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  • Too close for comfort

    Harrowing messages from strangers that make us laugh more than they actually harm us, have turned “stalking” a carelessly tossed around phrase – if you're young and attractive, you're “supposed” to have stalkers.

  • Living by horoscope for a day

    It is early in the morning and I am excused from having to be charming by virtue of the ungodly hour and of course, my Capricorn moon.

  • Open Letters To Bullies

    The following are letters from people who have been victims of bullying. Bullying – physical or verbal –occurs all around us and is not addressed sufficiently. Hopefully these accounts will inspire people to take a stand.

  • The Humour Conundrum

    Humour at times simply does not make sense. It usually does not have an ulterior motive, an underlying message or a profound

  • How to be #relatable in 2017

    Welcome to 2017, a time when everyone is so similar to everyone else that it's a wonder why none of us have multiple soulmates already.

  • School Essays We All Know Too Well

    Are you a school/college student? Are you tired of writing the same essays your grandparents wrote, copied from the same book?

  • Not too young to Make a difference

    While the age for driving licenses and national IDs are signified boldly in society, the correct age for social accountability remains a confusion amidst ignorance and excuses.

  • Not too young to Make a difference

    While the age for driving licenses and national IDs are signified boldly in society, the correct age for social accountability remains a confusion amidst ignorance and excuses.

  • EID 2117

    There are a lot of things Rum1 hates in life, having to update his neural ID card, standing in line for the hoverjet to school, wearing his socks backwards...

  • City of Magic

    Risking his life Shakfat looked down at the street below him. It was a solid mass of cars, buses, giants, autorickshaws and a petni's bot gachh fitted with wheels.

  • How to Destroy a Child's Self-esteem

    We learn to handle negative comments when we become adults; at that stage negative comments don't seem to bother us that much.

  • How to Cope with Your Negative Feelings

    The self-conscious mind is not a comfortable place for most people. Negative feelings have a tendency of overwhelming the positivity we try holding on to dearly.

  • A Beginner's Guide to Writing Poetry

    There are tons of hobbies you can immerse yourself in as the vacation days approach. Writing poetry can be a rewarding hobby, especially if you enjoy writing or are looking to express yourself through a different medium. Here's what will hopefully help you on your journey to call yourself a poet!


    I am one of those people who will walk ten steps away as soon as someone lights a cigarette.


    From howling “Mama, duita shingara” to frantically skimming through bio notes at the last minute for next period's test to bunking math and jamming with a guitar and dudh cha by the staircase – cafeterias not only occupy an enormous space on our school/university grounds but also in our hearts (because who doesn't know that the way to our hearts are through our stomachs?).


    I still remember the day I broke the news to my parents about majoring in Environmental Science. With a couple of void stares, head shakes and general indifference, came the most commonly asked question Environmental Science students face, “So what will you eventually do, clean Cox's Bazar?”

  • A Guide for the Millennial Ghost

    Look, we understand that you're confused just now. Being treated like you're invisible is normal but people walking right through you isn't. Something is clearly wrong here and, as you suspect, it's you. You've become a ghost.

  • Sexism in classrooms

    When we speak of lively and thriving learning environments, we rarely factor in sexism as an issue that needs to be addressed.

  • A love letter to Dhanmondi

    I just stood there. Observing. A single light flickering, leaves illuminating underneath on a spring night with a familiar shade of red...

  • The GRE Test: Not as scary as you think

    Contrary to horror stories narrated by some standardised test veterans, the GRE isn't designed to rob you of your sleep and social life weeks before you sit for the test.

  • To Compete or Not to Compete

    At least once in your life as a university student, there comes a time (or several times for that matter) where you fall into serious self-doubt.


    Growing up, we come across certain people who inspire us, or simply, change the way we think. This week, we asked boys and young men to talk about females (real or fictional), who have left a mark in their lives.


    Besides nice kebabs and somewhat sweet sandwiches, the one other thing that convinced me not to jump out of windows back in school was the free period on Thursdays assigned for club activities.

  • Respected Principals, Please Take Note

    For years, my school's “Suggestion Box” has been void of a single suggestion and has instead become home to dust and cobwebs.

  • Knowing the Value of a Taka

    Growing up, we usually rely on our parents for almost everything. We look up to them for guidance, support and of course, we are financially dependent on them up to a certain period. So, when we sense that our parents are having financial problems, it's natural to feel worried.

  • A Noob's Guide to Bangla Literature

    A person's initiation to reading can happen in different ways, and often with different languages. In many cases, that dictates where a person's reading habit heads in the future.

  • How to Travel Like a Pro

    If there's any thread that connects all the people on this planet irrespective of their nationality, race or culture – it's their keen interest to travel the world.

  • Stories of Starvation

    The following letters are from individuals who have suffered from eating disorders or know someone who has. Mental illness is widely ignored, especially one like an eating disorder, although they can eventually become fatal. These stories hope to push individuals into asking for help or lending a hand to someone who may need it.

  • Getting started on post graduation

    Before we can move on to the “what,” “where” and “how” of getting started on postgraduate studies, we must look into the 'why.'

  • Playtimes of the Past

    Remember those days when we used to come back from school, eat lunch and run off to the streets/rooftops to meet our buddies and play fun games and sports? If you're a 90s' kid who grew up in Bangladesh, you'd surely know.