A peek into our serials, series and telefilms, Is it really worth it?

Few days back I was having a conversation with a friend of mine and I asked him whether he watched the Valentine’s Day special natoks or not. He looked at me very bizarrely and started laughing. He thought I was joking, but I wasn’t. He said I am still old schooled and should start watching western TV-series and serials. Surprisingly, he then started mocking our Bangladeshi natoks comparing them with typical Indian ‘saas bahu’ serials. I won’t say that there aren’t any of such types in Bangladesh but we have some great natoks too.  Now a day’s people are so busy following the western culture that we overlook what is good in our local culture. Decades ago it was a common scenario in every Bengali family to watch various types of natoks with their family, genres of which range from drama to entertainment. Moreover, this was how they used to spend time with each other as well. But in this modern generation people are so occupied that family members hardly get to interact with each other on a daily basis.

Nevertheless, if they do manage sometime, Bangla natoks would most certainly not be in their watching list. They would rather watch popular western TV-series and some of them would even opt for the Indian soap operas. We do have great directors and producers in our country who make excellent natoks and believe me when I say this, they are much better than those Indian soap opera makers. We have many talented actors as well. As a matter of fact, our industry is growing immensely than our film industry. One of my all time favorite natok was AJ ROBIBAR. It was one of the best natok produced by a legend in Bengali media – Mr. Humayun Ahmed. In addition, it was one of the most admired comedy natok in earlier 90’s. Even when the show ran its course, it was telecasted on a regular basis. Zahid Hasan played a powerful role in this serial. One of his most famous dialogues from this natok was – “titli bhaiya titli bhaiya amar shob kichu hijibiji mone hocche”. The tone and expression from his face were simply amazing. There were also other famous actors in that natok and they were: Abul Hayat, Shuborna Mustafa, Ali Zaker, Assaduzzaman Noor, Shaon and Sheela Ahmed.

Zahid Hassan, however, is the comedy king of bangla natoks. His recent work which is truly praise-worthy is the ‘Arman Bhai’ series. He along with Tisha did a splendid job. The concept of the natok was very much appreciated by the viewers. He really pulled off the character very well and portrayed with true dialects of a guy who belongs from the Dhakiya origin. On the other hand, one of my favorite actors other than Zahid Hassan is Mosharraf Karim. He is extremely talented. I loved his work in GHOR KUTUM, RONGER MANUSH, VHOBER HAAT, and HAAR KIPTA, by Salauddin Lavlu. Having proved his talents as an actor, he successfully established himself as one of the best director and producer in Bangladesh. Noteworthy though, his natoks never fails to make the audience laugh! The best thing about his work is that he accentuates the local culture perfectly. His work has the flavor of Bangladesh’s rural areas and its traditions. All the characters of his serials speak in different dialects we have in Bangladesh which actually helps to make our generation aware of Bangladesh’s cultural roots. The stories are all related to villagers and their primitive lifestyle. His natoks not only brings out the essence of our country but also shows the originality and hospitality of our people. All of his work concepts are different from one another and when I watch these natoks, I really find the same joy when I watch ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ or The Big Bang Theory.

Apart from natoks, also we have some excellent telefilms around. Eid is landmark time of the year when we get to watch new telefilms. Now-a-days having so many local TV channels have made it really hard for viewers to decide what to watch and what to ignore. In one of the Eids, Airtel sponsored the telefilm named ‘IMPOSSIBLE 5’. The concept was pretty amazing. We have never had sci-fi or fantasy genres used in our telefilms prior to this one. The ending was very shocking and it had received criticisms. However, I was highly impressed that someone actually took a step forward and came up with a concept quite opposing to the mainstream serials and series. It feels great to see that people of our country are actually thinking of such concepts and putting them to use. Moreover one of the romantic telefilms, also by Airtel, was BHALOBASHI TAI BHALOBESHE JAI. It had multi cast and the story was incredible. The idea was not like any other drama or romantic serials but was very much different than the usual romantic stories. An epitome on how telefilms are attracting good casts in Bangladesh is shown by Tahsan, a heartthrob of our music industry, who acted in many telefilms. Some of them are NILPORI NILANJONA, LOVE LANE, MONFORINGNER GOLPO and MONSUBA JUNCTION. He has done a fantastic job and maintained the personality of a romantic hero very effectively in the telefilms.

