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Stay safe, in style
Summer is here, and going out with the scorching sun glaring at you is intolerable. It is very important to protect your eyes against the harmful UV-rays and this is where the sunglass comes in. It has been recommended by medical experts to wear these kind of glasses whenever outside to protect the eyes from ultraviolet radiation, which can lead to the development of a cataract. Other than this, excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) can cause short-term and long-term ocular problems such as photokeratitis, snow blindness, cataracts, pterygium, and various eye cancers.
Sunglasses are a visual aid; they can improve visual comfort and visual clarity by protecting the eye from glare. Sunglasses have been popular as a fashion statement; they have also been associated with celebrities and film actors. Ever since the 1960s, when FosterGrant ran the "Who's That Behind Those FosterGrants?" ad campaign, sunglasses have continued to increase in popularity.
Designer sunglasses have set trends in 'shades' fashion. Some of the top sunglass manufacturers include Black Flys, Bolle', Cebe, Costa Del Mar, Eyehawk, Maui Jim, Native Eyewear, Oakley, Ray-Ban, Revo Serengeti, Shields, Sun Tiger, Vuarnet. From Nike and Timberland to Gucci and Kenneth Cole, many big brands include sunglasses among their product lines. Many sunglass manufacturers make huge claims about the features and special qualities of their products. Prices can range depending on the features and the name. However, one should always beware of impostors. Do not be lured by vendors offering sunglasses that look exactly the same as the more expensive originals for a fraction of the cost. After all, it's a question of your precious eyes. Are you really paying that much for a name or are there fundamental differences between the look-alike sunglasses and the brand named ones? If your sunglasses offer no UV protection, you increase your exposure to UV rays. The cheap sunglasses block some of the light, causing your iris to open to allow more light in. This lets in more of the UV light as well, increasing the damage to the retina.
Different sunglasses have different standards and have been rated based on the amount of light they absorb- 0 for insufficient UV protection, 1 for sufficient UV protection, 2 for good UV protection and 3 for full UV protection. Although, there is no demonstrated correlation between high prices and increased UV protection; it is a wise decision to buy appealing brands and polarizing sunglasses from a good store. Gulshan Circle 2, Bijoy Nagar, Nayapaltan, New Market, Baitul Mokarram are some of the hot spots in Dhaka that source the largest range so you have the largest choice to choose your perfect sunglasses from. The renowned stores here are Cure Optics, France Optics, Fashion Optics, Dhaka Optics, College Optics, and Fair Vision. Brands like Gucci, Ray-Ban, Calvin Klein, Pierre Cardin, Carrera, Police can be found at any common eyewear store within Tk 2500 to Tk 6000. However, some shops have exclusive collections. For example, the Gulshan-2 branch of Fashion Optics offers sunglasses from Longiness for Tk 6000-Tk 8000, Metzler for Tk 4000-Tk 5000 and a limited stock of Giorgi Armani for Tk 5000-Tk 8000.
The different types or styles of sunglasses consist of the oversized glasses, Onassis, Mirror shades or cop shades, Aviators, Wayfarers and glacier glasses. The trends in shades have changed over decades. Recently, moderately oversized sunglasses have become a fashion trend. There are many variations, such as the 'Onassis', which is said to mimic the kind most famously worn by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the Dior white sunglasses.
The 2008 look is no different from last year, with a little bit of trend consolidation and a lot of investment from the big manufacturers. Sunglasses have gotten bigger, brighter and more outrageous than ever before. Size seems to matter; the latest trend is in going big- the 70s style Easy Rider; over the top disco Love God look with plenty of glamour. This accent on sophistication has led to a re-evaluation of that little black dress of the sunglass world, the classic aviator - for 2008 brought forward with modern adaptations of the traditional theme. Other old favourites are also freshened up for 2008. For example, sports frames are fashion derived and inspired, furthering the migration of sports fusing to lifestyle. There are also plays on classic ovals, rounded squares and frames following the contour of the face, all chosen for their ability to be worn with ease.
Over all, the trend continues to move towards striking colour choices full of drama. Whereas in 2007 there were bold black frames, 2008 sunglasses will see even bolder frames with more colours introduced; vibrant reds and lime greens, in particular. As far as lenses are concerned, graduated tints are important along with mirror coated lenses, which along with the frame shapes bring a touch of a late 70s retro mood.
Sunglasses have become widely prominent on everyone's wish list. They are a great way to change your look to be in season in 2008, with the latest eyewear trends while still showing your own sense of style and always standing out in the crowd!
By Zion Ara Hamid
Every once in awhile we all feel like taking a break from the packed city life and be able to breath easy, maybe somewhere away from all the hustle and bustle of our dear Dhaka. Such a destination is very unlikely to be found in and around Dhaka; you need to put in some extra effort, and literally go the extra mile.
One such place would be the Jamuna Resort right next to the Jamuna Bridge. It's about a three and half hours drive from Dhaka. There is even a picnic spot right on the riverbanks where you and your whole family can enjoy the spectacular view of the river. You can even go for a boat ride. A point to be noted is that it is also a military camp of sorts and therefore it's a relatively safe place to be in.
As they say getting there is half the fun, and it is actually true, but only if you take time and stop on the way to enjoy the view. On the way to Jamuna Bridge, you will pass Gazipur, Mirzapur, Tangail to mention a few and each of them has something or the other to offer. On one such trip to the Jamuna Bridge I stopped at a small town named Korotia, and to my surprise they even had their own university - Korotia University College, established sometime in 1926. If it weren't for the stop over, I would have never known it existed.
Another such destination, which is roughly a four hours drive away from Dhaka, is Mymensingh. Not just any place in Mymensigh, but the old Circuit House road right beside the Brahmaputra River. If you really do want to enjoy the beauty of the place to the fullest I would suggest not to go on a holiday as it is a favourite hang out spot for the locals. Another place nearby where one might want to visit is the Jainul Abedin Museum and gallery right beside the Circuit House. However, if you do find your way to Mymensingh, don't forget to try the local sweets. <>Chanar Polau, Balish Mishty, Malai Curry<> are just a few of the mouthwatering local delicacies which one must try at least once.
It's about time we all got to know about our country and all that it has to offer a little better. So instead of spending countless hours of just sitting at home, this could well be a very good alternative to pass time and relax away from the city.
By Albaab Habib
On The Cover
Nothing makes you feel cooler (actually and figuratively) than a sleek pair of shades. Protect your eyes in style this summer!
By Wasia Mehnaz
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