BD3W TwP MUV
Tareq Adnan: So then, what do we have here for our motorheads this week?
(TA): Now that most of you have stopped drooling over the pictures and are wondering the hell it is and what the title stands for, it's time you took a deep breath, and sit down, cause what you're witnessing here, my friend, is a revolutionary piece of technology.
(TA): And all that wonderful content is housed in what can only be described as the Picasso of all vehicles. The contemporary chassis can be customised with a high-quality, weather-proof paintjob. The chrome-plated wheels are protected by tempered Aluminium mud-guards. Aficionados of all things 'bling' can outfit these massive wheels with spinners; spokes are standard. There's a retractable hood that can also be painted; when fully spread, the vehicle becomes a stunning work of art.
(TA): Furthering the advocacy for safety, the BD3W is extremely stable thanks to the three-point rear-compensated weight distribution oh-so-meticulously designed by some very talented architects. Robust shock-absorbers guarantee that the vehicle will offer supreme comfort over the largest of potholes.
(TA): Don't. I mean it... just don't. Anyway, the love doesn't stop there. It's got the power and looks as well as quite a number of bells-and-whistles that transform an already sweet vehicle into something luxurious. While only the newer foreign cars have been introducing it, the BD3W offers a fantastic panoramic seat view that allows travellers to truly appreciate the sights, sounds and smells of the journey. There's a patented 24-Hour sentient security system that has lead to the BD3W having the lowest grand theft auto figures in the World. For adrenaline junkies, the MUV supports NOS intake for those bursts of intoxicating speed. Sadly, the engineers haven't been able to figure out how to enable NOS when there's no traffic.
(TA): The BD3W is a wonderful family vehicle as well. Despite being minuscule in size, it can fit in up to five (5) people. This doesn't include the chauffeur, who, by the way, is complimentary as part of Jinjira's customer care scheme. They think of pretty much everything.
(TA): Not again...
By Azfarul Islam and Tareq Adnan
We need heroes…
“Look up in the sky!”
“It's a bird!”
“It's a plane!”
Superman? No it isn't. It is a bag full of garbage thrown by a person from the balcony of an apartment house with all his might.
We don't have any superheroes in our country. You know why? It's because there aren't many skyscrapers here. And if there are no scrapers, where the supers will perch on? The highest points on Dhaka are usually the mobile towers sitting atop the buildings. Superheroes don't sit on them; the mobile companies might charge them with whatever reason they think of. And you see the superheroes are very noble, they don't ask for money for saving people: they only work at newspapers where the pay is a little less unrespectable. Also we don't have a large comic-book industry here. America has its own set(s) of heroes. Even the neighbouring India has heroes like 'Agniputra', 'Avoy', 'Shaktiman', 'Sabu' etc. We Bangladeshis also need some superheroes, other than Babu and Somo I mean. But they should also be suitable in our perspective. Let's have a look at some potential heroes:
· Zebra-crossing Man: compel the passers-by to use the zebra crossing.
I could go on for another one hour, but I can hear someone shouting for help. I need to change into my suit. Duty calls, you know.
"Mercury”- for people who study science it's the name of a compound and for most others it's the name of a planet from our Solar System. Actually Mercury is the name of a Roman god after whom the planet 'mercury' was named. In Greek mythology he was known as Hermes. In Roman mythology, Mercury was the Roman god of mischief. He was also the god of eloquence, wit and merchandise. He liked to play mischief on others. Mercury was very clever. He could work wonders because he had a magic wand and a bag full of tricks. He wore a winged hat and sandals. So, he could move from one place to another in a flash. He also carried a 'caduceus', a short herald's staff entwined by two serpents in the form of a double helix and sometimes surmounted by wings (also used as a symbol for medicine). Because of his quick wit and eloquence, he always knew what to say and when. Due to his unpredictable liveliness the word 'mercurial' is used to denote a character whose moods change very easily. He wrote speeches for other gods and worked as a messenger, conveying messages to other gods at various places. He was also the god of thieves. But he did not steal anything for himself. If at all he did steal, it was only for fun and he would usually return it to the owner. Even when he was a tiny baby, he played tricks on other gods. Though he was mischievous, he was liked by all gods and men alike. His mercurial character makes him more akin to the humans rather than any divine creature who is worshiped for blessings.
By Nishita Aurnab
To a mother
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