• Monday, December 22, 2014

Freedom in the air

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Cakes galore

Cakes galore

It’s winter! And the barometer agrees. Butthis season, many might argue, is not the most comfortable of all. We have a hard time battling the cold chills. Nevertheless, we cherish this time for at least one reason: winter is the time to have delectable pithas. The strong incentive to get out of your blanket...

Published Date: December 16, 2014
SEPTEMBER ON Jessore Road

SEPTEMBER ON Jessore Road

“Millions of souls nineteen seventy one homeless on Jessore road under grey sun A million are dead, the million who can Walk toward Calcutta from East Pakistan” In the early 1970s, the world witnessed upheavals on a scale never seen following the end of World War II. With the Cold War at its zenith, the geopolitics that...

Cover Story

Published Date: December 16, 2014
GINSBERG AND SEPTEMBER 71

GINSBERG AND SEPTEMBER 71

September on Jessore Road is a poem by notable American poet, Allen Ginsberg. A scything critic of materialism that was rampant in the 70s, as it is today, Ginsberg's poetry dissected the political psyche of the time in an attempt to touch human consciousness during events like the Bangladesh’s War of Liberation. In the...

Cover Story

Published Date: December 16, 2014
The cost of freedom

The cost of freedom

When we think war, we think of victory or defeat. That is only natural but in every conflict in human history the first slain of the turmoil is humanity itself. Our independence came at a price and as Bengalis we must pay due homage to the lives lost and the lives that went through innumerable hardship in those 9 months of struggle. We are a rebellious lot. Although we witness a culmination of our defiance against tyranny in the events leading to 1971, the seeds of hunger for freedom were sown centuries before. This week Star Lifestyle, takes you down memory lane in search of our identity from the pages...

Spotlight

Published Date: December 16, 2014
BLISSFULLY IGNORANT

BLISSFULLY IGNORANT

Dhaka was the centre of culture the past few weeks – the literary Hay Festival and the Bengal Classical Music Festival drew in more people than ever before. Social media was flooded with posts and selfies, check-ins and erudite observations on the beauty of the written word or the transcendental melody of Chaurasia's flute. A great time to be in Dhaka. But it was not all bliss – we lost a national treasure at the music festival. Qayyum Chowdhury died on stage on its fourth day. While so many were mourning the veteran artist's death, others were wondering out loud who Qayyum Chowdhury was. As one of the audience mentions...

Special Feature

Published Date: December 16, 2014
The rebellious gene

The rebellious gene

    We are a rebellious lot. And this thirst for freedom and the tendency for rebellion has been bred in our genes. Bengalis have revolted against oppression since time immemorial. One glorious example can be the sultanate era of Bengal. Initially, Bengal was under the Delhi Sultanate. Our rulers were primarily under that organisation, with...

Published Date: December 16, 2014
THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

Gitanjali presents Benny Dayal, live in Dhaka Date: Thursday, 18 December Time: 7pm Venue: Grand Ball Room, Radisson Water Garden Hotel Dhaka The hottest Bollywood sensation of the year and singer of Badtameez Dil, Bang Bang and many more hit songs - Benny Dayal will be performing live in Dhaka on 18 December, 2014 at Radisson Blu....

DESHI MIX

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Winter pitha

Winter pitha

Colourful fairs, musical soirees and ceremonial festivities abound in the country to greet the harvest season. Rural Bangladesh dressed in gold; the glitters of the freshly harvested golden rice bring life to the fullest and a smile on every face. Agrahayon, the eighth month in the Bengali calendar, marks the beginning of traditional harvest...

TIPS

Published Date: December 16, 2014
The weight loss start-up

The weight loss start-up

Before going on the latest diet, pause for a minute. If you are serious about attempting to lose weight, then don't start too big. Take baby steps before you burst into a sprint. To heed that advice, you must not start a brand new diet regime but first begin by conditioning your mind...

Restaurant Review

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Firing up at Firehouse

Firing up at Firehouse

They have set the stage for you to give in to your cravings for the choicest cuts of mouth-watering steaks. Located at Road 11, Banani, Fire House is a dark themed restaurant with lots of wood work especially raw log woods on the wall and abstract arts. The interior mimics what it is;...

