Midnight Kite

I write to delight

To see the sights

from precarious heights

vicariously if I can

For I am not one man

My soul takes flight

In the dead of night

with deep rooted inertia holding on tight

above the cotton clouds there is no space for fright

only soporific moonlight

set sail midnight kite

away from the constraints of time

Adamjee Cantonment College Photography competition

Attention readers:

I am busy with my studies, helping to organize a Model UN conference, and preparing a power point presentation on E-retail… hence I cannot allocate as much time as I would have otherwise liked to preparing content for you 😦 I’ll return to writing as soon as possible 🙂

For Bangladeshi Residents and School students this message is from the organizing committee of the event to be held in Adamjee school:

 

Adamjee Cantonment College Photography Club (ACCPC) is proud to present 2nd ACC National Photo Festival 2016″; An inter college photography competition and exhibition.

Event Date and Venue :
25-26 February 2016

At Adamjee Cantonment College,Dhaka

Event Time:
Day 1 – 25th Feb (Thursday) from 09.00 AM to 03.00 PM

Day 2 – 26th Feb (Friday) from 09.00 AM to 05.00 PM

Eeligibilityfor participation: Open for all school and college students upto HSC batch 2015.

INSTRUCTION FOR PHOTO SUBMISSION:

Category: We have two different categories.

1. Digital Camera Photography:
There are two sections in Digital Camera Photography category.
a. Nature (Macro,Wild Life,Landscape etc..)
b. Others (Portrait, Still Life,Street,Life,Style etc..)

2. Mobile Photography:
This category is open.

Rules:

“” A Photographer can participate in all categories or any two categories or one category. The category codes are-

“1a”= Digital Camera Photography (Nature)
“1b”= Digital Camera Photography (Others)
“2”= Mobile Photography””

1. One participant can submit a maximum 4 Number of photos in each category.
2. Photo Must be 3000 px (minimum) in the longer side.
3. Rename your photo as follows,
YOUR NAME_COLLEGE NAME_CATEGORY CODE_CAPTION_PHONE NO.jpg
Example: Tanvir Sadat_Adamjee Cantonment College_1a_শেষ বেলা_01XXXXXXXXX
4. Mention “CATEGORY_YOUR NAME” in subject of the mail and send mail to
“accpc65@gmail.com”. We shall give you a confirmation mail after getting your mail. If you do
not get any confirmation mail from us, please mention this to our Facebook event.
5.Please send each category image in a separate e-mail.
6. Both color and b&w photos are acceptable.
7. Border or Watermarks are NOT acceptable.
8. Only jpg/jpeg versions are acceptable.
9. Once selected, you will need to pay 800 BDT per selected photo. You will be given your frame and certificate after the end of the exhibition.
10.ACCPC reserves the right to modify the
terms and conditions of the competition at any time.

Submission Deadline:
Start: 07th January 2016 at 12.00 AM

End: 25th January 2016 at 11.59 PM

Judge:

Kudrat E Khoda (Kajol),
Pioneer in Wild Life and Nature Photography of Bangladesh.

*** We have arranged a workshop (only for the participants) to be conducted by Kudrat E Khoda sir on Basics of Photography. The workshop will be held on 26th February (friday) from 10.00 AM to 12.00 PM.

*** The participants will get

1. Certificate of participation and frame.
2. T-Shirt
3. Catalog
4. Complimentary Lunch (friday)

*** There will be total 9 prizes in 2 categories

(1a.) 3 prizes
(1b.) 3 prizes
(2.) 3 prizes

For any information, you may send a message to the official page “Adamjee Cantonment

College Photography Club – ACCPC” Link: https://www.facebook.com/Adamjee-Cantonment-College-Photography-Club-ACCPC-1612732708953782/?ref=hl

Or event page

Event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/925675130844830/

Or you may contact personally with the following persons,

Tanvir Sadat (President, ACCPC)
Mobile: 01521434629
Facebook ID: https://www.facebook.com/tanvir.sadat.7

Fahmeed Anees (Vice President, ACCPC):
Mobile: 01688186305
Facebook ID: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009340616596

We welcome you all to join us and witness some extraordinary works of some young talented

photographers all around the country.

