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Shadhinota offer 99 Taka ppps

On the occasion of the 35th Independence anniversary of Bangladesh Pizza Hut is offering a 'Shadhinota Offer'. In this offer a personal pan Pizza from the favourite's line may be ordered for only Taka Ninty Nine. The price is of course exclusive of VAT. Favourite's line includes four of the most popular varieties of Pizzas which are BBQ Chicken, Beef Lover, Simply Veg and Cheese Lovers. The offer is valid everyday till 31 March between 3 pm to 6 pm.

In just over a year since it opened Pizza Hut the International Chain Restaurant has become very popular and as part of appreciation to its valued customers Pizza Hut have been offering many attractive meal deals. The Pizza Hut in Gulshan has become a celebration point for all occasion (from Birthdays to anniversaries to exam results) as the Pizza Hut Team makes it a point to make their customers experience one of the best service, ambience, food and value any restaurant can offer.

Bata's new power shoes

Bata's "POWER" brand is an internationally reputed athletic footwear. Bata Bangladesh has made a recent addition to its "Power" line with Power Jogger shoes. The price is affordable and has a sporty, casual look which would appeal to the younger generation, and can be used for both indoor and outdoor purposes. The Power Jogger line is available in selected Bata Shoe Stores.

LS Desk

Chittagong chitchat

TAVA Tandoor

Let's say you're fed up with the traditional Chinese and the new 'cool' fast food places that have been springing up like wild mushrooms. You long for a 'quiet' dinner, where you can devote some quality time to your family, preferably in a place where you don't have to scream for your voice to be audible. In this case the place that'll match you perfectly is TAVA.

Situated in Kulshi, just next to "Wai Kiki", it's the perfect place to visit any day of the week. Step inside and it's like you have entered a new world, a world where the hectic schedule of civilisation doesn't seem to exist. Even if you're naturally picky about your food, and have refined tastes, you don't have to worry.

If you're looking for traditional, you might be content settling for beef shish kababs, and chicken tikkas; if you want something different, try their grilled fish on charcoal, spicy chicken sizzlers or even a duck item. Their tangy and peppery 'Chicken and Prawn Salad' is certainly different than the bland salads that are normally served at other places. And their Indonesian dishes are divine.

We all know that food alone does not make a perfect dinner; ambience plays a big part too. TAVA comprises of two choices for the perfect ambience. You can choose to sit indoors, with muted lighting and a formal atmosphere, or you can opt to sit outdoors under the dark starry night sky, and commune with nature. The sitting arrangement outside is unbelievable. Each of the little 'umbrellas' is surrounded by tall shrubbery, separating you effectively from the rest of the crowd present there.

Individual umbrellas have individual sound boxes playing a selection of popular instrumental music, loud enough to fill silences in conversations, but muted enough to allow them to progress. In today's world of hustle and bustle, it's exceedingly difficult to find a place like TAVA, a place where you can sit after a hard day's work, relax and unwind. And most importantly, it's a place where you can devote some quality time to your family and to yourself.

By Jennifer Ashraf

Diary of a Food Obsessed Person

BY Sam Q

Dearest Diary,
I feel everybody has a favourite fashion dream. Mine is, a crisp white linen shirt with a pair of boot leg, stone washed, low slung blue jeans. Not low as the one my son wears, but low slung as the one my husband wears. It looks kinda cute...especially when he bends down to tie his shoe laces...if you know what i mean. Anyways, enough ogling at my own hubby's posterior.

I had once mentioned this in passing, years ago at a party that my dream wear, be it on a woman or a man, is a white shirt with blue jeans. In the midst of all that cacophony, a voice answered back saying, my love for this fashion wasn't strong enough. If it was, apparently, I would try hard enough to get into it. I salute you Mubarak bhai, wherever you are. You were so right. I ignominiously accept your statement now, after all these years. You were so right. I did not try hard enough.

Another thin dream of mine is, buying clothes off the shelf. Since I cannot do it for myself I, with much vigour and enthusiasm have broadened my husband's wardrobe considerably. Tried with my son, but you know how teenagers are, a cognoscenti in every subject. So I let it be. I can manage, control, every other aspect of my life, but managing a teenager is a whole new ball game altogether. By the way, cognoscenti are people who know or are considered to be well informed about a subject. Teenagers, by some misconception think that they are an authority on all subjects. This above statement is in no way a dig at my son but my general opinion on teens.

