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Dhaka Tribune

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Volume 1, Issue 29

Status of the week BRB, nowadays means “never coming back.”

Quote of the week A weekly production of

Trying to find one’s phone when on silent is life’s hardest task.

DhakaTribune Editor Zafar Sobhan Magazine Editor Sabrina Fatma Ahmad TMAG Team Sabiha Mahmud Sumi Rubab Nayeem Khan Munira Fidai Natasha Rahman Saudia Afrin Tahsin Momin Baizid Haque Joarder Fuad M Hossain Contributors Abak Hussain Fardeen Ameen Q Zulyadain Islam Imtiaz Salim Azfar Rahman Graphics Sabiha Mahmud Sumi Mohammed Mahbub Alam Production Masum Billah Advertising Shahidan Khurshed Circulation Wahid Murad Email:, Website:

Lingo of the week FTW- For the win Meaning An enthusiastic emphasis at the end of a comment, message, or post. Usage Girl 1 Hey which one do I wear for the pageant? Red or Black? Girl 2 Red one girl, FTW!

More inside GOSSIP 12 Choose/Lose your other half 12 Blush Much?

FASHION 4 Beauty check Sporty beauty 4 Wardrobe check Sporting necessities

PICKS OF THE WEEK 2 Room of the week Nazia Nazmul 10 Guitar tabs of the week “Girl with One

Real Life 3 Event Dhaka Comicon 2013 6 Hot topic Go play 12 He says, She says

Eye” by Florence+The Machine

11 App of the week Tunein Radio YOUR WORLD 5 Car Toyota GT-86 5 FFPB 9 Fiction A touch of humility 9 Non-fiction Lady’s got a gun 9 Comic book Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman

9 Book “Bleachers” by John Grisham 11 Gadget Razer Nostromo gaming keypad

11 Movie Moneyball

TMAG SAYS 2 Funk up your room Gamers’ paradise 2 FYI Game on 3 School Survival The games people play 10 Playlist Top ten playtime tunes 10 Instrument What’s that sound? 10 Music Banish the Posers Fest 2013 11 TV The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan 11 Animation Hajime No Ippo

Editor’s note Dear Readers, Like it or not, it’s hartal hat-trick one more time, which means days of enforced idleness. Now just because you’re homebound doesn’t mean you have to be bored. This week, we put the focus on fun. From indoor games you can play with the family, to places you can hit up in the weekend, we’ve got a selection of games, sports, gaming centres and more. Dhaka’s a fun place to live in, if you know where to find your source of fun. Let TMAG show you how. In other news, TMAG is now on Facebook! Head to dhakatribunetmag and hit “Like” if you want in on links to our hottest stories, polls, quizzes, and more. And on Tumblr, we have behind the scenes, sneak previews from our photo-shoots and more. Check us out on If you want to get in touch with us, you can always email us. Send your doodles, fiction, room pics and more to tmag@dhakatribune. com Love from the TMAG desk

HOROSCOPES 5 Your forecast Dhaka Tribune

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Volume 1, Issue 28

About the cover THRONE OF GAMES Hartal is here. Counter it with fun and games! Cartoonist Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy

4 Look of the Week Glory for the Red Devils

6 HOT TOPIC Go play

8 Written in the Stars RAW

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Your Life

Funk up your room


Gamer’s Game on paradise

Video games tend to be a medium of entertainment opted by most teenagers today. The industry has flourished wonderfully over the years. Another thing that had also flourished among a majority of Bangladeshi parents was the notion of how video games can be bad for you. As they say, a little knowledge can be dangerous, and for the sake of clarity, here are the merits of playing video games

Improved hand eye coordination


An evening full of games is not just meant for the kids. With pool, ping pong, darts and more, there are plenty of activities to keep all ages entertained. You may think your home has run out of space, but you can almost always rework it into a great game room with a little know-how from TMAG.

Find a place

Now, this part can be tough, maybe your parents want that extra room for storage, entertainment, etc. But in some cases it is possible to convert your own room into a cave but the ideal place would be an extra room. It could be a storage space or a bedroom that no one uses too frequently. Anywhere that is relaxing and away from the busy parts of the house (like the living room or kitchen) will work.

Pick the right furniture

Clear out all the furniture and start fresh and never try to make a game room around a bed. Even if you end up moving it back, you want to do this first so you know how you want to structure the room. Think about what you want out of your game room. Do you want to play video games? Do you want a place to play ping pong or pool? Furnish accordingly and make sure to have lots of empty room and don’t cramp yourself in or you will not enjoy the room to its full potential.

Choosing the game

If you are considering getting video games, the comfort doesn’t matter as much as the actual games. Make sure to get games that will satisfy a broad audience. Thrill seekers will love games like Call of Duty, Tekken or Halo whereas more casual gamers will enjoy Need for speed or Burnout. You want to have a variety so everyone will be happy. Also, make sure you like the games too, because it is YOUR game room. Have fun with it! Go crazy! Get accessories like posters for upcoming video games or movies. Lounge on bean bag, do what you want since you are only limited by your creativity. Tahsin Momin

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Let’s take “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Super Mario,” classic video games, as examples. You play the spiky blue hedgehog or the red hatted plumber running non-stop in a two-dimensional world. Jumping to collect rings/coins/ mushrooms, avoid enemies, and hop over ledges, you are required to think fast and react with your hands simultaneously. Games like these help improve one’s reaction times to stimuli.


