• Friday, November 28, 2014

FARHANA AKTER

Published Date: November 25, 2014
The race to the top

The race to the top

Farhana Akther is a woman who wears many hats. Apart from taking care of her family, she also runs a boutique and a cooking school - life has always been very busy for her. Is that why speed is a strength we see in her? After all, when you can juggle so many...

ARMIN SULTANA INTERVIEW

Published Date: November 25, 2014
For the love of culinary art

For the love of culinary art

Armin Sultana Jui, much like any of us, is an office-goer. And like many of us, she too works at the kitchen to bring food to the dining table. But the fervour with which she cooks has made her stand out in to crowd. Armin Sultana, from Khulna, became the first runner up of...

NASRIN HOSSEN

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Making it to the top three

Making it to the top three

The rigorous gastronomic battle saw thousands of participants. Filtering the number of contestants to just three was not at all an easy task for the judges. Thus, one can easily understand the pressure the contestants had gone through. Hats off to those who made it to the final three! Nasrin Hossain from Jessore (who...

LS EVENT

Published Date: November 25, 2014
ANUP KUMAR

ANUP KUMAR

This week Star Lifestyle has a tasty treat for all its reader. During the last three months, Star Lifestyle, along with title sponsor Rupchanda, held Bangladesh's biggest culinary competition, titled Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014. This competition followed up from last year's Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Amateur Chef, searching for Bangladesh's best chef. After scouring 5 divisions and the capital city, and testing thousands of participants, Bangladesh's first Super Chef was finally found. Farhana Akhter from Rajshahi finally took the crown, along with the Tk. 5 lac prize money. With so much food cooked and so many great chefs discovered, this week Star Lifestyle brings you the recipe from the top 24...

LS EVENT

Published Date: November 25, 2014
MARIAM AKTER SHOMA

MARIAM AKTER SHOMA

GRAVY CHICKEN WITH RICE CAKE Ingredients: Rice cake – 1 cup rice flour, ¼ tsp ginger paste ¼ tsp garlic paste, ½ tsp red chilli powder Salt to taste, Oil Chicken gravy - 1 kg chicken, 1½ tsp lemon juice, ½ tsp turmeric powder, Salt to taste ½ grated coconut, ½ tsp coriander seed powder, 1 tsp sliced garlic 1 tsp sliced...

LS EVENT

Published Date: November 25, 2014
RAHIMA AHMED

RAHIMA AHMED

GORAM BHATER KHUI ILLISH Ingredients: 4 pcs ilish, 2 pcs khui* 250g boiled rice 1½ tbsp onion paste ½ tsp garlic paste ¼ tsp cumin paste ¼ tsp black pepper ½ tsp red chilli paste, 4/5 green chillies Coriander leaf (chopped) 2 tbsp mustard oil, Salt to taste Sliced lemon and tomatoes for garnish Method: In a bowl mix all ingredients with the fish. Set aside...

LS EVENT

Published Date: November 25, 2014
SHARMEEN EUSOF

SHARMEEN EUSOF

STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST WITH MANGO SALSA Ingredients: 4 pieces boneless chicken breast 1 tbsp garlic paste ½ tsp ginger powder 1 tsp onion powder 2 tbsp oyster sauce 1 tsp Italian mixed herbs 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp pepper 200g minced smoked chicken or beef Salt to taste 2/3 tbsp olive oil 1½ cup chicken broth Method: Cut the chicken breast in the middle and then marinate it...

Dressy Dale's

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Tussar Festival

Tussar Festival

Local fashion giant Dressy Dale will commemorate the beginning of winter with a Tussar Festival. Starting on 25 November, the Tussar festival will be observed in all outlets of Dressy Dale. That includes the 3 outlets in Dhaka (Gulshan, Banani and Dhanmondi) and 1 outlet in Chittagong. Tussar Silk is a relatively heavier blend of silk that, although popular all year round, is quite a hit during the winter months, especially when you want to wear something that's elegant but not flashy. With the weddings and other festivities that take place in winter, and the accompanying bling and embellishments you might have to wear on a nightly basis, a tussar...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Touch of PEACE

Touch of PEACE

In the past, romance was synonymous with over embellishments but today it is defined by a more pared-down sensuality that has little to do with frothy frills and more to do with curvy lines, glamorous touches, and the adventurous combination of the vintage with the modern and the plain with the elaborate You can...

