the spring spirit
is no occasion existing in the whole wide world that does not require
shopping. This may not be a huge extravaganza, but you can definitely
greet the arrival of Boshonto with a little bit of shopping. The mood
is already in the air, and this will only amplify the spirit. What are
the objects that make Boshonto shopping different from all the other
The trend of increasing
flower shops on the street tells us that the habit of greeting loved
ones with flowers is fast becoming a popular tradition. A stick of Gladiolus
for only Tk10 will make your friend happy. These are available in various
colours. How about a bundle of Gypsy? Costs only Tk10 but the joy it
brings is precious. A few roses would do the trick most of the time.
They would cost Tk3-5 per stick. Yellow is colour that's making the
rounds in the flower shops now. This is the season of Chandramallika.
Each bundle of these dazzling flowers would cost Tk50. Calendula with
a little bit of orange and a tint of baashonti is a flower
that will bring on a jovial mood. These would cost Tk50-100 per bundle.
To embellish your hair with style you can get Gazra at the price of
Tk8-10. Marigold garlands cost Tk6-7. Get hold of one of the bouquets
if you can spend a little more. Starting from Tk50 the price of these
bouquets can go up to Tk500. The best place to get flowers would be
Shahbag circle and Katabon market. Other than these two places, Baily
road is a good place. You will also see some flower vendors on the sidewalk
of every locality.
for the moment
"Aa haa aji e boshonte" the song that bemuses every
one could be a great gift in this occasion. Songs of spring performed
by Indian singers and produced by HMV is available in the market. CDs
of these songs would cost Tk250. CDs of seasonal songs by Rezwana Chowdhury
Bonnya presented by Soundtech would cost Tk70. Bengal Foundation has
delivered cassettes and CDs of eminent singers of our country. Rabindra
shangeet cassette "More shondhaye tumi-----eshecso"
by Bonnya would cost Tk60. Bengal Foundation also presents Sanjida Khatun,
Mita Haque, Nilufar Yasmin and many more. Their CDs would cost Tk200
and cassettes cost Tk60. Cassettes of BF is available in some selective
outlets. You will get them at Aarong and Probartona. Surer Mela, situated
at the ground floor of Aziz Market, Shahbag is a place where you will
get all the CDs and cassettes that we have mentioned. Gitali at Elephant
road with its enormous collection is one of the favourite music stores
of Dhaka dwellers. From their collections we suggest Chitrangoda, a
musical play by Tagore, performed by various Indian artists. The song
"Rodono bhora e boshonte", portraying Chitragoda's
longing for Arjun's love, will definitely inspire you. Cassettes from
Gitali would cost Tk60.
Books make the best companions. On the occasion of this majestic event
present yourself with one of masterpieces written by our literary gurus.
We suggest several books by Protik and Abashar Prokashoni. Tagore comes
to mind once again when we think about books. His Geetobitan definitely
goes with the occasion. It is a complete collection of all the lyrics
written by the poet guru. Songs are arranged theme-wise and
in alphabetical order, something that has never been done before in
Tagore's publications. The book costs Tk250. Tagore's Galpaguchso (short
story collection) from Protik Prokashoni would cost Tk 275. "Shreshtho
Jibonanondo" with all the published and unpublished work of
Jibonando Das from Abashar prokashoni would cost Tk375. Shreshtho Nazrul
also with all the published and unpublished work of Nazrul Islam would
cost Tk300. If you love to read detail elaboration and illustration
of our countryside and landscape, then you must be a fan of Bibhutibhushon.
A collection of his novels also by Abashar would cost Tk350. These two
publishing house also has Manik and Tarashankar's complete collection.
Their price would be Tk325 and Tk350. If you want one of these books
then the best place would be Aziz Super Market popularly known as the
boi para among the books lovers. Other than boi para, Shagor Publishers
at the baily road is a good place. Ekusher Boi Mela is on the way. You
can get all the books you want from the mela premise.
Ask anyone what brings colour to this festival? The definitive answer
would be bashonti sarees put on by the ladies. After enjoying a prolonged
Eid vacation all the outlets are back in business. Taat saree mostly
rule during seasonal festivals. Best place to get taat saree would be
the Baily road, famous for it's long row of saree stores. Taat sarees
would cost around Tk400. Among the renowned fashion houses, you can
get your desired saree from Banglar mela, Nabarupa, Probartana, Grameen
fashion bazaar. In all these outlets prices vary from around Tk300 to
600. Fashion houses give special emphasis on hand paint, block print,
tie-dye and other decorative works. These works will add a special look
to your attire. Price will vary for Tk700-1200. Elephant road hawkers
market is also a great place for taat sarees. Prices will be a little
For a perfect finishing touch in your boshonto appearance, hand made
ornaments would be the right embellishment. Terra cotta ornaments are
available at all the handicraft outlets. What you need is something
out of the ordinary. Every year, Ideas at Aziz Super Market, Shahbag,
offers terra cotta ornaments of various colour (green, yellow, red)
and mould representing boshonto. These ornaments with earrings and necklaces
would cost around Tk200.