Racing game titles such as “Need for Speed,” “Mario Kart,” and “Gran Turismo” instill the sense of competition among many. Playing these games and winning races unlock achievements that further fuel the competitive attitude, much like competitions in real life. Nurturing this attitude in young adolescents is important to their mental development and paves their path into adulthood.

Improved focus

Teens these days have the attention span of a gold fish, as the saying goes. Given the fast pace at which things happen these days, most find it very difficult to focus on any specific objective. What most parents don’t know is that many


games help improve focus. The internet is full of puzzles and games that require you to focus on objectives –spot the

differences, finding hidden objects, match three – to mention a few. Fuad M Hossain


TMAG’s Room of the week!


nazia nazmul Area


Rooms can say a lot about the people that live in them. This one’s owner is creative, musically inclined, and loves her friends.




School Survival

EVENT Tweets

The Games People Play

Circus Police: A storm is coming

Hartals are the perfect excuse to break out the indoor games. We surveyed our readers about their favourite board games and card games. This is what they had to say

11pm-2am, November 12 Venue Radio Shadin 92.4FM

International Students Day – Virtual U.S. University Fair 3:30pm, November 13 Venue EMK Center, House

Hay Festival Dhaka 2013 9am, November 14 Venue Bangla Academy


Film Festival and Photo Exhibition

10am, November 14 Venue TSC, University Of Dhaka

Unmad-JCC Comic Con 2pm, November 14 Venue National Shooting Federation Hall, Gulshan 1

board games

Mimodrama - Charkra

6pm, November 14 Venue Shilpokala Academy

Socio Camp 2013 [Season 4] November 15 Venue room-NAC108, North South University

Intra AUST Photography Competition : Be the F/30 November 15 Venue Drik Gallery

Card games

Exclusive Fashion Exhibition November 15 Venue Drik Gallery

Nabanno Utshab1420 (National Harvest Festival 2013) 7am, November 15 Venue Charukala Institute, University Of Dhaka


Dhaka comicon

As if you needed more proof about how rocking this city is. At the Dhaka Comicon 2013

14th happy birthday--of our loving vromon Bangladesh 8am, November 15 Venue Chobir Hat

Nature in School

9am, November 15 Venue Ideal School & College, Motijheel

U.S. University Admission Requirements 4pm, November 17 Venue EMK Centre

Join e.hub

12:05am, November 18 Venue 13, Shantinagar (1st floor)

Bangladesh Underground Street Football

9am, November 18 Venue Abahoni field, Dhanmondi

Winter Fashion Fair 2013 photos: A J Ghani

11am, November 18 Venue Drik Gallery

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Sporting Necessities


Sporty beauty Sun, heat, dust, and dirt- four main hindrances to good skin can also, unfortunately, be a sporty girl’s best friend. Luckily for you though, you can look pretty as you play. A sweaty, smelly, and unhealthy tanned look is a thought of the past. Pick both your hobbies and have spectators (maybe even your cute coach), at your feet by following a few simple steps

Who doesn’t like dressing up? To some, it is important to look good at all times, but what happens when you break a sweat, after playing a game of football. This week, TMAG tries to help you out with making the right decisions when you are off to burn a few calories on the field.


The main advantage of wearing jerseys is its fabric. These are often made of synthetic fibres with insulating properties. You don’t sweat anymore for that very reason. Another plus point is that these tend to be quite stretchy and with winter coming, you may well use it as a warm, insulating undergarment. However, in a tropical country like ours, the use of such fabric during summer may not be a good idea. It would be wise to look for a jersey which has a breathable synthetic/ cotton blend.

Trousers/ Shorts

The choice of wearing either trousers or shorts depends upon the type of sport. If it is a game that involves frequent movement such as football or basketball, shorts allow you the flexibility to do so. Again, if the game is like cricket or golf, which are widely known as a gentleman’s sport, wearing trousers would be the wiser decision.


Most sports have different shoes to serve different purposes on the pitch. For instance, in football, the boots used have “spikes” on the soles that firmly grip the ground while running and helps maintain balance. Whereas athletes use shoes that are very light in weight allowing them to be agilite. There are different shoes for basketball, tennis, cricket, golf, and so on. If you are not much into such sports but you like to play them occassionally, a wallet-friendly option would be to buy a pair of trainers which you could use for almost anything. It may not serve every small and detailed purpose, but it sure does support your feet. Baizid Haque Joarder

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Basic skin: check

Evaluate your skin - are you tan and if yes, is this your preference? Do you have oily skin or skin that tends to break out into acne at the slightest hint of dirt? Don’t kid yourself into believing the best of yourself. The best option for oil free skin that does not run into the sensitive category, is a tinted moisturiser. Most of these also contain sunscreen so for those who want to retain their original complexion, this one’s for you my friend.

Toning: check

For those who want to conceal pimple marks or acne, concealer is a must. For people blessed with clearer skin, you all can go for a feather light foundation. However, waterproof is the key word here. When you are playing, you’re wiping off sweat most of the time from your face. A waterproof foundation won’t melt down and make you look like something out of a horror movie.

Eyes: check

Remember, the idea is to look fresh from the beginning of the game till the

Look of the Week

Glory, Glory A nicely fitted jersey of your favourite team will add a spring to your step as you jump and cheer on game nights

Model Azfar Rahman Photographer Syed Latif Hossain

end. Don’t go for heavy liners that’ll smudge around your eyes and make you look like you were someone’s punching bag. Go easy on the eyes with either a simple kohl pencil inside the lids or just conceal the shadows. Follow it up by piling on some water proof mascara and you’re set.