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Sigree: In search of Lucknow specialties in Dhaka

Sigree: In search of Lucknow specialties in Dhaka

Opening their doors on 5th September the Indian chain Restaurant Sigree started its Journey in Bangladesh with much aplomb graced by the presence of Star cricketer Shakib Al Hasan.  The magic of slow cooking over charcoal is how the chef describes the cooking style of Sigree. As I take my seat in the...

Check It Out

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Gloria Jeans in Dhanmondi

Gloria Jeans in Dhanmondi

In 1979, an American couple named Gloria Jean Cavetko & Ed started the journey of Gloria Jeans Coffees. In 1996 the first Australian Gloria Jean's Coffees store was opened in Miranda, Sydney which brought it recognition as an international brand. After serving 39 countries with the unrivaled taste and alluring smell of coffee with its 1100 outlets Gloria Jeans started their operation in Dhaka in 2012. Their first outlet opened in Gulshan and now the second branch of Gloria Jeans Coffees has finally been inaugurated in Dhanmondi. This month, Gloria Jeans opened their Dhanmondi doors to the patrons who have for so long impatiently awaited a branch closer than the...

Shop Special

Published Date: December 16, 2014
The Blazer BD

The Blazer BD

The Blazer BD was founded by Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed, Director of Mousumi Industries Ltd in 2007 out of a desire to create a global brand specialising in tailored men's and women's wear. His ambition was to combine the best fabric with the latest designs to make a company of international repute. "My father used to have a tailoring and fabrics business before I was born, The Blazer BD was born out of my dream to re-create that business,” says Kazi. The family business was burned to the ground by Pakistani forces during the liberation war. Now, with a dream to bring back that business, Kazi aims to make The...

EVENT

Published Date: December 16, 2014
LEST WE FORGET

LEST WE FORGET

“1971 Genocide and Torture” is an exhibition currently on at the Nalinikanta Bhattashali Gallery of the National Museum. Since its inauguration on 9 December, the event has been a success leaving a  lasting impact which has already been etched in the minds of the crowd. Primarily a showcase of images related to the events...

FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Talking bread

Talking bread

I will be at fault if I do not talk about a bakery sensation. Holey Bakery. To me, the holy grail of bakeries in Dhaka. They are a small outfit, nestled in a quiet corner of Gulshan, sharing the compound with a nursing home. There are no extravagant signs. No billboards. No advertisement in newspapers that I noticed. A lot...

EVENT

Published Date: December 16, 2014
The Food Talk meets again

The second meet up of The Food Talk was held at Coentro in Baridhara. About 40 people from the closed Facebook group showed up and contributed to the lively discussion and stimulating discussions on the theme “Service Matters!” The premise was that the vibrant restaurant scene does need improved services. To start with, there is not a big training centre that's preparing people for one of the biggest industries in Bangladesh. The scene is quite new and here 15...

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Hair-Raising tips

Hair-Raising tips

As the weather is naturally dry, you have to take extra care of your hair to ensure it does not become dry as well. In winter, splits ends, dandruff and hair fall are all common. A great way to protect your hair from damage caused by dirt and wind during this time is to wrap up your locks with a silk scarf. Woollen scarves on the other hand will lead to hair breakage.  During winter, it is best to treat your hair once a week to a deep conditioning treatment. This will replenish the moisture which tends to get depleted during the season. However busy your schedule is, don't...

NEWSFLASH

Published Date: December 16, 2014
35% Discount at Gitanjali

December is full of celebrations. The sixteenth of the month marks our victory. The twenty fifth is Christmas. And you have New Year's Eve. And since it is the wedding season, let's not forget about the many invitations cards flowing in. Therefore, you would surely want some new jewellery this month. Gitanjali Jewelers is offering discounts up to 35%. So check out their gorgeous collection of diamond jewellery -- necklace, finger ring, ear ring, nose pin, locket et al -- to...

Event

Published Date: December 16, 2014
French gala evening at Radisson

It was a cheerful mix between France and Bangladesh at the French Annual Gala 2014 that was held last Saturday, 6 December 2014 at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel. The event is organised every year by the France Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFB). Established in 1996, the Chamber aims to promote trade between France and Bangladesh by facilitating the process in every way possible. The event commenced with a display of items for sale by fair trade...

