Rock for Relief
The concert started with Altered offering their rendition of Megalomaniac. The awesomely original Ajob followed them. Their track “Ache Moja” got the crowd moving while bass player Risalat literally wowed many. Then Reborn took over and the crowd went a bit more animated. Starting with “Kheeno Manush” and ending with “Aagrashon” they put a neat flow into the whole event. Then it was Stentorian that got on the stage and kept the vibe on. They were followed by Arbovirus starting with “Omanush” and ending with “Obhishaap”. The population at this point of the concert was at maximum. Purbo Poshchim came next. Their careful use of the flute, tabla and other mainstream equipments fused to form a sound delicious to the ear. Then it was Black's turn and this time the regular vocal and drummer switched position putting a grin on everyone's face. Jon armed with his eccentricities tried to mimic Tony, the drummer while Tony mediocre Jon. Tony though did a mediocre job at the vocs, DID get the crowd singing!
Then DNA came up on stage as the MC announced it to be their final appearance at any concert. When asked about it, Ashfaque from DNA stated, “We, the members actually decided to not to carry on any more, earlier. As this was a concert for flood relief we got together for some jamming and came out to play here.” He DID say they would be back if they get presented with an opportunity just 'right' for them. They grinded the concert to a halt with “Amar Shomadhi” among loud cheers. If this is the shomadhi for DNA itself I do not know. But let's just hope not.
A commendable effort, a rocking concert, all made up for a very memorable event
By Hitoishi Chakma
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Unreal Tournament 2004:
If you are up for it, and want to try something new, find yourself a gaming cafe, and go for it, and have some fun.
By Zaim 'Annihilator' Alam
Unknown facts about F.R.I.E.N.D.S
1. The reality show Joey worked in 'Days of our lives’ is actually the one daytime drama that Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) starred for several years in real.
2. As the official language of F.R.I.E.N.D.S was English the directors brought speakers from other countries that mingled the languages on Korean, Chinese, French, and Spanish and took roles of Phoebe, Joey, Rachel, Monica, Ross and Chandler.
3. Judy, Jill, Janice, Estelle, Mona, Carol are infact the Friends' of the F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
4. A team of over 12 writers day and night write the script of the F.R.I.E.N.D.S series and discuss how they can make it funnier by time.
5. At the middle of the 'one in Las Vegas' scene the writers were stuck and they didn't know how to write the next script.
By Fariha Shafi
The Aga Khan School Inter-school Debate 2007
The Aga Khan School, Dhaka Inter-school Debate Festival 2007 took place between September 6-8 with 9 institutions: AKSD, BIT, Manarat, The Red Brick School, Mastermind, Notre Dame College, SFX Green Herald, Scholastica and Sunnydale participating in a format that was an amalgamation of the British Parliamentary as well as the World Schools styles.
With two preliminary rounds selecting the top 8 teams for the knockout rounds, the tournament saw debaters from all over Dhaka debate regional and global issues, displaying outstanding oratory prowess and superb reasoning skills as the tournament went on.
A unique addition to this competition was the introduction of the motion/side toss, which the Organizing Committee believed would ensure maximum transparency for all parties concerned. Debaters were given 4 motions on a particular theme per round and a toss was carried out which enabled both one side to either choose the motion while the other automatically was allowed the right to choose the side and vice-versa. The motions for each round were thematically categorized and included topics from areas such as politics and economics, law and crime, environment and animal welfare, culture, etc. The tournament saw outstanding performances from BIT and the AKSD teams however it was the dark horses Red Brick School who booked their place in the final confronting the powerhouse team from Manarat.
September 8 saw Manarat and Red Brick square off against one another in a final that was sure to be a heated debate. One of the catalyzing factors might have been the theme for the final being “Women issues” and the debate lived up to the hype as the final motion was chosen to be one regarding the women in the armed forces being allowed to serve in combat roles. The top notch 9 judges (who were selected in the panel for the final included national level champions and national level selectors who had been previously involved in international competitions) had to come down to 5-4 split decision to announce the final in favor of the team from Manarat and which just went to prove how tight the debate really was. The best speaker of the tournament was judged to be Hasan from Manarat. The festival also included a social function in which soothing tunes were performed by the AKSD students to ensure that the experience was indeed an all round one.
With a two week preparation time it was remarkable to see the student organizers and volunteers of AKSD organize an event which ensured that timetables and schedules were strictly followed and they should be commended on finishing each day's proceedings 15 minutes early.
All in all, it was a valiant effort taken by the AKSD debating community who wished to promote debate for future debaters of the country who would enjoy the art for its true value and we all hope that AIDF would be highlighted in the upcoming years' annual debating calendars.
By Maimun Mustafa
The night monsoon dew
…and thus it has been written down
A walk in the monsoon rain
Have you ever taken a walk in the monsoon rain?
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