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Books by your bedside

Reading before going to bed is a good habit for anyone including those who aren't that into reading. It is something which everyone should do not only because it is a good substitute for TV but also because it channels your mind in one direction: it helps you to forget about the days done deals and steers your mind away from tomorrows dilemmas. And that's not all. Reading helps you to unwind as you concentrate on the material and your body eventually moves into a lethargic zone that makes it easier for you to fall asleep.

What people keep on their bedsides for bedtime varies from person to person. But as a general rule the material shouldn't be something on the Utopian factors underlining the Machiavellian scheme's of the government of Timbuktu. Or maybe it should if your sole aim is to find a book that substitutes for a hefty dose of Dormicum!

What I'm referring to are books that genuinely interest you. Generally short story compilations are a good choice. Their length ensures that you can finish one story a night unlike big novels that usually have much intricate details that might suck you in too much for you to fall asleep. But if big novels do you in then why not keep a row of your favourite author's works on your bedside?

Apart from short story compilations, magazines are good bedside buddies. Not only do they help you to catch up on what has been going on while you've been toiling away, but they also entertain you with real facts and figures. But do choose magazines on topics that interest you.

For some people reading poetry also does the trick. But if that isn't your cup of tea then try those palm sized one-liner inspiration books. Who knows, you might go to sleep with one of those quotes stuck in your subconscious mind and wake up with a new resolve.

If you are confused about what to keep on your bedside, here are a few suggestions on a broad basis. The chicken soup series always has something for everyone. These are a good read as well as a good buy. Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies is one of my personal favourites. But if your are a romantic bug then Silhouettes and M & B's are just the thing for you. On the other hand, magazines like GQ, Vanity Fair and not to forget Star Weekend are just the things to keep. If none of these appeal to you, try Terry Pratchett. Some people also like reading up on their horoscopes and Linda Goodman's books are just the things for them. If you want to get some benefits apart from entertainment, Dale Carnegie's motivational books or books like Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus may be just what you're looking for.

But in the end, what you want to keep by your bedside is totally up to you. Who knows, even after trying all these things out, you may still want to keep that dear TV remote there? So the go ahead and decide.

By Tahiat-e-Mahboob

News flash

Pantene's "Beautiful Hair Program" launched

Pantene, the world's largest selling shampoo and the popular choice of many in Bangladesh have introduced their internationally acclaimed "Beautiful Hair Program."

A high-tech microscope is used to examine a person's hair type and condition and Pantene hairstylists recommend the right regimen for the individual's hair. Pantene proposes to rollout this program in different locations in the city.

Dressy Dale in Sylhet

After dressing up the capital city and the port city, Dressydale's turned its sights on Sylhet. The new showroom opened with due fanfare on Friday, July 16.

What can the good people of Sylhet expect from the new showroom? The ladies can look forward to saris, salwar kameez, fotuas and tops, while the gents have punjabis and fotuas. Between July 16-22, Dressy Dale is offering a 10% discount on all items, and with every purchase, you get a raffle draw coupon, and thus stand to win a lot of attractive prizes. So people in Sylhet, this is your chance to get both lucky and stylish.

Dressy Dale showrooms are located in: UAE Moitry Complex, Banani, Dhaka Ambala Complex, 1st Fl., Rd 2, Dhanmondi, Dhaka 805, CDA Avenue, Dampara, Chittagong Purbani Shopping Complex, 1st Fl. urbojinda Bazaar, Sylhet.

~ LS Desk ~


Ice cream special

No matter what the weather's like outside, who can say no to a delicious dish of ice cream? Whether it's yourself you want to indulge or guests you want to bowl over, try out some of our unusual ice-cream recipes, and you're sure to score with flying colours.

Cardamom Ice Cream
This is for people who like their sweet stuff to be a little spicy. This tempting treat teases the taste buds in many ways.
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 cups milk 4 beaten egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
3 cups whipping cream
1-1/2 cups sugar

In a large saucepan stir together sugar and flour. Gradually stir in 2 cups of the milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook 1 minute more. Stir about 1 cup of the hot mixture into beaten egg yolks; return to remaining hot mixture in saucepan. Cook and stir just until mixture returns to boiling. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla, cardamom, lemon peel, and remaining milk. Cool slightly. Cover the surface with plastic wrap.
2. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours. Stir in whipping cream. Freeze in a 4- or 5-quart ice cream freezer according to manufacturer's directions. Makes about 2 quarts (16 servings).