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Ponds-Naksha Wedding Festival

Ponds-Naksha Wedding Festival

Colourful decorations, traditional songs, and a glamorous guest list made up the Ponds-Naksha Wedding Festival that was held all day last Tuesday, 9 December 2014 at the Grand Ballroom of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the city. As the guests entered through the doors of the venue, they were greeted with stalls of numerous organisations who were all associated with the Big Fat Bangladeshi Wedding. This included florists, sweetmeat sellers, hotels and resorts, catering services, event planners and photographers. The stalls were present throughout the day, open for all. Come evening, a fashion and cultural show was organised in the Grand Ballroom, resplendent with models and celebrities alike, both on the...

WOMEN'S HEALTH

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Diet rules for migraines

People with migraine sometimes feel like their heads are ticking bombs. A wrong move can lead to a debilitating headache which might make all activity next to impossible. Staying up late, stress, too much coffee or even too little, can all be triggers for migraine. To be honest, I've had migraine attacks due to far less. The problem with migraine is only those who suffer from it actually understand how crippling it can be. When I have migraine attacks, I...

Published Date: December 16, 2014
POP UP

Go maximalist with bookshelves BOOKSHELVES are not just meant for books! Spice up your home décor by getting an old-school, simple, wooden bookshelf with a muted brown finishing. Spread out your interesting book collection with gaps in random places. You can fill these spaces with sculptures, plants, lamps or photo frames. A space or two can also be dedicated to paintings in small canvases, which can lean on the bookshelf. Bear in mind that the “maximalist” bookshelf will look best...

check it out

Published Date: December 16, 2014
Workshop on beauty care

Kazi Kamrul Islam -- a renowned beauty and hair expert and the proprietor of Banthai Beauty and Barber Saloon -- has been invited by Qubic to Narayanganj to conduct a workshop. It is an opportunity not to be missed by those who are beauty experts who those who want to be. The programme will be starting from the second week of January. For those interested, call 01818819870 or 01778372960.    

Published Date: December 9, 2014
A COURTSHIP with the coatee!

A COURTSHIP with the coatee!

These trends generally tend to be fleeting; most of the time fad-driven designs and styles become dated in one season alone. Having to keep up with such forever changing styles is tiring to say the least, not to mention time consuming and expensive. Women experience a conundrum when they want to keep up...

Special Feature

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Soup's Up!

Soup's Up!

A cool winter night demands some special accompaniments. And a hot, steaming bowl of soup is definitely one of the front runners. Whether as a preamble to the main course or comfort food for those wanting to get rid of the chill, there's nothing like the feeling of warmth that goes through the...

THE FEARLESS OLIVE

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Serving it steamy

Serving it steamy

As the winter chills descend upon us and gloomy, sunless mornings make us want to curl up into a ball and remain hidden under the covers, a hot, steaming mug of tea or coffee can revive us like nothing else can! I bring to you some hot beverages for this winter which can...

Published Date: December 9, 2014
AMARI

AMARI

Just a 20 minute drive away from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Amari stands in the midst of the new hub of the business world in Dhaka. Entering Amari, Onyx's oldest and most established chain of hotels, one is greeted with its fresh and cool ambience. The well-spaced décor, subtle lighting and the soft...

  

LS EDITOR’S NOTE

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Of frosts and flavours

Of frosts and flavours

Winter looks gorgeous in a salad bowl and nothing can measure up to the delightful riot of colours in it. The ruby red beetroots in perfect harmony with the light green cucumbers together with the thinly cut slices of white radishes and bright orange carrots; and you must not forget to snip in...

THE FEARLESS OLIVE

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Winter indulgence

Winter indulgence

As the night air grows cooler and the fallen autumn leaves flood the streets and roads, let us welcome the onset of winters with the range of seasonal vegetables in the markets now. From lettuce that looks greener and celery that looks fresh, we will explore two green vegetables that often find a...

ASK DR SAGIR

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Winter care for pets

Winter care for pets

Pet lovers and pet owners need to be prepared to keep their pets warm and comfortable for winter. In the colder weather, we need to take care of all our pets, especially dogs. In some situation, winter can be a critical time for pets, whether they stay indoors or outdoors. Even though we live in a relatively warmer environment, the sudden decrease in temperature can still be harmful for our pets. We should consider them exactly as we do our children; our pets will benefit from our direct care and protection during the winter. There is a common myth that pets do not need any additional human care during winter, but...

