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Bonsai exhibition

Did you ever hold a mountainside in your own two hands? Did you ever stare down at a whole landscape, with trees and fields and flowers, sitting on your palm? Such experiences were presented by the Bangladesh Bonsai Society who held their 13th annual bonsai exhibition in WVA Auditorium, sponsored by Essential Telecomm Limited, from the 29th of September till the 2nd of October. The Exhibition exposed 700 different styles and species of Bonsai both foreign and local.

The BBS is a group of passionate lovers of 'the living art form'. They set upon promoting bonsai creations some 14 years back and have steadily and strongly gathered a large number of followers in this path; not only from Dhaka but also from Rajshahi and Hobigonj as well. To date BBS has held numerous training programs and workshops, implementing, refreshing and advancing the teachings of bonsai creation.

Ireen Parvin, of BBS says “Bonsai is the only living form of art. It needs to be created aesthetically and hence it's an art form and since it's alive and the style is constantly growing, changing and evolving, it's living.” She also wanted to wipe away a common misconception about Bonsai. “Many people believe that the practice is Bonsai is similar to the practice of bondage by the East Asian nations. This is however completely false. Bonsai creation does not dwarf a plant but rather adapt it to a limited situation. Since space is made limited to the tree when it is growing, it exhibits its full potential within that limited space.”

She goes on to explain how creating a bonsai is 'plenty easy'. “All you need is to be creative. The training provided by BBS will teach you the proper grammar of bonsai creation such as how the branches should be allowed to spread and how tall each species of tree should be allowed to grow etc. but you can start off without any grammar in mind and learn along the way as well.”

Bonsai creation started in China although it was popularised by the Japanese. In Japan Bonsai is a priceless symbol of family aristocracy, with fathers handing down their bonsais to their sons. Bonsai creations can replicate a landscape perfectly. The mountainside landscape, or forest landscape or the root over rock; each will keep you marvelling at the perfection with which the trees copy their larger sized counterparts in real life settings.

BBS has been trying to increase the awareness of this art form in Bangladesh and agrees that our socioeconomic scenario presents quite a challenge in achieving their goal. “We have done quite well in creating awareness so far but the potential in this area is immense,” says Ireen, “Bonsais could be exported in large scale but for that government assistance is highly required and so far we have only obtained encouragement from the Japanese Embassy.”

BBS has already won some international competitions in bonsai creation but still lacks appreciation at home. Their work is admirable to say the least, something that will make you marvel at the scope of human creativity. Bonsai is that living form of art whose pulse is yet to be felt in our society.

By Raisaa Tashnova

Aneela's puja line

Aneela Haque Schuermann has launched a new line celebrating sharodio puja as "amar kawpaler laal teep" -- a traditional and religious event of our Bangladeshi culture.

Aneela's 'Ethnic Puja' collection depicts red, white and black as dominant colours where red symbolises the power of strength, love and motherhood and white and black represent peace and bonding respectively. Materials are mainly cotton and lightweight khadi, keeping the current humidity and heat in mind; also crepes and silks have been used as calming evening wear.

Cotton, crepe and jamdani saris, long panjabis, artistic uttorios, long jackets, 3-piece kameez sets, kds wear with creative graphics, embroideries, appliques, stitches and paint effects are evident in the
collection. Various mix-and-match blouse pieces and stitched blouses are also on offer to give a different look to the saris.

Accessories include embroidered bags, glass beads, terracotta and silver beaded neck pieces, and earrings to complement the look of the saris and kameezes. Various gift items include fatuas, short punjabis, half sleeve shirts, hair pin/sticks, long scarves.

Aneela's signature style gift wrapping papers are available for art lovers to give a new look to the gifts to their loved ones.

Dhaba-Movenpick synergy

Good news! You can now enjoy your favourite Movenpick ice cream at one of your all-time favourite eateries, Dhaba. On 26 September, Dhaba introduced an outlet of Movenpick on the top floor of its Banani branch. Bibi Russell, the fashion maestro, inaugurated the ceremony.

The Dhaba-Movenpick journey has kicked off with the outlet offering six mouth-watering flavours from the Swiss ice cream brand. “We hope we may be able to expand that after seeing the customers' response,” informed Ishrat Alamgir, one of the partners of Dhaba.

Movenpick ice cream is indeed a cool addition to Dhaba. “There is a misconception among some people that Dhaba specialises in Indian food. This is completely incorrect. Our menu comprises of a rather diversified array of cuisines and types of food items,” Ishrat further informed.

Banani's Dhaba is a three-storied building. Dhaba doesn't just offer different types of food items, variation can also be found in terms of ambience. The ground floor is a buzzing café, the first floor is a quiet and sophisticated place for fine dining whilst the top floor will now be a haven for ice cream lovers. The top floor is very cosy and homely, providing a simple and gracious ambiance.

Dhaba, in its own right, stands proud as one of the hubs for food lovers. So does Movenpick. Getting the two brands under the same roof makes it an even more attractive place to hang out with friends or spend quality time with your family more than ever before.

It's been quite some time since Dhaba has moved from Banani-11. Dhaba is currently located in House # 104, Road # 12, Block E, Banani.

By M H Haider


Nando's completes five years of great taste

On the 29th of September, 2011, a balmy evening in Dhaka city transformed into a memorable occasion for a select few. The incessant noise of the city's infamous traffic and the hustle and bustle of Dhaka life in general were put aside, as Arnob's famous tunes played live in front of a packed house at Nando's. In another corner, a buffet dinner was being served to those drawn by the world-renowned peri peri. This was a momentous occasion. On this day, Nando's entered its fifth year in operation in Dhaka.

It was obvious that absolutely nothing could deter the participants away from their purpose. A slight power outage did not stop the music. Rather, Arnob continued as if nothing went wrong, much to the delight of the crowd, which consisted of Nando's regulars, curious customers, the press and absolutely anybody who had come this way. Everyone was welcome to this celebration.

There is nothing to be said about the food that hasn't already been said before. There we 5 items served, including the Nando's special rice and of course the flame-grilled Peri Peri chicken. And they were all unlimited in quantity, apparently.

Arnob, who inaugurated the evening, then cut the cake to commemorate the event. Regular patrons, who shared their joy, sorrow and even business meetings at Nando's, were all given gifts in recognition of their loyalty. Anecdotes were shared about them, lending an almost homely environment, contradictory of a city getting stranger by the day.

Just when the party was coming to an end, it was announced, to the delight of the crowd, that if the crowd could convince Arnob to play longer, then he would. Thus, Arnob was handed over to the crowd amidst loud applause. Things got even better when Arnob announced that the buffet would remain free of cost for the entire duration of the remaining event for everyone present. This also led to more cheers and hence the merry-making continued late into the night.

Starting with one branch in Dhanmondi, Nando's carved a niche for itself early on with its incomparable servings. With over a 1000 branches worldwide, Nando's still enjoys an almost unmatched popularity. The Nando's brand name is well known and for the last five years, Dhaka has increased in international appeal because of the franchise's presence. Here's wishing Nando's many more years of incredible service and great food.

-- LS Desk


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