the heat of the summer sun long gone, and the weather turning cooler,
it's time to turn up the temperature of your wardrobe. Winter fashion
takes a turn. With thin and bright materials set aside into the storerooms
and closets for months, it is prime time to hit the markets for the
latest in winter wear. Time for those sweaters, jackets and jeans. Here's
the rub…you rush off to the nearest boutique or shopping mall to stock
up on the season's coolest trends, and your wallet receives a shock.
A pair of jeans might cost you anything between Tk 450 to 2400. While
it's nice to splurge on something fancy once in a while, if you're planning
to update your entire wardrobe, robbing a bank seems to be the only
sane solution, right? Wrong. What you can do, is take yourself off to
one of three places we'll be mentioning, and get yourself some fab buys
at unbelievable prices.
one thinks of local products of export quality, the first market to
come into the limelight is definitely Banga Bazar. With bargain prices
and a wide array of shops, this market definitely gives the word 'sale'
a new meaning. Winter products at Banga Bazar are now abundant at the
small shops the market comprises of. A visit to Banga Bazar can definitely
be a bit tiresome at times, but it all pays off.
and 'windbreakers' are immensely popular during this season at the market.
The prices are pretty cheap compared to other stores at large city markets,
however in order to get good products you do have to really look out
for flaws or defects. The same goes for most of the products at Banga.
Make sure that you check every inch of the product you wish to buy.
Apart from jackets, the market is always famous for trousers and shirts,
which are available throughout the year. Nonetheless, the full sleeved
shirts are the most popular in winter. Shirts are priced between Tk.100
to Tk.250 depending on quality and colour, however, these are export
quality products. Local quality is much cheaper. T-shirts are available
throughout the year and at great prices, but one has to really scurry
the market in order to obtain a desirable one. Bargaining and haggling
with prices is a necessity in Banga Bazar, as most of the shopkeepers
ask for exorbitant prices, trying to make a much larger profit.
Bazar is famous for its cheap buys and the wide choice it offers to
its customers. You can literally get everything from saris to socks
to underwear, all in one area. The popularity of the market has increased
over the years, with more people from different parts of the city finding
out about it. It has been pretty popular amongst foreigners mostly because
of its reference in most guidebooks of the city.
second floor at New Market is one of the best places to buy trousers
anytime of the year. With many shops selling jeans and formal trousers,
prices are cut due to competition. The market is mostly comprised of
men's wear, however there are shirts and T-shirts, as well as trousers
for women too. From bathrobes to jackets, and nighties to dress materials,
this market seems to have it all. However, T-shirts for men are abundant
in most of the stores, one just has to have a small tour of the market
before actually purchasing anything. Almost all T-shirts cost between
Tk.45 to 60. Jeans are the main attraction, with prices starting from
Tk.100 to Tk.250, depending on how good one can bargain and of course
the quality. Again, remember to scrutinise all the products carefully.
Take a walk down into New Market if you are looking for those Eskimo
style winter hats. There are about seven to eight shops in New Markets,
which sell both baseball caps as well as those winter caps. They can
come in quite handy during winter. Those who frequent places like Banga
Bazar will notice that the second floor of New Market does not have
the wide variety that Banga Bazar offers. However, it has an edge over
the Banga Bazar in the sense that the shops are less crammed together,
so the shopping experience is slightly more enjoyable. Also, on the
way up there, if you make a quick stop at the first floor, you will
find buttons, lace, sequins, and all other sewing materials at good
deals on western wear. Ask any student about it, and the reply is bound
to be "College Street". Located right opposite the Dhaka College,
this collection of shops gives you some of the best bargains on clothes
and accessories. First-timers be warned…when we say bargains, we mean
you have to be prepared to haggle, because the shopkeepers will definitely
try to fleece you. However, if you're confident about your negotiation
skills, you can walk away with some unbelievable deals. Shirts and tops
are available for anything between Tk 35 150. They come in a variety
of styles: half-sleeves, quarter-sleeves, T-shirts and tank tops…
you name it, they've got it. Jeans are also available between Tk120-300,
in all cuts and styles: flares, bootlegs, capris, cargoes…embroidered,
sequinned, and stone washed. Why fly all the way to Bangkok when you
have it all here? With the winter season coming in, you'll find a lot
of jackets, sweaters, cardigans and jerseys, socks and gloves. College
Street may be even more cramped than Banga Bazar but it definitely offers
better quality. You are less likely to be stuck with flawed products
here than in the other two places.
all three of these markets shall definitely give you quite a large collection
for this winter and probably some for even next year. Even skipping
through these places would definitely make one end up with quite a shop-load.
