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Weekly Planner

Week 4

The days are almost over with Eid only days away. Keeping in mind the swine flue outbreak, maintain proper hygiene. As the movement of the homebound people is to sure keep Dhaka a desolate city, Dhakaiites enjoy
the comfort while it lasts. Eid Mubarak!

During the evening, make a way onto the wide-awake festive streets of the city. The city has a risen temperature from the Eid fever as the heat of the festival sinks in. The malls have extended their business hours, so now you can finally take your time as you rummage through a heap of clothes to find that perfect attire.
Our pick
Loose: An album by Nelly Furtado
"Modern, poppy, spooky" in her own words, Loose is an offering away from Furtado's traditional folk roots and an adventure into the hip-hop and RnB genres. If you liked her previous work, you are in for a nice surprise!
Snacks in a snap
Lime cola
Ingredients: 3 tbsp frozen limeade concentrate (thawed); 1 (12 fluid ounce) can cola-flavoured carbonated beverage; 1 slice lime. Methods: Fill a tall glass with ice. Spoon in the limeade. Slowly pour in the cola. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Its high time to prepare your 'things to do' before the Eid frenzy takes over. Chores left for the last minute will keep bouncing back in your face amidst the utter chaos of Eid-time traffic and the shopping hullabaloo!
Our pick
The Farewell Address of the holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
Islam in a nutshell. A highly spiritual overview of human interaction, behaviour and most importantly man's relation with God, Allah almighty!

Snacks in a snap
Pina colada
A yummy, easy to make tropical fruit drink recipe using everyday ingredients! Great for relaxing away in these hot days!
Ingredients: 1 cup ice; 1¼ cups pineapple juice; ½ cup milk; ½ cup heavy cream; 2 tbsp white sugar. Method: In an electric blender, blend ice, pineapple juice, milk, cream, and sugar. Blend until smooth.

How many times has this happened? That we failed to express ourselves to our nearest ones. That we failed to make best use of the moments we share into ones we learn to cherish rather than having them wasted in petty grudges and selfishness. Spend the last days of Ramadan with the ones close to your heart and make the best use of time.

Our pick
The Time Traveller's Wife
One of those rare occasions when a book is transformed into a major motion picture, keeping the originality and the plot intact, yet providing the audience with a cinematic version that has moments of sheer brilliance of its own. A romantic drama, this movie, or the book by Audrey Niffenegger if you prefer- is a story that touches many genres and is sure to touch your heart.

Somewhere in the heart of pastoral Bangladesh, an ailing mother or maybe a father awaits your return. Make sure you reach your destination safely.
Our pick
'It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job: it's a depression when you lose yours.' - Harry S. Truman
Snacks in a snap
Spiced Tomato Juice
Ingredients: 2 (32 fluid ounce) bottles tomato juice; ½ cup lemon juice; ¼ cup lime juice; 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce; 1 tsp pepper; 1 tsp salt; a little hot pepper sauce; 8 medium celery ribs with leaves. Method: In a large pitcher, combine the first seven ingredients; stir well. Pour into glasses. Garnish with celery. Serve immediately.

Before this blessed time leaves us for another year, make sure you have your Zakat calculated, if not dispersed amongst those in need. Just to give you a wake up call, Zakat is not charity; it is the poor man's right over those who are financially sound. So, Wake Up!
Our pick
It has been quite sometime since we saw Asterix, the Gaul and his zany friends in the booklover's circuit. Bookshops no longer maintain a good stock of comics as they used to even a decade back. Maybe its high time we let them know of our need for our cartoon friends.


A dress without the perfect set of accessories is a box of breadsticks without a cheese dip. It is time you put on that searchlight and set out on your mission to find those perfect stilettos, those chandelier earrings or that perfect pear shaped ring. Complimentary cosmetics are a must buy. Stocks are limited, so get going.
Our pick
Samantha Swift Series of flash games
It's a hidden object, adventure game themed on archaeology where the protagonist goes on a hunt for treasured relics.
Snacks in a snap
Mock Champagne
Ingredients: 2 (2 litre) bottles ginger ale (chilled); 1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice (chilled); 1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle white grape juice (chilled).
Method: To make ice ring- fill a ring-shaped cake pan to ½ with ginger ale. Freeze until partially frozen. At this stage you can place edible flowers, or pieces of fruit around the ring. Fill pan with ginger ale and freeze until solid. Place in punch bowl just before serving. In a large bowl, combine 1 bottle ginger ale, pineapple juice and white grape juice.

Take things easy. The last four weeks have been taxing on you physically as well as emotionally but don't lose it in the last hour. Engage in last family activities like cooking, or maybe watching a drama on television.
Our pick
Where the Sidewalk Ends: A poem by Shel Silverstein
The poem speaks of leaving the sidewalks and venturing into a place mellowed and made loving by the presence of children. The poem seems especially appropriate in this festive season where people in large numbers leave the concrete sidewalks and go back to the roots of their soul.
Snacks in a snap
Orange Glorious
Ingredients: 1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate; 1 cup milk; 1 cup water; ½ cup white sugar; 1 tsp vanilla extract; 12 cubes ice.
Method: In a blender, combine orange juice concentrate, milk, water, sugar and vanilla. Add ice cubes and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.



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