• Friday, August 29, 2014

Published Date: August 28, 2014
Bhaago!

Bhaago!

What have you got lined up for this Friday? Don’t let another weekend go to waste. Wrap up your work today, call your friends and make some plans. Go to a concert. Shunno, a highly celebrated band, is launching a new album, named Bhaago. An album launching concert will take place tomorrow (Friday, 29...

Published Date: August 27, 2014
Bring on the boats or what?

Bring on the boats or what?

Although it’s officially autumn, monsoon seems to be adamant, unwilling to go away. Dhaka, Chittagong and many other major cities and towns in Bangladesh now face one frustrating and recurring problem: water logging. From narrow alleys to major roadways, poor planning and heavy, incessant rainfall has ‘flooded’ our routes, making a nuisance of the...

Published Date: August 26, 2014
HAIR 101

HAIR 101

Few proses have been composed about the Bengali woman without mentioning her long, wavy, dark hair. Our thick manes have always been the envy of the rest of the world, and once upon a time Bengali women considered sitting on the front porch of their homes and massaging oil into each other's hair for hours an essential daily activity. The chore would start with thoroughly combing the hair, and end with a tight braid. In this day and age, however, things have changed. Most of us are too busy (or too lazy) to take care of our hair. A lot of women get away with low-maintenance hair care too, thanks...

  

MUSING

Published Date: August 26, 2014
REGAL MEALS

REGAL MEALS

I was never a morning person. I don't like the idea of waking up early. I prefer to enjoy the 10 plus hours of sleep that I must have in order to function on a day-to-day basis. I chose to be a writer because it meant no hectic schedules and no waking up...

  

INTERPRETER OF MALADIES

Published Date: August 26, 2014
Coping with trauma

Dear Dr, I have a friend who recently had a stroke. By the grace of Allah she is recovering from the ailment but still faces complications. I was just wondering how, as a friend, we could help her in recovering and getting back to normal life. She is 43 years old and a mother to a daughter, who will be off to the United States to pursue her undergraduate studies. - Aisha Mahbub Sorry to know that your friend had a stroke...

FOOD-0-GRAM

Published Date: August 26, 2014
A different kind of breakfast

A different kind of breakfast

Breakfast has never really been my favourite meal, but as it is said it is the most important of all meals. When I was in school I spent a good six months drinking a simple smoothie in the morning, filling and delicious. Best things about being abroad and staying at a hotel is the breakfast! Fluffy eggs, grilled sausages and tomatoes, different kinds of fruit… I could go on and on. Pina-oat smoothie Ingredients: 2 cups diced pineapple 1½ cups coconut milk 1 cup cold water 5.3 oz Greek yoghurt 3/4 cup oats (quick) 1 large very ripe banana peeled Method: Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately. Morning stuffed capsicums Ingredients: 4 capsicums 2 cups of spinach 4...

  

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Published Date: August 26, 2014
BBQ: SETTING NEW STANDARDS

BBQ: SETTING NEW STANDARDS

Such has been the boom in Dhaka's eateries that no one really expects anything special when a new kid on the block comes along. Many may have rolled their eyes when in January, BBQ opened an outlet in Gulshan. Many may not have known that it is a popular South Korean franchise, and...

SPOTLIGHT

Published Date: August 26, 2014
Food for one's mood

Food for one's mood

Years ago, a friend of mine had a rather interesting temperament. An otherwise level-headed, balanced individual, he would at times display traits that were entirely out of character. Most days during evenings he would be cranky, irritated and rather unpleasant. Unfortunately, it just so happened that at around this hour his tutor was scheduled...

RUPCHANDA-STAR LIFESTYLE

Published Date: August 26, 2014
Super Chef docks at Barisal

Super Chef docks at Barisal

Having faced tough selection processes in the previous audition rounds held in Sylhet and Khulna, the Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef hunt's next stop was in the river city of Barisal. Rain persisted as in the other rounds, drenching the sleepy city of Barisal. Fortunately, as has become the norm, the weather did not...

TRAVELOGUE

Published Date: August 26, 2014
VISITING KATHMANDU

VISITING KATHMANDU

The history of Kathmandu goes back two thousand years, and all the grandeur of that past lives on in the everyday experience of the people. Legend has it that the Bodhisattva Manjushree drained the lake that once filled the Kathmandu valley and made it habitable. It now boasts a 2000 year old urban...