Pout: check

This one’s easy as pie. Go for some tinted lip balm that won’t smudge and also keep your lips looking supple and moisturised. munira fidai

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Street FFPB Fantasy Football Players of Bangladesh (FFPB)

Fantasy League Top 10 after Gameweek 10 Rank Team Manager 1 Sesc17 Shadman Haque 2 ENFORCERS FC Shakil Mahmud 3 League Legends Fauzul Chowdhury 4 Joga Bonito FC Al Mohaimen 5 Maira_La Sakib Hussain 6 Red Devil Fc Abrar Shahriar 7 Rakesh Challengers Rakesh Sinha 8 mclovin.. Asif Khan 9 Local F.C. Arkaeen Mahmud 10 Pink Fury Syeda Mehnaj Tarannum Shifa

GW TOT 74 677 81 656 84 640 77 639 73 634 88 633 95 628 73 627 81 626 83 625

The code to join FFPB fantasy league is 975-707

Car Talk

HOROSCOPE Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19)

Financial troubles will be knocking on your door at the beginning of this week. Refrain from splurging. Taurus (Apr 20-May 20)

If you aren’t being all loving and giving, then you certainly shouldn’t expect the red carpet treatment. Gemini (May 21-Jun 20)

The Deadly Duo Since the demise of the Celica and the MR2, Toyota hasn’t had a sports car in a while. This has been a real shame for a brand with a strong past in driver-focused cars. Recently, Toyota has become better known for its reliability with cars like Corolla and Camry. But there’s not been much to get excited about until now

People may not take you seriously at times. It’s okay to brush it off, but if they start evaluating you in a certain way, then clear out their confusion. Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22)

Not everyone has the same definition of priorities; that’s something you’ll be learning this week. Quit imposing. Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22)

Hiding something from authority figures may have its perks now, but it will haunt you in the long run. Virgo (Aug 23- Sep 22)

If you think you are organised, think again! People around you may beg to differ. Find out where you messed up. Libra (Sep 23- Oct 22)

Toyota GT-86 is a car that stirred the soul and indeed the trousers of every petrol head in the land. For reasons that are extremely difficult to explain to normal human beings, petrol heads prefer oversteer. We like the front end to grip and the rear to be all loose. That means we prefer rear wheel drives, but rear drive cars such as Jags, Mercs and BMWs are complicated to make and that means they tend to be expensive. That brings us back to the GT-86, a rear wheel drive car that just costs £25,000. It gets better, the engine is a flat four boxer unit, which means the pistons go sideways. Meaning it can be mounted low down, hence resulting in a low centre of gravity and there is no turbo charger, so, there is no lag. Everything about the GT-86 is immediate and brilliant. And the best bit - Toyota has made sure the tail is as wiggly as possible. They use exactly the same sort of skinny tires that they use on a Prius and what that means is that the petrol head can enjoy some tail out action at low, non-frightening speeds. You might think its daft, fitting deliberately un-grippy tyres on a car. You might even think you would inevitably crash, but would you? Well, you would be wrong; you can drift this car while reading a book. Because of the thin tyres, it is obvious

that the GT-86 was not designed to set new lap records around the Nurburgring and with the 197 horse-power 2.0 litre engine; it won’t win many drag races either. What it will do though is, put a massive smile on the face of every motor enthusiast in the world. It isn’t even stupid; it comes with cruise control, Bluetooth, and air conditioning as standard. There is a boot too, big enough to store things and at the back, a couple of seats. There are however a couple of problems. Firstly, it doesn’t particularly look

interesting and secondly it has a deadly rival, the Subaru BRZ. Like the Toyota, it has a rear drive and a low mounted 2.0 litre boxer engine. Like the Toyota, it will do 0-100Km/h in 7.7 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 180Km/h and the similarities go further than that - they both cost the same, they have the same bodies and the same interiors with the same equipment. They are even built by the same people in the same factory. You might imagine that it’s quite hard to choose between them. Actually it isn’t. Tahsin Momin

Bridge the gap between relatives with whom you’ve been estranged for ages. Bury the hatchet and move on. Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21)

Break free from someone else’s ideals. You’ve got a life of your own; take charge and don’t even think about looking back. Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21)

Being laid back works out for you, but it isn’t a bad thing to get some order in your life. If you are capable of doing so, why not give it a whirl this week? Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan19)

A family member might refuse something you’ve asked for. Refrain from being persistent. Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18)

Great potentials should never go to waste; banking on others won’t take you far. Take the week to get your act together. Pisces (Feb 19-Mar20)

People are not used to hearing a “no” from you. If it suffocates you, tell them so. You aren’t bound to cave in to their demands.

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LET THE GAMES Dhaka’s an awe somesauce, h appeni ng place, w ith plen ty of optio ns for f u n and ent ertainm e nt. Don’t b elieve u s? Let TMAG t ake you on a samplin g of the ci coolest fun zon ty’s es.


