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  • Perks of being a pessimist

    We all live in an era of self-help books and motivational speakers, most of which consist of people promoting the benefits of having a positive mentality. And in the process, we often fail to acknowledge how in some ways being a pessimist may also be beneficial. Pessimistic views may not prove to be as helpful as positivity, but it has been known to aid in astounding successes in case of both materialistic needs and mental health.

  • How to create your own sitcom

    Did you just finish watching a poorly made sitcom that somehow won two Emmys? And now you're probably thinking, “Hey, I could have done it better!” Well, it's difficult to say whether you could have actually done it better or not but here's my guide to making your very own poorly made sitcom.

  • Life lessons from The Office (US)

    You're either an ardent fan of the show, resorting to re-watching it as a form of escape from everyday life or you haven't watched The Office at all, there's no in-between. If you're the latter, always remember “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take” and it's high time you took the plunge. Here are a few potential life-changing lessons you could pick up from the show on the way.

  • What your favourite movie genre says about you

    If you love watching movies and currently having an identity crisis, you have come to the right place. Don't be offended, because I believe there's more to a person than their favourite movie genre.

  • How to get out of a reading slump

    People used to frown at me whenever they saw me slipping a book into my bag wherever I went, be it a journey or a party. My friends and family knew me well enough to buy my favourite books and bookmarks on my birthday and help me by not letting me go broke trying to buy originals. I could talk about books all day and judge people who thought the movie was better than the book it was based on. But that's all in the past.

  • Why you shouldn't be a people pleaser

    We've been taught to always be polite, be nice, to always put on a smile and help other people. And that is by all means, a good thing. But sometimes, we end up saying yes to things we don't want to, letting someone get away with a wrongdoing, doing favours for someone while sacrificing important ordeals of our own. This is called people pleasing.

  • Struggles of having workaholic parents

    Some of my friends always complain about their parents being too watchful of them. They think I'm lucky that my parents are away working most of the time, and that I only have to see them for few hours a day. Even though I do love the abundance of “me” time that I get, there are downsides to everything.

  • Types of Presenters in Class

    With the start of life at university, presentations become an integral part of your educational experience regardless of what major you pursue. Consequently, observing numerous presentations over the first year of my university life, I have noticed a few categories of presenters out there.

  • Baby in the house!

    After years of being the youngest of your clan, there comes a time when you're not the youngest anymore. Initially, it can be a bit overwhelming that a tiny human being is now your brand new relative. The prospect of being an older cousin, aunt, or uncle can be somewhat intimidating, but trust me when I say this—the feeling doesn't last too long.

  • Everything you wanted to know about Easter

    For God knows how long, this time of the year has constituted of people bombarding me with questions relating to various aspects of a particular Christian holiday, especially in regards to Bangladesh. I'm talking about “Easter Sunday”.

  • When you’re not that into make-up

    There was once a time when makeup within our geography only meant the face would be plastered with a foundation ten times lighter than the actual skin colour and the eyes would be made to look no less dramatic than Sauron's ablaze eyeballs. But now the times they are a changin'.

  • Life is hard when you're sleepy all the time

    The Dalai Lama once said, “Sleep is the best meditation.” Of course, his words are true and so is my dedication to this natural human need. I am sure I am not the only one who loves sleep more than anything else. Here are the struggles you can relate to if you have a strong bond with your bed.

  • If I win the lottery

    Pretty much almost all of us have speculated what we'll do if we win the lottery, and it's also a classic topic for our early school life essays. Here, you'll have an honest essay-ish feel of what I'll actually do if I win the lottery, as a generic somewhat privileged Bangladeshi male.

  • Solo vs. group workouts

    The New Year's hype of getting fit is long gone and you've found that you're one of the few who actually managed to maintain their resolutions as habit. You slowly discover more people in the same situation and it raises the question: do you work out solo, or in a group? Follow-up question: which works better?

  • Coping with changing houses

    If you are about to move to a new house and the sheer thought of packing up your whole life and unpacking it in a strange new place is starting to overwhelm you, then you are in the right place. As someone who has moved houses twice in the last two years, I speak from experience that your moving experience will be far less stressful if you follow these 15 guidelines.

  • Struggles of having acne prone skin

    Acne is basically caused by pores getting clogged with either dirt or oil. So, after a long, tiring day, don't just plop on the bed directly, remember to actually wash your face.