  

SKIP THE GYM...GET FIT

Published Date: August 26, 2014
Dealing with “Holiday Weight”

Dealing with “Holiday Weight”

So, you lived a little [or A LOT]; put all them sweet somethings in your mouth without a care in the world during the holidays. And now you're regretting your unbridled gluttony during a time when you were actually supposed to practise restraint. We've all been there. Yes? Well, all's not lost. Unless you...

ENGINE BLOCK

Published Date: August 26, 2014
Taming the wet weather

I hate rain. It's lovely when I'm inside the house and feeling poetic. But I never feel poetic, so it's just shelter that makes me appreciate rain. I hate rain because when I drive, my freshly polished car gets all muddy. And chunks of dirt get stuck up in all the crevices underneath. Except… I love driving in the rain. It is kind of surreal to pass through a spattering haze. So it's a love-hate relationship. Of course, special care...

Published Date: August 26, 2014
CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

  Mumu Maria's Discounts In this season of sudden downpours and blazing sun, Mumu Maria, a clothing brand, has a wide array of outfits fit just for the occasion. These outfits are sold at discounted prices -- anywhere between 5 per cent and 40 per cent off. The discount will run for the month of August. From comfortable wear for the hot weather to fashionable outfits suitable for the monsoon, Mumu Maria's collection is definitely worth checking out. So visit Mumu Maria's showroom, located in House # 9, Road # 27, Block K, Banani, Dhaka. You can also check out 'MumuMaria’' on Facebook or call 01833328380-1.   Film Appreciation Course 2014 Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and...

BEAUTY DISSECTED

Published Date: August 26, 2014
Microdermabrasion

Dear Doctor, I am interested to know about microdermabrasion. Can you please elaborate on the procedure and whether this can be done regularly as part of a beauty regimen? – Fiona Dear Fiona, Thank you for your question. Microdermabrasion is a procedure by which the skin is gently polished with the help of fine crystalline material. The top layer of skin is stripped off so that new cells regenerate. It is usually done if a person has rough and dull skin, early pigmentation, post...

Published Date: August 26, 2014
THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

Jol Chobi, painting exhibition by Shahanoor Mamun Date: 26 August Time: Day long Venue: La Galeria,  Alliance Farancaise Bangladesh is rich in natural beauty. Nature carries a great assortment of colours in its palette throughout the year and often transforms into real-life water colours that allows the artist to catch a glimpse of a jol chobi (image with water). This shift of nature ignites a spark in his mind. Then the spark and nature hand in hand create 'jol chobi' – water colour. Looking...

DECOR TIPS

Published Date: August 26, 2014
A colourful life

The colours around us, no doubt, have an effect on our moods. Feng Shui -- the Chinese philosophy of a system of laws that are believed to govern spatial arrangement and orientation with respect to the flow of energy -- has a special chapter focused on colours. Whether you believe in the philosophy of Feng Shui or not, many of its policies on colours do make sound sense. Red -- which represents the element of fire -- is considered a lucky...

TRIBUTE

Published Date: August 26, 2014
My kid brother Zaki Pappu

When Pappu was about four, he made trips between Dhaka and Karachi. At the airport he saw people signalling to the pilots to land and take off and Pappu imagined himself as one of the air traffic personnel and signalled invisible planes to land. This he did in silence, more or less, and disturbed no one as he went about his make-belief games. Rullu was a dear, imaginary friend and we would play together as we had limited toys between...

MUSING

Published Date: August 26, 2014
The privileged few

Upon returning to Bangladesh and settling comfortably back into the privileged, bourgeois standard of living in Dhaka, I have had the opportunity to reflect on how this city is the perfect paradise for an adrenaline junkie. I mean it; who needs to invest into adrenaline pumping recreation when the constant life-and-death reality that surrounds you is more than capable of throwing you into the deepest pits of illusion, consecutively make you disillusioned while providing you with the accompanying sensation...

