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Thank God its Friday

Style World Collection
For those who crave foreign designs even in your traditional attires, Style World Collection may just have the solution. For all fashionistas you can now choose from exclusive designs on their shelves that will definitely create a look that stands apart. Follow the latest updates on exclusive Indian and Pakistani designers' collections at Style World Collection.

Available at the Gulshan Pink City Shopping Mall.

Rock out loud
Saturday, 4 February, 2:15 pm
Venue: Cuppa Coffee Lounge

On Saturday, 4 February, 2012 Cuppa Coffee Lounge at Gulshan-2 is playing host to an exclusive music event that will feature artistes like Poraho, Owned, Heal, From The Ashes, The Manager, Chainsaw, Overtone, Apostle, Deatholic, Weemen, Crunch, Candle Carmine, Unicorn and Carnage Sanity. The gates will open at 1:30. The tickets are priced at Tk 200.

Dhaka Walk by Diana Wesser
Thursday, 2 February, 6.00 pm.
Venue: Goethe Institute

Diana Wesser (Leipzig, Germany) is a performer, media artist and festival curator mainly in the field of art in public space. After taking courses in classical Ballet and Modern Dance, she studied media art at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Germany to postgraduate level, while gaining further qualifications in contemporary dance and improvisation practice. She is working as a curator for several site-specific performance festivals including most recently the conference and performance festival 'play! LEIPZIG Movement in Public Space' in collaboration with Central Theatre and Dance Archive Leipzig.

Wesser invites you to her site-specific performances (audio) walks and participatory projects for the observation of everyday life, examining the process-space, special experience and open up new scope for action.

In terms of performative urbanism, she wonders about the social, political, economic and emotional infrastructures that shape the public space, or be shaped by it. She is particularly interested in the rhythms and routines by which people negotiate everyday spaces, the interaction between the built environment and the people who move in their work processes. Characters of her work are the 'active audience' who take part by participation as co-author.

Diana Wesser is visiting Dhaka as a part of a residency of the Britto Arts Trust. Together with local artists she is conducting the project, 'Dhaka Walk' in the city.

Photo Exhibition at Russian cultural Center
Thursday, 2 February
Venue: Vestibule

The winter chill of Russia is something we come across in movies and fiction. Russia is about to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the city of Sochi and the Russian Cultural Center has arranged a photo exhibition in connection to the event.

On Thursday, the Russian Cultural Center's Vestibule will host the exhibition on 'Winter Olympic Games 2014 in Russia'. Sochi was elected on 4 July 2007 by the members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the 119th Session in Guatemala City.

Naveed's Comedy Club
Friday 3 February, 8:00 pm
Venue: FDC, Floor 4

Zee Bangla 'Mirakkel' auditions is set, to be held at FDC, Floor 4. All interested comedians are encouraged to attend. Let the laughter begin. Bring out the best in you and make sure people go home with a tummy ache.

By Tanziral Dilshad Ditan


Tulips in town

The flower scene in our country is a rich one, with petals of several hues adorning our flower markets. Yes, we are blessed with a climate that lends itself to many types of blossoms, but there are still many sorts that have rarely, if ever, craned their stems to catch the rays of the Bangladeshi sun.

While to us laypeople, the absence of some flowers from the local flora may not be anything to lose sleep over, for plant enthusiasts and botanists it is a climatic challenge to be overcome. Last Monday, Orchid Society of Bangladesh president Naseem Iqbal and her husband Major (Retd) MA Iqbal overcame one of these challenges when they managed to grow two Tulip flowers in the unlikely climate of Bangladesh.

Tulips are flowers that thrive in colder countries, where temperatures hover around the 40 degrees Fahrenheit mark, and so it is quite an achievement to have two blooming in the tropical heat of Bangladesh.

“A member of our society, Taslima Kabir, brought us two Tulip bulbs from Canada in September,” related Naseem Iqbal, her eyes twinkling with the joy of the blossom as she stole a glance at the pair of Tulips sitting just outside the door catching the rays of the sun. “We then kept them in the fridge till a few days ago when the weather was cold enough, which is when we planted it, and now they seem to be doing well. Catching the first light is very important. Around 9:30 every morning they bloom, and around 4:30 in the evening the petals close.”

According to Iqbal, the bulbs, when procured have to be kept moist and safe and cannot be allowed to dry out or freeze, which is why it is important to keep them in the fridge when the weather is not conducive. They should be kept in the normal freezer and not the deep fridge, where they will certainly freeze. Also, it is important to keep them in a self-defrosting freezer.

“We are very proud that we have been able to grow a Tulip in Bangladesh,” said a smiling Iqbal. “We are grateful to Taslima Kabir and for this cold winter, because without a series of cold days it would not have been possible.”

Even to a layperson, the Tulips in full bloom cannot help but impress. They bring a wintry glow, reminding one that even in harsh climate beauty can thrive. For Naseem Iqbal and Major MA Iqbal, growing the Tulips has been a journey into the unknown; they are not sure whether the flowers, which were in their third day of bloom, will last another week or more. Whatever their time here on earth, the flower-loving couple must surely be looking forward to next winter, when it will be Tulip season again.

Special thanks to Nasreen Iqbal and Major (Retd) MA Iqbal for inviting us to catch a glimpse of their rare winter blossom.

Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed


Eat your scraps

You may not realise it, but certain peels, stems, and tops are full of hidden health benefits (and surprising flavour, too).

What do watermelon rinds and onion skins have in common? They usually end up in the trash. According to food scientists, that's a real waste because many produce scraps that are packed with nutrients. Take underappreciated celery leaves. For example: They provide a dose of vitamin C that puts oranges to shame. Here are a few trimmings you should start saving, and tips for transforming them into yummy juices, snacks, and sides dishes.

Celery Tops
The leaves are brimming with five times more magnesium and calcium than the stalks. They're also a rich source of vitamin C and phenolics, potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds.

How to eat them: Finely chop the leaves with parsley and stir into salsa, or use as a garnish on fish or chicken.

Orange Peel
The peel contains more than four times as much fibre as the fruit inside, and more tangeretin and nobiletin-flavonoids with anticancer, antidiabetic, and anti-inflammatory properties. A 2004 study on animals suggests that these nutrients may even reduce harmful LDL cholesterol better than some prescription drugs.

How to eat it: Grate and sprinkle zest on green beans or asparagus. For dessert, simmer strips in simple syrup and cover in melted dark chocolate.

Broccoli Leaves
A one-ounce serving provides 90 per cent of your daily vitamin A requirement whereas the florets deliver only 32 per cent.

How to eat them: Cook the leaves as you would spinach. Blanch in boiling water, then sauté with olive oil, garlic, and salt.

Watermelon Rind
A study found that the tart white rind offers a high dose of citrulline, an amino acid that helps dilate blood vessels to improve circulation.

How to eat it: Throw the rind in a blender with lime and watermelon flesh to make a tasty mocktail; you can add sugar if desired.

Onion Skins
The papery skin contains more antioxidants than the onion itself, it's especially rich in quercetin, which may reduce blood pressure and prevent arterial plaque.

How to eat them: Simmer in stocks, soups, and stews for additional flavour; discard the skins before serving.

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