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Reading Time: 4 minutes Humans are social beings. Some say it is in our genes. No wonder we tend to perform more productively when working in a group. And being quarantined or cut off from the rest of the community for a long period usually has a detrimental effect on our psychological well-being where issues such as stress, anxiety, and confusion have amplified effects. Along with disrupting productivity and workflow, these problems can have a long-lasting effect on our general health as well. That is why it is vital to take care of our mental health during a quarantine period. So, let’s take a look at how to deal with some of the major psychological issues experienced during a prolonged quarantine period so you can stay productive. Stress The sudden onset of pressure or tension we feel when something is amiss or requires urgency puts a great deal of strain on the body and…

Reading Time: 3 minutes Independence, to me, is personal freedom. What I mean to say is that it is the freedom to live life as I see fit, without interference from others. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” I wholeheartedly agree with him. Just being independent isn’t enough, you will also need to have the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them. That is my definition of independence in life. And in many different aspects of life, we are getting more freedom. Let’s have a look at what they are.  Independence Of Self Independence in life starts with personal independence. Sit back and think, of the freedoms that life has given us and how we’ve utilized them. This country has given you the freedom to blossom into the person that you’ve always desired to be. This is where women have…

Reading Time: 6 minutes The Open Architectural Design Competition Competition was organized by the University of Dhaka in association with the Institute of Architects Bangladesh, on March 15-16 and 18. The competition was held to design a landmark monument for the event entitled: “Construction of Landmark Monument: Celebrating 100 Years’ of the University of Dhaka and Golden Jubilee of Independence of Bangladesh” at Mall area, University of Dhaka. The monument will represent the struggle for freedom and the journey for the pursuit of knowledge of the University of Dhaka for 100 years. Out of 56 submissions, 8 designs had been selected, ranging from top 3 to the five honorable mentions amongst them. Here we are featuring the top 3 designs of the competition. We will also be featuring one of the honorable mentions that have been selected by the jury board of architects. “Rustling Of Leaves” by niinArchitects The “Rustling Of Leaves ‘ is…

Reading Time: 4 minutes Dhanmondi has appeared to be one of the most important areas and a cultural center of Dhaka in the last few decades.  Being a commercially important area, this place has also gained its popularity for its unique and exclusive housing facilities. It is a place packed with entertainment. Foods, movies, theatres, libraries, cultural organizations, coffee shops, sports, gym all are in a single place. The concrete buildings here perfectly coexist with the natural beauty of the Dhanmondi lake and its lush green surroundings. Let’s explore and find out the things to do in Dhanmondi. Food and Restaurant Dhanmondi is famous for all kinds of foods. Ranging from local cuisine to fast food – everything’s better here. From Satmasjid Road to Jigatala, you can find hundreds of restaurants. If you want to have the mouthwatering taste of Kacchi, Khichuri or Pizza, you’ll find it all here. That means if you decide…

Reading Time: 6 minutes Not too long ago, our city was small, serene. Filled with open spaces, and vast greenery, the streets of Dhaka were a marvel. It was nothing like what it is today. Being the capital of the country, most of its economic activity was centered in and around Dhaka. It’s the economic heart of Bangladesh after all. With an uptick in the country’s fortunes came a rapid real estate boom in the capital with an ensuing expansion of the borders of the city. A utopia was promised, with lush greenery and wide-open spaces for the citizens to roam around in. At least that was the plan.  The demands of a growing population and commercial hubs were prioritized over proper residential planning of the city. Parks and playgrounds became an afterthought. Front yards and gardening space for residents became nonexistent. Large skyscrapers were being built by the dozen. High-density housing areas sprung…

Reading Time: 4 minutes The idea behind Bproperty Tarar Bari was simple: to know about their favorite personality’s lifestyle and the place they live in. With that, the first season of Tarar Bari was a huge success. The responses from our audience were overwhelming. It had made a profound impression on their hearts. The idea was unique and very exciting. Right after the first season, everyone was already craving for Season 2. And we are delighted to let you know that the wait is now over. The second season of Bproperty Tarar Bari has already begun and as usual, the audience can’t get enough of the episodes.  So without further ado, let’s have a look at what has happened so far and what more to come. To me, home is a place of tranquility – Chanchal Chowdhury “কি বুঝো নাই ব্যাপারটা?” – This Bengali dialogue is so famous that there is hardly anyone who…

Reading Time: 6 minutes The 8th of March marks the day of International Women’s Day. The theme selected for International Women’s Day 2020 is, “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. The campaign theme of this day is #EachforEqual. The theme of this year is based on UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign. This campaign is widely known as “Generation Equality”. The “Generation Equality” platform marks the 25th anniversary of the “Beijing Declaration and Platforms for Action (BDPA)”. At the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995, the Beijing Platform for Action is recognized as the most progressive and phenomenal roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls. In Bangladesh, the holistic preparation for celebrating this day started last year on November 01, with the initiation of #orangetheworld themed hashtag on social media by UN Women Bangladesh. This includes the movement of the 10th criteria to reach Global Sustainable Development Goals -…

Reading Time: 4 minutes The traces of winter are fading. But the atmosphere still seems to have a harshness to it. It’s the effect of winter after all, and there isn’t much we can do about it. But what we can do something about is our home decor. The impact that color has on the atmosphere of your home is unparalleled. It might sound odd, but it is true. A touch of the color orange, green, or yellow can easily cut out the harshness of winter from your home. This doesn’t mean that you have to repaint the interior of your house. Rather, small changes to your home decor can have a great impact. That is how magical colors can be. Maybe, that is why the color of February was set as Yellow. Since it’s spring, it wouldn’t be bad if we could commemorate it in some way. So, why not let the color…

Reading Time: 4 minutes Spring is in the air! And there seems to be no end to the festivities surrounding it. Is this the reason why the color of February is Yellow? Each of the various seasons of this country sees multiple festivities take place. Should we just be limited to celebrating these festivities? Don’t we need to keep up with all the events taking place in our beautiful city? Well, if you were looking for events to attend in march, you’ve come to the right place. Listed below are some exciting March events. Without further ado, let’s begin. 2nd National Literature Festival 2020 Date: 5th – 7th March Time: 12:30PM – 05:30PM Venue: Government Laboratory High School ‘2nd National Literature Festival 2020’ is a daylong event organized by the Book Club of the Laboratorians. Here, students ranging from Class 6 to 4th year university will find many things to do, such as competing…

Reading Time: 3 minutes As a part of the government’s initiative to bring down the interest rate of loans to a single digit, the central bank recently issued a formal notice instructing all the banks to fix a maximum 9.0% interest rate on all loans except for credit cards, effective from the 1st of April 2020.  If controlled properly, this limited interest rate can have a multifarious outcome that can positively affect the economy. This lower interest rate also translates good things for real estate investors as it can have a profound impact on the housing industry in Bangladesh. That said, how exactly can the new interest rate affect the real estate industry in Bangladesh? Effects on the cost of capital and inflation  Interest rates can play a vital role in determining the cost of mortgage capital, which affects your decision every time you decide to purchase a property. Mortgage debt is more expensive…