People buy gifts
for various occasions and festivals. Any day can be suitable for sharing
love and caring. Why not Independence Day? It is not a must that one
has to give the usual stuff. Alternatives like a Liberation War poster
or a CD of songs sung at the time of the war should be in the list of
gifts. These products are available at the Liberation War museum. Many
gift items and memorabilia are there, such as books, CD's, and posters.
These items don't cost much, but are priceless if one considers the
value and the pride hidden in it.
Even T-shirts from
"Nitta Upahar" from Aziz Super Market are suitable for this
occasion. There are T-shirts on victory celebration of Bangladesh. Che
Guevara T-shirts can be a symbol of Liberty or Independence and are
worthy items to wear on such days. Also the Che Guevara posters or Che
Guevara diary are good gifts for this auspicious event.
books like Ami Bijoy Dekhechi of M R Akhter Mukul, Ekattorer
Din Guli of Jahanara Imam, Bar bar phire jai by Major Akhter, Mool
Dhara Ekattor by Maidul Hasan are great reads for this occasion. Muktijuddhor
Prekkhapot e Baktir Obosthaan by Major Arifeen, Josna o jononi
by Humayan Ahmed, Archer Blood's Cruel Birth of Bangladesh, Surrender
at Dhaka: Birth of a Nation by Lt. Gen. Jaacob (Chief of Staff
Indian Eastern Army Command during liberation war) are also worth looking
out for. Assignment Bangladesh '71 (A chronology of Events as seen by
the World Press) compiled by Moudood Elahi and also Freedom at midnight
by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins or even The Diary of Annie Frank
can be the books to choose. New Market, Shahbagh and Sagar Publishers
are the best places for such books.
While choosing the
audios "Concert for Bangladesh" has no substitute for this
special occasion. All the inspirational numbers found in cd stores around
the city, as well as the tracks available at Liberation War Museum should
be considered with special respect.
A tour of the Monuments
created to honour the martyrs and Liberation War museum can be special
gifts. In addition to all these visit the Gulshan Kay Kraft's special
exhibition of clothes designed for Independence Day (19 to 26 March).
26th March is our
Independence Day which is also the National Day of Bangladesh. We all
know time and tide waits for none but let's not forget that such occasions
are intertwined with our lives in Bangladesh. All these will inspire
us to be together and feel proud as a nation.
With the India-Pakistan cricket series going on in full swing, you might
feel tempted to try your own hand at cricket. For those of you who intend
to become the next Sachin Tendulkar, it is absolutely imperative for
you to have decent cricket equipment. At the Elephant Road branch of
Inter Sports, all kinds of cricket paraphernalia are sold. A match bat
(brands: RMS, BAS, SS etc.) can be purchased between 1800-7000 Taka,
practice bat within 550-1600 Taka, ball 110-900 Taka, gloves 175-1600
Taka, pads 550-3000 Taka, wicketkeeper pads 400-2000 Taka, wicketkeeper
gloves 450-2000 Taka and stumps for 50-200 Taka.
Do you often get into a fight with your siblings over who gets to watch
TV? By installing a TV-card you can bring an end to such fights, as
it will allow you to watch television on your computer screen either
in a window or full screen, effectively turning your PC into a Television
set. There are two kinds of TV-cards: external and internal. The advantage
of using an external TV-card is that you do not have to switch on your
computer when watching programmes, while the advantage of having an
internal one is that you can capture pictures. It is also worth mentioning
that an internal TV-card is much cheaper than an external one. At Choice
Computers (Gulshanara Mansion, Elephant Road) an internal TV-card is
sold between 1900-3100 Taka. On the other hand, external TV-cards are
sold between 2850-4600 Taka. Please note that the prices quoted may
change due to market conditions.
for the road
If you have plans to go to India, Thailand, Spain, England, Italy or
America then check out the travel books on these destinations being
sold at Etcetera. The travel books will provide you with invaluable
advice on issues like: accommodation, tourist attractions, bus information
etc. They will cost you between 1000-2000 Taka.
From my own experience, I can tell you that women do not like
to be kept waiting. Therefore, in order to be able to keep track of
time I suggest you purchase a wristwatch. Available at various shopping
malls, a simple one will cost you between 200-900 Taka. For those of
you with a bit more cash to spare, you might want to go to Etcetera.
Although renowned for its books, it has recently started selling wristwatches
too. Famous designer brands like: Rado, Tissot, Pierre Cardin, Credence
etc. are available. The prices for these wristwatches start from 925
Taka and go up to a whopping 93000 Taka.
Nowadays after attending school, children rush off to various coaching
centres to get extra help with their studies. All this travelling is
having a detrimental effect on their health. To ensure that they manage
to stay healthy it is absolutely imperative for them to drink a glass
of milk everyday. However, generally children are not too keen on drinking
just milk. To make the milk drinking session a bit more appealing, add
a few tablespoons of Ovaltine to the milk. At Nandan, Ovaltine can be
purchased for 190 Taka. There are many other brands of chocolate milk
products available in the market that you can choose from. After all,
milk without chocolate can taste yucky for some.
At the Elephant Road branch of Monsoon Rain, some splendid ties are
being sold. All of the ties are imported and they are being sold within
the range of 260-450 Taka. Besides wearing a tie to office or any formal
occasion, you can also present one to a friend on his birthday.
A new addition to Aarong's beverage line is packaged fruit juices. These
juices prepared from pulps of fresh fruits taste great; you can drink
these during your breakfast or with afternoon snacks. If you have small
children at home then they will love to drink these refreshing juices
during their refreshment break at school. Each pack will cost you tk.12.
These fruit juices are purchasable from your nearby stores.
Sayeed Mahmud Nizam
Thanks to all the squabbles between our political parties we hardly
remember the days of struggle and the faces that made history by winning
an identity for us. How many of us actually know the name of the person
who designed the green and red flag of Bangladesh? It was Shib Naryan
Dash. Do we know what the colours actually signify? In the flag green
symbolises the immense natural beauty of Bangladesh and red symbolises
the bright sun.
that during the Pakistan rule, when Bangali’s were restricted from
every opportunity, some people stepped forward with brave ideas like
building a secret radio station? Teachers of then Prokaushal Bishawbidyalay
under the guidance of Dr. Nurul Ula built the station on March 11.
Dr. Ula in another brave attempt videotaped some horrid events that
took place in Jagannath Hall of DU on 25th March night and in the
morning of 26th March.
You might as well like to know that Tikka Khan, who was responsible
for the death of 3 million Bangladeshi people in 1971, was later labelled
as the ‘Butcher of Bangladesh.’ There was no war crimes tribunal after
the war. Pakistani generals responsible for the genocide never had
to face any consequence.
a better nation
Crush anyone who disagrees. Foil any endeavour that might
be 'alternative'. Did the martyrs fight for this? They gave their
lives for something better. Giving flowers in the monuments and later
doing everything that conflicts with their dream is hypocritical.
Hajar Bochorer Bangladesh-Itihasher Album by Dr. Mohammad Hannan