Make a difference
By Raida Kifait Reza
Use air conditioning as less as you can
Use CFL lights
Decrease Pesticide usage
Compost your vegetable scraps
Copy and print on both sides of paper
Sources: about.com, wikipedia.com
Melodrama and all that jazz
By Anika Tabassum
OH my God. Not one of those again? Really, this is getting terribly, terribly boring. The last thing you'd want to see when you open your home page in search of some entertainment and some catching-up-with-others time. But no, instead there's drama. A little amount would've been tolerable. But no, lots and lots of it.
People like to say they don't bring the drama with them. So why are they so bent on self-contradiction? Think status updates. They're supposed to be fun and expressive. Occasionally they are moody. What they are not supposed to be, day after day, is whiny to the point of 'I hate everything and everyone in my life' to 'I want to die'.
Some of these angsty, hormone-driven teenagers baffle. What are they complaining about when they've got almost everything at their fingertips? Oh no, their parents dare scold them when they're out doing mischief? Their boyfriends/girlfriends dare squabble with them? The world collapses.
Someone needs to teach these people how to act more maturely, because really, complaining consistently is not cool and only shows shallowness of character. They need to learn how to cope better not just for the rest of the saner teenagers who are more or less happy with their lives and would rather work on fixing the problems rather than complain, but also for themselves. They need to appreciate what they've got better.
A major section of the well-off teenage population of Bangladesh needs to realize that they are a very, very lucky bunch. They've got parents who almost never say no to their children's logical demands, work very, very hard for their children and would go to any lengths to ensure the very best for them. If they want to go anywhere, the car is at their disposal.
They don't need to work to finance their education. They've got tutors for almost every subject they want. They have also got the trendiest and most up-to-date gadgets and accessories. But you tell them all these, and they give you those deadly stares. Or they tell you to buzz off, which is equally offensive.
If these people have genuine problems, everyone would be glad to help, but make-believe sorrows do not buy our sympathy. Splashing every detail for sordid detail of your life on the Internet is neither trendy nor likely to improve your life. So really, the point is?
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