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Blame it on technology
Most people say that women love to talk more than men. So it was probably a woman who created the smoke signals for messaging back in the stone ages. As a result they stopped traveling from cave to cave to talk to each other. That was the first contribution of technology to laziness.
Some guy accidentally created the wheel while trying to form a new type of square. Soon people stopped walking. Later another guy created the telephone and people became lazier still. From the rotary dial, it became the push button system and then you had the speed dial using just one or two buttons. Whatever required less physical exertion was the choice of the population.
Once upon a time people used to sit in big groups in rooms or even under bird dropping laden trees. They preferred to sit there chatting and whiling away the time. People would go and stand in bank lines and complain about the government. They would move around using their legs. People used to be people.
All that is starting to change. An adda is usually known as a useless waste of time that could have been spent in more productive activities like bringing about world peace. Of course, world peace isn't in the realm of everyone's capabilities unless it's the name of a new computer game. People still have addas but the medium is starting to change all because some guys created MSN, Yahoo, Hooray, Yippee, Huhu, Haha and similarly funny sounding chat programs. People sit in front of glowing screens to while away the time. The only movement is done by their fingers. Some people do not laugh out loud anymore. They simply say LOL. (For those still unaffected by technology induced lethargy LOL is chat-speak for Laughing Out Loud.) Chatting has grave effects. Recently a friend was asked to jot down a line in Bangla for a poster. What he wrote was the Bangla line the way it sounded using English letters. It took a few minutes to register. His sheepish explanation was that it is less physically taxing to write using the English alphabet. See the link between technology and laziness?
Even facial expressions are being relegated to ready made drawings depicting different emotions called emoticons. Why use the facial muscles and create wrinkles?
Even cars are being designed like computers. You will no longer need to shift gears or push pedals. You just move the vehicle using a joystick with your hand. Check the General Motors site for further laziness info. Bank lines will go away soon as people purchase things and pay bills online. Heck, you can do all this sitting in an extremely comfy branded armchair called Lazyboy.
All this inactivity will lead to people reverting to their prehistoric stages. Everyone will just be sitting and using their fingers for movement. First the legs will go and then the only thing remaining will be the hands attached to your buttocks. George Orwell was almost correct in his book about Big Brother. The Big Brother is not a physical entity but it is technology that controls our lives. It's a scary future. Think about it. Here I am a full blooded college going male sitting at a computer when I should be out chasing girls. The future is scary indeed.
By Ehsanur Raza Ronny
Kay Kraft’s monsoon line
Keeping in mind this Monsoon season, Kay Kraft brings to you a special price offer valid until August 5th. Kay Kraft has introduced its new line and it is available at all of its outlets based all around the city.
For men's wear they are offering fatuas, panjabis, shirts and T-shirts, and for women the store offers sarees shalwar kameezes and ladies fatuas. To top it off, they also offer children's wear. Be sure to look out for their men's fatuas and also the wide range of sarees. The boutique is offering five percent to thirty five percent discount on selected clothes, so rush out to Kay Kraft to find something suitable.
Kay Kraft is open between 10:30 am to 9:00 pm. The outlets are located at Rangs Anam Plaza (Sobhanbag), Baily Road, Kemal Ataturk Road, and Malibagh.
Diary of a Food Obsessed Person
My girlfriends and me where on a holiday last week to Kolkata. My foreign friend specially put things into perspective. She said how I had the "gall" to criticize other people's imperfections, where I was imperfection personified. My reply to her was "I do not have to see me, but I have to see them… the fat ones.
My friend no.2,
the perfect one, after missing one meal, declares on the first day of
the holiday that no meals were to be missed due to shopping. If only
I had made that declaration. I would be in the gallows. Just because
the oh! exalted, perfect one made it, we had to comply and pray that
one missed meal hopefully has not unperfected the perfect bod. My sister,
who has a very deceptive bod, tucked into six dripping roshogullahs
in front of my eyes and still looked good at the end of the holiday.
Some people have all the luck. And finally my cousin cum friend who
is a great champion for food, whom I could relate to in times of crisis
in whether one should order the "main course" or not during
a quick meal, deserted me for the sari boutique Satya Paul…
Grill or fry beef strips on high heat and set aside. Mix garlic, chili, onion, fish sauce, lemon juice, and sugar. Add beef strips. Mix well. In a platter arrange lettuce leaves, garnish with coriander and whole chilies. My advice for you is, taste the salad before arranging it on the lettuce leaves. Maybe you need to add more lemon juice of sugar to suit your individual taste, my taste buds are difficult to please. So I sometimes add tamarind sauce to the mixture to give it an extra zing. Try and enjoy.
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