Editorial | The Daily Star
  • 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

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    I know I'm not the only one whose nostrils were invaded by the smell that manifests itself during this year's Eid-ul-Adha.

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    Artists are people too

    Reviews in Bangladesh are much like charity affairs. The creator of the content you are reviewing expects you to praise them after they have given you their content [for a fee, of course].

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    Hello Pen

    Remember the last time your tried to improve your handwriting? Yeah, me neither. We're so used to typing everything out with a keyboard that our penmanship skills have deteriorated greatly.

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    Do motivational speeches have any value?

    Motivational speeches by wildly successful people might provide insights into problems and problem-solving; some speeches might just be awe-inspiring because of content/theatrics/oratory skills.

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    Identity Crisis

    When exam season comes knocking, which is every single month in the calendar, communication completely breaks down.

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    Hello darkness, my old friend

    Think of all your favourite songs, artworks, literature, movies. The ones that really REALLY shook you. How many of them came from a dark place?

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    To me, hearing people around me going “How does one live in this city?” results in the same facial expression as “How are you?” An involuntary raising of eyebrows followed by a fake smile.

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    Beach pls

    Visit the sea beaches, everyone. No, I'm not being sarcastic at all.

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    Much has been said about the Bangladeshi climate and weather.

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    E3 and the subsequent hype

    For the next few weeks, gamers will be analysing and dissecting the various gameplay trailers that were shown during E3 2017.

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    Cooking Math

    Thanks to the new 10% VAT that's on its way to our restaurant bills, adding up with the existing 15% VAT and 10% service charge, now is the best time to learn how to cook.