• Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Cover Story

Published Date: September 2, 2014
THE RIVER CHRONICLES

THE RIVER CHRONICLES

Forlorn pictures of antiquity paint images of sun-beaten men rowing their boats through the blue-grey waters of the Shitalakhya -- their faded orange sails swishing with the breeze and the lonely air occasionally pierced with the folk songs of Hasson Raja emanating from the deep vocals of the majhi. Yes, no Bengali can escape the allure that these waterways hold for us. This monsoon it is time to splurge in the bliss of spending a day on the boat and experience the slow life aboard burnished wooden boats glistening in the soft light of the sun hidden by the monsoon sky. All aboard the Contic Where the mighty Ganges river tied the...

Special Feature

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Bayya jao re, okul doriyar majhe

Bayya jao re, okul doriyar majhe

The boatman unties the rope from the 'ghat'. He takes the oar and pushes onto the ground with it, pushing the boat away from the shore. We are set for sail. Villages in Bikrampur are connected by an intricate canal. Although roads have been built, monsoon makes the canal a favoured commute. Innumerable country...

SHOP REVIEW

Published Date: September 2, 2014
CATS EYE

CATS EYE

Cats Eye has always been one of the favoured options when one wants to go the extra mile in terms of Western or fusion fashion. Geared towards the youth but classy enough to be worn by anyone young at heart, Cats Eye strives to strike a balance between trendy and sophisticated. Starting out with solely menswear and still predominantly being a menswear brand, the men have a lot to choose from in Cats Eye. Men attest that the formal shirts in Cats Eye are their favourites, as there is a wide selection having reasonable prices, and men can choose between two types of fits depending on their preferences. Formal shirts...

Special Feature

Published Date: September 2, 2014
THE FABULOUS FUNGI

THE FABULOUS FUNGI

Everybody is familiar with mushrooms. They are a common sight. They sprout just about everywhere -- gardens, forests, rotting wood, live wood, soil, an unnoticed or forgotten corner of your rooftop -- and you can add to this list numerous more locations. Often, they are treated with a sort of neglect. Sometimes, they are given a momentary muse; curious-looking little 'creatures' that they are, showing up in various shapes and sizes and colours. 'Banger chhata' (frogs’ umbrella), we say, owing to the umbrella shape they have. Many of us wrongly associate mushrooms with plants. Mushrooms are actually fungi, and fungi have a kingdom of their own. Mushrooms neither belong to the...

FOOD-0-GRAM

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Mushroom medley

Mushroom medley

Stir fried oyster mushrooms I find the texture and taste of oyster mushrooms best when used in Chinese or Thai cuisine. This quick and easy recipe will be for you when you have very little time in hand. By quick boiling the mushroom beforehand, it can lock the water so the mushroom won't get...

  

TRAVELOGUE

Published Date: September 2, 2014
HUA HIN Quiet & Peace

HUA HIN Quiet & Peace

Hua Hin has been chosen as one of the world's best places to retire by "Live and Invest Overseas". Strong points for Hua Hin were the low cost of living in general and the affordability of beach-front living in particular, as well as its overall expat-friendliness. That just might give you a feel of...

LS EVENT

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Rajshahi passes the pressure cooker

Rajshahi passes the pressure cooker

142 participants made the journey to Moonlight Garden, which played host to the Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef's Rajshahi round. Having already completed the previous rounds held in Sylhet, Khulna and Barisal, 12 of the final 24 slots had already been filled. This time, four more participants would be selected from Barisal. The competition...

SPECIAL FEATURE

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Treading water with a Tiger

Treading water with a Tiger

It’s a beautiful midday Saturday morning in Dhaka. The sun is on your face, but peeking out from behind the low-slung clouds its intensity is calming instead of unbearable. It is perfectly complemented by a cool southern breeze. And silence, of course; blessed silence. A siren that seems to emanate from the heavens...

  

TRIBUTE

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Iyengar's take on yoga asanas

Iyengar's take on yoga asanas

Last week, BKS Iyengar, a great yoga guru, died peacefully at the age of 95. Iyengar, a student of Krishnamacharya, was considered one of the pioneers in reviving modern yoga and bring it to the West.  Though he was a sickly child, frail and weak, through yoga therapy he was able to overcome...

