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The importance of Ernesto

Korda's Legacy
When one thinks of Che Guevara, the image that comes to mind is that timeless over-the-shoulder shot with the man himself in that stylish beret. You see this image adorning t-shirts, posters, cups, caps and all manner of memorabilia.

This emblematic image is based on a photograph by Alberto Diaz Gutierrez, who adopted the surname 'Korda'. Alberto Korda captured his famous frame on March 5 1960 during a mass funeral in Havana. Korda was Fidel's official photographer and he describes Che's expression in the picture, which he labelled 'Guerrillero Heroico' as encabronadao y dolente (angry and sad). The picture was one of only two frames taken. The original shot includes palm fronds and a man facing Che, both subsequently cropped out.

Unpublished for a year, the picture was seen only by those who passed through Korda's studio, where it hung on a wall and where the leftist Italian publisher and intellectual, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, discovered it. Korda gave two eight-by-10 cm prints of it as a gift to Feltrinelli allowing him to republish it, and when Che Guevara was killed a few months later, in 1967, he distributed posters across Italy. Feltrinelli used the other print for the cover of the book Diario del Che in Bolivia. Although he kept the negative and the camera with which he took the photo, Korda never received any royalties for the use of that image.

Timeless trend-setter
From these beginnings, Korda's image of Che would gain in popularity until it came to rival the Mona Lisa as perhaps the most replicated image ever. The iconic nature of design is not only due to how it graphically portrays Che.

We live in a culture today where understanding symbols doesn't necessary matter. As one website quips, “You very rarely see political leaders on t-shirts, unless they are dead and bearded”. And yet there's something undeniably cool about Che, which makes him such a pop art favourite. It's not just that he's better looking than Mao or Lenin.

Even in Dhaka, some forty-odd years after his demise, the appeal of this immortal rebel has not faded. You'll find the stores at the Aziz Supermarket flooded with t-shirts bearing that beloved image. A little bit of scouring through the alleys of Doza market could even yield that well-known black beret with its single star. Some go as far as to ink his face or name onto their skins. The guerrilla garb, the nonchalantly unkempt hair and beard, all stand for that irresistibly hip rebel look that young men secretly crave for.

Hot fuss
Simply Che- a synonym for radical thoughts and the icon of every dormant revolutionary within our hearts. His appeal, strangely enough, lies not in his success, more so for his relentless efforts, time and again, to topple regimes across South America and bring the pleasures of Communism- a concept of equality, an idea of society where all are equal. Socialism has meet its dog days, but he lives on, forever young and awe inspiring. Ernesto 'Che' Guevara was an unrelenting soul. A medical doctor from Argentina, a iconic figure in Cuba and a failed revolutionary in Bolivia, where he was shot dead by a firing squad. Reportedly, his last words were “Shoot, coward, you're only going to kill a man”. That is Che, in a nutshell. A man whose influence transcends the inevitability of death, making him and his ideology immortal to millions.

Selected as one of the 100 most influential personalities of the previous century, his vision still lives within the hearts of many youth around the world. The void that has appeared in our lives, make the young minds crave for an ideology, a vision for change, to do and to be different. The Cuban success could not deter him from striving for the Bolivian effort; this was the very essence of his persona- indomitable.

Combining capitalism and commerce, religion and revolution, Che's image remains unchallenged. Che was the outsider that we all wish we could have been, and he came to symbolize the counter-culture rebel, willing to sacrifice everything in the pursuit of his ideals. Rather than something that really signifies a desire to become some kind of revolutionary, the Che Guevara logo is the image, which represents change. We can see the Obama-holics nodding in agreement.

Sabrina F Ahmad and Mannan Mashhur Zarif

Tandoori chicken breasts

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup plain low-fat yoghurt
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground ginger
Dash of freshly ground pepper

Wash chicken and pat dry. Cut breasts in half crosswise, and put between pieces of waxed paper or plastic wrap. Pound chicken gently with side of meat mallet or bottom of a heavy glass to flatten each piece until 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.

