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Published July 08, 2014
Lifestyle

Published Date: July 8, 2014
Keeping it 'deshi'

Keeping it 'deshi'

After  a period of fascination with all things western, ethnic and fusion wear is once again huge in South Asian fashion. Indian designers are producing pieces of clothing equivalent to art, both in traditional and fusion wear. Gandhi, the leader of India's freedom struggle said, “Swaraj (self-rule) without swadeshi (country made goods) is a lifeless corpse and if Swadeshi is the soul of Swaraj, khadi is the essence of swadeshi.” And we too can pride ourselves in the glory. Khadi is very much a Bangladeshi product that has deep rooted connections to our liberation movement. It also helped shape the Bangladesh identity, at least in terms of what we wear. Amongst the elites of our neighbouring country, so deep rooted is the bond attached to khadi that Pandit Nehru wove for his daughter Indira, a wedding sari in salmon-pink khadi, while he was in jail. This sari is still worn by women of the Nehru-Gandhi family on their wedding day. When it comes to appreciating the local industries, the Pakistanis too are not far behind, with spins on their own traditions. Each of these countries has their own style bible: although...

  

Special Feature

Published Date: July 8, 2014
The silk route

The silk route

The term “silk” might be a misleading one to use, especially as a collective noun. The dictionary definition of silk is “a fine, strong, soft, lustrous fibre produced by silkworms in making cocoons and collected to make thread and fabric”. This fibre, however, has many forms, and while they are all called “silk”, they have very different features. Think of the lightweight Rajshahi silk on one hand, and the rich tones of stiff raw silk on the other. One of the pioneers of local silk saris is Doyel Silk, which started in Rajshahi back in the 1980s. What garnered Doyel Silk popularity was their endeavour to produce affordable silk...

Special Feature

Published Date: July 8, 2014
That perfect panjabi

That perfect panjabi

EID is the time for men of all ages to dress up in panjanbis, a much preferred outfit and since they are not just of the traditional type anymore, here is what to look out for. It is important to take a few considerations into account while choosing the material for your panjabi. It is hot and sunny out here with unexpected rainfall every now and then. While synthetic might be the fabric of your choice, it can leave you without room for your skin to breathe. The high humidity leaves us sweaty and it is important to let air pass through clothes to feel fresh and avoid body odour. Cotton...

DESHI MIX

Published Date: July 8, 2014
Ramadan treats – Sehri

Ramadan treats – Sehri

Most Bangladeshis tend to eat the wrong type of foods when it comes to sehri. The foods consumed should be well-balanced, including appropriate portions of fruits, vegetables, meat/chicken/fish, bread/cereals and dairy products. Fried foods are unhealthy and should be avoided.The recipes below are a guide to eating healthy, nutritious sehri. Brown rice with coconut...

SPECIAL RECIPES

Published Date: July 8, 2014
MAKE YOUR IFTAR FRUITFUL

MAKE YOUR IFTAR FRUITFUL

Nothing seems to quench our thirst more and nothing seems to rejuvenate our body more than delicious, juicy fruits. And we realise this even more during the month of Ramadan. After a long day's abstinence from food and water, the sound of the siren or adhan at dusk is the sweetest of all! A...

  

SPECIAL FEATURE

Published Date: July 8, 2014
SEHRI SUPREMACY Where the towns divide

SEHRI SUPREMACY Where the towns divide

While Old Town offers timeless classics from the last protected vestiges of the Mughal period, the New Town prefers its servings to be flashy and more global. Which one stands taller in the end is yet to be decided. Against this backdrop, we have another clash of cultures, albeit of a different sort....

  

WEEKLY PLANNER

Published Date: July 8, 2014
RAMADAN TIDBITS

RAMADAN TIDBITS

You probably have not even noticed it, but we are well into the second week of Ramadan. Without even realising the fact, you are experiencing the wonderful antidote that is fasting. There's nothing wrong with enjoying food, but excess food on a continuous basis does create a burden for the body. Check your...

