towards health and fitness has taken new levels in Dhaka City, with
the lack of parks and recreational facilities available. The present
Dhaka dweller is now more concerned about keeping fit and shedding off
those pounds. Gyms and fitness centres are sprouting all over the city
nowadays, but some having exorbitant membership prices.
So, if you want
to really workout at the serenity of your home then one of the best
places to check out the best equipment is 'Body and Sports' at Kemal
Ataturk Avenue. Although they do have another branch in Panthopath,
the one at Kemal Ataturk Avenue is dedicated to health and fitness.
The store offers complete multi-stations workout equipment suitable
for both home use and for even setting up a commercial gym. However,
some of the products are a bit tough on the wallet. The Panthopath branch
has sports together with fitness equipment.
Body and Sports
was set-up about ten-months ago with the aim to provide good customer
service and state-of-the-art equipment, and the store has definitely
improved ever since. Now it boasts equipment spanning from treadmills
to cycle-machines and dumbbells.
are available at the shop in Banani and prices start at Tk.45,000. Manual
treadmills are also available but at less cut-throat prices. They are
available between Tk.6500 to Tk.14000. Electronic treadmills are easier
to use and provide a uniform speed unlike the manual ones. The manual
treadmill speeds vary according to the user. They also have cycle machines
of different categories and are priced between Tk.3500 to Tk.19000.
Cycle machines can come in handy when one has trouble getting out of
home or if you look for the privacy of your own house while working
out. Although cycling on the great outdoors can be entertaining, certain
areas in the city are not quite safe for biking. One good use of these
cycle machines is that it can be modified for steeper slopes and hence
provide a better workout.
Body and Sports
also offer two-station gym equipment and although these are expensive,
they provide good weight training used together with dumbbells. The
shop also sells physiotherapy supplies such as gym balls or balancing
balls and even knee and ankle supports.
Snooker or billiard
enthusiasts would find the Banani branch of Body and Sports thrilling.
The shop offers a variety of cue-sticks at different price ranges and
also provides pool tables and snooker tables. However the prices of
the tables seem completely unrealistic, with wooden floor tables costing
around Tk.85000 and slate-floored tables consting much higher. Snooker
tables should not even be mentioned as they cost around Tk.7 lakh.
a mind on the flooding in the country, the shop sells well made lifejackets
at around Tk.600. These can come handy if one decides to witness the
floods paralysing the country, or go for relief purposes.
Body and Sports
offers good quality products with many different varieties. However,
the prices are a bit high and this does work as a drawback. However,
quality comes first and in this regard they look to be getting even
better. So, if you are planning to get more health cautious, visit Body
and Sports and get yourself the desired equipment.
Mishel Ali Khan
Tablemats embroidered with neat stitches and pastels would by every
means enhance the beauty of your table decoration. Even tables with
no attractive cuts and designs gain new dimensions if sets of tasteful
tablemats are laid n them. At the outlets of OG, you will come across
pleasing tablemats ready to be parts of your table dining room accessories.
Each artistic tablemat at OG will cost you around tk.110. So next time
you think of beautifying your dining table, think of visiting OG.
You can't probably think of going to a gala event without putting a
quality make-up foundation on your skin before starting the entire make-up
session. The shops of Dhaka have foundation of various brands and countries
of origin in their collection. The popular shops of Rifles Square, Metro
Shopping Mall, Rapa Plaza, New Market, Karphuli Garden City and others
have foundation from L'Oreal, Revlon, Maybelline, Cover Girl, Max Factor
and Lakme in their collection. Each bottle of L'Oreal foundation will
cost you around tk.500, Revlon and Maybelline about tk.480, Cover Girl
tk.380, Max factor tk.250, Lakme tk.100 and Indian Revlon tk.130. Shops
like Almas, Priyo and Prime Collection have a large stock, waiting to
compliment your complexion. However, remember that the above-mentioned
prices vary depending on market conditions.
A gorgeous facial make over is never complete without a few expert touches
of eyeshades. It's the eyeshades that flatter your eyes, make your eyes
more appealing to others. Eyeshades of various colours and quality are
available at stores like Priyo, Almas, Prime Collection and others.
