Here are some simple steps to simplify life learned from the masters
Blouses- Colour code your blouses from light to dark (of the same shade).
Fold them and place them vertically inside a drawer one after the other
so that they don't topple over or crease. Keep the blues, the reds,
the pinks etc colour coded. For blouses that can only be worn with one
specific sari, keep the border side up in the drawer so that you don't
have to pull out each one to check the border.
sort your saris material-wise first and then colour code. Keep all the
silks together, all the cottons together and so on. Once sorted material-wise,
colour code keeping all the blues together, reds together and so on.
Salwar kameeezes- Like the saris, first group material-wise and then
colour code. It is preferable to hang them rather than keep then stacked
in a drawer so that they can all be seen at a time.
Lipsticks- Try to know the name of the shades you use. Then store your
lipsticks upside down in a drawer so that you can see their names. It
will be much easier to choose the one you want without opening and closing
Whether stored in a container or on the vanity, always keep them upright
and colour code them from light to dark.
lip liners- Keep all your eyeliners in a pen stand and your lip liners
in a separate one. If they are the canister type ones, make sure they
are kept upright. This applies to mascaras as well. If you have a large
collection, buy a multi-compartment pen stand and keep according to
Always use multi-compartment and tight-lidded jewellery boxes to store
jewellery. Keep all the gold pieces in a locked box. Keep all the silver
pieces in a separate box either wrapped in tissue or covered in talcum
powder so that they don't rub and blacken. Imitation and ornamental
jewellery tends to discolour if kept exposed to light or air. Use zip
lock bags or tissue paper to prevent exposure. Never stuff them into
a cramped box. Pierce holes into pieces of cardboard and attach earrings.
keep chains separate - they tend to tangle. Use a
big ring-box to keep rings. Always keep silver polish handy to clean
silver pieces and use an old toothbrush to clean them.
Recipes and recipe books- While using a recipe in the kitchen, recipe-books
tend to stain from the splitter-splatter. Always open the book to the
chosen recipe and then insert the open book into a transparent zip lock
bag or polythene bag so that it doesn't stain. Laminate recipes cut
out of a magazine, punch holes and store in a binder or simple spiral
bind them all into a recipe book of sorts.
Always put greeting cards into multi-pocket folders sorted occasion
wise. Or buy a scrapbook and paste so that those memories never get
celebrates its 4th anniversary
and event management agency Nymphea celebrated its 4th anniversary.
To celebrate the occasion they organised a product presentation and
cultural programme on July 26 at the British Council auditorium at Fuller
was established in 1999. They wanted to bring about a change into the
conventional concept of graphic design. To provide prompt and quality
service within the range of customer's budgetary limits is one of their
key objectives and according to the speakers at the programme 'they
succeeded to do so'.
Ripa Walie, Education promotion and marketing manager of the British
Council, spoke on behalf of the British council, the first customer
of Nymphea. Dr. Anupam Ray, first secretary, High commission of India,
another patron of Nymphea also spoke on the occasion.
Among the others DP Barua, former Chief Editor and Managing Director
of BSS and Professor Syad Manzoorul Islam, University of Dhaka was present
at the occasion as guest. Enam Ahmed Chaudhury, Chairman (Minister of
State), Privatisation Commission was present as the chief guest.
the speeches, a documentary film named 'O Pakhi' about the extinction
of guest birds in Chitolmari area was exhibited. The film revealed how
human beings devour such timid creatures to extinction. The documentary
film was directed by Mollah Sagar one of the young members of Nymphea.
is run by a few young minds in association with some talented fine arts
students. Nymphea specialises in graphic design, interior-exterior design,
making documentary films and commercials for radio and television.
come after marriage and before that a gaye halud with all the traditional
tidbits. Gaye halud is the most picturesque ceremony among
all the formalities of a marriage. On the day of gaye halud
the groom presents his bride and in laws with all the gifts and wedding
clothes. It is a custom to decorate things in style. There was a time
when the groom's party used to stuff these thingsin a suitcase. Those
days are history now.
In-laws now judge aesthetic sense. In-laws are like bees. If you take
a wrong step they are ready to sting you. It is like a game during marriage
ceremonies. It is wise to hire someone professional, someone who will
not let you down on your gaye halud. Such professionals were rare back
in the suitcase days but now they are not.
is one such person who started with her sister's wedding and now her
little effort to decorate gaye halud has become her profession and addiction.