SKIP THE GYM...GET FIT

Published Date: July 8, 2014
Train like your football heroes

Train like your football heroes

The biggest sporting event [cricket fans might argue, but who cares, #amiright?] in the world is on. The largest community of Brazil-Argentina supporters outside South America going berserk, late night football parties, everyone and their grandmother [self-proclaimed 'phutbol' fan Bappi Lahiri included] recording a 'killer' football song and killing our eardrums, etc. I...

Published Date: July 8, 2014
NEWS FLASH

NEWS FLASH

Promotional offers at Woman's World WOMAN'S World is glad to offer you 20% discount on all its services till the 15th of Ramadan. You can also enjoy whitening treatment, oil massage and other services at Woman's World under special packages with special discounts. The salon has branches in Gulshan (01733226151), Banani (01733226152), Uttara (01733226153), Kakrail (01733226154),...

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Published Date: July 8, 2014
All things Kumudini

All things Kumudini

  KUMUDINI Handicrafts is one of the most renowned brands of our country that promotes 'deshi' products. Hence this Eid, make sure you visit one of their showrooms while you are on your shopping spree. The attires include saris, shalwar kameez sets, kurtas, shirts and fatuas. There is also a collection for children. Silk, half silk, endi silk, endi, cotton, khadi, etc. are the fabrics used. The attires have been made through hand stitch, block and natural dye. You can also check out their Jamdani saris. Being our pride and heritage, we ought to promote this product; and as consumers, perhaps the best way to promote is by buying. On the other hand,...

MAN TO MAN

Published Date: July 8, 2014
Spit, spat, spittle

There is a serious case of delusion pervading the minds of Dhaka men these days. We believe it's time to change the mindsets of some of these people who believe that some of their actions can actually aid in strengthening their fast. The month of Ramadan isn't all about the tasty, glorious and holy. There are a few problems that we force ourselves to create. Spitting non-stop is one of them. Precision, volume and technique are three probable boast-worthy qualities...

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Published Date: July 8, 2014
New bikes on the road

HAOJUE 150cc Cool Bike, a top notch Chinese brand, is now all geared up to hit the streets of Dhaka and elsewhere in the country, with a promise of giving the ultimate satisfaction and biking experience for the local bikers. Karnaphuli Group, one of the oldest business firms in the country, announced their state-of-the-art merchandise, Haojue, over an inaugural ceremony attended by the media, distributors as well as bike lovers. The event was held on 23 June, 2014 at the...

Published Date: July 8, 2014
Rupchanda's pickle and essay competitions announce winners

The curtains of Rupchanda Mustard Oil Inter-College Pickle & Essay Competition 2014 have finally come down. The competition started its journey on 16 May, 2014 and conducted the national level ceremony at Spectra Convention Center in Dhaka on 27 June, 2014. A total of 74 college/university teams participated in the competition. In the pickle competition, primarily two teams were selected from each region and thus ten teams came to participate in the national level. In this extraordinary competition, participants had...

Published Date: July 8, 2014
Sevenhill's iftar and sehri preparations

SEVENHILL Restaurant has arranged for Sehri for the first time. Besides, there is an arrangement for Iftar as always -- with the options of buffet and Iftar 'packages'. To enjoy the buffet, you will have to pay Tk.675 whilst iftar packages come with price tags of Tk.200 and Tk.250. Iftar items include chicken fry, shashlik, nehari, halim, rosh malai with fruits, dahi bara, etc.    Meanwhile, for sehri, you only have the option of a buffet meal in return of Tk.650....

DECOR TIPS

Published Date: July 8, 2014
Window dressing

The number of choices seems infinite. Getting the right curtains for your windows and choosing from the different styles and approaches on how to put or arrange them seems rather daunting. First, decide on the fabric and colour. The desired mood of the room will help in the decision. Heavy silk or velvet is more suited for a formal setting. Billowy linen hints at a more casual outlook. Cotton and cotton blends suit in any kind of decor and produce...

EVENT

Published Date: July 8, 2014
Sonargaon bridging the gap

Often, we take things for granted and hence miss out on feeling lucky and blessed about all the good things life has endowed us with. While we hop from one fancy restaurant to another, we must remember that there are people for whom it is a big deal to even have their next meal on the table. Being generous and compassionate towards them is of paramount importance -- from a religious standpoint as well as from a social standpoint. And hence,...

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