• Saturday, November 01, 2014

Published Date: October 28, 2014
TEA VS COFFEE Into hot water

TEA VS COFFEE Into hot water

Those of us who had Economics in high school are very familiar with the concept of 'substitutes'. That is, if I cannot get A then I am happy to stick to B. The most widely used example when we explained 'substitutes' in our exam papers was the so-called alternative between tea and coffee....

SHOP SPECIAL

Published Date: October 28, 2014
AMBER LIFESTYLE opens new outlet

AMBER LIFESTYLE opens new outlet

With the aim of bringing international quality western clothes to the trendy Bangladeshi population, Amber Lifestyle has opened with a bang at Jamuna Future Park. Spread over an expanse of 20,000 square feet, the store is open, airy, and well-decorated in understated wooden tones. There are clothing lines within the store that are separated into different sections and have their own names: Blue Blood, Lord Martini, Ice Lava, Kid's Zone and so on. The store hosts every type of clothing you might require: menswear, ladieswear, kidswear, perfumes and fashion accessories. Amber Lifestyle has a large collection of authentic leather items such as wallets, ladies' handbags, men's messenger bags, shoes and belts....

SPECIAL FEATURE

Published Date: October 28, 2014
Hunting down the haunting

Hunting down the haunting

The spooky occasion is knocking at the door. Halloween - All Hallows' Eve - is on 31 October. The festival is celebrated with much gusto in many parts of the world, and our country is slowly but surely catching on. Back from the dead This spooky (or rather cute and joyous, depending on how you...

TWO PEAS IN A POD

Published Date: October 28, 2014
Halloween haunts

Halloween haunts

Trick or treat, which will you choose this year for the ancient Celtic festival Samhain? As the season of Late Autumn leaves us with dazzling evening skies and a slight nip in the air tells us winter is approaching, we bring to you some of the healthiest Halloween dishes you can conjure up...

  

FOOD-0-GRAM

Published Date: October 28, 2014
NOT JUST A CUP OF COFFEE

NOT JUST A CUP OF COFFEE

Coffee's journey has been a long one, making its way all over the world; starting from Ethiopia, Yemen, Istanbul and  Venice to the royal court of King Louis XIV, where it was made fashionable to drink coffee. The Europeans did give us coffee but it was nothing compared to what the Americans have...

LS EVENT

Published Date: October 28, 2014
The Final Mystery: The second last round

The Final Mystery: The second last round

With only six participants remaining, the competition has nearly reached its ending. Three would be eliminated today. Those that have passed, would stand to win a guarantee of three lakh taka, and it was not going to be so easy. Having already faced numerous obstacles, this one was supposed to be the hardest....

DECOR

Published Date: October 28, 2014
KITCHEN ACCESSORIES

KITCHEN ACCESSORIES

For many people, their hurried lifestyle means that they spend less time preparing and eating their food. No wonder people who live on junk food and take little time to relax and enjoy a meal, suffer more from stress. Meal time is to enjoy being with our family and friends. It is important that...

  

LS PICK

Published Date: October 28, 2014
Best coffee in town: The Top 3

Best coffee in town: The Top 3

When it comes to quality coffee in Dhaka, it truly is a case of "The Best and the Rest". What started out as a quest for Top 5 coffee places in town, soon dwindled down to Top 3, as coffee lovers voted for the following cafes more than the other places combined. So what...

TIPS

Published Date: October 28, 2014
Eating less is not eating healthy

The word “on a diet” is probably one of the most misunderstood phrases out there. When we are dissatisfied with our weight, we solemnly pledge to go on a diet. For some reason, people equate this to starvation. So the next time you are awestruck by a new fad diet you have read about in a magazine, remember that eating less is not the same thing as eating healthy. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is about having a lot of...

LS SUGGESTS

Published Date: October 28, 2014
For a smart kitchen

For a smart kitchen

There was a time when domestic helps would manually pound spices into a paste or when specialised butchers would cut chunks of meat into specific dish-appropriate shapes and sizes. With the widespread availability of kitchen appliances, preparing mouth-watering, restaurant-styled food has become easier. These gadgets save time and effort and serve multiple purposes...