Anyway back to my thin dreams (I do kinda stray from my point). You know diary how thin people pull their knees close to their chest and their arms in front. Just love that pose. Sadia does that so well. And crossing your legs. Oh! That is so elegant.
So diary,
"say a little prayer for me."
Adios for today. Have a good day and happy cooking.
Shredded chicken with sesame seeds.
225 gm boneless chicken breasts shredded
1 egg white
½ tsp corn flour
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp oil
For the sauce:
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp vinegar
½ tsp chili sauce
½ tsp oil
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp vinegar
½ tsp pepper powder
2 tsp finely chopped spring onion

Combine the shredded chicken with egg white, salt and corn flour into a small bowl and refrigerate for 10 mins.
Heat oil in a frying pan or a wok until moderately hot. Add the chicken mixture and keep stirring to keep it from sticking. Cook for about 4-5 mins. Remove from pan and set aside. Drain off the oil.

Clean the pan or wok and re-heat about one tbsp of the drained oil. Add the sesame seeds and stir fry for a minute, till light brown. Then add all the sauce ingredients and bring to boil. Return the cooked chicken to the pan and sauté
the mixture for two minutes, till the chicken is well coated with the sauce and sesame seeds. Serve hot.
Bon Apetit.

Ls alert
Children's Drama Festival

This week's recommendation is definitely for kids. From March 11, Children's Drama Festival 2005 is on the way at Shaokat Osman auditorium of the Public Library. From all around the country, 65 teams are joining the festival organised by People's Theatre Association.

With around 1000 junior theatre performers, this is the biggest ever children's drama festival held in Bangladesh and it is sure getting a lot of audience everyday most of them of course are children. It can be a fun outing for parents as well. Besides, they must have to accompany the child anyway.

On 22 March, the show starts from 3:30 in the afternoon. The plays include Kipte Rajar Golpo, Dojokher Agoto Pasoto, Minar Koshto, Guptodhan, Amra Korbo Joy, Jee Hujur and more.

24 March is the closing ceremony. On this day, Gupi Gain Bagha Bain, Nil Komol Laal Komol and Rastar Chsele will be staged.

For those of you don't know where Public Library is, well, it is situated at Shahbag, right beside the National Museum.

By Shahnaz Parveen



Load shedding Dilemma

It's a nice season to celebrate in colours, lots of juicy fruits, cool drinks, ice cream and cotton outfits; but the mood of this celebration is often faded when the electricity is out. Summer has hit the country and so has load shedding. There are precautions that you must take to make your life less hassle free during this time of the year.

Keep enough stock of candles at your home. It often happens that our power generator breaks or we forget to charge the lighting devices. So be on the safe side by always keeping a few candles in your kitchen cabinet. Charge your lighting devices when there is electricity at home. But you will be saved from these troubles if you have a UPS or a power generator at your residence.

Avoid excessive and unnecessary power consumption to ensure that people in all corners of the city get a fair share of electricity. Switch off all lights that aren't essential. Check if the lights and fans at your house are unnecessarily using up electricity when no one's around. Teach your children to turn off lights and fans before leaving a room. Unnecessary consumption of electricity is especially seen in big places like offices and educational establishments. We feel that people should be made aware of the costs associated with misuse of electricity. Put on notices around office, factory site and campus and tell people not to waste electricity. Switch off all unnecessary air-conditioning devices during periods of load shedding.

Avoid using washing machines and electrical ovens during the peak hours as these appliances consume a huge quantity of electricity.

The malls of Dhaka probably feel that exterior lighting attract more customers to their stores. Whatever the fact is, it's advised that malls cut our decorative lighting at this season when millions of people live in an abyss of darkness.

Build a habit of using battery operated gadgets to receive uninterrupted service when there is a sudden power shortage. Operate your water pump and fill your water tank when there is electricity.

A little effort and willpower will enable a lot of people to get their fair share of power.

By Wara Karim


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