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Dr. Lutful Aziz, FCPS, PHD, Consultant and Head. Dept. of Anaesthesia, ICU and Pain management. Apollo Hospitals. Dhaka.
The best thing for you would be to go to an orthopaedic surgeon. If it is still crooked as you say, you must take some extra care for your toe. You should be careful not to put any pressure on your toe during walking or with your shoes. Otherwise you might suffer. But the suggestion is to go to an orthopaedic surgeon.
Dear Dr Aziz
Doctors don't usually give enough time to a patient in our country or explain in detail. I would like to know a little more about my condition. Please help. Tania Afsar
It is very difficult for me to explain to you in details exactly. Your complaints are not enough to go to a conclusion. It can be due to many factors depending on your age, your work conditions, your daily routine etc. If you go to an expert with all the details he might be of help. But one thing I can say is that you should be careful with your knee. Don't wear high heels, avoid stairs, don't bend your knees more than 90 degrees. And you should perform some knee exercises.
Yes, you are right, you are very vague. It usually happens that during pregnancy the weight in the lower abdomen causes some back pain. But it then disappears after child-birth. During some complicated delivery, the lower tip of the back-bone sometimes hurts. It causes some pain during sitting. The heavy workload of managing the small baby is very tiring and this is also a factor for back pain. The best thing is to take care of your back. Do not bend your back like during washing clothes, wiping and sweeping floors, lifting heavy objects, using the low pan in toilet. Walking is a good exercise. Back exercises should improve the condition. If it still hurts, go to an expert
By Maheen Khan Fashion designer, Mayasir
I am very slim and cannot wear silk or georgette saris. When I go to parties I have to manage with cotton or taat saris. I want to wear glamorous saris in wedding parties. Can you suggest any bright, colourful synthetic saris like Benaroshi that will suit a slim girl?
I believe if you are slim you could possibly carry off anything. But since you insist you look too thin, here are different weights and weaves of silk saris. Let me mention a few types. Patolu, Tanchoi, Gharchola, Patola, Gorad, Baluchari and Banaras brocades. All these saris are heavy silk saris. I would suggest if you feel uncomfortable in chiffon or georgette try these timeless pieces. True Banarasi saris are never made in synthetic fibres. Moreover, there are a great many silk saris that are embroidered with for example, reshmi karchopi, kantha, or appliqué embellishments. All of the above saris are formal weaves and styles I seriously think you cannot go wrong with. You will look glamorous and stunning.
I am about to get married in two months. Every wedding party I have been to, the bride wears red, biscuit, golden or maroon and the groom wears cream or golden colour sherwani. I find it very boring and I want to wear something different. My skin colour is almost dark and my future partner's skin colour is fair and we are both quite slim. Can you suggest any interesting colour for sari and sherwani and also cuts for sherwani and blouses that is new, bold, sleek and in vogue these days. I would also like to know about cholis and ghagras. I haven't seen any brides wearing it. Would it be too bold to wear sleeveless blouse on the day of the occasion?
Through the ages Bengali brides have always worn red saris at their weddings. In recent years we have seen a change in trends where it is common to find brides in gold, beige, ivory saris. I think if you really want a change, try peach, lilac, or light emerald hues. You can even look at the antique colours in muted copper or bronze which will match the new jewellery which are in style. I would always suggest a heirloom weave in Kangiveram or Paitni but if you prefer light weight you can also try net or silk chiffon worked with thread embroidery and finished with jewel like stones of kundan and swarovski. The blouse can be sleeveless or in short cap sleeves; there is no need to worry about acceptance as really anything goes these days, as long as you can carry it off gracefully. Sherwani jackets or short Armani style prince coats are deshi versions of formal suits for the groom. In a summer wedding, light colours are recommended. Ghagra cholis are Rajasthani peasant outfits normally not worn at weddings. North Indians wear lehenga joras for weddings. These are bias cut skirts with blouses and an orni. This is of course another option you could try as it can also be very smart.
I've got a four year old daughter, and this business of kids' fashion is really bewildering! I hate the 'miniature adult' look that seems to be in vogue these days. I think my little one is too young to go prancing around in a Komalika style lehenga. I am also not an advocate of Christmas-cake style frilly frocks. Could you please suggest an appropriate style for my daughter?
I can't agree with you more on the subject of dressing little girls. It is evident that formal children's wear is imitating adult fashion. You don't need to follow such trends. You can sit back and do your own thing. A-line dresses with sleeveless tunic style is a classic one for kids. It can be made with or without patch pockets. Dresses with umpire waistlines are a smart option which can be styled with either bias cut lower piece or a single knife pleat at the centre. Lehengas, ghagras, salwer suits are South Asian interpretations. You can drop these concepts all together if you find it too fussy. I hope my suggestions will come in handy.
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