  • Of secrets and Greek culture

    In a Vermont-based fictitious, elite college, Richard Papen befriends an exclusive group of students who study ancient Greek. The professor, Julian Morrow, is a strict person who enrols only a handpicked few in this course, and Richard manages to be a part of it. The group of five (other than Richard) is far different from the ordinary. From their way of thinking to how they lead their lives, everything is unconventional and of course, Greek-y.

  • Narcissistic traits we've all seen

    Self-love is important. However, like any good thing, too much of it is bad. If you've gone over to the dark side of self-love, then you will be able to relate to most of the points made in this article. I apologize for any and all rude awakenings, but you should really tone it down a notch and recall that the universe does not revolve around you.

  • What goes on in a family WhatsApp group

    It started one Saturday morning when my weekend slumber was rudely interrupted by a buzzing of my WhatsApp. I opened the phone to find myself added to a new group entitled'We R Family' and six messages asking me to wake up, followed by 16 threads about the chores that were to be done by me before my mother got home. In that moment I knew, there was no going back.

  • Struggles of going somewhere new

    Anyone who says “every mistake is an adventure” has clearly never gotten lost in this side of the world. Going to a new place in Bangladesh is as much of an adventure as wiping a runny nose with sandpaper, and here's why.

  • Struggles of not being enough

    From the beginning of time, human beings have been classifying each other into groups. The primordial cells would only sit with other cells having the same proteins inside. So, why stop now?

  • How to not get roasted about your embarrassing past

    Most of you would agree if I said that your past life doesn't frame you in the most flattering light. I also know how it feels to have a past you want to erase, only to be thwarted by technology (thanks for nothing, Facebook memories). Over many such experiences of being roasted about cringe-worthy blasts from the past, I've amassed some priceless knowledge. With it, I make this guide to help you avoid the same fate.

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    What it's like to write for Shout

    I remember when I attended my first SHOUT meeting, I was really nervous. Back then, I had not expected to come this far despite my shortcomings. Now, whenever I look back, I realise a substantial part of me has been moulded by my experiences at SHOUT. It is, perhaps, the same for all of us. Writing for one of the best youth publications of the country means that you are bound to face some unforeseen situations. Here are some of the things too familiar to SHOUT writers.

  • An ode to handwritten letters

    Rushing to the mailbox in the hopes of receiving a sealed envelope addressed to your name seems quite unnatural to us today. However, a proper, physical letter has almost a majestic feel to it. This article is an attempt to bring back the mailboxes and the romanticism that handwritten letters possessed.

  • Modern Day Heroes

    People say “chivalry is dead”, that we don't live in the age of heroes anymore. Gone are the days when people would rise up against injustice and oppression, break forth the shackles of the old and redundant to fight for all that is right. However, I sternly disagree with this sentiment and why should I not?

  • How to be a Bangladeshi pedestrian

    Living in this country, I'm sure you're aware of the existence of “overbridges”. You know, those built for safer road crossing and fewer accidents? No, you're never going to use those because you're a daredevil. Today I'll teach you how to be a proper pedestrian in Bangladesh.

  • Fishing: it's kinda possible here

    Fishing, or the more appropriate term “Angling” is a very interesting pastime. It's something we all know about, but very few of us have actually tried. I got to experience my first fishing session almost three years back at a lonely pond with my uncle. Since then, I've always held a particular fascination about this activity. If you're interested to try out fishing for the very first time, here's a list of guidelines and tips to give you a positive experience.

  • YouTube channels for learning instruments

    Want to jam to your favourite tracks but don't know how to get started? It can be very intimidating to learn a new instrument, but everything is easy with a little bit of direction. This is why I've compiled a list of YouTube channels to follow for when you're starting your musical journey. These are guaranteed to get you on the path to musical competency provided you practice regularly.

  • Should you really “read” audiobooks?

    I am not proud of it, but like most literary critics, I had never equated audiobooks to reading an actual book. I had always been sceptic about the notion of listening to a book and rolled my eyes every time someone claimed to have “read” a book via a voice narration.

  • Honest ads of fast food places

    If there is one thing that we have learnt from the booming restaurant business, it is that probably there is nothing we love more than food. And in order to cater to our insatiable hunger, new food places open up every day. What if these restaurants made honest ads about themselves?

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