Thank you 🙂

Hyacinth

Poised on a plinth is a Hyacinth

Stained Periwinkle blue by a Lachrymose sun

bid farewell to a radiant land clad in a garland

of Forget-Me-Nots and Morning Glories

soon to become living legend, one recounted in Ovid’s stories

 

The tears of Apollo stained the newly formed flower’s petals with the sign of his grief when he lost his beloved partner Hyacinth who lost his life to an accident of Zephyrus’ design.

Artist: Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

 

 

 

Game Review: Elegy For A Dead World

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A game that allows you to weave the story and bask in all its glory.

 

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Shape your reflections into stunning verse or prose, it’s all about how freely the thought flows.

 

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Explore the world of Shelly’s Ozymandias with all his hubris, Byron’s Dream… or Keat’s epiphany of his finite time in this world

 

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Don’t try to escape from the landscape but take it all in

 

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Never look twice at the same image with the same eyes

 

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Share your thoughts with players from all over the world and read their stories as well

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First I’ve seen of its kind, hope I’ll find some more

8.5/10

ARC (NetGalley) Review: Blood, Ink & Fire.

 

Product Details: 

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Upturn Publishing; 1 edition (December 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996278710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996278713
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds’

Synopses:

Imagine a world without books… In the future, books are a distant memory. The written word has been replaced by an ever-present stream of images known as Verity. In the controlling dominion of the United Vales of Fell, reading is obsolete and forbidden, and readers themselves cannot exist. But where others see images in the stream, teenager Noelle Hartley sees words. She s obsessed with what they mean, where they came from, and why they found her. Noelle s been keeping her dangerous fixation with words a secret, but on the night before her seventeenth birthday, a rare interruption in the stream leads her to a mysterious volume linked to an underworld of rebel book lovers known as the Nine of the Rising. With the help of the Risers and the beguiling boy Ledger, Noelle discovers that the words within her are precious clues to the books of the earlier time and as a child of their bookless age, she might be the world s last hope of bringing them back. Blood, Ink & Fire is a gripping, evocative tale that asks, who would we be without books?

About The Author:

Ashley Mansour is a writer and creator of stories for children and young adults. Before embarking on solo authorship, Ashley spent eight years working in brand management, music, advertising, and entertainment. In that time she traveled the world, working in three different countries with big teams, emerging artists, major brands, and interesting start-ups.

In mid-2014, Ashley began a yearlong experiment. She overcame her fear of social media, set up an Instagram profile–@ashleymwrites–and began sharing her own personal writing journey (pitfalls and all) with readers and writers online. She discovered a community of amazing people who cared deeply about reading and books–and about the curious story she was writing that featured a world without both of them. One year later, Ashley’s dystopian sci-fi novel for young adults, Blood, Ink & Fire, was complete.

Blood, Ink & Fire is a compelling story for anyone who is passionate about literacy and believes in the power of books. A bibliophile at heart, Ashley loves crafting thrilling narratives for young audiences and imagining future worlds where anything is possible. She currently spends her days in Southern California, where she is enjoying being back on home soil and working on her next novel.

In Short:
After finishing the book I felt like Pat Solitano in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ when he realized that Ernest Hemingway’s ‘A Farewell To Arms’ had an ending he could not reconcile himself with.

Alternative Review (How I felt for about 99% of the book right up to the ending):

Blood, Ink, & Fire will get your blood boiling, the ink pouring from your heart and light your soul on fire. This is a tale that cannot be erased from the mind of the reader!

 

Review: 

The essential reading experience is epitomized and personified into one of the characters – Ledger. I found this to be particularly interesting as the sensation of reading means different things to different people. I for one find that reading is not a means of escapism but rather a method of connecting with various modes of thought.

‘A book needs a reader just as much as the reader needs the book’, the relationship between Noelle Hartley and Ledger echoes this message. Noelle is able to read the soul of Ledger and shares a bond that cannot be described in words. Furthermore, through them we are able to realize that every story must have an end along with the finality of the matter.