Check It Out

Published Date: August 26, 2014
CP holds foodies' competition

Charoen Pokphand, popularly referred to as CP, is a Thai Multinational Conglomerate that deals with agro-industrial goods and products. Currently it has more than 120 branded fried chicken shops in Dhaka and Chittagong and maintains a strong presence in more than 60 super shops and chain stores like Agora, Meenabazar, etc. with its processed foods and fresh eggs. Recently, CP Bangladesh Limited was the proud host of a competition for foodies -- “CP Biggest Eater Contest” held on 19 August,...

Check It Out

Published Date: August 26, 2014
Weeklong Pasta Promotion at Dhaka Regency

Weeklong Pasta Promotion has begun in Dhaka Regency's Grandiose Restaurant on August 21, 2014 and it will run till 27 August. The festival will feature wide selections of homemade pasta and other Italian specialties cooked to perfection. Throughout this promotion, guests can have a grand feast in the charming restaurant hosting one live cooking station that adds to the ambience of the carnival and with a variety of special dishes of pasta such as Spaghetti with Chunky Meat Sauce, Penne...

POP UP

Published Date: August 26, 2014
Monsoon makeup tips

Makeup runs a risk of being smudged in the monsoon rain, so light makeup is more preferable. Use waterproof liners, mascara and transfer-resistant lipsticks. It is better not to use foundation. Do not use kohl during monsoon. You can apply blush lightly. It looks prettiest when you can’t tell you're wearing it! Cream blush in shades of pink, peach and brown can be used. During this time keep your eyebrows in shape with proper threading. Keep it simple and...

Published Date: August 25, 2014
Hair care 101

Hair care 101

Star Lifestyle asked Quazi Qumrul Islam, professional hairstylist and owner of prominent hair and beauty salon Ban Thai, to share his two cents on hair basics Few proses have been composed about the Bengali woman without mentioning her long, wavy, dark hair. Our thick manes have always been the envy of the rest of the world. In this day and age, however, things have changed. Most of us are too busy (or too lazy) to take care of our hair. A lot of women get away with low-maintenance hair care too, thanks to the genes of their forefathers which have blessed them with naturally beautiful hair. Whether you are among the lucky...

Published Date: August 24, 2014
Like a king

Like a king

"I was never a morning person. I don’t like the idea of waking up early. I prefer to enjoy the 10 plus hours of sleep that I must have in order to function on a day to day basis. But that is no reason for not enjoying the most important meal of the...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Where does all the money go?

Where does all the money go?

Wouldn't you agree that the last ten days of the month are the hardest? And that the first week is the sweetest? Most of us, unfortunately, are not good money managers. We spend a lot in the first week; we are a little concerned the next two weeks. But the last few days are...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Threads of Testimony

Threads of Testimony

Finally, weekend is here! We hope that today you will leave your worries at office and enjoy two days of solace.  Go to an art exhibition at Bengal Art Lounge. Threads of Testimony -- a solo exhibition by Dilara Begum Jolly, was inaugurated on 16 August and will run till 4 September. The exhibition...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Autumn in Dhaka

Autumn in Dhaka

It's autumn! But seeing the heavy showers we are now being endowed with everyday, autumn still has not made its strong foothold. After the blues and greys of monsoon, comes the season of whites: autumn is all about crystal clear skies with battalions of parading clouds and dancing kans flower ('kash phool'). Spring, many people...

COVER STORY

Published Date: August 19, 2014
RUGGED GREEN

RUGGED GREEN

A touch of green -- that small potted plant -- in the corridor of our apartments or in the foyer of our houses can make all the difference in our urban living, but to some, even that may seem too much of an effort. Fact remains, in our barren city lives, many of...

  

LS PICK

Published Date: August 19, 2014
KUMUDINI Handicrafts at Banani

KUMUDINI Handicrafts at Banani

Kumudini Handicrafts has been in operation since the 1980s, offering products which epitomise the quintessential traditional heritage of Bengal, be it in the form of Nakshikantha or Jamdani. The primary point of differentiation at Kumudini Handicrafts is the heavy use of colours in numerous combinations. The objectives of Kumudini Handicrafts were simple: making women in Bangladesh self-reliant while meeting the fashion and the décor needs of the Bangladeshis. Consequently, an estimated 26,000 women from all over Bangladesh are benefitting from the activities of Kumudini Handicrafts. As the name suggests, Kumudini Handicrafts began as a favourite go-to for handicrafts lovers, but it gradually pioneered 'the first stylish Fair Trade clothing boutique'. Today,...

