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To own, or be owned

To own, or be owned

Shagufta Tasnim Nur tells how materialism can take a toll on your well-being, relationships and quality of life…

May 1, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Mindspeak
The pursuit of ‘swag’

The pursuit of ‘swag’

Youngsters often identify with modern lingo to such an extent that they might limit learning a language well and even lose the ability to relate to people from all walks of life…writes Farhat Afzal Young people these days are all about hanging with their squad, having their style on fleek, and engaging in ‘Netflix and chill’ with bae. If you […]

April 24, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Mindspeak
Giving self-validation a chance

Giving self-validation a chance

Last week, I had come very close to deactivating my Facebook account. I came across a post made by an acquaintance of mine, which was about sordid details of his love life that I was really better off not knowing. It’s not that his was the only post of that kind…

April 17, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Mindspeak
Becoming your own person

Becoming your own person

Right after dinner the other night, my mother asked me if I could do the dishes. As legit as the request was, I did not hesitate to feel just a little irritated, nevertheless…

April 10, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Mindspeak
Accepting the different

Accepting the different

In a society that is greatly influenced by outer image, we often make first impressions on the basis of one’s physical appearance. It is an unavoidable truth that we make assumptions based on what we see…

April 3, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Mindspeak
Gone in eight seconds

Gone in eight seconds

A few years ago, I had to watch a documentary for a class assignment. As I sat through the 120 minutes long film, I fidgeted, checked my phone, got up several times, took several snack breaks and browsed the internet at least 30 times. Because of all the distractions in between…

March 20, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Mindspeak
Duelling panic attacks

Duelling panic attacks

I thought I can always tell when a person is having a panic attack. You see, I tend to look for the usual visible symptoms- the sudden freezing on their part, the frantic eye movement, slight shaking and a lot of stuttering…

March 13, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Mindspeak
What if boys cried and girls wrestled?

What if boys cried and girls wrestled?

One day, I saw a little boy crying, after getting into a fight with his friend. His mom began yelling at him. ‘Stop crying. Do you not know that it is only girls who cry?’ As I watched this exchange, I was dumbfounded…

March 6, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Mindspeak
Love knows no time, no distance

Love knows no time, no distance

Shagufta Tasnim Nur writes how a couple’s pursuit to stay close to each other wiped out the geographic distance and two time zones they lived in, only to explain how love is timeless…

February 28, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Mindspeak
Balancing between Bangla and English

Balancing between Bangla and English

I t was the year 2003. I was in sixth grade. The authorities at my three decades old English medium school decided that students speaking Bangla anywhere within school premises would be fined 50 takas…

February 21, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Mindspeak