In the dystopian setting of ‘Blood, Ink & Fire’ Fell has taken control and demands absolute compliance. There is no respect for the written word and ‘Verity’ an intelligent AI taking the form of a hologram and/or data stream uses images as an alternative to words when teaching the next generation. Throughout the ages writers and philosophers have been opposed to such means of governance and as a result they have protested against them with their trusty fountain pens.

Ashley Mansour highlights the struggle of readers as they endeavor to elude the suffocating grasp of Fell who believe that the world is better off with newer technology and that ‘creative destruction’ is a natural process. For the most part, Fell’s military forces prove to be too difficult to overcome but what the readers lack in arms they more than make up for in terms of spirit, passion, creativity, and dedication.

It is inevitable that as we continue to read the stories become an inseparable part of us. Giving that up would be akin to casting off a part of our identity. I could not find myself supporting Noelle’s choice which consequently led to the ending of the book as she chose to give in to her insecurities and sorrow in exchange of a life devoid of meaning. She might as well have kissed a Dementor.

Honestly, had Noelle read the Myth of Sisyphus or Either/Or A fragment of Life… she might have decided against it. If Sisyphus can find joy in the struggle through an act of defiance, so could she! If Parmeniscus can rediscover what it is to laugh, so could she! As Mark Twain said, “Humor is tragedy plus time.” Noelle just couldn’t see that for the completion of joy one must first suffer.

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Disclaimer:

I received this book free of cost from the publisher through the NetGalley review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

 

The Astrologer Who Fell Into A Wishing Well

This story is number 40 on the Perry Index.

“An Astronomer used to walk out every night to gaze upon the stars. It happened one night that, with his whole thoughts rapt up in the skies, he fell into a well. One who heard his cries ran up to him, and said:

“While you are trying to pry into the mysteries of heaven, you overlook the common objects under your feet.”

Morale: We should never look so high as to miss seeing the things that are around us. (Aesop’s fables)

Morale: ‘Mind your own business’ – Samuel Croxall

Morale:  ‘How can you understand the world without knowing yourself first?’- Gabriele Faerno

Morale:  ‘Let the astrologer beware of predicting anything. For the imposter will fall headlong, so long as he flies above the stars.’- Andrea Alciato

Morale: ‘Let, for want of due repair,A real house fall down,To build a castle in the air?’ – Charles Denis

Morale: “To an astrologer who fell
Plump to the bottom of a well,
‘Poor blockhead!’ cried a passer-by,
‘Not see your feet, and read the sky?'”- Fontaine

The unfortunate man who fell into the well was none other than Thales of Miletus, who was said to have entertained the idea that

The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.’  

He is not by far the only person to have voiced this concern!

“The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.”– Julien Green

“‘Know thyself?’ If I knew myself, I’d run away.”– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.”– Mark Twain

“One’s own self is well hidden from one’s own self; of all mines of treasure, one’s own is the last to be dug up.”– Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”– Henry David Thoreau

So why do human beings prefer to spend countless hours attempting to understand the world around them and not themselves?

I am of the opinion it is because we are always changing and our personalities are in flux adapting to each scenario based on who we want to become, whereas certain truths about the world do remain constant… such as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

Also, the motivation for wanting to become a certain type of person could be owing to the values taught to us by society.

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”– George Moore

“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.”– St. Augustine

“All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.”– James Thurber

If we’re too preoccupied by trying to find out who we are and understand the world around us, we’ll forget what it’s like to enjoy the simple things in life. To take it all in one step at a time, and to find joy in the things we do comprehend. That is not to say that we should not get out of our comfort zones, rather life is not a jigsaw puzzle meant to be put together, it is an abstract painting and the beauty of it lies in its incomprehensibility.

Apologue

“The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, but it fell far enough to conveniently land on Sir Isaac Newton’s head, or so we’ve been told. Later on, we found out that he was actually drinking tea in his garden when he observed an apple falling and put two and two together to get four.”, said True Owl.

“Wait! If that’s the case,  why did we change the events to make it appear more dramatic?”, inquired Screech Owl.

“Why did Archimedes of Syracuse jump out of his tub and run around the neighborhood stark naked proclaiming ‘Eureka!’? How could Thale possibly fall into a wishing well while intently gazing at the fiery lit orbs we call stars?”

