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  • Chocolate – a gift from above

    Oh the sweet love that is chocolate. How much we love this heavenly concoction. Ever wonder where it all began though? The best way to go about that is to start by who had that first taste of it, and that honour goes to the first European explorer Hernán Cortés, who was given a cup of 'xocoatl' by Montezuma, the Aztec emperor. The Aztecs considered the drink so glorious that it was served in golden goblets to only members of the imperial family. However, it was a far cry from the comforting frothy drink we now know, because back then, it was bitter, and served cold.

  • The Inspiration Game

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us... As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others,”- Marianne Williamson

  • MIB Spirit Opens in Banani

    On February 17, 2018, MIB Spirit, famous for their up cycled bags and Meetups, held the inaugural event for their shop in Banani with an evening of music and fun interactions. The shop features both MIB Spirit for bags and carrying accessories, and Talisman for your crafty notebook supply.

  • Coffee: a lifestyle or just another alternative to tea?

    The millennials have the credit for truly bringing the coffee culture to Bangladesh, more specifically to Dhaka. Coffe culture, the idea of coffee as a social stimulant, means that going out for a coffee has more social implications than the physical need of caffeine.

  • Rubies uncut

    The king of all gemstones — red, rare and regal. It's a stone, which has been a favourite of the kings and the queens, and above all of gods. With its magnificent colour and lustre, it is one of the hardest gemstone known to man.

  • Natural History Museum in London

    When it comes to gathering knowledge on the thousands of years old earth and its resourceful history of nonliving things, visiting museums could be the best approach. And one of the oldest museums of natural history in the world is

  • A chocolate dream

    Chocolate is a mouth–watering temptation loved my almost everyone. But where exactly does it come from? Chocolate is produced from beans of the cocoa tree, which originated in South America. These trees are also widely grown in tropical humid climates such as Africa, the West Indies, tropical parts of America and the Far East.

  • Baristas of Vienna and the art of coffee-making

    Caffe Cambio, tucked in the historic Josefstadt district in Vienna, Austria, serves coffee and pastries every morning from 8 AM to 1 PM.

  • Introducing yoga in your life

    Sometimes even if one starts something just casually that very introduction becomes a life changing experience.

  • A Taste of Delhi

    We were, in fact, brought up on the popular proverbs like 'Delhi ka laddu', 'Dilli koto dur' (how far is Delhi) etc.

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

    You cannot imagine a garden without roses. The garden looks vibrant with its beauty and fragnance.

  • Ramadan away from home

    The aroma of crispy lentil fritters, crunchy jilapi, flavoursome haleem and sweet-plump dates is missing in the air, so is the ambience of Ramadan.

  • The Scream and beyond

    Norwegian painter Edvard Munch's exhibition was in town and I did not want to miss this once in a lifetime chance to see a convenient display of his works under one roof.

  • Kids Castle: Where your kids grow

    As a mother of two adorable yet naughty and curious children, I was deeply concerned about the way they were spending their time


    Our children have forgotten that playing is not only virtual because of lack of play space.

  • Pahela Baishakh in foreign lands

    The thought of a hearty meal over steaming white rice, spicy-crunchy hilsa, and a peppery preparation of smelly but scrumptious...

  • What your child's teacher would like you to know

    During high school, teenagers go through a transition that they do not know how to cope with.

  • Tulips in Bloom

    Spring is just around the corner. After winter's hibernating effect, spring comes as a welcome change. The atmosphere fills with the freshness of flowers. It is the time to plant varieties of flowers, shrubs and bushes. Springtime is also Tulip Time!

  • Sajek Valley–where hills touch the sky

    If green, wilderness, serenity and tranquility are your mojo, make a trip to Sajek Valley - one of the most popular holiday destinations of Bangladesh. Recently, Sajek has been getting a lot of attention, and for all the right reasons. It is 80km from Khagrachhari, and the hills lie 2000ft above sea level.

  • Faberge's imperial designs

    Karl Gustavovich Faberge (1846-1920), was a Russian jeweller, best known for making decorated Easter eggs using precious stones and metals. His legacy is the series of Imperial Easter Eggs made for the Romanov Tsars of Russia, before the Bolshevik Revolution.

  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History

    Wandering in Oxford, England, even if it is in winter, can be quite exciting. The city, known worldwide as the home of the famed University, has lots to offer for tourists. Almost 100 km away from London, Oxford is also home to many museums, and galleries.

  • Demystifying Muslin

    Historically, handloom's heritage and preeminence is a part of our culture. The tradition of weaving cloth by hand is one of the richest aspects of Bangladeshi culture and heritage.

  • Going to the Sun Road at the West Glacier National Park Montana

    The sky is the limit and it is very true about Montana, the Big Sky Country, home to some of America's most beautiful skyline drives and an unobstructed skyline.

  • Be a parent, but also a friend and hero

    I am a parent, and as such I feel the onus to teach our children the difference between good and bad is squarely on us.

  • Gelato Love

    From children to adults, ice cream is on everyone's list of favorite foods. I love it in the spring, summer, fall and winter.

  • Joys of Jamaica

    Do not confuse the title with Jamaica, the island country in the Caribbean. This Jamaica is a neighbourhood in Queens, the New York City borough, which often claims to be one of the most ethnically diverse places on earth.

  • Crossing the Atlantic

    It was the beginning of yet another hectic semester when my mother finally decided to go to the USA on an immigrant visa.

  • Brighton – a happening seaside

    Brighton being a happening seaside resort situated at the southern part of England is quite famous for its eye-catching beauty and welcoming weather.

  • Rehana Anvery – a friend across borders

    It's not easy to find someone like Rehana; she is one in a million.

  • Philadelphia calling!

    That is the last address I have of my Maldivian friend RashidaDidi. Heaven knows where she is now.