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Published April 14, 2014
Lifestyle

Published Date: April 14, 2014
STYLING IN SUMMER

STYLING IN SUMMER

The onset of warmer weather brings with it its fair share of problems. A few seconds under the scorching sun at the eve of Grisshokaal is enough to fry the best of us. Then there's the humidity which is no small contributor to that suddenly fizzy mop of hair on top of your head. Hence, to look even somewhat presentable while Mother Nature opens the gates of hell and lets fiery heat loose upon us mere mortals, the right outfit and the right hairstyle go hand in hand. Unfortunately, most of us find that it's easier said than done, as hair seems to have a mind of its own and it is quite a feat to find that fine line between stylish and comfortable when it comes to summer hairstyles. Not...

  

Published Date: April 14, 2014
FIRST DAY OF SUMMER

FIRST DAY OF SUMMER

The first day of summer, somewhat similar to spring, does not go unnoticed. All of Dhaka, if not the country as a whole, bursts into a fun fare celebrating the coming of a New Year, the coming of a new season, summer! The grandeur of the event begins at the crack of dawn when people in large numbers flock to Ramna to enjoy the musical soiree. What was once a political statement, defiant of cultural aggression, has in the last 50 years turned into a landmark in our cultural identity. But there is another side of summer days; a somber side that despite the lack of glamour stands out. Summer in...

DECOR

Published Date: April 14, 2014
SUMMER PICNICS decoded

SUMMER PICNICS decoded

Spring is over, and you need not see a calendar to testify to that. The scorching sun, the unbearable humidity and mercury high up in the thermometer makes a precise announcement -- summer is already here. It is possible that you did not get a chance to enjoy the short winter, followed by the...

  

Special Feature

Published Date: April 14, 2014
Splendid summer nights

Splendid summer nights

The heat seems unbearable. Mercury has hit 35. Earth is fuming at the fury of the sunlight as it bounces off the ground. The whole city anxious to see the sight of greying clouds, the people and the streets craving for water, a thirst only a downpour can quench. The water brushes against...

  

2 PEAS IN A POD

Published Date: April 14, 2014
BOISHAKHI treats from other lands

BOISHAKHI treats from other lands

The first day of the Boishakh month heralds the New Year on the Bengali calendar. Shashanka, the Gour dynasty king way back in the 6th century AD, was thought to have started it, but it was officially incorporated during the Mughal emperor Akbar's reign. The agricultural tax was often set according to the Muslim...

  

Special Feature

Published Date: April 14, 2014
BEAT THE HEAT old-school summer drinks

BEAT THE HEAT old-school summer drinks

The weather application on my phone informed that it was 35 degrees Celsius. 'Intermittent clouds', the app highlighted. There was not a hint of the fluffy white stuff to be seen anywhere in the clear sky. Do weather updates have a sense of humour? The app warned of 'heavy rainfall in the evening'. Impossible,...

FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD

Published Date: April 14, 2014
Pohela Boishakh

Pohela Boishakh

This is a tale of last year's Pohela Boishakh. Little did I know that I would be spending the next Pohela Boishakh in Dhaka, my second home. C'est la vie. Anyway. 1420. Enough jokes happened over the last three digits all over social media. Frankly, this is the only time we are reminded of the Bengali year. Else, it is always the Gregorian calendar that determines our schedule. And there is no guarantee that the English date and the Bengali date will match. My mother in law has been known to not wish my wife on her birthday, as according to her, the birthday is 11 Boishakh and not 25 April. Those two will not necessarily coincide. And...

SHOP REVIEW

Published Date: April 14, 2014
Avenue 19

Avenue 19

Jewellery is quite a serious business; we grow up being awed by those elaborate gold necklaces, and then when we are old enough to realise we can hardly afford gold, we then are awed by gold-plated necklaces and semi-precious stones. Somewhere along the line, however, we come to the conclusion that sometimes we want...

Spotlight

Published Date: April 14, 2014
THE POHELA BOISHAKH to-do list

THE POHELA BOISHAKH to-do list

It is that time of the year again, raging sporadic thunderstorms, raw green mangoes littering the gardens, bright, starched, red and white saris and scorching heat -- Pohela Boishakh and all its fervours are upon us. Celebrated with much aplomb and zeal, you will not be starved for ingenuity on this day. The...

  

EATING OUT

Published Date: April 14, 2014
Deshi Restaurant

Deshi Restaurant

The sharp zing of onions as you slice them fine, the clang of pans and pots, the distinct aroma of Bengali spices as they hit the hot oil. These are flavours we grow up with. Every Bangladeshi kitchen is a mix of fragrances and tastes. The smell of fresh tomatoes being sliced and cooked...

  

News Flash

Published Date: April 14, 2014
The Beautiful Bride

The Beautiful Bride

Dhaka Weddings are a glorious affair, a celebration of two families coming together whilst the bride and groom take centre stage in the event. From the fresh flowers making up the decor, to the hairpin holding the brides hair up- all the minute details are paid attention to in this frenzy of extravagance. Weddings here in Bangladesh see the bride at her best even though she is a bundle of nerves- her beauty remains unparalleled while she exudes an aura of charm and inncocence. To celebrate and showcase this ethereal beauty that is the Bengali Bride VLCC presented The Beautiful Bride- an exhibition revealing the regal nuances of a...

Published Date: April 14, 2014
Bengali New Year celebrations at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel Dhaka

Bengali New Year celebrations at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel Dhaka

POHELA BOISHAKH is the most colourful festival for Bangladeshis. The occasion is the perfect time to rediscover a platter of the best Bengali traditional cuisine. Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel Dhaka is a proud patron for upholding Bangladesh's rich culture and heritage, and will rejoice Noboborsho 1421 with due festivity. On the first day...

Published Date: April 14, 2014
CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

Celebrate with Pride Known for its comfortable fabrics, trendy prints and unquestionable quality, Pride's Boishakh campaign stays true to its identity. Featuring ethnic prints on soft cotton, contemporary embroideries on endi-silk and modern motifs on taant saris, Pride's Boishakh campaign represents the mystical and enigmatic Bengali culture with their range of shalwar kameez sets and...

Check It Out

Published Date: April 14, 2014
Boishakh Collection by Le Reve - wear your dreams

Boishakh Collection by Le Reve - wear your dreams

Launched in 2009 with the tagline 'wear your dreams', Le Reve has been offering clothing and accessories for those who cherish simplicity and traditional designs. In less than five years, Le Reve has achieved tremendous popularity mainly because of its ability to unveil newer collections for every significant festival or social occasion. This year's Pohela Boishakh is no different. Le Reve offers its patrons a Boishakh collection of fashion wear and accessories in vibrant hues of crimson, amber, white, mustard, parrot-green, and indigo. Le Reve's Boishakh collection for women consists of shalwar kameez sets, each of them integrating multiple fabrics such as cotton with lace or georgette. Cotton is the...

FROM LS DESK

Published Date: April 14, 2014
Shubho Noboborsho

WELCOMING Boishakh is no easy task. There are a lot of preparations to make, least of all the food that is to be involved. Buried under suggestions, recipes and our own ambitious ideas of how to welcome the New Year, we forget to remember the old adage; the one about the great plans of men and mice. The tempestuous weather that April signals means that its sizzling one day and raining hail the other. Keeping all this in mind,...

NOTICE

Published Date: April 14, 2014
Star Lifestyle on Monday

Due to the upcoming Pohela Boishakh, Star Lifestyle will be published on Monday 14 April 2014, instead of on Tuesday 15 April, 2014. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to our readers. We'd also like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers, patrons and columnists a happy Bengali New Year. Shubho Noboborsho!