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A true taste of asia
Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Kebabs
Thread the shrimp through the tail and head (2 or 3 per skewer) onto small metal skewers or soaked wooden skewers. Strong rosemary stems are good to use as skewers.
Grill over Direct High heat for 2 to 4 minutes, turning once halfway through grilling time. Arrange skewers on a serving dish and sprinkle with the cilantro.
Masala Chicken Wings
Grilled Chicken with
Combine marinade, then toss.
Refrigerate for about 2 hours, turning over occasionally. (I marinated mine overnight).
Remove meat from the marinade and grill until cooked and brown.
Grill on an outdoor griller so the coals are white-hot but barbeque can also be used.
Serve on a bed of lettuce with Vietnamese fish sauce to dip. Side dish of rice or salad.
Poppy Seed Salmon or Betki Kebabs
Combine all other ingredients (apart from the skewers) in a small bowl, add salmon pieces and gently mix.
Leave in refrigerator for around an hour to marinate, lightly turning occasionally.
Carefully thread onto skewers and cook over BBQ or grill on low-medium temperature for 5-10 minutes turning occasionally until cooked.
Disasterous result systems
Anyone who passes HSC gets GPA 5. Or so it seems and anyone getting anything below 5 seems to have failed. The opinion isn’t that far-fetched given that 10,205 students got straight 5 this year. It's like hitting a jackpot, one either gets 5 or doesn't. No other GPAs matter.
But the big question that hangs on everyone's mind is whether the relatively new system of grading a true reflection of performance. How can one understand how one has faired when everyone around is carrying the same score card. When too many students do brilliant result, the brilliance itself looses its charm. How do you define brilliance then? In some good schools in Dhaka, 80% of students who appeared for the exam got 5. When the 1st and the 80th student on the merit list of a class get the same mark, how can anyone judge? The judgment itself is flawed. In such a scenario both of them suffer. The 1st girl who studied all her life makes 5 and when she sees the 80th girl getting the same, she is utterly disappointed. In the same manner the 80th girl looses her drive to excel sensing victory as easy and comfortable. For many 5 seems a sure shot.
A big flaw of our SSC and HSC is its one-time shot. So many things can go wrong during the exam or exam preparations. One may fall ill or family problems can interrupt studies. Nonetheless the ultimate score depends on just one big exam. Whatever one studies throughout the year is reflected in just one exam. If you do bad here, there is simply no respite.
The next big hurdle is getting into the top-notch universities i.e. BUET, the national medical collages and DU. But the seats here are extremely limited in number compared to the brilliant scores. Here lies the die hard competition of snatching the coveted seat. Some 5 GPA scorers get into good universities whereas some can't get admission anywhere. In such a situation what value does GPA 5 hold?
When the system of judgment seems flawed, people loose their faith on it. Students get demotivated and the whole nation suffers as a result.
By Nazia Atique
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