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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.
Drop or Top
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.
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 Mr. Amar
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) account? Best of luck.
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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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