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  • Pardon My Dreams

    A big part of watching these world cup games, for me, is the part where the players line up to sing their national anthems. I'm just another spectator sitting thousands of miles away and the sheer occasion of another person representing their nation in the world's biggest stage, singing an anthem they've sung their whole lives, gives me the chills. Imagine what it's like for those players.


    Imagine being in a place in your life where you feel you're on the right track to realise that dream that you've had for years, and the struggle it took to get there is on the verge of feeling worthwhile, you only need to pass some additional hurdles and you'll be able to prove you belong there, until you can't.

  • I really 1-2 see this happen

    It's amazing how we love football. It's great that like elections, every four year the country [and the world in a broader view] splits up to support two major teams whilst supporters of minnows casually co-exist in the environment. But what if there were no big teams to support?

  • The Beautiful Game

    The best part of the FIFA World Cup is that regardless of people's general interest in football, everyone shows up for the WC, especially in Bangladesh. Even though football barely gets any priority in the

  • Editorial

    One of the most common phrases you hear around this time of the year, especially if you're a person teetering on the edge of teenage and adulthood, is “Eid is no longer like it used to be.” Well, of course it isn't.

  • Shoot for the Stars

    It's pretty much accepted at this point that humanity's future lies in the stars. What concerns us now is how and when we will get there. If you haven't already, check out The Expanse, the show brilliantly expands


    What the world witnessed last Sunday was spectacular. This year's Champions League final was a match that injected a rush of emotions for every set of fans out there. For neutrals, it had everything from unmatchable quality of play to the worst levels of incompetence fathomable. I have never laughed at a football match like I did at this one.

  • Tick off the bucket list

    The term “bucket list” was coined by a Hollywood screenwriter who used it as the core idea behind writing the movie, The Bucket List. You've probably seen or heard about it. Fun fact: the first item in the man's bucket list was to have a screenplay produced into a major motion picture. Well, congratulations.

  • Cyberpunk Dhaka

    If you've played Sleeping Dogs or Deus Ex, you already know what I am talking about. When it rains in Dhaka and the neon lights flash up, cyberpunk is the word that comes to my mind. While we're busy cloning Cash of Cans, open-world Dhaka is crying for someone to turn it into a video game.


    Sometimes, the unthinkable happens. People you thought were unshakeable in their positions stop being there, the constants in your life evaporate into variables, and you're left with a void that will remain unfulfilled.

  • Happily, albeit, not ever after

    We all need happiness, like we need oxygen, water, food, roof over our heads. But there's a fundamentally wrong understanding of happiness that's perpetuated since we're children: “happily ever after”, an all-too-familiar phrase found at the end of virtually every fairy tale.


    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.