A few reminders for SSC examinees
Last Friday there
was a depressing photo on the front page of The Daily Star showing an
SSC examinee and her father on the verge of nervous breakdown, as they
could not reach the exam centre on time because of a traffic jam. Their
anguished faces showed it all.
Jam is something
that Dhaka dwellers simply cannot go without. Painful it may be, but
it is a part of our everyday life. While the authorities fail to take
measures it is the sufferers who needs to take some early precautions.
In this regard, here are some reminders for all the SSC examinees and
their parents that might come in handy.
There are traditions
in Dhaka city of hiring rickshaws or auto rickshaws for a week or even
an entire month. For a special occasion like SSC exam, parents should
take this step as an early precaution. This step will lessen the hassle
of hiring a vehicle and the bargaining while going to the exam centre.
Estimating the time considering the distance between home and exam centre,
keeping in mind about possible traffic jam and starting a little early
will save precious time. If there are no hired vehicles then make sure
the night before that there is enough change in the wallet. A few tk10
notes or a few tk5 coins will save you the time that rickshaw pullers
usually take to pay the khuchra. Find out an alternative route with
less jam to reach the exam centre. But do not experiment on the day
of the exam. Do it some other time.
The night before,
examinees should make sure that all the essentials are in order, like
pen, admit card, calculator or the outfit they are going to wear and
parents should handle or supervise these tasks.
Like traffic jam,
load shedding is another unpleasant feature of our lives. Keep in handy
at least one rechargeable light so that frequent blackouts do not ruin
last minute study. If it is not possible to buy one then borrowing from
relatives can be a great help.
It is a habit of
every examinee to study late, depriving themselves of much needed sleep.
Make sure to get enough sleep the night before. It is very important
for a calm state of mind. Sleep helps re-organise the thoughts and memory.
Stress and tension
only make things worse. During the exam parents should make sure of
less visits from relatives and family friends. It there are any family
scuffles, family members should try to keep it down for a while and
examinees should not get involve with any hassles.
After the exam do
not spoil your mood by trying to find out how many mistakes you have
made, instead concentrate on the one that is ahead the day next. One
should go without these worries that create anxiety. A daily dose of
comedy shows, movies or cartoons can relieve the examinees from stress.
Parents should find
a way of entertaining them like giving them a surprise present or cooking
their favourite dish. If the child makes mistake in the exam or waste
times, avoid yelling and try to be supportive and explain them later
about the importance of good education. These handy hints might save
a person from a lot of aggravation.
on landscape design
population and the mushrooming of concrete all over Dhaka City has left
little if no room for vegetation. As a result, people have begun utilizing
open spaces around buildings, balconies and rooftops, and using species
of shade-loving plants in their homes. However, not many are equipped
with the proper amount of knowledge and experience needed in order to
maintain such vegetation.
of Design is beginning a new course in the arena of landscaping, where
the proper selection of plant species and varieties, maintenance, over
and above designing and use of required amenities will be taught. Classes
will be held twice a week on Thursday and Friday from 3:00PM to 5:00PM.
The course is three months long. To get admission, contact the Sky-High
Institute of Design (5th Floor), House # 27/1, Road # 13/A, Dhanmondi
R/A, Dhaka 1205.
Apparel and Accessories Exposition 2005
glittered all over the Port city lately. From February 24 to 26 the
Chittagong Apparel and Accessories Exposition 2005 took place. 26 companies
displayed their products mostly ready-made garment, fabrics, accessories,
and garments machineries. But the centre of all enthusiasm was the fashion
Models from Dhaka
and Chittagong clad in designer Waliuddin Shujan, Shahina Nizam, Mukul,
Fara, Borna and Tumpa's unique collection hit the spot. The exposition
displayed mostly western outfits with a fusion of eastern motifs like
Jamdani and Katan.
The exposition premise was filled with enthusiastic crowd everyday turning
the show in to a successful one.
2 1b (920 grams) curd freshly set
2 spring onions
1 capsicum with pith and seeds
1 tomato skin removed by dipping
into hot water and seeded
¾ cup diced celery
1 teaspoon by mustard
1 teaspoon salt
paprika or red chilli powder to taste ¼ teaspoon black pepper
30 grams (1oz) grated cheese
Hang freshly set curd in a muslin bag and allow whey to drip and drain
off. It takes 2 to 3 hours. When it become thick and creamy place in
a bowl and mix in chopped capsicum, spring onions, tomato and celery.
Add mustard, salt, red and black pepper and most of grated cheese. Mix
well and sprinkle with remaining grated cheese. Serve cold.
Roghan Josh (Kashmir)
1 kg mutton, cut into pieces
A pinch of toasted asafoetida (hing)
3 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon toasted coriander seeds (powdered)
½ teaspoon dried ginger
½ cup cured, well beaten and mixed with ½ cup water (powedered)
3 to 4 tablespoons ghee or il
1 to 2 tablespoons cream
A pinch of saffron soaked in a tablespoons hot milk
4 green cardamoms (crushed)
2 to 3 cups hot water
1 teaspoon garam masala
A pinch of nutmeg
Heat ghee adds asafoetida, mutton, cloves and salt. Cover and cook without
stirring. When The liquid dries up pour a couple of tablespoons of curd
around the meat, stir, add red chilli Powder and cook until golden and
the liquid is absorbed. Now add coriander, more curd and again allow
the liquid to dry up. Stir in ginger and add more curd, browning meat.
