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A step back into ink

At the tailor's last night I meet this extremely energetic trio of two daughters and a mother trying the patience of the poor tailor master and all behind them in the queue. Especially me, because I was right next in line to be in audience with the most sought after one during eid times, the tailor.

The trio -- in spite of their constant chatter and annoying habit of repeating the same instruction at least three times as if they were explaining the most difficult simultaneous equation to this poor soul -- gave me an idea.

The little one who was barely 13 was giving her own designs and blowing the master's head off with all her laces and frills. But when she inked her design, it was good in a cute kind of way. However, in my boredom I started to visualise that these sisters could actually start inking their designs in a little booklet and write notes or add captions to their drawings and could make them into little magazines -- or zines, like we used to do in our childhood. They could just circulate it among friends purely for fun's sake.

This idea sparked inside me because that day at work I was reading an interesting feature called 'Raised on the Web, but Liking a Little Ink', a New York Times article. The offbeat feature caught my attention because I once had similar interests.

Then memories began to flood in and reminded me of two boys I knew who actually brought out their own magazines while still in their teens. The magazine was called 'Orbachin'; it was way back in the eighties.

During the eighties preteens used to have scrapbooks and teens their zines. I remember I had a book full of paper dolls which I coloured with crayons and cut chocolate wrappers to add the glitter and glamour. We didn't have fancy wrapping papers and glitter pens, but we managed.

To explain better what zines are exactly I add an excerpt from the article I read to my note. Hope it will be able to flicker someone's interest out there.

The writer wrote “Zines are mini-magazines that are generally made by hand and are available only in small quantities. Most zines are labours of love, done as side projects and hobbies. The goal isn't to turn a profit, but rather to capture a cultural moment, which in turn, offers the creators the freedom to explore and experiment. The word “zine” is a shortened form of the term fanzine, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Fanzines emerged as early as the 1930s among fans of science fiction. Zines also have roots in the informal, underground publications that focused on social and political activism in the '60s.

Lately, it seems, the zine is enjoying something of a comeback among the Web-savvy, partly in reaction to the ubiquity of the Internet. Their creators say zines offer a respite from the endless onslaught of tweets, blog posts, I.M.'s, e-mail and other products of digital media.”

All kids have some sort of passion instead of wasting time on the net facebooking, chatting, tweeting ( I am mentioning this because again going back to my trio, I found the girls constantly on Facebook on their cells); these very creative minds could actually try working with ink and papers to bring out their own magazines.

Get the copies spiralled and circulate for free and if their ideas fire anyone's interest, they could charge nominally and bingo they have their own zine. How cool can that be!

-- Raffat Binte Rashid


Manyavar now in Bangladesh

"If tradition means ethnic wear, ethnic men's wear means Manyavar.”

Welcome to the exclusive retail outlet of Manyavar, located in Banani, Road # 13, House E/55 -- a new haven for men's ethnic wear, party wear and accessories in Bangladesh. The store opened on 27 October. Sara Zaker formally inaugurated the outlet.

“Manyavar -- a great brand name in the realm of comfortable suiting in a blend of traditional Panjabi with modern versatility -- now debuts in Bangladesh,” Sajjadur Rahman Mridha, Chairperson of Manyavar Bangladesh, said.

Manyavar Bangladesh is the franchise of the Indian brand Manyavar. Many of us go to India for wedding shopping. Manyavar, seeing this opportunity, has come to Bangladesh. It believes it can quench your thirst for this kind of shopping to a large extent.

“I can also tell you that this dress, though apparently seems a bit costly, is cost-effective because from now on you will not need to travel to India for matrimonial shopping,” Mridha further said.

When you see a Manyavar attire, the words that immediately come to mind are ethnicity, royalty, tradition as well as simplicity and comfort. Manyavar outfits tread a fine line between grandeur and simplicity. A Manyavar can be a ceremonial dress and yet a common costume. An outfit may be a matrimonial suit and yet have the simplicity and comfort of a peasant's shirt.

Indeed, comfort is a factor that Manyavar focuses on. When we talk of attires and accessories for party wear, we generally do not think of something which is gorgeous but still comfortable to wear. But this particular fashion brand has come up with ways that makes the attires very royal and exclusive but at the same time retaining comfort.

Behind a Manyavar outfit, there are the minds of the finest designers and artisans and state-of-the-art technology. This is the very key that makes Manyavar outfits unique: their inspiration and command over their domain. The fashion house has surely established itself well, with the annual production capacity of their Kolkata facility being 1 million units of apparel -- a staggering ten times more than that of the closest competitor.

Therefore, Manyavar is the new place to try out when you go shopping, whether it's for a party shirt or a matrimonial suit or a chain or locket, and for comfort.

By M H Haider


Brothers Furniture

Popular furniture maker, Brothers Furniture is offering a range of products keeping the coming Eid festival in mind. The Chairman of Brothers Furniture Habibur Rahman Sarker inaugurated the new designs. There is a discount of 5-15 percent on a selected range of products. You can also get a chance to win a fridge, TV, microwave oven, rice cooker and dinner set with purchases from their outlets. The offer is valid till Eid.

For details contact 01926680802 or log onto brothersfurniture.com.bd

Green Marketing Ltd.

Recently, the Executive Director of "Green Marketing Ltd." inaugurated a new store at Baridhara, Dhaka.

One of the traditional furniture making companies of the country, Green Marketing Ltd. has brought some exclusive designs in "hi-glass" furniture.

The products on offer are extensive, ranging from hi-glass dining sets, bed sets, dressing tables, dressing cabinets, centre tables, sofa sets etc. For details contact: 46 Pragati Sharani, Block J, Baridhara. #01678004256.


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