Publish: June 27, 2013
ENGINEERING RS

ENGINEERING RS

Photos: Darshan Chakma For eons people have wondered what makes us tick. How we can go about churning out inkblots of genius on paper week-in, week-out with such nonchalance. But we’ve always humbly held back, further heightening our mystique and

THE TEAM

THE TEAM

Part of the Rising Stars experience is meeting a bunch of incredible people who are just as insane as you are. Its rare to find people who are on the same wavelength of crazy as you are, but RS has

HAPPINESS

HAPPINESS

Story: Safieh Kabir   .   Photos: Darshan Chakma At birth, we see a bird. I cannot tell you what colour its wing-tips are, or which way its feathers fold when the wind blows, because my bird and yours may look nothing

What They Said

What They Said

The Rising Stars and I have had a very complex relationship, as most people do with their jobs. I can’t bring myself to send it off with an outpour of love and tears as many fans have. I think that

Games and Fairy Tales

Games and Fairy Tales

Just as Disney replaced Fairy Tale books with their movies, those movies got replaced with video games as a number of game developers published games based on fairy tales. We bring you a list of such games, which are not

Coin toss: Gain vs Harm of having Fairy tales in our lives

Illustration: Prithi Khalique ONCE upon a time, in all the lands of the world, the stories of our beloved princes and princesses, of evil witches, wolves and stepmothers, of fairy godmothers, dragons and noble steeds had been long employed to

Of Flying Carpets and Talking Mirrors

Of Flying Carpets and Talking Mirrors

Illustration: Prithi Khalique “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke What was fairy tale just a few years ago seems to have lost its charm to us. Or has it? Are those magical items still

Which Disney Princess are you?

Which Disney Princess are you?

1 – What’s closest to your style? a) Bath robes – 4 points b) You happen to wear the same clothes all the time – 1 point c) Torn Jeans – 3 points d) Vintage style – 2 points 2

The Moon

The Moon

It wasn’t out of place. Not unless you willed yourself to believe that it was. On certain nights, she could still hear the jenny let out long, rattling breaths that disturbed the air around it, kicking up miniature storms of

BOOKS IN 50 WORDS

Because kids dont read these days

The Hunger Games Series By Zafreen Shah Girl kills in a competition. Saves boy she falls in love with. Together, they win killing competition. Winners come back to kill each other. Girl escapes. Boy captured. Girl wages war. Wins. Boy

A Parting Conversation Between a fan and RS

NEITHER knew what tomorrow would be like, and neither had dwelled on the possibility that one day they would have to say goodbye. Yet here it was, the inevitable moment of farewell. “Damn it, I’m not good at goodbyes.” “I

All my FEELS

All my FEELS

I have a Feel. It’s kinda similar to one that you feel when you love someone in a very vivid dream and the love feels very very real and then you wake up and feel depressed all day because she/he

RS is Dead,  Long Live RS

RS is Dead, Long Live RS

HOBOS carrying End of the World placards are usually ignored and rarely asked for proof of the end being nigh. While I do not claim the world is ending (2012 was a terrible, terrible movie) or even close to ending,

Amar Shonar Lungi

Illustration: E R Ronny I have a lungi. I use it as a curtain. It was not always like this. This lungi; peat colored and checkered as it is, bears the marks of being a descendent of the great lungis

Your Poison For Her Sweet Jar

By Safieh Kabir Old, cold orgasms sit on the shelves in jars, the same faded yellow as streetlights at sunrise, and the floorboards shiver regularly, a bone-deep double-beat like a giant’s bored heart, like yours; she feels your fingertips in

Parting Oscilloscope

Parting Oscilloscope

An open top Buick Riviera or Cadillac Eldorado. A straight, smooth road leading to god knows where. These songs playing, reminding you of days gone by, the heavy sadness bearing down on you, yet somehow helping you find the strength

RS THROUGH THE AGES

RS THROUGH THE AGES

TIME is an ocean, not a stream. With a suitable ship, you can go back and forth, over and under. That much is clear for everyone that has watched at least one crappy sci-fi movie. The trouble was finding that

“Bugger, how will I finish  this sudoku now?”

“Bugger, how will I finish this sudoku now?”

“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” That was the closing line of JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye (you know, the one that got John Lennon killed). Rising Stars ends after today, and the

Feather-Filth

 Illustration: Fahim Anzoom Her feathers quivered beneath the tangled dirt.Were it not for the ragged sound of breathing, you couldn’t have guessed there was life cradled somewhere in that labyrinth of rusted white. A needle of a wrist emerged, and

Apu?

Story: TheAlien4mEarth illustration: Mahin Ahmed “You have to call me Apu. Apu bolo, nahole dibona.” I held the Barbie doll above her head, back in the days when I was still taller than the ones I was older to. “Accha-

The Obituary

Rising Stars, was put to rest on the 27th of June, 2013, during complications that arose from an attack by its members who felt that the tag of ‘teen’ had weighed them down for far too long. The 22-year old

So, here we are. Almost at the end of our tether. It's been a long and wonderful ride for us. Reading through all the delightful tales you sent us, weaving silken threads of imagination with every word. The entry below was wonderfully written. And in this time of nostalgia for us, affected us quite strongly. Good work to everyone who sent writings in. The good news, though, is that BetaWriters isn't entirely over. Head on over to the Shout fanpage on Facebook to get an update on our upgraded version of BetaWriters. Till then, adios.

DUSTLAND FAIRYTALE

‘Once upon a time…….’ She shut the book firmly. That’s how it all began. Such a false promise of happiness. Fairytales never came true. They were only a ruse, a mere illusion. Reality was harsher. If only she could have

The RS Collector

EVERYONE wants to be valuable, and we at RS don’t think any different. Even if we can’t make everyone happy, we can go to sleep at night peacefully knowing that somewhere, there is someone out there, who is going through

Rising Stars Cover

Rising Stars Cover

EDITORS NOTE

Once upon a time, I joined RS when I was just finishing school. I answered an ad for a writer’s post and brought a cartoon instead. Cause please, cartoons are funnier than a 1000 funny words. Many years later, I

New beginnings

Funerals are sad affairs. The downcast eyes and deadpan stares, the air of finality as even the winds decide to grind to a standstill and the clouds gather in silent requiem. But look around you. For every funeral, we have

13 Life Lessons From RS

13 Life Lessons From RS

Lesson 1: If it’s due tomorrow, do tomorrow Think about it. You still have 24 hours. Why do it now, when you can do it later? YOLO and all that stuff. Procrastinate all you want, just make sure you get

Ink versus E-ink:

The Death of Paper Media

For the past hundred years or so, we have seen all sorts of media portray a man’s start of the day with a newspaper. He picks up the paper and goes through the news the first thing in the morning.