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  • The fault in our Goodreads reviews

    Take a moment to pick a book, preferably in English. Then, search “*name of your book* review” on Google. One of the very first things you'll see are the ratings on a website called “Goodreads”, the Facebook of books.

  • Umbrella modifications for monsoon

    Ah, monsoon. Who doesn't love free swimming lessons every time you leave your house. Wading through knee-deep brown water is every little boy and girl's dream, and your buddy monsoon has it covered.

  • The Workaholic's Guide to Maintaining Relationships

    Balancing work and play can be quite the challenge for those of us who prefer the former over the latter. The rush that we get from a job well done is quite inexplicable to those who don't hold the same values.

  • An ode to potatoes

    I was inspired to write an ode to potatoes honestly because I am shaped like one. Being potato-shaped, however, is nothing to be ashamed of since when it comes to cooking, potatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables out there.

  • An ode to potatoes

    I was inspired to write an ode to potatoes honestly because I am shaped like one. Being potato-shaped, however, is nothing to be ashamed of since when it comes to cooking, potatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables out there.

  • Rainy Day - Protocol for Dummies

    Monsoon is here and 'tis officially the season to be poetic, aesthetic, or simply drown in Mirpur. Purchasing a boat for real should be high on your priority list if you want to make it to your appointments on time.

  • Why the closest friends may not be the best teammates

    With competitions or group projects limiting the number of members a team can have, the first decision you have to make and the problem you have to face is deciding who gets into the team and who doesn't.

  • Practicing our emotions

    A few weeks ago, I came across a podcast called “The Science of Happiness”. The host Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology, brought in “happiness guinea pigs” in each episode, which were essentially people who shared their experiences after partaking in one of the practices that the website “Greater Good in Action” had in store.

  • Alternative Compensations

    Whether it's an unpaid internship or just the usual work as a freelancer, people who use such impractical forms of payment or honorarium, always manage to get to our nerves thanks to their weird belief that hard working people will be fine with receiving just the exposure and experience.

  • We should've been taught these in school

    “I knew this would come in handy some day!” I scream in excitement as I whip out my logarithm table in front of my manager to discuss the viability of my project.

  • Interview etiquette you should know

    Getting the call for a job interview is something quite exciting yet frightening at the same time. The call up means that you have the necessary qualifications the employers are looking for, now they just want to choose the best one[s] from the lot.

  • Post Steam Summer Sale Thoughts

    Another year, another summer sale on Steam where our PC gaming overlord Gabe Newell promises us discounts on discounts with our wallets bleeding cash harder than if the economy crashes.

  • Awkward situations you don't want to be found in

    Circumstances will often get you into awkward situations you never wanted to be in. At times, it's not just the awkward moments that bother you, it's the people around you who witness the awkwardness unfolding that makes you question your very existence at those particular moments.

  • Real vs. Fake: Friends Edition

    People seem to have more plastic friends than there have been plastic World Cup fans this year and that says a lot about how much we truly value friendship.

  • Say “No” to the restaurant date

    Are you tired of your dates becoming identical in flavour because they all revolve around food? Are you worried that your growing second chin is here to stay? Well then this article is for you, my slightly chubby friend; for you and your S/O.

  • The Closeted Centrist: When pragmatism is a problem

    The life of a centrist comes with its fair share of tribulations. The question of “Why people have to pick a side and then blindly ignore all other logical reasoning?” is a constant. The mind boggles at the general populace's supposed insistence on always sorting things in boxes of black or white, and then ignoring any hard facts that may influence their categorisation.

  • Do our schools adequately prepare us for the future?

    As I prepare to graduate and arguably enter the 'real' world, I can't help asking myself, “Am I prepared to enter the hyper competitive world with the skills I currently have?”

  • Batter, Buttercream and Beyond: The amazing baking shows of today

    The modern world has offered us a world of limitless entertainment, and one of the sweetest ways to pass time is to watch baking shows.

  • Living life in the fear of being 'Meme-ified'

    Of all the things the internet has given us, memes are perhaps the most ecstatic ones. These humorous visuals are what many of us look out for almost every time we come online or scroll through our social media pages. However, like any other thing you could possibly think of, memes also have two sides to them. We may go on liking meme after meme, sharing one or two from the wide range of options, laughing our socks off to some of them and so on. But is everyone so accepting of this 'meme culture'?

  • Getting help for your mental health

    Even though mental health is slowly becoming less of a taboo subject around us, there are a lot of people who want help but don't know how to obtain it. If you're feeling the same way, this article might help you.

  • The Cat Burglar

    As I stretch out onto my bed, my eyes drooped. Master had been at “the gym” all day today, so there were no pesky interruptions in my observation of the winged rodents next door. I believe I have almost cracked their behaviour pattern and will most definitely have one of them as my captive the next time Master forgets to close the barrier between our abodes.

  • A day in the life of a CNG auto rickshaw

    I'm awake apparently. Master checks me and sighs, probably wondering when he will have enough money to fix my faulty engine. The loop his life goes through is simple: earn, feed, and hope the traffic sergeant won't check his papers when I suddenly halt in the middle of the street and refuse to start.

  • Struggles of living in Mirpur

    Mirpur is a mysterious land. Even though it is located inside Dhaka, no one considers it to be a part of Dhaka city. It's the evil twin sister of The Bermuda Triangle which draws you in, sucks the life and money out of you, then tosses the body out after a few hundred hours of insane traffic. The journey to and from this land is one that which a lot of us had to go through but not many survived with their sanity intact. We all know someone who lives in Mirpur. The following features will help identify him/her.

  • Types of bibliophiles

    Books make good friends. They're a fulfilling concoction that can, for some, be just as effective as any headache tablets. You'll find them there on your grey days, in times of need when stress leaves the mind walking in circles, and especially when you need a good company to sit back and relax with. Bookworms have their own

  • Tips on landing a tuition

    Finding Nemo was hard but finding a decent tuition is harder. For Bangladeshi teenagers, one of the most popular ways to pay for their fancy food cravings is to get into the “home tutoring” profession. Here, you will face rejection like you never faced before. You will question your capabilities. To help you get through this journey here are 5 tips for achieving success in the magical word of tuitions.

  • Life lessons you get as a finance major

    Upon reaching my senior year of university, I was naturally tasked with the ordeal of selecting my major. While making the decision, I realised selecting a major is very much like committing to an arranged marriage — you barely know what you are getting into and you basically have to make the decision based on a vague idea of what might transpire.

  • Tutoring an unruly kid

    There comes a time in the lives of many young people when they start teaching instead of just being taught. In the case of Bangladeshi people in their late teens or early 20s, teaching children is something that is quite common. It is a source of income, and sometimes, an extremely painful activity. And nothing makes teaching more stressful than having a student who's unruly.

  • How to be the perfect human being

    Being the perfect human isn't easy. In fact, it's actually impossible for many people without certain inherent qualities, as told by our society. So here's a list of the things you should have to be deemed a perfect human being. Prepare to feel bad.

  • Getting into the habit of writing

    Whether it's about getting into your favourite publication or being admired for creatively expressing your thoughts, the habit of writing surely invites good things. Once you have developed the habit, it can be a gateway from the loudness around you while being added as a new skill to your cart. Developing the habit, however,

  • The unspoken heroes of our friend circles

    Fret not; this isn't going to be like one of those 'Every type of friends in a group' kind of read. That analysis has outlived its lifespan. And while the various online quizzes might be fun to try out to some extent, I decided to shed some light on the role of a much underappreciated kind of friend in a group.