Finally, I am stressing on the fact that we should watch bangla natoks and telefilms over western tv-series everytime. But it would be a good idea if we could at least try to watch one or two of our local productions once in a while. After all we are all Bangladeshis and it is our duty to appreciate what is good in us, and help the makers of these natoks and telefilms to even succeed more. Without even knowing our flaws we are comparing us with others. Everyone has different qualities and I believe our quality is being best in our own ways and style.

 By: Sumaiya Akhter Nitu

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The Fashionista

By Sifat Shafiullah

Fashion is what brings out a trend that could stay for seasons or for months. People all over the world try to stay up to date with fashion by following their favorite style icons which could be actors, singers or anyone in their sometimes bold and sometimes simply striking outfits.

Every designer brings out something extravagant for every occasion; let’s see what trends are being set for this eid. It is noticeable that today women of all ages prefer to wear long A-line’s and Anarkali’s when it comes to wearing a Kameez. While A-line is followed by straight loose pants, the anarkali’s are accompanied by skinny pajamas. A major change in all this is not only the length or style of the outfits but also the prints of choice. Just last season, sparkling sequin work and heavily embroidered outfits were of great preference, but now a more simpler look with a range of mild to highly contrasting colors  have received much more attention. In addition to all this, designers have added some extremely stunning broad laces on the end lines or the hand cuffs of the outfits along with a more monotonous threadwork on the bodice. This brings certain elegance to the dresses, giving the attire a more royal and a very sought after look.

A similar trend change has hit the market for sarees too, the ladies prefer wearing single colored sarees with a well done border complimenting the plain coloring within, these are then put against the renovated full or three quarter sleeved blouses with collared or wide scoop necks of a contrasting color. One of the very popular and expensive saree styles that seem to be a favorite is the French lace sarees. These have the most intricate design work and bring out the glamour and elegance on anyone who carries it. In both sarees and salwar kameez we notice that colors such as purple combined with silver design work and white with golden borders are in good demand.

For the men, we find more bold colors in the market and even a little bit of design works on the collar and button areas of the kurtas. Designers have noticed that men don’t prefer much work and would rather wear something stylish yet simple. While many men prefer the combination of black kurta and white salwar, there are some who enjoy a single colored dressing like all black or navy blue salwar kameez for the guys, with little collar work that run along the body buttons. Colors such as blue and grey with stripes are still holding a good amount of buyers and the all time favorite of white and beige seems to be holding on pretty well too.

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Back 2 School : Good school years

By: Nuzha Farque (Rizu)

Back to school…watching sleepy faces zoning in and out early in the morning. Some wore bright smiles and chirped around. Then there were the screechy voices as the teachers hurried around in the corridors.  By the time the sun is up and its heat warming the blood, the corridors are crowded with students filing in from different directions. Busy chattering and exchanging greetings, trying to catch up on the best days spent in summer, on stories of the teachers who resigned, on the books that ended with not-so-good cliché, on movies that were a treat to watch and bleh! The noise was deafening and worst, non-fathomable. The dull feeling slowly lifted, and suddenly it was good to be back here. Once in a while, in the crowd, in groups someone sighed telling the rest summer is over! Someone looked around, probably wondering, why do I have to come back here. That morning in the bus, everyone seemed to drag themselves on to their seats. The boys had clearly not ironed their shirts, let alone those striped sailor pants. The girls have done their best pony-styles, neat and tidy, but their eyes looked sore. Their bags were dangling on the side. Their nails were long, colored bright and manicured for the summer parties, back to school they got to have trimmed and colorless nails.

With the first hour after the official summer holidays have ended, the irritation slowly wore off, and friends chose corners and corridors to sit to gossip. Once in a while as the teachers passed the corridors, excited voices chorused, ‘Hey, welcome’. Girls still adjusted their ponies high, and elbowed their friends to show some new boy on the corridors. Boys adjusted their ties, and planned spoke of the next date they had pick on the corridor. And another year of high school just began!

You talk about everything you did this summer and share all your secrets with your friends. You burst in laughter fits. You walk around the school corridors, meeting people and exchanging looks!  Suddenly, the familiar shrieking sound erupts your eardrums, and it’s the timing of the day that makes you hate or love the noise. You hate it in the start of the day, a long day waiting before you are home on the couch. You long for it, at the late afternoons. Today is different; it feels all right. It is just the beginning of a new high school year.