Kulfi Pistay Wali
Kulfi is an old Eastern favourite, whose popularity has remained undiminished in the face of all the wacky modern flavours and desserts. Here is how you make it the traditional Pakistani way:
400 grams milk, condensed
550 ml milk, evaporated
100 grams cream (preferably Nestlé)
2 slices of bread, white crusts removed
2 tablespoons pistachio, grounded
1 teaspoon cardamom
½ teaspoon kewra essence
2 tablespoons pistachio nuts, cut into slivers

1. Cut bread into small pieces. Pour milk, cream and bread into a blender and blend for few seconds.
2. Add ground pistachio, cardamoms and kewra in the milk mixture.
3. Pour the mixture into a suitable container and place it in the freezer. You must take the mixture out of the freezer every hour and whisk thoroughly with a beater for the first three hours and then let it set for several hours.
4.Allow kulfi to soften by keeping it out of freezer for about 10 minutes.
5. Garnish with sliced Pistachio.
Note: If you like to use Almonds in place of Pistachios then use half cup of blanched almonds, cut into slivers.
This recipe serves 6 people.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Cooking Time: 30 minutes.
Serve Cold

Green Tea Ice cream
This daring dish is relatively easy to make, and has an unusual, exotic taste.
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoon powdered green tea
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup light cream

Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring, until the sugar melts, and simmer the syrup for 5 minutes. In a separate bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of the syrup with the powdered green tea, then add that mixture to the syrup in the saucepan, and stir until evenly mixed. Add the light cream and heavy cream. Pour into an ice cream freezer, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.

Mango ice cream
With mangoes still in the market, this is your chance to put them to some good use and come up with a delectable dessert the family will enjoy.
1 cup sugar
2 cups mango puree
2 cups whipping cream
2 eggs
Beat the eggs with the sugar with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes until pale and thick.
Fold in the mango puree, then pour in the whipping cream.
Chill for a couple of hours then transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
When the ice cream has formed, scoop it out of the maker into a lidded container and store in freezer until required.




Perfect bathing
Taking a shower or a bath is just so important in everyone's life that most of us go crazy if we ever skip our daily shower. But bathing can be an interesting task if you can add a few things to it.

If you have a bathtub at home, try doing some exercise after filling it with warm water. Experts say that everyone should enjoy the additional benefits that are tied to exercises done under warm water.

If you sometimes take one of those aroma therapeutic baths, remember to take it in lukewarm water as warm water helps those perfumed oils to vaporize far too quickly.

Want to soothe your joints during a bath? Slice ginger into pieces and boil them in warm water, strain and then pour the liquid in your bath water to feel the magic of herbs in your life.

Oil your body before you go for your bath, as then scrubbing with soap will take away more dead skin than it takes away usually. Choose olive oil, which is widely available in Dhaka, even our local companies now produce olive oil, which are quite reasonably priced.

Use loofahs to scrub your skin, loofahs have an abrasive texture that cleanse away dead skin really fast. Loofahs are widely available in Gausia and New Market between Tk.5 to Tk.10.

And lastly, never apply deodorant in wet skin as anti-perspiring products allow bacteria to thrive in moist skin. Dry your armpits before applying deodorants.

Remember that daily washing is a key to keep us fresh, clean, and healthy.

Hanging out

Jolly Bee

The story on Jolly Bee's brochure goes like this "Meat rolls originated in Turkey, then spread throughout the Middle East and India. Rolls became highly popular during the Mughal period and became known as Calcutta Rolls."

The above story tells you straightforwardly that Jolly Bee specialises in juicy, appetising and authentic Calcutta rolls of diverse kinds and savour. The food shop has recently started its journey on Kemal Ataturk Avenue with a target to win over the taste buds of Dhakaites.

Within a very reasonable price you can feast on their mouth-watering rolls prepared from egg, chicken, beef, vegetable, etc. The prices are between Tk.10 to Tk.32.

You can also try their palatable jumbo rolls, each of which is accompanied by either extra beef, vegetable or chicken; jumbo rolls are between Tk.25 to Tk.37. The Jolly Bee Chicken or Beef Combo contains a roll, salad and a soft drink. Jolly Bee also sells affordable lunch boxes within Tk.40 to Tk.80.

To get the best value for your money, maybe you too can stop at Jolly Bee one day and discover that rolls themselves can be gustatory yummies. The outlet is definitely one to enjoy so get moving and try those delicious rolls.

Address: Bulu Ocean Tower, Shop # 7, 40 Kemal Ataturk Avenue, Banani, Dhaka

By Wara Karim



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