• Sunday, 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...

Published Date: November 11, 2014
Flower Child

Flower Child

The holud ceremony is an opportunity for the bride to be surrounded by her most dear ones before she ties the knot and leaves the house. The beatific smile on your face is the perfect accessory for a night of love, laughter and music. A few twists of fresh flowers around your hands, neck and hair will truly celebrate your youth and innocence before the adornment of gold fit for a bride the day after.

Published Date: November 11, 2014
Arcs of tradition

Arcs of tradition

You remember that photo of your mother, yellowed at the edges. It has 30 years behind it. Suddenly, spontaneously, it occurs to you. You want to look as she looked on the day she married your father. You ask for sandalwood arcs to be drawn on your forehead and intricate henna for your hands. The chondon frames your features, adding definition and the mehendi is symbolic of the bond to begin.  

Published Date: November 11, 2014
The Final ceremony

The Final ceremony

After months of preparation and the accompanying stress, the last event is finally here. The newly married couple have now started their journey together, and the groom's side commemorates this occasion with a Boubhaat. The atmosphere is more relaxed, as the wedding activities have come to a close. There is a metamorphosis from blushing bride to happy wife. The wedding is over, and the marriage has begun.                                    

Published Date: November 11, 2014
Intricate subtleties

Intricate subtleties

Contrary to popular belief, a bride doesn't always need to wear heavy embroidered outfits with lots of shiny details. Subtle elegance can be a refreshing change, and what better way to make maximum impact with understated cool than wear a striking jamdani sari? A jamdani sari speaks volumes to those who truly appreciate...

Published Date: November 11, 2014
Welcoming the new bride

Welcoming the new bride

The tradition of welcoming the new bride and groom into the groom's home is a memorable event that marks the beginning of the marriage. The bride's first steps into her new household are given immense importance - forever immortalised in memories or by the imprints of her colourful steps. The groom's mother usually leads the small greeting party, made of up of the groom's brothers, sisters, father and others who make up the household. Sweetmeats and garlands greet the happy couple. *** Happily ever after  

Published Date: November 11, 2014
THE HEIRLOOM Sari

THE HEIRLOOM Sari

There's a reason a lot of people say that "Old is gold". When we were little, we would dress up in our mother's saris and pose in front of the mirror. Once we reached our adolescent years, we would gaze with awe at our mother's wedding photos, at the most beautiful bride in the world in our eyes. We would watch attentively when our mothers opened up the suitcases packed with treasures for the annual spring cleaning, our eyes searching for that one special sari that we can't forget. There is always an enchanting story behind such a sari, one that we would never tire of hearing over and over...

JAMAI KHATIR

Published Date: November 11, 2014
No longer a family affair

No longer a family affair

Drifting lazily over the Grand Canal in Venice on Gondolas, the bride's last dance with her father, the pre-wedding tea ceremony in China or the 13 gold coins given to the bride by the groom as a symbol of God's love in Spain. Weddings and wedding traditions have been an integral part of...

SPECIAL RECIPES

Published Date: November 11, 2014
Jamai special recipes

Jamai special recipes

Nawabi roast Ingredients 1 kg chicken (full) 1 cup onion (julienne) 3 tbsp onion paste 1 tsp ginger paste   ½ tsp garlic paste ½ cup yoghurt (whisked) 2 tsp poppy seeds 2 tsp peanut paste   1 tsp garam masala powder 2 bay leaves 5 cardamoms 2 pieces cinnamon 4 to 5 dried prunes (aloo bukhara) 5 to 6 green chillies 2 tsp sugar 4 + 4 tbsp oil...

  

DESHI MIX

Published Date: November 11, 2014
Son-in-law’s special

Son-in-law’s special

Almond milk sherbet The very first thing we serve to our Jamai is the sherbet. Sherbet, served as a refresher, is a mandatory and common drink in any family gathering, party or simple hangout. Almond milk sherbet is a sweet, chilled, dairy drink made with various kinds of nuts. Usage of nuts and sugar...