Students slowly walk to their classes greeting each other on the way and talking about meeting during lunch break. They walk into the class wondering who’s the class teacher. Is it going to be that old spectacled, puffy-faced one or the pretty-face one. Students pick their seats and keep their bags on the chairs next to them, reserving seats for their friends. The conundrum of noises continues to fill the air, until a new, not-in-uniform person walks into the class. This is surely the teacher for this year. The students scream excited ‘Hello’ and ‘Hi’. The teacher makes her introductory speech, and students usually drift to thoughts of their own, will this year be good? Oh god, this year will be harder, I hope I survive! I will be missing Simpsons now, it starts in an hour…

The first days are mostly the best, because you’re free all day with nothing to do but catch up on stories. The new students sit silently looking around at everyone and wondering what is next? Should I talk to the girl with the neat plait, she looks friendly. Should I talk to the boy, but he looks just out of bed.

So back to school this September is not going to be very bad. Other than books and early sleep, there will be fun and anticipation to finish one more year before you graduate. So much you hate school now, you will miss it all your life once you are out of school. Let not any memory get wasted. Enjoy your years at school.

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33 Blessings of Ramadhan Fasting (Benefits):

The benefits of the Ramadhan month of fasting are too many to be counted. If one does recognize them and realize their importance, he wishes to have the month of Ramadhan to be throughout the whole year.

These blessings are given by Allah to the fasting Muslims, who are to fast with full faith and expectation.

These blessings and benefits of the month of fasting during Ramadhan have been grouped and summarized into different categories. They are summarized here without commentary. It should be remembered that all of these blessings were taken directly from Holy Quran and Hadith.

The following is a partial list for the blessings and benefits of the month of fasting during Ramadhan:

01. Taqwa:

  1. Fearing Allah (SWT)
  2. Practicing the Revelations of Allah (SWT)
  3. Accepting the little things that one has achieved
  4. Preparing for departure from this world to the Hereafter
  5. Self-discipline
  6. Self-control
  7. Self-restraint
  8. Self-education
  9. Self-evaluation

By accepting these criteria and by practicing them, the Muslim will achieve the concept of Taqwa in his private and public life.

02. Protection:

  1. Avoiding Immorality
  2. Avoiding anger/outcry/uproar
  3. Avoiding stupidity
  4. Avoiding all makrooh/mashbooh/haram

By achieving these good manners, a Muslim will come out of fasting a better human being in the society.

03. Revelation of Holy Quran: The Holy Quran was revealed during the month of Ramadhan. The Holy Quran is meant to be:

  1. A Guidance to mankind
  2. A Manifestation of right from wrong
  3. A Summation and culmination of all previous revelations
  4. A Glad-tiding to the believers
  5. A Healer
  6. A Mercy

04. Doors of heaven are open

05. Doors of hell are closed

06. Devils are chained down

07. Fasting with Iman (faith) and expectation: Such type of intention leads to forgiveness by Allah (SWT) to the individual’s sins.

08. Door of Rayyan: There is in Paradise a door called Al-Rayyan. It is for the fasting Muslims. Only those who fasted the month of Ramadhan are the ones to enjoy the bliss of Paradise inside that area.

09. Rejoices: There are two types of rejoices for the Muslims who fast. These are:

  1. When breaking fast
  2. When meeting Allah (SWT) on the day of Judgment

10. Mouth Smell: The smell of the mouth of the fasting Muslim will be better than the smell of musk during the day of Judgement. (Bad Breath)

11. Glad-Tidings: These glad-tidings are given to the well-wishers while the ill-wishers are to be stopped during fasting.

12. Ramadhan -to- Ramadhan: Whoever fasts two consecutive months of Ramadhan with good intention will receive forgiveness for the mistakes committed throughout the year.

13. Multiplication of Rewards: Doing good = 10x, 70x, 700x or more during the month of Ramadhan.

14. Feeding Others: Whoever invites others to break the fast, and whoever takes care of the hungry, needy, during the last ten days of Ramadhan will receive equal rewards to the fasting person(s).

