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As for your skin, wash your face with Margo neem soap twice a day. You should not be doing any facials if you have pimples. You should undergo pimple treatment. Regular use of clove cream and neem face pack will help you.
A light brush of mascara (no eye shadow for the daytime) will do the trick. A natural lip gloss with a hint of colour would be ideal. It might need reapplying during the course of the day.
It depends on how dark your circles are, for some people a month is enough. It's important that you are getting enough sleep for the best results. Sure, they will come back if you are not careful with your lifestyle. Late nights and the pressure of reading too much are a big part of the reason.
Pregnancy pigmentation is quite distressing but don't worry it will fade, it can take between a few weeks to a year for some people. Keep using the cream the doctor has given you. Use the following pack daily
1 tbsp Uptan
Within 3 days? I thought men shave every morning? Anyway before you shower put a few drops of Johnsons baby oil in your palm, mix with water by rubbing your hands together and apply on your face then proceed with your shave. Don't use aftershave lotions. Instead switch to aftershave balm (Kenzo, Paco Rabbane). And use vaseline lotion before going to bed every night.
Dear Dr. Khan,
I live in Australia and I use to read your contributed published article in Lifestyle for the last one year. My questions are whether Bangladeshi dentists are capable for doing porcelain work and whether they are maintaining maximum hygienic environment nowadays like other western countries? Will appreciate your kind responses.
Dear Mr. Kader,
Dear Ms. Jobaida
Dear Dr. Mahfuj,
Dear Mr. Akbar
Dear Mr. Akram
Under a different sky
By Iffat Nawaz
For those of you out there who are as old as me, you must remember our childhood Dhaka days, and Bangladesh Television programs. You must remember waiting for 5 p.m. when BTV would start airing their shows on weekdays, and after waiting patiently for further 30 minutes, there would be cartoons, which made my day! Smurfs, Scooby Doo and Spider Man, how I waited for that half hour…living in that age when nothing was taken for granted…
And I remember waiting with adults in the 80s to watch “E soptah er Natok” (Drama of the week) on Thursday nights, I remember the natoks would have great themes, and acting- it would engulf us for an hour and leave us longing for more, but we would have to wait one whole week for the next one. And they were almost always very good.
Sometime in the 90s, all that changed. There were more natoks being produced, more channels were added. Bengalis were keeping up with the rest of the world with their soap opera watching and no longer under-privileged. And with time the subjects of the natoks also changed, and from being interesting, to slightly interesting and then to not interesting at all I stopped watching them completely. I don't know if it was because I was a teenager and watching natoks were no longer considered cool, or if it was because the natoks themselves were not as striking.
A few years ago, I got hooked again. It was a natok called Ekkanborti, which then followed by another one called 69 and they transformed me back to the person who enjoyed Bangla dramas. And because of age or nostalgia I no longer resisted the longing to watch actors spreading Bengaliness all over my television screen.
So I started searching for more dramas, which were available here in the USA. Some were good and some not so but I still watched them for the latest fashions and trends in Dhaka, the new slang spoken by young and old, to figure out what and how people do, think, act these days. And a common theme started bothering me…quite a lot.
It was when America or England or some other popular country where many Bengalis have settled in, was portrayed in Bengali Natoks. According to Bangla natoks, the people who live in America and England, earning in dollars and pounds transform into these ridiculous beings without manners or reasons whom I am sure does exist to a small extent, but seriously it is so far from the truth in most cases. In Bangla natoks the portrayal of an ex-pat visiting Bangladesh is usually either pessimistic, or confused- someone who is very conceited, snubbing everything about Bangladesh or better yet a fraud, trying to marry a pretty Bengali girl to bring her back to some hell hole in New York, through his lying and cheating. When Bangla Natoks try to portray a younger Bengali woman living abroad it's often with some uncomplimentary connotation, about how she is breaking her Bengali boundaries in many critical ways, how becoming Americanised is such a terrible thing, in fact words like “American” or “Londoni” are usually mentioned with a bit of mockery in Bangla natoks.
I know in dramas a lot of the points are exaggerated, but a lot of the times they are based on very little of the real truth or what is perceived to be the truth. The Bengali dramas usually hold a message, they try to provoke feelings from us. And in this case of comical or bad Americans and Brits the message isn't so becoming. Sitting here watching characters modeled after us ex-pats I am often not sure if I should laugh, cry or get upset. And while I turn off the television before finishing most of these deshi-gone-bideshi dramas I try to remind myself maybe most sensible Bengalis aren't watching these, and even if they were to watch it they would know how misconstrued these are.
Perhaps this is not a big deal, perhaps I am thinking about this more than I need to, but honestly even in this 20 some years of my life I have learnt that stereotypes are scary, blown-out-of-proportion truths or lies are also harmful, and I urge for those with the pens and cameras writing and directing Bengali dramas about people living abroad, to not just create an image that amuses the audience but to create an image that also speaks of the white not just the black, and even if you want to portray the grey in between, please first figure out how to draw.
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