TRAVELOGUE

Published Date: December 9, 2014
VISITING SCOTLAND

VISITING SCOTLAND

But the Scots rejected independence in a referendum that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact but headed for a major shake-up that will give more autonomy to both Scotland and England. I was quite lucky to have been in Scotland to visit my nephew last a month before this political upheaval. My husband, son...

FYI

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Jaywalking

Jaywalking

Many people are not aware of the term 'jaywalking', although most of us have done it at some point or the other. Jaywalking is the illegal or the reckless crossing of a road by a pedestrian. It is a very common sight in the streets of Dhaka, so much so that many people,...

Tips

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Winter hair care

Winter hair care

Use shampoos and conditioners with low pH, which are better for dry hair. You should also use a deep conditioning treatment at least once or twice a week, to help obtain moisture. A quick trick if there's no deep conditioner in the house is to put a small amount of conditioner into a microwaveable bowl and heat it for 15 seconds. This will turn the conditioner into a deep conditioner. Don't put too much shampoo in your hair. From a young age we are taught to add shampoo to our hair until it is a bubbly, frothy concoction. However, too much shampoo is detrimental for dry hair. After shampooing, apply...

LS PICK

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Sharing is caring

Many of us indeed look forward to winter. It's pleasing to us. We enjoy the cold chills and the barbeque parties and the lavish shawls and leather jackets. All is good. But while we are enjoying the winter, we also must not forget that there is a large segment of poor people for whom winter poses a nightmare. With no warm clothing to protect them, the bitter cold is indeed a serious threat to them. So while you enjoy the winter,...

Published Date: December 9, 2014
THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

Swiss Film Festival 2014 Date: Tuesday, 9 2014 Time: 6:00 pm Venue: Goethe Institute, House No. 10, Road No. 9 (new), Dhanmondi The Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh, in cooperation with the Goethe Institut Dhaka, is organising a Swiss Film Festival on December 7-9. Three Swiss films will be screened at the Goethe Institut Auditorium in Dhanmondi during the three-day festival. Spaghetti Jazz "Bollywood Night" Date: Tuesday, December 9 Time: 8:30 pm - 1:00 am Venue: Spaghetti Jazz, Gulshan 2 Circle, Dhaka For an unforgettable evening of Indian...

PENNY WISE

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Spending plans

Spending plans

If you need to save money you need to create a 'spending plan' or a budget. With a budget you can find out what your income is and what your expenses are. Once you know these two things you can find ways to reduce your expenses or increase your income to allocate an...

ENGINE BLOCK

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Car repair with scotch tape and baby diapers

Have you ever used duct tape or a zip tie to keep a nearly broken down car running? I have. And I feel like McGyver each time I do it. Now the term McGyver may sound like an alien word to many young people reading this. Which is why this needs a backstory of epic proportions. I come from the time when dinosaurs had just died and started to stink. It's somewhere in the 90s. I come from a time...

Musings

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Cancans and stilettos

The golden girls in their 60s remember the heyday of the cancans and stilettos—which are seeing a revival again today. Actually now the fashion mood according to Elle and Paris Match is such that whatever length one wears, if one carries it with aplomb it's “in”. Such is the style in Paris. Wonder what Coco Channel would say. In Bangladesh today one sees hemlines of all lengths—from twelve inches below the waist to way down like ballroom dresses. Wearing “kameezes”...

SPOTLIGHT

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Beauty and the beastly environment

Clouds of smoke rise above mounds of burning rags and garbage, engulfing the area in unbearable smog and stench. Splendid cars carrying well-groomed passengers pass by the mess. How would the passengers take notice of this open dumpsite? The windowpanes are rolled up and appear to be hazy with the vapour created by artificial air-cooling systems within the cars. The comfort takes us to a world where no smog, no stench can ever reach us, or so we wish. Environment...

