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Patriotic flares at DeshiDosh

When you think of one area with a number of popular brands, you will probably think of anywhere between New York's Fifth Avenue to London's Oxford Street. However, if you prefer something a little closer to home, you will probably end up in Level 7 of Bashundhara City, which houses Bangladesh's ten most popular fashion houses in one showroom called DeshiDosh.

Although always packed with shoppers, DeshiDosh has been recently seeing an increase in the influx of shoppers and with Independence Day around the corner, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to guess why.

Fashion has been known to be a medium of expression and people often depend on it to make a statement. In recent years, during occasions such as Independence Day or Victory Day, the streets usually fill up with the vivid colours of patriotism in the form of red and green saris, kameezes, fatuas and panjabis, worn by the zealously patriotic Bangladeshis. The best place to find these patriotic offerings is none other than DeshiDosh.

DeshiDosh is keeping in line with the national spirit and most of their fashion houses are currently decorated in the colours of red and green. Upon entering Kay Kraft, for example, you are likely to be surrounded by walls covered by the flag and greeted by mannequins decked in Kay Kraft's special Independence Day Collection.

Kay Kraft's Independence Day line features an impressive collection of red and green saris, three-piece kameez sets, fatuas and even a children's line, in order to include the future leaders of Bangladesh who will no doubt continue to secure the freedom their forefathers have brought to them. The kameezes can be bought for around Tk.1000-5500 while the kids' collection ranges from Tk.150-1500.

Similarly, Rong, staying true to its name, displays a colourful palette of saris and kameezes with tribal, dyed ornas. Their fatuas in particular stand out as they are of different styles but deliver the same message of Independence with bold splashes of red and green. Rong's sari collection ranges from Tk 1500-5000 and Tk 1500-2500 for their kameezes.

Banglar Mela is also reflective of the patriotic spirit as their unique collection boasts everything from the red and green saris and kurtas to simple T-shirts imprinted with Bengali alphabets and the faces of the martyrs. They even have one featuring George Harrison's 'Concert for Bangladesh!'

“For this particular Independence Day, we have kept the style for the kurtas the same but have introduced different cuts,” said the manager at Banglar Mela. Banglar Mela has kept the price range for kurtas from Tk 500-600 while their saris range from Tk 500-5000.

Consumers have so far reacted positively to the vibrant collection and all the stores are expecting an increase in momentum as the day approaches.

The manager of Banglar Mela also expressed a hope that people show their Bangladeshi pride not only in the form of patriotic clothes but also with something small, like brooches or bandanas, which symbolise the celebration of freedom.

By Mahareen Khalid

People have known for a long time that good nutrition is vital to health. There's even an old saying about it: “You are what you eat”.

Fortunately, we are more systematic and scientific in our approach to nutrition now. You can also help yourself during times when therapy makes it difficult to eat or difficult to avoid overeating.

If you are in therapy, you may feel tired, overwhelmed or finicky. The right nutrition and eating tips can increase your comfort as well as support your treatment during this time.

These recipes will help you reduce dietary fats, increase fibre and eat a wide variety of vegetables, alongside their other various benefits. They can also help with special needs and solving nutritional problems and improving well being during treatment.

Health benefits of fish stew
The main ingredients of this recipe are fish, capsicum and carrot. It is a good recipe for low fat diet. Eating fish can provide an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that benefit your general health.

Fish is low fat and is a good quality protein. It is also a good choice for people with diabetes. The high protein supply aids in the regulation of blood sugar. Fish is also good for low calorie, high protein choice to assist in weight loss.

The health benefits of carrot includes reduced cholesterol, prevention from heart attacks, warding off certain cancers and many others.

Most of the benefits of carrot can be attributed to its beta-carotene and fibre content. It is a good source of antioxidant agents as well. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and potassium.

Capsicum is an important source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. These two vitamins are powerful antioxidants that help in fighting against free radicals in the body and help in treating heart diseases, osteoarthritis, bronchial asthma, cataracts, etc.

So this is not only a delicious recipe but also beneficial for preventing heart disease, cancer and obesity.

Boneless fish stew
600g boneless fish, cut into cubes
50g carrot, sliced
1 green capsicum, sliced
1 red capsicum, sliced
500g onion, sliced
4 tbsp seasoned flour
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
150ml fish stock
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large frying pan. Coat fish with flour and shallow fry until brown.

Transfer fish into a deep casserole and sprinkle with onion.
Fry capsicum in the remaining juices in the frying pan and add fish stock, oyster sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper and cook for five minutes.

Pour fried capsicum with juices over the fish and cover the casserole. Cook for ten minutes in medium low heat.
Serve hot.


News Flash

Girls' closet

Girls' Closet at Orchard Point Dhanmondi, is no ordinary shop. It serves the made-to-order, dressing needs of girl children, from newborns to preteens. You will find a wide assortment of attires and accessories at the tiny, well decorated shop; everything to cater to the needs of the young fashionistas. Currently, a playful floral theme dominates the collection, but the two patrons of the shop, sisters Nazneen Begum and Yasmeen Begum plan to change themes with the passing seasons. Keeping the weather in mind, cotton reigns supreme, but the party wear collection contains mixed fabrics, with smart bows and floral embellishments keeping the childlike appeal intact in the dresses.

Apart from the wide assortment of attires, the shop also boasts an eclectic mix of hair bands, clips, ear-studs and flip flops- in tune with garbs that are being offered.

Contact: Girls' Closet, Shop #440, Orchard Point, Third Floor, Dhanmondi.
# 01711542850, 01817142818

By Mannan Mashrur Zarif


If you are looking for relief after a day of busy work, you should definitely try out Aroma Restaurant. Previously located in North Avenue, Gulshan #2, the restaurant moved to Uttara, Sector #1, Road #1 on 15 Jan this year. Aroma specialises in Indian and Thai cuisine that will compel your mouth to water.

However, Aroma offers more than that. The restaurant is at the top floor, with a large portion of it under the open sky. There is a comfortable sitting arrangement and a lot of greenery for you to enjoy their al fresco barbeque in.

The most fascinating part of the whole Aroma experience is what they call the 'bird's eye view'. On the rooftop, while you are eating, you get to enjoy the panoramic view around. On one side is the highway, and on the other you have the international airport. The view is truly amazing. Aroma offers extensive buffet dinners at Tk.550 on Thursdays and Fridays, presenting thirty-one dishes. They also arrange a 'kebab adda' every Sunday, Monday and Thursday, from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm, where you can have a variety of kebabs, along with naan and daal, all at only Tk.350. Aroma is a good place to spend an evening with your friends and family. Have fun at the 'kebab adda', or the Thai and Indian buffet. Get mesmerised by the soothing view of the series of endless streetlights flowing far, far away, while you've your hand on their tandoori chicken.

Or have a candle light dinner in this romantic setting under the velvet sky. Enjoy the fresh air that is so uncommon these days. Good food, marvellous, panoramic view, and a break from the hustle bustle of the city- that's Aroma for you!

By M H Haider



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