• Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HOW TO BUY YOUR FIRST BUDGET CAR

Published Date: January 27, 2015
…and not end up with a lemon

…and not end up with a lemon

  Buying your first car and that too on a budget? It is an exciting endeavour a lot like asking out your crush for the first time in high school. It is just as fraught with sanity threatening dangers. But we have you covered here. You are most likely looking into the second...

Cover Story

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Buying your first

Buying your first

You have been working for a few years since you graduated. The hours are long, and if time was not already scarce, it will be when you factor in the amount of time you wait on the sidewalk trying to hail a CNG to and from work. Your patience and pockets wear thin after this daily hassle and you decide to do that very adult thing of buying a car. Your first car. You start doing some research and look around for some second-hand cars over the weekend. Suddenly you don't feel quite so adult anymore.  Too many choices when you think about what you want and too few when...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Car sale jargon

Car sale jargon

When you are out looking for a car, here are a few popular lines you will come across. We have deciphered the real meanings. Dealer says: "I'm trying to get you the best deal because I care for you." What it means: Their job is to sell you a car at the highest profit possible....

Musings

Published Date: January 27, 2015
JOYRIDE

JOYRIDE

I remember those silly days when driving did not appeal to me at all. It was my first few months in Australia, and I would try to dodge any driving lesson my uncle threw my way, because they would bore me to death. 'LL learn, I'll learn ... someday soon, but not today," was...

A SCRUMPTIOUS, LAZY

Published Date: January 27, 2015
weekend brunch

weekend brunch

Oh the sweet joy of not having to wake up to the agony of your 7am alarm clock! Yes, weekend mornings are for sleeping in and day-dreaming, and the cold winter chills are added incentives. If you are feeling lazy, then embrace it and don't feel guilty as weekends are a perfect time...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
A TRUE TASTE OF ASIA

A TRUE TASTE OF ASIA

Vietnamese lamb shanks with sweet potatoes Ingredients: 2 tbsp groundnut oil 4 lamb shanks, about 350g 2 onions, halved and cut into half moons 2 tbsp chopped fresh ginger 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced 2 red chillies, both deseeded, one chopped and one thinly sliced 1 tbsp sugar, plus 1 tsp 2 lemongrass stalks, tough outer leaves removed, then bruised 1.2 litre lamb...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Being Mrs.Dallaway

BRUNCHES are almost always more of an occasion than a simple meal. While we love meeting up with friends around the city, what better way to really enjoy each other's company than to host occasional parties at home? To start things up, you need to learn to set the mood of the party. If you're unsure where to turn for ideas, search for a few good blogs that you can relate to and go from there. Comfort is a big issue....

TIPS

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Combating oily skin

Combating oily skin

It is important to know your skin type as the regimen you are to follow for healthy, glowing skin will vary depending on the nature of your skin. Oily skin is prone to pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. It also tends to be coarser in texture than other skin types as well. If you have...

SPOTLIGHT

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Friday morning unplugged

Friday morning unplugged

“Oh, today I don't feel like doing anything I just wanna lay in my bed Don't feel like picking up my phone, So leave a message at the tone 'Cause today I swear I'm not doing anything” - Bruno Mars DHAKAIITES no longer wake up to the call of the rooster. We have parted with our...

Spotlight

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Much needed downtime

Much needed downtime

In today's high flung society there is always something or the other that require our attention. But is that something truly important? If you're going bonkers trying to write an interesting status on the latest earthquake then you have a serious problem. The solution is simple. Take a break. Shut down your phone for...

SKIP THE GYM...GET FIT

Published Date: January 27, 2015
[Yet more] Diet and exercise myths

[Yet more] Diet and exercise myths

Who doesn't like browsing through articles about diet and exercise myths? I'll tell you what I don't like: the same old myths popping up on my newsfeed. For those of you looking for something that you haven't come across a zillion times already, here are some diet and exercise myths. Better equipment brings better...

FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Warung warriors – part II

Warung warriors – part II

M loved the deep fried squids so much that we went back to Warung Parahyangan for dinner the next day. Our dinners in Bali tended to be late ones as we used to wake up late, have a heavy breakfast, laze around a lot, doze off, have late lunches, early evening coffees. We walked in...

