Sunday, August 17, 2014 | 00:25

A story to be told

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Necessity is the mother of invention, literature is the grandchild of crisis!

Last five months, most of the spaces of my thought were captivated by one thing – telling a story about an ongoing history.

It’s published now!

I was not always very happy in working at G&R. I actually attempted to quit several times and plan my career in a whole different way. But somehow I wasn’t able to do that. Love often causes pain and for some strange reason, we always accept it, and often enjoy it.

Some stories to be told loudly as most people don’t want to hear – we all are busy telling our stories.

categories: around me | family | madness | my work | office | thoughts
Sunday, September 08, 2013 | 12:33

a brand that reaches hearts

I was happy to see the update which appeared as a sponsored stories in my news feed today. This is a name I know from my childhood. Back in 1990s Mimi Chocolate was a name which was only synonymous with happiness. It was really exciting to see their updates and very soon i’ve found that there are many other people like me who were excited too. i saw (till 13:00 Dhaka time) around 3,000 likes, nearly 200 shares, 116 comments which are very abnormally relevant and most importantly not a single spam!

as a part of my job, i used to look at the social media activities of most local big brands. often i feel really bad to see how people interact with their activities.

categories: my work | office | social media | thoughts
Friday, February 22, 2013 | 18:42

amar bornomala, the next steps

the amar bornomala team is working hard to release the 2nd font. you’ll be able to download it from the same site. we are also collecting people’s feedback for the 3rd font which going to be released on next pohela boishakh.

those who believe in bangla keep the same right to contribute in developing it. we are expecting your active and constructive inputs so that we can set some standards for bangla fonts. we hope it’ll help the upcoming typographers to be more interested in developing new bangla fonts.

you can upload a scan copy of your handwritings here which may include the suggestions for how you want to see the alphabets. based on experts selections, we’ll create a font combining different handwritings of different alphabets.

categories: amar bornomala | download | my work | thoughts
Thursday, February 21, 2013 | 22:55

to download the new bangla font amar bornomala

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the new free bangla font launched by amar bornomala is open to download since the 1st minute after it was inaugurated by the prime minister sheikh hasina. in last 22 hours it got around 3,000 downloads. if you yet to download it, please use this link.

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categories: download | my work | typography
Thursday, February 21, 2013 | 15:27

Amar Bornomala – a journey began

the beginning was back in 2010 when i first started thinking about an academic thesis entitled ‘amar bornomala o somosamoyik bangla typography‘ (my alphabets and contemporary bangla typography). those were some dots which needed to be connected.

in last two years i’ve tried to connect those dots. i’ve talked with several people, organizations, institutes to get supports. but i’ve never imagined that the honorable prime minister will inaugurate this initiative!

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categories: download | madness | my work | typography
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | 14:30

Building an Internet Company in Bangladesh

these slides were presented at Dhaka Startup Weekend, held in 10 – 12 January 2013. the learnings are real and you can ask for the details. we have the stories to tell you.

categories: madness | my work | office | sleepless nights | thoughts
Saturday, October 20, 2012 | 01:09

when social media managed by unsocial people

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facebook is doing a really great business in Bangladesh though we don’t have a proper, easy or legal way to make international payments. i think the amount is bigger than many other countries who might have a better way to make payments! from my personal assessments i think very recently facebook is getting more orders than their capacity!

well, is this a good sign? i am sure very few of you will come with a straight answer. i am considering it as ‘growth of stupidity’.

i used to login to facebook to see these stupidities and i am paid for that. my friends (except business owners, spammers), once who were the reason of using facebook now hardly post anything there.

being social doesn’t mean ‘facebook’ and engagement doesn’t mean increasing the number of ‘likes’. if you really think that way – pity on you, you actually never have a balance social life or you have very boring friends.

categories: around me | madness | my work | sleepless nights | thoughts
Thursday, August 16, 2012 | 01:22

facebook apps – a new culture for businesses in bangladesh

i’ve started working with designing facebook apps since february 2012. it was a great feeling after completing the 1st one which was ‘my special valentine‘ launched by airtel. it was a great experience to see how people interact with the big brands.

in the later months airtel has given us the chance to create few more apps like bangladesh in my lens, ankbo amra dekhbe bishwa and monsoon in my lens. each of these apps have engaged the audiences in different ways and brought some wonderful returns for airtel.

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categories: around me | love | madness | my work | office | sleepless nights | thoughts
Saturday, July 21, 2012 | 16:57

social media trends in bangladesh

for any Bangladeshi brand, suddenly it became very essential to have a facebook page. hundreds of companies are coming with a new kind of service – social media management which include facebook page management, facebook campaign management, application development etc.

last March on the occasion of independence day of Bangladesh, airtellbuzz, the social hub of airtel bangladesh, launched photo competition through their facebook page. it brought a tremendous return which later drive other brands to follow it.

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categories: around me | my work | sleepless nights | thoughts
Saturday, July 21, 2012 | 01:17

Internet trends in Bangladesh

this article was published in IT & Telecom page of The Daily Star on 13 July 2012.

The rapid growth of digital technology is fundamentally changing the world as we know it. Global internet penetration in 2010 stood at 1.9 billion people and is expected to grow to 5 billion by 2015. It is unsurprising that with this in mind, information in the world (videos, music, documents etc.) that is stored online is also projected to grow from 800 exabytes to 53 zetabytes (eMarketer, 2011).

To put this into context, Google recently announced that there is 60 hours of video (YouTube Blog, 2012) uploaded onto YouTube each and every minute.

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