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Aarong beads that shout for attention!

Check this season's fad accessories from the house of Aarong! From the eclectic colourful beaded bangles to the metallic necklaces in Gypsy, Brazilian and African cobra designs- the look is bold, exciting and daring. The jewelleries come in tonal metallic hues perfect for evening wear to vibrant shades for the day wear, one can easily mix and match these pieces. The Aarong Beaded Jewellery by Papa are simply fabulous must-have pieces for the winter wardrobe.

Mayasir festive collection jewellery

In light of the coming Eid and wedding season, Maheen Khan has launched her latest collection of designer jewellery. The theme is a fusion of traditional and modern styles, with work mostly done in a combination of silver and semi-precious stones.

The collection has been specially designed to go with any type of outfit, as well as any colour and consists of jewellery of all shapes and sizes including earrings, bangles, necklaces, rings, bracelets, anklets, etc. Also available are gold plated jewellery on pure silver, embellished with various semiprecious stones that include pearl, coral, garnet, jade, golden sapphire, etc.

The prices for items in the collection start from Tk 500, and are available at the Mayasir showroom: House# 76, Road#127, Gulshan Avenue. Phone# 9890533.

Italia Bar & Bistro promotions at the Sheraton

The Dhaka Sheraton Hotel is introducing a range of new mouth watering treats at the Italian Bar and Bistro. With a tantalizing three-course menu that includes items such as, chilled squid salad, pan seared fillet of Bhetky, finished off with a slice of the famous Italian Tiramisu, one can truly get a taste of exotic Italy, right here at home!

This special promotional offer is available from the 15th to 30th November 2007, at Tk 1500 per person.

For more information or reservations, please call, Dhaka Sheraton Hotel 8330001 Ext.4215, Web: www.sheraton.com/dhaka

Bridal package at Habib's @ Persona

Weddings are considered to be one of the most important days in a woman's life. Every bride wants to look beautiful, stunning & radiant on that special day. Which is why Habib's @ Persona has designed a series of signature pre-wedding beauty packages for the brides-to-be. You can prepare yourself for the grand event and enjoy your celebration to the fullest.

So, join Habib's @ Persona Salon & Spa, choose one of our fabulous packages that combine a range of different services (facial, body massage, body wrap, pedicure, manicure, hair treatment etc.) and pamper yourself to the fullest on this special day!

Tommy Miah to head Saarc Food Festival team

Bangladesh has chosen the renowned chef Tommy Miah to head its catering team at the first South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Food Festival in Delhi early next month.

Each member of the team will have to cook three main courses each night of the Festival, which is expected to attract thousands of visitors. In addition, each chef will be allowed to cook a special recipe of his own creation.

Tommy said he was proud to have been selected by the Bangladesh Foreign Office to represent his homeland and would be cooking typical Bangladeshi staple dishes, with the emphasis on fish. He also mentioned that he would prepare something out of the menu of his Raj Restaurant in Edinburgh as the special chef's creation recipe.

Japanese food festival at Pan Pacific Sonargaon

It's not all sushi! Find out about some of Japan 's other favourite foods at Jharna the oriental restaurant at Pan Pacific Sonargaon from 30th November to 3rd December 2007. There are also plenty of exotic recipes on the menu to provide insight into the role of food in everyday Japanese life.

The four-day Japanese Food Festival will be held in collaboration with Bangladesh -Japan Chamber of Commerce. Two expert chefs along with all Japanese local spices and ingredients will be flown in from the Pan Pacific, Bangkok from their Keyaki restaurant for an authentic Japanese cuisine offering a large variety of dishes and regional specialties during lunch and dinner everyday.

The food connoisseurs of Dhaka are invited to explore the lavish taste of The Land of Rising Sun, Japan.

Shadakalo in winter

This season Shadakalo brings out its latest in winter wear. The collection includes everything from saris to shawls, all available in exclusive patterns and designs that include works of dollar, sequins, kanthastitch, etc. The prices for shawls start from Tk 480 to Tk 1680. For more information, please drop by any of their outlets.

