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Sombre Ekushey with Dressydale

THE spirit of Ekushey is a beacon of hope and inspiration. The fight for our mother tongue has been a blood drenched, solemn experience. The whole world now stands in awe and pays homage to Ekushey.

Dressydale pays tribute to glorious Ekushey through their 'Mood of Ekushey' collection. 'Black' has been used to represent struggle while white signifies respect. Besides, there is an array of accessories suitable for the occasion. The collection will be available in all Dressydale outlets from 10 February 2009.

Photo: Courtesy Dressydale


THE Westin offers "Brunch" at the Taste Restaurant for children aged five to twelve every Saturday. The fun and fervor is for children as they can enjoy their own cooking show or may have a swimming competition at the Swimming pool. There will also be Karaoke, an experience with Nintendo World and a splendid Brunch. The offer is available at Tk 988++.

All the children attending Brunch will get a Kid's Id which would avail them 15 percent discount all round the year to treat their friends and family at Taste. They can also avail this same discount for Splash, the poolside restaurant offering sizzling BBQ, Crab Station and a lot more.

Parents are also welcome to be a part of this fun and experience the most exclusive and ample buffet of Bangladesh at Tk 1976++. A further discount of 20% is extended with a table for six and 35% with a table for ten.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call 880-2-9891988

Date: Every Saturday, Time: 11:30 03:00 pm, Venue: Taste.

Of Rickshaws and Rickshawallas

ON Thursday, January 29, 2009, Omni Books at Genetic Plaza, Road # 27, Dhanmondi, organised a launching ceremony for the book “Of Rickshaws and Rickshawallas”. The book, which has been edited by Niaz Zaman is a “novel attempt to portray the different facets of the lives of the rickshawallah and the different forms of the rickshaw across Asia. It includes several genre that the world of the rickshawallah and the rickshaw has inspired”.

The book is a compilation of works in the form of poems, paintings, photographs, essays and short stories, by brilliant scholars, artists and photographers from here and around the world, such as the likes of Rudyard Kipling, Humayun Ahmed, Kaiser Haq, Mahbub Talukdar, Farida Zaman, Rokeya Sultana, G.M.B Akash, Ian Lloyd, Syed Manzoorul Islam and Sudeep Sen.

“Of Rickshaws and Rickshawallas” is a tribute to one of the most significant objects of our national culture and tradition; an object that personifies our national identity. Published by The University Press (UPL) and with a cover illustration by Md. Matiur Rahman, the book is truly a work of art in itself.

The launching ceremony was a cosy event with a small but august crowd, including guests such as the Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh, Britt F. Hagstrom, Mohiuddin Ahmed of UPL, Professor Nazrul Islam, Director of School of Liberal Arts, Independent University, Bangladesh, Farida Sheikh, Neo Mendez of Omni Books, as well as many of the contributors to the book.

Beginning at 5:30 pm, the evening began with a warm welcome speech from the editor himself, moving on to a few feedbacks and appreciations from the guests present, and concluded with tea, sweets and rolls.

By Farina Noireet

Happy Hour @ Farzana Shakil's

IN response to the desires of their valued clients, 'Farzana Shakil's Makeover Salon' is starting their 'Happy Hour' service from 7th Feb 2009. The service will be available only at their Dhanmondi, every week from Sunday to Wednesday, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

All services availed during this time will come with a 20%

The offer will stand until further notice.

Pitha in culinary glory

AS Dhaka celebrates 400, plans are extensive to not only highlight aspects of the city but also commemorate features of life style as Dhakaites.

Last Friday, the Civil Committee for the Celebration of 400 Years of Dhaka arranged a "Dhakaiya Pitha Festival" at Bengal Cafe, showcasing a wide assortment of delectable pithas that enrich the palate of Dhaka.

The preparation that goes in to making rice cakes is extensive, however it is a time long tradition that the ladies of the household cherish.

Over seventy different variations of pithas were presented to the audience. From familiar puli, patishapta and bhapa, to obscure variants of jhunjhuni pitha, pukan pitha and bibirkhana. Use of fruit juices often play an important role in the preparation of pithas. They often take the name of the fruit used as ingredient. Thus we find aam pitha, anarosh pitha, kamranga pitha and khejur pitha.

And there was bakarkhani, although not a pitha but a traditional treat of the Old Town. In addition, there was shemai, buter daal, and kheer.

The evening was inaugurated by noted playwright and art critic Syed Ahmed. Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhit, also graced the occasion.

By Mannan Mashhur Zarif

News flash

Gorgeous the green way

YOU know how they say the best things in life are free? Eight very fortunate young women were reminded of that saying when they won the “Naturally Gorgeous” contest jointly organized by Herbal Solutions Herbal Day Spa and Radio Foorti.

For the past month, word of the contest has been broadcast through the radio program “My Time” by RJ Sharmin Lucky. Participants wrote in about their skin and hair problems. “The response was overwhelming,” says Chompa Rahman, Program Producer, Radio Foorti. “We received dozens of e-mails as well as letters through snail mail.” The letters then underwent a screening process for eligibility, and ultimately eight contestants were declared winners. The reception for the winners was held on January 29, at Café H in Gulshan, with Sharmin Lucky and Chompa Rahman as Chief Guest and Special Guests respectively.

These winners will receive free hair and skin treatment from Herbal Solutions Day Spa. Sultana Parveen Huq, Managing Director, Herbal Solutions, says, “The aim is to show that beauty problems like pimples, dark circles, dandruff, etc can be solved without resorting to chemicals. Our treatments make use of products with 100% natural ingredients.” The treatments will be customized to address the specific problems of each of the girls, and the number of sessions each requires may vary, but will be carefully monitored to mark for progress and effectiveness.

Depending on the success of this venture, Herbal Solutions is also planning for a similar contest for men.

Sabrina F Ahmad

News flash
Launching @ Nando's

ON January 26, 2009, Nando's, the popular international restaurant, introduced their latest signature dish “The Cataplana”. The Cataplana represents the theatre of food. It is a traditional Portugese dish of perfectly grilled chicken thighs marinated in the famous Nando's Peri-Peri sauce then simmered with the fresh strips of bell peppers, tossed with courgettes, onions and ripe tomatoes and served on a bed of spicy rice. To create a complete feast, Cataplana is served with a gourmet beverage of your choice. The campaign will run till 11th of March 2009.

Nando's was brought to Bangladesh a year and a half earlier by MGH Group. Nando's has been treating food connoisseurs of Dhaka to their uniquely different chicken delicacies for over a year and has already captured their taste buds.

Guests at the launching event included designer Bibi Russel, Food critic Siddiqua Kabir and Sharmin Lucky, News Presenter Mishu Rahman, Mritika, along with Nando's Brand Manager Farhan Rashid and as well as many others.

News flash
Special offer

OR subscribers of 'Thank You' offer by Grameenphone, Shirt Gallery offers a 15 percent discount on ready-to-wear and also made-to-order shirts. The offer is valid till May 2009 at the Elephant Road and Gulshan, Pink City outlets. Contact # 01711802868, 01717173236, 01191477369.



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