World's favourite Tetley Tea in the Bangladesh Market
World famous Tetley Group and one of the
country's leading conglomerates ACI have jointly brought in Tetley Tea
for consumers in Bangladesh. Tetley tea has given tea lovers all over
Bangladesh different variants like Leaf, Dust, Gold (International blend)
and also BOP and PD. Tetley Leaf and Dust tea are now available in 10gm,
50gm, 100gm, 200gm and 400gm packs. Customers now have the option of
buying Tetley Gold (International blend) tea in two different packs
of 100gm and 200gm. Moreover, Tetley BOP and PD are available in 500gm
and 1-kg pack.
BOred with your old furniture? About to
move into a new house? Willing to throw out the old and bring in the
new?? Well…Navana Furniture is here to help you. Founded in June 2002,
this shop boasts an array of furniture ranging from the simple office
chair to the very exclusive kitchen cabinets and office workstations.
Branches of this shop can be found in Gulshan and Motijheel in Dhaka
city along with Comilla, Chittagong and Chandpur.
The products include chairs, tables, beds and accessorising furniture,
dining tables, swivel chairs, conference and office tables, hospital
furniture, furnishings for schools and private universities, sofas,
filing cabinets, office workstations and kitchen cabinets. The raw materials
used are wood particle boards and MS tubes and sheets imported from
South East Asian countries such as Malaysia and Korea. The usage of
such raw materials ensures that the finished products are user-friendly,
and look new even after some years as there is no sinking or expansion
so commonplace with wood products. They are also treated against insect
attacks. Furniture may be custom made but only for special circumstances,
for instance, if a whole flat needs to be decorated. There are no installment
payment systems and cash makes all payments.
The products vary in size, shape, colour and value according to the
numerous customers' needs and their budgets-
· Chairs: Be it the simple chair or the swiveling kind, Navana
Furniture has them all, in the price range of taka 500 to taka 18000.
· Tables: Whether they are in the kitchen, dining room, office
or conference room, these tables cost between taka 4000 and taka 26000.
· Kitchen cabinets: These are an exclusive range of furnishing
for your kitchen and are usually ordered and custom-made, to fit each
and everyone's kitchen. The price ranges from taka 30000 to taka 300000.
· Beds: They come in the 5 sizes of Single, Full-size, Double,
King and Queen and range from a price of taka 12000 to taka 27000.
· Filing cabinets: with 2, 3 or 4 drawers, these cabinets, made
of MS sheets cost between taka 6000 and taka 8500.
· Sofas: Depending on size, style and preference, sofa prices
range from taka 9000 to taka 100000.
In the near future, Navana Furniture, which also has numerous dealer
showrooms, plans to open more of their own shops and there are even
plans for exporting these locally made products. There will be more
varieties of furniture, more modern ones that will grasp the new concepts,
fashions and designs. So, what are you waiting for? Go to one of these
shops and who knows, maybe you'll find your dream furniture or have
it made for you!
Armeen Khan and Sabrina F. Ahmad
My Way by Mahjabeen Khan
memorable trip" -- Part I
have been looking forward to my recant trip to Orissa. My niece's best
friend's daughter, Prarthana was getting married.
We flew into Kolkata for a night and took an afternoon train the next
day to the city of Temples, Bhubenswar. When we reached late in the
evening my niece's friend, Tripti and her younger daughter, Barnara
were there to receive us and take us to their house. I met the beautiful
bride to be and her father. In fact I was meeting the whole family for
the first time but within minutes it seemed like I had known them for
a long time.
There were about twenty-five guests from all over the world, mostly
friends and colleagues of Prarthana and Santosh her fiance. We were
all put up in two of the most beautiful hotels of Bhubenswar. From the
minute we stepped off the train we and the other guests were treated
like royalty as though our host's top priority were the guests and not
the wedding itself.
In between the various functions of the wedding our hosts had organised
sightseeing trips for us. Bhubenswar is famous for its magnificent sculptured
temples dating back to the 3rd century BC. Of the 7000 temples built
during the centuries, only 500 remain today. It was fascinating to see
some of these exquisite monuments, in and around the city.
The evenings were filled with the "Mehndi" ceremony, followed
by the "Haldi" the next day. Because Prarthana 's father is
from Orissa, her mother from Bengal and Santosh's parents from Chehnnai,
Tamil Nadu, every body had to have his/her own version of the ceremonies!
For us guests, Bangladeshis, Malaysians, Americans everything was fascinating
The day before the wedding we all left in three comfortable Sumo Jeeps
to first visit the lovely temple at Konark. One could spend hours marveling
at the sculptures all around the temple but our time was limited and
we had to move on to Puri. Walking along the beach and having lunch
at the hotel over looking the Bay of Bengal was yet another breathtaking
experience. Later on in the afternoon we went to have a look at the
Jagannath Temple from outside. In the evening we drove back to Bhubenswar.
