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Street Traders of Bangladesh

On March 18, 2007, Standard Chartered Bank sponsored 'Street Traders of Bangladesh', a compilation of artwork by painter Trina Bohan Tyrie. As an international artist, she has moved from place to place and country to country, capturing those hard-earned moments with her paintbrushes. Her escapades have taken her to countries like Mexico, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, and Papua New Guinea among many others.

The book encompasses her work over the last two years she has been in Dhaka. As the title suggests, the artwork frames the street life of the country- the flower sellers, the bird vendors, the musicians trying to make a living.

“Putting action into words is hard,” she said, “There was a stillness and a sense of being observed beyond curious gazes. I found a quiet dignity in the street traders who sat for me. A real sense of pride, of just being who they are, a tilt of the head and the straightening of the back.”

“Compassionate and caring for their families, so closely interlinked with their communities in a way that I could only guess,” she continued, “Poverty played a great part. I came to understand how calamity loomed, one ill-fated move or in this case, an act of God-spelt certain economic disaster with far reaching consequences. This has become a backdrop to the Dhaka street traders.”

The images are interesting; in the sense that they let us see our own people in a new light altogether. A stroke, a touch of the brush here and a soft trick of light there create a curious illusion. So, hats off to Trina Bohan Tyrie and all those who helped bring such a talent to light.

By Shahmuddin Ahmed Siddiky

Nice tucker, mate…

If dreaming of the Australian Outback makes your day, but your wallet takes you only as far as a bus ride to Gazipur, this news may be of importance to you. Radisson Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka is bringing out its modern Australian cuisine.

Australian meals are, by way of nature, a fusion of multiple cultures and ethnicities. To elaborate, one would have to take a jog down their high school History lesson. After the Gold Rush in the 1800s, the continent saw an influx of immigrants- the Chinese, the Europeans and the Greek. These influences combined with the Aboriginal ways of eating. Then came the Asians, the Middle Easterns and the Russians, who compounded the fusion further. This is evident in the potent flavours such as lemon grass, coriander, chilli, rosemary and cardamom.

Radisson has made use of the cosmopolitan nature of the food, tossing in herbs from here and spices from there. In order to deliver dishes at its optimum, Radisson has imported fresh Australian beef, salmon, duck, lamb and some of the best and freshest vegetable produce Australia has to offer. Also gracing the menu will be kangaroos and seafood. Not lagging behind is the famous Australian “wagyu” beef- that is actually very tender cattle meat. The festival, it is believed, will create strong interest not only among the locals but also among the foreign community residing in Bangladesh.

“Usually the meat is so fresh that few other flavouring is needed,” says Tony Khan, the Executive Chef.

“We want Radisson to be a dining destination,” says Andre A Gomez, the Executive Assistant Manager and the Director of Food and Beverages, “We plan to serve people food from across the globe; we want our clients to know about other cultures.”

The Contemporary Australian Cuisine is being hosted at the Sublime Restaurant, Radisson from the 26th of March. The fest will continue till the very end of the month. So make a point to drop by and taste the delicacies…

By Shahmuddin Ahmed Siddiky


A True Taste Of Asia

Mango Chicken Stir-Fry


2 chicken breasts, skinned and boned
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp ginger
1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 cup slivered almonds
2 soft mangos, peeled, seeded and sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups cooked rice


Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes; brown in hot oil in wok. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine soy sauce, pineapple juice, brown sugar, and ginger. Add green bell pepper and almonds to wok and stir fry until slightly tender. Add soy sauce mixture to wok and stir until thoroughly heated. Reduce heat and add sliced mangoes, salt and pepper. Heat for one more minute. Serve immediately over cooked rice.

Pink Mashed Potatoes

500 g (1,1 lb) potatoes
200 ml (7 fl oz - 3/4 C) milk
4 tablespoons ketchup


Steam potatoes and peel them when they are still hot. Purée them and put in a saucepan together with milk and the quantity of butter you prefer. Cook over a medium heat, stirring frequently until the ingredients mix well and the mixture has the right thickness. Just before switching off the gas, you have to add ketchup and season to taste with salt.

Mustard Seed and Papaya Chutney


1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp mustard seeds
3 ripe papayas, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 tbsp curry powder
1/2 medium red onion, finely diced


Combine vinegar, water, sugar and mustard in a 1-quart pan.

Place over medium heat and bring to boil. Cook until liquid becomes syrupy.

Add papayas and curry powder. Cook 2 minutes more, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and mix in onion.

Pack mixture into jar and refrigerate 1 week before using.

News Flash

Farzana Shakil's special offer

Farzana Shakil's Makeover Salon has just introduced some new deals and some very special offers.

If you spend Taka 500 at a go between April 1 and April 13, you receive two free Boishakhi packages. The first allows you to get your hair ironed, blow- dried and tied to into a bun. The second entails a “Noksha Teep”, a tattoo and have your sari professionally draped.

But wait there is more. The first in line is bridal makeup. Now when you opt for bridal makeup, you get a herbal facial, manicure and henna all for free. They have also introduced a Happy Hour. All services are marked down at a 20% discount between 8:30am and 11:30 am. For students, all services are marked down at a 10% discount upon presenting a student ID card.

New fashion courses@ FID

If fashion designing intrigues you, there is good news. Fashion Institute of Designing Ltd. (FID) is offering three new 1 year courses- fashion merchandising, graphic design and art/drawing.

Fashion Merchandising: FID's curriculum combines both the creative and business sides of the field, from the merchandising of contemporary fashion business to consumer psychology and the qualities that separate hot-selling fashions from those that languish on the rack. The program is designed to provide a solid platform in the basics of the trade, including buying , merchandising and visual merchandising. The Foreign trained instructors and working professionals, share their experiences with the students.

Graphic Design: This curriculum includes the development of strong concept, history, colour, process & skill of graphic design. It also includes typography and digital design.

Art/Drawing: This is a continuing education. This course builds foundation skills, observational drawing skills and an understanding of the elements and principles of design that include line, space, value, and colour with a focus on form and composition. Students engage in concrete exercises from still life and figure studies, both in the studio and on-site throughout Dhaka City.

Up on offer are two courses:

1. Kids aged about 6 to 12, and

2. Students aged about 13 and above.

International medical exhibition held

The 3-day Fourth International Medical Equipments and Healthcare Services Exhibition MEDEXP0 2006 began at the Winter Garden of Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on Thursday, March 22. It was arranged by Triune Exhibition and Event Management Services (TEEMS), Bangladesh Private Clinic and Diagnostic Owners Association (BPCDOA) and Otobi Ltd. played hosts as premium partners with The Daily Star and Channel I as media partners.

43 companies from Germany, USA, Belgium, China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, India as well as host Bangladesh showcased their equipment and services.

Prominent health service providing institutions like Lab Aid Specialised Hospital, Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital, as well as Singapore's National University Hospital, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Mount Alvernia Hospital, Raffles Hospital, Parkway Group, Sing Health, India's BM Birla, West Clinic Excellence Cancer Centre, Calcutta Medical Research Institute, Thakur Pukur Cancer Hospital, Wockhardt Hospital and Thailand's Bumrungrad Hospital, Bangkok Hospital and Pattaya General Hospital were among others to take part in the exhibition

Specialist doctors from home and abroad in cancer, ENT, orthopaedics and cardiology were available in their respective stalls to provide free medical consultations to critical Bangladeshi patients. For more information please contact 9334963 or 9330676.

-LS Desk


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