SPOT LIGHT

Published Date: October 28, 2014
Houses of mourning

Houses of mourning

Much has been penned down about 'the narrow, winding alleys' of Old Dhaka, so much so that the phrase has somewhat become a cliché. Nevertheless, we go back, again and again to those very alleys, because there we find pieces of our history scattered all around. Abul Hasnat Road is a glorious example. As...

STAR TECH

Published Date: October 28, 2014
Greenify and task-killers: Dilemma of an Android user

Greenify and task-killers: Dilemma of an Android user

ANDROID task killers -- we've all downloaded and installed them. Some believe they miraculously speeds up their Android device, while others say they boosts their battery life. Truth is the Android system works quite well on own without task-killers and has excellent Ram management. Although some still argue this statement, over time it...

Published Date: October 28, 2014
Turning your home into a WiFi zone!

WIRELESS internet has to be greatest invention for the modern man with a suave smartphone in hand, checking his mails, running his business and taking the occasional selfie. And to think of a restaurant these days without free WiFi is horrifying to some – how else do you check-in with all you friends? In this age of modern technology, being connected to the world via cellular service or the internet takes top priority in everyone's to-do list from the businessman...

EVENT

Published Date: October 28, 2014
Speak up

Speak up

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is an annual campaign -- undertaken by many organisations worldwide -- to improve awareness on breast cancer.        Bangladesh Mohila Samity (BMS) is one such organisation. Among many other ventures, one of the projects of BMS is S. A. Breast Cancer Detection Center and Awareness Program.   On 22 October, 2014 BMS organised a counselling session for its registered breast cancer patients to observe a Pink Ribbon Day. The event was held at the conference lounge of National Press Club, Dhaka. Selina Hossain, an eminent writer and Chairperson of Bangladesh Shishu Academy was the chief guest of the event. Prof. Dr. Golam Mohiuddin Faruque, head of...

Published Date: October 28, 2014
NEWS FLASH

NEWS FLASH

Beans and aroma “COFFEE House er shei adda tah aj ar nei' - perhaps one of the most famous lyrics of all time. If looked into the metaphorical line in depth, it reminds one of all those lazy afternoons spent sipping coffee in a cafe with friends and dear ones, however this picture may...

Published Date: October 28, 2014
CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

Office Dressing – Cats Eye Ltd Cats Eye has bought new and a variety in their collection of formal wear for the corporate executives. For working women, Cats Eye has introduced formal wear inspired from western trends. Apart from this, co-brand Monsoon Rain has formal wear collection. For more updates login to www.facebook.com/CatsEyeLtd. The haunted Peninsula The Peninsula Chittagong has been successfully celebrating Halloween themed parties for the last two years. And it has become one of the most popular and appreciated theme parties for the people of the port city. This year the hotel has come up with the theme, 'Zombie Hospital for Halloween Part-3'. To celebrate Halloween and to provide...

POP UP

Published Date: October 28, 2014
Drink water before you're thirsty

If you wait until you are thirsty, then you're already dehydrated. Instead of experiencing that dry-mouth feeling, get into the routine of drinking a glass of water every hour or so, whether you're thirsty or not. And, if you need extra incentive to keep refueling, try out a new hydration habit: flavour your water with lemon, cucumber, herbs, etc.

Published Date: October 27, 2014
The mystery box

The mystery box

Only six participants now remain in the Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014. After tonight, there will only be three. Tonight, Ntv will host the second last episode of this culinary competition. This week, the challenge will come in the form of a mystery box. The contestants will have to make an unique and delicious...

Published Date: October 26, 2014
Recipes that will haunt you!

Recipes that will haunt you!

Trick or treat, which will you choose this year for the ancient Celtic festival Samhain? Hallows' Eve this year will be held on 31 October. Rising to the occasion, Reema Islam, one of our food columnists, brings you some of the healthiest Halloween dishes you can conjure up and feel relentlessly macabre while serving...

Published Date: October 25, 2014
Tea or coffee?

Tea or coffee?

