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Meet Priya, the tiger-riding superhero who fights off the evil in our society

The world is changing. And so are our heroes. Meet Priya, a tiger-riding, evil vanquishing superheroine from India. No more of the cliched “knight in shining amour”. This comic crusader is someone girls from the subcontinent can look up to and feel empowered. The first launch of the series was in December of 2014, exactly 2 years after the gruesome gang-rape of a young woman in Delhi.

Priya: The Origin Story

The first edition, Priya’s Shakhti, shows the origin story of Priya. She is a humble girl from a quaint village in India. In a horrible turn of events, Priya gets raped by men of her village. When she informs her family of the ordeal, her family shuns and ostracizes her. Instead of serving justice, the village elders blame her for provoking the men. Scared and lost, Priya flees to the forest to end her life. The goddess Parvati sees her plight and offers her retribution. Together, they confront the rapists and put an end to sexual violence. Priya, with her newfound powers, goes on to stop sexual violence and battle the stigma around rape and rape victims.

Priya And The Lost Girls: The Plot

In the second edition, Priya’s Mirror, Priya joins forces with acid-attack victims to combat acid attack on women. The third edition picks off right after. Priya returns home and finds that there are no girls left in her village. They have been trapped by the powerful sex-trafficker Rahu, an evil demon who runs an underground brothel. Priya mounts her flying tiger, Sahas, and approaches Rahu’s den. Like all superheroes, she fights the evil demon and defeats him. All the women who were forced to work as sex-workers were freed.

What is interesting is the fact the writer and creator, Ram Devineni, portrays the real challenge that most superhero comics do not; the societal scorn and stigma against sex-workers. He effectively shows how the current society makes it difficult for victims of sex-trafficking to integrate back into normal life.

The Impact

Storytelling is a very powerful tool. A story can help to change people’s hearts and shape their minds. The Priya comic series effectively addresses how survivors of sexual assault and violence are treated in society, especially in the Indian subcontinent. The core message is, the shame belongs to the attacker and not the survivor.

This Bangladeshi 3D animation film looks stunning! Watch the trailer for “Tomorrow”

These are exciting times! The film industry of Bangladesh has come a long way from the cliched “poor boy meets rich girl” stories. Bangladesh has seen an influx of tasteful films and dramas, and these films have been critically acclaimed on international platforms. Now we have an animated film underworks.

Cycore Studio presents “Tomorrow”, a twenty-five minutes long 3D animated film. The budget for this film is one crore taka and it has been directed by Mohammad Shihab Uddin.

The film is set to be premiered on 29th November.

It will be premiered worldwide on 30th November at 7 pm, on channel Dipto. The animated film will also be available on YouTube after the worldwide premier.

The Plot

The film shows the world in a morbid state with melting ice-caps, rising sea level, depleted fossil fuel, polluted air and so on. It depicts that in a not-so-distant future, low-lying countries like Bangladesh are getting submerged due to global warming. The future of the world is uncertain and dark.

The film centres around the protagonist, a young boy from Bangladesh named Ratul who did not care much for the environment. But all that changes one day when he meets a spiritual and supernatural being, Batasher Buro. This supernatural being shows Ratul how mankind has slowly destroyed Earth. Ratul resolves himself to save the world and he calls on all the other children around the globe. Together, they embark upon a journey to save the world.

The Message

The film intends to illustrate the impact of global warming and how imperative it is to make a stand. Since the primary viewers will be kids and teenagers, the film will try to empower the young minds and motivate them to work for the sustainability of the environment.

Uber now lets you share your trip with fellow passengers who are going to the same direction

Ridesharing giant Uber continues to make our lives easier. Earlier this year, Uber apparently launched their CNG services in Chittagong. And now, Uber comes up with Uber Pool in Dhaka which lets you share your trip with other users.

Read more: Uber has launched CNG services in Chittagong, apparently

What is Uber Pool?

Uber Pool is the most affordable car-ride option in comparison to Uber’s other offers. Uber Pool allows a user to share the trip with other riders going towards the same or nearby destinations. The fare of the trip is shared between the riders and according to Uber, a rider can save up to 30% compared to a regular UberX ride. Anyone can call for an Uber Pool from the ride options using the app.

Uber now lets you share your trip with fellow passengers who are going to the same direction
Source: Uber Blog

How does it work?

Uber Pool, comes with a set of conditions. A rider cannot choose a custom pick-up or drop-off point. Uber has an algorithm in place for this. For the algorithm to determine an efficient pick-up and drop-off point, it factors in the location of the driver, the location of the rider, the location of other riders and the best route to reach the common destination.

Uber now lets you share your trip with fellow passengers who are going to the same direction

That means anyone hailing an Uber Pool will have to walk to the pick-up point within the allotted time. And chances are, the drop-off point is a bit far from the desired destination. It takes longer than usual for the app to match with a ride because the Uber app has to search nearby drivers, riders, routes and use the algorithm to ascertain the best possible pick-up and drop-off locations.

All UberX cars are available for Uber Pool. So, one can safely bet that there will be no compromise in the quality of the service.

Where is it available?

Uber Pool is currently available in most parts of Dhaka including Pallabi, Mirpur, Shaymoli, Tejgaon, Farmgate, Dhanmondi, Kalabagan, Hathkhola, Arambag, Motijheel, Mohakhali, Gulshan, Banani and so on.

It is obvious that Uber Pool will be very helpful for commuters during the office rush-hours and during sudden downpours.