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A hiatus with handicrafts

It seems that there are hundreds if not thousands of shops these days, teeming in the streets and neighbourhoods of Dhaka, and now someone new looks in to enter into the already crowded field. However, we have high hopes for Teronga.

Teronga, meaning ‘Teen Rong’ or 3 colours, is so named because it’s a venture undertaken by three friends. Shahnaz Huda, the Managing Director, Yasmin Afroz, Director, and Shamim Ahmed, also Director, are all long-time teachers at Sunbeams school, who have entertained the desire to open such a store for a quite a while now. The main idea behind the store is to promote local handicrafts abroad (mainly Europe) in the future, given the growing popularity of handloom fabrics both at home and abroad.

Teronga owners inaugurated their store last Friday evening with a strong lineup of indigenous, handmade products from Tangail, Narshingdi, Sylhet, Monipuri, and even Noakhali. Jewellery, saris, fotuas, panjabis, bags, bedcovers, table mats and decorative items...all trendy, and all leaving you wanting more. There are beautiful saris, in mostly endi, silk and cotton, ranging between Tk. 500 to 2,000. The khadi, batik, and tie-dyed fotuas and kurtas range between Tk. 200 to 600 while the kameezes and panjabis range between Tk. 1,000 to 1,500. The brass and clay jewellery, in chic designs, range between Tk. 80 to 150. There are wonderful candle stands, mugs and vases made from ‘smoked’ bamboos, a craft unique to the Monipuri tribes, ranging between Tk. 100 to 300.

Numerous family members, friends and customers packed into Teronga for the grand opening celebration complete with a ribbon cutting, a folk song troupe, and of course appetizing snacks and refreshing cups of coffee. The guests of honour were, Manzur Elahi, Chairman, Apex Group, Niloufer Manzur, Chairperson, Sunbeams and Tasmima Hossain, former MP and current Editor of the magazine Ananya. A great time was had by all, with everyone buying something or the other.

Teronga stated that they plan to update with more items, increasing the depth of their product range, but judging from the response they got on their very first day, they are already off to a good start. So take a hiatus in your busy day and drop by at Teronga (H 22, Rd 10, Gulshan Circle 1) for a little taste of the indigenous handicrafts of our country.

By Simin Saifuddin

Special Feature

Sleep, sweet sleep…

You'll never believe what I did last week end! I got to sleep on the job!

You see I was assigned to stay at Sheraton and sleep on their new sweet sleeper bed and report on it. So, I checked into the hotel after noon on Thursday and went straight up to my room where I was greeted by a beautiful fruit basket, compliments of the house. The suite itself was a pleasure to behold with rich brown and mahogany accents to liven up its fresh white walls.

I was tempted to try the bed, but having heard of the sedative qualities of the sweet sleeper, I figured I'd hold out till I had tried out the other facilities of Sheraton before I gave into my dreams.

I went to the fitness centre where I was directed to the female zone. I rushed through my short work out routine and headed for the pool. The water was absolutely gorgeous; light and buoyant somehow, it made me feel more like I was floating than doing fast laps. And that theme of “floating” seems to carry on to the sleeper beds as well.

I spent my afternoon and evening having a beautifully dark and rich espresso in the Dunhill lounge on the 1st level, and checking out the Executive lounge on the 10th floor. Dinner was an International buffet at Bithika, and, naturally, with all the fares spread out in front of me my diet flew out the window.
And then, finally, it was time for bed.

House Keeping had removed the thick, pale gold duvet cover and made the bed for me, so I snuggled up beneath the layers of the fleece blanket and crisp white sheets and put my head onto the feather-down pillows and I wondered about the engineering of a bed so soft yet so firm that it made me feel like I was floating and then I couldn't tell you any more cause I was fast asleep.

No fretting with the pillows, no tossing, no turning, just blissful, deep sleep. Being a bit of an insomniac, I generally spend half the night tossing about just trying to find that one comfortable spot on the bed where I can sleep. And here I was asleep before I knew it!

Earlier in the day I had wondered why they called the bed a sweet sleeper instead of a sweet dreamer, and now I know. With sleep so profound, you won't be likely to dream much through the night. The only dream I recall from the night was one where I was late to awaken and so had to miss the buffet breakfast. So, reluctant as I was when my alarm sounded, I got up, got wistfully out of the heavenly bed and packed up to make my way down to breakfast which, incidentally was worth getting out of bed for so early on a Friday morning.
And then alas, it was time to check out.

By Kawshiki Nasser


Some tips for vocalists

If you like to sing, read the following tips on voice training:
If you are a vocalist, you should maintain your vocals by practicing at least half an hour everyday.
You have to have a tea-spoon of honey every morning before breakfast.
If you want to build a hundred-storied complex, then you will have to dig down for a strong basement. Just like that, in order to be able to sing like a pro, you have to practice becoming comfortable on your harmonium or keyboard from the beginning reed of the left octave (tara).
You have to sleep at least eight hours everyday otherwise your vocals may crack down at any time.
Melody is a thing that keeps your voice healthy.
Very cold or very hot drinks are prohibited as is yelling.

By Shamsuzzaman Tapan

On the cover

We're looking at haute couture that's affordable this week. Take the runway to the centre to find out more.

Photos: Munem Wasif
Make-up: Farzana Shakil
Model: Monimala
Photo direction: Khaled Mahmud, Head Office



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