DESHI MIX

Published Date: August 19, 2014
LEAFY VEGETABLES

LEAFY VEGETABLES

Vegetables are plants or parts of plants that are used as food. The term vegetable has through usage come to apply in a more narrow sense to those plants or parts of plants that are served raw or cooked as a part of the main course of a meal. Vegetables supply many nutrients besides...

  

Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Super Chef comes to Khulna

Super Chef comes to Khulna

The competition is certainly heating up and the kitchen is getting hotter. This week, Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef held their audition rounds in the city of Khulna. Over a hundred people, braving the prevailing inclement weather, thronged the Tiger Garden Hotel in Khulna where the event took place. The judges' panel this week...

LOVING AND LIVING WITH PLANTS

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Roof gardening and monsoon essentials

Roof gardening and monsoon essentials

Dear plant and garden lovers, this is a good time to remind you of the seasonal action points you need to undertake in August. The season with rain and sunshine gives us the opportunity to grow our own plants. Let's arrange our available spaces wisely -- like roofs to add greenery and also...

Shop Review

Published Date: August 19, 2014
HOME.WORKS glamorising your home

HOME.WORKS glamorising your home

When your passion and your profession decide to merge, it makes for a prodigious and illustrious combination. Interior designer Umbareen A. Ihtesham finds herself in a similar situation as she partners with old friends and family members to bring to life a long cherished dream and it materialises in the form of a...

  

TRAVELOGUE

Published Date: August 19, 2014
The state of Hanguk

The state of Hanguk

Taking an active interest in political, economic, and social issues has enabled me to travel far and wide. When I learnt of my selection to the 3rd Asia Pacific Youth Parliament for Water (APYPW) to be held in South Korea, which is called Hanguk by South Koreans, I was overjoyed to be finally...

ELEGY

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Lessons from Robin Williams

Lessons from Robin Williams

The world is still in shock as people woke up on Tuesday morning to find their favourite comedian and actor, Robin Williams, aged 63, dead -- from an apparent case of suicide. The entertainer shot into fame as an alien in Mork & Mindy in the late 1970s, and took on more serious...

SPECIAL FEATURE

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Inaccessibility in excess

Inaccessibility in excess

Around 10 per cent of the population of our country is believed to be struggling from a disability. That is more than the entire population of some countries! While the proportion of disabled people in Bangladesh is high, our country is lagging behind in terms of accessibility. Accessibility is the extent to which a...

LS SUGGEST

Published Date: August 19, 2014
The other side of sweets

The other side of sweets

Every diet seems to falter when a lady encounters that melting chocolate fudge drenched in some more chocolate syrup, hiding thousands of calories beneath its sweet façade. Add to that a Bengali 'dawat' and you find yourself spiralling down the diet ladder and climbing up to sweet heaven all at the same time...

CHECK IT OUT

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Westin's Venetian foray

Westin's Venetian foray

Venice is a name associated with romance, with gondolas on its canals bearing star-crossed lovers from one point to the next. But it is also a city located strategically and one that served for centuries as Italy's contact point with the rest of the world, and so its culinary tradition is as rich...

Published Date: August 19, 2014
THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

Threads of testimony -- a solo exhibition by Dilara Begum Joly Date: 16 August -- 4 September Time: 12-8pm Venue: Bengal Art Lounge, 60 Gulshan Avenue, Road 131, Gulshan Bengal Art Lounge cordially invites you to "Threads of Testimony" -- an exhibition of paintings, drawings and video-works. While still a student, Joly first began to express her...

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Inauguration of DCI Telemedicine Center

On August 9, 2014, Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) held the inauguration ceremony of its new Telemedicine Center at Kalyanpur Health Clinic, Kalyanpur, Dhaka. The event also saw a free eye camp being held. Dan Mozena, Ambassador of United States of America to Bangladesh, was the chief guest. The internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi actress and DCI Goodwill Ambassador, Babita Akhter, also attended this event  as guest of honour. Professor A. K. Azad Khan, President, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB) and...

