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  • Blame the chair not the person for being a pain in the neck!

    Ergonomic researchers are concerned with the designs of the office space that is chairs, tables/desks, monitors, etc., to achieve maximum comfort for workers to allow for good health. This includes keeping workers energised and having their spines aligned to avoid office related injuries that strain the body's structure and inflict short or long-term damages.

  • Ensuring a pet friendly winter

    As the temperatures are finally starting to drop in the city we prepare ourselves with an army of winter goodies to keep us insulated throughout these months, and stock up on herbal essentials to avoid catching a cold.

  • Fridays at the Bangladesh farmer's market

    Fridays at the farmer's market

    At least once in your life, you must have been to a grocery store or a modern convenience store to check off household shopping from your chores list. But shopping regularly from the store next-door can get monotonous easily, as well as expensive.

  • A Chef's Grocery Bag

    Have you ever wondered how a chef shops for his/her grocery? Chefs are known to be food experts, not only because they know how to cook it well but also because they intricately understand food quality and taste.

  • Getting yourself tested

    For starters, basic things such as your blood type (if you do not know that already), blood pressure and cholesterol levels should be tested.

  • Revisiting Shakrain

    While it is one of the oldest festivals held in Dhaka, carried over from the Mughal times, the gusto of celebration is best seen at the old parts of Dhaka.

  • Winter work wear

    Silken Dreams

    A gentle flurry of fabric, a graceful sway of soft material in bright jewel toned luxury– ah, for all that is silk!

  • Don a little black dress To impress

    A modern woman's wardrobe needs a few smart essentials, which, if chosen well, will see her through every possible situation in style.

  • Xmas decor

    While Christmas shopping in Bangladesh may not be as much of a rush as those we see in the 'wild west,' paired with the end of

  • Wishing you a cosy Christmas filled with greenery

    It is official -- winter is here. While the remnants of late autumn still linger, your mind is already in half-lazy mode. For those of you

  • Colours of Christmas

    December is an exciting month — long holidays, the not-too-biting chill, and the end of another gruelling year with tonnes of lessons learnt.

  • Speed

    For those growing up in postcolonial times, there was no escape from the tumultuous events that unfolded before them. Not a witness to the savagery of the Second World War, but of a world polarised as its direct result, Shahabuddin

  • Gardening in the crowded city

    A cup of steaming hot coffee paired with your favourite book, clad in periwinkle pyjamas and bathing in the winter sunshine. Obviously, you would have to be surrounded by beautiful greenery and colourful flowers with maybe yellow butterflies roaming around. Can it get any better?

  • Changing wedding trends

    The idea of the pre-engagement shoot is to allow couples to have exquisite shots of themselves which they will cherish forever. You can choose exactly what kind of photos you want — the props, the dresses, and even the location. Ideally, one picks a theme around which the photographer works. Cute couple pictures for Instagram? Check!

  • Dovetail, minimalist home decor

    The two brothers, Rafid Wahid Yaad and Giash Uddin Razin, co-founded their venture, 'Dovetail' about a year ago. “The name symbolises the 'Dovetail joint', as a connection of traditional knowledge and modern design for our venture,” shares Rafid.

  • The ultimate wedding check list

    Get your guest list ready for the holud, mehendi, and wedding. Decide on the venues based on the guest list. Draw up a list of preferred venues. Collect the names of contact persons and numbers for finalising the venues.

  • All aboard on a shopping spree

    Bangladesh, for the best shopping destinations You thought Bangladesh was only famous for its hospitality and food? Erroneous observation! There are so many other things that this beautiful country is celebrated for; shopping being one of the most prominent.

  • The sun kissed aura

    Makeup seems to be a go-to solution for any kind of desired look. Irrespective of the season, or time of the day, you can get the effect of the sun kissed glow with your favourite golden highlighter.

  • The thrill of horror novels

    The thrill of horror novels

    The other kind of people are those who live off this thrill; adrenaline pumping through their veins and making their pulse throb in their wrists and heart pound in their chest. These are the people who profess that the best genre till date is horror.

  • Celebrating Halloween the deshi way

    Celebrating Halloween the deshi way

    Since there is no concept of Halloween in our country, celebrating it is restricted to a select few. In most cases private parties are organised with the invitees dressed in their spookiest best.

  • Bro Code: One Stop Guide to being a Bro

    Consider this. It has been over a year your Bro has broken up with his girlfriend; she is single, young and just as beautiful as she was before.

  • A lady's guide to the Bro Code

    Ask a guy what the Bro Code is. Most guys would never reveal the actual Code. And if a dude goes straight into spilling the tea on the code, he's not a real Bro.

  • Cheerleader

    Save the Cheerleader, Save the World

    Fuelled by the commitment to end gender discrimination, the UN urges targeted investments and programmes to formulate correct data of young girls globally and address the distinct needs of the girls of the future.

  • Breaking the vicious cycle

    “No boy will ever like you, if you keep on gaining so much weight!”

  • The hunt for the right spice

    In this day and age, just about all the spices you need to cook up a storm are pre-packed as powders, in the form of a paste or freeze dried. What's there to even hunt? You can even get pre-mixes delivered to your door steps. All that is left is to cook up a meaty bonanza this Eid!

  • A cut apart

    As shows like Masterchef and Top Chef take over prime time television, us urban Bangladeshis have acquainted ourselves with words such as rib-eye, chuck etc.

  • The Curious Case of the Kurta

    Eid is fast approaching and of course, a new kurta is a must buy for all of us men. Well, let me tell you this, by doing so, you are laying down the seeds to adding versatility to your wardrobe whose fruit you will enjoy for the many years to come.

  • The perils of pornography

    The 21st century relies on one stop Internet access for being as fast and streamlined as possible. Paired with cheap all-access devices, 'fast' received a whole new make-over for the users. And with it, came the unfathomable spread of pornography.

  • A glossy way to makeup

    For those who are naturally endowed with oily skin, the above makeup technique to achieve the dewy look may actually be a bad idea.

  • A Touch of Class to Your Panjabi and Sherwani

    However, what we fail to realise that historically, such additions to these garments were essential and considered aristocratic.