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Published Date: September 30, 2014
A FEMININE autumn

A FEMININE autumn

There are very few things as beautiful as a season in transition. Long, languid days of summer slowly fade into early evenings; the sun is mellow and moody. Unexpected yet welcome showers mildly touch the windowsills, its gentle raindrops bidding adieu to the last wistful memories of summer. As the mercury levels adjust...

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Published Date: September 30, 2014
EASY ON the eyes

EASY ON the eyes

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. And it never hurts to have fancy windows, in case Romeo finally decides to make an appearance and call you from below. Begnali women already have a lot going for them in the eye department, with those big doe eyes and the mile-long lashes. Here's how to dress them up real nice so they're fit for poetry. NEON BLINKERS Neon doesn't just have to be restricted to the lips. You can choose to add a little pop of colour to your eyes as well. Try to use a coloured eye pencil to line your eyes, because you won't get a clean...

  

AAPPAYON

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Eid specials

Eid specials

Brain masala The first items which come to the kitchen from the butcher are the offal. Along with the liver, the brain is the choice of the housewife to cook for lunch. The meat will require a longer time to cook. So it is an ideal starter for the hungry family members to start the meal, followed by the bhunakaliji. Use this recipe to cook the liver, but omit the mint. And cut the liver into bite sized chunks. The beef salon will follow. Ingredients: 1 oxbrain ½ cup soybean oil ½ cup ghee 4 onions, chopped 10 green chillies 1 tbsp ginger paste 2 tbsp garlic paste 1 tbsp coriander powder 1 tsp red chilli powder 6 cardamom pods, cracked 5...

TWO PEAS IN A POD

Published Date: September 30, 2014
The festival of sacrifice

The festival of sacrifice

Come the festival of sacrifice or Eid ul Adha and it is the time to tighten belts and get ready to brave the cattle markets to buy that perfect cow, or the healthiest looking goat. A time of the year when the Abrahmic traditions stipulated by our religion allow us to slaughter, share...

  

TANGY & HEALTHY

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Eid time guilty pleasures

Eid time guilty pleasures

With Eid ul Adha around the corner, I am sharing some recipes that can be enjoyed right away, or preserved for a long time to prolong the feel of Eid. Mitha kofta Ingredients: 1 kg minced meat          250g chickpea              ½ tsp chilli powder         1 cup sliced onion 2 tbsp ginger paste         1½ tbsp    garlic paste         Salt to taste                 1 egg             Flour (for binding the koftas)             ½ cup tamarind pulp         Sugar (according to taste)             Oil (for frying the koftas)             ½ cup ghee     Method: Boil minced meat with chickpeas, chilli powder, onions, ginger, garlic and salt....

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Published Date: September 30, 2014
Then there were twelve

Then there were twelve

The nervous anticipation enveloped the Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014's latest episode even before the show had fully began. Last week saw 12 participants from 24 battling it out in the kitchen, preparing their best dish as the task required. This week saw the second batch of 12 participants do the same. The second...

  

SPECIAL FEATURE

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Flavours of the season

Flavours of the season

Cold cuts, beef jerky or 'mejbani ranna'; spoiled for choice, aren't we? Every Qurbani Eid ushers in a time when the Bengali staple -- fish -- is replaced by an alternative source of protein: red meat. Eid-ul-Adha is a unique celebration of human bonding, of sacrifice, of self-realisation and of sharing. A pious...

  

SPOTLIGHT

Published Date: September 30, 2014
The tenth of Zil Hijja

The tenth of Zil Hijja

The last month of the Islamic calendar is a momentous one. Zil Hijja, or Dhua al Hijja, is the name of the month that literally means "the one of pilgrimage". Millions of Muslims visit the holy lands of Mecca and Medina in this month. And the tenth of this month is again significant...

EVENT

Published Date: September 30, 2014
'An Ode to Textile Weaves'

'An Ode to Textile Weaves'

The Tangail sari epitomises our textile weaves; it has existed in the history of Bengal for quite a while, and till date, maintained an exclusive status in the psyche of South Asian fashion-enthusiasts. On 1 October this year, Fashion Design Council of Bangladesh and Bengal Lounge will present a festival -- An Ode...

LOVING AND LIVING WITH PLANTS

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Reorganise your indoor plants!

Reorganise your indoor plants!

EID is only a week away – take a look and re-organise your house plants.  Just spend a few hours once this week to make some changes to your current arrangements or do them fresh. Follow the simple techniques as shown. I am sure on completion you will enjoy your own creation and...

