at Drik Gallery
the Interior and Exterior design showroom, is hosting its first artistic
furniture and handicrafts exhibition at the Drik Gallery (House 58,
Road 15/A New, Dhanmondi). The inaugural ceremony was launched on April
26 with well known art critic Mijarul Quayes as chief guest. The organizers
include Manzurul Islam Khan, Subir Obayed, as well as the artist himself,
Sudipta Mallick Sweden.
The words 'innovative'
and 'unique' could sum up all on display. The polished wood of these
furniture pieces could be found in bright, unusual combinations of hues
such as bottle green, violet, deep mustard and black, and in earthen
tones such as orange, red, maroon and brown. The artist has mixed and
experimented with polish and different kinds of paint to create the
There is nothing
drab or dull about the presentation and setting. Bright splashes of
colour in the form of lamp shades and glass table tops (including some
cushion covers), hand-painted in Acrylic, intersperse and compliment
vibrant sofa sets and dining tables. Colourful squiggles and art work
permeate even furniture pieces, such as a foyer table with a combination
of wrought iron on display. There is a sense of playfulness in the geometric
curves and edges without any of it going overboard. After all, the idea
was to lend a degree of aesthetic purpose to the furniture without taking
away from its functional aspects.
that this current collection of furniture and handicrafts, the first
of its kind being exhibited, largely comprises of wood, but he is also
in the process of experimenting with cane, bamboo, metal and even fiber
glass amongst other mediums in the future. He also gave an interesting
explanation for his unorthodox designs. His aim, he says, was to implement
and present items that are a part of Bangladesh's regional heritage.
For instance, you may find a dining table top in the shape of a cartwheel,
a side table with four hookahs serving as legs for the table, and even
a boat shaped divan. The idea behind Sweden's conception was to not
simply create functional pieces of furniture, but rather present them
as artistic sculptural forms that make a statement as well.
From furniture for
the office as well as the home, to small decorative pieces such as ornament
boxes and pencil holders, the exhibition which lasts up till May 5,
has a lot to offer, so don't miss out!
Photo: Tanvir Murad Topu
The weather just seems to be getting hotter and hotter with each passing
day, and so you've got to come up with a plan of how to beat the heat.
One way in which you can do so is by wearing a T-Shirt. T-shirts are
both comfortable and fashionable, and so by wearing one you'll be able
to get respite from the heat and also look chic. At the outlets of Aarong
some well-designed T-Shirts are being sold for Tk 155. If you think
that's too pricey for a T-Shirt, you can always go to the famous Bangabazar.
Over there, depending on your bargaining skills, you can even get a
T-Shirt for a mere Tk 40!
If there is one piece of clothing that is absolutely timeless then that
title definitely has to go to jeans. Therefore, if you can't figure
out what to wear to university or an informal social gathering, just
wear jeans and we assure you that nobody will refer to you as "out
of times!" Jeans are also very comfortable and so you won't feel
any discomfort wearing them. At the outlets of Westecs you'll be able
to purchase decent jeans. Prices are usually in excess of Tk 400. Once
again, if you think that's too pricey, then we suggest that you go to
Bangabazar. That's because if you're good at haggling you can buy jeans
for about Tk 200 from there.
Most women think that a lungi is a despicable form of clothing, but
yet the vast majority of men cannot go to sleep without wearing one!
Probably the level of comfort that a lungi can provide is something
that shorts cannot match! Anyway, if you're an ardent lungi fan, you
need not be bothered about what others think. As long as you're comfortable
that's all that matters. At the outlets of Aarong you'll find that quite
a few lungis are being sold for Tk 240.
Children are absolutely adorable and when you dress them up with well-designed
clothes they are even more adorable. At the outlets of Aarong you'll
find that they've got some splendid children's wear. Their children's
wear covers all age groups of children, and so whether you've got a
3-year-old or a 6-year-old, Aarong will be able to provide for your
needs. Prices of their children's wear are usually in excess of Tk 300.
Even after wearing your summer clothes, if you're finding the heat unbearable
then it's probably time for you to buy an air conditioner. An air conditioner
will keep your room nice and cool, and so you'll get some much-needed
respite from the heat. This godsend piece of electrical equipment that
will enable you to experience the temperature of Antarctica while living
in Bangladesh is quite expensive. A 1 Ton AC of one of the most renowned
brands, General, will cost about Tk 34,500. If you go to the electrical
stores of National Stadium Market, you'll probably be able to buy it
for slightly less.
Do you regularly suffer from muscular pain or does an elderly relative
live with you who suffers from such pain? If you have answered yes to
any of these questions, then you should consider keeping an infrared
lamp at your home. The rays of an infrared lamp will help to soothe
the pain of aching muscles. Infrared lamps are available at some electrical
showrooms. Various brands of infrared lamps are available in the market
and Philips is one of them. A Philips infrared lamp can be bought for
about Tk 2,550.
Sayeed Mahmud Nizam
You hear these gruesome stories on television or read about them in
the papers. You shake your head and sympathize, but then you go on
and forget all about it, secure in the knowledge that it can't happen
to your child. Can't it?
molestation is a nightmare no parent wants to live through with their
child. Yet it's very much a part and parcel of our society. Scary,
but true. Child molestation can occur in many forms, with indecent
overtures to rape and pornography.
can be from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. They may have
been abused as children. They often feel more comfortable relating
to children rather than to their peers.
may exhibit extreme over protection of their children and over reaction
to any sex education at their child's school. They may treat children
as property. They may also abuse alcohol and other drugs. What's worse
is, they might even be people you know.
How do you determine whether or not your child is being victimised?
Anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, excessive crying, sleep disturbances,
withdrawing from family and friends, irritability, hostility, change
in appetite, school problems, running away, and self-destructive behaviors,
are all signs that your child has a problem. Add to that the fear
of certain people or places, and physical problems such as pain or
irritation in the mouth or genital and anal regions, and diseases
commonly understood to be transmitted sexually, and you've got a crisis
on your hands.
In the event that the unthinkable has happened, you should act fast.
the child. Rarely do children lie about sexual abuse. You may be the
only one the child thinks can give help.
to remain calm. This may be difficult but shock or anger may only
cause the child to withdraw.
Praise the child for telling. Reassure the child that he or she has
done the right thing and is safe with you.
Reassure the child. Make it clear that what happened is not his or
Listen to the child. Take the child to a private place and let the
child tell you what happened in his or her own words. Give the child
your full attention.
Respect the child's privacy. Be careful not to discuss the incidents
in front of people who do not need to know what happened.
Get help, be responsible. Report the incident, arrange a medical check-up
and seek counseling.
Panic or overreact when the child talks to you about the experience.
The child needs help and support to make it through this difficult
time. Don't blame the child. Sexual Abuse is never the child's fault!