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Chaldal.com- for your daily grocery needs and more

Bengalis have pretty much embraced the concept of online shopping -- shopping websites and Facebook stores are rapidly on the rise. It is so much easier buying things in the convenience of one's own home knowing that the traffic out there is horrendous and unfair prices and bargaining completely draining out the joys of shopping. Not too long ago we Bengalis were doubtful about this convenient mode of shopping. The status quo of online shopping has drastically changed leading to...

NEWS FLASH

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Cycle the World, Save the Children

Dettol, the flagship brand of Reckitt Benckiser Bangladesh Ltd, has taken an innovative initiative to raise awareness and funds for Save the Children. Under the banner of “Cycle the World for Save the Children” and in association with BDCyclists. 40,075 kms, which is the circumference of the Earth, will be covered by the cyclists. A launch event for this campaign was held on Friday morning where over 200 cyclists joined. 8,700 kms of the total was remarkably covered in...

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Beat the sugar

Too much sugar is bad for you. For many of us, a daily intake of sugar often exceeds the limit. Reducing your calorie intake is just one reason to watch your sugar consumption. And there are plenty of others. Whatever your reason is, you need to watch your sugar intake. Sugar craving is linked to dehydration. So cut down on caffeine, because it can make you dehydrated. Dehydration, consequently, has an effect on blood sugar levels. Too much caffeine therefore...

DECOR TIPS

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Invisible forces

Feng Shui is the Chinese philosophy of a system of laws that are believed to govern spatial arrangement and orientation with respect to the flow of energy. The favourable and unfavourable effects of this flow of energy are taken into account when designing buildings and layouts. Many people shun Feng Shui, saying that the principles and laws of this discipline are a bit too far-fetched. Many deem Feng Shui a superstition. It is indeed true that science has still not...

TIPS

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Protect your jewellery this monsoon

It is raining cats and dogs. The weather is damp and the humidity in the air causes oxidisation. This is not much of a threat for gold or diamond jewellery but you need to take special care of silver. Wrap them in tissue or cotton and put them in a sealed bag. Then store it in a safe cupboard where they are not exposed to light or air. Take your silver jewellery to a jeweller for a “silver dip” or...

POP UP

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Simple remedies for your garden

To remove the salt deposits that form on clay pots, combine equal quantities of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the pot and scrub with a plastic brush. Let the pot dry before you plant anything in it. To prevent the line on your string trimmer from jamming or breaking, treat with a spray of vegetable oil before installing it. Use chamomile tea to control damping-off fungus, which often attacks young seedlings.

Published Date: August 18, 2014
Watch Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef tonight on NTV

Watch Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef tonight on NTV

  The Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef will now be heading into its second week. After Sylhet, this week the Super Chef team visits Khulna. The sleepy tranquility of the region promises to throw up a lot of surprises for the judges and the participants. With the Super Chef crown at stake and Tk.5 lakh...

Published Date: August 17, 2014
The curious case of the cactus

The curious case of the cactus

Nature never has to try hard to be fabulous. It is beautiful, simply so, usually without even making an effort. However, sometimes it seems Mother Nature tries to make a distinction between evident beauty and hidden splendour. The most obvious example of this can be a cactus. The very word conjures an image of...

Recipe

Published Date: August 16, 2014
Of recipes and conversations

Of recipes and conversations

A new week starts tomorrow and we will all become busy once again. Relishing for these much-awaited weekends is very common, given the workload in the weekdays. Spending quality time with family, therefore, is of paramount importance. Arrange a family dinner tonight. And good conversations often require good food. Lamb is, by all means,...

Published Date: August 15, 2014
Mourning for Mujib

Mourning for Mujib

The assassins find a calm fifty five year old man standing in the front veranda of his house, with a smoking pipe in his hand. “Sir, please come with us,” one of them urges. As the team brings him down the stairs, he shouts, “Where are you taking me?” At this point, one...

Published Date: August 14, 2014
Back to school

Back to school

Eid vacation has come to a lazy end, and parents and children alike are now eyeing hectic early mornings while struggling to return to the normal lifestyle. Getting back to school -- or work --after a break can cause distress and discomfort. A vacation calls for changing sleep patterns. Children are allowed to stay...