With this week's
torrential downpour and with the rainy season in full throttle, Shoptalk
is dedicated to Monsoon Products.
Umbrellas come in different shapes and sizes and are ever popular with
people from all around the world. With all the rain at this time of
the year, carrying an umbrella in the car and one around the house is
a must, if one wants to come back home dry. Umbrellas are even produced
as fashion products at times, so picking the right one is important.
'Cherry Umbrellas' are available at different shops at New Market and
at Palwell Market. For double-coloured ones (i.e. double clothed), price
range between Tk.150-160 and single colours cost around Tk.120. They
are available in 'auto' and 'manual', a statement that seemed ridiculous
but widely used by shopkeepers. Auto umbrellas are ones that are Tip-system,
i.e. open at pressing a small button, and manuals are the more conventional
ones. At New Market one can find many varieties of products, with different
colours and sizes available.
Raincoats for adults come in two different designs, one a full-length
coat and the other comes in a 'jacket and trouser' design. Both these
products can be purchased at the first floor in New Market and in Palwell
Super Market. Maliha Enterprise in the market has a good collection
with double clothed full-length costing around Tk.600 and single clothed
ones costing Tk.320. The full-length coats go down right until ones
knees and come in different colours and designs. The other design comes
with a separate jacket together with a trouser. The jackets are quite
fashionable and look better than the full-length raincoats. However
at New Market the jackets cannot be purchased without buying the trousers,
i.e. they are sold in sets. The sets cost Tk.500, but the trousers are
of bad quality at most of the stores.
Applying make-up during the rainy season is a big hassle. However, eyelashes
made over with pitch-black mascara gives you the sensuous look that
nothing else can give you. It's raining outside, but so what? To give
your eyes that dramatic look, don't forget to buy waterproof mascara
during this season. Pay a visit to the branches of Almas Super Shop
to check their collection of water-resistant mascara. At Almas, mascara
from Avon is available at Tk.220, Maybelline at around Tk.380 and Constance
Carroll at Tk.180.
If you are a student and need to protect your stationers from water
during a heavy rainfall, then a plastic file cover is a must-have item
for you during this season. There are colourful plastic file covers
available at the outlets of PQS for Tk.145. These Thai file coverings
are wonderful and in come in shades like light blue, pink, green etc.
Mind you that these file cover are especially suitable for girls since
they come in light shades. However, you can also check stationery stores
like Boi Bichitra and Gyankosh for synthetic file covers. Price will
definitely vary by size, country of origin and durability.
Raincoats for children can be bought from the second floor of New Market
and from most of the kids' stores at large shopping malls such as Rifles
Square, Navana Shopping Mall and Rapa Plaza. Not surprisingly the prices
at New Market are the most reasonable. Ujjal and Brothers in New Market
sell Korean-made children's raincoats. These can come in handy when
your child gets off for school, or even when she/he is getting out of
the house. Prices for the raincoats vary according to sizes and can
be bought between Tk.180-220.
for rainy season
Say a big NO to leather bags during this rainy season. Use totes or
handbags made from artificial fabric and other materials at least for
the next 3 months. At Metro Shopping Mall, there are a lot of stores,
which sell chic bags directly imported from countries like China and
Thailand. These bags are available in almost any colour, ranging from
regular black and brown to blue, pink and red. Usually characterised
by multi-sized pockets and short straps, these are available within
tk.350 to tk.450. These brightly coloured synthetic bags can the best
things to carry when a rain hits your town.
Rainproof shoes, which may come in very handy during this time of the
year, are available at Palwell Market and in Bata. Bata has brought
out a new collection for men, which is especially suited for the Rainy
Season. The shoes in the new set have been made from synthetic materials,
rather than conventional leather and this makes it completely waterproof.
The shoes are available in a number of designs and in black and brown.
They can be bought from select Bata outlets at Tk.695. However, they
do look at bit tacky at times. Water-resistant shoes can also bought
from the Palwell Market. Surprisingly, most of the shopkeepers here
claim that their shoes are all waterproof, even the leather ones, so
one should take a good look before purchasing. However, the products
here are of good quality and can be bought at relatively cheaper prices
than at Elephant Road, but be sure to haggle for prices.
In the monsoon season, flowers can surely brighten up the day, with
all the clouds above your head. However, indoor as well as outdoor pot-plants
for this time of the year do beautify as well as keep the air fresh.
Flower plants such as 'hybrid joba' can be bought from beside Dhaka
College and Shahbagh Crossing. 'Bely' flowers can be bought in packets
each costing Tk.20 and of course they do smell good.
Mishel Ali Khan and Wara Karim
in the rain…
can be very risky. Extra precautions should be taken. Always make
sure the lights and horns are functioning without any problem. Protect
yourself from the rain and use eye protection gear. Be visible. Get
yourself some extra lights in the rear and front that will make you
visible during downpour. Bright neon coloured attire helps too. Stay
dry. Get yourself rain jackets, gloves and shoe covers. Plastic bags
are a cheap way to keep your feet dry. Stay warm. When you get indoor
after riding in the rain, drink a hot cup of tea or milk. It will
make you warm instantly and get rid of wet outfits as soon as possible.
..touch, kick, pull or attempt to pick up a fallen wire or anything
in contact with a downed wire. Even a telephone wire could be deadly
if tangled with a power line some distance away. Water conducts electricity.
Do not touch any electrical switch while your hands are damp. No electrical
cords, appliance or switch should be handled while in water. Check
all the electric connections regularly.
Handle soggy paper gently. First support single sheets with dry paper
towels. Unprinted newsprint paper also soaks wetness. Expose wet papers
to sunlight if possible or place them around the stove. Don't let
it turn crispy. Use fans to circulate air. If there is dirt on the
papers clean it after they are dry. It is easier to remove dried dirt.
For a book, place regular paper towels inside the covers. Do not try
to flip the pages instantly. Open books and stand them on edge. Place
paper towels or newsprint paper throughout the book and replace the
inserted paper as it becomes soaked.
WASA's supply lines are always leaking. During the monsoon when the
city is submerged there is always possibility that the supply of water
will be contaminated. Sometimes sewer matters even taint it. It would
be wise to clean the water reservoir regularly.
The deadly aedes mosquito is back in town. The outbreak of dengue
fever is being reported. It is time to strike against them. Clean
all the plant pots; get rid of materials that can store water from
around your house. Clean fish tanks regularly. Check the drainage
system to see if it is clogged. Keep the flow of water. Learn about
the symptoms of dengue fever. If any one in the house has fever immediately
go to a doctor.