Nemesis, the band announces an indefinite break

The last Friday of May 2019 comes with sad news for Bangladeshi rock fans. Acclaimed band Nemesis has announced an indefinite break in a Facebook post shortly after mid-noon.

Nemesis’s official Facebook page posted:

“Dear Nemesis Fans,

We would like to let you know that we are going on a break indefinitely and will not be able to perform any shows or take part in any music-related activities for the foreseeable future.

Till then, love from Nemesis! ❤️”

Nemesis debuted their first single, Obocheton in 2003. They rose to prominence in 2004-2005 with the release of their first studio album Onneshon and the subsequent releases of their acclaimed singles Dhushor Bhabma and Joyoddhoni.

With the release of their single Kobe and its music video in 2011, Nemesis took itself to new heights among the rock fans of Bangladesh. Nemesis performed in a number of reputed charity and commercial concerts in the following years.

Read more: Great Bangladeshi bands that disappeared after their debut album

Fans all over the country hope that this retirement is only a temporary one and their favourite band will return to rock the stage in no time.

Here are the key 21 episodes you need to watch before Game of Thrones season 8 premieres this Sunday

Winter is finally here. Ironic, because so is Boishakh with its heat waves and stormy mood swings. But let none of these bother you as you prepare your body for the final and 8th season of Game of Thrones!

Over the span of seven seasons, Game of Thrones has built a massive world with countless characters in conflict with one another. It can be quite a task to keep track of every character ark and storylines that have been set in motion since season one. Of course, you can watch one of the billion quick recap videos out there in YouTube to cram all that in. But we’re guessing being a true Game of Thrones nerd, you’d want the full flavour while being short on time for your Boishakh preparations and other engagements.

Fret not, Game of Thrones writer and co-executive producer Bryan Crogman has compiled a list for Entertainment Weekly of the key 21 episodes to watch before the season 8 premiere. Now, he’s the only writer who’s been associated with the show since season 1 so it’s safe to say that he’s as wise as the three eyed raven.

Here’s the list, for the watch: (Geddit, no? okay)

Season 1

Episode 1: “Winter Is Coming”

Episode 2: “The Kingsroad”

Episode 9: “Baelor”

Episode 10: “Fire and Blood”

Season 2

Episode 3: “What Is Dead May Never Die”

Episode 6: “The Old Gods and the New”

Episode 9: “Blackwater”

Season 3

Episode 3: “Walk of Punishment”

Episode 4: “And Now His Watch Is Ended”

Episode 5: “Kissed by Fire”

Episode 9: “The Rains of Castamere”

Season 4

Episode 6: “The Laws of Gods and Men”

Episode 8: “The Mountain and the Viper”

Episode 10: “The Children”

Season 5

Episode 8: “Hardhome”

Season 6

Episode 5: “The Door”

Episode 9: “Battle of the Bastards”

Episode 10: “The Winds of Winter”

Season 7

Episode 3: “The Queen’s Justice”

Episode 4: “The Spoils of War”

Episode 7: “The Dragon and the Wolf”

Valar Morghulis!

Pathao CEO Elius and Artist Morshed Mishu make it to Forbes Asia 30 under 30

In a city riddled with road accidents, fire hazards and sudden Nor’westers, Tuesday morning begins with some joyous news. Our very own Pathao’s CEO Hussain M Elius and artist Morshed Mishu from Morshed Mishu’s Illustration, have made it to Forbes Asia 30 under 30.

Hussain M Elius, 29, founded Pathao along with Shifat Adnan, which is now one of the leading ride sharing and logistics platforms in Bangladesh. Forbes listed him in two categories, Consumer Technology and Big Money Startups.

Read more: Pathao and the quest for customer reassurance

Forbes listed 25-year-old Morshed in the category of media, marketing and advertising. This Bangladeshi illustrator is most famous for his “Global Happiness Challenge” series which took the internet by storm at the beginning of 2018. Currently, he is the assistant editor at Unmad magazine.