Back in our hotel, we just had enough time to shower, change, and go
to the "Heladi" of the bride.
The next morning was the actual wedding ceremony at 9 am in the morning
which was held at the same hotel we were staying in. For us to be decked
out in our jamdanis and walk from our room to the ball-room couldn't
have been more convenient. The ceremony lasted almost four hours followed
by a delicious all vegetable lunch. Compared to the exclusive group
of invitees for the wedding ceremony in the morning the reception dinner
the same evening was quite a huge affair. Every little detail was looked
into with much care and pain. Throughout our four-day stay in Bhubenswar
I couldn't stop admiring our hosts, their hospitality and the amount
of planning and organising they had to go into, not only in arranging
their first child's wedding but putting up so many of us guests in ultimate
comfort, looking after our smallest needs, arranging sight-seeing trips
-- everything was done with precision planning and with so much thought.
For me it was quite mind-blowing. Had I been in our hosts' place I would
have had to have supernatural powers! And the best part was -- no one
was flustered or losing his/her cool. Even if they were stressed out
or tired (which they surely must have been) they were gracious and smiling
all the time.
This made me think of some of the weddings in Dhaka where the guests
come, eat and often go back home without having a chance to even meet
the hosts. Maybe our priorities are different.
Mixed Masala Subzi (vegetables)
Carrots 1 cup peeled & cut into cubes
tomatoes 1 cup cut into cubes
long beans ½ cup into ½ inch length
patol 1 cup unpeeled, cut into cubes
onion ½ cup paste
ginger 1 tbsp paste
garlic 1½ tbsp paste
turmeric ½ tsp powder
clones 1 tsp roasted & crushed
oil ½ cup approx
salt & water ½ cup (at least)
Sauté the carrots, long beans, patol for a few minutes in a little
oil. Set aside. In a karai, heat about 3 tbsp of oil. Mix the spices
(except the clove) with a little water and fry the paste in the oil
for approx. 5 to 6 mins. Add the vegetable and the tomatoes. Stir and
add salt. Add water and let it simmer until the vegetable is cooked
completely. Sprinkle the clove powder and cover for another minute.
Turn off the heat. There should be enough water to have a gravy, unlike
a dry bhaji.
read the entry of my diary many, many years back. Just one single
word. True being only an eight grader I had hardly grown any facial
hair at the time, but the desire to step into manly hood was too hard
to bear. The whole incident went unnoticed until I completed my higher
secondary education when one day my grandmother popped the question
with solemn fear, "tui ki makunda naki?" Grannies can be
such sweet hearts!
It took her only a day or more to realise the secret. True I was no
makunda but I was not a possessor of the coveted chaap dari either.
But whatever I had was decent enough to make it the envy of my friends.
Everyday while I gossip, be it at the office or any addakhana, I hear
with utter surprise people complain and whine about the hassle of
shaving every morning. To me the fun of shaving remains as special
as it was on day one.
The way I see it, shaving is no less than a form of art. Every morning
I wake up, put music on my computer and as I stand before the mirror,
the image of those beardlings makes my heart fill with joy. Taking
the can of gel I do the ritualistic bathroom dance, the sound of music
playing in the PC and put on a heavy lather. Finally, as I reach for
my mach III, the fun really begins.
Some of them get cut, others get to stay but I make a point that none
get hurt in the way! Cleaning all the accessories, I approach my favourite
after-shave and the sensation of watery Woodspice gives that desired
burning sensation- the purpose of the whole procedure. Finally, as
I see myself well shaven with a decent goatee, I feel charged for
the day that lies ahead and can't help but feel pity for the souls
who miss the divine charm of this manly art.
stuff at Hot Hut!
hang out is one of my favourite spots: Hot Hut. Situated on top of
Seven Eleven on Mirpur Road right before Shumi's Hot Cake, Hot Hut
is a true example of what proper ideas and marketing can make out
of a push van that sold delicious burgers. Yes, that is exactly Hot
Hut's story and it has been in Dhaka for ages. I gathered so much
because my mother told me the whole push van phase of Hot Hut when
she used to frequent it for burgers.
Anyway, now that it's a proper restaurant one can truly hang out and
dine at Hot Hut. It's quite a fusion I should say because it has two
sections in the same room that it occupies: a fast food counter and
another regular meal get up. What I like about Hot Hut are it's regular
meals rather than it's fast food. After all they don't serve Chinese
or Indian. Actually they serve a mixture of European and other regional
dishes some of which you can only be found at Sonargaon. The Chicken
Stroganoff with Rice or Macaroni (go for the latter) and the chicken
salad are my personal favourite and I highly recommend them.
They thing that Hot Hut lacks is proper décor and space utilisation.
And it's probably the worn down look that causes some people to hesitate
pulling out their wallets thinking: this price for this joint? But
trust me if you can overlook the décor the food is worth it.
So go try the stroganoff. It's great.