She gives a different blend to the simple dalaa and coolas using ribbons,
dried flowers and fresh flowers. Spray paint on the dalaa makes the
decoration more vibrant. She even uses glass jars sometimes.
takes orders at her house. It is better to give her at least 10 to 12
days. Price varies depending on designs, size, quantity and other requirements
of the customer. One set of gaye halud dalaa decoration will not cost
more than Tk 20, 000.
Her address is 41,
Gazi Bhaban, Naya Paltan and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Shahnaz Parveen
taste of Asia
750 gms lamb, lean (or mutton)
250 gms lamb fat
2 tsp. cayenne
2 tsp. fennel seed
1 tsp. ginger powder
1 tsp. coriander powder
2 tsp. Kashmiri garam masala
1/2 C. yoghurt
2 Tbs. ghii
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 C. khoya
1 C. milk
2 tsp. pepper, black
Chop the meat, fat, cayenne, fennel, ginger, coriander, and 1 tsp. garam
masala with a food processor. Keep chopping, adding a little yoghurt
and ghee, until the meat is a smooth paste.
Form into balls 1.5-2 inches in diameter.
Heat remaining ghii in a pan. Add sugar, khoya, yoghurt, garam masala,
and salt to taste.
Pour in the milk, add the koftas, and simmer until the liquid
evaporates and the koftas are very tender.
essentials are always the same anywhere in the world- sarongs , sunglasses
with UV protection, hats, bandanas,shorts, flip-flops, towels, deodorant
and oil-free hydrating sun block.
a lightweight jacket or stole if you are going to cooler places.
the make up simple- waterproof mascara and a lip balm usually works
best. Make sure your nails are perfectly manicured.
A good pair of bronze coloured high heeled sandal that go well along
with any formal wear.
one to two gaudy saree or salwar kameez which may have zardosi or
any heavy embroidery work to give you that newly wedded look
make sure to take tweezers,a razor , an epilator anything that will
keep your body hair free.
also skin care products like anti dryness protective mousse, a good
body scrub, moisturizer and sun block lotion.
Also don't forget to take your favourite fragrance that can do wonders
in your special trip.
your hubby, wrinkle free shirts are a must
He should also take both formal and casual wears such as a good pair
of denim jeans that can be well teamed off with a black are a white
,when the days become real scorchers
Medicines such as painkillers and anti- acid tablets for indigestion.
And of course your passport and travellers's cheque the thoughts of
which you can almost forget in the overall excitement.
offers you various types of lip licking kebabs - grill (starting at
Tk. 40 but varies with size), shwarma (Tk. 35 all kinds), tandoori
(starting at Tk.110), shik (Tk 70 per shik), chaap (starting at Tk
35 and not going over Tk. 45) and many more special items. It also
offers fast food, soups and Chinese dishes at reasonable prices, and
"SET MENU"'s (from Tk. 75 onwards) with a variety of choices
including Bangla food on alternate days.
place has a wonderful family atmosphere and your kids will definitely
have a fun-filled time at the attractive children's corner, with both
indoor and outdoor playing areas. Not only does it have a familial
ambience, but it also has provisions for arranging parties, functions,
office conferences and catering services.
of the main props they have equipped the place with, is a cosy outdoor
barbecue area. The small yet comfy area consists of thatched sitting
areas with log seats. The whole barbecue set-up promises a pleasant
is located at the heart of Gulshan on Gulshan Avenue in-between Gulshan
one and two, beside One Bank and Agora. It is usually open between
11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and is reopened from 5 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m.
Upon entering Pavilion, or even looking at it from outside, a potential
customer may be unwilling to enter the food joint since honestly,
the outward appearance is very unimpressive (but it is important to
remember that it is a new place). The first sitting room displays
no taste in furniture or ambience. The so-called gift shop is not
very providing either. But the second room and the outdoor extension
change the initial scepticism with which the customer may enter. All
that is dull is not dead! This is one place that deserves not to be
taken at face value because you can be assured that you will not regret
giving it a chance.
Sarah Zermin Huq