​Those of us who had Economics in high school are very familiar with the concept of ‘substitutes’. That is, if I cannot get A then I am happy to stick to B. The most widely used example when we explained ‘substitutes’ in our exam papers was the so-called alternative between tea and coffee....

Published Date: October 23, 2014
The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

After a long and tiring week of working, if you are looking to rejuvenate your senses, experience some great music and just sit back and unwind, we have the perfect solution for you! Tomorrow -- Friday 24 October that is -- share the experience of soulful music by The Blues Brothers at Mermaid Gallery...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
THE SHAPE OF SHIRTS TO COME

THE SHAPE OF SHIRTS TO COME

  Shirts nowadays are not the boring, old piece of garment that they used to be once upon a time. There are many different styles available, and there is something for everyone. Any discussion about shirts is rather deficient if it does not begin with the Holy Grail, the white shirt. For ages, it has been the most important and influential part of a stylish woman's closet. What makes it phenomenal is the versatility. You wear it to the office in the morning with tailored black pants and pearl or solitaire studs and nude lipstick, and then in the evening your friends make plans for dinner at the swanky new eatery....

  

Cover Story

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Shirt Tales

Shirt Tales

Shirts, for a very long time, without a shadow of doubt, have been the unsung heroes of a woman's closet. A crisp white shirt has been, and still is an absolute essential office wear, whereas a pastel coloured one can seamlessly convert from daywear to nightwear. Plaid shirts paired with blue jeans have been the saving grace when one wants to be casual and comfortable and yet look pulled together. And how can one forget the satin/silk/chiffon ones that are simple enough to wear when lunching with the ladies and yet look chic and sophisticated at night time gatherings? For the longest time shirts have seen us through many fashion crises...

Special Feature

Published Date: October 21, 2014
HERBS

HERBS

Healthy food is often criticised for being deficient in terms of taste and consumers are frequently unaware of the numerous health benefits that these foods possess. The multiple uses of different herbs and spices however, can be utilised to their full potential without compromising on taste. Incorporate these into everyday foods and beverages...

Aappayon

Published Date: October 21, 2014
ONE FOR THE veggies

ONE FOR THE veggies

Pea shoots stir-fry Pea shoots, or motor shaak, are the tips of the vines and the top set of leaves of the pea plant. They are considered a "shaak". Green leafy vegetables are typically nutrient-dense. This means that for very few calories (5 per cup) you get large amounts of vitamins and minerals. Pea...

  

EVENT

Published Date: October 21, 2014
FOOD TALK

FOOD TALK

In recent years, there has been a culinary explosion in Dhaka. What was once a part of exotic Travel and Living shows is suddenly everyone's cup of tea. Hangouts and dates have shifted to increasingly diverse restaurants of varied cuisines and the traditional food complemented by styles and tastes from China to Italy....

NAWAAB'S

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Tastes of a long gone era

Tastes of a long gone era

The term “Nawaab” has always been synonymous with wealth, power and luxury. A “Nawaab” was originally an honourific title given to a state ruler by the reigning Mughal Emperor. The title did, however, still continue to exist even after the fall of the Mughal Empire. In British India, land was awarded to Indians...

  

LS EVENT

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Super Chef 2014: The Last Few Hurdles

Super Chef 2014: The Last Few Hurdles

This week, Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014, picked up once again from where it left off. Shawkat Osman, one of the judges, held a cooking demonstration for the participants last week, where they all learned how to make a tricky dish. During that segment, the participants learned a quiet few brand new techniques....

DECOR

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Teenager's Room

Teenager's Room

A home is a sanctuary, a place where we can, if we want, wear sloppy unflattering clothes, practice our disco dance moves and stop trying to hold in our stomach muscles. To counteract the stresses of busy working lives, the home needs to be a place where we can relax unobserved. Bedrooms are private...

  

TRAVELOGUE

Published Date: October 21, 2014
The rainbow at the end of the waterfall

The rainbow at the end of the waterfall

At the sight of the last mountain-carved stairway after hours of uphill trekking, Shaun Ironmonger and I started a race to the top. Our backs bent by the baggage, and feet lethargic till a moment ago, we scrambled up the flight of stairs, the peak almost within reach. Less than three hours ago...

