Brian Lara made his 375 not out against England in 1994, little did
the world know that this batting maestro would come back after 10 years
and break, the world record set by Matthew Hayden, against the same
opposition at the same ground. It is a remarkable feat for any batsmen,
with other players around the world suggesting that it was almost humanly
Brian Lara's innings
of four hundred runs, and of course take into account that he was not-out
at the end of it, goes into the record books as the first quadruple-century
in the history of Test cricket. He also joins batting great Sir Donald
Bradman as the only two cricketers in the history of the game to score
in the air as soon as he regained the world record for the highest test
score, with Lara punching the air in delight. Thousands of fans in the
Antigua Recreational Ground cheered on the West Indies's favourite son.
The new Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, who came
out to the field in the middle of the game to embrace the batting genius,
summed up the amazing gesture shown by the West Indian people.
innings was for 13-1/4 hours and he scored his 400 runs in 584 balls.
Lara showed great character when he was nearing the world record, hitting
a six and a four to break Matt Haydens record, at the end of it all
he just oozed confidence. The innings holds more meaning because of
the unbelievable pressure Lara was under. With West Indian cricket going
through a tumultuous time nowadays, the pressure was on skipper Lara
to produce an innings, and under these circumstances he fired in all
cylinders. His batting talent was also allowed to shine because he got
constant support at the other end, something that has been rare in the
West Indies batting line-up.
Lara has definitely
silenced the critics who were right at his back. With an innings that
almost no one else can emulate at present, the batting maestro has drawn
praise from almost all the cricketing greats, both past and present.
Although he hasn't been all that consistent over the years, he definitely
proved to the world that he's back, and when Lara's on song, he's one
of the most elegant strokemakers in the world.
The Tigers or the
Bangladesh Cricket team tour the West Indies next month, so lets just
hope that Lara is not on the same sort of form. With the Bangladeshi
bowling line-up and the form of the Windies batsman, we could very well
see five hundred runs just for Lara!
Mishel Ali Khan
You must be wondering
by now that what this reflexology could possibly mean. Well, reflexology
is still a new concept for women of our country. The great benefits
that this Japanese healing method can bestow on one's health and mind,
though, will soon popularise this idea amongst the health and beauty
conscious people of Dhaka.
Yamazaki is a beauty
parlour plus a massage centre that provides reflexology to their clients.
Reflexology helps to prevent and control numerous diseases that infect
our head area, musculo-skeleton, endocrine, heart and circulatory, lymphatic,
digestive, urinary and respiratory system. Reflexology is a preventive
therapy that helps to stimulate different organs of the body and help
them work better with new vigour. Although reflexology is a popular
treatment in the western world, Bangladeshi women are yet to be aware
of the endless usefulness of this Japanese traditional health massage.
A full body massage will cost you Tk.700 at Yamazaki.
Trained by Japanese
experts, Yamazaki's owners are experienced in reflexology and so are
their staffs. Owned by Kai Yamazaki, Syeda Sakeya Arefeen and Tahmina
Yasmin, Yamazaki also offers all the other regular services that general
beauty saloons provide. At present, Yamazaki beauty parlour is offering
a 20% to 30% discount on reflexology as an attempt to popularise this
Japanese concept among the Bangladeshi women. So you too can visit this
place and experience their Japanese massage and feel the difference.
parlour also offers Japanese traditional facial masks for tk.700. The
place also offers waxing, threading, make-up, mehendi, hair cutting,
hair colouring, manicure, pedicure etc.
You can sometime
visit this parlour that has a homely environment to enjoy their reflexology
treatment and relieve your body from stress and pressure.
If you want to know
more about this beauty saloon plus massage centre, you can also logon
to their website, which is www.yamazakibd.com.
Address: House #
44, Road # 15, Block # D, Banani, Dhaka.
Many products that
we dump can be reused in one or more ways. The less you dump, the more
you contribute towards waste management. Reusing materials can reduce
the garbage produced by every household. Proper trash treatment would
largely add to the noble cause of keeping our city clean. Let's take
a glance at few ways to reduce waste.
Use cloth napkins
instead of tissue.
Use pens and pencils which can be refilled.
Use the empty jars of food items to store/keep biscuits and similar
Preserve those cloth, jute and paper bags given by various stores for
You can give away your old books, clothes and furniture, even your beverage
bottles and cans to those people who can still make a good use of them.
The large paper boxes that we receive with electrical appliances come
really handy especially while moving to a new house so save them for
a better future purpose.
Instead of throwing away the cotton that comes in a bottle of pills,
use it. Save it in the same bag as all of your regular cotton balls,
and use it the next time you need a cotton ball. Use the tabs off aluminium
cans to hang pictures. Just tack them to the back of the frame and you
have a nice wall-hanger. You can make hair accessories, such as scrunchies,
with scrap fabrics. Fabric scraps can also be used for wrapping presents.
