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
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
starts it's journey
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.
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.
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.
offers at 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.
taste of Asia
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
Salt to taste
1/2 c Boiling water
2 ts Garum masala (Garam Masala
-is available where
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
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!
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
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!