Shamvar at Probartona
What could be the perfect colour to wear this summer? As always, nothing
is better than white under the scorching sun. It is always in vogue
and Probartana, one of the renowned fashion houses of Dhaka, dresses
up in sparkling white this summer.
Once khadi used
to be the perfect fabric to encounter the toughest of summers. Probartona
is trying to put the item in the limelight once again, which is why
Khadi is the chosen fabric for this year's collection. Their designers
named it Sofed Shamvar, which include fine khadi, stripe khadi, and
Three piece, fatua,
panjabi and shirt will not cost more than tk1500 starting from tk400.
Exclusive decorations with pin tuck, oyster shell buttons, hand and
machine embroidery add an extra appeal to the collection. Probartana
is situated at 2/8, Sir Syed Road, Mohammadpur.
Usher in the new
year with Anjan's
Season change and
Pohela Boishakh…two good reasons for any boutique house to bring out
a new collection of clothes. Anjan's is no different. They have a very
special Boishakhi line-up for the occasion.
In keeping with
the theme of Boishakh, the collection features the traditional white
saris with red border in block print and hand paint. There are also
cotton saris in other colours, and the price range for all saris is
between Tk 350-1150.
There are embroidered,
block-printed, and tie-dyed fotuas in silk, cotton, khadi, and georgette,
all in many different colours, for both men and women. The women's short
kurtis also have matching dupatta and straight pants. The price ranges
from Tk 295 to Tk 1150.
There are also cotton
salwar kameezes for Tk 995-1895, block and screen-printed T-shirts for
Tk 110-130, punjabis for Tk 395-950, and stoles for the punjabis for
The new collection
is available at all the Anjan's outlets from April 1 onwards
at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel
It's a day of non-stop
fun and frolic, at Sheraton Hotel, as they ring in the Bengali New Year
with a Boishakhi Utshob. The "Boishakhi Utshob" will kick
off on Pohela Boishakh at Sheraton with the first ray of sunlight. The
lobby of Dhaka Sheraton Hotel will be decorated with the traditional
theme of Bangladeshi culture. There's food and festivities, with music,
and other entertainment. There's even a fortune teller at the lobby.
Don't miss out on the traditional phuchka and chanachur that's on offer
The Tea Lounge will
serve special Bangladeshi refreshments and pithas such as Patishapta
and Bhapa pitha. Bithika Restaurant will mark the occasion with a themed
buffet breakfast that includes luchi, puri, khichuri, vegetables, meat
curry and chicken bhuna. Lunch at Bithika also follows the Boishakhi
theme, with mouthwatering Bangladeshi dishes like kachki, chorchori,
shorisha ilish, pangash curry, chingree korolla bhaji, beef kofta, deshi
morogh aloo curry, mutton tehari, Sajna dal, Achari chicken tikka, plain
rice and nan. Desserts span from rosshomalai to barfi, and shahi tukra.
So, if you want
to spend Pohela Boishakh with flair, hurry on over to Sheraton and join
in the fanfare.
Padatik Natya Sangshad
is celebrating "Shankranti Utshab 1410". On the day of Chaitra
Shankranti (13 April), at 5:30 in the afternoon the celebration will
begin amid a colourful kite flying competition. Kite flying will be
accompanied by the beats of dhuk-dhol. Biding farewell to the year by
children's dance tracks at 6:30 followed by baul songs and more dance
tracks. Giti natya "Shojon badiar ghat" by Jashimuddin will
be performed. The program will end with shong jatra based on ancient
fourth Vertical, ceramics and wood art exhibition is being held at Jainul
gallery at the Fine Arts Institute. Exceptionally good collections of
terracota and wood works are being displayed here. A trio of friends
came up with this venture to develop indigenous folk motives and styles
and present them to the contemporary world in a modern package. Thus
their showroom in Aziz market, Shahbag and also their ongoing exhibition,
boasts of studio artwork and traditional crafts handmade by literate
artists, giving each product a unique style. The show ends on April
14, but before Lifestyle recommends an effort to visit them and you
will not be disappointed.
true taste of Asia by Tommy Miah
(A sour and hot dish)
1/2 Kg fish - shark, catfish or kite fish
salt to taste
10 dried red chillies
1/4 tsp cummin seeds
1/2 tps turmeric powder
4 cloves garlic
1/2 inch piece of ginger
a marble sized ball of tamarind mixed in 1 cup of water
1 finely sliced onion
2 tblsp oil
1. Clean and wash the fish.
2. Cut into small steaks, rub in salt and set aside.
3. Grind all the other ingredients, except the onion, into a fine paste
(masala) with a little water.