THEMED

Published Date: November 11, 2014
WEDDINGS

WEDDINGS

The wedding season is upon us and while we all enjoy getting lost in the kaleidoscope of festivities that is a Bangladeshi wedding, there are those who want to take the road less travelled. Read on for our list of alternative themes and settings that will keep your wedding from getting lost in...

BEAUTY TALK

Published Date: November 11, 2014
Bridal Trends

Bridal Trends

There comes a day that is deemed as the single most important event of a person's life; a new beginning and a new chapter. And how involved was the generation of the early 80s and earlier for this momentous occasion? Zilch, I would say. I remember sleepwalking through my nuptials, did everything I was...

Published Date: November 11, 2014
The bride's best friend

The bride's best friend

She's the woman who does it all. She started collecting your trousseau since you were a toddler, saving the best silver and finest laces for your big day and after. And then when you grew up and decided to marry the man of your dreams, she stood right by you, fixing your veil...

Published Date: November 11, 2014
CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

Farzana Shakil's  winter combos With the changing of the seasons, the skin also changes and therefore, if you are not keeping up, you will obviously face problems. As winter comes, many people's skin become vulnerable to problems such as increased dandruff, skin cracks, etc. Keeping in mind all these problems, Farzana Shakil's Makeover Salon has introduced different combos, entailing several kinds of services, such as facial, hair care, waxing, manicure, pedicure, etc. Solutions to skincare related winter problems are provided. You can avail these services any day of the week. For more information, call 01713451776 (Dhanmondi branch), 01776194215 (Uttara branch) or 01926153010 (Gulshan branch).   Bridal packages at Persona In keeping with the upcoming wedding...

Shop Special

Published Date: November 11, 2014
Classic Ikebana

Classic Ikebana

Ikebana started out in 1992 as a creative, floral decorations company. Now the event management firm is a trailblazer when it comes to contracting, landscaping and managing corporate events and weddings. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement and true to its name the company specialises in floral decorations.   The partnership firm headed...

NOTICE

Published Date: November 11, 2014
WEDDING SPECIAL

Star Lifestyle's 36 page wedding issue takes you through every dimension of weddings. From Bengali wedding traditions, bridal costumes and make-up to the planning and management, we explore it all. As the wedding season rears its head, our special brings you themes and ideas for the perfect wedding, the age old traditions of the Bengali family. And what would a wedding be without its signature food? Our recipes add the final taste to this occasion of joy.  

Published Date: November 11, 2014
CREDITS

All photographs for Star Lifestyle Weddings were taken by SAZZAD IBNE SAYED. We would like to thank our models SAFA, SABILA, MEGHLA, MILI, RIBA, SUNEHRA, NAHID, ZAMSAD, KOBITA, MITHILA, PRIYANKA AND NADIA. We are grateful to MANICK BANARASI AND REELA'S WARDROBE for their wardrobe support and GITANJALI LIFESTYLE AND REELA'S for their jewellery. We would also like to extend our gratitude to SADIA MOYEEN, FARZANA SHAKIL AND TILAT KHAYER for their expertise in makeup and styling and IKEBANA for...

Published Date: November 10, 2014
Star Lifestyle Weddings

Star Lifestyle Weddings

Planning to tie the knot soon? Read Star Lifestyle Weddings -- a 36-page special issue we are bringing out tomorrow (Tuesday, 11 November, 2014). Relish in the gorgeous photos and read through the pieces. We believe it will help you get your creative juices flowing, and work as an inspiration for planning your...

Published Date: November 9, 2014
The big day is coming soon

The big day is coming soon

Do we hear wedding bells? Star Lifestyle's special issue on wedding will hit the stands on Tuesday, 11th November. Don't miss this exclusive 36-page spread full of wedding inspiration for your big day (and the ceremonies before and after!).