See those cool guys doing amazing stunts in the background? Their passion for parkour and break dancing has brought this group together. They diligently practice every Friday morning at Ramna Park. They indulge in this purely because of their sheer love for thrill seeking. They have had no professional training but have picked up these skills from Youtube and always welcome people who want to learn from them. photo CREDIT: A J Ghani

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CUE IT UP Pool has become one of the most common indoor games among teens. There are so many clubs around the city and it’s increasing every day. Most of the pool clubs are situated in Dhanmondi and adjacent areas. Even popular gaming arcades such as Saad Musa City Center, Bashundhara City Gaming Complex, and Jamuna Future Park have also incorporated billiard in their line-up of games. Basically pool centres estimate the prices as per board/game format. For each board/game you have to pay Tk25-35. We have talked to some regular pool players

regarding their interests in this game. Siam, an 18 year old boy tells TMAG: “I love to play pool when I get some free time. Generally, I come to the pool house and spend at least two hours playing games of Eight-Ball. I have been playing since 2010.” Some pool houses have snooker boards where you can play snooker as well. In Dhanmondi, there is Pool World, BBC (Bangladesh Billiard Center), Move n Shot, Hangout, Rack and Cue. NBA (Uttara) and All Community Club (Gulshan) are other known spots to play pool. Imtiaz Salim

WILD RIDES If you were to say there’s nothing to do in Dhaka, you’d only be partially correct. We would like to take this opportunity to tell you that there’s much to do, maybe not at the city hub, but just on the outskirts of Dhaka. Just up North, about 45 minutes drive towards Ashulia is Fantasy Kingdom, probably the largest amusement park in Dhaka. One can never get bored of Fantasy Kingdom! It offers so much to children and adults alike with the likes of many fun and adventurous rides – like their Roller Coaster, Santa Maria Ship, The Spider and the most popular of all the Magic Carpet. If you and friends or family were planning on going, make sure to plan a whole day, because with so much to do, there’s only so little time. Fantasy Kingdom also has the largest and the most adventurous Water Park in Bangladesh – The

Water Kingdom. Fantasy Kingdom may offer you adventure and thrill on dry land, Water Kingdom shall take you where it’s most fun. The water! It is a huge park that has some tremendous water slides all over the place with heights ranging up to 7 stories high. It may not sound like much, but it is. The park also has an entertaining Wave Pool where people can dance to music played by a well known DJ. What is even more extreme is the Go-Kart race track right adjacent to the Amusement park. “Extreme Racing” offers a variety of Go-Karts to be driven and raced around tracks. They have package deals for larger groups of people and trust us when we say this. It is all absolutely worth it. So don’t waste any more time and head towards Fantasy Kingdom! Q Zulyadain Islam





BEGIN ARCADE AMUSEMENT Who says you cannot have a fun time out with your family? Saad Musa City Center - Bangladesh’s very first “hyper market” as they put it, has the ultimate family recreation zone. Saad Musa City Center is a gigantic four story building in Kuril, Bishwa Road - a departmental store where you get everything (even cars apparently). But the main centre of attraction is the topmost floor, the gaming arcade, a place designed for all ages. Tossing balls, car racing, motorbike racing, shooting, mini-golf, air hockey, pinball, billiards, and what not, that too under one roof. It seems like your Friday morning just got better. All the games are coin-operated. The coins can be purchased at counters and one can get four coins for Tk100, 10 coins for Tk250, and 20 coins for Tk500. However for Tk1000, one can buy 80 coins.

To make things better, there are prizes as well, ranging from cute toys to exciting gadgets like – Xbox, PSP, Playstation, Wii, iPhone 5, Galaxy S3, Nikon cameras etc. There is also a 3D movie theatre and a karaoke centre on the very same floor. And if that weren’t enough, there is a party centre and a food court to top it off. The party centre is perfect for kids’ parties and they even offer free birthday cakes. The food court has a mixed menu of pizza, chicken, burger, Mexican, Italian, and light snacks ranging between Tk100 to Tk500. When it comes to recreation and enjoyment, Saad Musa City Center definitely takes us a step further. It has something new and a very exciting experience to offer. Tahsin Momin

TAKE A BREAK Since this week’s issue of TMAG is all about “work hard, play harder,” we thought it’d also help if we include this little piece about that silent third segment of that saying, “rest easy.” So while we’re focusing on all these games and activities, it’s also essential to power down for a bit and recharge and where better to go for a break than the newly opened fast food joint, The Break? Located on level 5 of Jamuna Future Park, inside the “Player’s Club,” a separate segment of the mall, The Break is the burger lover’s heaven. With murmurs of having the best burgers in town, The Break has definitely made quite the debut in the local food scene.

With a mouth watering menu that includes several types of sandwiches, hot-dogs and of course, their best and most renowned treats, the Nawab and Picchi burgers; and recently added, the Ramen burger. As for the quality of their food people aren’t going around saying they have the best burgers for nothing. However, the prices are a bit steep when it comes to The Break. But hey, if you want something that good, might as well pay for it. Being located in the “Player’s Club” section of the mall, where you have an array of entertainment options such as as bowling, pool, snooker, and karaoke, The Break deserves a “must visit.” Azfar Rahman

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RAW’s guide to survival Raw, is an academy that aims to train people through an adventure trip in order to school them in the necessary skills for survival. The initiative was taken by adventure enthusiasts, Tawhid Hossain, Sk Badruddin Omar, and Sahad Siddique. Saudia Afrin had a conversation with the trio about their line of work and future plans Diving into the current situation of most city dwellers, let’s think, apart from our daily work, what else do we do? Hang out with friends, go to concerts, or just stay at home. According to Siddique: “People

