the 'Vertical' limit
Those of you, who
have a tilt towards terracotta artefacts, take a tour beyond the 'vertical'
limit. Vertical Studio Ceramics is the creation of three ex-students
of the Fine Arts institute, University of Dhaka. The trio comprise of
Masudur Rahman, Azharul Islam, and Nurul Amin.
Vertical is a small
store where you get to buy exquisite terracotta wall hangings or rather
'portable terracotta artefacts' as the trio would like to call it. The
business of terracotta showpiece has been growing for quite some time
now. Different NGOs have a clear interest in this trend. The revival
of terracotta work is quite visible nowadays. However, most of the items
sold in different outlets are always circling around the same themes
Vertical on the
other hand has succeeded to bring about a notable diversity in their
work. Marvellous decorative items like mirrors with terracotta frames,
mask, clay pot, and flower vase can change the look of your household.
One of the major goals of the group was to present exclusive gift items
within a price range that consumers can afford. Mirrors are sold at
the price of Tk300 to Tk400, masks cost Tk200 to Tk300 and to buy clay
pots and flower vases you will have to spend Tk50 to Tk200.
face of a king or queen, an owl, horses and elephants serve as conventional
motifs. With a blend of traditional and modern themes, designers of
Vertical tried to give a new dimension to the age-old heritage of Bangla.
Most of the work is a composition of several pieces attached to each
other with strings. Designers of Vertical claim that this is something
very new in terracotta work. "As we see in Kantoji Mondir, all
the terracotta plaques are attached permanently with the walls. What
we tried to do is make the work portable", said Azharul Islam one
of the designers of Vertical.
Their work also
possess a multicolour presentation while very few colours are used by
others who design terracotta artefacts. "Before burning, we use
a coating of 'Ceramic Oxide' colour on the piece of work. The colour
becomes permanent after burning it in the furnace", explains Masudur
The trio started
in 1996 and finally opened 'Vertical Studio Ceramics' in 2002. Since
then, all the hard work made it possible for Vertical to export their
products abroad. Their products are also available in Aarong, Midas
Mini Mart, Aftab Karu Pannya, Banglar mela, and in K Craft. In their
private studio in Lalbag, with the help of 30 additional workers, they
try to maintain a limited quantity of production to maintain the persistency
in quality. This way they can present their customers with a quality
work in a lesser price.
To visit their
outlet and get a hold of the remarkable works you will have to go to
68, Aziz Co-operative Super Market (ground floor), Shahbag.
mini soup packets
you ever feel the need to grab a quick bite, and can't muster up the
energy to cook? Stock up on Maggie Mini Soup packets. Just pour the
contents of the pack into a cup of boiling water, and viola! You've
got yourself an instant meal that's not only delicious, but also filling
and wholesome to boot. These are available in sets of 6 mini sachets
for Tk 30 at any supermarket.
Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup…if you have a little kid at
home, these three names should be part of your daily vocabulary. A colourful
comic book, filled with the adventures of these teeny superheroes would
be the perfect way to brighten up any child's day. Head on to New Market,
where they are available at the 1st gate for Tk 30…sure fire way to
score brownie points with your special little girl or boy.
While you're in New Market, head towards the open-air jewellery
stalls (beside the optic stores), and you will definitely be dazzled
by the display of Nepali trinkets. Wristbands and other ornaments made
from colorful stones, they make the perfect accessory for any kind of
casual wear. Prices range from Tk 100-150, depending on your bargaining
Located in Dhanmondi, opposite the Women's Sports Complex,
is a nice little store called Piraan, which should be your destination,
if you're looking for trendy, exclusive saris. They offer a variety
of designs, including embroidery, block-print, sequin-work, and dollars.
The starting price is Tk 650.
I'm sure we've already said a lot about fusion-wear being all
the rage this year. You don't want to be left out of this craze…so,
just get yourself to Jatra, at Kemal Ataturk road, and feast your eyes
on the fabulous collection of fatuas they have. From tie-dyed ones to
sheer ones, in a kaleidoscope of colors, there's something for everyone.
Priced between Tk 200-450, they're the perfect way to spice up your
Another way to literally bring some light into your life, is
to get hold of a Jatra lamp. The shades are made from handmade paper,
with leaves embedded in them, for a real 'back to nature' kind of look.
Priced at around Tk 350 onwards, it's an affordable way to brighten
up your personal space.
The Devdas craze has spawned a whole new genre of 'antique
finish' jewelry that's creating waves this season. Particularly in demand
are the big earrings that are a cross between hoops and jhumkas, made
of oxidized metal. You can find them, starting at Tk 40, at Almas Superstore,
at the Gulshan-1 Circle.
Sabrina F. Ahmad
We face load-shedding every single day. Unlike the US citizens, we
have become totally used to it. It's become an accepted part of our
lives, so we do not feel any stress wasting our resources. We often
keep lights and fans on, even when we do not need them. Most of us
think just a fan or light would not waste the electricity that much
but we are wrong. Every unit of electricity counts. It would always
be wise not to waste the power that we need so badly everyday to lead
will it be over?
Ask anyone whether they remember when the construction of flyovers
in Mohakhali and Malibagh started. The answer would most likely be
negative. It seems that the digging, banging and hammering started
ages ago. The construction of these two flyovers has been disrupting
the normal traffic in those areas for a very long time. Dwellers of
Dhaka are wondering when the flyovers will actually be completed.
collection by police
The government recently decided not to lease bus terminals any more
and declared a ban on toll collection by Paribahan Shamity. The decision
was even announced in the terminals on loudspeakers. Different newspapers
reported that things have started to ease a little but what remains
a matter of concern is the toll collection by police. Who will stop
law enforcers from breaking the law?
for MP's brother
Should the Home Ministry order for withdrawal of murder cases against
the brother of the ruling party lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu? It
is a manipulation of power. It brings questions to our minds as to
why this special treatment for an accused murderer is needed? Who
ever the accused might be, he or she should get the same treatment
as all the citizens of this country.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police recently asked all drivers and front
seat passengers to fasten their seatbelts. This safety measure is
for the people travelling by car, we believe. However, what about
the safety of the ones who rely on 'local buses'? How do they propose
to bring about safety for these people?
By Shahnaz Parveen