“Your guess is as good as mine!”

“Indeed, to put it simply, we have an appetite for said comic recounts which do have a certain tendency to stretch the truth even if for no other reason than to make us laugh while at the same time taking care to teach us a simple truth.”, posited True owl.

Humanitea

Humantea is here to stay

Some people are Green others Earl Grey

Saccharine smiles all round

The proverbial tree falls without sound

Paper boys shouting ‘extra! extra! Zero cal’

a word of advice pal,

There’s plenty of humanitea

But for the sake of individualitea

Never forget the “me”

Otherwise we’ll be little more than worker bees

Cultural Nationalism

This essay has been penned by Rushaed Ahsan for CDLS which was hosted by Modern School in India.

Cultural Nationalism refers to collective practices that form modern political communities within, unsanctioned by, or even undercutting state authority.

Cultural Nationalism is a form of nationalism in which the nation is defined by a shared culture. It is an intermediate position between ethnic nationalism on one hand and liberal nationalism on the other.

Ethnic nationalism is a form of nationalism wherein a state is defined in terms of ethnicity, which means an affiliation resulting from racial or cultural ties.

Liberal or Civic nationalism in in which importance of the values of freedom, tolerance, equality and individual rights are upheld. It also show its importance towards an individual to have a national identity.

As uncommon as it may sound, the origins or the development of cultural nationalism took place in Ireland in the 19th century, the place which is famous for its beer. During this time the Irish became anglicized, which means adoption of English as a personal preferred language.

By 1880’s most of the population spoke English, read English books and played English games. Although the Irish got their independence, their nationalism seemed alike to the Englishmen. This showed lack of national identity. Hence through cultural nationalism they tried to develop aspects of Irish life which were uniquely different from the British lifestyle.

The growth of new forms of cultural nationalism- The Gaelic Athletic Association  (GAA), Gaelic League (GL), and literary revival, and also the occurrence of a number of important political  initiatives – the birth of Sinn Fein, the rejuvenation of the Irish Republican Brotherhood   (IRB) and the emergence of a stronger labor movement.

The history of European peoples and cultures from the prehistoric times to the present is also significant, as Europe at the present is one of the most important continents of the world thanks to the European Union.

Europe is a more ambiguous term than most geographic expressions. Its etymology is doubtful, as is the extent of the  physical area it designates. Its western frontiers seem clearly defined by its coastlines, and yet the position of the British Isles remains equivocal.

To outsiders, they appear clearly a part of Europe. Too many British and some Irish people, however, “Europe” essentially means continental Europe.

To the south, Europe ends on the northern shores of the Mediterranean sea. Yet, to the Roman Empire, this was an inland sea rather than a frontier. Even now, there are questions about where or not Malta and Cyprus are European islands.

The greatest uncertainty lies to the East, where national frontiers are notoriously elusive. If the Ural Mountains mark the east boundary of Europe as it lies to the south of them?

These questions have acquired new geographical importance as Europe has come to be more of a geographical expression. Historically Europe was forced into unity first by the Holy Roman Empire and the Roman Catholic Church. Later, though a number of political theorists proposed plans for the European Union, which both Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler tried to implement. It was not until the world war II that the union was proposed peacefully to avoid any further future wars in Europe.

At present time cultural nationalism is becoming an important part in the formation of public policies. As cultural factors influence economic behavior, political participation, social solidarity, value formation, and evolution of different countries in different ways. The competing hypotheses cultural nationalism evident literature has significant influence on public policy.

There are some areas of public policy which can be improved through consideration culturism including testing of cultural variables on public success and failure, relationships between national cultures and preference for the different types of multi- level governance systems.

In my opinion cultural nationalism is not only important for public policies but also for national development. In Bangladesh, a country which contains a diverse amount of cultures all blended together in it. These cultures can influence the number of cultural celebrations which go on in the country. From those celebrating Muslim to Hindu To Buddhist To Christian holidays. We the citizens of Bangladesh not only get to see these celebrations but also enjoy more holidays than in any other nation.