NEWS FLASH

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Fair & Lovely Foundation beauty parlour business management workshop

Fair & Lovely Foundation beauty parlour business management workshop

Fair & Lovely Foundation has been working on various projects over the last decade with the aim to bring alive the core brand purpose – to aid women in “Re-scripting their Destiny”. As a part of their objective to catalyse women empowerment, Fair and Lovely Foundation along with its project partner Centre for Entrepreneurship...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

Thaerichen's Tentett – Jazz concert Date: Tuesday, 25 November Time: 7.30pm Venue: Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Segunbagicha, Ramna, Dhaka The 'little' big band from Germany ,Thaerichen's Tentett, is all set to present its audience a colourful mix of jazzy sounds with some other, unpredictable elements. This year, Thaerichen's Tentett is celebrating their fifteenth anniversary with an anniversary tour through India and Bangladesh! The music of Thaerichen's Tentett is a declaration of love to the German language and gleeful caustic treatment of the same. The concert...

POP UP

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Stop depending on artificial sweeteners

ARTIFICIAL sweeteners seem to be heaven sent. They provide the sweetness we crave without any of the metabolic chaos that comes with a sugar habit. But while the fake stuff seems better for your calorie intake, you're actually making it harder to avoid real sugar. Artificial sweeteners contain a synthetic chemical called Sucralose, which is 600 times sweeter than natural sugar. Because Sucralose is so much sweeter than natural sugar, it over-stimulates the taste buds, causing people to crave...

CHRONICLES OF SAM Q

Published Date: November 25, 2014
The man behind the traffic

Just when I thought, "I have done it! I have nailed it!" I go back again to where it all started. I know, I know, what you all are thinking that I must be talking about some mad-fad diet that I have perfected and I am about to share it with my fellow sufferers. Unfortunately to all the sad dieters out there, for me, THAT ship has sailed. THAT sun has set on some horizon. THAT journey is over. Finite! Endo!...

Musing

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Cooking at home

Cooking at home is not always a pleasurable experience. You have to stand in front of a hot stove, do mental calculations before adding oil, salt and spices and in the end, if the taste of the food does not meet your expectations, you feel dejected. But home-cooked meals are and can be so much healthier, if you carefully choose your ingredients and their amounts. I see my friends and family eating out a lot more than they used to...

TIPS

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Teeth whitening at home

Basil herb is generally good for your overall health. It is not only used to whiten your teeth, but protects your gums from bleeding. To make basil-mustard oil tooth paste you will need 8-10 basil leaves and half tea spoon of mustard oil. Crush the basil leaves to get its paste mix it well with mustard oil. Use this mix as tooth paste. Baking soda and lemon juice is also another way to brighten your teeth. Mix several tea...

Published Date: November 25, 2014
CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

Layer'r launched in Bangladesh Pearl International, Bangladesh and Adjavis Venture Ltd., India has come together to launch Layer'r in Bangladesh. The Layer'r range of fragrances includes deodorant sprays and perfumes. Layer'r Shot is a new and unique range of body sprays for men whilst Layer'r Wottagirl is a body splash for women. These products are...

TIPS

Published Date: November 25, 2014
Perfect manicure

To get a perfect manicure at home, carefully remove any remaining nail polish. Fill a small tub with warm water and dip your hands in it for some time. Take a small amount of shampoo on a manicure brush and clean your hand.  Wash your hands with clean water and apply scrubbing cream to clean your hands. Trim your nails to get a proper shape. At last apply base coat nail polish; leave it to dry then apply white...

Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014

Published Date: November 24, 2014
The top 24

The top 24

Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014 had come to an end. It was a wonderful (although strenuous!) journey for all of us. The culinary competition, organised by Star Lifestyle and Bangladesh Edible Oil Limited, set out to find out the best cook in our country. The journey started with the audition rounds -- in Khulna, Rajshahi, Barisal, Chittagong, Sylhet and Dhaka. The competition had indeed discovered some inspiringly talented cooks that awed the audience and the judges alike with their innovative dishes. The contestants bravely battled in the tasks thrown down to them. So we asked the top 24 contestants to provide recipes of their own. From appetisers to desserts and from regional...