Make tandoori paste by combining yoghurt and all seasonings in a small bowl. Brush chicken pieces with seasoned paste, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

Prepare a charcoal grill, letting coals burn ashen. Oil rack or prepare with non-stick cooking spray. Grill 2 to 4 minutes on each side, just until chicken is cooked through.

Thai tuna burgers

24 ounces tuna
1 c bread crumbs, fine, dry, unseasoned
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 cup peanuts chopped
1/4 c shallots, finely chopped
1/4 c fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 1/4 c light mayonnaise
10 burger buns
10 lettuce leaves

Drain tuna. Flake into large mixing bowl. Add the bread crumbs, red pepper flakes, peanuts, shallots, cilantro and mayonnaise. Mix until all ingredients are well combined. Refrigerate mixture until ready to form into burgers.

Form into 10 burgers (4 1/4 oz. each) on waxed paper. Open buns and place lettuce leaves on bun halves. Cook burgers in non-stick pan or on griddle just until lightly browned and hot throughout, turning once. Place burger on lettuce and top with bun half. Serve immediately.

Bangla wedding spicy chicken roast

3 lb. chicken
2" piece ginger
3-4 cloves garlic
4 green chillies
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 lime
7-8 peppercorns
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
6 dry red chillies
Salt to taste
3 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter) for frying

Blend the ginger, garlic, peppercorns, green chillies, cumin and turmeric to a smooth paste, adding very little water. Cut the chicken into large pieces. Marinate them in the above masala, salt to taste and the lime juice from 1 lime for about 2 hrs.

Heat the ghee in a non-stick pan and add the dry red chillies. Fry for 10 seconds and then add the marinated chicken pieces.

Fry on a low heat till the chicken is done. You can add a little water if necessary during the cooking.


Check It Out

Indian food festival at Hotel Sarina

In this culturally festive period for India and its neighbours, Hotel Sarina, Dhaka will host an Indian Food Festival from October 7 to October 13 at its AMRIT restaurant that will bring out the rich variety of Indian cuisine. The richness of the delicacies during the festival will lie not only in the variety of Indian cuisine but also in the ingredients used in creating such variety. The Indian chefs Souvik Das and Subhradeep Ghosh, under the supervision of Executive Chef Norbert D Costa will delight the palate with elaborate dishes such as kebabs, kormas, kaliya, nahari-kulchas, zarda, sheermal, roomali rotis and parathas. Customers can indulge their taste buds from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm during the festival week. For more information about the festival, please contact the Sales and Marketing department of Hotel Sarina, Dhaka.

Phone: 8859604-10


Tid bits of life

The humidity in our tropical delta Bangladesh leads to excessive sweating which in turn leads to a smell not bearable to all, to put it in a subtle manner. While deodorants are a must use for retaining the bitter smells within the sphere of our bodies, we often fail to realise how our clothes or our shoes diffuse the not so sweet smells, per se.

Shoes, an everyday wear for our feet, have the worst job of sinking within puddles and walking though the dirty streets of the city. To rid of the stink, place a few tealeaves in a pair of stockings and leave them in the shoes for a day or two. This remedy should relieve your shoes from the choking stench making them fresh and crispy.

Lips dominate our talks, swaying swiftly in motion with our emotions. Regular lip conditioning is a necessity if chapped lips are to be avoided. Summer heats, the dry autumns or the cold winters equally demand pampering treats for those sensuous lips. Apply petroleum jelly or other such lip conditioners on a regular basis to keep their softness intact. When purchasing lipsticks, ensure that conditioners are locked within those gorgeous colours. Lipsticks are durable although those lustrous lip stains can be sealed in. Apply powder and foundation before the lipstick is painted, followed with a slight dab with a tissue paper with powder on the inner side.

“Hickies” create “Oh!” and “oomph” effects with their visibility in public. Bangladesh is not a big fan of public displays of affection and thus hickies leave an embarrassing blush if nothing more. Hickies can be concealed however to save that colour flush. Apply lotion on the designated areas and massage with the back of a cold spoon on the hickies for 45-60 minutes replacing the spoon with a cold one every now and then.




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