The youth of today are greatly in need of mentors to show them a way to project the wild and primitive energy of that particular age. And this is where adventure can make magic happen. It could be the perfect way to get acquainted with the hidden power of one’s own psyche. That’s what RAW is trying to work on through their adventure programmes, to guide the youth in such a way that they will start to live within a conscious understanding of their true selves. – Sahad Siddique do not have much to do, to express their internal power.” Subsequently, this power is being used in activities such as racing with friends and playing really loud music at parties. He says: “Our main concern was using this power in a positive way. The

plan has been brewing in their minds for over a year, and finally in 2012, Raw fired up the voyage to put down the benefits of adventures and outdoor activities in the minds of the young generation.“ Siddique said: “Survival is more psychological rather than going into the jungle or going trekking or building camp fires.” Helping people focus on their work is one of Raw’s prime objectives. It considers teaching individuals how to make shelters or create fires in about eight to ten different ways. Also, they teach people how to keep calm during moments of crises. Siddique says: “People confer their full concentration when a known thing is done a little differently. Hence, we try to make them focus on one particular entity without them getting easily distracted.” In a similar tone to Siddique, Omar shares an important note about survival science which raw pursues. “Flight or Fight” is a motto we believe in. You fight it out or take flight and leave. Besides teaching survival science, Raw strongly supports and promotes nature preservation. Siddique says: “We want to safeguard the beauty we feel and watch for the next generation. It is our responsibility to protect the environment. Therefore all of our actions should be to survive yet preserve our environment. ” Throughout the journey Raw, teaches people the things they learnt from their experiences, Omar says: “They

Adventure can be the perfect way to discover that hardships, mistakes, and failures are a part of life. Ultimately, how we deal with our setbacks, mistakes, and failures greatly influences the outcome of a situation. Our experiences can either empower us to succeed or cause us to quit and give up. It teaches us to survive through many obstacles and it is the best way to realise the true potential we all carry within ourselves. Failure is in fact necessary for anyone that is willing to grow – SK Badruddin Omar are welcome to follow in our footsteps immediately, or make the most of it in the near future.” He also added: “Students who completed their O-levels or their first and second year of university, it’s time for them to become responsible. For juniors we hold a two day programme so they can knock out any pent-up anger.” Till now Raw has successfully completed four tours, and most took place in Bandarban and Sylhet. At the very beginning they received vast responses from the people. Moreover, they trained up to 15 people so far. Due to higher chances of dehydration during summer Raw didn’t plan any tours for nearly 2 to 4 months. However, to keep up on the physical fitness, Raw has had special programmes for basic physical drills 5 days a week for around 2 hours at their selected parks in Dhaka. The Raw team also shared their plans of introducing winter camps in Bangladesh.

Check out RAW’s Standard Course subjects

• Psychology of survival • Knots and their uses • Technical survival skills • Trekking and mountaineering skills For more details visit their facebook page Letter from the originators

During childhood, life was restricted between our homes and the boundaries around the residential area, but since then we have aspired to fly away. Hossain, Omar, and Siddique have climbed numerous mountains, out of their sheer love and passion for nature. Apart from their routined lives, they always aspire to stay connected to their dreams. And here they leave a message for today’s generation. Photos: Courtesy

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He stood in the scorching heat, waving frantically at the buses zooming past him as the dust and grime hit his face. He missed his first meeting, his phone died and he couldn’t believe all that was happening today. But then again, Sharar’s mornings started with a litany of abuses to the world and how it always seemed to mess with him. Finally, he fought his way into a bus, almost falling as the bus zoomed with Sharar’s body dangling halfway outside the bus. Sweating and clamouring for space among the crowd of men, women, and their tattered baggage, he held onto the suspended safety bars to keep him from falling. He saw a frail old man

sitting with a basket of vegetables on his lap trying to balance it all, while he waited for the next stop. As soon as he stood up to get down, Sharar took his seat and felt a sense of relief as he sat on the spongy, dirty seat of the bus. The bus conductor asked the woman next to him for the fare. She groped through her bag looking for a ten taka note while the conductor waited impatiently. She took out a five taka note and looked hopelessly at the conductor’s face. Sharar noticed this and pulled out a 100 taka note and paid for the lady and himself. She smiled at him and thanked him generously. Sharar was taken aback by her sweetness. As he neared the office, more and more people got into the bus. A blind beggar with

his son got up on the bus and no one paid them any attention. As he took out a few coins and handed it to the young boy, the twinkle in his eyes pulled at his heart. For a moment he forgot about the never-ending heat, the screaming bus conductors, and the crowds of people that pushed their way in and out. As Sharar finally reached his destination, he walked into his office. Done with his day’s work, he left his office and saw his chauffeur waiting near his Lexus Harrier. As he connected his iPhone to the charger and felt the cool breeze from the AC, he closed his eyes and started counting his blessings. Natasha Rahman

