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Home is where the heart is

There is a good reason why the casual phrase 'home sweet home' became a part of our vocabulary. If homesickness is one reason that you miss home so desperately when you travel for more than five days, then the other has to do with the absence of all things familiar and habitual to you.

We are slaves of set customs and manners, though we can adapt to others but only on a temporary basis, for your recognisable world is your own home ground. Your house is your comfort zone.

All the posh five stars, cruise ships or lush resorts in the world cannot compare to your own bed with the worn out old mattress that is dimpled on one side from your body weight. Or the tiny bathroom with few modern amenities yet with all your personal daily toiletries stacked randomly on your known shelf.

Breakfast may not have a thousand choices from ranging oriental to western cuisine for you to choose from, but the omelette with just the right amount of salt and pepper seasoning, stuffed with spring onions and green chilli, rolled out on a hot chapatti and a cup of freshly brewed sweet tea is all you need and crave for. The sushi lunch can be chic, but steaming rice and piping hot lentil soup is your preferred choice after a few such gourmet delights.

The meticulously tidy streets, the cars plying the road maintaining the lanes with no honking of horns is like a dream for you but in reality when you see them you tend to wonder how one can breathe in such organised order. It is then that your busy streets dirty with litter, full of nonchalant pedestrians, rowdy worn out buses and horrid drivers make you realise that there is an order in these familiar chaos of which you are very much a part.

The trendy shopping malls with all your favourite brands tempt you to spend your hard-earned money on that coveted handbag or shirt. But when in your customary manner you start to bargain, is when you realise that the experience of street shopping at Bongo bazaar or running errands on the dingy lanes of Gawsia and haggling to your heart's content cannot be compared to these posh shopping places. Especially so when you find out that the original Ferrari polo shirt that you are eyeing in these trendy malls can be literally purchased with cents in your country's street shops, you know how much you miss home.

It is because of our dependence on all things familiar and all things customary that home is such a sweet place, but then again homesickness varies from person to person. Some will certainly like all things brand new while some will love to cling to accustomed things. What is sure, however, is that even the tallest of trees need their roots to survive.

-- Raffat Binte Rashid


Go green with Aarong

Arong is celebrating World Environment Day with its wide range of eco-friendly and bio-degradable products. Aarong offers jute bags, beautifully decorated showpieces and household crockery made form bamboo, cane and clay. These bio-degradable and recyclable products help to reduce the waste that goes to landfills and also help to prevent pollution from reaching the eco system. To ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for ourselves and for our future generations, purchase from any Aarong outlet and get a newly designed environment-friendly paper shopping bag and jute wrist band printed "Go Green" on 5th June 2011.


Journey of Korean cuisine

Every country has its own things to be proud of when it comes to its own cuisine. Distinctive from all others, a country's traditional foods are representative of its culture, values and history -- aspects that enthusiasts want to share with the outside world.

Taiyoung Cho, the Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh, is no different. On May 28 2011, an event on Korean cuisine titled the “Journey of Korean Cuisine” was held at the Ambassador's residence.

Faruk Khan, Honorable Minister of Commerce of Bangladesh, was the Chief Guest of the occasion.

The minister talked about the many issues both the cultures shared, which has resulted in a common appetite in food. He also expressed satisfaction in the level of trade between the nations, saying that the friendship and mutual support between the two countries are very strong.

After the speeches, the guests were entertained by a few Korean cultural performances. Time-honoured, authentic, refreshing and invigorating, the audience was enchanted by the traditional Korean folk songs and performances.

Before dinner, there was a video presentation aimed at educating the guests about this magical cuisine.

Korea is a country infatuated with harmony; and this is reflected in their cuisine. According to the video, their traditional food items are a perfect blend of vegetables and meat, following the 8:2 golden ratio that lends the best nutritional balance, thus making it perfect for a healthy diet. Korean cuisine also means the harmony of all the five basic tastes: spiciness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness and sweetness.

The event, through the video presentation, also gave interesting insights into how Koreans eat. For example, rice is placed on the left and “guk” (soup-like dishes) on the right, and these are the two main dishes to be eaten with a spoon; for the rest, you use chopsticks.

Korean cuisine, for its intense charm and vitality of flavours, has become widely recognisable all around the world. The food items are numerous, each carrying the unique rejuvenating tang preserved in nature that will keep you craving for more. So…desserts, anyone?

By M H Haider


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