Use it like paper, or make into gift bags. You can make a more formal,
structured gift bag, or simply make a drawstring bag. Alternatively,
cut out shapes from the design of the fabric, and use to decorate gifts
wrapped in plain brown paper. You can also tear the fabric into strips
and use them as ribbon. Save and reuse plastic sandwich bags and paper
lunch bags. Depending on what was stored in the plastic bag previously,
you may want to wash it before re-using it. Use old socks to dust blinds,
clean mirrors and windows, or buff up your shoes. There is no end to
true taste of Asia by Tommy Miah
Yield: 4-6 Servings
½ ounce garlic, 1 ounce ginger, 8 red chillies, 10 (1-inch) cinnamon
sticks, ½ ounce cumin, ½ ounce coriander seeds, ½
ounce turmeric powder, 3 ½
ounces malt vinegar
½ ounce black peppercorns, 3 green chillies, 4 ounces malt vinegar,
½ ounce sugar, 8 green cardamom pods, 8 whole cloves, Salt, to
1 ½ pounds leg of lamb, 2 ounces onions, 7 ounces potatoes, 3
½ ounces groundnut oil, Oil for frying, Salt, to taste, ½
Peel and roughly chop garlic. Peel and roughly chop ginger. Combine
garlic and ginger with rest of ingredients in blender or food processor.
Add 2 ounces water to make a fine paste.
Crush peppercorns with mortar & pestle. Wash, stem & deseed
chillies. Combine crushed peppercorns and chillies with rest of ingredients.
Trim leg of lamb, removing excess fat. Debone and cut into 1-inch cubes.
Combine lamb cubes with marinade and let sit 1 hour. Peel and finely
chop onions. Set aside. Wash, peel and cut potatoes into cubes. Deep
fry potatoes in oil over medium heat until golden brown. Clean, wash
and chop coriander. Heat oil in large sauté
pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until golden brown. Add paste
and cook until fat is melted. At this time, add marinated lamb, along
with marinade, stirring 2 minutes. Add approximately 1 quart water,
bring to boil, then cover and simmer until lamb is tender. Now add the
potatoes and cook until potatoes are soft.
So you like the
sweet service at Pizza Hut, the youthful ambience of Boomers, or the
exclusivity of Premium Sweets. Ever wished you could enjoy all these
things at once? Well, now you can. After enjoying tremendous popularity
at their three Best Eat outlets in Chittagong, the Yunusco Centre
brings you Sweetmax, their first fast-food joint in Dhaka.
The first thing
that catches the eye is the spaciousness. From the entrance to the
seating area, this 80-seater has ample room for ease of movement.
The combination of glass partitions, gleaming tile floors, and pastel-coloured
walls in shades of violet and butter yellow gives the place a happening,
Getting down to
important matters, let's discuss the food. Sweetmax literally has
something for everybody. From club sandwiches and pizza to ice cream
and sweets; you want it, you got it. When you walk in, you are greeted
by popcorn and candyfloss carts. The candyfloss comes in seven flavours
Bubble, Passion Fruit, Strawberry, Banana, Mint, Light Blue, and Coffee.
You walk on ahead, and you have the main fast food counter, which
provides you with a comprehensive menu that offers everything from
salads and kebabs to the inevitable pizza, burger and fries.
They also have
an ice-cream counter, which provides, not only cups and cones, but
also creative sundaes, not unlike what's on offer at the parlours
around the city. Don't forget to try out their in-house speciality,
the Turkish Baklava, which is a kind of sweet roll. Sweetmax boasts
a British chef and a Turkish chef, who combine the best of the West
and the Middle East in their culinary creations.
For a more local
flavour, you might want to take a right turn and head for their 'Sweet
World' a section devoted entirely to sweets. From cream panthua to
kata mukhi, to doi, they have an extensive collection of local sweets,
as well as cakes and rolls. Sweetmax is currently experimenting with
a special line of sugar-free sweets for diabetic patients and calorie-conscious
people. The sweets might be a bit pricey, but there is no compromise
in quality. What's more exciting, student discounts will soon be available.
What gives the
place an extra oomph is the facility for live performances by local
talent. "We want to promote the talented young musicians and
artistes of our country, and who knows, the next Pobondash Baul or
Kaya (of 'Krishna' fame) might be discovered right here!" says
the Sweetmax spokesperson.
off the Bengali New Year with an art competition for little children,
and a musical presentation for the teens and adults, and promise to
come up with similar arrangements for future occasions. They cater
for birthdays, wedding ceremonies and parties. In the near future,
they will be expanding to include a restaurant and a Kid's Corner
on the first floor, and they also have plans for opening branches
in Dhanmondi, Gulshan, and Baridhara.
Sweetmax is located
at 67/B, Kemal Ataturk Avenue, Banani, Dhaka. If you're looking for
a refreshing change, then this place is definitely worth checking
Sabrina F Ahmad