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Rendezvous with Sobia Ameen
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Rendezvous with Sobia Ameen

Sobia Ameen, an architect turned baker, has many feathers in her cap. She is a content creator, model and social activist. She was recently featured as a model for the popular Indian fashion designer Masaba Gupta’s newest co-ord set. Pictures from this campaign were trending for several days and created quite a stir in the subcontinent’s fashion industry.

  • Korvi Rakshand, founder of JAAGO Foundation, receives Commonwealth Points of Light Award

    Korvi Rakshand, the founder of JAAGO Foundation and Volunteer for Bangladesh, has been recognised by Queen Elizabeth II as the 181st Commonwealth Points of Light for his commendable work with young volunteers.

  • Participants of Sehri Tales 2021 share their experiences

    Author and journalist Sabrina Fatma Ahmad initiated Sehri Tales, a creative writing challenge, as a means to battle melancholia five years ago. Today, this challenge has become an anticipated event among many writers. The rules are quite simple: throughout the month of Ramadan, a prompt is given every night, participants must post their work online, following the 250 word limit and the deadline. 2021 was the third year that Sehri Tales was open to the public. This year’s participants shared their experiences with Star Youth, The Daily Star.

  • Turning a musical passion into entrepreneurship

    He is the founder of Skesh Entertainment, a music management and production company. His career started with The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, an American band in Florida.

  • Building a prominent presence in the e-commerce industry

    Morin Talukder, the current CEO of Pickaboo, was inducted in the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list, under the category of Retail and E-commerce.

  • The vital role of young Red Crescent volunteers in vaccinating the nation

    The mass inoculation campaign against Covid-19 in Bangladesh began on February 7, 2021. Young volunteers of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) have been playing a key role in running the campaign, and in efforts to build trust in Covid-19 vaccines.

  • Health and Hygiene Olympiad 2021 concludes

    For the first time in Bangladesh, Health and Hygiene Olympiad committee organised Health and Hygiene Olympiad, this year. 2,000 participants joined the online Olympiad, along with 250 campus ambassadors across the country. A total of 5000 participants from the remotest areas of the country participated in the offline platform of Health and Hygiene Olympiad 2021.

  • Take a bow

    With the moon up and celebrations already underway in a few countries, it’s a wrap for Sehri Tales 2021.

  • Shat Takar Khabar: Ensuring a happy Ramadan

    Jhilimili, a social organisation formed by students from Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka (DU), aims to support underprivileged children. This Ramadan, they have collaborated with Madchef, a fast food restaurant, and Give Bangladesh, an initiative under Social Work Platform Trust, to arrange iftar packets for those in need.

  • Rabindranath Tagore’s earnest letter to young fan Amina Mozahar

    Rabindra Bhavan, part of the Visva-Bharati university campus in Shantiniketan, has thousands of manuscripts and letters, as the secretary kept copies of the letters Tagore wrote to his fans and admirers. “Tagore also preserved the letters he received, and I came across one such letter two decades ago,” shared Bhuiya Iqbal, a retired Bangla professor of Chittagong University.

  • Farewell, Mojo Mama!

    I remember being a very nervous 18-year-old when I first entered the premises of North South University, a place I did not even want to enroll in. For someone who had been schooled in bit-sized backyards they called school, the towering presence of NSU was intimidating.

  • A DIY gift guide for Mother’s Day

    One of the most difficult tasks of celebrating Mother’s Day is coming up with a thoughtful present that encapsulates all that you feel for this special person. This year, with the pandemic in the backdrop, we can afford to spend a little more time into creating a gift for our mothers that will not only bring a smile to their faces but also give us the chance to channel our creativity. Here are five do-it-yourself (DIY) ideas for you to try this Mother’s Day.

  • Of words and limits

    A frequently-asked question during this year’s Sehri Tales was ‘why the 250-word limit?’ My knee-jerk reaction has been to want to snap ‘Do you also ask why a limerick has to be five lines, or a haiku three?” Since anger never solved anything, I figured a more level-headed explanation was necessary.

  • A sibling duo’s inspiring journey

    Siblings Zahin Razeen and Rizvana Hredita were named in the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list recently, under the category of Social Impact, for cofounding Hydroquo+, a Dhaka-based startup that uses AI to improve water management.

  • When Rabindranath Tagore met Albert Einstein

    What transpired when a poet met a physicist and they participated in a stimulating debate around the fundamental aspects of human existence? The spark of intellectual ingenuity anticipated between Albert Einstein and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore is evident from the conversation between them when Einstein invited Tagore to his residence in Berlin on July 14, 1930.

