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News Flash

A new dimension

Furniture that we use at home has nowadays blended into the fashion industry. It is no longer limited to the affluent class of people, but has seeped into the homes of the people in general. Today the brand of furniture that one uses carries a significant value in society. Furniture has now become a fashion statement. Navana Furniture products are so designed by a team of architects who are working round the clock to develop newer and more contemporary designs that would suit the needs of people from every walk of life.

In the new product line of Navana Furniture, they have added two full sets of bedroom furniture. The complete set includes bed, dressing table, side table and cupboard. One set is a combination of beech and graphite laminated board with medium density fibres (MDF) squares affixed on the face of the products. The other bedroom set has aluminium lining affixed on mahogany laminated board. Both the sets are designed to giv the user a feeling of belongingness. They break the monotony of looking at typical run-of-the-mill type of furniture. They bring life to an ordinary bedroom. The optimum utilisation of space is another aspect of the design that provides value for money to the customer. The state of the art furniture makes your house a home. The sets are reasonably priced at around Tk 60,000.

Jewellery Fashion Show 2008

The very thought of whether jewellery makes a woman beautiful, or a beautiful woman raises jewellery to its greatness can be highly debated. But no doubt, beautiful woman and gorgeous ornaments go hand in hand, almost becoming the better half of each other. The Jewellery Fashion Show, sponsored by Apan Jewellers at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the capital upheld this long running relationship between women and jewellery, cementing the bond to grow even stronger.

The gala event was inaugurated by Gulzar Ahmed of Apan Jewellers with a welcome speech where he expressed his firm commitment in providing quality products of innovative designs that Apan Jewellers has been reputedly doing since 1982. The chief guest, member of Regulatory Reforms Commission, M.A. Rouf Chowdhury in his speech declared to help the promising jewellery sector in every possible way to thrive in the present, challenging situation where prices are going high and clients are dropping out each day. The President of Bangladesh Jewellers Samity, M.A. Wadud Khan also focused on the crucial phase that the jewellery sector is going through right now.

The jewellery fashion show was the most spectacular segment of the event. With choreography by Sumon and make up by Persona, the fashion show undoubtedly made the gentlemen hold their breaths and the ladies ever desirous to get hold of the wonderful ornaments. Needless to say, adorned with exclusive jewellery by Apan Jewellers, all those beautiful models set the ramp ablaze and it was indeed a treat for the eyes.

By Shakhawat Imam Rajeeb

Sunsilk global survey

Gorgeous hair is something every women lusts after! And in our country, as well as many others in the world, one name that is constantly associated to beautiful, healthy hair is Sunsilk. One of Unilever's most reputed brands, Sunsilk is also one of the worlds most trusted names in hair care products.

Unilever has been in Bangladesh for over four decades now, and has world famous brand names such as Lux, Dove, Rexona, Pond's, etc., under its exclusive list of products. Throughout so many years of doing business worldwide, the company constantly strives to provide only the best for consumers.

On that note, Sunsilk recently launched a survey to find out just how important hair is in the lives of women. The survey extended to women all across the world including women in India, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, USA and most importantly Bangladesh. The survey included questions about their hair, their life and how one impacts the other. The results of the survey were presented and discussed at a press conference held by Unilever on 10th March 2008 at the Topkapi restaurant at Gulshan 2. The survey provided many interesting facts about hair and what it represents:

Nearly all women think hair is a crucial part of their appearance. In fact, over 41 percent feel hair is the most important aspect of their looks- over make-up, clothes and skin! And amongst all the countries surveyed, Bangladeshi girls are most convinced by the power of hair. In fact 96 percent of the girls here believe it plays a crucial role in the way a person looks. Around 82 percent of women worldwide believe hair can be used to make a fashion statement, and in Bangladesh, 93 percent of women feel the same way. With all this emphasis placed on hair, it isn't surprising that hair is the last thing, almost 50 percent of the girls in Bangladesh check before an important event - such as a meeting.

Bangladeshi women are the most convinced that their hair is the best reflection of their personality with almost 90 percent of them believing that hair defines the physical expression of who they are. Nearly all girls admit that how their hair looks affects how they feel about themselves.

A huge 87 percent- nearly 9 out of every 10 girls feel more confident and open to new opportunities when they think their hair looks good, which is why 69 percent of girls get impatient when they feel happy with their hair- they don't want to waste time before going out and making the most of their 'good hair feeling'. However, this means that 50 percent of girls feel the need to hide away from the world when they aren't happy with their locks. And it is impossible to make life happen when you are hidden away. Half of women throughout the world describe themselves as unattractive when they are unhappy with their hair. This hair related insecurity could be holding them back and may thus mean they miss opportunities.

According to Sunsilk, “these global findings prove just how powerful hair can be. Feeling happy with your hair can make you feel confident, open to new opportunities and truly be yourself.”

By Farina Noireet

Heritage food festival

Flirt with your taste buds as executive chef Azad Khan of Heritage Restaurant prepares exotic cuisines all the way from New Zealand. Heritage turns food lover's paradise as they present BBQ Salmon steak, fish and chips; grill seafood combination, t-bone steak, chicken chop, toasted sandwich and much more.
Contact: Heritage Restaurant, House #10, Rd # 109, Gulshan 2. Dhaka. # 8829359, 01711541441-2


The Dhaka Sheraton Learn-to-Swim Program provides instructions to help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their swimming and water safety skills.