  

LS SUGGESTS

Published Date: October 21, 2014
For a better TOMORROW

For a better TOMORROW

The first month's salary that a graduate earns seems to be all the money in the world. But a few months down the road, the young professional begins wondering where all the money goes. For a better income, consider investing some money. Now don't shun away with the excuse that with your small income putting aside an amount would be impossible. Even if you earned more, it is likely that you would have continued to spend all the money. It's more about self-control and the attitude with which you manage. One of the many ways to be in control is using mobile applications which focus on keeping track of your money....

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Do you have insurance?

The daily news of distant wars, a virus that threatens mankind's existence, chemically-tainted food and more ways to die than the west ever knew, all make today's world the perfect setting for a dystopian, post-apocalyptic novel. Unfortunately, unlike a novel where a reluctant hero always saves the day, in real life we are left to our own devices. Thus, seeing the chaos around us, now is a good time as any to prepare. And the best way to prepare...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

The Work of Leadership: Facing The Adaptive Challenges Date: Friday, October 24 Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm Venue: Bangladesh Diesel Plant Auditorium, Shimultoli, Gazipur City Corporation Bangladesh still lags behind in various sectors and one of the main reasons is the lack of leadership skills. But anyone can be a leader with the necessary training. This leadership workshop...

LOVING AND LIVING WITH PLANTS

Published Date: October 21, 2014
When streets gain life

Busker Fest is an annual street performers' festival that takes place at different locations in Canada. This year, the event was at Dundas Street – at the centre of the beautiful town of Toronto. The purpose of Busker Fest is to showcase the world's best street performances to city dwellers and visitors alike. The idea and initiative to stage the World Buskers' Festival came from a group of local street performers who were very vocal about their exclusion from festivals....

FITNESS

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Pranayama for health and vitality

Pranayama for health and vitality

When the Breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the Breath is still, so is the mind still - Hatha Yoga Pradipika RANA is life force.  It is the energy within us that makes us alive.  In Sufism, it is referred to as the Force, in Chinese and Japanese philosophy, as Chi and Ki. ...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

Dove Day DOVE, a personal care brand of Unilever, runs a self-esteem project that promotes  beauty as a source of confidence, not anxiety. Globally conducted research shows that 9 out of 10 young girls want to change something about their physical appearance, which is a result of social pressure coming from external sources. The Dove...

NEWS FLASH

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Free treats for travellers

CBL Munchee, for four days prior to Eid, treated tasty chocolate coated wafer, Next, to homebound people traveling by bus to different destinations from Dhaka. The happy moment of going home became more exiting for all the people when they received Next. Not only to the bus travelers, CBL Munchee provided Next to the shoppers of Swapna, Unimart and other super shops. To share the happiness on this special occasion of Eid, the company gave away family packs of Next absolutely...

POP UP

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Aroma around you

It is easy to make your own air freshener. Fill a spray bottle with 8 drops, each of three different air-freshening essential oils.  We recommend mixing wild orange, sandalwood and clove essential oils. Tea tree, eucalyptus and lemon also make a good fragrant combination. Don't forget to add half to one cup of water and you are set to spray.  

Published Date: October 20, 2014
And soon it’ll all be over

And soon it’ll all be over

In tonight’s episode of the culinary competition, two more participants will be eliminated. The elimination rounds have been going on for weeks now, and after four contestants making exit on the last week, the number of contestants now stands at eight. Two more will be sent home tonight. This  episode  will  see  Shaheda ...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Tired of meat?

Tired of meat?

It’s been two weeks since Qurbani, and our limit of red meat has surely crossed the red line by now. Wrapping up the feast has become long overdue. So, we thought we can provide you with some delicious vegetarian recipes. Shawkat Osman, our food columnist, comes handy. Read his piece, ‘One for the Veggies’,...

