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Questions. Questions. Questions. All that questioning does lead to frustration, and as a favourite saying of mine goes, bad food is bad news. Enough gustatory philosophy (or rather, stomach-talk). Before the write-up winds up sounding too much like an over-run commercial, let me get to the point.
This week's food quest led me to Pan Pacific Sonargoan. The hotel is venturing into the route taken by many international hotel chains in the past. They have recently introduced live cooking in their restaurant, Café Bazar. Every day the Café will be having two items, which will be cooked in front of you by well-trained chefs.
What this means is, you no longer have to take for granted food over the cooking of which you have no control. Indeed, instead of picking and choosing from whatever is dished out by the waiter, the wheels are in your hands. That is to say, you may prefer a dash of some particular herbs here and there, and similarly, choose to avoid some. Moreover, you may elect to have your food cooked in a personalised manner- for instance, the fish may be left half cooked, done medium, well-done, tenderised and so on.
Many prefer live cooking because of suspicion of what really goes on behind the scenes (that is, behind those kitchen doors). For some, it is somewhat a reassurance that the food that is going into your mouth is being prepared right in front of you, instead of behind some door labelled: “Authorised Personnel Only”.
In any case, Pan Pacific Sonargoan has taken a step, and a great one, in handing over the strings to the customers. Make sure you swing by.
By Shahmuddin Ahmed Siddiky
Fashion from both sides of Bengal come together
Fashion trends over the past couple of years have long untangled themselves from the limitations imposed by physical international boundaries. And as such, Bangladesh too has incorporated into its own clothing culture designs from far and beyond. Although the destinations from which styles and couture have seeped in vary considerably, some things do remain constant-our dominating fancy for Indian designs for one. This is usually taken to mean cherished trips to Kolkata for shopping sprees from our side and an appreciation for silk and Jamdani from theirs.
Bringing a much welcome end to all this to and fro will come an event titled Puja Shringer '07: Boutique and Designer Week- a venture intending to bring about an amalgamation of fashion from West and East Bengal. Organised jointly by Matrix Solutions, a Bangladesh based public relations consulting company and F3 Incorporation, their Kolkata counterparts, the Indo-Bangla designers' week will be held from the 1st to the 8th of September 2007.
In a pre-event press conference held on the 12th of July at Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi, details of the upcoming event were disclosed by the CEOs of the two firms, namely Shakhawat Alam Rano from Matrix Solutions and Rajarshi Das of F3 Incorporation. The idea is to merge fashion houses and designers from the two Bengals and over a period of one week, a total of 75 boutiques and designers, 45 from Kolkata and 30 from Bangladesh, will showcase their lines in an exhibition to be held in Kolkata. Aside from the exhibition, a gala ramp show will be held on the 9th of September and two workshops entitled 'Globalising Bangla Fashion' and 'Fusion Over Decades' will be conducted for the participants' benefit.
Renowned designers, local fashion school students, beauty experts, photographers and media personalities were present at the press meet and if their speeches and comments bear any witness to the reception of this merger, then evidently the event will be well received. All the guests present unanimously welcomed and applauded the effort to bring together fashions from both Bangladesh and Kolkata on one platform and some expressed the wish to see the event being hosted in Dhaka in years to come.
Although that may still be a year or two away, during this year's designer week, an entire team of selected journalists, photographers, make-up artists and models will be chosen to attend the event. And interestingly, to uphold the spirit of togetherness, Bangladeshi models will wear designer wear from Kolkata and Indian models will be clad in designs from our local fashion houses at the gala ramp show.
The official media partners for this project are Tara TV and Power FM 107.8 in India and Radio Foorti 98.4 FM and Anandadhara in Bangladesh.
By Subhi Shama Reehu
Removing unwanted hair has become a new phenomenon that is a necessity for almost every girl. The following are products you can use if you are planning to avoid going to parlours and trying something at home by yourself.
By Tashmia Zaman
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