4. Fry the onion until brown.
5. Add the masala (paste) and fry for a minute.
6. Add 1 cup of water. Bring to boil then add fish.
7. Cook on low heat until tender.
8. A little salt and vinegar may be added if desired. Serve with plain
8 x Chiles, serrano (or jalapeno stems removed
4 cup Basmati, (or long grain rice)
3 lb Mutton, 1.5" cubes
2 cup Yogurt
1 1/2 x cc Ginger
10 lrg Garlic cloves
2 x Cinnomon stick, 1"
14 x Cloves
10 x Cardomon seeds
10 sm Onions, sliced
1 1/2 cup Ghee
6 cup Water, boiling
1 tsp Turmeric
3 tsp Salt
1. Wash and soak the rice in water for 1/2 hour.
2. Drain off the water and tie the rice into a cloth.
3. Add the meat to a mixture of the yogurt and 2 tsp salt and set aside.
4. Saute the chillis in 1 TBS ghee
5. Mix the chillis, ginger, garlic, and half the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom
together and grind into a fine paste.
6. Rub the ground spices into the meat.
7. Heat half the remaining ghee.
8. Add the meat and spice/yogurt mixture and half the onions and cook
over a low fire until the meat is tender.
9. Heat the remaining ghee and add the remaining cinnamon, cloves and
10. After they have cooked for a few minutes add the rest of the onions
and fry until golden brown.
11. Add the rice and fry it until it is slightly brown.
12. At this point, add the 6 cups boiling water, and then the turmeric
and remaining salt.
13. Let the rice mixture cook until the water is almost level with the
grains (the rice should be half done by then) and then add the meat
and its gravy.
14. Do not mix them, but, after placing a tight lid on the pot, let
the biriyani simmer for 15-20 minutes.
15. After this, mix well and serve.
Do you know about
the magical qualities of vinegar? If you have thought all these years
that vinegar is solely used for cooking purposes, then we believe
you are mistaken.
This sour liquid
has magic abilities to serve so many useful purposes. For instance,
vinegar can deter ants. Spray a lot of vinegar around doors, kitchen
and along other areas, which are mostly attacked by ants.
If you want to
kill the weeds that have thrived in your garden, spray vinegar to
kill these unwanted plants.
Vinegar can keep
vegetables fresh. You can soak wilted vegetables in 2 cups of water
and a tablespoon of vinegar.
The days are sticky
now. And to relieve yourself from sunburn, lightly apply white vinegar
on the sunburnt areas.
Vinegar also works
as a good conditioner for your hair. You can apply vinegar in your
hair after each shampoo. Vinegar can also fight dandruff. Rinse your
hair with a mixture made from 2 cups of warm water and vinegar after
Vinegar is also
great at removing fruit stains from hands.
You can clean
your refrigerator with equal amount of water and vinegar.
Onion has a tough
smell. To remove odour of onion from your hands, rub vinegar before
and after slicing onions.
To Remove tough
stains of fruit, jam, mustard, coffee, and tea, gently rub vinegar
on the affected area and then wash as usual.
Lastly, you can
keep cut flowers fresh and radiant, add 2 tablespoons vinegar and
1 teaspoon sugar for each quart of water.
Vinegar is available
in all the superstores and general stores of Dhaka; there are too
many brands to choose from, and the price of a bottle costs about
That it's always
best to wear colours that flatter you, irrespective of what is in
fashion. Ochre, mango yellow is a good colour for dark girls and its
also popular this season. A suitable shade of orange, like brick red
can also be flattering.
stripe tends to add width. If you are slim and tall then that won't
matter much, but if you are slightly chubby or on the heavier side
do not even think of looking at stripes.
Red is a colour
that no one should do without. If you are hesitant to wear it as an
ensemble, then use it to accessorise your outfit, it gives any drab
outfit the much needed pizzazz.
experts guess that at least eight Ak-47 were taken away from the arms
cache seized on April 02 in Chittagong. The missing arms may pose
a threat to the security of the country. This is of course a matter
father killed his newborn twin daughters at Bhandaria of Pirozpur
in the early hours of April 8. Killing of girl child like this is