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Modish bedroom

Bedrooms are the most significant parts of a home, offering both a retreat and a private sanctuary for relaxation. The more time we spend at home, the more our bedrooms need to be multifunctional. This is not only a boudoir for sleep, but also one in which to dress, relax with family members, work, exercise or watch TV and listen to music.

This week's feature concentrates on a spacious master bedroom and a teenager's bedroom. The master bedroom is very spacious; it is almost 250 sft with a walk-in closet right beside the bedroom. We placed a double bed with two bedside tables in the centre of room and a TV cabinet in front of the bed and a small dressing unit beside the bed.

A sleek false ceiling made of Burma teak and 'gorjon' wood adorns the top of the bed. Indirect tube lights and spot lights are attached in the false ceiling to provide different shades of light. A group patterned false ceiling was also made at the end of the room; an area initially intended for a verandah. This lends a more spacious look to the bedroom.

Since the bed is the focal point of this room, it was custom-made from Burma teak. It consists of a high head board with straight, flat wooden bars as side posts. Two unavoidable pillars flank either side of the bed but decorative panels were used on these for aesthetic enhancement.

The floor surface of the room is also very important and we opted for white marble outlined by silver crest, ash, marble borders. The straight border creates a dramatic effect on the floor. The walls of a bedroom are equally important and light beige, vertical dotted wall paper was used against the wall adjacent to the TV.

In our attempts to maintain a harmonious colour palette throughout the room, an in-synch light beige was also used on the walls. It is popularly held that neutral hues on walls add an element of peace and tranquillity to a room. Some natural colours such as , white, taupe and grey combinations create a tranquil space that easily accommodates a whole range of accent colours.

A different concept was used when designing the interiors for a teenager's bedroom. The backdrop of the bed is different, where a big panel was used just behind the bed. A white panel was adjusted to the bed and covered with ash wall paper. The dotted black and ash printed paper creates a trendy ambience. A false ceiling made of Burma teak and gorjon wood was also added to this room. Indirect tube lights and spot lights were utilised to add an illuminated effect to the room. The same materials were used in the floor but bold strokes of silver crest ash marble borders were added.

Attached bathrooms are also instrumental for contemporary living. A similar colour palette was maintained for the bathroom tiles.

Furnishings are key elements in any room and the right choice of fabrics and accessories accentuate a bedroom. Bed linens, bedcovers, cushions and dressing table runners create a big impact. In this room we used a neutral-toned comforter and small room accessories such as paintings and photographs for a heightened personal touch.

Interior Consultant
Hasan Saifuddin Chandan


The heart's desire does not know rich or poor

Being immersed in the World Cup carnival that has possessed and transformed our city, it is easy to forget about the sufferings of the less fortunate among us, whom the city have seemed to paper over in order to present a pretty face to the world.

Recent events have, however, reminded us all that far from ruining the image that everyone wants to present to the world, our poverty can also inspire and actually highlight the passion for cricket that prevails in all sectors of society.

Last Sunday Anisur Rahman, a photographer at The Daily Star, captured an image that tugged at the heartstrings of the whole nation and gave us reason to step back from the World Cup fever and take stock of what is really important.

The photographer saw Titu, a 17-year-old amputee who had lost his legs in a bus accident when he was 12 years old, hobbling his way from Karwan Bazaar on his hands, wearing a Bangladesh cricket jersey.

Over the following days he has been reported as a beggar, though he himself maintains that he is a 'paan' shop owner near the Karwan Bazaar rail lines. Whatever the case, it is obvious that he is beset by poverty, and showed great devotion in saving up and buying a team jersey to show his support and dedication to the Tigers.

The photograph, which ran on the front page on the February 21 edition of The Daily Star elicited massive response from readers, who wanted to know what they could do to help Titu. Tamim Iqbal, the dashing Bangladeshi opener, presented Titu with his jersey and other well-meaning civilians came forward to help in various ways. Nargis Rahman, a housewife from Eskaton Gardens who takes part in social work whenever she gets the opportunity, bought Titu a wheelchair, which was presented to Titu at the reception area of The Daily Star building on Wednesday.

"The photo has changed my life, all thanks to Anis Bhai, he is the reason all this happened," Titu said, gushing in his praise for the photographer, while waiting for the wheelchair to arrive.

When asked about why he had bought the jersey even though its price must have been prohibitive for him, Titu answered with a wistful smile, "The heart's desire does not know rich or poor. I just finished my prayers and was making my way to the stadium when Anis Bhai saw me. I tried to get into the stadium but the police would not let me."

Titu was a fan of cricket from as far back as he can remember. Life was not always as difficult for him as it is now. Before the accident that changed him irreversibly, he laid tiles in construction sites. But the death of his father and the life-changing accident meant that his life went on a downward spiral.

His family now consists of his mother and younger brother and sister. His sister is married and the brother, aged twelve, studies at BRAC school.

He was talking with equanimity until the wheelchair came. Then his eyes sparkled and his voice adopted a layer of excitement that would have melted the harshest of hearts as he admired the contraption that would make life a little easier for him. The life he had led, where helping hands were rare, was reflected in his refusal to let anyone help him on to his new wheelchair, instead hoisting himself up in one smooth motion and landing with a wide smile on his face.

Nargis Rahman could barely hold back her tears after presenting Titu with the wheelchair. "He is so young, and has had such a tough life," she said with a quiver in her voice, "And to have so much passion to buy a jersey that is surely too expensive for him is amazing."

The gifts did not end there. Zahir Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer of Mir Telecom, and Directors of the company Ruslan Nasir and Mahreen Nasir presented Titu two tickets for the Bangladesh-Ireland match and also offered cash assistance. This gift induced a smile from the cricket crazy Titu almost as wide as when he received the wheelchair. He said that he would take his brother to the match that took place last Friday.

Khaliq Reza from Robi Telecom presented Titu with a mobile set and sim card, and more importantly a banner advertising calls at Tk.2/minute, that will enable him to start a small business.

All the generous civilians credited Anisur Rahman and The Daily Star for the prompt response to the queries. "I think that if we can make it to the quarterfinals, we will win," was Titu's simple and innocent reply to the question about Bangladesh's chances. He was at the stadium when Bangladesh won their first World Cup match against Ireland. Perhaps a higher being changed the course knowing that a cherished dream in an otherwise tortured life would come true.

Photo: Anisur Rahman


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