That is about all from us. Have a fun full of day on pohela Falgun.
the festival of colours
winter mists melting in the sunshine, Falgun brings new life
to every leaf and bud, announcing that boshonto has come with
its grand display of shimul, polash or mango blossoms.
While nature wears its colourful new robes, the vernal equinox brings
hope to the people. Springtime is the nature's festival of colours.
Along with nature, people add colours to the scene as well by joining
the festival with fervour.
Bangladesh this celebration takes on many forms. Different cultural
organisations arrange programs on the day. You can celebrate the festival
of colours through adda and enjoying the musical performances in one
of these places.
usual the heart of the festivity will be the Bakul tola of
the Fine Arts Institute and the entire DU campus. Every year the Jatiya
Boshonto Utshab Udjapan Parishad arranges a cultural program to
usher in the season, setting the stage under the shades of the Bakul
tree. The slogan of the festival is "Esho mili praner utshabe"
("Come, let's celebrate life together"). The festivity starts
at around 7am in the morning with an instrumental rendition of Bhairabi
raga, the tune of the dawn. The euphony of flute, tabla, and tanpura,
creates an enchanting atmosphere. the instrumental are followed by dances
and songs of Nazrul, Tagore, Atulprashad and many more. Mita Haque,
Rezwana Chowdhury Bonnya, Khairul Anam, Adity Mohsin, and many other
artistes will perform the songs.
The leading cultural organisations of Dhaka, Chayanaut, Shurer Dhara,
Shuro tirtho, Bafa, Nrityalok, and Spondon will join the line-up.
will be a rally in the morning. The morning session ends at 10:30am.
The Second session starts at around 3pm and continues till the evening.
Greetings card and rakhi's made of flowers will be exchanged.
These will be sold during the programme.
Boi Mela is on the way. It is also a great place to hang out with friends
and loved ones. On pohela falgun the mela premise usually turns in to
a gathering of revellers. Bangla Academy arranges cultural programs
almost everyday. This year pohela falgun will be celebrated on Friday.
There will be a cultural programme for kids on the mela stage. Visiting
the mela could be a great family outing on the day.
Academy situated at Shegunbagicha is planning to arrange a musical programme
comprising of Uchango shangeet (classical music). A brief rickshaw ride
will take you there. For serious music listeners it could be the hotspot
to be on a day like this.
your hangout for the day and celebrate the festival of colours and rhythm
is that time of the year in which love is in the air. Valentines Day
is just around the corner and spring is already here. Couples around
the country shall be celebrating Valentines Day in their own special
way on the 14th of February. However, there are a few places in and
around the city that are worth checking out. We highlight places that
have been popular over the years and some that are new additions to
the city scene.
a drive out of the city on Valentines day is definitely a great way
to spend the occasion. Amongst all the places to go, Ashulia and Savar
seem to be the best options. Ashulia can be quite romantic during the
afternoon and the drive there can be a great way to spend some time
together with a loved one. Visiting Little Italy can also be a good
idea to get some of their mouthwatering pizza. The Shritishoido at Savar
is one of those unknown spots for most couples in the city. It can be
amazingly romantic during afternoons again and just sitting under a
tree beside the lake can be quite an experience. The best part about
this place is that people don't bug you much, although there may be
a few looks from curious onlookers, so cool it down a bit. Bashundhara
City is also a great place to go for a drive, it's one of the best places
to celebrate the occasion in solitude.
at Dhanmondi lake is all set to become a very popular hang-out during
Valentines day. The place brings a new experience to all Dhaka dwellers
and couples from around the city visit it everyday. Dhanmondi lake was
always a popular place for couples, and Dinghi brings a new touch to
the lake. The idea of drifting down the water in a paddle-boat seems
distinctly romantic for couples. The charge for 45 minutes is Tk.150.
The best time to visit the place is when the sun is not as scorching.
Mango may be a stereotyped dating place, but we still say that it is
worth visiting on Valentines day. The atmosphere definitely suits the
love-is-in-the-air occasion and it is a nice place to talk to your loved
one. We are almost certain that the place shall be flooded with couples
on the 14th, but we also think that if you have issues that need to
be sorted out, this is the place to be.
rides in and around the city can also be a nice way to spend some time
together. Although one may have to face a bit of fright from being spotted
by elders, rickshaw rides are always pleasant. Rides in Dhanmondi, Gulshan
and even Uttara may be quite pleasant, however try to abstain from crowded
new found 'high' skyline, has created new places for couples to date.
Many love-birds date on the roof of their apartments, and sometimes
this gets quite risky. However, risks are always enjoyable!
branches of Movenpick are also nice places to date at times. We also
presume that these branches shall be filled with people. We also think
that it is not the best season for ice cream, but do try out the coffee.
stuck valentines visit the DU campus as well. There is nothing much
to do in the campus but to sit around the mall chottor, fuller
road or in and around TSC and munch peanuts and jhalmuri. Lovers of
Dhaka, clad in red sarees and panjabi with roses and gypsy (a flower)
in their hand enjoy it anyway.
