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A single pair of earring

Ear decoration plays an intrinsic role in creating fashion statements. Ears anatomically sit on either side of our face, and so earrings easily captivates our own and the viewers attention. Through the ages both men and women have adorned jewelry for the ears in great many forms and sizes. Earrings as a piece of jewelry had significance in most old cultures. The shape, size, color, and the position of the earring sometimes would have consequence of worthy importance. It is evident that previous civilizations in Mayan, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Chinese, and Indian to name a few, showed keen interest in displaying the use of jewelry especially earrings. Today, however the trend continues, with earrings becoming a phenomenal fashion accessory.

Earrings take many forms. I shall try to cover a few designs that are classic and return to fashion modified, renewed, transformed, and back over and over again. The shapes work well with different styles of clothing. I suppose the person displaying the piece of jewelry has total discretion on the final use depending on their comfort zone.

Small, no tiny pin heads. These come in plain metal or can be set in stone. Popular shapes are star, round flat head, tiny pin ball, and heart these are mostly worn as multiples pierced through the edge of the ears rather than on the ear lope.

This is the most versatile sought after shape as earrings. Variation there may be but a ring is a ring is a ring. They are usually full circle shaped loops encircling the ear lopes. The sizes start very small and can grow to become large bangle size pieces. The dimensions also change with the design. It is an ideal shape to hang more stuff from it on smaller rings or chains or on sticks. Hoops can also sit well one in side the other. It is definitely a classic shape that shall remain a favorite amongst all ages and for all times to come.

This in Bangladesh is referred to as the good old 'jhumka'. These are bell shaped drop earrings. These are usually single or multiple layered large to smaller pieces. They work beautifully as a design form. Recently there is a revival of much larger chandelier earrings. These earrings refer to very large pieces, earrings that extends down to your shoulders. Tiered in layers of formulated design elements such as coins, beads, or stones, these earrings look best with delicate dangling bits swinging right at the end. These earrings are fun with countless styles and designs. They have become extremely popular as they can be worn on their own and seems to go well with almost any kind of ensemble.

Drop or Top
These cover many styles. If it is sitting on your lopes then it clearly a top, in plain metal, stone set in silver, gold or any other metal. Sometimes these earrings can be fairly large with more than one stone. The design elements get decorative within the round, square triangular or oval frame. The drop earrings are also very popular, just hanging as a single pearl or stone drop or it can very well have other elements hanging as an extension.

We simply cannot own a single piece of earring. We have many pairs and continue to buy more. It is good to classify, categorize and catalog the designs you own. It will help sort and organize your own jewelry. Earrings should be worn as an extension to your personality and mood. It is not just a simple accessory; it has considerable importance especially to project the utility and lifestyle of the wearer. Wear your earring with style, élan and with loads of attitude.

Dental Wise

I am 18 years old. Some times I feel pain in my gums. I brush my teeth twice a day but the pain is still there. What should I do? Is brushing twice daily bad for my teeth?

Dear Bina
If your pain is localized or any particular area on your gum and if it occurs after taking any meal, then you might have some pockets (food impaction in between two teeth, which causes infection). In that case, you can use Dental Floss and inter-dental brush after deep cleaning of that particular pocket by your dentist. If your pain is generalized in both lower and upper jaw then you may have Chronic Gingivitis (Gum infection). In that case, you need scaling and some medication with the instructions of correct maintenance of your oral hygiene. Brushing two times (Before going bed and after breakfast ) is sufficient but should be done correctly.

Dear Dr.Khan
I am 42 years old. My teeth color is yellowish. I feel social embarrassment because of my teeth color. I visited dentists regarding this problem and they gave me some options like making Porcelain cap or Bonding filling. Do you think will it work for my case? Making Porcelain cap is very expensive, on the other hand I am not convinced with the idea of bonding filling. Can you give me other option instead of cap or bonding filling?
Amar Shaha

Dear Mr. Amar
Many people have definite aesthetic problem from internal or external stains, where as others worry needlessly about the overall color of their teeth. In the latter instance the dentist must decide if the color of the teeth can be improved enough to justify treatment even though the patient insists on having something done. For e.g. person with light complexion may believe that their teeth are too dark when actually they are normal in color. A Sun tan, darker makeup or a darker lipstick will usually make teeth appear much whiter by increasing the contrast between the teeth and the surrounding facial features.

