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Shab-e-Barat attires

A year or two back when I visited a shop a week or so before Shab-e-Barat I remember the shopkeeper was trying to sell me a kameez for the occasion. Since I had not heard of anyone buying new clothes for this occasion before, I told him that this was not a very creative marketing effort. Surprisingly, according to him, people did buy clothes for the occasion.

This got me to thinking; since people nowadays are becoming very fashion-conscious it was only a matter of time before Shab-e-Barat became an occasion with its own dress-up theme. The tradition of putting on fresh clothes after taking a shower and putting on attar as preparation for the marathon praying sessions has been there for years. Come to think of it, sporting a crisp new sari or panjabi befitting the occasion is justified with more and more people choosing to take halwa over to others personally instead of sending chauffeurs or maids.

If you are one of those who wish to wear something new on the day, keeping the tone of the occasion in mind, the best way to go is as simple as possible and avoid anything that is even the tiniest bit flashy.

If you prefer a sari then cotton is the perfect material. Light colours that give one a celestial aura are preferable. You may opt for single-coloured saris or printed saris. Chaitee has quite a collection of cotton, printed saris and kota saris for catering to Shab-e-Barat shopping needs. The saris suitable for Shab-e-Barat there are priced within Tk 1000 and Tk 6000. Men and boys can choose plain, white panjabis available widely across the city.

If you choose to wear a kameez then you can go for white chikan, or you can buy light pastel colours with churidars and georgette dupattas. If you want to avoid the rush at Chandni Chawk then you can visit Matching Fair where they have a huge collection of chikan fabric in different designs. A lot of young girls are comfortable with western wear; if so, then you may want to get white fatuas which are widely available at Aziz Supermarket.

By Karishma Ameen


Coffee World launches new items

On July 2, Coffee World launched their brand new 'Blueberry Time' keeping the demands of the Bangladeshi summer in mind. With this launch, Coffee World are offering special promotions on some new varieties of food. The new range on the menu features an exotic selection of fresh fruit flavours that are not found anywhere else.

The menu features 'Blueberry Cheesecake Frappe'-- blueberry pulp blended into a fresh, creamy frappe blended with cheesecake,; 'Blueberry Sundaes' -- sundaes made with blueberry and ice cream gives rich flavours that one can enjoy with the tropical climate.

Coffee World also has introduced a variety of special beverages with refreshing flavours like Strawberry Delight, Watermelon Delight and Mango Smoothie which can uplift any mood during the hot days of summer.

"Customers can satisfy their taste buds with an array of new items that offer a tasty treat in a tropical aura. We have not only launched new blends but have invigorated some old favourites such as Mango Smoothie and Strawberry and Watermelon Delights", said Md. Abul Hossain Robin, Senior Officer, Marketing.

Sweet lovers also can get great value for their money by choosing either a Blueberry and Cream Cheese Waffle or Double Berry Delight.

By Farizaa Sabreen

Reela's exhibition

Reela's Fashion Boutique arranged a daylong fashion exhibition for marketing its products at Heritage Restaurant in Gulshan on July 2, 2011.

Latest Pakistani wears for women, especially bridal wear and party dresses, evening and casual wear, Pakistani style kameez sets, pants, kaftans, Anarkali suits and designer blouses and saris were showcased at the exhibition.

Bangladeshi dress materials are used for Reela's attires. The fabrics of choice are muslin, silk, chiffon, georgette and jamdani. The bridal trousseau is made exclusively on jamdani and muslin. The high end price tag for the bridal wear starts from Tk 35,000 to 90,000.

Besides women's wear Reela's also presented a collection of sherwanis, panjabis and nagras for men.

Contact: Reela's Fashion Boutique, Lane 22, House B-139, New DOHS, Mohakhali, Dhaka.

By Mahtabi Zaman

Khazana Mithai

Khazana Mithai stores are ready to serve its esteemed guests with something special this Shab-e-Barat. Khazana Mithai products are made from superior ingredients, cooked in a hygienic, state of the art kitchen to bring you an offering that will delight your taste buds, all wrapped in the distinct traditional warmth of Khazana hospitality.

“Mishti” is an integral part of all Bengali occasions and as Shab-e-Barat is knocking at the door it's definitely the time to embrace Khazana Mithai.

