Venture of an Amateur Painter
started on a very small scale in one corner of her house's parking lot,
but today that tiny outlet has expanded enormously with one showroom
in Mirpur and two others in Banani. Binota Mahbub, an amateur painter
and the person behind Ganthan started working on saris back in 2000.
Attractive Tangail saris are the specialty of Ganthan. With eye-catching
hand painting, and beautiful work of batik and block prints, this is
a great place for women who have a liking for fine-looking high quality
The stores of Ganthan
uphold a wide range of locally produced cotton saris like taat, booti,
kota, muslin and others. Ganthan also sells un-stitched salwar kameez
sets and panjabis for men.
The venture that
started some 5 years back on a really small scale now has fourteen hired
hands working day and night to provide complete satisfaction to Ganthan's
customers. Besides, graduates of Dhaka University's Institute of Fine
Art also brush paint saris for Ganthan. With every stroke, these young
artists create fantastic images of the rural Bangladesh, flowers, birds,
leaves, sky and so much more. Ms. Mahbub and her associates use each
sari as a canvas; their artistry takes the shape of reality in every
Binota Mahbub has
named her third outlet KrishnaKali. Located on a common stretch of road
in Banani, two of these showrooms and the outlet-cum-factory of Ganthan
at Mirpur attract a considerable number of sari lovers each day.
Ganthan would market
its gorgeous Spring collection very soon; yellow will be the key color
this season. Right now, Ganthan is busy compiling its Pohela Baishakh
collection. Shades of red and black will be the theme of this special
collection. Besides these, a unique collection on the occasion of the
Mother Language Day will soon make a place in the shelves and hangers
of its stores.
From 2001 till 2003,
Ganthan's saris have won awards in Ananda Bhuban Eid Fashion Contest.
This sari store also participates in numerous trade fairs namely the
popular WVA Fair that is held every winter.
If you have passion
for this beautiful outfit named sari, then do pay a visit to the outlets
of Ganthan. Two of their branches in Banani are located in Block-D,
Road-11 while their Mirpur showroom is situated in House-15, Block-G,
Remember that Sari
has a magical power to bring a woman's purity to surface. Don't forget
to get adorned in a lovely sari on the first day of the forthcoming
A couple of days
to go, and the lovebirds will be on their wing in the world of cupids,
cards, flowers, special treats and gifts.
If you are planning to give your girlfriend a really cute gift this
year, then stop by the Banani outlet of Archies. This store now upholds
a collection of watch-jewellery sets especially brought for the occasion
of the Valentine's Day. The heart-shaped boxes are really lovely with
an attractive watch, a pair of earrings and a chain studded with stones
bestowing on it an extra loveliness. The price of each of these jewellery-watch
sets will be between tk.525 and tk.575.
A decorative piece can always accompany your core gift on the V-Day.
The outlet of Archies at Banani has an assortment of sweet, little decorative
items featuring cuddly teddy bear, couple etc. Each of these adorable
items is priced at tk.95. You can also visit the Banani branch of Hallmark
for cute, transparent candles with a heart floating inside; the candles
are cute and small and they are definitely worth buying. You can pay
a visit to both of these gift shops if you are looking forward to buying
attractive vases and photo stands for the one you love.
Don't you think your loved one would be simply flattered if you surprise
her with a delicious cake on the big day? Even a slice of scrumptious
cake from the King's Confectionery might be an innovative gift item
this year. Confectioneries like Cooper's and Hot Cake prepare cake on
order. They have a catalogue with scores of wonderful designs of cake;
choose an out of the ordinary shape for the person you love. Come up
with a creative phrase to write on the top of the cake. Place the order
and rest assured; your loved one can't help but love such a fine gift.
Roses have been a common gift on Valentine's Day from time immemorial,
yet the charm of long sticks of red roses has not diminished a bit.
Roses are quite cheap in Dhaka these days. So to celebrate your love
this year, grab a bunch of long sticks of red roses, tie the bouquet
with a cool ribbon and wrap the ends with silver wrapping paper. Prices
of roses inflate on the V-Day, so you might have to pay as high as tk.6
to tk.8 per rose on this special day. Stop at the flower shops located
at Baily Road, Banani and Shahbagh for best quality flowers. And for
fine ribbons, you can check out Lavender.