  

WOMEN'S HEALTH

Published Date: September 30, 2014
HEART ATTACK: Warning signs and emergency approach

HEART ATTACK: Warning signs and emergency approach

On 29 September, World Heart Day was observed across the world.At maya.com, this year we aim to teach you some basic warning signs and emergency steps that you can keep in mind in case you or a loved one shows signs of a heart attack. Some heart attacks are sudden and some are slow...

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Published Date: September 30, 2014
Mount Elizabeth celebrates 35th birthday

An increasingly large number of people flock to many countries every year to seek medical treatment from the world's very best institutions. One is these institutions, located in Singapore, is Mount Elizabeth Hospitals. Mount Elizabeth, although far-off from our country, has become almost like a household name: everybody knows about its superior quality healthcare and that it is a landmark of world-class physicians and extraordinary patient care service. Add to this the fact that this organisation has been active for 35...

MAN TO MAN

Published Date: September 30, 2014
Tired with a reason

“Why are you sleeping? Its Eid!”-- the voice inevitably disturbs your slumber every Eid day. The voice is, usually at least, of female origins. It seems women cannot for the life of them comprehend why men like to sleep on Eid day, right after they come back home from their prayers and have a hearty breakfast. Well, not that the men owe you an explanation, apart from the fact that they are lazy, we might still try to make...

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Published Date: September 30, 2014
Eid ul Adha to do list

Eid ul Adha is just around the corner.  The cattle market has started to slowly see a rise in sales. Throughout the day there is a continuous buying and selling of cows and goats. This year, there will be people who will visit the haat for the very first time; visiting the haat means you have to keep a few things in mind. The atmosphere is noisy, smelly and dirty. It is important to wear proper kinds of shoes and...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

Eid Fashion Bazaar 2014 Date: Till 2 October Time: 10am to 10pm Venue: Emanuel's Restaurant, Gulshan 1 Xpose Bangladesh is going to organise a fair between 29 September and 2 October 2014 at the Emanuel's Restaurant, Gulshan-1. Various boutiques and fashion houses will showcase their Eid collection of attires and jewellery for the coming Eid ul Adha. Leadership Workshop by Dr Elanie Steyn Date: Thursday, 2 October, Time: 4pm-8pm Venue: Wedding Diary Bangladesh, House 37,  1st floor B1, Road-27 Block-A, Banani Uncover the myths on what it...

Published Date: September 30, 2014
CHECK IT OUT

Daily Star Books now at Gloria Jean's Daily Star Books, the book publishing wing of The Daily Star, launched a book corner at popular café Gloria Jean's Coffees at Gulshan 1 on Friday, 26 September. Mahfuz Anam, editor and publisher of The Daily Star, and FM Murshed Elahy, Head of Operations at Navana Foods Ltd., were present at the launching. The book corner consists of a kiosk of books published by Daily Star Books, including fiction and non-fiction, of both...

Published Date: September 29, 2014
Easy on the eyes

Easy on the eyes

They say eyes are the windows to the soul. Bengali women already have a lot going for them in the eye department, with those big doe eyes and the mile-long lashes. Learn how to dress them up real nice so they’re fit for poetry -- read "Easy on the Eyes" on tomorrow's issue of Star Lifestyle. Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed Jewellery: Kolors of Kathmandu Styling: Tabassum Anila Hridi

Published Date: September 28, 2014
Waiting for Qurbani

Waiting for Qurbani

Today is the second day of the month of Zil Hijja in the Islamic calendar. Eid ul Adha, which occurs on the tenth of this month, is just a few days ahead. Therefore, the issue of Star Lifestyle on 30 September 2014 focuses on the upcoming Eid. Read our "Eid ul Adha to do...

Published Date: September 25, 2014
Ready for Durga?

Ready for Durga?

Durga Puja is just around the corner. It is one of the biggest festivals of the country. Have you made plans or prepared itself for the ceremony? Here's an article from our archive that gives you a shopping list and a things to do list for the upcoming festival: http://archive.thedailystar.net/lifestyle/2008/09/05/pujaspecial/page04.htm

THE ADVENT OF

Published Date: September 23, 2014
DURGA

DURGA

The feverish sounds of the 'dhaak'; deafening beats that can make any crowd explode in a euphoric explosion: the air heavy with the dose of incense sticks; the chanting of the mantras -- all set to create a mad adrenaline rush without taking an iota out of the spirituality associated with the occasion. Every year come Autumn, Goddess Durga pays a visit to her father's abode on Earth -- a 'naiyor'. To bask in this ethereal, warm association with Goddess Durga herself, the devotees too make a journey, albeit a mortal one, that can take followers to the pinnacle of spirituality. And it begins with Mahalaya. As the buds of the season...

