Shaer Reaz

Shaer started his writing career with The Rising Stars, the former youth magazine of The Daily Star. After joining full-time, this Dhaka University Economics major has been a crucial part of Shift, Bytes and Next-Step - the automotive, technology and career pages of the paper. When he isn't reviewing the latest cars to hit the local market or day-dreaming about the potential of 5G, he's usually seen staying back late at night, hammering out data visualisations for Star Weekend. Based on the number of screens and touch sensitive surfaces you can usually find around him, it's safe to say he welcomes the robots that will rule humanity in the future. In official capacity, however, Shaer currently serves as the Deputy Digital Editor of The Daily Star, digitally repackaging print stories, producing online exclusive news and features, data driven interactives and more.

January 25, 2020
January 25, 2020

Can masks alone protect you from coronavirus?

Images of viral outbreaks are often accompanied by throngs of people wearing surgical masks in public places, and they’ve become the first line of defence in such situations. However, their...

December 13, 2019
December 13, 2019

Weariness in the age of fake news

Two weeks ago, in a rare appearance out of character at an event organised by the Anti-Defamation League, British comedian and actor Sasha Baron Cohen called out Facebook founder and CEO Mark...

December 6, 2019
December 6, 2019

Switching to the family life

Suzuki, everyone’s favourite Japanese-Indian manufacturer of bargain automobiles, has been doing rather well recently. The Swift (and its hotter sibling, the Swift Sport)

November 20, 2019
November 20, 2019

1990 Toyota Soarer Z20

The first time I came across the Toyota Soarer was in an ad for its Lexus clone, the SC400, in a crumbling issue of Road and Track magazine from 1992 that I borrowed from my cousin in 2002.

November 8, 2019
October 17, 2019
October 17, 2019

Root cause of ailing student politics

Upon seeing the news of student politics being banned on campus in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) recently, a few crucial factors to consider stand out regarding Abrar...

October 16, 2019
October 16, 2019

MiniGT Honda Civic Type R FK8

Malaysia, despite being car crazy and sporting a healthy tuner lifestyle, is surprisingly low on the scale of places where you can pick up a good die-cast. I did manage, though, and walked away...

October 16, 2019
October 16, 2019

BMW M Track Days 2019

Through October 3rd to 7th, BMW owners and media personnel from around Asia were invited by BMW Group Asia to attend BMW M Track Days 2019 at Malaysia’s Sepang Formula 1 circuit. Over the course of...

October 14, 2019
October 14, 2019

FIFA 20 – finally delivering on the “simulation” promise?

Of all of Electronic Arts’ cash grab games (just being honest), FIFA is probably the only game that is seemingly untouchable and beyond reproach by fans and onlookers alike.

September 26, 2019
September 26, 2019

Changing tastes in a growing car market

The market for automobiles in Bangladesh, especially the four-wheeler segment, is as small as it is diverse. With brand new car dealerships seeing about 80-90 units go out the doors on the popular...