Iris Farina

Small businesses during COVID-19: Sink or Swim?

In 1996, Nandan Children’s Fashion had set out to change the scene with readymade stylish children’s wear that did not burn a hole in the wallet. With options for various sizes and exclusive designs, the name Nandan has been essential for those looking for a set of trendy children’s clothes.

In cheese we trust!

The block of dairy goodness known as cheese is a delight in every way for the foodie. Sliced, shredded, melted or just nibbled on its own; there is no end to the possible combinations of enjoying cheese.

Week2: Getting into the flow

With roughly two-third of Ramadan ahead, it’s the perfect time to do some essential tidying up and have a look at the things you have or need to buy. There is nothing worse than leaving things for the last week and ending up with a hodgepodge of activities.

5 things to help your mind in trying times

The Covid-19 pandemic is changing the world as we know it, and every day is becoming more difficult than the last one. The uncertainty and the change ensuing from it have simply crept up in a short amount of time, and are truly too much to take on for anyone.

In the right state of being

The year 2020 is not shaping out to be in the world that we wanted — within just three months of the year, it has been one soul-shaking wakeup call after another, environmentally, politically, and health hazard-wise.

Vanishing boundaries of digital privacy

Your only recollection is that a few days ago, you had exchanged a text with your friend about getting together for a quick morning chat. From that single exchange of information, the ever-helpful and always-listening ubiquitous virtual assistant has set up a new routine, without giving away much to let you know of the steps it has taken.

The food franchise story

You don’t need to have a marketing degree to understand why an international food franchise will work (or slump in cases). Pricing, food quality, placement, delivery services, and above all — the voice of the people, are all it takes. After all, novelties wear off over time, but the great food always remains, be it a local eatery or a multi-storeyed, high-tech food place!

Meet Bangladesh

It was not that long ago when travelling just meant going to one’s ancestral homes. Then again, there were not many options available for families or friends during the long stretch of Eid and Puja holidays. The denizens of the upper echelon had the opportunity to go overseas, but even they were a handful in number.

Winter vibes with Sozpodor

With a demand for local winter-ready clothes that fit the style quotient, Tenzing Chakma has added an eye-catching and elegant lineup to his Sozpodor line of clothes.

Essentials of maintaining oral hygiene

The concept of wellbeing of the whole body is more important than ever, and yet, the teeth are not in the priority zone for most people’s checklist.

Pizza Hut Gulshan: New hut, same pizza!

After 16 years of tasty pizzas and memorable offers, Pizza Hut’s Gulshan outlet has moved to a new address. The original outlet, opened in 2003, was a popular landmark destination, and a beloved place for meet-ups, birthdays, or even simple get-togethers all through the week. And you can now enjoy these same adventures at their new address, just 30 metres away!

Kidulting: Growing up to grow down

Take a good look at your expenses of any month. Chances are you have bought something that is more appropriate for your pre-teen niece or nephew, or your own child rather than yourself. But there it is, sitting on your desk or gracing your showcase, proudly yours!

Lip care with flare — the early prep edition

Hardly anyone passes a winter without chapped lips. No matter how good the arsenal of lip care products, something always goes wrong, the end result being chapped lips, or peeling skin.

Behind the scenes of Dan Cake Bangladesh

The sheer volume of packaged snacks in the local market is mind boggling! And with that come the dregs of doubt; what exactly is being put inside these edibles, packed under eye-catching wrappings?

KFC heats things up with Red Hot Chicken

As we all know, KFC had changed the fried chicken game with their constant innovations and variety on flavours. After conquering Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, and

The October affair called Halloween

The Halloween festivities of today, with its origins in Celtic rites and rituals, his carried on with ‘trick or treat-ing,’ wearing costumes and masks, carving a pumpkin, and many more practices. What’s even more interesting is how much US based television programmes have influenced our understanding of this particular day.

Royal feast with Pizza Hut

The beginning of October held a pleasant surprise for pizza fans. Pizza Hut Bangladesh launched one of their most anticipated and unique pizzas at the start of the month — The CheeseBurger Crown Pizza.

KFC Dhanmondi – better than ever!

KFC fans in Dhaka faced a small setback earlier in September when the Dhanmondi outlet had to be closed for renovations. But what awaited them was a pleasant surprise when the two-story outlet was re-opened and became the largest KFC outlet in South East Asia!

Making the best of your monthly income

Let’s face it, money management on a monthly basis is one thing that our formal education completely missed on teaching us.

Open letter to the bride’s father

Dear fathers, whose daughters are three months to a year away from the BIG day --

Karl Lagerfeld — The one and only K

Earlier this year, in February, the fashion world mourned the death of this acclaimed fashion designer, known for his innovative, in-the-moment style.