Published Date: November 23, 2014
Drinking water in winter

Drinking water in winter

During summer, grabbing a cold glass of water every chance we get is almost an involuntary action. However, as temperature starts to drop, we are less likely to gulp in water. With the cold weather, a glass of water is not the most tempting thing and sometimes we do without it all day. But...

Published Date: November 21, 2014
Star-struck!

Star-struck!

It's a great time to embark in some star gazing. Monsoon is over: grey clouds do not cover the skies any more. And you do not have to worry about downpours. On the other hand, nights are yet to become exceedingly foggy and cold. What do you do in this pleasant weather?  Look up in...

Published Date: November 20, 2014
Life is Here

Life is Here

Among the Bangladeshi artists, who is your favourite? Well, a lot of names might pop up in your head right now. Kanak Chanpa Chakma may be one of them. A highly acclaimed artist, Kanak Chanpa Chakma has indeed shot to fame with her mesmerising paintings. Bengal Art Lounge at 60 Gulshan Avenue is currently holding her solo exhibition, named Life is Here. Flock to the art gallery today! The exhibition will continue till 6 December, 2014; timing - 12pm to 8pm.

Published Date: November 19, 2014
From Vietnamese to deshi

From Vietnamese to deshi

Have you read this week's Star Lifestyle? On the culinary side, our issue this week is very diversified indeed. Read our review on one of the flagship restaurants of Dhaka -- a must-visit for anyone in love with Bangladeshi cuisine -- Kasturi at Purana Paltan. Meanwhile, relish in one of our favourite foods, hilsa,...

Up, up and away…

Published Date: November 18, 2014
The Avian treasures of Bangladesh

The Avian treasures of Bangladesh

Up to the far horizon stretching for many miles, my eyes fail to meet another soul. Suspended in a mudflat jutting out from the Bay of Bengal, I experience serenity like nowhere else. My feet dig deep into the soft clay and I observe the lonely island through a spotting scope. I am here...

BEING CLOSE TO NATURE

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Memoirs of the wave island

Memoirs of the wave island

Dhaka was surprisingly fogless as I headed southward towards the sea at dawn that late December. It was the last mode of transport for the day to get to Hatia Island when I reached the 'ghat'. The destination, Domar Char, the wave island, one of two detached limbs of Hatia Island, the other...

Special Feature

Published Date: November 18, 2014
FOR THE LOVE OF THE PRINTED WORD

FOR THE LOVE OF THE PRINTED WORD

For the book lover in Bangladesh, Nilkhet used to be the dream – the joy of wandering around with nothing definite in mind and suddenly stumbling across a rare copy of For Whom the Bell Tolls or the Tin Drum is an amazing feeling and to go home and give the book its...

  

Special Feature

Published Date: November 18, 2014
THE VIRTUAL BOOK SHOP

Online businesses in Bangladesh have recently just moved from Facebook pages to websites selling everything from food to jewellery, and more and more people are now skipping the hassle of traffic jams and ordering online where home deliveries are made. We saw the rise of food deliveries, fashion accessories and clothing businesses online but very few sites catering to book and music lovers. Enter rokomari.com Launched in early 2012 as an online bookstore, it has expanded to selling music, movies...

EXHIBITION

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Safeguarding JAMDANI

Safeguarding JAMDANI

On 11 November, 2014, an exhibition titled 'Safeguarding Jamdani: The Intangible Cultural Heritage from Bangladesh and Promoting Creative Economy' was inaugurated. The three-day exhibition, organised by Bangladesh UNESCO National Commission and Korean National Commission for UNESCO was held at Shilpakala Academy. Webbed by fairies with the thread of winds Jamdani, which is believed by many...

Published Date: November 18, 2014
For the love of ilish pulao

For the love of ilish pulao

“It is unthinkable that the Bangladeshis will not evolve the pulao, a cuisine they adopted, by adding fish." - Shawkat Osman The opinion above sums up our love for ilish pulao (ilish means hilsa; pulao means pilaf: the name translates to hilsa pilaf in English). To understand our fascination with this dish, one must first...

