up your ride
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
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.
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.
Ehsanur Raza Ronny
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sayeed Mahmud Nizam
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sayeed Mahmud Nizam
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.
Photo: David Barikdar
Makeup: Farzana Shakil