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Cakes are an inseparable part of any celebration. Be it on occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, or festivals, such as Christmas, New Years or Easter, cakes are indeed an essential part that makes them all the more special.
The past few years has witnessed the blossoming of many new bakeries and pastry shops around town, many of which have made quite a name for themselves. Therefore, in light of all that as well as the festive season, this week, Star Lifestyle brings forward the highlights of some of the places in the city where you can get your much needed sweet delights to share with friends and family, to make this season extra special.
What makes Shumi's different is that, instead of experimenting with many different flavours, they believe in reaching and retaining excellence in the few that they have. Shumi's offers chocolate cake at Tk 275/lb, Black Forest at Tk 300/lb, and special Black Forest at Tk 325/lb. Also available are other delectable treats in the form of Shumi's Delight, at Tk 25 per piece and the Black Forest Delight at only Tk 20 per piece, which according to me, is to die for!
By Farina Noireet
On The Cover
Christmas and the holiday season in this part of the world have its own flavour. There is no white Christmas and no Santa on the street, but people spend their season with due religious fervour and festivity. This week Star Lifestyle takes a look at the fun fare, food and frolic behind the desi Christmas and winter. Merry Christmas!
The Bangladeshi parent is expected to bear their ward's university expenses, in its entirety. The culture for paying for one's own university education is a relatively new concept. Possibly, with new opportunities for part time jobs, the youth today find themselves capable to meet, at least partially, the demands of tertiary education.
Upon completion of the higher secondary level, students find themselves in a buoyant market where the demand for qualified tutors is quite high. Those with a command over the language often contribute to different newspapers and publication houses, once again opening an avenue for an added income.
A friend of mine, a miser of some considerable notoriety, has recently gone abroad, paying almost half his tuition fees from the money saved since his school days. But such cases are hard to come across. People who undertake intense undergraduate courses like medicine and architecture often find it next to impossible to venture out into earning an extra handful. Then again, how many people study architecture or medicine?
The middle class Bangladeshi now finds themselves in an unprecedented situation where making both ends meet is becoming exceedingly difficult. Rising costs of living only add to the misery. A little contribution on the children's part can and does make life a little easier for the parents. And there is also the issue of self-respect and vanity, if you may. Asking for money every single day even for the slightest of matters can be demeaning for the children and a burden to the parents.
We are in the process of accepting that even the smallest of jobs deserve respect. Make an effort, be a salesperson in a boutique or the bookshop. Contribute to a newspaper if you have the knack for writing. Venture out and make yourself independent. You owe this most of all to yourself, and of course to your parents.
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