With all this in mind make this winter season a fashionable one.
Sabrina F Ahmad and Mishel Ali Khan
Sweaty hands can be a little problematic for pool players because it
makes it difficult for the cue to slide smoothly. The remedy is in specially
made pool gloves that look a lot like the ones Michael Jackson wears.
The glove covers the thumb, index and middle fingers and is made of
a silky synthetic material. You get it for one hand only and can be
turned inside out to wear on the left or right hand. The price is 250-500
taka at most sporting goods stores. If you are no good at pool, you
can wear these gloves anyway, and become the next king of pop.
Audio CDs are so annoying to keep in cars. They slide all over the place,
and get in the way, cramping you style when you're trying a little Dhakaite-style
racing. A CD bag takes care of your problem by putting all your discs
in one location. That way you have just one big bag sliding all over
the place now. The bags can hold 12, 24, 64 or 96 discs. Prices range
from 80 to 300 taka and are available at most music stores in places
like Rifles Square and Eastern Plaza.
A serious car customiser details every single part of the car including
the underside. Neon strips are available for just this purpose to create
a glow on the ground just below. These are encased in a rubber so that
stone chips do not shatter the glass when you place it on the underside.
It comes in blue, green, red and yellow. You can also install it inside
the car or even in your home, making the necessary adapter changes.
The price is 900 taka for a strip that is roughly one foot in length.
Winter is supposedly here seeing how the men are always out wearing
leather jackets in the middle of the day. The dry winter weather can
play havoc on the lips making it all brittle and cracked like a pineapple
and just as painful. Carry a little stick or tube of petroleum jelly
for just such cases. The price range is from 10-50 taka and they are
available at all general stores. It is convenient for men who can easily
carry it in the pocket.
TV remotes are one of the most abused instruments at home. They get
soaked, dropped and thrown. Sometimes it is put under a lot of pressure
when someone sits on it. After a while you find yourself pressing buttons
in frustration to change the Baywatch channel when someone walks into
the room. You contort yourself into unimaginable positions while flapping
your hand just to send the signal to the television. In the end you
get up to make adjustments manually. To prevent such unnecessary exercise
you can get replaceable TV remotes that work with any brand for 160-200
taka at most electronics shops.
Ehsanur Raza Ronny
day back again
The day is back again and we are all of a sudden busy with flower
bouquets and garlands. Political leaders busy visiting the monuments.
It is only for making an impression. However when it comes to fulfilling
the dreams of the martyrs we are actually in ruin. We tend to forget
what we have sworn. This year let us not cite the same example. Let
us try to fulfil what we have pledged. A special victory day salute
from the LS team to all the martyrs who gave their life dreaming for
a better Bangladesh.
arrest not killing
Recent killing of 27 robbers in Noakhali only in two days has raised
eyebrows of many people. They were criminals and obviously deserved
legal punishment. However, the occurrence of this type of incident
in the presence of local MP and DC is a complete disgrace. As the
newspaper reports says, police forces conducted a special drive against
the robbers, which inspired the villagers. It is disappointing that
the law enforcers failed to ensure arrest of criminals. They should
have been more cautious when the first incident on 7th December took
Recent death toll caused by pneumonia is very alarming and the figure
is rising everyday. Pneumonia is very common among children and the
latest cases of death by pneumonia only prove it right. Here is some
general knowledge about pneumonia. Pneumonia is an inflammation of
the lungs caused by a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection. General
symptoms of pneumonia includes shortness of breath, high fever, chills
with shaking, chest pain, cough with mucus, with some additional symptoms
such as clammy skin or excessive sweating, headache, loss of appetite,
nasal flaring etc. To avoid being affected by any one of these, take
extra care of your kids this winter. If they do get affected and the
signs continue for more than several days then visit the doctor immediately.
Going back to the nature
Using toxic chemicals as pesticides may increase production but in
the long run it is causing havoc for the people. It is like slow poisoning.
Recent studies show that our bodies are now contaminated with more
than 300 man-made chemicals. We are all carrying chemicals in our
bodies that were not in the bodies of our forefathers. Many of these
chemicals have been linked with serious illness. Caution should be
taken immediately about this. We should be a little more conscious
about the things we are eating everyday. Revival of the natural method
may be the only way out of this disaster that we have created.