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Chauffeurs and reincarnation

There must be some truth in reincarnation. Check the roads and look at the drivers. They will exhibit animal qualities that existed in a previous life before they took the human form.

There are the obvious post-elephants who want to barge their way through the traffic. It doesn't matter if they are driving a tiny Maruti 800 among huge buses. It's all about the attitude. Think mighty even if you are not.

What about the drivers who have a love affair with the horn and cannot stop caressing it? They must have been those annoying crows or the barking dogs at night. Some must have been snakes or even earthworms as they slithered their way all through the roads, looking for the next gap to shoot through. For them, lane changing becomes an abstract form as even a four lane highway will merge into a single lane.

The problem arises when these reincarnated beings keep displaying their animal characteristics in a relatively civil setting. Survival of the fittest is a jungle rule that has morphed into our lives. It also becomes the driver's mantra as everybody is in a hurry to get everywhere. Drivers become speed freaks. Cars become their drug of choice.

Trying to get ahead of everyone else often results in traffic jams and accidents. How often have we had to sit in a two lane street for never ending minutes only because some smart drivers wanted to cut the line and go against the incoming lane? Admittedly a lot of them are rickshaw pullers, but car drivers are worse. They think they are faster and can get through before an incoming car blocks the exit. People curse, but sometimes, those same people also break the rules and never notice. Whoever is slower than you is a moron and anyone faster is a maniac. You are always right. As a result, rules are broken all the time, unfortunately these are needed to keep things flowing smoothly.

This isn't directed at the chauffeurs who do not and often cannot read. It's for the educated owners cum drivers who usually sit at the back enjoying their solitary ruminations. Yes, some read papers, while others pick their noses while vacantly staring out the window. Education is a responsibility and what's the point of having it if you cannot apply it? The worst is when you see a chauffeur making all the wrong moves while the owner is sitting smug at the back. One of their worst offenses is lane changing without any signal. Indicators are not just flashing ornaments stuck on a car for beautification purposes. It would have been if the car was made by the Bangladeshi government but it's not. It's a similar case with overtaking and driving on the wrong side of the road. It's your responsibility as a passenger to stay alive and in good mental condition. It won't help if you sit fuming in a jam or lie mangled in a crash. So the next time you see your driver making a wrong but macho move tell him otherwise. If you are better educated act that way and turn reckless driving into 'wreckless' driving.

By Ehsanur Raza Ronny

News flash

Business Lunch at Khazana

Khazana in Gulshan has recently launched a new item in its menu. Titled "Business Lunch" the set lunch menu is offered between 12 noon to 3:30 pm and has been on offer since the 20th of June.

Under the banner of "We value your time" Khazana has introduced this "Quick Business Lunch" item.

It includes an assortment of dishes, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian including the soup. Other things to choose from include salads, rice, assorted bread, tea/coffee and the best part is that to top it all off, you get a delicious ice-cream sundae for free.

As they put it- There is a sweet ending to your meal. For that sweet ending visit Khazana located at House # 12, Road # 55, Gulshan Avenue, Gulshan-2.

-LS Desk

A true taste of Asia

BY Tommy Miah

Futari (coconut milk pumpkin)
2 cups peeled pumpkin, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (can substitute white potatoes)
1 onion, finely chopped, 1 tbsp oil
juice of ½ lemon, 2 cloves
1 ½ cups coconut milk, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, salt and pepper

In a heavy pan, cook the onion in the oil until it is golden. Combine with the coconut and potatoes. Add the lemon juice, cloves and coconut milk. Cover and simmer slowly for 10 to 15 minutes. After this, add the cinnamon, salt and pepper. Cook uncovered another 15 to 20 minutes until the vegetable are tender, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Add more coconut milk if the mixture becomes too dry.
(You can make coconut milk by combining the meat from one fresh coconut, cut into chunks, with 3 c. (750 ml) hot, but not quite boiling water in a blender.
Blend for two to three minutes. Let stand for twenty minutes. Strain in a cloth, squeezing all the liquid from the coconut.

Aromatic Stir Fried Prawns
For the Sauce:
1 tbsp tomato purée
¾ tsp salt
¼ tsp sugar
1 tsp garam masala
½ tsp ground roasted cumin seeds
¼ tsp chilli powder or to taste
3 tbsp finely chopped green coriander
1 fresh hot green chilli, finely chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
200ml/7¼fl oz tinned coconut milk, well stirred, or single cream

For stir-frying the prawns:
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp black mustard seeds
3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
10-15 curry leaves
560g/1lb 3¾oz medium-sized prawns, uncooked, peeled, de veined and washed, then patted dry

Put the tomato purée in a bowl.
Add the salt, sugar, garam masala, ground roasted cumin seeds, chilli powder, green coriander, green chilli, lemon juice, and 1 tbsp water. Mix well.
Slowly add the coconut milk or cream, mixing as you go along. Set aside.
Stir-fry the prawns: put the oil in a wok or frying pan and set over high heat.
When hot, put in the mustard seeds. As soon as the mustard seeds begin to pop--this takes just a few seconds--put in the garlic and curry leaves.
Stir until the garlic turns medium brown and put in the prawns.
Stir until the prawns turn opaque most of the way through, then add the sauce.
Turn the heat to medium and just heat the sauce through until it begins to simmer.


For those flirty toenails
Don't even think about wearing those exotic, strappy sandals without properly groomed toenails. If you're baring them, they're going to be noticed -- so give them some attention and make them feminine and flirty.

Conservative or trendy, we've got some quick tips for home pedicures to make even the dullest toenails look hot! It doesn't take long if you learn the basic routine, then you can modify it however you like. Let's take it step-by-step...

Before you begin a home pedicure, you need to remove your old nail polish with polish remover using a cotton ball or swab. Swipe around the edges to ensure the polish is removed completely. Use clean fingernail clippers to trim your nails straight across. Don't cut them too short, you can then use a fingernail file to shape your toenails exactly how you want and remove any sharp edges.

Soak your toes in a basin of warm water (with salt if desired) for about 5-10 minutes to clean your toenails and soften up your cuticles. Cuticle cream or lotion can also help soften your cuticles if you plan on trimming away any excesses. If you want to push back your cuticles, use an orangewood stick to loosen them and press gently back so they don't cover your nail.

You can paint your toenails as you would your fingernails, but you need to keep your toes separated so they don't rub each other. Generally, applying two coats of polish is ideal, allowing them to dry in between.

To add some staying power, apply a clear topcoat and let it dry too before you put any shoes on. For quick touch-ups to your pedicure, you can apply another coat of the same colour polish. Don't get too many layers or they'll chip off more easily.

LS Desk

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About honey
Honey is an all-rounder in its multiple uses. Let's share some of its magic:
Want to enjoy a sound sleep? Add a spoonful honey to lukewarm milk and have it before going to bed.
Start a day with warm honeyed lime water. Your skin will glow like evening stars.
No time for skin-care? Apply honey with yoghurt and drops of lemon on your face and arms. Rinse after half an hour and enjoy dazzling complexion.
Bothered by a burning throat? Come on! Swallow an equal proportion of honey and ginger paste 2/3 times a day. You will get over the pain over-night.
Want to cut down on fat? Add honey instead of sugar in cakes and dessert.

By Suparna Salahuddin


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