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Published Date: September 23, 2014
mahalaya

mahalaya

“She is the primeval source of power, all qualities reside in her. She is one and yet known by many names. She is Narayani, Brahmani, Maheshwari, Shivaduti… She has no birth, no definite physical form. She assumes a manifestation of majestic might only to restore the process of Creation from the terrible Asuras or evil incarnates. She was Mahamaya, the Mother of the Universe. The emergence of the goddess was an auspicious moment. The Goddess then emerged in full battle array to combat Mahisasura. The Himalayas gifted her the lion to act as her carrier, Vishnu gave her the chakra, Mahadeva gave her the trident, Yama gave her the danda, Brahma...

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Published Date: September 23, 2014
TIED up

TIED up

We are thankful that braids are trending right now, because braids are truly a godsend on those bad-hair days or days with high humidity levels. But usually when we do braids we focus on the ends and ignore the roots. When you want to upgrade your braid, try this look: divide hair into parts, twist each section up to the crown and pin in place, gather the ends and braid the remaining length of hair. Add hairspray for longer hold. You can add hair extensions to lengthen your braid, but make sure they are good quality ones that match the colour and texture of your hair. Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed Model:...

SHOP SPECIAL

Published Date: September 23, 2014
Le Reve's Eid collection

Le Reve's Eid collection

Le Reve is all set to woo its customers with its Eid and Puja collection. The compilation of styles is available at all the Le Reve stores from now on until Eid-ul-Adha. Le Reve has named their Eid and Puja collection Puzzle Bloom at The Beach. Here, prints play a major role over embroideries...

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Published Date: September 23, 2014
The mane idea

The mane idea

Fortunately for some, and unfortunately for others, your hair defines who you are, and what kind of person you need to be. You are either Type A, who wakes up in the morning looking A-mazing and can leave the house with her magnificent mane of hair trailing behind her. Or you can be Type B (as in, "My hair will never B-have"): uncontrollable, frizzy hair that agrees to disagree with you at all times, and needs pots of conditioner, favourable weather conditions and a heat styler to look remotely human. Regardless of whether it's your blessing or your curse, whether you love it or hate it, you undoubtedly spend a...

DESHI MIX

Published Date: September 23, 2014
DURGA Puja

DURGA Puja

Durga Puja -- the ceremonial worship of the mother goddess, is one of the most important festivals of Bengal. Durga Puja is celebrated every year in the Hindu month of Ashwin. The first grand worship of goddess Durga in recorded history is said to have been celebrated in the late 1500s. Folklores say...

  

FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD

Published Date: September 23, 2014
Prema Vilas – a trip down memory lane

Prema Vilas – a trip down memory lane

Cubby kid used to live in a neighbourhood where there was a plethora of South Indian eating places. Idli-dosa places, they used to be called. There was Komala Vilas, Ramkrishna Lunch Home, Udipi House, Balaji Hotel, et al. Being Lake Market, everyone served some good South Indian tiffin, also known as idli-dosa. But the...

LS EVENT

Published Date: September 23, 2014
Super Chef final rounds begin

Super Chef final rounds begin

After scouring through the regions of Sylhet, Khulna, Rajshahi, Chittagong and Dhaka, the Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014 finally found their top 24. After evaluating over 3000 participants, these 24 finally made it on to the final rounds of the Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014. These 24 were representing the best of Bangladesh's...

  

BEAUTY DISSECTED

Published Date: September 23, 2014
The face

The face

The most prominent part of our body is the face. It is the first thing that gets noticed and makes an impression. So it is always desirable to have an attractive face. And for that we need to know how to groom and take care of our face. Cosmetic surgery can help by reducing unwanted blemishes, scars and other problems that need correction. The most important thing to take into consideration is the skin. No matter what the complexion is, if you have nice skin it gets noticed .I mentioned complexion as I get many patients who have very nice skin but complain of being dark and want to become...

BEAUTY TALK

Published Date: September 23, 2014
Know your hair

Each hair consists of an outer layer -- the cuticle, the protective layer which has tiny overlapping scales similar to a tiled roof or snake skin. When the scales lie flat the hair appears silky and smooth. When damaged for whatever reason the hair appears dull and dry. Human hair is made up of a protein called keratin. The visible part of the hair called the “shaft”  is dead tissue; the living part of the hair is the root, which...

HEALTH TIPS

Published Date: September 23, 2014
Coming in from the cold

The common cold is one of the most commonly occurring diseases in the world today. With over two hundred variants of the common cold and with even new variants created now and then, the human body has found it impossible to develop an immunity towards it. Accounting for 75-100 million physicians in the United States alone, it isn't far-fetched to say that the common cold needs our attention. Often overlooked, the common cold is no laughing matter. Without a cure...