AAPPAYON

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Taste of Bangladesh

Taste of Bangladesh

Recipe of Hilsa Pulao Ingredients (serves ten) 2 hilsas (1.5 kg each) 2 carrots, roughly diced 4 white onions, quartered 10 green chillies, chopped 2 green cardamom pods, gently cracked 2 black cardamom pods, gently cracked 2 cinnamon sticks, 2.5cm-long 10 cloves 2+3 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground 2 cups yoghurt 2 tsp coriander powder 1 tsp cumin powder 2 tsp red chilli powder 2 tbsp...

A TRUE TASTE OF ASIA

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Vietnamese delights

Vietnamese delights

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 lemon grass stalks, tough outer leaves removed, then bruised  1 lamb...

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Hotel Kasturi @ Purana Paltan

Hotel Kasturi @ Purana Paltan

Dhaka is a city dotted with restaurants. From Bangladeshi cuisine to oriental and continental, and from the strictly 'authentic' to the 'redefined', the bulk of dining places surely satisfies many palates. But even three decades ago, choices were fewer. At that time, in 1980, a small restaurant named Kasturi opened up. Fast forward from its humble beginnings to today, Kasturi is an illustrious restaurant in Bangladesh and a flagship brand when it comes to serving Bangladeshi cuisine. The place is not pretentious in decor. Albeit the few paintings, the interior is quite ordinary. But don't be fooled by that. The fervour with which they prepare and cook is extraordinary. The process starts...

LS PICK

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Munchies at the Office

Munchies at the Office

When you are in the tight clutches of a painfully boring meeting (which happens more often than not), having a few snacks to munch on is a welcome distraction. But not just any snack will do. “It's always difficult to decide what to provide as a snack,” says Mehtab, an office manager. “Meetings have...

FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Joy Ma Kali

Joy Ma Kali

Kali pujo has come and gone. Also celebrated as Diwali or Deepavali. Legend has it when Rama conquered Ravana and came back to Ayodhya, the people of Ayodhya lit up the city and the palace with innumerable little lamps to welcome him back. Thus started the tradition of Diwali, the festival of lights. While the rest of...

Spotlight

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Like a GIRL

Like a GIRL

I might run like a girl, and fall behind as the boys sprint out and cross the finish line. But I am proud to run like a girl, calmly and with consistence, running for miles and miles on end, never complaining but always persevering, while the sprinter becomes tired and he tries to...

Changing Lanes

Published Date: November 18, 2014
String theory

Nope, you do not need a physics degree to read this piece; a physics degree is as far from reality as it gets for this unworthy soul. You just have to have experienced the madness of Dhaka driving. Let's boil it down to the bare essentials - what is Dhaka driving? It is the daily battle to get ahead, literally. It's the quintessential rat race. And we are rats, us drivers. We may be the nicest people when out of...

WOMEN'S HEALTH

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer

With all the hype going on around social media about 'Movember', we feel there is a need to look past the moustache parade into the deeper reason for this drive. In two words, men's health. Movember demands men to grow their moustaches for the whole month of November to raise awareness and inspire donations...

Published Date: November 18, 2014
The face

It is the most prominent part of our body; the first thing that gets noticed and makes an impression. It is always desirable to have an attractive face. 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,...

WOMEN'S HEALTH

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Skin lightening hazards

The obsession with fairness and skin lightening products in Bangladesh and, in fact, throughout most parts of Asia and Africa is rather frightening. It seems all of the major cosmetic companies have come out with one cream or the other, and glamorous celebrities endorsing these make them even more desirable. We don't know much about the contents of these products, except that they have vitamins and sunscreens, and it is usually alleged that these products will make you fairer...

Published Date: November 18, 2014
THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

“Bichitro Bangladesh: Adibashi Nrittanushthan” (An indigenous dance performance) Date: Tuesday, 18 November Time: 6.30pm Venue: Chhayanaut Songit Biddayaton, House 72, Road 15A, Dhanmondi   'Bichitro Bangladesh', the 36th episode of 'Nupur Beje Jai' brings dances of the ethnic minority groups of Bangladesh: Santal dance from Rajshahi, Dhamail from Sunamganj, Garo dance from Mymensingh and the dances from the Tripura community. It's a wonderful experience that can bring one closer to the wider variations in our culture. The event is open to all. Say it...