Some of the specialties of Khazana Mithai for the above occasion are the halwas -- Gajar, Moong Dal, and Suji -- Phirni and Baked Mihidana Chat. The other popular items will feature Motichur-ke-Laddu, Son Papri, Kaju Barfi, Rasmalai, Chamcham, Gulab Jamun, Kalakand, Chanar Payesh and Suger-free Sponge Rasogolla.

For special order on Sab-e-Barat please visit our Khazana Mithai Store at Shop #122, Taher Tower, Gulshan-2 Circle or House #12, Road #55,Gulshan Avenue.

You can also place your order at 0161-1000080, 0161-1000090


Summer break:
dig up some time for yourself

It's that brain-teasing time of summer vacations again. If you are the parent of an active school-going child or teenager, you must be dreading the long month of 'whining at being bored' with your child cooped up in the house with nothing to do the whole holiday season.

So here are a few tips and tricks which you can utilise to your advantage to ensure that this summer you too get a holiday, a holiday from constant nagging and whining.


Entertaining children in the age group of 8-12 is comparatively easy. You have many options to choose from such as board games, movies, kitchen fun etc. An important trick to transfer the pressure of entertainment from yourself to another is to surround your child with his friends. Too many children may become a bit difficult to handle and hence it is wise to limit the number of friends to a maximum of three.

This also allows for an occupation for your child, making cards. Equip your child with some colourful crayons, chart papers and such other necessary stationeries and help him or her draw something appropriate (for boys it can be cars or action figures and for girls, butterflies, flowers and such). Then leave your kid to go wild with the colours!

Once the party is arranged you need to provide entertainment to occupy their time. The good idea is to occupy them with age-old board games such as Scrabble and Monopoly. This will not only keep them busy but also teach them the two important subjects in life, Maths and English. But as it goes with kids, board games can keep them busy for one of the 30 or so days.

For the other days you can arrange for game times, where boys can play with their guns and cars or videogames, while girls play with their kitchen sets and make believe 'bhai-bon' role playing games. This will occupy them for a few more hours.

Since it's monsoon and kids love to play in the rain, why not make one of the days a water day? Make water balloons and use water guns to allow your kid and friends to have a blast. When they get back inside the house, make sure its dry and warm and that a glass full of delicious hot chocolate is waiting for them all. This can be followed by a movie. You can choose from any of the Disney films. Such a day will make your son or daughter superbly popular among his/her friends.

On a more interactive level, you can provide your kid with a baking day. You will have to be constantly involved throughout this whole process but surely your kids will love to get messy with flour and have a delicious treat awaiting at the end of the fun and hectic day.

You can also plan a small picnic on Dhanmondi Lake or one of the other lakeside parks around Dhaka. This will give you time to bond with your child and allow for a much needed family outing.

Family outings such as long drives or a day in the theme parks and water parks can be rejuvenating for your whole family and keep you kid occupied over the holidays.


With hormones rushing through their veins, teenagers with unoccupied brains are quite a rough deal. They either badger you to death to let them be at a friend's late night party every fortnight, or get engulfed into the cyber world forgetting about the reality around them.

Buy your teen daughter a nail art kit that will not only help her indulge in a bit of vanity, but also bring out her creative side. One can spend hours doing and redoing their nails with the various nail lacquers in different shades that come with them. Not just that, these kits have various tools that allow you to create different designs and patterns on your nails. Once they're into nail art, it can become quite addictive.

After nail art has lost its charm, movies, as usual, would be the next solution. Buy your teen some educative but interesting movies that will aid in relieving his/her entertainment issues but also provide some surreptitious knowledge at the same time. Take your teen out to a Cineplex once in a while to buy yourself some long awaited fresh air while pleasing your teen at the same time.

We know that teens nowadays hate reading, but they love chatting and being on the net. So if not a physical book, hand your teen some e-books to read. A handy e-book reader can add some tech touch to your image, making your teen feel that you are not that technologically challenged after all.

A copy of the 'Twilight' series or if the kids are into horror fiction, one of Stephen King's novels will not go untouched.

By Afrida Mahbub and Raisaa Tashnova
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Food prepared by: Food Art
Phone: 01714019833 and 017133717917
Model: Daiyaan, Ilhum, Zuhayr, Ziaad, Shihab, Rezwan



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