If you are a man and have a large budget for this year's Valentine's
Day, then do consider buying a diamond ring this time. Well if a diamond
ring sounds too expensive then just go for a gold ring. You can pay
a visit to Carbon Kraft located at the Rifle's Square and Dia Gold situated
in Iqbal Cetre if you are looking forward to stunning your girlfriend
or wifey with a lovely diamond ring on this year's Valentine's Day.
But remember that you will have to pay around tk.7000 on the minimum
to acquire a diamond ring from the above stores.
Who wouldn't love to watch a romantic movie or read a mushy novel on
the Valentine's Day? Go for the work of romantic novelists like Sidney
Sheldon, Eric Segal, Danielle Steel and others. Even a DVD of a romantic
movie can be a great gift item for your valentine. You can opt for some
of the all-time romantic movies like A Walk in the Clouds, Sweet November,
Pretty Woman, City of Angels, You've Got Mail, Notting Hill, An Affair
to Remember, Love Story etc. Don't forget to take some help from the
DVD sellers to choose the perfect movie. DVDs are quite cheap these
days; you can afford to buy an English movie for as low as tk.100. For
DVDs, check out Eastern Plaza and Rifles Square. And for books, pay
a visit to Etcetera (they have an impressive collection of all sorts
of novels of all kinds of writers), Boi Bichitra, Gyan Kosh and New
Market. English novels usually cost high, you might have to pay between
tk.350 and tk.450 to buy a book of an eminent author.
Fragrance is one of the oldest gift items bought by lovers on the Valentine's
Day. But before buying perfumes for tk.2000 or higher, talk to your
loved one and try to find the kind of fragrance he/she prefers. You
can check out the outlets of Almas and Priyo for original perfumes by
CK, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Elizabeth Arden, Giorgio Armani and other
popular brands. At the Banani outlet of Priyo, you can even try out
these perfumes before purchasing; they have a shelf full of testers.
like we're in for a long spell of hartals that won't let up anytime
soon. One or two in the middle of a busy month might come as a respite
from the humdrum of daily routine. A long stretch of these pseudo
house arrests however, not only brings the economy to a standstill,
and creates inconveniences, it also leads to a feeling of boredom
and frustration. After all, most people have nothing to do with all
the reasons behind these endless strikes and still have to pay the
price for them.
here's a small checklist of things one can do to while away the tedium
in a productive manner.
"A tidy desktop is the sign of a cluttered desk drawer".
Whoever came up with this adage definitely lives in this day and age.
How many times have you just swept everything off your worktable and
shoved it in the drawers because there was just no time to arrange
things properly? Well, with the hartals on full blast, there's plenty
of time and since you're bound to be stuck home for a couple of days
at a stretch, cleaning out those drawers and rearranging all that
desktop detritus would keep your hands full.
Can't go visit your favourite beauty parlour because they're all closed
due to the strike? Bring the parlour home. Give yourself a relaxing
manicure and pedicure. Since chances of there being visitors are few,
you can just slip into that comfy but well-worn outfit and pile up
the hair oil and maybe even a home facial. By the time the schools
and offices open again, you'll be facing the world looking your best.
A hartal is a great opportunity to catch up on all that reading you
felt you should do but kept putting off because there was no time.
Pore over your favourite magazines, brush up on some classics, or
just read the newspapers from cover to cover. If nothing else, you'll
come out of hibernation as a lot more well-informed.
When life is at its most frenetic, it's hard to stay in touch with
those who mean a lot to you. Take advantage of these breaks to catch
up on old friends. Answer all those letters and e-mails that have
been vainly begging for your attention. Not only will you stay busy,
you'll make someone else smile.
If all the suggestions above sound lame to you, then I hope you'll
join me in praying that our political parties can find a more constructive
solution to the current situation and not make the public suffer with
all these hartals and violence on the streets.
Sabrina F Ahmad
February, send a valentine to the environment by opting for eco-friendly
yet trendy saris in vegetable dyes.
shows us the way with their timeless collection, in smart designs
and exotic colours in vegetable dye, which is fashionable in any season,
and a must have for any fashion-forward woman."