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Let's face it…nothing beats the magic of flowers! Flowers have a magical ability to create ambience and mood. With so many artificial things making appearances in life, plastic potted plants and even artificial flowers have entered our life a long time before. 'Artificial' stuff do have certain advantages; for instances, you don't have to devote your time or energy to maintain them, water them, or even check for weeds. An occasional dusting, by the maid, relieves them of dust and they're as good as new, and none's the wiser. That's what you think. Truth is, these artificial flowers have become so common they're probably available at 20 taka a bunch and seen almost everywhere.
Now, now… obviously you don't want your home looking like any other home; everyone likes to be unique and if there are no floral trends going around at the moment, why not take a step and make one? Start off, and you could be the next person setting the trend of 'fresh floral arrangements' instead of the dull plastic ones, which have started to hurt our eyes. You know all that time you actually spend agonising about how the dinner party/ casual lunch decorations should be? The theme you should follow; whether to keep it simple or go formal? Well, use flowers anyway you like, and you can achieve the perfect mood that you're looking for. For a formal dinner create a centrepiece for your table using blood red, long stemmed roses arranged tastefully in a dark coloured vase.
Ceramic vases are considered all right for casual lunches, but for a more formal dinner look, I'd recommend dark brass vases. Take care with the lighting, and arrangement of flowers. Tastefully arranging them in a vase, or around the room is a good idea, but make sure you take at least some time off to do it yourself. That way you can ensure that the flowers are handled with care, and also be satisfied with the end results. For lunches, bright flowers set a cheerful mood, while dark flowers (like blood red roses) do add an atmosphere of mystique at dinner parties. Don't create centrepieces for lunches…instead leave small floral arrangements all over the room. Take care that you use flowers that complement each other, in case of both colour and smell. Leave windows open during lunches, and dim the lights during dinners.
Another thing, before I end. Flowers don't always have to be necessarily associated with parties. Flowers around the house, with their beauty and aroma, help in a general feeling of 'well-being'. Even a half bloomed rose, kept in a glass of water in your room one night, can overwhelm you with its fully bloomed beauty the next morning. Even working on a simple flower display can be considered as a form of art. With so many hartals coming up, and so much free time on your hands, get a mixed bunch of flowers; get your cases and scissors out. Snip, snip…and get to work on those floral displays!
By Jennifer Ashraf
Check it out
Diet counselling centre
Balanced menu is rarely a part of Bengali lifestyle, which is probably why diet counselling is not something we hear very often in Bangladesh. As we all know undue attachments for food leads to certain ailments. Maintaining a simple diet chart prepared by the experts can be a good way to stay fit. Diet Counselling Centre is one such place in the city that provides this facility.
It is an effort of nutritionist Shermin Akhter. "I used to do nutrition related research. All my researches were field based. After a while I realised that people in Bangladesh are not at all conscious about their diet", Akhter tells us. Having special expertise on the area she decided to open a centre where counselling on diets will be provided. The centre started its operation in this June. Currently they have 6 experts all having nutrition background.
Obesity, food allergy, anaemia, cardiac problem, or diabetics, are diseases that requires strict maintenance of diet. At the centre counselling are provide to the people with these problems. In some cases children suffer from growth failure. Diet counselling centre seek the causes behind the problem and provide advises and medication for its remedy. In the adolescent period boys and girls needs extra nutrition and in the old age there should be something less in the menu. Diet charts are provided for all these problems if necessary.
Currently they are offering individual counselling but in the future the centre is planning group-counselling sessions.
Entry fee for counselling is Tk200. For diet charts and other advises and prescription you will have to spend some more. Charges depend on the nature of the problem.
Diet Counselling Centre is situated in the 6th floor of TMC building at Eskaton.
By Shahnaz Parveen
Eyes on etiquette
Bonding with bindi by Farzana Shakil
Never underestimate the power of the lovely bindi! It may be small in size, hardly of any cost, and is available by the million, so much so, as to be considered almost inconsequential, in the greater scheme of all that constitute makeover prerequisites. To put it simply (ignore the pun) the simple bindi, is an important cosmetic item, and should be chosen properly and with care. It not only makes you look attractive, it has bearing on your personality as well.
So before choosing any bindi, pay heed to the following. The bindi is essentially a Subcontinental accessory, so take care of the following:
Consider the type
of dress and colour. If wearing jeans or midis, the bindi can be ignored.
If at all necessary, wear a very small
If you have a small forehead, use a small geometrical bindi and for a big forehead a big bindi. Similarly a round face would require a long bindi, and a longish face, a round bindi.
3. Fair complexioned ladies should opt for any bright coloured bindi, while dark complexions would do well to avoid bindis of dull shades, such as gray or rust.
4. If you have big eyes, use big sized bindis, and smaller ones for small eyes.
5. Opt for lighter colours in bindis in the summer, and darker colours for the winter.
6. For daytime purposes use bindis of simple design and colour, but go for bright and bigger designs at night.
7. Your physique plays a part as well in the choice of bindi; tall ladies should use round bindis, while long bindis look good on the petite madams.
8. Use fancy big bindis for parties in your own house, and medium sized ones for parties outside.
9. Age matters too. Teenagers should go for simple geometrical designs, while college or university goers could fancy colourful bindis. But if you have pushed beyond 40, stick to simple discreet ones in red or maroon.
Remember, anything that a lady wears serves its own purpose, The bindi is no different, it can attract, if communicates, it connects. Wear it with elan, the results are obvious!
By Farzana Shakil
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