Price will vary by size, country of origin and sometimes, quality. A
box of eyeshades from Maybelline will cost you about tk.450, Constance
Carroll tk.180, Jordana tk.135 and Revlon within tk.350 to tk.550, besides
above mentioned stores eyeshades are also available at the stores of
Concord Twin Tower, New Market, Metro Shopping Mall, Rifles Square etc.
fresh, healthy skin
Cleansing your face with a good quality face gel or liquid is essential
in keeping our skin dirt-free. For invigorating skin, look for brands
like Clean & Clear, Clearasil, L'Oreal and others. Even Lever Brothers
Bangladesh Ltd. produces Pond's Face Wash, which is reasonably priced
and is available at most local stores of Dhaka. Among the foreign brands,
Clearasil will cost you around tk.340, Johnson's face wash at about
tk.220, Neutrogena tk.400 and L'Oreal within tk.250 to tk.450. Remember
that prices often differ from store to store and on market conditions.
Check out Prime Collection, Almas, Priyo and other popular stores for
the above-mentioned brands of face wash.
Large gold or silver plated finger rings are definitely in vogue at
present. These large stone studded rings are gracing the shelves of
all the large and popular malls of the capital. Although mst stores
display gold-plated fingers rings of diverse sizes, shapes and designs,
Venus has an eye-grabbing but limited collection of grand silver-plated
finger rings. Each ring is priced at tk.180. Venus is located at Metro
Shopping Mall; and the shop number is 133. Besides, you can also visit
the Banani branch of Woman's World for large stone set finger rings,
each ring will cost you between tk.200 to tk.300 at this beauty parlour.
So, to add elegance to your hands, and to keep up with the latest style,
plan to buy at least one of these finger rings in coming weeks.
A party of some sort is always in our schedule… Be it a birthday party,
wedding reception, family get-together or a reunion night, parties are
there to add little fun to our busy life. A splendid makeover, an elegant
sari will look somewhat lifeless if you don't carry an impressive handbag
by your side or around your wriest. Pay a visit to Soma General Store
for superb party bags of diverse colours, sizes and designs. These bags
will cost you between tk.1200 to tk.1500. You can also stop by Celebrations
for mind-blowing party bags, each of these bags is priced between tk.550
to tk.850. Both of the above-mentioned stores are located at Metro Shopping
To the devoted mother, her child is the perfect angel. To someone
who's not as blinded by filial affections, s/he might see the devil
lurking behind that cherubic smile. So while Mommy darling smiles
indulgently as her 'pumpkin-pie' terrorizes the visitors, those on
the receiving end of the mayhem might not be as sympathetic. So how
do you, as a parent, ensure that you're not raising another Dennis
never to early To start
The biggest mistake the doting parents and grandparents make is to
say "Babu is just a kid, he's too young to understand what he's
done wrong". It's never too early to start instilling a sense
of right and wrong in a child. So if you see your toddler reaching
for the decoration piece in the living room, stop him/her, say something
like "No. We don't touch that." Don't expect it to work
instantly; babies are nothing if tenacious. You have to remember to
be persistent, until the child understands that some things are off
limits. The earlier you establish this, the less trouble you'll have
when the child grows older.
between negotiable and non-negotiable rules
Sit down with your child and discuss ground rules. Explain clearly
that there are certain excesses they can take, and some they cannot.
Like for example, if you have a 'one-hour of TV everyday' rule, you
could make a concession for a special two-hour episode or something,
maybe once a week. This shows the child that you can be reasonable.
However, you also have to be absolutely firm on certain issues, like
not going somewhere without notifying either of the parents. If your
child flouts these rules, you have to be firm and make sure they are
but don't be a nag
So what happens when the child disobeys? Remember to be steadfast,
but not unreasonable. Give your child a chance to explain him/herself,
and listen carefully without interrupting. Count to ten before scolding
your child, so that you don't lose your temper. When you are remonstrating
the offender, criticize the action, not the perpetrator, especially
if you are dealing with a young child. Instead of saying something
like "Pinky, you're a bad girl, how could you tear that book?"
say something like "Pinky, you're a good girl. Good girls don't
tear books, do they? No, they don't." Also don't bring up past
issues when scolding your child. Remain clear on why you're scolding
Punishment also, should be moderate. "Spare the rod and spoil
the child" is something best left to Dickensian novels. Beating
a child is a useless form of punishment. Do something like taking
a 'tax' out of the child's allowance, or grounding the child. This
way, the perpetrator feels responsible for the action, without the
need to rebel. Keep in mind that no offense should go unpunished.
Set an example. If you want to raise polite, well-behaved children,
you have to be the role model for them. Adults often forget to say
'please' and 'thank you', and yet expect their children to say it.
It doesn't work that way. Show your child that it's important to mind
your p's and q's. If you have a fight with your spouse, don't do any
yelling or name-calling in front of the children. Be nice to domestic
help and anyone providing service. If you can be a pleasant, cordial
person, you're child will definitely follow suit.
Sabrina F Ahmad