art of belts
Whether you are thin or fat, a belt has to loop around the waist to
prevent that feeling of 'something missing'. A belt is an accessory
that a man cannot do without. Anyone who is the least bit interested
in appearance has to own one good piece. Black is the universal color
but owning a dark brown belt also helps to mix and match. Generally
belts are matched with the footwear. It also goes with the color of
the shirt to create a contrast with the trousers. Tan, dark green and
dark maroon are also favorable colors. (However white is only for Indian
actors like Govinda.)
Belts can be had for more than a thousand or as little as 70 taka. The
expensive ones are often the branded items but in this country be wary
of anything and everything. Even if they spell the name correctly instead
of Hilfinger or Galvin Klein, the best bet is to go by touch rather
than name. If leather is what you're after then feel it. Quality leather
is generally very soft and bends easily. Of course, that does not mean
tough belts are not good leather. Make sure the belt is made of one-piece
leather as opposed to those made like plywood. In that case you will
have a synthetic piece inside with thin layers of dead cow pasted on
top and beneath. These suffer the plywood effect by coming apart in
layers after repeated use.
200-400 taka should get you something very good. Watch out for the suede
or synthetic belts because most of these lose color when wet. People
don't generally shower with belts on but it does sometimes rain unpredictably.
Stained tops can then be a problem.
There is a new type of belt that is black and shines a little. It looks
nice and simple but has a plastic texture and feels quite stiff. Smell
it and you will be reminded of basketballs and tire shops. That's because
these are made of rubber similar to that of tires. In fact it is probably
recycled tires. These are inexpensive at 60-80 taka. Any cheaper will
get you a rope. But nothing beats leather.
Caring for belts is simple. If wet from water or sweat once in a while,
wipe it off with a damp cloth and hang it in an airy place. Don't put
it in sunlight. You wipe it lightly with baby oil to keep the leather
supple if not used for a long time. Either that or you could buy some
colorless leather cream. After the day is over take it off and hang
it from a hook from the buckle. The shape is spoilt sometimes if left
on the pants or over the back of a chair.
Speaking of buckles the choice is yours and man is it wide. You can
go for big fat wrestler buckles that will save you from a knife attack.
Preferably chose something a little subtler. Flash is out nowadays.
Square or rounded, the buckle width should more or less match that of
the belt itself.
A good belt compliments your taste.
Ehsanur Raza Ronny
is an Australian franchise store that has been opened up at the heart
of Uttara on the 11th of July. Located on the 1st floor of Uttara Tower,
this small, cosy shop specialises in selling cute Australian candles
and jewellery. They have a wide array of candles. The candles are available
in various perfumes, moulds and colours. The shades of these candles
range from lavender, sky-blue to pink, light green and many more. One
can easily select a piece as a gift item or even to decorate one's home.
The prices of these candles start from Tk. 40.
candles, Australian trinkets are also available at pretty reasonable
prices. These fashionable ornaments are characterised by metals, beads,
pearls, semi-precious stones, American diamonds etc. The prices of their
jewellery start from around Tk. 150 and go up as high as Tk. 4000.
It has been only a week since the store has seen the daylight of Dhaka.
Oohlala's own lines of products, jewellery from few other countries
are available as well. The staffs said that they are expecting a new
shift of products within a few days and this time, cosmetics too, would
embellish their shelves.
if you have a mind for Australian jewellery and candles, don't forget
to check out Oohlala.
Uttara Tower, Shop # FF-03-19, Jasimuddin Road, Uttara.
is a type of traditional rug that bears our culture and heritage. Once
a luxury at the Mughal court, these rugs still survive against all odds.
Recently a Satranji collection shop opened in Sobhanbagh opposite Metro
Shopping Mall. Nishbetganj, Rangpuris the only area of the country where
these are still made. They come primarily from These Satranji are traditionally
made of cotton and jute or sometimes mixed with wool and then coloured
with vegetable dyes. Nowadays chemical dyes are also being used.
designs focused on motifs like Jafri, Ikhati, Latai, Elephant footprints,
Zamdani, Baluchari and Geometrical patterns - all of which are an intrinsic
part of the Satranji design. These highly textured and brightly coloured
rugs can really attract any type of people. They can be of any size
depending on choice. Unlike most crafts from Bangladesh, this is a woman's
craft. Traditionally these woman weavers were a part of an insular community
like Muslin weavers. They came from families with a Satranji heritage.
