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Banani Road No 11
Whether you're looking for a quick shopping spree, or hoping to sink your teeth into some juicy kebab, Banani Road 11 should be your destination. For people living in the northern part of Dhaka, especially the young people, this is the perfect place to spend a refreshing afternoon in.
Once upon a time, if you wanted kebab, you'd have to dash to Dhanmondi, if not Old Dhaka to get some. With outlets like Rashna Bilash, Monchere Fast Food, Kebab-e-Q, and Dhaba, serving sumptuous shwarma and other kebab delights, Road 11, Banani has been nicknamed the 'Kebab Street' and very justifiably so. By the way, if you do drop into Dhaba, do not miss the chance to try out their delicious dahi phuchka...it's out of this world!
All that spicy kebab could set your tongue on fire, and what better way to cool off than by grabbing an ice cream cone. There's the recently opened Club Gelato, with its famed Ferroro Rocher, or if you're short on cash, and still hungering for good ice cream, head on over to American Soft Ice-cream, whose Butterscotch will melt in your mouth. While we're on the subject of sweet treats, let's not forget the confectionery outlets on this road. You can take your pick from King's Confectionery, with its Malaysian delights; Hot Breads with its chocolate bon-bons; or even Shumi's Hot Cake for its ever-popular Black Forest.
The food choices aren't just limited to kebab and ice cream, however. You can step into Disha's Bistro for some continental cuisine, or Sub City for their yummy subs, Delphi for some deshi eats, or even Cheong Sing for some Oriental flavour.
Okay, food alone
doesn't make for great hanging out. Banani Road 11 has a load of stores
for you to browse and shop at your leisure. There's Fiza, whose accessory
collection is worth a mention. Then there is a whole series of boutiques
for the belles Khoobsoorty, Lace, Lamiz, and Unique Collection. There's
the Gathon Sari Ghar for sari lovers, and of course Banglar Mela and
Grameen Fashion Bazar for gift shopping. If casual and Western wear
is more our thing, find Dhaba, and go upstairs to Much More for some
good bargains. Kids and moms can visit…Kids & Moms (yes, that was
deliberate) for just about anything and everything they have on their
shopping list together. Right next door is the newly inaugurated Dapper
Inc., with some great hand-painted home-dé
If you want to spend the afternoon pampering yourself, then women can head on to Tips & Toes or Sajai, and men can slip into Romantic Hair Styling Centre. Let's face it…if you look good, you feel great.
Other than the food and the shopping, it is the very ambience of the entire road that makes it such a great hangout. Despite so many outlets, it manages to remain enjoyably quiet. After the sun goes down and the lights come up, it takes on the feeling of a come-one-come-all party, and just driving around with that special someone, or taking a walk with your friends can be a really uplifting experience.
So, for a fun-filled day of total self-indulgence, just skeedaddle over to Banani Road 11…the hottest hangout of 2003.
By Sabrina F Ahmad Reported by Wara Karim
Life Style Travel
With upcoming forecasts of cold waves coming from Siberia, this winter, the prospect of escaping is highly tempting. Thailand is definitely an appealing retreat. Everyone who's been to Thailand has definitely been to Bangkok and Phuket places ideal for shopping and sightseeing, but disappointingly unsuitable for relaxing. Even the beaches are too crowded and fighting for perfect sunbathing spots (and peace) can be a hassle. Yet, in Thailand lies an exotically wonderful place, which seemed to be almost too perfect to me Krabi. Krabi (pronounced Ke-ra-bi), situated almost next to Phuket, is a place few are aware of.
Whoever has seen the Hindi movie 'Kaho Na Pyar Hai' (which I am sure everyone has) will have a pretty detailed idea of what I am trying to say exotic beaches (ideal for solitude, snorkelling, boating and of course sunbathing), delicious food and interesting shopping.
Do take a look inside the tiny stalls, which you might tend to overlook. They are small, homely and contain items of unique creativity. You can actually bargain all the way to your heart's content and walk away totally satisfied. Keep your eyes peeled I actually found a fortune-teller's stall (complete with tarot cards and a crystal ball). Unfortunately my mum dragged me away before I could get my future predicted (hmm… too superstitious I guess!).
For those of you interested in some serious jewellery shopping, do take some time to visit Gems Gallery (Phuket close to Krabi). It's a place where you can purchase valuable gems (pearls, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, peridots you name it, they have it) and also learn a lot about them. Krabi is also relatively secured as compared to Bangkok or Phuket. You do not constantly have to live in terror of pickpockets or have nightmares about your five-year-old child getting lost in crowds just because you were too preoccupied to keep an eye on him. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, and disappear before the Siberian cold waves set in!
By Jennifer Ashraf
BY THE WAY
What is the best way to treat the hangover?
* Drink lots of
fluids....try Gatorade, or fruit juice mixed with water.
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