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Go mangoes

Agora has organised a Mango Festival named, "Go Mangoes" from the 11th to the 25th of June. During this period, visitors can try mangoes before buying. The mangoes are supposed to be tree-ripened at orchards in Chapai Nawabgonj, Rajshahi, unlike some mangoes available in the city, which may be chemically treated. Varieties such as Langra, Bombai, Kheersapath and Kalivoge are supposed to be available at the festival.

Sammyajit's new collection

Look for Sammyajit Cowdhury's new collection of lamps this season. His exclusive lamps are available at Aranna, Banani, Crafts Centre in Gulshan, Shoroop in Gulshan #2 and at Crossroads in Gulshan #1


New Flash

Aarombor starts it's journey

Aarombor a new fashion house stepped into the fashion world recently. It is the effort of three designers with education backgrounds in the Fine Arts. The speciality of this new fashion house is that there will be no second copy of their designs.
Aarombor also arranged an exhibition of their fashion-wear with a single colour scheme, the first of its kind in Bangladesh. They used yellow and shades of yellow as the basic colour, the colour of summer and sunshine. Their exhibition titled "Saarupya-Roudra Chhaye" was the first of a series.
They also invited amateur designers to participate in the exhibition, which was held from 16th to 22nd June. The showroom of Aarombor is situated at 8/8, Block-B, Lalmatia.

Fruits of Thailand

The Royal Thai Embassy and Thai Airways arranged a three-day exhibition of Thai fruits in Dhaka. From 19-21 June members of the public could visit the embassy grounds to sample fruits such as durians, guava, papaya, tamarind, rambutan, tangerine, longan, mangosteen, cantaloupe, pinapple etc. The exhibition was aimed at creating awareness among local and foreign communities in Dhaka of the variety of Thai fruits available. We hope the attempt was fruitful.

LS Desk

Crystal fair

The Russian Cultural Centre at Dhanmondi is holding an exhibition of Russian crystal-work, entitled "Crystal Fair". The exhibition is open to the public from 10am-7pm everyday from the 20th to the 26th of June 2003. Most of the pieces are showpieces, fruit-dishes, jewelry boxes etc, and crockery is not available. Prices range from Tk. 100 (for a crystal duck) all the way up to Tk. 35,000.

Limited offers at Dressydale

Dressydale is offering special discounts at all of its show rooms starting from June 25, 2003. This is the first ever sale by Dressydale catering to the high demands of their customers.
1) Banani: UAE Maitree Coplex, Banani, Dhaka
2)Dhanmondi: Dhanmondi Ambala Complex, Road no. 2, Dhanmondi, Dhaka (Beside Rifles Square)
3)Chittagong: 805, CDA Avenue, Dampara, Chittagong.

A true taste of Asia

BY Tommy Miah

Keema with Ginger
2 tb Vegetable oil
2/3 c Finely chopped onions
4 ts Minced Garlic
1 1/2 tb Finely chopped ginger
2 Hot green chiles, seeded and
1 lb Lean ground lamb, or beef
1/4sp Turmeric
Salt to taste
1/2 c Boiling water
2 ts Garum masala (Garam Masala
-is available where
-specialty spices
2 ts Lemon juice
2 tb Chopped coriander

Heat the oil in a skillet and add the onions. Cook, stirring, about 10 minutes, or until they are caramel colored. Add the Garlic, ginger and chiles and cook 2 minutes longer. Add the ground meat and cook, stirring and chopping with the side of a heavy metal spoon to break up any lumps.
Cook until the meat loses its raw look and starts to brown. Sprinkle with tumeric and salt and stir. Add the water, cover and cook over low heat about 25 minutes, stirring often to prevent browning and sticking. When ready, all the liquid should be absorbed. If it is not, uncover and cook till all liquid is evaporated. Stir in the garum masala, lemon juice and coriander.






Removing pesky stains

COFFEE/ TEA STAINS: If you spill tea or coffee (or any other caffeine drink) on your clothes then wash it at once with water, preferably lukewarm. These stains turn brownish when they become old. Then they can't be removed even with a hefty scrubbing of soap-water. If it's an old stain and the cloth is either linen or cotton then soak it in a mixture of borax and water. Then just rub it with soap. If the material is wool or silk then get a piece of cloth an dip it in a bit of alcohol and rub the spot. Then mix a few drops of glycerin with water and keep the outfit merged under it for about 20 minutes and frequently rub the spot. Rinse the cloth carefully.
FRUIT STAINS: If you encounter any of these then wash the spot as soon as possible with warm water. If the stain is not recent, then put a few drops of glycerin and vinegar on the spot an keep it like that for a couple of minutes. Then rinse it with cold water.
BLOOD STAINS: Instantaneous bloodstains go away if you wash it with water. If the stain gets old then mix some salt in cold water and douse the cloth in it for a few minutes. The stain will dissolve. A very important point to remember about bloodstains is never use warm or hot water. It will make the mark more profound.
INK BLOTS: This is perhaps the most commonly come across. A few squirts of lemon and salt sometimes does the trick impressively. If the stain is fresh then rub the place with a brush after sprinkling some talcum powder. Yu can apply glycerin and soap if the material is cotton or linen. If that doesn't work either then stir three teaspoons of oxalic acid in an ounce of water and apply the mixture to the spot. After that wash the cloth thoroughly. And Presto!

By- Farzana Yasmeen

Hanging Out

Delicious delicacies at Dhaba

Situated on Road # 11 at Banani, Dhaba has made a breakthrough with food which has Indian origin (not all of it is Indian) making Indian Restaurants in Dhaka look extravagantly overrated. They serve the best alu chaat, a side pickle, parathas and jalebi (they are sinfully wicked) that keep customers coming back for more.
Dhaba- an Indian word that means roadside restaurant whose idea generated in Punjab, India, is typically a vegetarian restaurant. But Dhaka's Dhaba serves delicious kebab too. If you don't wish to spend too much on food, the joint is not recommend- the prices are exorbitant. But if you are a true connoisseur of food then I'm sure you will not mind paying the prices for such delicious delicacies.
The thing about Dhaba's food is the mood and atmosphere. I personally prefer sitting in the quaint roadside (!?) joint at lunch when there is a heavy downpour and enjoy a buttery plate of paratha with alu chaat. But when and how you like you like your plate to be served is up to you. And to make up your mind on that score, I suggest that you visit Dhaba. You just might be surprised!

By Tahiat-E-Mahboob


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