Editorial | The Daily Star

    Ideas aren't that precious. We come up with a good idea every time we visit the washroom, but when you stop to think how many of these ideas we act on, the answer is often depressing.

  • The Real Heroes

    There's nothing new to say regarding the importance of teachers but a lot of us don't think much about what it's like to be one. Seeing my sister, who is a career teacher, I got to experience up close how the job is on a personal level.


    Whether it's an ongoing debate in your online community, or a dispute over a fare on a local bus, you don't need an acute sense of observation to be able to tell that the people tend to make every issue a divisive one.

  • Like hugs in cups

    Having opinions can turn out to be unsafe for people. I'm talking about choosing a side, actually. When the football world cup comes around, you're pretty much either Brazil or Argentina.

  • Professionalism

    More often than not, I see university freshers or those who are about to graduate worry over what they are going to do in the job market regarding their talents.


    Today we're going to learn how to make something really special. It's one of the most important things you're ever going to learn to make, if not the most important.


    Staring at the white screen of a blank page on MS Word is perhaps the most depressive activity as a writer. Like common cold, it has a bunch of possible remedies [that rarely work] while most decide to ride it out until things get better.


    I was on YouTube the other night, and as one does, I started watching videos on the potential impact of 5G networks on human lives, and hours later, found myself watching a documentary on wildlife in the Serengeti.

  • Believe the batabi lebu

    “This couldn't have been possible without our farmer's tools and the deep knowledge of our research wing. I am proud to announce today that we have generated the highest yield of batabi lebu in our country's history,” said Dr. Vageata Sanchez at the event.


    The curse of civilisation is that it leaves humans wanting more all the time. This need to live better than your ancestors comes in two forms.


    Since the favourite pastime of the youth is to dine outside and with the runaway cost of questionable food, maybe it's time we can take matters into our own hands. YouTube has the best cooking shows out there. Moreover, if you're really bad at cooking, they even have channels for people who are really bad at cooking.

  • 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.