A hemispherical pod with wheels and handles on the sides. Prop yourself up with your toes, grab the handles and slide the pod to and fro, for a proper shoulder and limb workout. Although this may be difficult to get used to initially, nonetheless, practice makes perfect. Price: Tk. 2500
Ab King Pro
The equipment is based on the mechanisms of a "stomach crunch". It allows your abdominal muscular to contractions, thus helping shed weight faster. You may not have the six-packs the models have on the Ab King advertisements, but surely it can flatten your stomach and give you a better shape. Price: Tk. 4900.
Weight training is perhaps one of the most effective method of gaining musculature. They are usually around Tk. 30- 45 per kg, but be sure to know how much weight you are comfortable with. Most beginners start with 2.5 to 4.5 kgs and then go on to add more weights in graduation.
Plastic push-up bars
A small equipment, ideal for push-ups. The floor- more often than not is too hard for pushups. So, this provides relative comfort and effectiveness to thrust you up. Price: Tk. 350- 750.
A workout session is incomplete without the convenient attire. Get a few track pants. The best ones are stretchable, washable and of course, suitable for heavy-duty. The designer ones cost around Tk. 1500 to Tk. 3500. Cheaper ones are available if you buy non-brand and from street shops (like Bongo Bazaar!).
Planning to hit the gym? Need something to carry your towels and workout gears? These gym bags maybe the answer to the questions. They are available for Tk. 250-750 each, although designer ones like Nike and Addidas costs about Tk. 2000- 3000.
Gym equipments are available in most sports stores. Mentionable are the parade of shops in the Gulshan 2 Market, and Body and Sports on the Kamal Atarturk Avenue. Brand stores are often keen on providing quality sports gear, especially the Reebok and Nike showrooms in Gulshan 2. Again, the Reebok showroom lies on the west of the Gulshan 2 circle, while the Nike store is located inside the Gulshan 2 market.
Enter the Tribal World…
A small shop with big dreams, the Tribal Crafts Emporium in Banani has taken the much-needed initiative to bring tribal handicraft to the mainstream. It was founded in 1999 by Milon Chisim and Albert Mankin.
The Emporium consists of a group of well-educated tribal women of Bangladesh, many of who have been in the craft line for and marketing for many years. They- on realising the gap of such products in the market- took steps to preserve ethnic artisanship and allow the poor the financially disabled workers (especially women) to earn a decent living. They also facilitate the producers by linking them with various NGOs for savings, healthcare and training. Their office also provides adequate research materials on the tribal groups on Bangladesh.
The shop itself is very small, crowded with interesting artifacts. One can get lost in these for hours. Hand-woven and flamboyantly colourful fabrics drape the windows and, wind chimes and cloth lamps dangle from the roof. In the corner, shelves proudly display clothes and pottery.
The fabrics are mostly used for making ethnic wears including tribal skirts and dopattas. You can also get salwar kameez, kurtas, and panjabis. Moreover, there are table runners, cushion covers, hammocks and easy chair drapes. The materials are tough, durable and yet comfortable. Prices range from Tk. 200 to Tk. 1500 depending on the quality of weaving and the tribes that make them.
What is rather different about TCE pottery is that none of them are coloured and decorated with sequins, as common in most craft shops. Instead, they are either burnt black or clay-brown. For decoration, many have cane shoots wound around the handle or the neck. Small platters cost around Tk. 50, while large pots and vases can reach up to Tk. 800.
In addition, its product range includes indigenous jewelry, mainly made of metals like silver brass and copper. The salespeople have told me that silver jewelry is the most highly demanded. Clay earrings are of around Tk. 25 a pair, while expensive are the heavily ornate silver arm bracelets (around Tk.1500). You can also try out jewelry made from beads and shells.
However, it was TCE's collection of musical instruments that allured me the most. These can be used for decorations or even playing (if you can, that is…). Obviously, the prices vary from instrument to instrument. Daama is a long cylindrical drum embellished in cowhides. It is about 4 feet in height and costs Tk. 3500. Aaduri is a long flute made by the Garo tribesmen. Smaller ones cost around Tk. 500, while longer ones are about Tk. 1500. They may be a little expensive, but nonetheless, are perfect for artistic decorations.
Nokshikanthas are also sold here, with prices between Tk. 2000 and Tk. 4500.
For home adornments, there coloured and sequined cloth lamps, varying from Tk. 500 to Tk.700. Cushion covers go from Tk. 150 to Tk. 600 depending on the fineness of the embroidery. Alongside, also available are bamboo tea trays, flower vases, lamps, baskets, napkins, coasters, bedspreads and candles.
Currently, there are 15 staffs working in the shop, while a total of 300 craftsmen are employed countrywide. The shop mainly features products from the tribes: Garo, Koch, Hajong, Chakma, Marma, Bawm, Tripura, Mrue, Rakhyan, Santal. Paharia, Oraon, Monipuri and Khasia. While TCE has a local marketing outlet, it also has an exporting unit, exporting the produce to Europe, America, Canada and Japan.
Tribal Craft Emporium is situated at House-56, Road-7A, Block-H, Banani
By Shahmuddin Siddiky
On the cover
From the people who made rickshaw-painting into a rage, comes a range of trendy outfits and cleverly crafted household/gift items. Take a trip to Jatra for an unforgettable 'journey into craft' this festive season.
Photo: Zahidul I Khan
You know how it is that at the beginning of this year you jotted down in a small piece of paper (probably) a number of things that you resolved to do the coming year? Well if you happen to come across the piece of paper we call “resolutions” again (which is unlikely) it would not be a surprise if you find out that most of what you resolved not to do had been done by the middle of January and the things that you wanted to do had not been done yet. By the way it is December and counting if you had lost touch!
If its any consolation most of us are in the same boat here. So what do you do to help stick with your resolutions?
Make Realistic Goals
In the first place its important to make realistic goals. Also be specific. It helps to engage in division of labour. If you want to lose weight don't write that down. Write down that you want to lose five pounds a month and set yourself a target to determine by when you want to look your fittest/best. However beware, don't try and lose twenty pounds a month. Although it might seem alright to the one who wants to, it does fall within the realms of unrealistic!
Its very important to visualise goals. In the case of trying to lose weight, imagine yourself leaner, meaner & fitter and none the worse for wear. If you do so it gives you something to live and look up to. Create a mental picture of the new, improved you. Focus on this image when you're tempted to blow off your goal so that it helps you to keep your focus.
Improvise and stay positive
You have to tell yourself that you can do it. It's a new year and a new beginning and whatever happened in the past doesn't matter. You just have to say that you can do it. If you veer off your goal for a bit don't fret too much. Instead try and make up for it in the next week or specific time period.
By Quazi Zulquarnain Islam