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Celebrating independence with Rang

Come March, and the fashion houses are bustling with activity. Independence Day is just around the corner. As such, there is much buzz about patriotism and its symbols. Rang, one of the prominent fashion houses of the city, has not lagged behind. For the occasion, they have made their arrangements in red and green, mirroring our flag.

Available are saris, salwar kameez sets, fatuas, panjabis, skirt-tops, T-shirts, ornas and blouse pieces among others. These are done in chundri, tie-dye, block, spray block, appliqué, screen, hand paint, vegetable dye, karchupi, embroidery and in sequins. There are also accessories for use around the home such as mugs and CDs,

Go with the trend of the season. As the sage said, you are what you wear. So, be armed to show some patriotism and swing by Rang for some up-scale choice.

New product: Hayat Vegetable Ghee

The brand Hayat has left its mark around the globe with its famous vegetable ghee and the Tiffany brand pure ghee. These products are now available in Bangladesh, thanks to Bhuiyan Asscociates. Point to be noted, Bhuyian Associates are marketing more than 40 products including: low fat "Alfa Mayonnaise" and "Noor Mayonnaise", the cholesterol free food grade oil from canola seed, "Amber" food grade oil, "Sunflower" broom food grade oil and six different flavours of juice. Check out the market for these items.

Omni Music's first award ceremony

Omni School of Music had its first "Certificate Award Ceremony" on March 2nd, 2007 at its Gulshan outlet. Omni School of Music started classes just three years ago and since then, has enrolled over 120 students. At this ceremony, 45 students received certificates for piano, drums, guitar and violin. The chief guest at the event was His Excellency Dr. Stefan Frowein, E.U. Ambassador and Head of the Delegation, and the special guest was Mr. Fuad Nasser Babu, founding member of Feedback. The awards were handed out by H. E. Dr. Frowein, Mr Fuad Nasser Babu and Mrs. Neo G. Mendes, Chairman and M.D. of Omni School of Music

For the past two months, the school has been offering vocal and sitar classes and plans to add Nazrul Geeti and dance classes in the upcoming months. Recently, the school has opened an outlet in Genetic Plaza in Dhanmondi and is also offering classes there.

Omni has been committed to encouraging youth involvement in music. It is a platform for the youth to be able to share and strengthen their musical talents. Along with that, Omni is the exclusive agent for Yamaha instruments in Bangladesh.

-LS Desk

A True Taste Of Asia

Tropical Chicken Stir Fry

1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
2 tsp peanut oil
3 medium carrots, julienned or coarsely grated
2 medium red bell peppers, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 small onion, quartered
¼ cup limejuice
¼ cup chilli sauce
¾ cup chicken broth
2 tsp cornstarch
3/4 cup orange juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Garnish: 1 mango finely diced, 4 scallions, chopped, 1/4 cup toasted peanuts, chopped


In a large, non-stick skillet or wok over high heat, warm oil. Add chicken and sauté until well browned. Stir in carrots, red pepper and onion, sautéing for about 5 minutes. Mix together limejuice, chilli sauce and chicken broth; add to skillet. Dissolve cornstarch into 2 tbsp orange juice and mix into stir-fry. Add remaining orange juice and bring to simmer. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Season to taste. Serve over rice, passing garnishes separately to be sprinkled on top.

Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry

¾ pound beef round steak, boneless (12 ounces)
½ cup sliced carrots
1 tbsp soy sauce
A dash of pepper
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp oil
½ cup sliced onion
1/8 tsp garlic powder
2 cups broccoli florets
1¼ cup water


Trim all fat from steak. Slice steak across the grain into thin strips about 1/8 inch wide and 3 inches long. (Partially frozen meat is easier to slice). Heat oil in Phrygian. Add beef strips and stir-fry over high heat, turning pieces constantly, until beef is no longer red (about 3-4 minutes). Reduce heat. Add carrots, celery, onion, and seasonings. Cover and cook until carrots are slightly tender (3-5 minutes). Add broccoli; cook until vegetables are tender-crisp (3 to 4 minutes). Mix cornstarch and water until smooth; add slowly to beef mixture, stirring constantly. Cook until thickened and vegetables are coated with a thin glaze.

