it to big screens in Bangladesh].

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    “The Greater Good"

    Growing up, a lot of us have been taught to deal with emotional trauma using the time-tested method of "ignore it till it goes away." For sexual abuse that has been the case as well, just far worse.

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    While it's cool for everyone to huddle up and share ghost stories, there are some people who legit get scarred for life.

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    Gaming Peripherals

    While it is true that skill is more important in gaming than the tools you use to wage war in the virtual realm, gaming-centric peripherals grant you the advantages that you cannot do without.

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    The Content Dilemma

    Wherever you go nowadays, you'll see people talking about content. Digital content, social media content, everything is content now. You go to a workshop hosted by a guy you have never heard of and all he talks about is how content is king.

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    What's more important to you? Pronunciation or the content of speech? What we value says more about us than the person we