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Whether you're counting down to the New Year at a big bash or a private do, it's always double the fun when you have some mouthwatering munchies at hand. Kiss 2008 goodbye with some of these snappy and sumptuous snacks, courtesy of Le Saigon.
Deep Fried Spring Roll
Fried fish cakes
Shrimp mousse on sugarcane
Stir fried Beef
Photo: Zahedul I Khan
With the holidays on, people back home from colleges, the wedding season in full swing, and elections and the New Year nigh, this month is all about back-to-back, non-stop partying, be it a huge disco at a grand five star hotel, a cosy movie night with the family, or a barbecue party on the roof or backyard. A fun party can be of any shape and size as long as it carries the true meaning of celebration- that is, having fun with the people around you. So this week, Star Lifestyle has come up with a list of ideas for all those people in need of a few tips on how to spend the perfect New Year's Eve.
Since this is a busy season, inform your guests well ahead of the event, and try and get confirmations as soon as possible. Insist that they RSVP, so that it's easier for you to plan everything else.
If you're one who enjoys good food as well as the company of those you care about then a barbecue or one-dish party might just be the answer for you. Both these themes have their highlights; at a one-dish party the brunt of the food providing load is lessened with everyone bringing in something, and similarly at a barbecue party your guests can share in on all the fun by taking turns with all the outdoor grilling, which after all, is a major part of the fun at such events.
While bbq's and dance parties are their own entertainment, other options include getting some DVD's for a movie marathon, plugging your playstation or X-box in for some gaming fun, or, if you have the gear, a karaoke party.
Plan out these activities ahead of the party, and test out your equipment Also, if you happen to live in a small neighbourhood where everybody is like family, then you can all chip in and hold a huge gathering at the house of whoever owns the biggest yard or roof.
The last word
By Farina Noireet and Sabrina F Ahmad
On The Cover
The ballot boxes have been filled, the die has been cast, and now we wait with fingers crossed as we stand on the brink of a new chapter of our history. Will December 30 be the start of a journey towards a better tomorrow? Let's keep our fingers crossed.
By the time this issue of LS will hit the newsstands the collective fate of the nation will be sealed, whether for better or for worse is to be seen. After two years of waiting, the franchise of the people will see the transition of power from the Caretaker Government to an elected one.
We don't want to see Bangladesh topping the list of the most corrupt nations in the world. We also don't want politicians who are more mindful of their own benefits than the welfare of the people. We can only hope that whichever party assumes the role of the opposition works constructively to hold the elected party to account. They should remember that they are the shadow government, and that their role lies in the seats of the Parliament and not on the streets.
Taking the country forward and to better times is not the sole responsibility of the new government. The people themselves have a large role to play. A concerted effort will have to be made to lift the country economically. It is also our civic duty to keep abreast of current affairs and make an effort to raise our voices when need be. These dreams are more realistic now because of the increasing power and influence of the media.
With the arrival of the New Year with a new government in power, the people will hope to see the start of a process that at least lowers, if not extinguishes, the trend of corruption that has beset our country. It would also be nice to see those in power cooperating with each other for the betterment of the country.
So be glued to the television and radio sets as the election drama unfolds. Keep your fingers crossed and hope that you and the people have voted right.
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