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Trivia- who was the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh? If you are about my age- a young adult- it's very likely you don't know the answer to this question; in fact you are basically not quite knowledgeable about our country's history, and heritage either.
But how much can we blame ourselves? I can recall that when in school we had to study books that were mainly about American history, the Byzantine Empire, the Mughals, Napoleon…the list goes on and on. But something important was missing- our own history!
Just look at our neighbouring India. Bollywood has produced some great Hindi movies, based on their history and their leaders, which really help in engineering patriotism among youngsters. When can we expect some similar, creative output on a large scale in Bangladesh to boost us?
Is the picture of today's youth really so bad? Just because the teens and twenties subscribe to Djuice and use 'banglish' in our conversations doesn't mean we are not patriotic. Western clothes, metrosexual men, the Yo! generation- these issues do not necessarily reflect that the young generation is not patriotic. As youths of the 21st century, we are bombarded with information, ideas and beliefs from all over the world and we prefer to accept and exchange what we like. Of course, we love listening to Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park, but we are crazy for Bangla songs as well! So where's the problem?
My point is: patriotism is something very internal and personal. It goes beyond things like your dress up or your music preferences. As I was registering myself as a voter just the other day, I had this strange yet wonderful feeling inside me, that Bangladesh is a part of me and I am a part of it. It gave me a sense of responsibility and accountability. This is my identity. This is who I am. And this feeling, compounded with a sense of cold pride of being a Bangladeshi- that's patriotism for me. Having that simple civic sense of avoiding spitting on the road - even this is a tiny part of patriotism.
We have a long way to go; and joint team effort is indeed necessary. And in order to give that effort, you need to have that spirit. I call that spirit… patriotism.
By the way, our first Prime Minister was Tajuddin Ahmed.
Independence Day Buys
T-shirts and fatuas
A den for varied T-shirts and fatuas, Aziz Market in Shahbag has some well-known shops like Megh, Nitto Upahar, and Bangal where you can pick up a quality product at a reasonable price. Although almost all of these shops have similar price tags of around Tk 200 to Tk 300, their range of T-shirts is quite fascinating. You can also check out Liberation War Museum for T-shirts affordably priced at Tk 160.
Along with T-shirts, fatuas have also adopted the trend. Prominent brands like Kay Kraft, Rang, Anjans, and Banglar Mela have a good collection of fatuas which are priced between Tk 350 to Tk 500.
Saris and panjabis
Panjabi for men is also not lacking behind. In fact, a lot of attention is put to make them even more apt and appropriate to wear on the month of independence. Fashionable short panjabi at the shops of Aziz Market would cost around Tk 400 to Tk 500, while ones from popular brand names start from Tk 700.
Posters, mugs, caps…
The fashion house Rang seems to have put a lot of emphasis on the Independence Day this year. Beside its collection of clothes, Rang is also selling caps for Tk 135, mugs for Tk 160 to Tk 190 and flags for 45 Tk.
With the Independence Day just around the corner, let your shopping spree flow with patriotism and celebrate the day in style.
By Shakhawat Imam Rajeeb
We've said a lot about a woman's place in the world this month, and we were pretty curious about how others see this issue. Thus it was that we found ourselves joining an adda at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) titled “Image of a Woman”.
Organized by Help Our People Empathize (HOPE), a community-service network, the adda featured students, faculty, and alumni of IUB, as well as the Lifestyle team.
The first session of the discussion focused on more serious issues, such as domestic violence, the perception about hijab in the West, and what Hillary Clinton has called the 'talking dog syndrome' where people react to the image, and not a person. The ruling sentiment of this session was that women need to respect themselves and stand up for themselves.
After a brief refreshment break, courtesy of BD Foods and Yame Foods, the second session was presided over by sociologist Farida Shaikh Enayet, and delved into relationship dynamics. It was a light-hearted battle of the sexes as the students became more vocal about the balance of power in a relationship. It was refreshing to see the very progressive attitudes of the young people.
The program ended on a musical note, with the students and teachers participating in a sing-along session, and everyone left the venue with a smile on their faces.
On The Cover
March 26 is once again upon us, reminding us of all we've been through and to reach where we have today, and of the journey still ahead us before we achieve what those that laid their lives for us dreamt for us. Star Lifestyle takes a moment to count our blessings as an independent nation.
Time the outdoor activities
Do the cleaning
Build a proper diet
By Shakhawat Imam Rajeeb
Feng Shui for your home
Feng Shui is neither folklore nor magic. It is a scientific study, a way of harnessing the Qi (pronounced Chi- unseen energy) existing in the environment to benefit oneself. Enhancers of Qi include Laughing Buddhas, crystals, wind chimes and mirrors. Place doormats and wind chimes, if you like, at your doorstep to attract positive energy into your home. Qi moves along with the wind, so don't keep your shoe cabinet outside; the flowing Qi will bring sickness into your house.
Should you want to place mirrors in the house, the dining area is the best place since it reflects abundance and well-being.
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