Lady’s got a gun

The other day while playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, I noticed an opponent named “feminine justice.” I’m a girl so seeing that name really made me smile with pride. Few minutes into this 24-player death match I see her dominating by 40 kills

comic book


A touch of humility

and 2 deaths. After the game was over I just couldn’t wait but to message her and ask whether she was really a girl or not and of course how old she was. After a few minutes of conversation I find out that she is a 21-year-old girl, just like me, and is amazing with her sniping skills as well as her knifing skills. I even checked to see if she is wall hacking or not but she was all clean, what a pride booster for female gamers. A lot of people have trouble exploring, let alone accepting the idea of a female interested in video games and actually being good at it. And when they do, they imagine them to be bootylicious babes sitting in front of their consoles naked. So sorry to burst that bubble, guys, but girls look as normal as any boy looks and probably are better than them. I said it girls are better at gaming than boys. Maybe this is just my feminist side

kicking in but I really believe that natural, physical gender is not really a factor here. Though males are considered to be more aggressive and have better reflexes, doesn’t this have more to do with gender norms and stereotypes than anything else? Girls are given baby dolls; boys are given baseball bats. Girls are urged to be more patient and nurturing while boys are allowed to fight and argue. In the end, males don’t have a natural advantage here; society gives them one or at least tries to. “Tries to” is the key part here because the generalisation that boys are better at video games is just like any other gender stereotype that you’ve heard before. More and more of the researches conducted today, such as Pixoo, reveal that today’s gamers include as many girls if not more as boys. And that they are good at it! Sabiha Mahmud Sumi

Heroes reimagined Neil Gaiman is an absolute legend, an award winning writer who every comic book aficionado will most certainly vouch for. His work such as Sandman, Stardust & American Gods is so iconic that it is with great excitement that we jump into Marvel 1602. Marvel 1602 is a reimagination of the Marvel characters and settings you are familiar with, taking the likes of SpiderMan and The Fantastic Four and placing them in victorian England in the year 1602 as the title suggests. The beauty lies in the joys you derive from it’s surprising subtlety; superhero stories in general always tend to be overblown and packed with action and colourful tights. But Gaiman refrains from taking the stereotypical route and instead pens a compelling tale where more than half the joy you derive comes from identifying the Victorian alter-egos of the present day characters.

The assortment of tales are varied and interesting, The X-Men are collectively dubbed “Witchbreed” whereas another story sees Nick Fury (Sir Nicholas) carrying out Queen Elizabeth’s bidding and investigating The Knights Of Templar while there’s also a young orphan named Peter Parquagh with a fascination for spiders. Is there a need for it all to be familiar with Marvel tales? Yes but Gaiman’s crisp dialogue and beautiful craftsmanship shines through and allows everyone to get absorbed into the story. The subtlety of the artwork and the story is beautiful as Gaiman intricately weaves several stories that are all interconnected. But while the build-up is beautiful, the ending might feel like a bit of a let-down none the less, this remains an excellent collector’s item. A perfect read on a peaceful day where you can sit back and enjoy a truly imaginative journey.

Homecoming With sports-themed, it’s harder to do the heartwarming, triumph-of-the-underdog thing than it is for movies. Once in a while, though, in the hands of a veteran pulp fiction author like John Grisham, even something like American football, whose fan base is mostly limited to the US, can be a story everyone would enjoy. The skinny A former football coach is dying, and his old students have returned to their hometown of Messina to hold a vigil at his deathbed. While the old maestro slowly slips towards oblivion, the boys - all grown men now rehash old Coach Rake stories; the matches, the arguments, and the brutal training sessions. Among them is Neely Crenshaw, an ex football icon, whose illustrious career ended with a knee injury. Other characters, some his peers, others his predecessors also talk about their lives, and the way in which Coach Rake touched them all. Why it’s worth a read The beauty of the book lies in its simplicity. There’s no thrill, no suspense, just a steady stream of nostalgia and reflection, peopled by very real and believable characters who are bound together by their common love for the game. If you’re tired of adrenaline-pumping actionpacked plots, this is the perfect book to help you unwind. Sabrina Fatma Ahmad

Fardeen Ameen

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This week’s best Instrument

“Girl With One Eye” – Florence + The Machine Dm Gm F A7 She told me not to step on the cracks Dm Gm F A7 I told her not to fuss and relax Dm Gm F A7 Pretty little thing stopped me in my tracks Gm A Dm But now she sleeps with one eye open Gm A Dm Thats the price she’ll pay Dm Gm F A7 I took a knife and cut out her eye Dm Gm F A7 I took it home and watched it wither and die Dm Gm F A7 well she’s lucky that i didn’t slit that smile Gm A Dm Thats why she sleeps with one eye open Gm A Dm thats the price she’ll pay Dm Gm F A7 I said hey, girl with one eye Dm Gm F A7 Get your filthy fingers out of my pie Dm Gm F A7 I said hey, girl with one eye N.C. I’ll cut your little heart out cause you made me cry Dm Gm F A7 I slip my hand under her skirt Dm Gm F A7 I said don’t worry yo, it’s not gonna hurt Dm Gm F A7 My reputations kinda clouded with dirt# Gm A Dm Thats why you sleep with one eye open Gm A Dm Cos thats the price you’ll pay Dm Gm F A7 I said hey, girl with one eye Dm Gm F A7 Get your filthy fingers out of my pie Dm Gm F A7 I said hey, girl with one eye A7 F A Dm I’ll cut your little heart out cause you made me cry …

The 2010 Fifa world cup was just another surreal atmosphere in South Africa, and it was time the vuvuzela was popularised. Fans from all over the world found it to be an interesting instrument and would always carry it with them into the stadium. It is a plastic horn that produces a loud, monotonous note. Vuvuzelas are made differently by different manufacturers and differ in the intensity and loudness of the instrument. The design of the vuvuzela allows pitch variation. The vuvuzela was traditionally used by villagers or tribes to summon other villagers to attend community gatherings. Now it is being used by spectators in football matches especially in South