Park has its fair share of mushy valentine's couples every year. This
park is said to be the most popular place amongst lovers from all parts
of the city. The lake and the greenery must have something to do with
all of this. Couples from different walks of life sit and chat here
in each other's arms with no idea of the time.
there may be many other ways in which the love-struck community celebrate
V-day, we hope that these places may suit your wants. However, wherever
you may spend your time, remember that it's the spirit of the occasion
that is the most important.
Mishel Ali Khan
that time of the year when you get generous and splurge on your loved
ones. Stumped on what to get? Look no further…just read on and check
out on some cool buys:
These soothing candles are becoming something of a craze nowadays. Although
they are not yet widely available, aromatic candles make a great gift
for you loved one. Other types of candles are also available, including
floating candles, which also make a great gift. They cost around Tk.
200 or above and are available at Etcetera and Aarong.
Great smelling perfumes or colognes can be one of the best gifts your
loved one can expect from you. Some good brands include Hugo Boss (Deep
Red), Calvin Klein (Eternity, Obsession), Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger. The
price is usually Tk. 500 and above, depending on the brand.
Chocolates are very popular gift items. Some good ones are Ferrero Rochers,
Cadbury and Toblerone. These are available at super markets such as
Agora, Meena Bazaar, Nandan, and also at smaller shops. These, however
maybe a little expensive. But there are also many cheaper options available.
Heart-shaped candy boxes are very popular and you can also get boxes
of eclairs, caramel candies, etc.
These cute, cuddly toys are sure to be a huge hit with your special
one. Nowadays a lot of different types of stuffed toys are available.
Teddy bears with hearts saying, "I love you" are especially
great for this occasion and can be found at Hallmark and Archies. They
cost about Tk. 250 or above.
Photo frames, fitted with pictures of your loved one, make a very thoughtful
gift. There are some really good photo- frames available nowadays and
they come in all shapes and sizes. You can find ones shaped like a heart
or with writings on the sides. The price range is usually between Tk.
150-450 depending on the size, design and material.
Jewellery makes a great gift any time of the year, but they are especially
popular during Valentine's Day. Great looking bracelets, earrings, rings,
necklaces etc. can be found at Almas and Priyo. The price ranges from
Tk. 150-500. For men, there are rings and bracelets available. Beads
also look very nice with both western and deshi outfits.
Bouquets of roses, tube roses, gladiola, orchids etc can be found in
all the roadside stalls and they are widely available. Starting from
Tk 50 onwards, depending on your bargaining skills, these bouquets are
available in all shapes, colours, and sizes.
Ayesha and Marwa
to mind visions of spring, of love, and for us Bangladeshis, memories
of our Language movement…anything else? If you can't think of anything
else that makes this month stand out, read on and we'll show you why
February is the steamiest month of the year.
Day [8th Feb]
With life's toils and troubles, it's nice to have a whole day devoted
to that fast-fading act of smiling. It's already passed, but don't let
that stop you from spreading some cheer.
Out Your Computer Day [9th Feb]
Chat logs, old mails, outdated documents…is it any wonder that your
computer becomes slower everyday. 9th Feb…now you have a whole day devoted
to showing your computer that you care…too bad it's already gone…
Achievement Day [11th Feb]
Grandmothers…an oft-neglected part of our personal heritage. They're
the best cooks, they give the best hugs, and they're often the best
people to run to when your parents are on your case. So how can we ever
dream of doing without them? On Grandmother Achievement Day (11th February)
you can reach out to your grandmother with a really special 'Hug', Kiss,
'I love you' or a 'Have a great day' wish and make her feel totally
Day [12th Feb]
Scrumptious, sumptuous, and sinfully delightful…whatever would we do
without these sweet treats? It is only fitting that we devote a whole
day to the world's favourite desserts? So on 12th February, get your
friends together and stuff yourself silly with your favourite chocolates.
Of Your Sweetheart Day [13th Feb]
Springtime, a time when the sun shines sweetly, and there is a profusion
of blooming flowers everywhere …in other words, the ambience is perfect
for budding romance. So here's a day that you can spend dreaming of
be sure to let him/her know that you're thinking of him/her. Send an
SMS, an e-card, or do something really special to bring a smile on your
Value Our Friendship Day [13th Feb]
"We have grown together you and I, and as our friendship blossomed,
the fragrance of our friendship spread through my life, filling it with
a sense of freshness…" Okay, I guess spring has made a poet out
of me, but I'm sure you get the idea. This is the time to put your friends
first and show them how much they mean to you.
To Heart Day [14th Feb]
Talking of hearts, let the King or Queen of your heart know exactly
how you feel on Heart To Heart Day! Reach out with a romantic wish and
sweep him/her off the feet!
Sabrina F Ahmad