  • Behind the wheel with young delivery agents

    Delivery agents stand among the frontline workers keeping the country safe and running amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Beating the heat and other tough conditions every day, they do their work diligently, posing risks to their safety.

  • Green University of Bangladesh to host ‘Socio-Genius Interuniversity Quiz Competition’ virtually

    Green University of Bangladesh (GUB) is set to host ‘Socio-Genius Interuniversity Quiz Competition’ virtually, with sociology students from various universities around the world.

  • Celebrating Satyajit Ray’s birth centenary with my favourite Feluda stories

    Today marks the birth centenary of renowned filmmaker and author Satyajit Ray. Among all his popular characters, Feluda holds a special place in the hearts of many young readers.

  • Akhila Shaha’s inspirations in fashion

    Designer, writer and entrepreneur Akhila Shaha built her two brands, Akhila Shaha and Yours, Mammamia (YM) in less than a year once her business came into being in June 2020.

  • Striving for an inclusive world: Empowering communities

    To further uphold the legacy of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Brac joined social entrepreneurs’ global platform Ashoka, and launched this initiative named after the Brac founder to promote young changemakers.

  • Making the nation proud, one record at a time

    Konok Karmakar holds the highest Guinness World Records from Bangladesh. A freestyle footballer, Karmakar graduated from Feni Polytechnic Institute.

  • All together now

    We just crossed the ten-day mark for Ramadan this past week, and the 1000 posts for this year’s Sehri Tales challenge. I don’t know if the thrill of crossing these milestones ever wears off – it certainly hasn’t for me.

  • Sazzad Hossain’s aspirations to empower migrant workers

    I migrated to Singapore when I was a sixth-grader. In a new country, I struggled a lot with my English initially. Despite studying at a prestigious school in Bangladesh, language was a barrier for me when I came to Singapore, and it impacted me deeply.

  • Dr Salma Sultana named in Asian Scientist 100 list

    Veterinarian Dr Salma Sultana from Bangladesh has made it to the Asian Scientist 100 list of Asian Scientist Magazine, for her work surrounding Model Livestock Advancement Foundation. Her efforts were highlighted in the sixth edition of the list recently.

  • In conversation with social media influencer Rothey Ahmed Miky

    Model and social media influencer Rothey Ahmed Miky started her career with tutorials and awareness-based videos. She soon gained the attention of leading brands, and has been in talks for some of their most promising commercial campaigns. Rothey is currently pursuing her undergraduate education in Clothing and Textile, under the Home Economics department of University of Dhaka. In a candid chat with Star Youth, The Daily Star, she shares her aspirations, and more.

  • Green University of Bangladesh celebrates Shakespeare Day

    The English Club of Green University of Bangladesh (GUB), in collaboration with their Department of English, celebrated Shakespeare Day 2021 through a webinar today (April 24).

  • Five ways to beat a reading slump

    During these months of isolation, many of us have adapted to an indoor routine and found quality reading time where we can get it. However, sometimes, we just cannot get ourselves to start a new book. On World Book and Copyright Day, we take a look at five ways to beat a reading slump.

  • Shawn Mendes partners with Footsteps

    The Shawn Mendes Foundation, started by global superstar and musician Shawn Mendes, seeks to amplify, empower, and uplift youth changemakers, their organizations and their work. It has partnered up with Bangladesh’s Footsteps Foundation, to ensure safe water in marginalized communities in Bangladesh through their acclaimed Project Trishna.

  • I turn to you

    I created Sehri Tales in 2016 as a coping mechanism for some melancholia I was experiencing at the time. I knew that the exercise was calming and centering for me, but I didn’t quite think about writing’s potential to heal until I partnered up with the online readers’ community Litmosphere, in 2018.

  • Ahmed Imtiaz Jami on making it to Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list

    Ahmed Imtiaz Jami has been named in the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list 2021, under the category of Social Impact. Jami, a graduate of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, established OBHIZATRIK Foundation in 2010, to work with underprivileged children. So far, his foundation, with the help of 3,500 volunteers, has supported 1 million people on poverty elimination, education, health and nutrition, and human rights issues. Star Youth, The Daily Star, caught up with him to learn about his aspirations, and more.

  • The realities of online education in Bangladesh

    When the pandemic hit, Bangladesh saw educational institutions -- both public and private -- move their academic activities online. But this was uncharted waters for most of these institutions, and their teachers, who would have to conduct these classes. Despite the slight ray of assurance offered by the vaccine for Covid-19, educational institutions remain shut. Students and teachers are still struggling with online workload demands, even after a year.