It is designed to give students a positive learning experience through six learn-to-swim levels.

The course is initiated with an introduction to water skills, which helps swimmers feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely. As the lessons progress, learners get acquainted to fundamental aquatic skills, stroke development, improvement, refinement, and lastly swimming proficiency. Lessons will be offered to four groups: boys of 6-16 years, girls of 6-16 years, male above 16 years and female above 16 years.

To improve your swimming, or even to learn the basics enroll yourself in Sheraton's swimming courses. The enrolment fees is Tk 8,500 and Tk 9,500 depending on the age group.

The course will commence from 21 March, Friday. Advance bookings are essential. For more information and to enrol please call 8330001, ext 4115.


Your choice
All of us have our own favourite authors but we should sometimes try out new writers as well. This will present a different perspective. If you read material from any specific genre, the need to juggle between different writers makes a greater reading experience.
Creative thoughts can only be acquired through good books and this can also help you to be a skilled writer. As for children, comics can be a good start. Care should however be taken while choosing comics keeping the child's age in mind.

Time of preference
Since our usual routine work keeps us bogged down with commitments, books can be a sigh of relief. Many of us prefer to sit on the recliner and spend time relaxing and enjoying the content of the paperback. Others love to read before going to bed.
While reading fiction, mark specific words, which are unfamiliar to you. Make a habit of looking them up in the dictionary in your convenient time. This will greatly help to enhance your vocabulary. If reading essays, critique or memoirs it can be fun to keep notes. If you please, you can make some further research using the World Wide Web. This will reveal more reading material in the subject of your choice.
Having said it all, if you just like reading for pleasure...than just keep it that way!

By Yamin Tauseef Jahangir

On the cover

Boredom is passé when you've got the right tools. Check out our stories on pages 2 & 3 for the scoop
Photo: Zahedul I Khan

For The Love Of Food

By Kaniska Chakraborty

The old school and I love it

C I am in office. Badly in need to have lunch. Usually I bring it from home. Today, I am plain lazy and plan to buy something to keep me going. I look out of the window. All I see are car tops shimmering in the haze of daylight and heat. The thought of going out to eat is not an appetizing one.

I sit back and started thinking about my options. All the eateries around the neighbourhood have been sampled. The urge is to try something new, something different. I know, sounds clichéd. I pretty much realised that food that is different will not be possible to do. It would have to be the tried and tested. Dosa it shall be.

Now there is a place right across the street, which I can see from my cubicle. They make a decent dosa and I can have it picked up. But something in me told me not to do that. So I braved the heat and got out. And then, like a long forgotten face, it came back to me.

You see I work in an area where we used to live when I was growing up. And there used to be this one little restaurant where we used to go. It was unceremoniously called Udipi Home. It was a South Indian eatery without any frills. Our occasional dinner there comprised of dosa and a type of dahi vada. Just felt like replicating the experience.

Udipi Home is a short walk away and has no air conditioning. Reason enough to put me off otherwise. Not this time, though. Determined, I ventured out. And reached to find the place in the same condition as I last saw it some twenty-five years ago. The only addition has been a counter across which orders are placed and delivered.

Sat down at a communal table with three strangers. Ordered my dosa and dahi vada. Only then did I proceed to scan the menu. Found something that was interesting. Buttermilk. I asked the waiter if it was the branded and packaged variety. With much pride he declared that it is churned fresh every day at the premises. Good enough for me. Ordered a glass of that as well.

It all arrived. The crisp exterior of the dosa perfectly juxtaposed with the mushy, starchy inside. Adorned with the ubiquitous sambhar and three kinds of coconut chutneys (garlic, chili and plain), it is a meal in itself.

The <>dahi vada<> was kind of a letdown. It had some packaged snacks sprinkled all over it. The yoghurt was thick instead of the thin variety. And the mustard tempering was not strong enough. Maybe this is what the modern taste demands. Maybe I was only a child and have very coloured memories. Whichever way, it left me a little short.

The buttermilk was, in sharp contrast to its North Indian cousin, very watery. With a couple of curry leaves floating and a slice of green chilli providing the fire. It was in desperate need of some other condiment. Salt would have done the trick.

All in all, I was full after the repast. No fine dining this, you get up, go to the communal washbasin and go straight to the counter to pay your bill. As I paid the princely sum of sixty-one rupees for the whole deal and was walking out, the elderly man behind the counter called me from behind and asked how the buttermilk was.

I stopped in my tracks. This was it. This was the personal touch memories are made of. This is the sincerity that completes a meal, makes it memorable. This is classic old school. Here is someone who has realised that I am not a regular and has bothered enough to ask me the question. It was impossible for me to be polite and tell him it was just fine. We launched into the finer differences between North Indian and South Indian buttermilk. How the essence of the Southern variety is the watery part and not the creamy part. How the farmers in humid South Indian states maintain liquid level in body by drinking this several times a day. How a milk scarce region like that is bound to stretch a glass of buttermilk by diluting it with water and so on and so forth.

The entire experience was very old school. Communal tables, noisy fans, not too clean servers, big comfort food with generous portions. And the man behind the counter. Who made everything come alive with one question. I loved it.



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