ART

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Solemn soliloquy

Solemn soliloquy

In the still, murky water a small dinghy lay anchored. Tied to a pole on the muddy banks of the river --- by means of a rope -- the unmanned boat rests motionless. There are no ripples in the water, the sky hanging over, hinting an imminent rain. And the water body seems like waiting for that drop of rain that would unset the stillness of the water, like a maestro gently stroking the strings of a Kashmiri santoor. Sometimes a couplet, or even a triplet of small riverine, local boats takes their place on paper, sometimes accompanied by a fishing net and sometimes with a hint of habitation, seem remotely...

Published Date: September 2, 2014
International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations

Open, the International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, will celebrate its 17th edition from 28 August to 28 September, 2014 at the same time as the Venice Film Festival. More than thirty international artists will take part with site-specific projects in the public areas of Venice Lido and the Island of San Servolo. Over the years OPEN has created a strong genius loci, thanks to the presence of countless international artists, who have brought different cultures and traditions to the...

WOMEN'S HEALTH

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Menstrual migraine

A monthly nightmare for all menstruating women is menstrual migraine. Women suffer migraines three times more frequently than men do; and, menstrual migraines affect 60 percent of these women. They occur before, during or immediately after the period, or during ovulation. What causes menstrual migraines? The culprit for headaches is not oestrogen. Serotonin (neurotransmitters or chemicals in the brain which are responsible for making you feel happy) is the primary hormonal trigger in this kind of headache. Some researchers believe that...

FIGURING FATHERHOOD

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Doctors and zombies

Quote of the day: Just when you think it's the worst, it's not. There are two places that give nightmares to every parent of toddlers: school and a visit to the doctor.  For me, I am yet to suffer the full fury of a school run. I am only in the dreading stage. That means dry mouth, sweaty brow and raised blood pressure at the thought of it. School is far away but quickly approaching. But a doctor's visit is...

Published Date: September 2, 2014
CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

Radiant Bonsai Society's exhibition RADIANT Bonsai Society will be holding the second part of its exhibition on Bonsai from the 25 August till 31 August. The exhibition will feature a presentation of 75 different species of bonsai, both endemic and otherwise. The bonsai plants will also be up for sale, with prices ranging from...

Published Date: September 2, 2014
THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

Personage of Egyptian Vision Date: Tuesday, 2 September to Saturday, 13 September Time: Daylong Venue: La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka. Renowned Egyptian artist, Dr Walid Jahin -- a professor in Alexandria University of Egypt at the Department of Fine Arts -- will be exhibiting his artworks for the first time in Bangladesh. As Dr Walid puts...

DECOR TIPS

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Child's play

When it comes to decorating the room for a new born, you may have to be extra careful as your child is very sensitive to his/her surroundings. The room has to be cosy and the colour scheme right. Here are some tips which will make your work easier. While decorating your child's space think about your baby's particular needs. Make sure you choose a quiet room close to the bedroom. Make provisions for good ventilation; if the windows allow a...

POP UP

Published Date: September 2, 2014
Avoid over-exfoliating

EXFOLIATION, while helpful in clearing breakouts, smoothing the skin, and fading discoloration, can harm the skin when done in excess. Your skin's protective barrier may become damaged when too many acids, scrubs, peels, and sonic brushes are used. The potential result is dryness, irritation, and increased breakouts. An exfoliating scrub should really only be used three times a week, but even that might be too much for some people. If your skin is red, tight, or dry, you may...

Published Date: September 1, 2014
Super Chef in Rajshahi

Super Chef in Rajshahi

With 12 of the 24-participant list from Sylhet, Khulna and Barisal selected for the finals, it is Rajshahi's turn now. With nearly 150 having registered for this round, the land famous for its mangoes and lychees may  just land another achievement -- the country's first ever Super Chef. The judges for the Rajshahi round...

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Mushy about mushrooms

Mushy about mushrooms

The idea of mushrooms as a food is an ancient one. However, in our country, the notion of eating mushrooms is a fairly new one. Just a couple of decades ago, edible mushrooms did not make it to the league of popular foods. Even today, they are not exactly a ‘mainstream’ food. But...

Published Date: August 31, 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 29, 2014
Sleep smart

Sleep smart

Your smart phone can come in handy even when you are going to bed. And setting the alarm clock is actually the least you can do.  SleepBot is an application that monitors your sleep pattern and judges how well you've slept over a few nights. Its auto-recording function can let you discover whether you...

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...