LOVING AND LIVING WITH PLANTS

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Winter gardening

Winter gardening

Winter is almost at our door – the early morning cold, the fallen shefalis on the ground, the diamond drops on the grass and fields whispering 'I am here – get ready!'  The other day, from my balcony, I saw the gardener of my next door neighbour start revamping the roof. He cleaned...

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Westin Privilege renewed

The eve of 12 November this year saw a private social gathering at The Westin Dhaka, celebrating the hotel's re-launching of Privilege Card, Splash Restaurant, Spa, and Sleep Well concept. The Privilege Card allows members to avail themselves of complimentary set meals or buffet lunch or dinner for two people at The Daily Treats, Seasonal Tastes, or Prego; a night's stay for free with two nights of stay on weekends; complemintary weekend accommodation of one night in Junior or Deluxe...

Published Date: November 18, 2014
CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

The birth of a star On Saturday 8 November, the curtains came down on Lux Channel i Superstar 2014. The grand finale was held at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre. This year the crown went to Nadia Afrin. The star studded gala event featured the three finalists, with stunning performances by them, the previous winners and...

TIPS

Published Date: November 18, 2014
Dandruff away

Winter means dandruff. Don't deny it. Before it’s Christmas in your scalp, take some remedial actions. Try to shampoo three to four times a week with anti-dandruff shampoo. Even when selecting shampoos, choose one with the required active ingredients. If possible, use a humidifier, as dryness breeds dandruff. Side bar: dandruff is a fungal infection which is infectious. Avoid sharing combs and such and have an itch-free winter!

POP UP

Published Date: November 18, 2014
What your mug says about you

We get them all the time, at events or as presents which we pretend to like. And then we end up using them at home or at the office. But your mug can be used as an expression of your personality, especially at work. If you're eccentric, pick a funny mug to cheer you up as you sip your daily cup of tea. If you travel a lot, use a mug you got from one of your favourite travel...

Published Date: November 18, 2014
10 rising social networks you should explore

10 rising social networks you should explore

Had enough of Facebook and Twitter? It may be time to switch up your go-to social network. With the daily explosion of startups, there are plenty of new social media tools popping up. These newer platforms could be working on the next big thing, so you'll want to keep an eye out. Here's a look...

Published Date: November 17, 2014
Up, up and away

Up, up and away

Winter is knocking at the door. We have already begun feeling the chills of the season in the early morning and in the nights. And the arrival of winter is also marked with the arrival of migratory birds. Observing migratory birds is a wonderful recreation for many and all that is needed is a...

Published Date: November 12, 2014
Silence, please!

Silence, please!

Does the traffic seem a bit too horrible these days? It's already painful enough that we have to sit on our cars or taxis or crowded public buses for long hours, often being late for office and appointments. The annoying wait is even more dreadful due to the noise pollution. Rickshaws constantly ring bells...

Style Files

Published Date: November 11, 2014
A BANGLADESHI WEDDING JOURNAL

A BANGLADESHI WEDDING JOURNAL

Here in Bangladesh, we are rooted in tradition yet there is diversity seen in every realm of life, starting from food and customs that are reflected in Bangladeshi marriages. Describing all the nuances of the country's wedding traditions in a single piece of writing would truly be a Herculean task. This article is a...

  

Published Date: November 11, 2014
The perfect season for a WEDDING

The perfect season for a WEDDING

The cool autumn breeze makes way for an anticipated winter, the season to rejoice for more reasons than one. If you are hearing wedding bells toll, chances are you are already in the 'wedding mode,' if not your own then that of a near and dear one. You have possibly witnessed a surge of invitations and Facebook notifications are a constant reminder of dates that have already been circled red in the calendar. Half your paycheck is spent on that perfect dress and you are spending thoughtful moments on the probable gift (dinner sets are so 80s!). You are already dreading the pre-wedding events and the mere idea of crawling...

Published Date: November 11, 2014
At the beginning

At the beginning

The dha…dhin…dha turned into a blurred explosion of sounds, signaling the arrival of the bridal party. And for a split second, everything fell into their places; things started to make sense; dreams, once again, took shapes. The anxious moments turned into solemn realisations - today was the first day of the rest of...