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Textile Tales

The National Crafts Council of Bangladesh (NCCB) officially launched its book, 'The Textile Traditions of Bangladesh,' at a press conference in the city's BRAC Center on Saturday.

Chief Guest of the press conference was Dr. Ashraf Siddiky while the special guest was Norwegian ambassador Ms Aud Lise Norheim. Ruby Ghuznavi filled in the shoes of the Chairman at the conference.

The book itself, was composed by eight authors each choosing their own specific field of the crafts to write upon. The authors included among others, Zulekha Haque who wrote about the cotton and silk industry and Ruby Ghuznavi who contributed a piece on Jamdani.

Discussants of the session included Dr. Enamul Hoque, Vice President of the NCCB, Professor Syed Manzurul Islam and eminent writer Selina Hossain. They all spoke volumes about how this book would help portray to the people of the country the importance of the craft industry. All of them stressed the fact that it was important to get in touch with our roots to understand who we are and where we come from.

The second part of the program included the awards ceremony handed out by the NCCB, where special awards were handed out in specific categories to craftsmen who had showed outstanding effort and originality in the past year. The awards themselves were named after outstanding artists of yesteryear like Zainul Abedin and Kamrul Hasan.

This year two new categories were introduced- the lifetime award and the special research and publication award and were won by Shamsur Nahar Khatun and Lt. Col. Fayez Ahmed Siddiki respectively.

Each of the awards were sponsored by leading craft outlets of the city that included Aranya, Aarong and Kumudini.

By Quazi Zulquarnain Islam

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New Bata casual shoe

The Youth are always in favour of change. They are always on the lookout for something new to wear. At the moment footwear plays a vital role in the fashion world. Now a-days, a good number of people like to wear casuals.

There is a good news for those who are looking for genuine leather casual shoes to use in their day to day life. Bata Shoe Company has marketed a new attractive men's casual shoe with genuine leather upper and grip sole system. This is the latest in trendy line among the company's many recent attractive shoes. It has not only got a trendy, casual and rugged look but has got perfect adherence, strength and durability that will give absolute walking pleasure. The shoe has a cushioned collar pad, leather lining and contour socks available in two colours, black and brown. This shoe is not only comfortable but durable also.

Price of the shoe is Tk1,300. At the moment, it is available in selected Bata Shoe stores. You can try the new men's casual shoe made with Nubuck leather upper within the reasonable price.

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BY Sherifa Ahmed

Fish Tikka
Fish, cut into boneless pieces 1 kg
Ghee 1/2 cup
Onions, sliced 1/2 cup
Garlic, chopped 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder 2 tbsp
Coriander powder 2 tsp
Cumin powder I tsp
Turmeric powder1 tsp
Yoghurt 1/2 cup
Butter for basting

Heat the ghee in a pan, fry the onions till brown. Remove, drain excess ghee and blend the onions to a smooth paste. In the same pan, fry the garlic and keep aside. Allow the ghee to cool. Mix the onions paste, garlic, the remaining ingredients, and fish pieces with the ghee and keep aside for 2 hours. Skewer the fish pieces and roast in a tandoor / oven / grill for 10-15 minutes. Remove, baste with butter and cook further for 5-7 minutes.
Remove from skewers and serve hot.

Rich Carrot Dessert
Carrots, finely grated 1 kg
Milk, full cream 1 lt / 5 cups
Green cardamoms 10
Sugar 13/4 cups
Butter / Ghee 4 tbsp
Almonds 1/2 cup
Pistachios 1/4 cup
Khoya grated 2 tbsp
Heat milk in a heavy pan , bring to slow boil, stirring with a wooden spoon. Add the grated carrots and green cardamoms and cook over medium heat for 30-45 minutes or until the milk has almost evaporated. Add the sugar stir and cook until it dissolves completely. Add the ghee stir and cook until the carrots are slightly caramelized. Reduce the heat add the almonds and pistachios and cook for 5-6 minutes. Serve hot, garnished with pistachio / almond flakes and grated khoya.

