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Soup up your ride

There are weird men who would rather look at a passing car than a woman. That's the extreme version. On the opposite end of the scale there are men who will quickly look at the car, then the woman, then back to the car and so on until they injure their neck. The point is cars play a big part in a lot of peoples lives be it a man or a woman. Some people will go to any lengths to customize their ride. Well there's a saying that with enough time and money you can do anything.

In Bangladesh the problem is in finding competent enough labor to do your bidding no matter how deep your pockets. However, you can do some customizing with reasonable ease. With deep pockets enter a shop called NOS in Gulshan Avenue opposite to the Shahjalal Bank. There you can find quite a lot of gadgetry for your vehicle.

Most of what you will find are cosmetic. You will get exterior parts like spoilers and hoods with funky scoops. Some of these are available in carbon fiber. It's very light and strong but you would use it mainly because the texture looks cool. There are styled bumpers as well with chin spoilers that jut out further than Michael Schumacher's chin. These pieces could start out from around 5000 taka to 25000. Of course, don't forget the different array of lights available. Most of these parts are made for Honda Civics and Toyota Corollas but you could fit these on to create a wild look with the help of a bit of body work.

Interior equipment include gauges of all sorts as well as one for measuring just how lean or rich your fuel is burning. A rich mixture means there is too much petrol and too little oxygen which will result in a spluttering car with black smoke coming out of the exhaust. Then there are steering wheels at around 2500 taka. To fit these onto your car you will most likely need a special hub assembly unit that costs another 1000. Sport bucket seats that hold your bottom in place while you corner hard are available for upwards of 20000taka for a pair.

You can also add some go to your cars show. Some basic performance enhancing parts are also available. Special air filters can be attached in place of your existing filter to help draw more air into your engine. More air equals to better breathing that means more efficient burning of the fuel. These look very good and the filters can be reused. It costs about 3000 taka and are only available for EFI equipped engines. Of course, having a good intake has be complimented by a good exhaust and custom stainless steel exhaust can be had for around 5000-7000 taka. These will give a slight but noticeable increase in your cars performance.

Next on hand are very high tech iridium spark plugs that cost a whopping 1700 taka each compared to the 80 taka for the normal ones. Iridium plugs last for around 100,000 kilometers and do not get fouled by engine oil. The hype says that it gives better acceleration and better mileage. Only the former is true as mileage remains the same.

While you dent your wallet with these purchases, drive safe so as not to dent your investment.

By Ehsanur Raza Ronny

Shop talk

Do you think that mouthwash is an unnecessary shopping item? If you do, then we suggest that you think again. That's because if you have bad breath, chances are that your romantic partner might bid you goodbye. And what do you need to get rid of bad breath? That's right, mouthwash. If you've invested oodles of money buying expensive clothes, you surely don't want to lose your partner over something as inexpensive as mouthwash. Mouthwash is sold at nearly all supermarkets. If you happen to go to Nandan (Kamal Ataturk Avenue), you'll be able to purchase a bottle of mouthwash for about Tk 120.

Disposable Diapers
Babies are adorable, but there are times when you might doubt this fact. All parents have to do nowerdays is wrap a disposable diaper around the baby so that when nature calls, a mess can be avoided. Nowadays, disposable diapers are widely available in Dhaka. At Nandan (Kamal Ataturk Avenue), a pack containing 16 disposable diapers is sold for Tk 375.

Colour pencils
Most children have to take art as a compulsory subject in primary school, and in some cases even in secondary school. It is due to art being a compulsory subject in school that colour pencils come into the equation. After all, most art teachers at school insist that children should use colour pencils for their drawings. If you're a parent of a young child, you'll be glad to know that you won't have to go too far to buy colour pencils. That's because they're available at all stationery shops. You'll also be glad to know that they're reasonably priced. A box of Staedtler colour pencils costs about Tk 250.

Knee Supporter
Did you recently injure your knee? If you have, then you can consider using a knee supporter. A knee supporter will enable you to carry out activities like walking or jogging, without much pain. Now that's definitely a comforting prospect. Unfortunately, knee supporters aren't widely available in Dhaka. The place where we managed to find a knee supporter was Body & Sports (Kamal Ataturk Avenue). Prices of knee supporters range between Tk 90 to Tk 850. As you can guess, the knee supporters of better quality are more expensive.

Paper Plates
With the arrival of winter, many of you will probably be heading out of Dhaka on a picnic. When it comes to lunchtime during a picnic, you'll obviously need a plate to eat, and it's for this reason that paper plates come in handy. If you use a paper plate after you finish eating you can simply throw it away with no hassles of having to wash grimy dishes afterwards. If you go to Nandan (Kamal Ataturk Avenue), you'll be able to purchase a pack containing 20 paper plates for a mere Tk 55.

In this day and age, security is a major concern for most people. If you would like to add additional security to your business establishment or your household, then you can think of installing CCTV. Are you wondering what CCTV is? Well, it stands for Closed Circuit Television. Basically, hidden cameras will be installed at certain points of your business establishment or your household, and so you'll be able to keep a constant vigil against any intruders. CCTV can be purchased from Camera Museum (Bhaban Market, Gulshan 2) between Tk 5,500 to Tk 10,000.

By Sayeed Mahmud Nizam



Fast food and sedentary lifestyles
Fast food is relatively easy to prepare and tasty to eat, but does it provide your body with sufficient nutrition? Sadly, it doesn't. It is for this reason that it is frequently referred to as 'junk food.' If you tend to fill yourself with fast food and also lead a sedentary lifestyle, then you're significantly increasing your chances of being diagnosed with osteoporosis.

What is Osteoporosis?Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become fragile and more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. These broken bones, also known as fractures, occur typically in the hip, spine and wrist.

Is gender an issue?
Women are four times more likely to develop the disease than men. This is because they have less bone tissue and lose bone more rapidly than men because of the changes involved in menopause.

Milk is part of the solution
Does your mother compel you to drink milk? If so, she's actually doing you a favour, as milk contains calcium. Calcium plays an important part in the prevention of osteoporosis. Therefore, by drinking milk you will be able to reduce your chances of getting the disease. Besides milk, eating cheese, broccoli and other similar food will help too.

Sunlight exposure needed
Exposure to sunlight helps to manufacture vitamin D, which plays a major role in calcium absorption and bone health. Therefore, instead of worrying about getting a dark complexion that might dampen your marriage prospects, allow yourself a few minutes of sunlight exposure so that your body can produce vitamin D.

By Sayeed Mahmud Nizam

On the cover
Farzana Shakil has become the city's most sought after beautician when it comes to brides. To cater to her clientele, she recently held an exclusive fashion show at the Dhaka Club on the 15th of this month to highlight the different bridal looks of the season. Emphasizing on changing the traditional bridal look to more luscious bold makeup style, her show highlighted her signature dark eyes, glossy lips, flawless foundation and much more.
This unique show on make-up and looks only, was one of its kind. Shakil designed her own line of bridal wear, which highlighted her gorgeous make-up quite becomingly and all of this was in perfect tango with the growing demand for more modern styles for brides.
LS Desk
Model: Emi
Photo: David Barikdar
Makeup: Farzana Shakil



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