15. Blessing of Iftar: Dua is accepted by ALLAH (SWT) at Iftar time.

16. Blessings of Sahoor (The late night meal): This meal time gives the opportunity for:

  1. Night Prayers
  2. Zikr, Remembrance, Contemplation
  3. Recitation of Holy Quran
  4. Fajr Salat in Jamaat
  5. Dua of Fajr

17. Night Prayers: Whoever performs the Night prayers with sincerity and good intention will receive forgiveness of his past mistakes.

18. Shafa’at (Pleading One’s Case for Forgiveness): Whoever fasts Ramadhan will receive on the day of Judgement the Shafa’at of:

  1. Ramadhan
  2. Holy Quran

19. Ihya (Passing Nights Awake): Last ten days of Ramadhan. When a Muslim makes this type of effort, he will get rewards, forgiveness, and multiples of blessings.

20. Itikaf (Retreat): A Muslim who performs Itikaf during the last ten days of Ramadhan will get:

  1. Blessings and rewards
  2. Peace of mind
  3. Contemplation and evaluation
  4. Better citizen

21. Lailatul Qadr (The Night of Power): Whoever observes it with sincerity and good intention will get the following benefits:

  1. Forgiveness of mistakes
  2. Better than 1,000 months
  3. Dua
  4. Zikr
  5. Prayers
  6. Reading Holy Quran
  7. Rewards
  8. Blessings
  9. Better human being

22. Generosity: Kindness, hospitality, visitation, etc. All of these and many more are among the benefits of Ramadhan.

23. Zakat al-Fitrah (Charity on Eid Day): The benefits of paying such as charity to the needy are tremendous, among which are the following:

  1. Purity
  2. Feeding the needy
  3. Sharing happiness
  4. Improving human relations
  5. Improving society

24. Sadaqah (Charity): The benefits of paying sadaqah are many. These are summarized as follows:

  1. Purity
  2. Flourishing of wealth
  3. Improving economy
  4. Circulation of wealth
  5. Elimination of inflation
  6. Elimination of poverty

25. Fasting and Health: By fasting, one gets the following benefits:

  1. Purification of body from toxins
  2. Reducing of weight
  3. Purity of brain
  4. Rejuvenation of body
  5. Living of life with happiness
  6. Looking younger

26. Change of Lifestyle: By living a different life style, one gets rid of the monotony of life and hence enjoys his life span.

27. Sharing: Of hunger, thirst and rituals with others in the society.

28. Eid-ul-Fitr (Feast): Sharing of happiness and visitation of one another as members of the society.

29. Graveyards Visitation: One will get the following benefits by visiting graveyards.

  1. Dua for the deceased
  2. Preparing oneself for departure from this world
  3. Feeling respect for the deceased
  4. Making the person to be humble in his life

30. Every breath is Tasbiih. Every breath and even sleep is Ibadah and awarded.

31. Umrah in Ramadhan: Visiting Makkah during the fasting month of Ramadhan is:

  1. Equal to one Hajj (pilgrimage)
  2. Equal to one Hajj with Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

32. Historical Successes and Victories in Ramadhan: Muslims throughout their history received many benefits during Ramadhan the month of fasting, among which are the following:

  1. Battle of Badr
  2. Battle of Khandaq
  3. Opening of Makkah
  4. Battle of Tabuk
  5. Tariq Ibn Ziyad opened Europe
  6. Salahuddin liberated Jerusalem from the crusaders
  7. Egypt and Israel, 1973 – Egyptians kicked the Israelis out of Egypt during Ramadhan the month of fasting, etc.

33. Learning lessons from historical incidents that happened during Holy Ramadhan the month of fasting, e.g.

  1. Wafaat Hazrat Khadijeh (as).
  2. Wiladat Imam Hassan bin Ali (as).
  3. Shahadat Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (as).
  4. Youm-al-Quds.
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Why fasting in the month of Ramadan?

Ramadan is a period of fasting, reflection, devotion, generosity and sacrifice observed by Muslims around the world. While major holidays of other faiths have largely become commercialized events, Ramadan retains its intense spiritual meaning.The word “Ramadan” comes from the Arabic root word for “parched thirst” and “sun-baked ground.” It is expressive of the hunger and thirst felt by those who spend the month in fasting. As opposed to other holidays, when people often indulge, Ramadan is by nature a time of sacrifice.