This Satranji shop not only boasts rugs but also a variety of handmade
crafts made of jute, coconut, bamboo, cane, etc. The price isn't so
high and these Satranjis also give your home a traditional look.
100/A (1st floor), Mirpur Road, Sukrabad, (Opposite Metro Shopping Mall)
true taste of Asia
600 gms of boneless chicken
½ cup of split bengal gram (chana dal)
2 one inch pieces of ginger
10-12 cloves of garlic
2 medium sized of onions
2 tblspns of coriander leaves
2 tblspns of mint leaves
2 tspns of lemon juice
3 tblspns of oil to shallow fry
½ tspn of cumin seeds
1 tspn of coriander seeds
3-4 large cardamoms
1 tspn of red chilli powder
1 tspn of garam masala powder
½ tspn of mace and cardamom powder
Salt to taste
Wash the boneless chicken and drain out excess moisture. Soak chana
dal for at least three hours. Peel and chop ginger and garlic finely.
Chop the onions, coriander leaves, mint leaves and mix them with lemon
juice to make the stuffing. Divide into sixteen equal portions and keep
Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds, coriander seeds, peppercorns
and large cardamom, stir fry for half a minute on medium heat. Add chopped
ginger, garlic and chilli powder.
Add boneless chicken and chana dal. Add two cups of water and bring
to a boil. Reduce heat, cook covered till chana dal is completely cooked.
Cook on high heat to dry out the mixture completely, stirring continuously.
Remove from heat and cool. Mince chicken and chana dal
mixture to a smooth consistency. Add garam masala powder, mace and cardamom
powder and salt.
Mix well and check the seasoning. Divide into sixteen equal portions.
Flatten one in the palm of your hand and place a portion of onion stuffing
in the centre.
Shape into roundels and flatten slightly. Similarly shape the rest of
the chicken mixture and stuffing. Shallow fry till golden brown.
Serve hot with onion lachcha and mint chutney.
After cooking chicken mixture, if it is too moist, add roasted gram
flour (besan) or powdered roasted chana dal as per your requirement.
products are not only chic but they are also highly durable. However,
this durability depends on how much care you take of the product.
There are simple things, which can prolong the life of your leather
goods. Leather products range from shoes and bags to jackets, pants,
watch bands and whatnot. Learn to take proper care of these beautiful
regular accessories and give your leather a longer life.
Leather garments should be hung on wide or padded hangers to retain
their proper appearance. Empty leather bags should be stuffed with
tissue to maintain their original shapes. And make a habit of keeping
your shoes in a shoetree.
If you find your leather product in a moist condition, then let it
dry naturally. Don't expose the material to any sort of heat source.
Make sure that the place where you have kept your goods is not high
in humidity or temperature. Also avoid direct sunlight.
Avoid spraying perfumes and hair sprays on your leather goods; it's
better to apply cologne before you put on leather accessories. Avoid
applying pins, badges and tape to your leather products.
If you have stored your leather products inside containers made of
plastic or any other non-breathable material, take them out immediately.
Such non-breathable covers will cause the leather to become dry, and
hence harm the product.
Wrinkles should hang out. If ironing is desired, set the iron on the
rayon setting, use heavy brown wrapping paper as a pressing cloth
on the right side of the garment and a quick hand to prevent overheating
A little attention to your favourite leather goods will truly elongate
their lives, because leather, like anything else, needs care.
whiff of Italia…
food is my all time favourite and Don Giovanni's Sizzlers in Gulshan
is one of the very few restaurants in Dhaka that boasts Italian Cuisine.
With old wooden floors, sprigs of garlic (to ward off Vampires and
give a kitchen look) hanging from the ceiling, chequered tables and
an old piano, the place looks exactly like a restaurant out of an
Italian village scenery.
The food? Muaaaah! Extraordinaire! Magnifique! Ok, in short it's brilliant.
They have the best pizza in town and I strongly recommend the Lasagne
Bolognese, the Pollo Cacciortore (chicken boiled and dipped in gravy),
the Fillet Mignon (beef steak) and the Chocolate Mousse. The restaurant
charges what any other would - actually the price is quite reasonable.
The only thing the restaurant lacks is space, and a redecoration wouldn't
hurt either. The reason I think Don Giovanni's is a perfect hanging
out spot is because you and your friends can just go and hang - munch
some garlic bread or chat over a pizza. You don't have to order big.
It's nice and cosy and intimate - the perfect mix for hanging out.