Besan Ladoo
Besan (gram flour ) sifted 1 cup
Oil / Butter 3/4 cup
Coconut dried and grated 2 tbsp
Nutmeg (jaiphal) ground a pinch
Sugar 1/2 cup
Melt butter / oil in a heavy bottomed pan over moderate heat. Add besan, coconut, and nutmeg. Cook for about 5 minutes stirring constantly. Add sugar, continue to cook for 10-15 minutes or the mixture is thick and deep golden brown. Transfer to a clean flat surface. When cool enough to handle, shape into 24 equal-sized balls. Garnish with silvered nuts and serve.

Boondi Raita
Besan (gram flour) 2 1/2 tbsp
Salt 1/4 tsp
Baking powder 2 gm
Water as required
Refined oil for frying
Yoghurt (whisked) 41/2 cups
Cumin (jeera) seeds roasted and crushed a pinch
Red chilli powder 1 tsp

Mix together besan, salt and baking powder in a bowl, gradually add water whisk to a smooth batter, having a consistency of heavy cream. Heat oil in a pan, pour about 2-tbsp batter at a time into a frying spoon with several holes. Hold the spoon above the pan and press the batter through the holes with your fingers. They will forth in the hot oil, then rise to the surface. Fry until crisp and golden in colour. Remove, drain on paper towels. Repeat till all the batter is used. In a bowl of warm water, put 2-3 tbsp of boondi, leave to soften, then gently squeeze between palms to remove excess water and keep aside.
Mix yoghurt with salt and spices in a bowl until smooth and creamy. Stir in the soaked boondi and serve chilled as an accompaniment to any meal.


Eyebrow grooming tips for men
Men these days are more conscious about their looks. They are more into grooming than before. For those men who care about their appearance here are a few tips on grooming eyebrows.

How your eyebrows are groomed can make a considerable difference in your appearance. Eyebrows help shape your eyes and give you character. If you have bushy eyebrows, it's important to keep them trimmed and well groomed. Most people need some kind of eyebrow maintenance. Many of these tips work well.

Depilatories are not a good idea to use around the eye area and there's plenty of room for mistakes. This can irritate your skin and your hairs will also grow back much quicker than waxing or tweezing. If you want to do waxing it is best done professionally.

Depending on how thick your eyebrows are, sometimes all you need is a small pair of scissors to trim away the stray hairs. Grooming and trimming your brows is best done under a bright light for accuracy.

First decide what areas need attention and slowly trim your eyebrows in the direction of hair growth. Don't go overboard, if you trim your hairs too short, they will stick out and look silly. You may want to do this over a few days, after you have a chance to decide if you're on the right track.

Aside from waxing, tweezing is still the most efficient method for removing eyebrow hairs. If you need to pluck your eyebrows, keep a clean pair of tweezers handy for this use only. Men are tempted to use tweezers for other things, such as cleaning their fingernails. Don't! This will make them unhygienic and less affective. If you do this, you'll probably need to buy a new pair when the ends don't meet properly to grab the hairs.

Start off with moistened brows. Tweezing after a shower is ideal, but you can soak your brow area with a warm washcloth for several minutes and it will have the same effect. Comb your eyebrows in the direction of their growth and let them fall naturally in place.

After deciding which areas need thinning out, tweeze your eyebrows in the direction of hair growth. For an even look, start underneath, from the inside, out. Pull them out one by one to avoid mistakes. Be careful, some hairs may not grow back!

Tweeze the centre of your eyebrows and look carefully to make sure you don't get them too far apart. You can always go back later and remove additional hairs if you need more space. Don't pluck away too many hairs from the top of your brow. Target the obvious stray hairs and thin them out a little. Again, start from the centre, then outwards.

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Yellow fingernails oh! no
Get rid of the yellow stains on your nails. These usually occur due to overuse of nail varnish, especially darker colours. Remove varnish and rub lime on nails. Dip in warm water to which two drops each of lavender and tea tree oil are added.

Now soak both hands in warm soapy water (add baby shampoo to warm water). Run hands with a homemade scrub or any other scrub product to exfoliate skin, follow up with a massage with oilive oil. Push cuticles back gently with a towel or cuticle pusher 'stick' and shape the nails. Paint nails.


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