Thought of the week:
"Some people speak from experience, others from experience do not speak."
Okay, okay, I don't intend on launching a bhashon against our hypocritical shotrus here…God knows we've heard a lot of those over the past few weeks.
Anyway, there's a lot of wise wisdom about the SAT on page 3 this week, so I thought I'd share with you some actual answers from SAT tests taken in Arkansas. Enjoy:
Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
How is dew formed?
Send your polls, opinions, and queries to email@example.com
By The Girl Next Doo
fearless female freedom-fighter
Pritilata Waddedar was a revolutionary nationalist of the British period. She was born in 1911 to a middle-class family. Her father was a clerk in the Chittagong municipality. As a young girl, Pritilata was an exceptional student. Having passed her Matriculation exam in the first division in 1927, she appeared for her Intermediate examinations in 1929, where she bagged the first position, beating out all the other candidates from the Dhaka board. She went on to study philosophy at the Bethune College in Calcutta, from where she graduated with distinction.
While still a student in Eden College, she began to participate in activities 'subversive to the state'. She joined the Dipali Sangha there. After her graduation, she returned to Chittagong as a headmistress of a local English medium high school.
In 1930, there was a mood of dissension against the British rule, and small bands of revolutionaries began to spring up all over Bengal. Pritilata believed that it was time for women to stand up and take up arms along with their men, and help them liberate their country from the clutches of the British Raj. Pritilata's brother was already a revolutionary nationalist, and it was he who introduced her to Masterda Surya Sen.
Initially, because she was a woman, Masterda had reservations about allowing her to join as a military activist, but like one Joan of Arc before her, Pritilata was a woman of a resilient spirit, and she finally made it as the first female revolutionary in Surya Sen's group.
She was involved in operations for destroying the Telephone and Telegraph Office and the capture of the reserve police line. She took part in the Jalalabad battle where her job was to supply explosives. In 1932, she went to Dhalghat to meet Masterda at his hideout. By that time, her name was already on the police's most-wanted list.
That same year, Surya Sen planned an attack on the Pahartali European club, which bore the notorious sign "Dogs and Indians not allowed". He assigned Pritilata to lead the strike time on September 23, 1932. Members of the team were instructed to carry potassium cyanide with them, and I'm sure there is no need to explain why. The raid was a success, but Pritilata, who was disguised as a man, was nabbed, and had no choice but to swallow the pill.
She was only twenty-one years old at the time of her death. Her martyrdom was a hallmark event in the history of the revolution that toppled the British Raj, and she was an inspiration for revolutionaries in Bengal in the years to come.
While I was walking…
" Chacha, what is it that you are wishing for?"
With shadowy eyes filled with tears and a trembling smile he replied,
"Ma, I wish I had two legs so that I could travel on foot."
By Shayera Moula
Do it yourself
The art of arranging flowers
Want to create a natural, floral masterpiece? How about a gift basket of exquisite colours, plucked right out of your own garden? Perhaps you've already attempted to turn the odd bunch of flowers into an elegant floral arrangement. No matter how much you've tried, however, it still ends up looking like - a bunch of flowers. So, just what is the secret to artistic flower arranging?
The answer lies in following the basic principles of design as they relate to flower arranging. These are balance, contrast, proportion and harmony. Let's consider them one at a time.
Balance: All parts of the arrangement relate to one another. The design does not appear top heavy. Dark colours look heavier than light ones, so it is important not to have too many dark flowers at the top of an arrangement. Symmetrical balance can be obtained by placing similar flowers on each side of the vertical centre. It is often more desirable, however, to achieve asymmetrical balance, that is unequal distribution on either side of the centre, but with equal visual weight. This can produce a more casual look.
Contrast: Variety can be added to the arrangement by contrasting dark with light, rough with smooth, small with large. Repetition of a particular shape, or the combination of related colours creates a flowing line or rhythm which is aesthetically appealing.
Proportion: A generally accepted rule of proportion states that the arrangement should be one and a half times the size of its container. The setting of the arrangement must also be taken into account. The display area should not be too sparse or, on the opposite extreme, too cluttered for the arrangement to achieve its desired impact.
Harmony: All of the component parts of the arrangement should harmonise with each other. The colours should be harmonious and the container well selected for spirit, texture, shape and colour. A successful arrangement must also be in harmony with its surroundings.
Here are 5 additional tips to ensure your arrangement is a success:
(1) For best results, pick the flowers a few hours before they are to be arranged.
(2) Cut the tips of the stems on an angle, put them in deep, lukewarm water and keep them in a dark, cool place until ready for use.
(3) To prevent bacterial decay, remove all foliage below the water line when you start on your arrangement.
(4) To keep flowers fresh for longer, place a lump of sugar or a spoonful of honey to each pint of water in your vase.
(5) Do not change the water daily, but keep the level constantly topped up.
So, why not try your hand at a little flower arranging? You may just discover that you have the right touch the touch that can transform a bunch of flowers into an eye-catching work of art.
Bits & pieces
Things you notice only in Bangla Films
leading female roles are given in hierarchical order according to body
fat. Hence the fatter an actress, the more important her role in the
Canteen and still a teen
Ah yes, University life. The very sound of it somehow arouses a feeling of maturity and dignity from within, no? You feel a sense of responsibility over your life and bid farewell to those girlie days oh so full of mistakes!
Here you don't take "subjects" but "courses". You are not a "new student" but a "freshman". You don't carry a "lunch box" but you eat inside the University "canteen". Speaking of which I decided to, somewhat, eavesdrop on a conversation for a matured understanding of the 'experienced' seniors living style during the final amazing and liberal years of their educational life. Of course I was pretending to critically examine every alphabet in my Psychology book as I placed myself opposite to them listening attentively to their conversation as follows:
Girl X: "So
there he was just staring at me, can you believe it?"
So yes NOTHING much really changed as girls are girls but I did decide to drop my Psychology course. I believe it had something to do with my mental behavior and thinking process.
By Shayera Moula
An atheist professor was teaching a college class and he told the class that he was going to prove that there was not a God. He said, "God if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll give you 15 minutes!"
Ten minutes went by. He kept taunting God, saying, "Here I am God, I'm still waiting"
He got down to the
last couple of minutes and a Huge 250-pound rugby player happened to
walk by the door and heard what the professor said. The rugby player
walked into the classroom and in the last minute, he walked up, hit
the professor full force, and sent him flying off the platform.
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