  • Through fasting, a Muslim experiences hunger and thirst, and sympathizes with those in the world who have little to eat every day.
  • Through increased devotion, Muslims feel closer to their Creator, and recognize that everything we have in this life is a blessing from Him.
  • Through increased charity, Muslims develop feelings of generosity and good-will toward others. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once said, “A man’s wealth is never diminished by charity.”
  • Through self-control, a Muslim practices good manners, good speech, and good habits.
  • Through changing routines, Muslims have a chance to establish more healthy lifestyle habits — particularly with regards to diet and smoking.
  • Through family and community gatherings, Muslims strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood, in their own communities and throughout the world.

Ramadan is a very special time for Muslims, but the feelings and lessons we experience should stay with us throughout the year. In the Qur’an, Muslims are commanded to fast so that they may “learn self-restraint” (Qur’an 2:183). This restraint and devotion is especially felt during Ramadan, but we all must strive to make the feelings and attitudes stay with us during our “normal” lives. That is the true goal and test of Ramadan.

May Allah accept our fasting, forgive our sins, and guide us all to the Straight Path. May Allah bless us all during Ramadan, and throughout the year, with His forgiveness, mercy, and peace, and bring us all closer to Him and to each other.

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Exclusive Advantages Satellite Internet

Dial Up and High speed cable internet service companies do their best to get over a fundemental issue in the way they supply internet access. Their systems are made nearly the same as irrigation systems. It’s a way of getting a medium, whether it be h2o or high-speed, from one source to quite a few various locations. Farmers would dig ditches to be able to immediate the circulation of the waters. But there is a problem with the distribution in these models. And that is a straightforward matter of physics. The rows closer to the origin get more water flowing past , and the further down the system you are the less water is allocated. Not even close ideal, this irrigation system nevertheless made it feasible to farm fields more correctly and regularly.
While good for plants and farms, irrigation is no way to get broadband. Dialup and cable companies rely on a system of cables all branching off of original sources and when they have to branch off too far they run the cables through boosters meant to step-up the concentration of the signal.
These types of systems create some really specific issues that online users need to be aware of.

  • Accessibility: Even though a few of these companies are creating much better technology, like fiber optics, however, if the infrastructure doesn’t exist in your town, you cannot have it.
  • Community Service: Even if you have the right infrastructure that you know, with everybody accessing exactly the same network, your download speed is directly related, not to your package deal, not to the cost you pay, but to the amount of your neighbors also on the internet. If a lot of other people are all on the web simultaneously everyone’s speeds are going to slow down. The cables only have so much bandwidth, and that means you might end up paying for speeds you could never hope to see.
  • A Little Too Connected: And the networks of cables are all connected, whole neighborhoods can lose access if a single cable gets interrupted; more if the interruption occurs nearer to the source.

Since they don’t need to run networks of cables to bring you access you get a immediate and unique connection to the satellite internet’s feed; your bandwidth doesn’t pass by any kind of additional houses and isn’t dependant on your neighbors usage. That means that when you pay for super fast broadband internet access you get it. Download much more files, share more pictures, stream more videos with a connection that is always on so you won’t have to wait to connect.

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3 Great Tips to Increase Your Speed Reading and Comprehension

Did you know that when you are learning speed reading you are not just learning how to read better but also how to increase speed reading comprehension?

I started using some speed reading techniques to try to increase my speed of reading only. I was very unaware of the large improvement that I would have with my comprehension skills. I will let you know the techniques I used to get such great results.

1) Know Your Purpose Of Reading
One of the things that I needed to do was to know what my purpose of reading was. To you this might sound a bit on the obvious side. It is however really important that you have a purpose behind reading a certain material. I also had to figure out what I was going to do with this material.
I needed to know if I would be writing an essay about it or what. Once I knew what I was reading for the keywords in the material just seemed like they were jumping out at me.

2) Read The Cover
The next thing that I learned to do was read the cover of the book before opening it. This helped me in understanding exactly what the book was going to be about. This made the reading of the book that much easier as well as the fact that I had a better understanding of what I was reading.
Also I started to actually read the books table of contents. This will also be able to give great insight as to what the book is actually about. For me it also made the flow of the book go a little better because I knew what each chapter was going to be about in advance.

3) Take Notes
Another thing that I found helpful for increasing my speed reading comprehension was making notes. As I went along in the book I would write down facts that were important. I also write down references and quotations that I would need to look back on later.

It is not often that when finishing a book you are able to remember quotations so making a note of them helps tremendously.

By: Carey Last James

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