has recently shifted venues, and has now moved to Gulshan Avenue with
a bigger showroom than the previous one at Kemal Ataturk. (Location:
House 76, Rd 127, Gulshan) The decor is quite simple, with whitewashed
interiors, spotlights and red brick pillars separating color-coordinated
clothes, and men, women and children wear. It is indeed a large showroom,
with whitewashed walls not only creating an illusion of even more space,
but also serving as a nice backdrop for all the bright shades of clothing
on display. The ambience at the new Mayasir is akin to the Aarong outlet
at Gulshan, and with a bigger collection of all they that house, along
with some new home furnishing additions, Mayasir is ready for the masses.
Men's fatuas, punjabis,
kotis, and sandals (colours come in black, off-white, golden and silver).
Women's shalwaar kameezes include both long and short sets, available
in a host of fabrics: georgette, Rajshahi silk, crepe and ND silks,
kota, muslin, jamdani, bexi cotton, and cotton (plain as well as prints).
Most are hand embroidered with sequins, while others include katha stitching
and the fish weave (or rather, 'maach kataa'). Loose dupattas in hand-embroidered
and woven cottons, multi-coloured tie-dyed silk scarves, and off-white
shalwaars hang alongside block print shawls.
The showroom now
also has a wider display of household items made out of various materials.
One could browse through their collection of bedcovers (these come in
the following sizes: semi-double, double, and king), placemats and cushion
covers made out of Makmal (a thick textured fabric), trays made out
of Mahogany wood, cane and bamboo, jute mats, doormats made out of coconut
fiber, straw placemats, fruit baskets, 'Nakshi Sheetal' patis and so
on. Mayasir also has décor pieces such as candles (including
colourful votives), photo frames, handmade paper cards, and stationery.
Mayasir also has
an array of jewellery arranged inside glass showcases. Most of these
are oxidized, but there are pieces in white silver, some with stones
such as garnet and amethyst. By now, all may be aware of the fact that
the designer is contemporary fashion entrepreneur, Maheen Khan. It is
evident from this designer's collection of different and unique household
goods, and her clothing, that she not only loves to innovate, combine
and create, but also makes a conscious effort to promote the handloom
of our country.
The new Mayasir
is worth browsing through, so loosen those purse strings and head out
for some good old shopping, window or otherwise.
are broken some people try to get away by uttering a famous quotation
that says promises are meant to be broken. This is a rather lame excuse.
The point is not about keeping promises but rather making particular
promises tailor-made not to be broken. Here's a list of resolutions
made this year that will be kept by hook or by crook. Come to think
of it the first in the list is by a crook.
Crook: Stay away
from RAB at all possible times.
Cops: Resolve to
complete the apartment, car and home theatre system payments in time
for Eid. The general public will graciously provide the funds for such
maange more……money, that is.
not to break their promises at least till the next year
cricketers have a track record of losing. Recently they lost again but
the Bangladeshi people were so happy because the loss was better than
the previous losses. This is the cricketers resolution to continue having
Smokers: This class
of people who like to slowly kill themselves have a hard time resolving.
Despite that they make a valiant effort and promise to quit except on
weekends, holidays, national festivals and personal crises.
Romeos: More girls,
more phone numbers, more dates.
Girls with rich
boyfriends: Visit all the shopping centers with boyfriend and his wallet.
The Lifestyle editor:
Promises not to scream, yell, bark at any of the writers who regularly
perform scream inducing acts. The editor promises not to stretch the
vocal cords but that is a promise stretched too thinly itself.
Ehsanur Raza Ronny
New year means a
fresh new start with whole new dreams. As you head for the year 2005,
it is time to throw away some 2004 belonging, including those regretful
memories and silly mistakes. If you do wish to throw away those old
belongings, you will need some shopping to do. Let us do some cheap
shopping in the cheapest market of the city.
Calendar is one object you must change after every year. Hawkers sitting
beside gate no 1, New Market is a great place for calendars. Most of
the calendars sold there are made of Ideal products or Azad products.
Desk calendars costs about tk15 to tk35. There are times when pocket
calendars come in real handy. They would cost tk3-5. Wall calendars
at the New Market will not please you but there are some that you might
want to buy for kids. Wall calendars with cartoons would cost about
tk45 to tk60.
note pads and phone index
It is time to organise yourself if you have goals to achieve in the
coming year. First thing you can do is, get a new dairy. At New Market
hard paperback dairies cost about tk55 to tk60. Dairies with rexin covers
would cost tk120 to tk150. And if you want exclusive planners it would
cost around tk300. Note pad's prices vary depending on their size. Smallest
one would cost tk15, medium tk30 to tk35 and the largest one cost around
tk70. Phone index with rexin covers cost tk35 to tk40. Apart from New
Market, Nilkhet is also a good place for these items.