Published Date: October 18, 2014
Start a hobby

Start a hobby

Instead of spending countless hours on social media during the weekend, do something productive and fun! Get a hobby. Everyone should have a hobby. A hobby keeps you busy and adds to your knowledge and understanding and education. And the joy and satisfaction you will derive from it is priceless. Do not think that a...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
By Gopal Ghose

By Gopal Ghose

This Friday, go to an exhibition of the talented Gopal Ghose. Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts is presenting an exhibition of paintings of this eminent artist, a member of the renowned Calcutta Group. The exhibition, curated by Sanjoy Kumar Mallik, has been organised in association with Akar Prakar, based in India. Eminent artist Mustafa...

Published Date: October 15, 2014
Skin care during pregnancy

Skin care during pregnancy

The widespread, age-old notion that women look luscious and dazzling when they are pregnant is not untrue. And then there is the highly celebrated ‘glow’.  However, all that extra hormonal activity often has the opposite effect too! During pregnancy, when your body is going through changes - and regardless of all the things that...

Published Date: October 14, 2014
GARDEN of EDEN

GARDEN of EDEN

Lunch parties, be it a cosy tea party or a grand wedding, appear intimate, as a luncheon is slowly but surely followed by cups of steaming tea to wipe away the afternoon drowsiness and invite some good conversation. There's no hurry to rush off home, as there are still hours left in the day and plenty of time before the next day and its burdens roll in.   Similarly, what you wear to a garden luncheon is also more laid back than your usual night-time wardrobe. Pack away the heavily embellished net, chiffon or traditional silks; your daytime look needs to be subtle, glowing and elegant. This is the best...

Cover Story

Published Date: October 14, 2014
SUMMER Parties

SUMMER Parties

It might seem impossible to believe right now, but winter is surely coming. Although the current thermometer readings may compel you to disagree, the tell tale signs of its arrival are all there: the early sunsets, the layers of dust, the lack of rain ... the city's favourite party season is (fingers crossed!) only a few weeks away. While the great outdoors are heavily shunned the rest of the year, during the winter season we can fully embrace the simple pleasures of a sunny gathering. These days, Dhakaites are also appreciative of the novelty of daytime parties. Getting a group of friends or family members together during the daytime, however,...

EVENT

Published Date: October 14, 2014
CUTE SMILE CONTEST

CUTE SMILE CONTEST

Smiles have captivated us through history. From the enigma of the Mona Lisa and beyond, smiles have held a special place in our imagination; historians dissected their meanings and artists tried to convey the perfect smile that touch all of us. But the word that comes to our mind most often when a smile makes us take a second look is 'cute'. With that in mind, Cute Bangladesh launched their 'Cute Smile Contest' this year. Running from 30 September to 3 October, the photo contest found its perfect setting in the festivities of Puja. Cute has launched events on occasions of Puja in the past, but this year, they decided...

  

A TRUE TASTE OF ASIA

Published Date: October 14, 2014
South Asian delicacies

South Asian delicacies

Pani puri Basically 'pani puris' are small balls made of flour and semolina, rolled out into very small 'puris' and deep fried to a golden shade, cooled and stored in air tight containers. The hollow 'puri' is slightly crushed on the top and filled with a little each of mashed potatoes, chopped onions and...

LS PICK

Published Date: October 14, 2014
THE TWO WHEELER diaries

THE TWO WHEELER diaries

Dhaka, it looks like, is bursting at its seams with the overwhelming number of cars, buses and trucks hitting the streets every day. A city small in physical proportions yet harbouring an exceedingly high number of people, Dhaka at first sight is overcrowded and full of rubble. New construction sites emerge at every...

SPOTLIGHT

Published Date: October 14, 2014
THE KANTHA

THE KANTHA

It was quite a familiar scene even a few decades ago. Women, house-helps would spend a rainy day afternoon making quilts using worn out saris of the mistress of the house in anticipation of the coming of winter. Layers upon layers of fabric would be placed, and run stitches made, stories of their...

From living the blues to

Published Date: October 14, 2014
LIVING BLUE

LIVING BLUE

A reincarnation of indigo has occurred. Living Blue - an initiative of CARE Bangladesh and Nijera Cottage and Village Industries - has renewed the trade. When CARE sought to improve the livelihood of the people in the northern region of the country. It found that indigo plants were indigenous. It also realised that...