Blend stirring, well-beaten cream, saffron, cardamoms and nutmeg. Add
hot water to the level of the meat. Boil Briskly for a minute, lower
heat, simmer until tender and gravy coats the meat. Sprinkle with Garam
To serve 4
1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) leg of lamb
To 1 cup well mixed curd add the following ingredient:
2 ½ cm (1") ginger, 3 medium sized onions, 2 teaspoons cumin
seeds and 4 cm (1 ½") square unpeeled unripe papapy (or
any meat tenderizer) ground to paste.
3 teaspoons salt.
4 red chillies seeded, ground to paste
A pinch of saffron (soaked in 1 tablespoon of hot milk)
3 oz (85 grams) khoya (optional)
Garlic water (8 to 12 cloves garlic crushed and soaked in 8 to 9 tablespoons
hot water, use Water only)
2 bay leaves
4 green cardamoms
2 small onions, finely sliced, fried golden brown and crushed
20 almonds blanched and split into halves
345 to 460 ml (1 ½ to 3 cups) hot water
1 edible silver-leaf, a few drops of kewra essence (optional)
Clean and wash leg of lamb and prick well. To the curd mixture add 2
teaspoons salt and marinate The meat for 6 to 8 hours. Keep in refrigerator
in hot weather. Turn the leg in the marinade a Coupe of times, so that
the mixture soaks in uniformly.
Heat ghee or oil. Add cardamoms, bay leaves and meat along with marinade.
Cook on a low heat. Turn the meat occasionally adding a little garlic
water just before turning. Cook to golden brown.
Add hot water, rest
of the salt. Cook covered until the meat is kabab-tender adds more water
if required. Add crushed fried onions, saffrom milk, red chilli paste
cup hot water and simmer further for it to blend. For festive occasions
when extra richness is desired, add crushed fresh khoya and blanched
Almonds in the cooking. Serve sizzling hot, decorate with silver-leaf
and sprinkle with a few drops of kewra essence if desired.
Adivasi Cultural Festival
surely take pride in its diversified indigenous cultural life with
various ethnic groups living in the hill tracts, north-central plains,
north-east and in the coastal belt.
From March 17
to 19, Society for Environment and Human Development will organise
a festival based on their lifestyle and culture. The festival titled
"Adivasi Cultural Festival" will take place at Shilpokala
Academy. The main objective is to help the Bengali community leap
beyond the boundary of incognisance to have a better understanding
of this unique spirit. It is a celebration of life and cultural diversity.
During the festival
every evening from 5 to 7:30pm there will be cultural shows. On the
first day, the Oraon, Santal, Rakhain, and Tripura teams will perform
their rituals, dances and songs. Marma, Bawm, the tea workers community,
and the Mandi cultural teams will perform on 18 March and on the last
day; the Tanchangya, Monipuri, Chak and Khyang cultural teams will
their lifestyle and artefacts used by the people of these communities
will be displayed every day from 2 to 8pm.
Every ethnic group
having their unique traditions, knowledge and lifestyle contribute
profusely to enrich our culture. To witness a tapestry of diversified
culture visit Shilpokala Academy situated at Shegunbagicha and we
suggest you make it a family event.
Spring and summer
rituals such as gardening, fishing, camping, summer picnics and other
outdoor activities will be starting very soon. But the enjoyment of
these outdoor activities will be curtailed with the emergence of biting
insects. So in this warm season, keep your eyes and ears open to stay
safe from these annoying bugs.
The best protection
against these biting insects is insect repellent. In our country mosquito
is the most common biting insect. Here, summer is characterised by
diseases like malaria and dengue, which are again spread by mosquitoes.
Mosquito repellents are available in Dhaka's markets, you can apply
these to keep yourself and your family protected from mosquito borne
diseases. You can check out the pharmaceutical stores for Odomos,
an effective mosquito repellent that is priced at tk.40.
Before you reach
for the can of bug spray, here are some precautions you should take
to help control the biting insects. Bugs are attracted to perfumes
and shiny objects. Therefore, leave your scented cosmetics, soaps,
aftershaves and flashy jewellery at home. Mosquitoes and gnats are
attracted to bright, vivid colours. Thus, the best to wear are those
that are white, grey or khaki.
bugs are attracted to the warmth and sweat of active people, so wipe
sweat as often as you can when you are working outside. You can also
use deodorants to prevent your own body odour created by sweat. And
if you are using an insect repellent, then keep in mind that repellents
are washed off by sweat and water. Hence, the repellent should be
reapplied throughout the day.
When going outdoors
for prolonged periods of time, make sure to pack insect repellent
and apply as directed. Keep all kinds of aerosols away from the reach
of children. When cooking or eating outdoors, cover food and beverages
so that bees are not attracted.
are attracted to bright light; therefore avoid using fluorescent lamps
at home if not needed.
Life without bugs
is unimaginable, they are annoying yet they are a part of our daily
life. So it's always better if we learn the tricks to stay safe from