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With new research being done everyday, the humble potato is now transforming into one of the most important food sources in the world. Potatoes are not only an excellent source of nutrition but also very useful for skin treatments. They are fortified with potassium, vitamin C and fibre, but above all potatoes are very good sources of anti-oxidant and it also helps to reduce cholesterol levels.

This highly available tuber is an essential ingredient for beauty care, and many home made beautification products are made with potatoes. Here are some simple beauty tips for you to try at random using potatoes as masks.

If you have any marks or pigmentation problems on your face, you can wash your face daily with cool potato juice. This will help to reduce the blemishes and marks.

Grate a potato and tie it in a cloth then place it over your eyes for 15 minutes. This will help to reduce the puffiness of your eyes.

Apply a pack containing half cup potato (boiled & mashed), 1 tablespoon cucumber juice and 1 tablespoon carrot juice. Leave on for 15 minutes and wash off with warm water. Use this pack once a week. This will help to brighten your skin and remove spots.

If you have wrinkled skin around your neck, then apply this potato mask. Boil 2 unpeeled potatoes then mash. Make a puree by adding 1 egg-yolk, 1 teaspoon honey, any seed oil (sesame, mustard, etc), glycerine, and lemon juice. Put this mixture in a cotton fabric and tie around the neck. These instant packs can do wonders to your skin in a matter of moments. Try them and see the results.

Saiful's mother was separated from her husband and she used to work at my place a long time ago. He was a little boy back then. Saiful and his sister would play with my daughter and nephews and run about all day. One day his mother returned to her husband taking the children with her. He grew up, started his small business, got married and now has a little daughter.

His is a fairy tale life in his small world. He often comes to the city to purchase goods for his little shop. He buys ready-made garments and sells them in his little township, which is a little bigger than a village market. Sometimes when business is dull he takes his wares and hawks them from house to house. On the fateful day he came to get his supplies. After buying his things he went to visit a friend.

He was coming back in a CNG when another man got in. This man stole a mobile phone from somebody and jumped into the CNG that was moving at a snail's pace due to the traffic jam. Just then the owner of the mobile phone caught up shouting “thief, thief”. The easily excitable Bengali mob hauled the thief and him out of the CNG and started hitting both of them. He kept on pleading that he was not with the thief but who cared? They had found muggers to lay their hands on and all their anger rained on the two men in the form of slaps, kicks, and blows.

Both the men were handed over to the police. The police asked him whether he knew the thief and he replied in the negative but when the thief was asked he promptly replied they were in it together. They did not heed the pleas he made and took both the men to the police station. He found an old friend whom he called upon to inform his family in the village. His old father got the news a day later. He came running to town to get his son released.

The simple, old man ran from pillar to post to get his son out, but he had already been sent to jail.

Wherever the old man went, it seemed he couldn't get anything across without flashing money. One tout told him to pay twenty thousand takas so that his son and the thief would not be remanded. It did not occur to him that he didn't have to save the man who got his son in trouble.

When he went to a lawyer, he found out that the only thing the lawyer really wanted to do was grab their money. He promised to move bail but has not done it so far. Saiful has not been given bail as I am writing this piece and his fate lies in limbo. His wife and daughter will soon go without food if he is not released.

I wonder how many Saifuls there are all over Bangladesh who are rotting in jail awaiting trial while their parents, siblings, and their kith and kin are running around trying to gather money to get them released.

Budget Smart

Cooler on the wallet

The scorching summer heat has made Nameeya Afroz think of a better refrigerator; the one she has is not functioning properly. Refrigerator is a household necessity and as she has to run the show, it is important that she gets the best deal. Her budget, takas 25,000.

Singer has launched some of the best refrigerators starting from Tk 17,000 to as high as Tk 38,000. There are variations in the interior compartments in each of the models. They are also durable and can fulfil the requirements of every household.

Samsung refrigerators are also available in affordable prices ranging between Tk 31,000 to Tk 35,000. Nameeya would need to stretch her budget if she is choosy about brands. Samsung offers large compartments, which women usually prefer.

Samsung refrigerators are built to preserve food fresh for a long time. They are also available in three different door designs. This gives the refrigerator a posh look and opting for contrasting metallic hues is bound to bring out an elegant look.

Whirlpool on the other hand provides a turbo cooling system. Within a price range of Tk 25,000 to Tk 33,000 the brand is sure to satisfy her with its stylish design and colours. The cooling system is quite impressive as well.

Haier refrigerators are spacious and large, and their price goes up to Tk 61,000. The double door system provides a touch of difference. The huge compartments have enough space to store day- to-day food and also for special occasions like Eid-ul-Adha. As for LG refrigerators, the price tag is similar to that of Samsung; they are equally good and can keep material fresh even in the dog hours of load shedding.

Nameeya can now come to a decision, with all the information at hand. Whether she fancies extravagance or being penny wise, is up to her. But keeping within the budget is the wise decision!

By Yamin Tauseef Jahangir



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