Check it out

Published Date: January 27, 2015
The 20th Dhaka International Trade Fair

The 20th Dhaka International Trade Fair

The Dhaka International Trade Fair is one of the most popular events in Bangladesh providing the best of consumer products amidst a festive and funfilled environment. It is being held at Sher-E-Bangla-Nagar, Dhaka city, from 1 January 2015 and will close on 31 January, 2015. Thousands of people come to the fair to...

HASHTAGS

Published Date: January 27, 2015
A guide to a blissful virtual life

A guide to a blissful virtual life

A quick glance at my Facebook newsfeed can sometimes turn into a never ending ordeal. First there were those whose lives I wanted to follow so intricately that they decided to check in at the loo. But what led to that – a mind wonders? Behold the glory of the egg and rice...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Super Chef is Back

Super Chef is Back

SUPER CHEF is back and it's bigger, better and more competitive then ever before. Bangladesh's biggest culinary competition, Rupchanda-The Daily Star Super Chef returns for a second straight season. Having already carved a niche for itself not only for television viewers but also in the heart of the people of Bangladesh, this year...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Celebrating “Thrive”

Celebrating “Thrive”

Thrive started out when three mothers got together with the simple but meaningful intention of giving hungry children in Dhaka some nutritious food. Development worker Priscilla Heffelfinger and teachers Regina Landor and Gina Gabel were deeply affected by the dire situation of underprivileged children upon moving to Bangladesh. “I have been to many countries...

TIPS

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Know thy hair

Know thy hair

To take good care of your locks, it is important to first know what your hair type is. The easiest chart to follow and the most visually descriptive system would be Andre Walker's hair typing system. This ranges from straight to gradually curlier hair and the best time to truly identify the curls on your head is when it has dried after a wash. The curl patterns can range from a loose wave to tighter curls. For those who do not have as much space in between our curls, the pattern is tight with tons of bends in the strand with hardly any curve which makes the hair extremely susceptible...

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Check it Out

Discount at Int’l Home Wear INTERNATIONAL household product brand, 'International Home Wear,' is offering a 20 percent discount on its products. One of the popular products of the brand is a three-step water purifier made in Thailand.  You can get purified water without having to go through the hassle of boiling it. Other products include cooking utensils, water heating flasks, and crockery such as curry bowls and soup sets. The excellent products of International Home Wear are being sold at...

Published Date: January 21, 2015
Share warmth

Share warmth

The recent cold wave is Mother Nature's way of saying that winter is far from over. After all, it is still more than two weeks till spring makes an appearance. So if you have not yet donated winter clothes, blankets, etc. this is your chance to do some good. We struggle to get out...

Published Date: January 20, 2015
THE PHOTOGRAPHY boom

THE PHOTOGRAPHY boom

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that is the case, which indeed it is, nowadays there are billions of words and stories flying about Bangladesh, in the past decade or so, has witnessed a phenomenal growth in the photography industry. One of the single biggest passions you may find...

  

READER’S CHIT

Published Date: January 20, 2015
HUMBLE FOREBODINGS ON THE 'biye' season

HUMBLE FOREBODINGS ON THE 'biye' season

I do not pen this piece with my usual feisty fervour simply because it is not an attack to those earning a decent livelihood in Bangladesh due to this propagating, mammoth of an industry called the wedding industry. It is rather very aligned with how I generally think, foregoing benefits that might seem attractive in the short run, but detrimental to the wellbeing of a society in the long run. Trends, this ever-evolving word can be such a paradox. A privileged section of us comfortably practice and flaunt it while the other half in Bangladesh, the 'under' achievers gape, behold and compete. Be it the new trend in fashion, shoes,...

DESHI MIX

Published Date: January 20, 2015
Our favourite bird

Our favourite bird

Duck kalia Duck kalia is a South Asian dish popular in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. One very important step in this recipe is to soak and make a rough paste of the whole 'garam masala.' It gives a very distinct flavour, as well as taste. If you wish you can use whole garam masala...

