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  • Making a Case For the News

    Who needs more mundane updates about the world when your own life is stressful enough? Surely a dose of environmental disasters, pictures of one foreign leader shaking hands with another, and news of a Chinese robot mastering yet another task that makes you less valuable as a human being isn't going to lift your spirits at the start of the day.

  • Of Spring and Books

    “What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore, it knows it's not foolin' a soul.” – Neil Gaiman.

  • Confessions of an online shopping addict

    My love for not leaving my bed coupled with my crippling social anxiety has made home delivery my number one go-to for any kind of purchase. Be it food, clothing, or beauty products, you can bet your hopefully-more-active-butt-than-mine that I won't be heading out to physically buy any of it.

  • Utilising your university resources

    Your university courses will require you to go through piles of books every semester. There will even be courses where you need more than one book.

  • Jewellery for the soul

    Politicians like Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton use jewellery to project a certain image, many brides in South Asian countries wear, or are made to wear...

  • Struggles of the Mathematically Challenged

    I have never been great at math. Let's just get that out of the way. Am I the one who looks around helplessly to friends when the waiter approaches with the bill because I have no clue what my share is?

  • Honest Beauty Pageant Responses

    Beauty pageants were always an interesting affair, even before the Miss Bangladesh contest propelled them to national attention.

  • The silver lining of living with your parents

    Growing up we have all glorified the idea of moving out of our parent's homes and into our own abodes. Be it the ban on pets or the rigid

  • A day in the life of a traffic light

    Today I saw a little girl holding her mother's hand and trying to cross the road. I think she was going to school.

  • Phobias you don't know you have

    Were you one of those kids in school who bragged about not having any fears? Smirked at people and shamed them for being afraid of heights or spiders? Well, chances are you're not exactly Braveheart yourself. Here's a list of uncommon phobias you may actually have but aren't aware of yet.

  • Stages of using Internet Explorer

    One sunny afternoon, I notice the icons on my computer and started reminiscing about the days I used to use Internet Explorer.

  • Bad artist habits to avoid

    Being an artist is hard. It requires an immense amount of patience and determination and sometimes we develop bad habits which make it even harder. A few of these have been discussed below.

  • This is how you become a good listener

    It's nice to be heard, and even nicer to be a good listener for a friend, at least for the friend. Many of us think we are good listeners, but in reality we are not. In fact, many of us are absolutely terrible listeners and don't even realise it. This problem can, however, be fixed.

  • A rant on rush trips

    Before we criticise and praise the different aspects of a “rush trip”, we need to define it. Any trip that tries to cover multiple distant places in the shortest possible timeframe and the least possible expense can be regarded as a rush trip.

  • Happy no more: The story of an emoji

    I became known as the symbol of happiness instantly after my birth.

  • All my friends are getting married

    Growing up, you are given a hypothetical checklist which poses as a life-size form of a completion bar; a standard of judging how “accomplished” in life you are if you may. The five steps – graduate, get a job, get married, have kids, and die – seem textbook material up until you grow up and actually have to do it.

  • Tantrums you have as you approach graduation

    You're almost there. You have toiled away for nearly the last four years and the finish line is now so close it's almost tangible.

  • How to be liked by your teachers

    One of the most difficult components of university life is not knowing whether the teacher likes you or not. You often hear the statement, “I did not get my desired marks because the teacher absolutely hates me.” So, when you did not get what you deserved on that quiz you studied the whole night for, that is also the excuse you end up giving your parents.

  • Talking menstruation and puberty

    Eager parents quickly filled up the room and participated in an ice-breaking session to start things off. The speaker made the session conversational instead of it just being a talk.

  • How Life Changes When Your Siblings Move Out

    Being the youngest in a family means you're usually the last to leave the nest. As your siblings leave to make something of themselves, you begin to notice that things at home change quite a bit.

  • Vacationing Abroad

    A trip abroad is always a breath of fresh air for everyone. From sightseeing to exploring ruins till sunrise, the expectations are endless. Sadly, reality doesn't always meet our demands.

  • Bangladeshi chain mails

    The internet is a miraculous invention, but it has its dark sides too. Examples include the questionable contents of the deep web, the vast majority of 4chan, and of course


    It's the month of love and you want to do something nice for that special someone in your life by making them their very own advent calendar. However, figuring out what meaningful gifts to place behind so many little doors can be stressful.

  • Dating AI Chatbots

    From Eliza to Alexa, artificial intelligence has baffled us all in numerous ways. I, too, wanted to be baffled by their existence. Hence, I decided to date them.

  • Learning to Take Criticism

    Criticism is an important part of our self-development and growth. Whether it's just as people or as employees, artists, writers, students and so forth, criticism is a tool available to assist in our self-improvement.

  • Struggles of trying to be goth in Dhaka

    If you're anything like me, you have been tempted by the dark and mysterious world of the goth subculture at least once in your life. Honestly, what's not to like about it?

  • Debunking the excuses behind rejections

    A simple “sorry” is never enough when someone is being rejected. The question “Why not?” will always linger in the heads of the ones at the receiving end of the rejection. And if the person in question is you, in order to set your sorry soul free, they need to come up with a good enough reason.

  • Freestyling Exams A Catastrophe

    Attending an exam with absolutely no preparation is a harrowing experience. It always starts with uploading pictures of books piling on your desk at the beginning of the year.


    A frivolous bite of Hershey's, a handful of chocolate chips, an ample spoon of innocently melting ganache and then one day a stinging, nasty pain in the teeth.

  • Finding Winter

    I woke up, sweating profusely. My mother's voice had once again successfully played the part of my morning alarm, unlike the alarm on my phone. Even though I was still tired, I was also too uncomfortable to return to my slumber.