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driving by Hertz
It was held on the 25th of March at the Gulshan Youth Club grounds smack dab in the middle of the field. The hot midday sun was strong enough to deep fry everyone's brains.
The seminar was mostly an informative affair for about 500 invited commercial drivers most of whom operate heavy vehicles. The inaugural speeches were thankfully short and sweet. The gist of the show was about creating awareness among the attending rivers about the importance of road safety.
Tips included that of maintaining vehicles properly. A lot of stress was put on the fact that accidents are caused due to lack of alertness. Drowsiness over long stretch of driving is a big killer. The driver of the public transport I took on the way home got into conversation and literally gave me a list of accidents he had had over the past ten years. One involved turning turtle in a Land Cruiser and another was a direct hit at 80 kmph. Both resulted in fatalities. His explanations were that he was tired.
Everyone present at the seminar were handed small booklets listing all the causes and prevention of accidents with major reasons being drowsy due to drunkenness or medication. The speakers also mentioned about maintaining appropriate distances from cars up ahead which is something a lot of driving schools here sadly neglect.
Lastly the issue of bravado was also addressed as overtaking, speeding and 'showing off' causes a lot of accidents. The drivers were all handed health card with which they can avail medical consultancy for themselves and their families.The seminar was sponsored with the help of Shah Cement, Uttara Motors and Rangs. It was a good step forward in helping to curb bad driving.
Ehsanur Raza Ronny
Check It Out
Boishakh blast at Dressy Dale
The month of Boishakh, which starts off the Bengali New Year, is a month associated with fun, frolic and festivities. For the fashion houses in the city, this is the month to celebrate by bringing out the styles of the season. Dressy Dale, one of the leading names amongst the fashion boutiques here, has organised a "Boishakh Festival", starting April 1, and leading right up to April 14.
Saris will be the main focus of this exhibition. Saris with patchwork,
lace, frill, collages, zardosi, tie-dye, hand-painted water colour,
screen print (a Dressy Dale speciality), block print, batik, embroidery
The theme behind the saris has been taken right out of ethnic Bangladesh. Flutes, conch-shells, clay dolls, clay pottery, lamps, tabla, kula, drums, fishes, birds and elephants are featured in the motifs of these saris. Contemporary floral patterns, polka dots, geometric patterns, and even poetry and poetic imagery by local poets have been featured in the designs of these saris.
Besides saris, on display at Dressy Dale are long and short dresses, and kurtis, as well as men's punjabis. Tailored outfits with handloom dupattas are also on offer. The festival offers us the traditional flavour in a contemporary style.
The clothes are all made of natural, eco-friendly fabrics. The combination of red and white takes precedence in the collection, in keeping with the spirit of Pohela Boishakh. The collection will mainly focus on warmer colours like yellow, gold, bashonti, ochre, orange, lime and warmer greens, which are the colours of the season.
Dressy Dale outfits have long been associated with individuality and style, and this festival promises to be all that. So hurry on over and be a part of the Boishakee blast!
Sabrina F Ahmad
Banglar Mela in this Boishakh
The advent of Baishakh is a major event on par with Eid. The first day is marked by fairs, flowers, food and people dressed in colorful outfits. Banglar Mela has kept this tradition in mind bringing out their latest collection.
The color scheme of Baishakh is red and that has been kept as the base for most of their designs. The whole gamut of saris range from 360 to 1280 taka. Tangail saris come in tie died, block printed, spray or hand painted forms within 675-1050 taka.
One of the present trends is to wear fatuas which are great for the summer heat being simple to wear. These also come in the same red base with highlighted designs in maroon, orange, black etc. The prices are 230-380 taka and are available in evry sort of design work from hand painted to embroidered. Fatuas being a unisex outfit, there are lots of designs for men with importance given to stripes. Changes are prevalent in the neck and arm pieces with the tops available in short, full and three quarter arm lengths. Price range for men's outfits are 280-425 taka.
For the ladies three piece kameez and fusion dresses are also available. The kameez can be had in either short of long versions.
By Ehsanur Raza Ronny
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