  

Cover Story

Published Date: January 20, 2015
THE ART OF SEEING

THE ART OF SEEING

Photography has taken over creative minds as the most popular form of expression in recent days. From the aspirant street-photographers trying to follow on Henri Cartier-Bresson’s footsteps to the wedding photographers choosing their DSLRs as their tool for making a living – photography in Bangladesh has come a long way since the days when taking a photo was a delicacy. With the upcoming Chobi Mela VIII in mind, this week we take a look at the rise of this mode of creativity. Along with this, we talk to Munem Wasif – a name familiar to every ambitious photographer in the country. Munem, one of the curators of the Chobi...

INTERVIEW

Published Date: January 20, 2015
INSPIRATION FOR THE NEW

INSPIRATION FOR THE NEW

Munem Wasif is one of the first photographers in the Bangladeshi photography scene to make it big on a global platform. What started out as a hobby for this student of sociology has now reached a level of quality for him to be working at the prestigious Agence VU. A documentary photographer, Munem...

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Published Date: January 20, 2015
Veni, Vidi, Vici

Veni, Vidi, Vici

If you like listening to jazz and having some good old 'thin-crusted' Italian Pizza, then all you have to do is get a ride across the Rabindra Sharani in Uttara. Standing tall at road number four, amidst the gleaming lights of a chain of restaurants is the Veni, Vidi, Vici. The restaurant derives its...

SPECIAL FEATURE

Published Date: January 20, 2015
Motherhood essentials for the first year

Motherhood essentials for the first year

A to-be-mum will tell you how quickly the nine months fly by while she postpones making concrete plans for the baby's auspicious arrival. It is only in the last few weeks before the expected child-birth that the real shopping begins and the pressure of anticipation builds up. To assist in that process, here's...

  

SPOTLIGHT

Published Date: January 20, 2015
Where the web's a stage

Where the web's a stage

We have come a long way since Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the internet, coined the term World Wide Web. Who would have thought then that the internet would in a matter of decades come to dominate and sometimes dictate our daily lives? Fast forward from those early days and you see blogging at...

WELL BEING

Published Date: January 20, 2015
The Art of Happiness – Words from His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The Art of Happiness – Words from His Holiness the Dalai Lama

At a fundamental level, all humans are the same – we aspire to happiness. Evidence shows, that happy people are more likely to find a mate, be healthy, live longer, have greater resilience and capacity to deal with adversity and trauma, be more creative, perform better at work and earn higher incomes and have a stronger sense of self-worth.  Cultivating happiness brings tremendous personal rewards but also benefits one's family, community and society, so the question is, how can we be happy?   In this article, I would like to share with you some suggestions from his Holiness the Dalai Lama, on how to be happy. Compassion Science has identified that the...

Published Date: January 20, 2015
THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

Manzurul Islam Khan Musical Concert, An Evening of Ghazal Date: Tuesday, 20 January Time:6pm Venue: AFD Courtyard, Alliance Francaise He is better known as an avid follower of the ghazal legend Jagjit Singh. Manzurul Islam Khan has been performing his solos at some selected places of Bangladesh and India since 1994. He received 'talim' from Ustad Azad Rahman, Ustad Sanjib Dey, Ustad Aminul Haque and Ustad Amjad Rahman in Bangladesh and Ustad Usman Khan, Ustad Sanjoy Chakrabarty in India. He was fortunate enough...

TIPS

Published Date: January 20, 2015
Bid farewell to split ends

Bid farewell to split ends

We have all experienced splitting hair at one point or the other. Daily wear and tear takes its toll on our delicate manes. Because of different styling products, our hair is even more vulnerable than before to split ends. Hair damage is inevitable. A survey conducted by a reputed hair-care brand reveals that 91 per cent of women damage their hair every day by simple activities, such as brushing wet hair! A misconception is that dry hair results in split ends. This could not be further from the truth as people with straight hair have also suffered from the curse of split ends. It's all about the hair cuticle. Although...

Published Date: January 20, 2015
CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

Weekend rhythm and colours! Amari  is one of the most renowned hotels in Dhaka. Whether you are planning a distinctly luxurious weekend or simply needing to relax, their new weekend package will provide a cosy escape at the stunning price of 13,999BDT per night. Take advantage of their package to enjoy a special getaway...