Pickled Aubergine in the Mediterranean Style

4 1/2 lbs. aubergines, peeled and cut into julienne strips
4 tbsp salt
1 qt. white vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
½ cup olive oil
2 chilli peppers, seeded and finely chopped
2 oz. chives finely cut
2 tbsp oregano
4 cloves garlic, halved


Wash, sterilise and dry your preserving jars. Put the aubergines in a colander; salt, toss and set aside, over a bowl or in the sink to drain for 30 minutes.
In a large saucepan; bring the vinegar and sugar to a boil. Add the aubergines and boil for 5 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain, reserving the cooking liquid. Add the oil, chilli pepper, chives and oregano to the aubergines and toss well. Fill the jars, leaving 1 cm of space at the top. Press the aubergine mixture to the bottom of the jar to release its juice. If more juice is needed to cover the aubergines, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of the reserved cooking liquid.
Distribute the garlic pieces amongst the jars and seal tightly. The jars should be stored in a cool, dark place for four weeks before use.

Spicy Steamed Potatoes

4 potatoes
4 little summer squashes (zucchini or courgettes)
4 little carrots
8 tbsp olive oil
Balsamic vinegar from Modena (Italy) -optional
Dried herbs (chives, thyme) - optional


Choose 4 potatoes, big enough to contain inside a little summer squash and a little carrot. Peel potatoes and carrots with a vegetable peeler; wash and dry them. Trim the ends of summer squashes; wash and dry them. Using a sharp knife, dig a cylinder in the central portion of every potato. Make the same thing with summer squashes. At this point insert in the hollow of every potato a summer squash and in the hollow of the summer squash a carrot.

Steam potatoes for about 30 minutes. Cooking time depends on their size. Be careful not to cook too much. Instead of water you can use vegetable or chicken stock or alternatively you can add to the cooking water some drops of balsamic vinegar from Modena or a tablespoon of dried herbs (chives or thyme). Let them chill and then cut them into thick slices. Dress them with olive oil, salt, chives and balsamic vinegar.


Breaking Barriers

The Feminine Mystique didn't do the trick. The Stepford Wives barely scratched the surface. And while women have slowly but surely incorporated themselves into the work force, that too with success, phrases like “It's a man's world” still persist. Stereotypes still prevail and women are still frowned upon when doing a man's job. Ironic isn't it, while men frown upon women who “invade” their territory, women welcome those very same men with open arms. It really shouldn't be about being a man or a woman's job. And on that note we applaud the scores of Bangladeshi men who have moved away from the stereotypical, so-called “manly” jobs and opted to build careers that hold their own unbiased fancies.

If Gaylord Focker could do it…

We've all seen Meet the Parents and we've all heard Gaylord Focker defend his choice of profession. It's amazing that he even had to defend it. But that set aside, scores of men are now opting for nursing as a career. Some choose it for financial constraints, some because they want to be loosely related to the medicine fraternity, and others because they want to serve people. Whatever the reason, these days there has been a rise in male nurses and several are seen working at hospitals as well as nursing homes.

Come fly with me…

Whether it's the commercial for Flying Cats Training School or Flightplan- their presence is felt if not clearly seen: flight stewards. Previously stereotyped as a career for pretty women in short skirts, flight stewarding is becoming a popular choice for men as well these days. The obvious attraction is that you get a prolonged opportunity to see the world. But the job is also rumoured to be well paid. And being a service-oriented career, more often than not, rewards are instant.

Honey you need highlights…

While women rule the beauty scene in Bangladesh, the Javed Habibs of the trade aren't holding back either. Male stylists are battling their way to break through to the surface. There is nothing homosexual about it as is often stereotyped. Some men are opting to work in the men's field as made obvious by salons like Prince and Persona Adams, to name a few. Others are focusing on the women's side- just visit any production set and you'll see. The rewards are instantaneous and every snip or swish is unique and one-of a-kind.

In league with the Gallianos and the Valentinos of the world…

No longer lasts the era confining itself to women designers. There has been a steady growth in the number of male designers entering the Bangladeshi fashion scene. After all if the Gallianos and the Valentinos of the world could do it, why can't they? Being a garment-producing country, in some ways it is even easier for men to make the leap of faith. And while the male pioneers in the field are mostly Fine Arts Institute graduates, more and more young men are actually availing the education that various fashion schools around town are providing to have a firm base before they start out in the field.

Giving the Terminator a run for his money…

Who hasn't seen Kindergarten Cop? Well it is no longer a mere fantasy on celluloid. While men haven't yet started teaching preschoolers, local schools are seeing a rise in their male faculty, even in the younger levels. Teaching young minds definitely takes some special expertise not to mention a whole lot of patience. And men are certainly showing skill in both those departments. Knowledge is power and our men folk are certainly joining in to spread it.

At the end of the day, it's our world- men's and women's. And while for decades, women have been striving to prove that they can do anything they set their hearts to, our men are now starting to prove that no job (be it a woman's) is beyond the scope of their abilities either. They are working with open minds. And for that, we applaud them.

By Tahiat-e-Mahboob


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