Most external stains can be removed by thorough cleaning of teeth, with an instrument called “ultrasonic scaler”. This instrument removes most of the stains caused by tobacco, food debris or bacteria. If a broken down filling or a cavity is the cause, filling the defect will improve the discoloration.

Discoloration resistant to cleaning can be corrected or greatly improved through conservative procedures such as Bleaching, it generally has an approximate life span of 1 3 years. Other best treatment option is making porcelain cap/crown. Stains caused by tetracycline medications are usually much difficult to treat, and might require a radical approach. Anyway, for your case I need to examine the extent of your discoloration, can you send me a picture of your teeth as attached file to my personal e.mail (mahtink@yahoo.com) account? Best of luck.

For more information please visit Dr. Khan's website www.aikodental.com

By the way

If you have to work for long hours in front of the computer, to prevent eye strain, close your eyes after every 20 minutes for 15 seconds. Also do neck movements and breathing exercises every 10 minutes to relax.

Under a different sky

By Iffat Nawaz

The comfort zone

So I have been doing these blind dates lately. Yes, I know they are risky, and I am taking huge chances and might get in muddy water in the process, but I can't resist them. I figured as long as the common grounds are there, I would be fine in the end; how bad can it really be?

These blind dates of mine are with only Bangladeshis, and so far only with women. Bright Bengali women living in DC and painting their lives with vibrant colors. We find each other and we meet up, the common grounds are often distant family friends or some common philanthropic work, and then a few email exchanges and then a meet up, drinks over dinner or dinner over drinks. It's been very pleasant so far.

It is amazing how biased we are while we go through this process. We already know a bit about the other person, we know their circles are similar to ours, their lifestyle is probably alike as well, they are from a similar age group, facing similar issues. Those few things make up a bond, strong enough to dare and meet in person, knowing what you will find will not be a bad time to say the least. You might even find a friend or someone who will sympathize with you about how “progressive Bengali women” is such a confusing phrase, how Dhaka and all its glory is so, so missed, and how this freedom of solitude here rocks.

The comfort of meeting up with a Bengali woman from a similar background however is not same as meeting up with a Bengali man from a similar background. Things get a bit eerie there. There is a tension, an unknown quantity, a 'what if'. What if he is interested? What if I get interested? What if he has a big mouth and messed up standards? What if he is conservative, what if he is too liberal, what if he doesn't get the hint, or gets the hint when there are none? Yes, it's not the same.

So this comfort only exists among two Bengali women, because we are not threatening each other with anything, because there is not much to be afraid of. There is not too much to give or to take, and there is no obligation. We can split a check and part with smiles, even give hugs and feel alright, no complication, no simplification, just living life, sharing a bit of you with a bit of me, temporarily for some understanding and maybe misunderstanding, but even that too is not unpleasant.

It's amusing to me how much a similar upbringing in a particular social group can affect your minds, your judgments. It's amazing how we can build trust by even looking at someone's name. A familiar name, a familiar tone, reminding us of someone else we might be friends with, a Mehzabeen, an

Ipshita, a Joy…if it reminds you of your known circle, your comfort zone. It doesn't take time to melt.

So among the many things we don't have as a Bengali woman living abroad, we do have a few things, we have a certain faith, maybe not in our men, but in each other. We know our limits, our corks, our odds, our evens, our negatives, our positives, and we live with that honor of mutual tolerance…

So although I am going blind, I know I won't fall or be the cause of someone else's. I also know, a blind date is never blind, it's just an expression, and excuse, for a confident communication…and I am starting to like that.


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