How the Islamic calendar works

Why is Ramadan sometimes 29 days long and sometimes 30 days long?

Young people should help out more at home

Traditionally, the burden of household chores falls upon the shoulders of the older members of the family, or, more often than not, on their domestic help.

Bringing back the tradition of exchanging Eid cards

Young people should be encouraged to explore creative avenues and spend time with friends and loved ones beyond the digital space.

The things we do for more salami

An Eid special edition of Rising Star's monthly comic strip.

Keeping a family tradition alive through knitting

How Rudaba turned her passion into a business


The sky is the most obscure portion of Earth which can be read with utmost ease.

How you can get into Dungeons & Dragons

The most popular tabletop-roleplaying game in the world does not, in fact, even require a tabletop

EXPLAINED / The significance of Bangladesh's Independence Day and Victory Day

The significance of each day in the birth of our nation.

The unintended long-term effects of coaching culture

Long-term reliance on coaching classes may lead to several adverse effects in the future.



Are you experiencing testing fatigue?

At this point, I simply don’t feel like taking any more tests.

The state of sports in schools

Schools, therefore, often remain an oasis in an otherwise barren concrete desert without publicly accessible alternatives.

Opinion / The NCTB's approach to English language education needs to be better

The lack of creativity in the English textbook makes the students uninterested in the subject.

Is A level Psychology right for you?

Even if psychology isn’t your intended major, studying it for A levels helps develop strong analytical and critical thinking skills.

Nailing your university essays: The dos and don’ts

Making sure to stick to the prompt and ticking all your requirements can massively streamline your writing process.

The way to a productive gap year

Taking a gap year is a decision that’s far from simple. An unconventional route after wrapping up high school, a gap year can prove to be a major turning point in your education and career.

Propelling tomorrow’s innovators: Carnegie Mellon’s world-leading Robotics program comes to ISD

Introducing innovative additions to its already illustrious curriculum, International School Dhaka (ISD) recently launched an ambitious new strategy – ISD 2.0. Under this initiative, ISD brought global names into the country, taking the Bangladeshi education landscape to greater heights. 

Pop culture

Pop culture

Why young people should read The Adventures of Tintin

Almost a decade has passed since then, and Tintin still remains a timeless classic.

Pokémon Concierge: A stop-motion for all ages

Pokémon Concierge tells the story of Haru, a 20-something young adult riddled with anxiety, coming to the luxurious Pokémon Resort to start a new life as a concierge.

Weaving whimsy and wonder in film: A Wonka review

Wonka is a warm watch as long as you’re with people who grew up enchanted by the thought of coming across a golden ticket one day.

My Adventures with Superman: The Man of Steel with a slice-of-life flavour

The biggest strength of My Adventures with Superman lies in its portrayal of interpersonal relationships.

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off: The highly anticipated sequel that no one anticipated

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off not only does every aspect of its source material justice but elevates it to new heights.

Animated horror movies to enjoy with your friends

Here are some animated horror movies you can opt for if you’re not in the mood for chainsaws and summoning demons.



Explained: Bangladesh’s Economy

One of the critical aspects of understanding how an economy works is understanding how money flows.

Explained: The branches of Bangladesh's government

How does Bangladesh’s government work? Who is the head of the government? What is the upcoming election about?

The SATs: Explained

What is the SAT? What does it evaluate?

Climate Crisis: Explained

What is the common factor between you, a student stuck on a rickshaw in 40-degree Celsius temperature, and a polar bear, stranded on a tiny piece of ice?  You’re both suffering under the global climate crisis.

What you need to know about inflation

Inflation leads to the devaluation of a particular currency.

Jalebi, Saree, Samosa: When did we become too good for Bangla?

“It just doesn’t sit well in your mouth, ma.”

Menstruating for the first time

People who never get prior education always end up panicking.



Facing the nightmare of darkness

Lighting struck everywhere. Amidst the enchanted woods, the howls of wolves echoed with a joyous "Awoo!".

Sweet shop vendors

We will chase after stringless kites, Down the road

When the sky lights up

A special comic this week on Rising Stars


Once a homebody, nestled in its embrace. Now lost, a wanderer in a boundless space.

Life through the lens of an electricity pole

Today, I am covered in lines. Rust from the rain, and the occasional overflowing water from the drain paint my feet in unchangeable colours.

Fiction / Fog beneath the winter skyline

The two friends grew up together playing cricket in the garage, watching Pokémon routinely at 6 PM on Cartoon Network at Zuhayer's flat, and chasing stringless kites.



Launching a club at your school

With a bit of planning and initiative, it is possible to start a club in your school.

Scholastica Inter School Debate Tournament: VH 1 and NDS 1 crowned champions

Scholastica Debate Club returned with their flagship event “Scholastica Inter School Debate Tournament (SIDT)” on February 2. SIDT is a long-running annual event of the Scholastica Debate Club and has made a name for itself in the Bangladeshi debate circuit.

Dandelionz and The Daily Star host the ‘Creating Patriots’ event for kids

On December 23rd, the premises of Dandelionz in Dhanmondi was filled with excitement as young minds gathered for the "Creating Patriots" event, organised in association with The Daily Star. As part of the celebration of Victory Day, this daylong program aimed to empower children aged 8-12 to become the changemakers Bangladesh needs.

If you don’t like reading, then comic books are for you

Very few avenues of storytelling have the same level of diversity and versatility as comics, and if you are someone who has an aversion towards reading general books, comics might turn that dislike into a regular reading habit. 

Getting into the habit of reading

The habit of reading seems to have gone out of fashion. Why is that? Many young people shy away from books for many reasons, seemingly finding them too similar to strict textbooks they are taught in schools. However, for those who want to try reading as a hobby but struggle to get into it, there are a few ways to get back on track.         

Growing up surrounded by music

All in all, music is pretty significant in my life nonetheless.

How photographing my life on a daily basis helps me

Keeping track of your life with the visual gift of photography is a 21st century marvel.

Stars on the rise

Stars on the rise

Mahir Sarowar Megh: The 17-year-old designer of Durdanto Dhaka’s jersey

Rising Stars speaks with the creative mind behind the jersey – Mahir Sarowar Megh.

From Bangladesh to Panama: Bangladeshi robotics team clinches fifth position at World Robot Olympiad 2023

In conversation with Israfil Shaheen Arannya, silver medallist at the World Robot Olympiad (WRO).

Living a pop culture fantasy

Anica Hossain shares her cosplaying experience – how she got into it, what it takes to cosplay, and how enthusiasts can get into this art form of brining fictional characters to life.

Custom-made keycaps conjured up by young keyboard enthusiast

What makes Rohan and his gaming rig stand out from many others are the keycaps on his keyboard.

Settling the debate

The team from Bangladesh broke third, right after India and the USA.

Team Bangladesh secures 3 gold medals in IMDO 2023

This year, team Bangladesh secured the first place globally, and won three gold and one silver medal. The winners include Naimul Islam, from Notre Dame College, Dhaka, Ture Saina Tithi, from Mulagram High School, Brahmanbaria, Mst. Samia Afrose Sruty, from Adamjee Cantonment College, Dhaka, and Md Sanaul Haque Shanto respectively.

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