Published Date: September 23, 2014
CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

“Eve” mobile app promotions in the city CITI Bangladesh celebrated International Women's Day 2014 in March by launching a mobile application catered to women called “Eve”. This app has been sponsored by Citi with the aim of empowering, inspiring and connecting women through knowledge.  Six months down the line, the promotion of this initiative...

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Published Date: September 23, 2014
Twists and turns

Twists and turns

Straight hair, while easy to maintain, can also get boring. A special occasion warrants some dressing up, and changing up your hair is the fastest way to achieve that. Nothing speaks glamorous like a head of supple curls. If you're curling in a salon, be wary of those stiff, spiral curls that parlours sometimes insist on with a ton of hairspray on them; that look is definitely out. To avoid this, run a hairbrush gently through the tight curls to loosen them up and give them a sexier texture. You can also curl at home by braiding wet hair, rollers or using straightening irons by doing a quick video...

Published Date: September 22, 2014
The beginning of the end

The beginning of the end

The first of the final rounds of Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014 will be televised tonight at 9pm on NTV. After visiting Sylhet, Khulna, Barisal, Rajshahi, Chittagong and Dhaka, the culinary hunt has selected 24 of the country's best cooks. Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014 now begins its final rounds. So switch on your...

Published Date: September 21, 2014
Gloomy day blues

Gloomy day blues

A lazy day today? Are things moving too dull for you despite the fact that it is just the start of a new week? On one hand, today is a hartal, and on the other, the weather outside in gloomy. It drizzled last night. The murky weather and patches of grey clouds that...

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Puja’s recipes

Puja’s recipes

Durga Puja -- the ceremonial worship of the mother goddess, is one of the most important festivals of Bengal. Durga Puja is celebrated every year in the Hindu month of Ashwin. And what is a festival without the culinary delicacies? In Bengal, Durga Puja is one of the biggest religious festivals that is observed...

Published Date: September 20, 2014
Hunters by profession

Hunters by profession

Fishing is common in pastoral Bangladesh. For a country where people are so fanatical about fish, it comes as no surprise. Even you may have thrown the thread with bait once in a while. But beyond angling, and beyond occasional recreational fishing, there are hunters who hunt to live. These are the real fisherman,...

Published Date: September 18, 2014
Murtaja Baseer: an artist extraordinaire!

Murtaja Baseer: an artist extraordinaire!

Wondering what you can do this Friday? Here's an idea: go to an art exhibition of Murtaja Baseer tomorrow. Known for his unique, individual artistic style, Baseer is considered one of the foremost Bengal painters and a versatile genius. Throughout his illustrious career, Baseer has gradually transformed his style into abstract realism. Baseer is still actively exploring the diverse world of art. He has done a series of works articulating contemporary life and issues. Hope, aspiration and strange visions are evoked with passion in his images. The exhibition is a must see for art lovers. Date: 12-25 September. Time: 11am to 8pm. Venue: Galleri Kaya, House 20, Road 16, Sector 4,...

Published Date: September 17, 2014
It’s raining then

It’s raining then

A sudden downpour is quite refreshing. However, when it comes on the heels of a very tensed environment, it’s more of a relief than ever before. As the sky opens itself up with a roar and releases celestial droplets, momentarily we forget all our worries. Rain is more than just a weather-type; it’s...

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Published Date: September 16, 2014
A SERENADE for saris

A SERENADE for saris

Derived from the Sanskrit word "sati", which essentially means a strip of cloth, modern day saris have come a long way. Evolving from basic everyday wear, the sari has established itself as a predominant piece of clothing in every South Asian woman's wardrobe. It has embodied the Bengali beauty like no other. Come Eid, saris find a renewed fervour as women of all ages rush to stores to get the best pick. Derived from the Sanskrit word “sati”, which essentially means a strip of cloth, modern day saris have come a long way. Evolving from basic everyday wear, the sari has established itself as a predominant piece of clothing in...

  

SHOP SPECIAL

Published Date: September 16, 2014
DESHAL

DESHAL

Have you ever decided to wear a sari and walk the streets of the Western world? For those who have, it must have been like a few minutes' celebrity walk down the road because of all the 'heads-turning-towards-you' reaction and the double takes. For Bengali women, this unique one of a kind, five-nine yards of drape is one of their most iconic traditional attire. Bright, colourful and vibrant saris are worn by the Bengali beauties throughout the nation on almost all occasions nowadays, which truly brings out the diva in them. And therefore the demand for this national wear keeps rising steadily as girls, ladies and women of all ages...