1 We are the Champions Queen 2 Cholo Bangladesh Artcell 3

Right here, right now Fatboy Slim


Remember the name Fort Minor


World in Motion New Order

6 Play the game tonight Kansas 7

Ek Hockey Doongi Rakh de Shahrukh Khan and Kay Kay

8 Final Countdown Europe 9 Waving Flag K’naan 10

Chale chalo AR Rahman

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Africa. The Vuvuzela has been the subject to many controversies in stadiums, as its loud and obnoxious noise can and has lead to permanent deafness. There isn’t much to this simple instrument besides bans and controversies, but it does have a silver lining. It is a traditional South African instrument with a simple construction and has been used on many other occasions. For example the world’s largest vuvuzela was constructed by Hyundai as a part of their marketing campaign. A vuvuzela will cost you around $10 dollars on Amazon and is available in different colours. Q Zulyadain Islam

Banish The Posers Fest 2013 If you are looking for a classy underground show, then it cannot get any better. The long awaited international underground gig is going to be held on the Bengal shore, on November 16. Yes, with participants from four countries, “Banish the Posers Fest” is the most anticipated show for the Bangladeshi metal scenario. Lobotomy, the speed/thrash aggressor form Malaysia, Kathgor, the death metal hordes from Malaysia, old school death metal band Savage Deity from Thailand and death metal debauchery Purgation from India to play at this event. They are going to be supported by Bangladeshi death/ thrash legends Orator, Bestial black/

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death metal band Nafarmaan, skull crushing death metal act Morbidity, and death metal savagery Warhound. Local promoter Primitive Invocation is organising this show, which has already put quality international shows in Bangladesh, so this gig is going to be a great experience for all the metal heads in Bangladesh. Take a look on the line up, make your time available on November 16 and get ready with your ears to hear from the Russian Cultural Center, Dhanmondi. Ticket are priced at Tk299 and it will be available at the venue. Be the witness of the massive old school metal attack. More details at: events/541284322623009/ Imtiaz Salim

WWE entrance mania The only way to be entertained by the professional wrestlers is to watch WWE. If you are a wrestling fanatic, don’t miss any episode of this world famous entertainment programme. Even the entrance of a wrestler with a background theme song, helps to cheer you up and energise you. Today, TMAG recalls the best soundtracks of the all-time favourite wrestlers aka superstars, in this issue about gaming. Triple H The Game – a highly acclaimed track by Motorhead. It has been used since January 8, 2001. Kane Veil of Fire – Kane has been walking in to the Veil of Fire by Jim Johnson since 2011. Before that he used “Man on Fire.” John Cena The Time is Now – created by John Cena himself along with Tha Trademarc. The sound track has been in use since 2005. The Undertaker China White – popular track by Scorpions. The Undertaker

chose the track for National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and also for World Championship Wrestling (WCW). CM Punk is currently using “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour. The most famous track “This Fire Burns” by Killswitch Engage was used between 2006 and 2011. Sin Cara Ancient Spirit – track by Jim Johnston has been used since 2011. Sheamus Written in My Face – performed by Sean Jenness and composed by Jim Johnston, has been his choice since 2009. Rey Mysterio Booyaka 619 – composed and performed by P.O.D. and has been his entrance track since April 2, 2006. Big Show Crank It Up – famous soundtrack composed by Brand New Sin. In effect since 2006. Alex Riley Say It to My Face performed by Downstait and composed by Jim Johnston has been his theme track since 2011. Imtiaz Salim

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Hajime No Ippo Anime has reached vast popularity in Bangladesh, not only among young adolescents but adults alike. The title “Hajime no Ippo” is worth a watch purely because of its old-school drawings and noteworthy animation. It is based on the Japanese boxing manga series written and illustrated by George Morikawa. There are few animes that are dedicated to sports, more so to boxing, and many failed to reach the desired popularity. The translation of the title is “The beginning of Ippo,” Ippo being the main protagonist of this acclaimed series. The story, simply put, is of a high-school student, who was a weakling however slowly he matures into Japans strongest rookie boxer. The series is similar to most mainstream sports animes out there however, what makes this an

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absolute pleasure is its superb script. Every episode brings with it fresh excitement, while we partake in Ippo’s journey. The best parts of the series’ are of course Ippo’s fights, excitement, technique, and it leaves with you with feeling: “What is going to happen next?” The other highlights of this series

Combat Perfected Whether your passion lies in FPS, MMORPG, or RTS games, the Razer Nostromo gaming keypad is designed to give you the upper hand with cutting edge ergonomics, designed for intuitive game control and utmost comfort. With an arsenal of tournament-grade controls, including 16 fully programmable Hyperesponse keys, eight keymaps that you can switch between on the fly, and an eight-way directional thumb pad all integrated into one dedicated keypad, you’re prepared to take on all challengers. The Razer Nostromo’s 16-button keypad layout and form factor are ergonomically optimised for easy and highly spontaneous access to critical gaming commands, improving your accuracy while letting you game in comfort. And for those marathon sessions, a soft-touch rubberised wrist pad cradles your palm significantly


are its brilliantly developed characters and its comedy. Plus when it comes to boxing, what really matters are the moves and not the looks. It goes without saying that the action is so intense that viewers are taken through a powerful, visceral, and kinetic experience. Fuad M Hossain

reducing fatigue in hands and wrist strains so you can rain digital death on your opponents without pause or mercy. Razer Nostromo’s eight-way directional thumb pad and 16 fullyprogrammable Hyperesponse gaming buttons are engineered for rapid crisp response. A programmable 8-way directional thumb pad which you can use either for movement or modify to use it as your instrument of mass destruction. In addition, you can switch instantly between 8 keymaps by assigning different keymap toggles to any button on the keypad. The Razer Nostromo’s all-new configuration software is easy to use, allowing you to conveniently customise all the buttons with any game commands or key layouts thus opening up a massive gathering of combinations right under your fingertips. Tahsin Momin