We, at HiFi, wish these two bright minds of our generation all the best for their future endeavours. Keep making us proud!

One minute blackout for all the lives we lost

25th March. 48 years ago on this fateful night, the sky of major cities in Bangladesh lit up in fires, muzzle flashes and explosion flames. As the invading Pakistani army barged into the peaceful night of the city dwellers, the nation witnessed one of the blackest nights in its history.

“Operation Searchlight” as it was called by the invading army, took the lives of 7000 people that night, according to American journalist Robert Payne.

In Dhaka, The army stormed the residential dorms of Dhaka University and open fired on general students. They attacked the East Pakistan Rifles, Rajarbagh Police lines and set the Hindu-dominated areas of old Dhaka ablaze.

Citizens were trapped into a deadly trap of fire and gunshots and killed mercilessly on the streets and even from their homes.

Following the invasion, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared independence and the country plunged into a bloody nine month long war.

On 25th March, the blanket of the night was torn apart by screams, gunshots and explosions. It was one of the worst genocides ever recorded in world history. The next morning, the streets were flooded with blood, corpses and debris.

“In Dhaka, where soldiers set sections of the Old City ablaze with flamethrowers and then machine-gunned thousands as they tried to escape the cordon of fire, nearly 25 blocks have been bulldozed clear, leaving open areas set incongruously amid jam-packed slums.”

-said  a Time magazine report a few months later.

48 years later, we now observe this day as genocide remembrance day. Tonight, the nation will observe a voluntary blackout for one minute from 9:00 PM to 9:01 PM, in memory of all the lives we lost in that fateful night.

Anticipated Samsung Galaxy M10 hits the Bangladesh market

The Galaxy M10 smartphone, designed specifically for the millennial lifestyle, has been made available in the Bangladesh market by Samsung Bangladesh. This highly anticipated affordable smartphone comes with the best-in-class infinity-V display and powerful features such as a dual camera with ultra-wide lens, long-lasting battery, high-performance processors and a new Samsung Experience UX.

Priced at BDT 11,999, the Galaxy M10 (2GB+16GB) will be available at a special price of BDT 10,999 from pickaboo.com starting 12th February. In addition, customers can get up to 500 taka cash back on bKash payment alongside Pickaboo club points. This special deal also comes with 02 years extended warranty, worth BDT. 1500. Matching the online lifestyle of the millennials, the smartphone will be available with multiple payment options, cash-backs, exchange facilities and countrywide home delivery. Data bundles with all major mobile operators will also be available.

Focusing on the millennial lifestyle, Md. Muyeedur Rahman, Head of Mobile of Samsung Bangladesh stated, “We believe that Galaxy M10 will be an iconic breakthrough catering to the aspirations of today’s tech savvy millennials. These users of the modern age want a smartphone that is lightning fast, runs longer and comes loaded with latest innovations. Samsung, as a trusted brand, hopes to continue delivering all the demands of the users.”

Galaxy M10 comes with 6.2” HD+ infinity-V display ensuring truly immersive viewing experience. It comes with Widevine L1 certification for seamless streaming of HD content through popular apps.

Powerful dual camera is another major highlight of Galaxy M series, as today’s millennials love to click photos and make videos on the go. The Galaxy M10 sports dual rear camera, with an ultra-wide feature. Its 13MP primary rear camera has F1.9 aperture. The secondary rear camera has a 5MP ultra-wide feature. The ultra-wide mode lets users capture more expansive photos with complete ease. It is perfectly suited for capturing landscapes, cityscapes, group photos, etc. when users want to fit a lot into one single frame.

To ensure non-stop streaming of music and video, Samsung has packed a powerful 3400 mAh battery in Galaxy M10.

To support the flawless entertainment, Galaxy M10 is powered by Exynos 7870 octa-core processor. Additionally, Galaxy M series comes with a new Samsung Experience version 9.5 UX which is optimized for a fast and smooth user experience.