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Published Date: September 16, 2014
Gorgeous garlands

Gorgeous garlands

For a special occasion, you can visit your local flower shops and select a few fresh, seasonal flowers. Most flower shops these days also have lots of ribbons and beads to adorn their flower bouquets. You can ask the seller to create a makeshift headpiece for you with the trinkets available at the shops. If you want more options, you can buy some beads, or the more readily available buttons from lace shops which can also work as hair ornaments if you fasten them to thick ribbons.

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Published Date: September 16, 2014
A TIME LONG LOVE affair

A TIME LONG LOVE affair

The Bengali belle adores it; the men love to see women in it and the world stands in awe at the feminine grace that exudes from the wearer of this six yard of unstitched fabric. A Bengali festival without a sari is essentially incomplete, irrespective of the occasion – Pohela Boishakh, Eid, Puja, Christmas or Buddha Purnima. This has been a time long love affair. And over the centuries the local weavers have seasoned their techniques so much so that Bangladeshi saris have gained a reputation the world over for their delicate designs and inherent quality. The comfort factor comes as a perk. From the sari shops lining either sides of...

TWO PEAS IN A POD

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Gastronomy of the palm fruit

Gastronomy of the palm fruit

The tree grew strong and tall, and gave sustenance to all who marvelled at its many uses. It was so versatile that the Tamils called it the celestial tree. To this day the Palmyra Palm, or better known as the taal gaach for us Bangladeshis, has been an essential part of everyday life...

  

SPECIAL FEATURE

Published Date: September 16, 2014
PLANNING THOSE BIRTHDAYS

PLANNING THOSE BIRTHDAYS

It seems like it was just yesterday when your child was born and here you are now planning their birthday party. Let's be honest, even though it might not feel like a big deal, throwing your child a dream birthday party is no child's play. We have all been to one of those parties...

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Published Date: September 16, 2014
PARTY UP!

PARTY UP!

Snow spray One of the simplest ways to liven up a party is by using snow sprays. The snow-like substance never fails to capture the attention of people and entertain them. Even when it's not a formal party, just a gathering of a few friends, snow-cans can come in handy. You can get them...

ART

Published Date: September 16, 2014
An artist extraordinaire

An artist extraordinaire

Dale Chihuly started his journey of blowing glasses in the 1960s. Today, almost five decades later, he has championed blowing glass as a vehicle for making sculptures. Focusing on the vessel in his explorations of colours and forms, the final product that he creates is the most captivating art. Born in 1941 at Tacoma,...

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Published Date: September 16, 2014
BOHEMIAN goddess

BOHEMIAN goddess

A flower is a contradiction. Some say a flower basks in its own quiet beauty, blooming away and attracting the birds and the bees without lifting a finger. There are those, however, who disagree; for what is quiet about a blood red rose among the greens and browns, or a pure white hasnahena that embraces you with its intoxicating scent? When a woman decides to adorn herself with flowers, the flowers demand her complete attention; in order to portray the full beauty of the flowers, other embellishments are neither welcome nor required. If you are willing to make a commitment and brighten up your appearance with this quiet but ferocious...

RUPCHANDA-STAR LIFESTYLE

Published Date: September 16, 2014
SUPER CHEF AUDITION round ends

SUPER CHEF AUDITION round ends

The final audition of the Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014 finally took place in Dhaka. The biggest televised culinary competition in the country drew in more than 2000 applicants all eager to prove their worth. Shooting Complex and The Daily Star Centre played host to the auditions. By now, the hype surrounding the competition...

FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD

Published Date: September 16, 2014
Singapore soliloquy

Singapore soliloquy

Inspired by my friend 'Finelychopped,' I decided to go to the island country on a food jaunt. Got in touch with the most excellent Sushobhan. He immediately, in a most reassuring manner, invited me to stay over and took charge of organising my visa. And I landed in Singapore for a day and half of food fiesta. I had my list from 'Finelychopped.' The first port of call was Ya Kun Kaya toast. The runny soft-boiled eggs with toast and local coconut jam. Alas, the outlet we went to was shut for renovation. Not to be deterred, we walked across the street to Kopitiam and had the same thing. In an unusually low-tech approach, whole eggs, shell and...

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Published Date: September 16, 2014
Khazana Nawabi Food Festival

Khazana Nawabi Food Festival

From 10 to 30 September, Indian fine dining restaurant Khazana will be celebrating Royal cuisine at their Gulshan branch. India is a vast country, and therefore comprises a plethora of flavours. Khazana is trying its best to provide its customers an insight into the exquisite flavours of India a step at a time, and...