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No Country for 20-SomethingMen
It is hard to be a 20-year-old. Once you hit the 20s, an alarming reality hits you right in the face. Once you leave your teen years behind, there is absolutely nothing that Dhaka has to offer you. Every activity or spot that you claimed to be your own for all these years have been taken over and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. So, where do you go?
Lounges are for WHOM?
So where can the young adults go? Rooftops of friends' places, or friends' houses or even tea stalls are all good options. Restaurants can be a little heavy on the budget, so usually it's done once a month. Going outside Dhaka cannot be a regular thing either. Basically, we go back to the opening point; Dhaka has nothing to offer you. It's high time we place '18+ Only' signs at some decent places. Till then, all work and no play make us all dull 20-something men.
By Osama Rahman
Hosting a hassle-free party
Two days a week is all many of us get to enjoy personal time. But if you are the head of the household that time too is never yours. The pressure on us all to socialise, have a life beyond the office walls, is such that even when all your muscles are crying out for a lazy day-in, you just have to accept that third party invitation. Even worse, your obligation to socialise does not end with going to parties but once you are in this game, hosting a party of your own is just as mandatory.
We have seen how our mother's did it. How they slaved for two days in the kitchen to display a table full of delectable dishes. But today we have neither the time nor the energy (or the skills) to pull off something of that large a scale for the many frequent parties necessary to maintain a healthy social life.
So here is how you can ensure that you earn and retain that title of being a great host with minimal of kitchen labour.
You can theme the party, making it a sandwich party, a chocolate or bakery party and, in an all-girls scenario, a salad party. This automatically rids you of the pressure of slaving in the kitchen after those rich and oily traditional dishes. Depending on the crowd you invite you can enlist their help in the preparations of these culinary diversions or prepare them yourself beforehand. Whichever way you choose, the simplistic nature of such a party is guaranteed.
The principle of a sandwich party is simple. There should be a variety of sandwiches and in large quantities. The varieties can include sweet sandwiches, fruity sandwiches, sandwiches with a lot of greens in it, cheese and cream, cheese and salami, salami and tomato salsa…the list can only be as long as your culinary creativity (and the Internet) allows. When practical, cut the sandwiches into smaller portions, this really cuts back on waste and allows everyone to sample everything.
A salad party too is fun, simple and efficient. Here too you can play with variety and be creative, making anything from a light green salad to heavy, cheese and potato salads. There is a common misconception that salads can only serve as a side dish, but you can be the local pioneer in introducing salads as the rightful central dish. Moreover your guests will not miss the lack of heavy carbs for a single meal, a single day of the year.
Chocolate or bakery parties are more appropriate for an evening themed party and there is more of the fun element in it. You can experiment with the hundreds of recipes available online and create your own delectable brownies, cookies, cakes or candies. You can also lengthen the menu by adding some high quality store-bought favourite chocolates. Such a party is better if the baking is part of the entertainment, but if your guests are not the sort to get their hands dirty, please do a trial someday previous to the party day; baking can be tricky.
A final tip: use disposable crockery and cutleries. They now come in elegant designs and free you from the post party mess cleaning.
So, now that you have a way out of sweating it over the stoves, do not waste any more time. Pick up the phone and hand out those long overdue invitations now.
By Raisaa Tashnova
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