NEWS FLASH

Published Date: January 20, 2015
Top Restaurants of 2014

COCA-COLA Bangladesh sponsored the Top Restaurants of 2014, a two-day event recognising and awarding the best restaurants in Dhaka, based on customer reviews on the online food review platform, Dhaka Foodies (www.thedhakafoodies.com). The event was held on 9 and 10 January, 2015 and was the first of its kind in Bangladesh. The event took place at the Army Museum field at Bijoy Sharani. Present among the guests were Shadab Khan, Country Director of Coca-Cola Bangladesh as the Chief Guest, Siddikur...

POP UP

Published Date: January 20, 2015
Coffee's health benefits

A wonderful warm cup of morning coffee can also have its health benefits. Caffeine in coffee stimulates the brain and nervous system, and may lower risk of diabetes, Parkinson's disease, mood problems, headaches and even cavities. Some scientists say coffee has many beneficial substances, including chlorogenic acid, a compound in the antioxidant family that may improve sugar metabolism. Another perk is that coffee contains magnesium, a mineral that can also improve insulin sensitivity and enhance glucose tolerance -- thumbs up...

TIPS

Published Date: January 20, 2015
Calling Hygeia!

KIDS grow up so fast. It is not always possible to keep up with their speed. They enjoy running around the house, playing outdoor games and coming up with ideas for hundred and one other things. And unknowingly, they tend to pick up germs because no matter how much you try, it is not possible to monitor their every move. And you shouldn't. We should allow our children to enjoy their childhood. However, it is very important to teach your...

Check it out

Published Date: January 20, 2015
Tarshito: Embroider the World

“Creativity is not mine alone, I leave my mind open and it is divine forces that manifest their creativity through my art” –Niccolo Strippoli Tarshito It is a wonderful story that transcends boundaries, breaks the barriers of language, mixes fate and destiny to give birth to art, as we hear of Tarshito's journey to Bangladesh. Her story is narrated by Luva Nahid Choudhury, Director-General of Bengal Foundation in the dimming lights of the winter evening in a wonderful crowd dotted...

Published Date: January 19, 2015
The art of seeing

The art of seeing

  Photography has taken over creative minds as the most popular form of expression in recent days. With the upcoming Chobi Mela VIII in mind, this week we take a look at the rise of this mode of creativity. Along with this, we talk to Munem Wasif – a name familiar to every ambitious photographer...

Published Date: January 14, 2015
Celebrate Sakrain

Celebrate Sakrain

14 January marks the celebration of Poush Sankranti. Popularly known as Sakrain in Old Dhaka, the day is celebrated with kite flying and fireworks. It is a time when you go the rooftops with your friends and enjoy the kite flying, or kite fighting, where opponents try to cut out the strings of...

Published Date: January 13, 2015
A rainbow for your tresses!

A rainbow for your tresses!

For those of us belonging to the fairer sex category, it wasn't that too long ago that we shared a certain affinity with ribbons. Whether it was two pony-tails slung over the shoulder or a fish-tail braid, it was only expected to top off the look with a ribbon nicely holding the hair-do...

Published Date: January 13, 2015
Not a dull season

Not a dull season

The alarm clock on my phone demanded that I wake up. But the warm and cosy blanket insisted otherwise. Rubbing my eyes, I checked the clock: 7am. In any other season of the year, sunlight would have poured into my bedroom, which was enough to throw off the blanket and start the day....

Spotlight

Published Date: January 13, 2015
A VIBRANT SKYLINE

A VIBRANT SKYLINE

Who does not want to relish in a burst of colours and energies, to dive into a world of festival and celebration? We all do. And we have an occasion on 14 January, to do just that. Poush Sankranti (a.k.a. Makar Sankranti) is also fondly called the Sakrain festival in Old Dhaka. The day...

THE FEARLESS OLIVE

Published Date: January 13, 2015
Bidding adieu to Poush

Bidding adieu to Poush

As winter prepares to bid us a hasty farewell, we will get one last chance to offer this season our goodbyes as the traditional Poush Shankranti mela will be celebrated by Hindus all over, on 14 January, the last day of the month of Poush. Known as Pongal in South India, Makar Sankranti...

FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD

Published Date: January 13, 2015
Warung warriors

Warung warriors

Bali is magnificient. Specially Sanur, where we stayed. Laid back, stress free, traffic sparse, family oriented. None of the party craze that Kuta is so famous for. Our hotel was a beachfront with a grand span of relatively calm water. The beach was dotted with comfortable seating and a bar facing the sea. Room...

Special Feature

Published Date: January 13, 2015
SHOWSTOPPER blouses

SHOWSTOPPER blouses

The concept of a "blouse piece" seems old news these days. Even a year ago, a huge factor in the purchase of a sari was whether it came with a blouse piece that matched it exactly. In case the sari came without, women had a few default blouses in stock which they would...

LS SUGGESTS

Published Date: January 13, 2015
Re-evaluating Ribbons

Re-evaluating Ribbons

Nowadays, there is a variety of options to choose from while you think about dressing your hair. There are different types of clips, bands, headbands etc. However, the use of ribbons is a rarity now despite the trend of accessorising your hairdos. Back in the days, it was a common sight to see ribbons decorating the hair-dos of many women. If one recalls, she may remember her mother or grand-mother, sitting pretty in the morning, with a ribbon keeping their hair-styles tidily in place. Ribbons are one of the oldest decorative and adorning materials for your hair. Cloth ribbons are made of natural materials such silk, velvet, cotton, and of...

Spotlight

Published Date: January 13, 2015
Fuss-free indoor plants

Fuss-free indoor plants

Who doesn't love indoor plants? It's always refreshing to have a few of Mother Nature's representatives around the home.Not only are they great looking, they are also good for your health as they encourage oxygen circulation in the house. However, while the idea of indoor plants may be appealing, the reality is not...

LOVING AND LIVING WITH PLANTS

Published Date: January 13, 2015
Winter Fest - dancing with colours!

Winter Fest - dancing with colours!

Keeping in mind our urban limitations, I am going to share my experience with a nursery – better to call it a garden that many of us perhaps never noticed. This nursery - located opposite to the American Embassy at Baridhara Embassy Road - grew through the years at the empty plot of...

Special Feature

Published Date: January 13, 2015
Working overtime: Job prospects for seniors

Working overtime: Job prospects for seniors

The current dependency ratio, calculated using only the dependents above 64 years of age, stood at 7.28 in Bangladesh, according to a 2012 World Bank report. This ratio is supposed to show that each person who is a part of Bangladesh's working population, aged 15-64, is hypothetically responsible for 7 senior citizens; i.e....

MUSINGS

Published Date: January 13, 2015
I see my child in them

I see my child in them

Motherhood has instilled in me a different type of emotion, an emotion whose existence I was unaware of in those pre-mummy years of life. Today, when I see suffering children, turbulent emotions rupture my heart. Sometimes, I shed tears in silence. I ask myself if this emotional overflow is because of my new identity as a mother. Perhaps. Every child deserves a happy childhood. But to millions of children around the world, "happiness" is a word that carries little or no meaning. Many a child's childhood is snatched away at such an early age that they never know what it feels like to go to school five days a week,...

TIPS

Published Date: January 13, 2015
Eating healthy

Eating healthy

Taking care of yourself should be at the top of your priority list. Start small but do start. Take an early morning jog everyday and begin your breakfast with some homemade orange juice and an assortment of fruits. We have compiled some tips to help you get started. Cutting down on rice and other...

TIPS

Published Date: January 13, 2015
Care for the curls

Care for the curls

Those with natural curls know how difficult it is to tame curly hair to one's liking. More often than not, it proves to be an impossible task. The key to managing curly hair is to know bits and pieces of information which really go a long way in changing your hair from a poufy mess to a unique hairstyle. Here are a few tips to help you realise the potential of your curly hair. Don't comb it out: It may sound strange, but after you wash your hair, don't comb your hair and just let it air-dry. The curls that form will be shapelier. Combing or brushing curly hair disrupts...