NeoFarmers Delivering the next generation of natural products

Everyday essentials are faced with challenges like never before – food and daily use products are filled with harmful chemicals and compounds which should not come in contact with the human body.

Earrings your way

Here’s a common scenario — you are picking jewellery for a semi-formal outing, or for work and suddenly you are stuck. Your earrings are either too long or too large. Your go-to usual ear-top sits there like ’meh’ and you are left wondering why you always

Bohemia on your table

Living room décor is no longer the stiff and by the book styling taken off a magazine, but of course, there is a great distinction between a helter-skelter mess and a strategically casual setup.

Return of the clips

You want to keep a lot of things out of your hair, but what happens when you want the hair to be out of your face? No matter what hair spray/mousse/mineral you use, combating unexpectedly breezy afternoons and fighting frizzy hair days have one go-to: the hair clip!

The re-check list for your refrigerator

The height and width of this essential appliance is only the beginning.

A cheesemaker with a message

Times are changing. No longer will any food enthusiast be puzzled with an offer of something that is made by pouring bacteria into it. Not only will they say a resounding yes, the follow-up selection of dishes and food may overwhelm even the inquirer. Having said that, cheese certainly takes the top slot in this line-up as a delicious dairy goodness boasting of complex flavours.

Berger’s easy solutions

It’s not every day that you want to paint your home. Be it a long overdue paint job or upgrading your abode in stylish hues, a good

Re-thinking kitchen appliances

Modern life and living calls for fast solutions, especially for anything related to kitchen and cooking. As kitchen and home appliances are available like never before, it’s time to lessen the daily grind to a somewhat tolerable level.

Deodorising your refrigerator

It’s the most common olfactory assault in one’s home – opening the refrigerator door and holding your nose as you look for your leftover sandwich or trying to get the tomatoes before your breath runs out. There is a simple fix for this and you will be wondering why you

Getting your essentials the easy way, an online grocery shop with a clever play on the Bangla word meaning ‘supply’ or ‘delivery,’ is focused with the simple mission of meeting people’s daily needs in the easiest possible way.

Find the right Eid gift at MINISO

Ramadan is now on full swing, and with the temperature escalating, it wont be long before we are at the end of the Ramadan.

An eye on diet beyond Ramadan fasting

Typically, Ramadan means a lot of planning, which truthfully remains as words on paper, or hastily typed words on a touch screen. This time around, Star Lifestyle is focusing on the practical side of things. Our highlight for this week is maintaining proper eating habits while fasting, which can be applied throughout the mo

The invisible plus size section

The Baishakhi festivities could not even take a breather, and Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr preparations are already in full swing. You cannot walk past a corner on the streets without Eid fashion advertisements blocking your sight.

Savour the taste of Ara-bia this Ramadan at Pan Pacific Sonargaon

Ramadan in Dhaka is going to be a delectable Arabian gastronomical tour for the food lovers, after a long day of fasting, at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka. This year, the highlight for the iftar buffet is all about a Pan Arabian iftar with Asian and Western flavours.

The not-so-ordinary condiment!

Salt — love it or hate it, you can’t do without it. We are not talking of using it as a seasoning or an essential ingredient only though! Here some of the best things centred on salt that you can do on your own.

Best of music that’s NOT on the charts

The billboard charts are a new form of auditory torture; the YouTube trending list of music has the lasting impression of waves on wet sand. Finding some decent listening material is over a week of scrolling away. But luckily, it payed off!

Steelcase: Workspace furnishing with impact

For a typical 9-to-5 office worker, the majority of indoor time is spent sitting, be it for brainstorming or for a meeting, or just resting.

The quest for the right children's literature

Growing up and reading Sukumar Ray was the most natural thing to do for a young reader with a moderate appetite for all things fun.

The lady's side of solo travel

Venturing to other countries is no longer a challenge, time-wise. It sometimes boggles the mind as to how it took over months for ships to travel from the Indian subcontinent to the British Isles, but that is how it was!

The futuristic view on architecture

For Bangladesh, the challenge is to focus more on the practical side rather than aesthetical perspective. More often than not, aesthetics is applauded, while functionality is set aside.

Stunning in Skirts

Just like any other clothing, the type of fabric used for a skirt plays a key role for truly 'rocking it.' You cannot expect flowy georgette to stay in place, nor can you expect a heavy plaid skirt to give off the breezy vibe. Other than that, when picking cotton or mixed fabric skirts, understanding texture and weave go a long way for the final cut.

