Say nothing at all

You know what’s more annoying than হুজুগে বাঙালী turning their profiles into rainbow colors supposedly in ignorance? YOU, the obnoxious, self-righteous prick pretending to know better and shooting down LGBT rights on the basis of religion, calling it haram. The amount of hateful, intolerant posts I’ve seen leads me to believe that if you spent…

Romania

A journey through the land of Count Dracula and Transylvania

Aunties, leave your Bollywood at home

My experience with the Dhaka gym scene is likely to be as brief as my twice-a-year trips back home. While I generally tend to be a couch potato during my visits, attempting to spend as much time as possible with my parents and stuffing my face silly with good food, I had something additional on…

A helpful guide to deleting your XING profile

If you thought getting out of your gym contract in Germany was hard, try deleting your XING profile. For those unfamiliar with the platform, it is a German language version of LinkedIn. Not only is it completely useless, it is hard to use and even harder to get out of. I had been trying for…

Not my body

Anyone who has unknowingly signed up for a day in the sauna in Germany is bound for some culture shock. If you have friends who were kind enough to let you know how saunas ‘work’ in this country, you’ve probably had the good, common sense to steer clear. While I was warned about having to…

On the road: Zagreb to Ljubljana

The following morning, I woke up feeling under the weather. As a result, we were delayed by a few hours as I struggled to collect my wits and not let anything get in the way of getting to our next destination: the Karst region in Slovenia. I think it’s safe to assert that this whole…

Oh, just stop it

I believe the ball first started rolling after the decisive victory Germany earned in the semi-finals with Brazil. Rape and Nazi jokes started flooding social media. Reasons why analogies with rape for a sporting event is not just distasteful but appalling has been covered in this excellent article by Rashaam Chowdhury. I wanted to talk about…

On the road: Plitvice National Park to Zagreb

Our wonderful stay at the farmhouse was followed by a rather hot but short drive to Zagreb. Once we arrived in the city, we checked into the snappy looking Hostel Shappy for the night. While it’s a good hostel, the rooms were misleadingly small. But then again, who hangs out in their rooms at hostels? To…

On the road: Dubrovnik to Plitvice National Park

Plitvice National Park is one of the earliest natural sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage register. This was to be our next stop after Dubrovnik. We started early in the morning to cover around 500 km of driving, and made it in 6 hours with a few coffee stops in between. The fun thing…

On the road: Kotor to Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, in my head, has always been this magical place. When we got there finally, it did not fail to impress. The late afternoon drive from Kotor was rather pleasant, with the top down and the cool breeze providing a much needed respite after a scorchingly hot day of climbing the city walls of Kotor….

On the road: Sarajevo to Kotor

Sarajevo was an unexpected find. We did not intend to stop here but drive straight to Mostar, but decided against our initial plans as a near 9 hour drive in the intense heat did not appeal to us. Speaking of the heat (and I feel quite ashamed to admit this as a Bangladeshi), we have…

On the road: Belgrade to Sarajevo

As many of you know, I am doing a roadtrip through the Balkans. After having flown into Belgrade, we are driving by car back to Germany. Two days ago, I arrived in Belgrade to catch up with some good friends, which includes a Serbian local. After two days of good food, great company, beautiful fortresses…