The arrival of new year also means chilly days and cracked lips. If
you do not care for your lips it might give you painful time all through
the season. Chap sticks are available at any toiletries store even in
the tiny variety store in your neighbourhood. However, it would be wise
to get a good brand. Most popular and preferred brand is Lebello. According
to the shopkeepers at New Market, their prices increased in this season.
They are available at tk90 to tk100. There is a deshi Lebello priced
at tk40 to tk45. Nivea is another chosen brand. Their price would be
tk30 tk35. Pay a visit to New Market, Eastern plaza or any other shopping
mall for a chap stick.
Chilly days mean fogy mornings and headaches. If you are out in the
morning or at night, cover your head with a winter cap. Again New Market
is the best place for cheap shopping and hawkers there sell the warmest
winter caps. Even if you cannot bargain their price would not exit tk50.
And if you know the trick you might get hold of one at the price of
tk35 to tk40.
If the winter cap does not work a Vix Vaporub will. During winter, some
people cannot live a day without that plastic jar full of strong smelly
ointment. One jar of Vix Vaporub cost tk60. Just visit any medicine
store to get one.
Lets not forget greetings card. For a new year card again we suggest
you pay a visit to the hawkers at gate no 1, New Market. Prices of greetings
card vary on the designs, colour variation and size. Their prices vary
from tk30 to tk100. If you are looking for handmade cards Probartana
at 2/8, Sir Syed road, Mohammadpur is a good place. Cards there would
cost around tk35 to tk50. Ideas and Marietta at Aziz Super Market, Shahbag
has wide range of handmade cards. Screen print cards cost tk25 to tk55.
Cards with hand paint, dried leaves and bids would cost tk120 and more.
A visit to Aarong and Creation at Eastern Plaza also means a good buy.
Obesity and the ideal body type are weighty issues indeed, if you'll
excuse the pun. People have invested millions on slimming products
and spent hours on new exercises and diets, and the so-called 'miracle'
cures have often proved themselves to be anything but miraculous.
Now while it's pretty amusing to sit back and watch people turn to
desperate measures to lose weight, the damage they cause to their
bodies through such risky ventures is anything but funny. To avoid
slimming disasters, there are a few myths one should remember.
Any gimmick that pledges massive weight loss at breakneck speed is
definitely nothing more than wishful thinking. "It's not healthy,
and it's not true," psychologist Jeffrey Wilbert, Ph.D., author
of Fattitudes says. Just as with anything else, there is no easy 'quick
fix' for a weight problem. If you're looking at permanent weight loss,
a change of lifestyle and eating habits is more in order.
is bad for you
You know why they're called essential fatty acids? That's right, because
you need them. While it's true that there are some fats that are unhealthy,
there are also some that are harmless, and even necessary for you.
are bad for you
First fat, and now carbohydrates. What well they think of next? When
trying to lose weight, make a distinction between unhealthy carbohydrates,
such as white sugar, and complex carbohydrates, such as vegetables
and whole grains, which provide vital vitamins, and fibre to aid digestion.
weight by not eating
Starving will get you nowhere…unless it's the hospital you're aiming
for. Not only do you deprive your body of valuable nutrients, you
also lose muscle mass instead of fat. What's worse, even if you do
lose pounds, you gain them back almost immediately when you raid the
have to join the gym
Actually, the most recent research indicates 30 to 60 minutes per
day of moderate physical activity is all it takes to balance healthy
food intake. So you can save time and money by just taking the stairs
instead of the elevator.
The moral of the story? Listen to your body, not the hype, and you're
on your way to a slimmer, happier you.
Sabrina F Ahmad
and Maleka Khan… the love story began in 1969 and is still going strong.
Recently she held her first solo Ikebana exhibition at Gallerie Kaya
mesmerizing her long standing fan following. Unusual fresh flower
arrangements that are simplistic yet has the power to grab your fascination
the moment you look at them, was more or less the main flavour of
In this urban world of ours, when living itself is like a chore, these
very contemporary and chic art pieces bring back that interest in
Photo courtesy: Gallerie Kaya