Diggin' Dhaka

Choosing a place to eat out at, or finding the store that has what you're looking for has just become easier. Bonapace Associates have just launched Diggin' Dhaka, the first shopping and dining map of Dhaka featuring the three main neighbourhoods of Dhanmondi, Banani, and Gulshan. It shows the exact location of nearly 500 establishments ranging from clothing stores and restaurants to embassies, airlines and hotels.

The goal is to make going out and shopping easier by pinpointing the physical location of each entry and its contact information. The catalogue is not discriminating in its coverage; it includes a range from small shops carrying 300 taka fatuas to boutiques carrying 30,000 taka saris. Other categories have broad price ranges.

What sets it apart are the details. Each entry for clothing store lists the kind of clothing that the outlet carries; similarly, each entry for restaurants talks about the type of food served. Furthermore, while the focus is on three neighbourhoods, there is a box with important listings outside the map area including major hotels, airlines, embassies, hospitals, recreation, etc.

Diggin' Dhaka is handy for anyone who eats out and goes shopping. It's for middle-and upper-class Bangladeshis, foreigners living in Dhaka, and visitors. Laura Bonapace, CEO, Bonapace Associates, talks about her motivation for producing such a map. “I had the idea when I came here over 10 years ago, but put the idea on the shelf until the time was right. My main motivation was my own frustration trying to find shops in Dhaka. I thought if I am frustrated, there must be other frustrated people out there too.

It's amazing how we can live in a neighbourhood and not know what is around the corner. You can pass a store 100 times and never see it. Even though I live in the Dhanmondi area, I was surprised to find a huge Almas on Shatmasjid road. And if we don't know our neighbourhood, how can we know others? I felt a shopping map would fill a real need for everyone.”

This compact catalogue is handy for personal use, and also makes a great gift to clients and staff. Priced at Tk 99, it is available at Aranya, Folk, Jatra, Sally Ann, Words 'n Pages, @ Corner Thai Restaurant, and ISPI Travel.

LS Desk

On The Cover

After the storm, the picture that emerges is one of death and devastation. Against all odds, however, the people worst affected continue to fight for their lives. Check out the centrefold for our coverage on the post-cyclone scene.

Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayeed


Preserving memories
A walk down the memory lane would show us so many incidents of our lives, from the time of infancy and into adulthood. And we often find it so surprising when we go through the family albums, seeing some candid moments that make us wonder when the time it was that all happened. Photographs are the only means of relating ourselves to our pasts: the fights, the happiness, the achievements all are captured on the matted paper. Sometimes it is important to find out some time from our daily hectic schedule to make sure that these photographs are well maintained. The old photographs are now getting damaged very quickly since the humid weather and dust plays a crucial role. Then there are pictures which don't have any negative films, making them difficult to preserve. Since the negatives are small films it is quite obvious that they may get lost.

The right way
It's now possible to preserve even some twenty or thirty year old photographs. The photo studios nowadays are well equipped with all modern machines that allow them to repair any old picture. The costing for black and white or colored photos is more or less similar and same materials are used to wash the photos. Also, the chemicals used are no different than those used for washing any other photos of today. However, the critical part comes in fixing some major and minor problems regarding the contrasts, the texture, etc of these old photos, and a lot of labour is put in. It requires the dexterous hands of experts to handle these delicate things. Dhanmondi Color Lab & Studio can be a choice in this matter.

Some of us would think twice before spending on old photographs as they may be costly. People even feel that they cannot afford to manage this and prefer to leave the photographs just the way they are. But it should be kept in mind that memories are meant to last a lifetime. The pictures are precious and indeed priceless, and in comparison, the price is rather negligible.

As the says goes that old is gold, the older the photos get, the dearer they get. At the end of the day, when you go through the albums along with your family and friends, you would feel like sinking into this fascinating aura, just to be full of youthful exuberance again and to relive the time past. So don't waste anymore time, grab on to old albums, find out the best of your still life, and keep it with you forever!

ByYamin Tauseef Jahangir



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