This week's shop
special is for book lovers only. Book lovers, who will go beyond the
popular best seller fictions. There are many bookstores in Dhaka but
most of them offer very limited deals, either novels or textbooks for
different English and Bangla medium schools. Only few bookstores offer
a balanced collection. Ekushey is one of them.
Ekushey was established
in 1993. They mainly sell imported books. From philosophy to recipe,
Ekushey covers a vast area. The books sold here cover a range of subjects
from social science, philosophy, art, architecture, to film theatre,
music, literature, language, linguistics…the list goes on.
In their packed
racks, you will see names such as Edward Said, Bertrand Russell, Nehru
or James Joyce. You will see books of globally acclaimed novelists such
as Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Jean-Paul Sartre, Milan Kundera, Gabriel Garcia
Marquez or current literary gurus like Arundhati Roy or Salman Rushdie.
The store has books on the shelves, on the floor and on the counter.
You will find book lovers with the desire to broaden their knowledge
on Anthropology or Archaeology, there will be someone who wants to know
all that is to know about current politics. There are always people
in there, scanning the books they desire or simply discussing about
it, for hours sometimes.
There are books
on light subject matters too. If you are looking for a book on interior
designing, Ekushey can definitely give you some. Maybe your area of
interest is fashion designing and you're looking for books on the subject.
Well, Ekushey is your place. Thinking a lot about health and fitness
lately? They sell books on fitness too.
Ekushey has an enormous collection of dictionaries. English to English,
French to English, English to German, or Spanish, Ekushey has them all.
Major academic dictionaries like medical, physics, art, or philosophy
are also available there. If it is not there, you can order them to
get you one.
If you love to collect
paintings of famous painters, but cannot afford to buy one, then you
can always collect albums of painting photographs. If you love Picasso,
Michaelangelo, and Van Gogh or maybe da Vinci, albums comprising all
their masterpieces are available there.
Books from all the
major publishing houses you can name such as Oxford India, Blackwell,
Routledge, Sage, Rupa or Penguin are available there. All these foreign
names might give you the impression that local books are not at all
featured there. Well, they have books from local publishers too.
Ekushey has its
own publications. They publish a few books every year because their
intention is to present consumers with good books both in terms of production
quality and content. To maintain the production quality, their books
are a little more expensive than other publishing houses of our country.
Not many people
have the habit of reading books and not many people have a personal
book collection at home. However, Ekushey has become a very favourite
name among those who read just out of sheer necessity, academic or non-academic.
If you are one of those people who treasure books more than anything
else in this world, Ekushey can help you enrich your collection with
their diversified and well-selected books.
is situated at the ground floor of Aziz super market, Shahbagh, popularly
known as boi para. If you are in boi para check out all the other bookstores
too. As the name boi para reveals, the market is full of bookstores,
that offers a wide variety of books.
Here's to literally throwing money down the drain only this time it
is for a good cause. You throw all kinds of material in the sink or
the washroom drains. Food particles, hair, shaving foam along with certain
gross material add together to create something worse than any nasty
Hollywood horror movie. With little children around you can add toy
parts, jelly, mud, paint and the entire content of the toothpaste tube.
In the end you have your personal pond in the sink because of a clogged
drainpipe. You can use drain cleaners available at most of the general
stores. A plastic jar of the cleaning powder from Kiwi costs about 95
taka or you can get small packets for about 15 taka. All you need to
do is pour the powder into the drain and wait for it to dissolve the
Tissues are indispensable in a country like ours. The heat, humidity
and dust help to create a face pack any fancy spa would be proud of.
Wet Wipes are damp tissues that feel oh-so-cool on a hot summer day.
They easily wipe off dirt leaving the skin feeling clean and fresh.
You can get these in pots or boxes and are great for keeping in cars
and in living rooms. They cost 70-140 taka and can be found at Jans
Car manufacturers nowadays kill a lot of cows so we can sit back in
luxury. Such selfless sacrifice on the cows part needs to be cherished
(not that they had a choice). Car seats suffer a lot from spilled drinks,
dirt and ultraviolet rays that can harden, discolor and crack your cherished
seat cover. Other than car accessory shops Pick N' Pay in Gulshan 2
sells paste or liquid polish for leather costing 175-250 taka. Jans
Supermarket in the same location has spray on polish costing 375 taka.
It keeps the leather supple without any color additives. This prevents
clothes from staining. It can be used on the dashboard and other plastic
surfaces as well as any leather goods. Leather in cars is put under
a lot of stress in more ways than one so take care of it while you can.
If you bought a shiny new car and wash it with Jet detergent powder
it will not stay shiny too long. In fact you will probably wash off
the paint in a couple of years leaving bare metal. The auto accessory
shops have a plethora of car polishes out of which one of the best is
Formula 1 polish. It is in paste form and comes in a small yellow pot
with a foam applicator. It costs about 200 taka and contains carnauba
wax. In laymans term it has a special additive to create a smoother
layer over the paint. Applied once a month will keep your paint sparkling
for years. Don't store the polish hoping to use next year because once
opened these dry up.
Jatra in Banani sells funky "gaamcha" bags. Yes, the bags
are exactly like a typical red and green checked "gaamcha"
but as a bag it actually looks desirable. The bags are very basic in
design and with a simple flap over the opening. This simplicity highlights
the printed material. Cost per bag is about 200 taka.
within your reach
Children would love to have these glow in the dark plastic pieces to
stick up on walls. Actually, some grown ups would not mind either. These
come in different colors other than the usual green such as pink and
yellow. They come in several sizes and packets and cost Tk.80-150. There
is also a set with tiny glowing frogs. These products are found at most
Last week, the make-up of our Lifestyle model, Fadia, on the cover,
"Cities in Puja Frenzy", was done by Farzana Shakil. This
was not mentioned in last weeks issue.
Dhaka lacks so many facilities that it should have as a capital city.
Public toilets, for one, are very scarce. The number of existing toilets
is quite pathetic, actually. When you add to that the condition of
these existing facilities, the seriousness of the situation becomes
more apparent. It is high time that the Dhaka City Corporation should
take steps to provide clean toilet facilities that the city so badly
is the same everywhere
Even in offices, there is a scarcity of toilets. The same scenario
prevails in shopping malls, educational institutes and financial institutions.
The building authorities neglect this area during construction. New
market, Chandni Chawk, and Gausia, the largest shopping areas of the
city have no proper lavatories. Everyday thousands of people shop
there, the majority of them being women. Every now and then, they
experience the sheer agony. Yes, it can be painful when you really
need to go and there is no toilet in sight.
who suffer most
Women are the ones who suffer most. The rate of occurrence of urine
infections and kidney problems in women has been increasing recently,
as more women join the workforce, and, due to the lack of proper toilet
facilities, either hold it in, or reduce their water intake.
Pregnant women are greatly at health risk. According to doctors, there
is always a possibility of contraction if a pregnant woman controls
her urinal pressure. Possibility of urinary infection is always higher
during pregnancy. Kids and senior citizens are also vulnerable.
on the streets please
People are in a real dilemma in the city when in need of responding
to nature's call. Public toilets are very scarce in the City although
it does not exempt anyone from the crime of urinating in the open.
As we have mentioned earlier, enormous number of men simply do it
on the sidewalk. We would like to remind them of the agony of the
people who suffer most and urge them, please not on the streets.