LS SUGGESTS

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Chapped lips

Most of us are susceptible to having dry, chapped lips in winter -- when the air is drier. Winter is a season when you can flaunt some of the most gorgeous attires at ease -- from the traditional suits and shawls to the flamboyant winter gowns and leather jackets. But no matter how well-dressed you are, your appearance will leave a lot to be desired if your lips betray you, being cracked and rough. Drink plenty of water. Chapped lips occur...

Check It Out

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Losing weight: the Do's and Don'ts

Losing weight is a universal struggle. There is no easy formula for it; it takes hard work and dedication, but the results are always worth it. Like a lot of things, when it comes to slimming, it's not about what you do, but how you do it. Realistic weight loss regimes and consistency are the keys to success. The Do's Do visit a certified dietician before you jump into a fad diet. Diets don't work for everyone the same way; it...

Published Date: December 9, 2014
NEWS FLASH

Grand Finale of OXY Creadive '14 The most awaited grand finale of "OXY presents Creadive '14" took place at the premises of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP). Creadive, an inter university competition of business communication and ad making was sponsored by the renowned Japanese multinational company, Rohto-Mentholatum (BD) Ltd's brand OXY, which is the first dedicated men's brand in Bangladesh. The event was arranged by BUP Communication Club.   Obayedul Kader, Minister for Road and Transport, was present as the...

Published Date: December 9, 2014
CHECK IT OUT

Bhorta Bhat Bhorta Bhat Restora has opened its well-decorated, centrally air-conditioned outlet in Moghbazar. The restaurant is serving Bengali dishes with different types of 'bhortas' -- of eggplant, shrimp, potato, etc. They are also serving different types of fish, like carp curry, hilsa curry, pompfret fry and many others. Along with that, you will also get chicken curry, mutton 'rezala', beef curry, et al. For the sweet tooth, try out different types of sweets and pudding. Location: 63/A, Moghbazar Circle (near Janata...

POP UP

Published Date: December 9, 2014
Sweater issues

We all have a favourite sweater, one that we have worn for years. If permitted, we'd probably be wearing it for as long as we lived. However, contrary to popular belief, sweaters too need to be washed and dried. And the washing and draining is bound to giver your sweater a “pilly” or ragged look. Before you shed tears and toss it out, take a razor to it. Shave across the ragged areas and watch them disappear. And you...

Published Date: December 2, 2014
Fun time bath time

Fun time bath time

While bath-time translates to fun and relaxation for us adults, it is often quite the opposite for babies. Bathing them is more of a parenting ritual than a regime for cleaning. They scream and cry just as we dip them onto the tub causing, if not anybody else, but their mothers to panic....

Published Date: December 2, 2014
Ahoy! Bathing time…

Ahoy! Bathing time…

Here’s  to a fun time with your baby during baths Little ones find it no trouble when making a mess, be it when you are feeding them their morning meal, or when they are playing with their play dough or visiting the park; they manage to make a fine mess out of thin air...

LS PICK

Published Date: December 2, 2014
THE FARMER'S market

THE FARMER'S market

Situated off of Gulshan Avenue, The Farmer's Market is a new food venture that plays different roles by day and by night. By day, it is a casual hangout spot where you can enjoy some light dishes for lunch. By night, lights illuminate the outdoor area and it turns into the perfect chilling...

  

DESHI MIX

Published Date: December 2, 2014
Wibble wobble!

Wibble wobble!

Have you ever wondered what are the differences between all soft fruit spreads? They all might seem the same but each has different special features. This entry will allow you to distinguish between them. Soft spreads, sometimes referred to as sweet spread, are mostly eaten during breakfast. They are easy to make and...

  

SPOTLIGHT

Published Date: December 2, 2014
Let's break bread

Let's break bread

The earliest archaeological evidence for flour dates to the Upper Palaeolithic period in Europe, around 30,000 years ago. The first bread produced was probably cooked version of a grain-paste, made from roasted and ground cereal grains and water, and may have been developed by accidental cooking Flash-forward to modern times, in a modern setting,...

FYI

Published Date: December 2, 2014
MILK OR NO MILK

MILK OR NO MILK

Tea has been regarded by people around the world as quintessentially English from time immemorial. But, we Bangladeshis have developed our own identity and culture when it comes to tea – speaking of enraged debates or hours of adda at tea stalls is almost a cliché. For the longest time, our tastes have...

  
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