Living by a horoscope
It was a beautiful morning; Linda opened her eyes. put on her flip-flops and ran for the newspaper. Her curious dark brown pupils got larger and larger as she flipped through the pages. Finally, she found the horoscope segment. Linda was a horoscope devotee and believed in it more than she believed in herself. “Ah ha Libra! There it is,” she said. “Your love life could see a boostand your work environment almost certainly plays a part. Whether you're meeting someone new at a cash register or just meeting your sweetie for lunch, it's great.” “ Oh mon dieu! This is my day. I'll meet my special someone today” she thought with a huge smile on her face.
Linda groomed herself, put on her best outfit and went to work. She was a sales girl at a clothing store. Linda was busy doing her regular chores like putting the price tag, ironing the clothes etc. Although this day was different. A man almost 6'1 in height with dark hair and blue eyes sporting a Prada suit walked in. The empowering smell of his Armani cologne left Linda speechless. She thought “This is it, my dream man . This is the moment I have been waiting for”. The man walked up to her and said “ Excuse me Miss are you busy? Can I have a word with you?” Linda was on cloud nine; she already knew what he was going to say. She came forward keeping her eyes, ears even mouth opened. His exact words were “I am sorry to say this to you but I am the new Manager in charge, your evaluation was below satisfactory. I hate to break this to you but you are fired.”
By Fariba Rakhsanda
How to stay cool during summer
It's a seasonal phenomenon, and all of us are falling prey to its wrath everyday. You guessed it; it's the summer! As the Baishakh month rolls in with festivities, it also brings in the sweltering heat. Now all of us should be prepared if we want to stay well and healthy.
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By Sumaiya T Ahmed
The mythology and legends of many different cultures include monsters of human appearance but prodigious size and strength. "Giant" is the English word commonly used for such beings, derived from one of the most famed examples: the gigantes of Greek mythology.
In various Indo-European mythologies, gigantic peoples are featured as primeval creatures associated with chaos and wild nature. There are also other stories featuring giants in the Old Testament, perhaps most famously Goliath. Attributed to them are superhuman strength and physical proportions, a long lifespan, and thus a great deal of knowledge as well.
Fairy tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk have formed our modern perception of giants as stupid and violent monsters, frequently said to eat humans, and especially children. However, in some more recent portrayals, like those of Roald Dahl, some giants are both intelligent and friendly.
In Hinduism, the giants are called Daityas who were the children of Diti and the sage Kashyapa who fought against the gods or Devas because they were jealous of their Deva half-brothers. In Greek mythology the gigantes were the children of Uranos and Gaea (The Heaven and the Earth).
The Greeks believed some of them, like Enceladus, to lay buried from that time under the earth, and that their tormented quivers resulted in earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In Norse mythology, the giants (jotnar) are often opposed to the gods. They come in different classes, such as frost giants, fire giants and mountain giants. In folklore from all over Europe, giants were believed to have built the remains of previous civilizations. Some argue that giants had to exist, because nothing else would explain the large walls, stone monuments, and statues that we now know were the remains of Roman construction. Aside from mythology and folklore remains of giants have been claimed to have been found in America. So the most frequently asked question is “Do they exist?”
By Nishita Aurnab
What to bring:
Pros: You are going to a new planet, meeting new forms of life if it exists…that enough will make you the most famous person on Earth. And if you did not notice it yet, you are decreasing the population on earth and making earth a better place to live in! Also, this experience can make you want to become a philosopher. More fame!
Cons: you have to have a very long life span to reach the planet, so you might have a very small life. We don't know what lies ahead on your trip; there might not be any food, water or oxygen. In short, you might die. But that's just a 99.99% chance! Just be sure that you don't converse too long with the aliens, as you might be inducing hatred, jealousy, and a lot more spiteful attributes on them. You can be putting a new form of life at stake!
I just wanted to correct a mistake in the article 'Pahela Boishakh:Not only in Bangladesh" The article said that the Sri Lankans did not celebrate the New Year. The Sri Lankans do celebrate their New Year on 14th April. It is called 'Sinhala saha Themala aluth avrudda" It is the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year. On this day, most Sri Lankans celebrate it very grandly and make many sweets such as 'kaum', 'kokis', 'mung kaum', 'pol toffee, 'kiri toffee' etc. We start the celebrations at an auspicious time by making the traditional dish, 'milk rice'. The astrologers tell us the Right time by gazing at the stars. On our New Year, we also buy new clothes according to a certain selected colour. Our New Year is either on the 13th or the 14th. It is the biggest celebration in the country. Wesak, however, is a religious festival for Buddhists and is also a grand celebration.
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