TuneIn Radio TuneIn lets you listen to the world’s radio with music, sports, news, talk, and comedy streaming from every corner of the planet. Enjoy upto 70,000 live radio stations and two million podcasts, concerts or shows on your smartphone or tablet. And the best part is, they are all for free. Sports fans rejoice since with TuneIn you can listen to hundreds of football games spanning every conferencestarting from EPL to small college

football leagues. Just browse “College Football” at game time for a full listing of that day’s events. If the game hasn’t started, you can add it to your calendar to receive a reminder so that you don’t miss it. Already a TuneIn listener? TuneIn Radio is fully integrated with tunein. com, so just log in to enjoy your favourites right from your device. Love TuneIn? Rate it on Google Play. tahsin momin

All in the execution It has been said that if you want to understand American culture, the most important thing to appreciate is baseball. The language is littered with baseball metaphors, “touching base,” “hitting it out of the park,” and many other NSFW rite-ofpassage terms. Moneyball is a sports drama starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. This one is a winner. The screenplay is based on the real life story of sport manager Billy Beane. The real Mr Beane isn’t quite as photogenic as Brad Pitt, but the choice is justified. Billy Beane’s team, the Oakland Athletics, is losing a lot. They don’t have enough money. The game is all about the money, after all. Billy hires math geek Peter Brand played by Jonah Hill who says it’s not really about the money, is about the math. Peter breaks it all down like a statistician and gives Billy the straight dope on what it is that Oakland needs to win. Spoiler ahead: things turn out well. As if you didn’t see that coming. This story is an old one; it’s the heartwarming underdog story with some grade A acting and some tight editing. Moneyball doesn’t get too much into the actual mechanics of the game. There are many other baseball movies that do that better. The screenplay is by two of most egotistical wordsmiths in all of Hollywood. Steven Zailian and Aaron Sorkin make sure the dialogue keeps on cracking faster than the speed of thought, and the chemistry between Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill does it justice. While not a masterpiece, Moneyball is a nice little treatment of a familiar genre. If you obsess over sports statistics, you should see it. If you don’t understand baseball, you’ll still be able to understand what’s going on. Give it a shot. Abak Hussain

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TMAG tells you to

Choose or Lose I have to compete with video games to get my boyfriends attention. I like videogames, but, not so much that I’ll be having a conversation on how awesome GTA 5 is or how an awful he played in FIFA’14. If I try changing the topic, he calls me boring. How do I deal with this?

on the fence You already know that he’s an obsessive gamer, so there’s no changing that. But don’t let him take you for granted. Ignore him for a few days. Hangout with your friends for a change; if he calls let him know that you’re busy. See if that works! I’ve been involved with outdoor games since school. Recently I started dating this guy, and he’s insecure about me wearing shorts for practice. How does he expect me to play basketball or volleyball wearing trousers? Every time we get into this conversation he gets furious, and tells me that I shouldn’t be flaunting my legs like that. Should I continue with this?

Lose You’re an athlete and you have to dress the part when you’re at the field. However, if you like him, have another conversation about the issue. If he doesn’t simmer down, then you just have to let this one go.




I was at a party and so was my ex-girlfriend; I tried avoiding her by running toward the washroom and I ended up bumping into this other girl I dated recently, for two weeks.

It begins at Level one and ends at Level ten, video games are fun until they become addictive and wreck relationships. This week TMAG brings you couples who are such addictive gamers that it may lead to a few bumps and blows to the relationship

The problem of having an addicted gamer partner... He says

Girls really need to start playing video games to appreciate our craze for it. My girlfriend always throws a fit when she sees me glued to my console. She really needs to stop nagging and start playing a game or two with me.

She says

My boyfriend still hasn’t enrolled himself in a university and spends most of his time playing FIFA and Call of Duty on his PlayStation. It’s really not healthy for him and if I try to fix this habit, he asks me to “stop being a typical girl.”

Blush Much?

I tried relieving a friend who was puking in the car, but I couldn’t continue because the sight of him vomiting made me throw up as well.


My sister and her friend forced me to wear nail polish, took a picture of it and put it up on Facebook. I’m a guy.


I drank a mixture of coke and tamarind juice and ended up with an upset stomach for two days.


I hid behind a door, while playing hide and seek. The friend who was looking for me opened the door with full strength, the door hit me and now I have a huge lump on my forehead.

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The problem of having constant competition between gamer couples ... He says

My girlfriend is so into playing FIFA that she forgets that I exist. I used to count that as a blessing but now that she plays so often I wish I could just turn back time and have her fight for my attention instead of me having to do all the begging.

She says

My boyfriend and I are so competitive with each other over the videogames we play, that sometimes we lose sight of our own relationship. Our game conflicts blow out of proportion and that creates an unnatural tension between us.

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TMAG Vol 1 Issue 29  

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