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Current trends: Riverside reveries
City folk need breathing space both literally and figuratively. It is a stifling situation with the political hustle and the day-to-day hassles. People want to breathe a sigh of relief but relief seems to be hard to find.
When someone mentions taking a trip to take a break it is like a siren call for the distressed. But in this jam-packed city of Dhaka there is scarce supply of open spaces where people can go and spend a day in leisure luxuriating in nature's beauty. It's time to stop limiting your options to the confines of the city and take a step outside to find that refreshing break.
From there, you cross into the village of Sirajganj that is populated mostly by weavers. Families here consist of entire households working in the same profession including children. Many of them follow the classical tradition of treating visitors like respected guests. It is also good for their business as they primarily make very colorful towels, lungis and other hand-made garments.
The 4-5 hour trip requires setting off from Dhaka very early in the morning. Taking along lunch and other snacks is a must although food call be found there at the spot as many restaurants have sprouted due to the inflow of tourists.
It's the return trip that is difficult, as often you might simply not want to leave. Watching the sunset from the riverbank or from the bridge is a mesmerising moment where the creator shows his magic touch by creating a colourful masterpiece on the horizon.
It's a colour combination straight out of a book. You can find many places among those narrow paths to have a picnic. Alternatively you could simply visit Comilla town as it is the birthplace of khadi products. It is a great opportunity to revel in the heritage of the weavers.
There is a ferry at the end of the road to Munshiganj called Maowa Ghaat. It is an old pier and when standing on the edge it is difficult to see little else other than the wide expanse of the river. The watery surface is broken by the occasional ferry and motorboat transporting travelers residing on either side of the river. It is a great place to buy fish as fishermen flock to sell their wares on the shores. But aside that, this place serves as a great spot for those who love to see wide-open nature at its most pristine.
By Sultana Yasmin
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Take a break from the humdrum of city life and revisit the waterscapes that make our country so beautiful.
Some TLC for the study
If you've got a study in your house, it is very important to clean it every three or four months. Books are like our teeth. Teeth need to be professionally cleaned at least twice a year. In the same manner a study needs to be cleaned at least twice or thrice annually. Otherwise just like teeth, the books start to crumble from within. But beware, cleaning is no easy feat!
Revving up the clean machine…
Tackling the dirt…
If it’s books, then work your way wiping and dusting till you have finished each stack on each shelf. Do not forget to use the right cleaning products either. Do not use a wet rag to wipe off wooden shelves. And dust off gadgets such as key boards with dry dusting brushes.
If the keyboard is black from all that grease and dust, use cotton swabs dipped in Windex to get rid of the grime. Leaf through the pages of books that look yellowed from outside. Take extra care while dusting off cobwebs and picking out bug eggs since these might damage the pages.
Once you are done cleaning every nook, cranny, crevice and key, before you restack and plug back everything into place, take some precautionary measures. Slip some bug repellents into the shelves and reline the drawers with fresh sheets of paper. And do not forget to replace rusty shelf screws and give those wooden surfaces a coat of polish.
The study is probably the most interactive room in the house after the kitchen. After all it is one of those places where every object has a real use unlike drawing rooms where all those show pieces serve no purpose except to please the eye. And it is the place that has been used for generations to come and unwind, maybe enjoy some solo time with a cuppa and have closed door conferences. So do remind yourself to set aside some time for your study and give it some good old tender loving care!
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