Samsung has also prioritized the security for the users as the Galaxy M10 comes with face recognition unlock feature.

4 Essential Tips to make cooking a little easier

Some of us know cooking as digging through bound books of Siddiqua Kabir or a collection of firsthand secrets from grandma to mom. Some of us watch too many episodes of Top Chef, Masterchef. Then we too want to curse like Gordon Ramsey over our scrambled eggs or charm like Jamie Oliver while drizzling balsamic vinegar. After countless nights of dining out or getting takeaway, we wish we could cook.

But, cooking can be daunting. Cooking can feel like risking this short life, the few limbs and the condition of the stomach. Cooking can be overwhelming to start and easy to get lost in because there are so many things to do.

Here are some few essential tips to make cooking a little easier:

Have the Right Equipment

Make sure you have the right kitchen utensils for the job.

The most basic ones are the pots, pans, colander, spatula, spoons, knives, to get you by for most recipes. However, if you want to try your hand your baking, you might need a grill oven, a mixer or food processor.

My personal recommendation for a grill oven: Miyako Grill Oven. This device is inexpensive, easy to use, has a good heating power and it comes with a rotisserie option.

Learn the Basics


Get acquainted with terms such as julienne, chop, mince, resting, blanching, etc. Youtube is great place to start. Find out what they mean, so that you don’t get intimidated if you come across the words in recipes.

My personal recommendation: Learn how to peel a vegetable first and then learn how to cut it. Do not peel with a knife like a Bangladeshi mom, use a peeler.

One of the best places to learn these techniques is the Allrecipes youtube page. 

Keep it Simple

After  your kitchen utensils are in order, check the ingredients. Find your recipes by googling your ingredients and browsing through your search results or check Allrecipes  or Tasty or Buzzfeed for easy facebook and youtube videos. Stick with recipes that are simpler–has few ingredients and the assembly requires simple techniques. Pick a recipe and go for it.

My personal recommendation: Italian pasta dishes are great for beginners. Boiling pasta is hard to mess up. Sauces for most of these dishes are easy to make.


Practice Makes Perfect

It is okay if you fail the first time around. You might misjudge a measurement, overcook, substitute the wrong ingredients. And THAT IS ABSOLUTELY OKAY.  Check where you went wrong and fix that the next time when you are making that dish again.

Happy cooking, just don’t give up and keep at it.

Nathan Fillion plays Nathan Drake in an Uncharted short film

The Uncharted series is a franchise exclusive to the PlayStation system, achieving total lifetime sales of over 21 million copies. The game combines seamless transition from game-play to Hollywood level Action movie set pieces and cinematics. Nathan Fillion semed to . Fans got their wish when on 16th July when Fillion and Director Allan Ungar (Gridlocked) made a fan movie and have released the project on the internet.

The film stars Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake such as Steven Lang as Victor Sullivan, Mircea Monroe as Elena Fisher and Geno Segers as the antagonist. The movie follows the trio as they try to find the lost treasure of Flor De La Mar.

This fan-made movie is independent of the currently still at development Uncharted movie being made at Sony. The official project remained in production hell going through numerous rewrites. Director David Russell (The Fighter, American Hustle) was tasked with directing the movie and joining him was Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake, but due to creative differences David Russell departed the project along with his proposed cast. As of the latest news, Tom Holland (Spiderman: Homecoming, Avengers Infinity War) is currently set to star as Nathan Drake with the movie getting a complete overhaul focusing on Nathan’s younger years.

Whether the movie comes out or not remains to be seen but fans can be happy that a fan made movie is made staring their ideal cast for Nathan Drake and there is hope that this movie follows the example of Deadpool where something similar happened with Ryan Reynolds playing the Merc with a Mouth in a fan made project and due to the positive response the movie was given the green light to be made .

Only time will tell whether the official movie production can change its fortunes.