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I remember the first time I started saving money. On my sixth birthday, my mother gave me this cute little piggy bank and explained the value of money. I was excited, really excited. I genuinely believed I would become some sort of a millionaire one day!

But things did not go the way I planned. Saving money inside a little piggy bank made little sense when I could spend on ice cream, chocolates and lollypops! That piggy bank eventually joined my group of toys…

For most of us young adults, the whole concept of earning, spending and saving comes mainly after we complete high school. Many of us teach students earning a decent amount in the process. But the question is: what do we do with that money?

One of the most common reasons for teenagers to earn money is that it gives them the freedom to buy what their parents are currently reluctant to provide. Spending my own money gives me a feeling of satisfaction and pleasure.

But is it actually a good thing to spend your hard-earned money? A teacher supposedly said “It's wise to spend money at our age- this gives you a strong incentive to earn more money.” But this is subjective; and doesn't give the whole picture. There's this friend of mine who saves around ninety percent of his income. He's going to pour all that into the stock market. A sensible move if he knows the subject well. Some people earn and put the money in their bank accounts for unforeseen emergency purposes or to pay a part of their own university education abroad.

All of us try to maintain a balance between saving and spending, doing a bit of both, but if you ask me, I desperately need to learn the art of saving, which has always been a mystery to me.

By M H Haider

Budget Smart

Treating your friends

Faihan Ahmed is a 20-year-old university going guy. Some of his friends are coming from Australia in their summer vacation and he has been wondering where and how he can treat them well. Being a student, he has constrained his budget to Tk 1500. Here are some of Dhaka's great catering services and restaurants we have picked for Faihan.

The food business in Dhaka has been flooding and finding a place to treat your friends can get very confusing as there are lots of options to choose from. But before you make a decision, you should decide whether to cater or take them out.

Throwing a party at home becomes very simple with catering. But if you want to avoid any kind of hassles at home, opt for the restaurant, which too comes with a wide range of alternatives like buffets, set-menus and the like. Decide carefully on the menu itself. Keeping your friends' tastes in mind, decide whether you want to give them a Bangladeshi traditional treat or an experience in Thai, Indian, Chinese, Continental, Arabic or Italian dishes.

Although the list is diverse, the best part is, you can still find whatever will suit your friend's taste. Also, don't leave out on choosing a good interior, as the interior is what sets the mood.

If you want to treat your friends with authentic Bangladeshi traditional rich food, Fakruddin Baburchi will be the right pick for you. Their menu consists of chicken roast, chicken tandoori, jali kebab, borhani and sweet items such as zarda, ras malai, shahi tukra and firni. Any set menu for each person will be around Tk 260. The most popular item is the kacchi biryani. They also serve fish dishes as well as vegetables and the menu can be changed according to the preferences of the customers.

Another great place to enjoy the delicacy of Bangladeshi tradition is Radhuni, located at 12 Kemal Ataturk Avenue, Banani, the ambiance has been set in a light green shade, finely crafted with leaves, bamboos and hurricane lanterns. There are various deshi items to choose from. However, the set menu consisting of everything from khichuri to shaada bhaat, and priced only at Tk 120 each is very appealing.

If you want to keep all your options open at a single place, Aristocrat in Gulshan-1 is a place that serves all types of food. Here you can let your friends pick up anything of their choice. Also, if you are planning to cater, their service includes cutlery, dishes, tables and chairs along with the food. However, your orders should be confirmed within seven days in advance. For Bangladeshi cuisine, the price is Tk 400-500 and if you plump for their most popular menu, that is Chinese or Thai, the price shall vary from Tk 600 and above.

Another in line is Aroma at Gulshan-2, serving mainly Thai, Indian and Continental, their buffet will just cost you around Tk 300 excluding vat.

Dish n' Dessert, located at Banani, with a varied menu of Thai, Indian and Chinese serves buffet at around Tk 450 per person. They also have a good catering service with trained waiters and other necessities. Catering prices vary depending on the number of invited guests and also on the number of items chosen.

At Boomers, you can go for a two items or three items set menu within Tk 150 only. D Pavement recently started an eight to ten items buffet, at only Tk 190 per person. This buffet also includes appetizers and desserts. Located in Dhanmondi, with an exotically designed interior, this place has been known for its mouth-watering steaks.

Apart from these, if you wish to treat your friends for pizzas, pastas, burgers or shwarma, Shawrma House is just the place for you. Here you can treat your friends from a wide array within Tk 600. Other great pizza places include Pizza Corner, Pizza Hut and Bella Italia starting from around Tk 300 and Tk 500 per person. You can also try out some exclusive items in X-Lounge, Banani, only if you are feeling extravagant.

Given the wide options above, you can instantly indulge your friends for an incredibly savouring treat. Above all, be sure to add a touch of hospitality. Be as charming and welcome your friends with a smile, they will surely remember you as a good host. So now that you know what to do, what are you waiting for? Bon appetite!

By Zion Hamid

On The Cover

Life changes gear, from first to a gradual second, third and finally fourth as days pass by leaving festivities behind, throttling into the frenzy of city life. Amidst the changing pace we peek into the Vietnamese destination Ha Long Bay to take a laid back look at nature in all its splendour. And await Durga Puja.
Photo Credit: Tarik Sujat


Thoughts on a rainy day

Ever wonder how excruciatingly frustrating it can be to be completely stuck in traffic, for hours on end, not even budging two inches? Just the other day, I called up a friend of mine to ask how long it would take her to get to the office, and these were her exact words: “Well...I'm stuck in traffic in front of the Gulshan Aarong, and it already feels like it's been a week! I mean, if I were a guy, I'd literally have grown a beard by now!” (And you know what? I really wouldn't be surprised if something like that actually happened!)

Almost everywhere around the world, there's such a thing as a 'rush hour'; however, in Dhaka, every hour is rush hour! Don't get me wrong. I love my city! But let's face the facts: Dhaka is a veritable jungle, writhing with the worst of predators at all times, especially on the streets. One would think that maybe things would get better during the holy month of Ramadan, where Muslims reverently pursue abstention from wrongdoings.

However, that would indeed be a naive thought, because on the contrary, it's astonishingly ironic how the people on the streets are actually at their rudest during this month! Especially the CNG drivers! I mean, I know better than to haggle with poor rickshaw pullers, who have to use physical labour to transport their passengers, and that too while fasting, but these CNG drivers are in a whole new league of their own.

Most will very rudely just drive by, even when you are calling at the top of your voice, and the very few who will be kind enough to stop will ask, sorry demand, for such an outrageous fare, it will literally leave you dumbstruck!

And the bus transport system is no better! In fact, it seemed that during Ramadan, bus owners actually decided on letting only a few buses on the streets, which is why the rush seemed extra frenzied. To such an extent that it actually becomes a luxury to even find a seat!

On one such occasion last week, when I just stepped out of the house on my way to the office, walking towards the bus stand like I usually did, it suddenly began to rain hard. The shower came instantly, out of the blue, and I instinctively shoved my hand into my bag, fumbling for the umbrella. I waited for the bus, ticket in hand, for a good twenty minutes before I saw the bus approaching.

As the bus approached, the other passengers, who until now had all been in line, suddenly went berserk. As we all struggled to get on the bus, which by the way, did not even come to a full halt, I frantically tried to shut my umbrella, allowing myself to get drenched. As soon as I spotted a gap large enough to fit a part of my foot, I jumped on, using my right hand to grab on to the railing. It was all I could do to hold on!

By Farina Noireet



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