Getting the best of

Time constraints being such a pressure, people have to make use of what they have nearby, like the neighbourhood servicemen (who have only grown incompetent at everything over the years) with higher prices and mediocre services.

Love me - Love my scarf

If there is one thing to look forward to in Dhaka's winter, it is that you can finally dust out your best scarves without worrying about getting sweat stains on them. Style wise, you can never go wrong with scarves, unless you end up looking like a Russian Grandma fighting the elements! From the airiest silk scarves to the heavier cashmeres that can double up as warmers, you have a whole array of wrappings and knots right at your fingertips.

A tech crash course for the mums

Are you sick and tired of getting eye rolls when you ask your kids to “update the internet on my phone?” How many times was it that your Instagram post needed a filter like your teenager, and you had to pester them to apply it for you?

Why autocorrect, why?

Sitting on your PC or your laptop, you are blessed with the omnipresent red line under every wrong word.

Binging Bliss

Get a viewing jolt for your week with 'Patrick Melrose.' Witness Benedict Cumberbatch once more in his acting excellence as he battles his inner demons over

Great expectations for 2019

Nothing gets the nation more hyped up than cricket. The 2019 Cricket World Cup, set to be held in England and Wales, is already on the lips of the nation. How will the 'famous five' of the National Team hold up? The English pitch and weather are meant to suit our bowlers just fine, but shouldn't the reverse be also true?

April 17, 2018
April 17, 2018

The clay that spoke of 'shokh'

Every Baishakh sees a spike in the sales of earthenware, particularly for 'shora' (convex earthen plates) and 'hari' (clay cooking bowls). As kumars (the potters) are busy with their pottery wheel and the kilns are burning day and night to compete with spiked seasonal demand; 25 miles north of Rajshahi City, the Pal Para (neighbourhood of potters) at Basantapur is busy with another unique clay creation along with their regular wares.

April 10, 2018
April 10, 2018

Baishakh 1425 with Apex

As the scorching summer approaches, your best light wear is already out and you are preparing to welcome Baishakh. Just as your wardrobe is fashionably light and festive, your footwear too has to match the mood! No worries on that front though; Apex has a trendy, fashionable lineup for the fashion forward as well as those who are looking to match tradition with comfort.

March 20, 2018
March 20, 2018

The voices of nations

There is hardly anyone of the modern world unfamiliar with historical speeches-- from Dr. Martin Luther King or Abraham Lincoln or even older speeches from ancient times by Socrates or Pericles. Volumes after volumes of compilations of the great and famous (and also of the infamous and dreaded) are not only easily available but come with audio and video recordings to present a fully immersive experience.

March 20, 2018
March 20, 2018

When a nation speaks

The unforgettable baritone that transcends time and vision- that would be a paltry description of what Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman gave to the nation on March 7, 1971 at Dhaka's Suhrawardy Udyan. The historic congregation of almost 10 lakh people at the then Race Course ground (now Suhrawardy Udyan) at the end of the 20-minute speech bore witness to the all defining words: “Ebar-er shongram

March 6, 2018
March 6, 2018

Ujjwala - Empowering women

Ujjwala started by encouraging would-be women entrepreneurs and providing them with the tools and skills for their entrepreneurial journey, especially in the service sector of Bangladesh.

February 24, 2018
February 24, 2018

The soul sings folk

Bangladesh's folk songs are as unique as its geographical location and climate. After language, the next element of a culture is revealed thorough the lyrics and melody of its folk songs. The sheer variety in the types of folk songs in this area is itself staggering. Scholars have listed nearly a hundred folk song types in this delta. Then again, each are of their own minds when sub dividing these under broad

February 24, 2018
February 24, 2018

The Making Of A Great Wedding

The first season of the year in Bangladesh is not spring or summer, it is the wedding season. As guests see the smiling bride and groom on the day of their wedding reception, little thought is spared on the stories that transpired out of sight. The people come in droves, and every single one welcomed by the families of the bride and the groom, the photographers are literally throwing themselves on the floor for the perfect shot, the aroma of the food enticing the invited guests.

February 20, 2018
February 20, 2018

Back to the books

The Boi Mela, the congregation of book lovers through the decades in an undeniable landmark in Dhaka's urban scenario.

February 20, 2018
February 20, 2018

Reclaiming the joy of childhood

Children in Bangladesh are now the sufferers of a new type of crisis- a childhood without outdoor activities and the simple joys it held. While this is mostly a concern attributed to the urban residents, in general it is reaching every corner of the country.

February 20, 2018
February 20, 2018

Thinking back on black and white- the masters of monochrome

In our modern lives the maximum impact of black and white often comes in the form of Instagram filters, and that too only when the mood to strike a chord or pose grips us, for some reason or another.