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Shopping Sleuths

With the first half of Ramadan over, shopping for Eid has become the topmost priority in most people's agenda. As with all other times, people continue to promise themselves that they will buy nothing this Eid only to frantically scour the malls come this time of the month for the perfect buy for oneself, vows of abstinence all but forgotten.

Star Lifestyle therefore thought that this was a good time for us to reach out to the Dhaka crowd and find out what it is that they were buying this time and where it is that they were buying it from.

Sounds easy, doesn't it?
Or so we thought!
Who knew that people would be so guarded about where they shop from?

We all have our particular quirks that excite us and basically make our day. We have strong likes regarding particular things that can easily start off an elaborate daydream. Some people have favourite books; others have food that they love munching on and still others have cars they lust after. There are also favourite people or a favourite place for hanging out. Clothes understandably lead the pack as the most common item that people shop for. After all which Eid would be complete without the question of " Eid e koyti kapor niyecho?" from one elder or the other. And you are forced to answer nicely in the hopes of some "saalami." Dealing with all this makes our day. Shopping creates that similar high for a lot of people.

It really doesn't matter whether the shopping is out of necessity or not. It could be simple window-shopping where you stand near a display window and wipe off your drool. It could be even simpler as a means of irritating your spouse. For the shopaholics there's always particular stores that they prefer. Let's find out a few and why.

daydream. Some people have favourite books; others have food that they love munching on and still others have cars they lust after. There are also favourite people or favourite place to hang out. Clothes understandably lead the pack as the most common item that people shop for. After all which Eid would be complete without the question of, " Eid e koyti kapor niyecho?" from one elder or the other. And you are forced to answer nicely in the hopes of some "saalami." Dealing with all this makes our day. Shopping creates that similar high for a lot of people.
It really doesn't matter whether the shopping is out of necessity or not. It could be simple window-shopping where you stand near a display window and wipe off your drool. It could be even simpler as a means of irritating your spouse. For the shopaholics there's always particular stores that they prefer. Let's find out a few and why.

My favourite store

"My favourite outlet is definitely Club Gelato at Banani road no 11", says Shahida Parvin Programme Officer, UNESCO. Why we asked. "Its easy. I love ice cream. I love their yoghurt flavoured ice cream, yoghurt ice cream shake, pistachio, and of course their Italian espresso." But that's not all for Shahida. It's a great hangout for her and her friends. Shahida says it's cosy with simple decorations just the way she likes it and she gives a straight A for their customer service, something very rare in Dhaka's business scene.

"I love Tangail taat saris and my favourite outlet for taat sari is Nabarupa. In fact I am crazy about their taat saris because their selection is so great that you can buy at least 10 saris in one visit," says enthusiastic Shaila Khondkar who was browsing at Nabarupa's Mirpur outlet. "I live in Mirpur. They have a store in Lalmatia. I used to go all the way from Mirpur to Lalmatia to buy saris," Shaila adds. Shaila was glad when Nabarupa opened an outlet in Mirpur. "Sometimes I just go there and browse, pose in front of the mirror picking one or two saris and wonder how I would look in them. Sometimes, I wonder why didn't have more money. If I did, I could buy all the saris I wanted", confesses Shaila.

Piran is tucked in a corner at 67, 11/A Dhanmondi and might not draw much attention but Sumaya Sharmin a DU student thinks it is one exclusive place that deserves the spotlight. "This little outlet specialises in brass ornaments. The craftsmen's works displayed in the outlet will definitely attract your attention. With a little bit of ethnic touch, their brass ornaments are exquisite. I also like their exterior decorated with lots of plants", explains Sumaya.

Not just Piran, her favourite is also Bibiana situated at house no 6, road no 5, Dhanmondi. Sumaya boasts, "I bought two of their items, a brass 'Ruli' and a necklace, it's a hit among my friends". About their outfits she adds, "With a sober yet classy look, their dresses are really gorgeous. I think their dresses decorated with hand stitches will always be in."

"Whenever I see someone wearing T-shirts of Nittyo Upohar, all I can say is COOL". Situated at the third floor of Aziz Super Market, Shahbag, this small store is Mannan Morshed's favourite. Morshed, who just passed his HSC exams from Dhaka Commerce Collage, thinks the drawings and paintings on their t-shirts are very creative and inspiring. "Their collection with famous people's faces at the front is brilliant. I especially love Sultan and Che's face. But it's a pity they are not making them any more", he comments.

Shoshyo Prabartana is a personal favourite of schoolteacher Sanjida Khatun's . "I love the fact that they are trying to revive a local rice that is almost on the verge of extinction", Sanjida states. Shoshyo Prabartan situated at 2/8, Sir Syed Road, Mohammadpur is offering various local rice, mustard oil, spices, produced completely without the help of any chemical fertiliser or without any genetic modification. And this particular information is a relief for Sanjida. "After all the newspaper reports on malpractice in the food sector, I am happy that I can offer my family with something safe in the meal. Thanks to Shoshyo Prabartan", she relates. "I hope they extend their production to vegetable, poultry and other perishable items" she wishes.

By Shahnaz Parveen

Ms. Nasima Islam, homemaker
Fathers may be the typical head of the household but in reality, the head is the person who really gets the ball rolling. And in typical cases, it is usually the mother. She is also the sole power player as she has the added advantage of being in control of the television remote control.

Mrs. Nasima does all the shopping including getting all the clothing requirements for every member of the family. For her own clothing though, she has a couple of shops that she prefers above all else. There is the Tangail Sari Kutir in Bailey Road and Doyel Silk in Dhanmondi.

At one time she used to be a big fan of Indian saris. But as the local saris became better in terms of quality and style she switched. The saris at Tangail Sari Kutir were preferable to the rest in terms of comfort. Also their colours and designs are quite contemporary.
As for saris that offer a bit of exclusivity she prefers to go to Doyel Silk, where she can find quality in soft Rajshahi silk saris.

Ankur, business student
Ankur is a fashion conscious youth studying BBA in Independent University. He likes to keep abreast of the fashion trends just as he likes to stay ahead of his studies. He hates to be left behind. Of all the materials his favourite are jeans. For most of his shopping needs, he likes to visit Menz Club and Westecs. The reason is that there is always something new and contemporary available in these shops. Also the prices aren't too high so it doesn't hurt the wallet too much. Not only that, he can find both formal and casual wear under one roof so it makes shopping a lot easier. This was not the case when he used to go hunting for jeans in Bongo Bazaar.

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