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With a view to providing something new for their loyal clientele, Kay Kraft has recently introduced a new line of formal shirts. Whether you prefer to wear solid colours, stripes of checks KK has something, in their extensive range, for everyone. Available at selected KK outlets in Sobhanbagh, Banani 11, Malibagh and Mirpur.
March offer, however, does not end there. Come Independence Day, Kay Kraft rejuvenates the youth with a new selection of patriotic attires befitting the auspicious occasion.
The Independence Day Collection is available at all Kay Kraft outlets.
Free side dish @ Nando's
Nando's rarely misses an opportunity to treat their customers to special offers. With this year being a leap year and having an extra day, they came up with a free “Extra Side Dish” offer with every order of any meal.
The side dishes you can order from include Regular Fries, Regular Spicy Rice, Coleslaw, and Regular Grilled Vegetable. The offer extends to all sharing platters and kids' meals.
Don't feel like braving the traffic to avail the offer? No problem, as the offer also applies to home deliveries. But hurry, this special promotion lasts till March 15.
Fashion and Beauty Summit
On 17 March, 2012, GO Brand and ARRIVAL marketing communications is jointly organising the first ever Fashion and Beauty Summit titled “Fashion Innovation for Generation”, where matters related to contemporary fashion and beauty related topics, issues, case studies and trends will be discussed.
This will be a unique rendezvous of leading minds and thought leaders from various fashion arenas and will be the most innovative and cut-through forum that will bring in the top honchos of fashion and beauty sectors together.
This Fashion and Beauty Summit is aimed at industry professionals, entrepreneurs, business personals, next generation designers, beauticians, students and media agencies looking to understand the strategic impact of new ideas, trends, what's in -- what's out, with case studies from leading practitioners and entrepreneurs and faculties as well as from leading beauty professional, business and style experts, fashion celebrities, models, choreographers.
This summit will be an excellent networking platform for participants, where one can learn about the development process of the fashion industry from experts and it will be a great opportunity to observe the latest fashion and beauty trends. Participants will share the knowledge and necessary tools to prepare effective strategies to market and grow their businesses through interactive sessions.
For more information and registration contact 01752687001 or through email: email@example.com
Sunsilk Paris Trip winners announced
The first four winners of the “Sunsilk Win Paris Trip” campaign received their prizes on the March 7. The lucky winners for week 1 are Tamanna Tahera Shetu from Shirajgonj and Arifuddowla Chopol from Bogura and Merina Akter from Dinajpur, and Sabrina Farzana Mim from Chittagong for week two. Unilever representatives were present at the prize giving ceremony where the winners received their tickets from Unilever Senior Brand Manager Risalat Siddique and Trade Category Manager Ehsanul Karim. The “Sunsilk Win Paris Trip” campaign began on February 17, 2012, and runs until March 24. All you have to do is SMS the 7-digit unique code found at the bottom of 200ml and 400ml Sunsilk bottles to 4636 and you could be one of the ten lucky winners. For more details visit www.facebook.com/Sunsilkparistrip
A Bookworm-cum-Film Buff in Paris
By Neeman Sobhan
So, you just won a free air ticket to Paris and are contemplating a trip there? And you are asking me, if I were in your shoes what would I do and see there?
Well, first we have to consider a few things: one, this would not be my first time, unlike lucky you; and having been there quite a few enchanting times already, my itinerary would be different from yours; two, I happen to be the bookish type, as well as a film buff, so it's likely that sending you off to must-see sights like, say, the Louvre, to see, at the least, Leonardo's Mona Lisa (which to us Italians is 'La Gioconda' and which Da Vinci brought to France in the last years of his life, dying there) or the emblematic Tour Eiffel (initially considered such an eye sore by the Parisians that it is said, the writer Guy de Maupassant regularly lunched at the spot so as not to have to see it!),
I myself would probably sneak off to Saint-Germain-des-Prés on the Left Bank of the Seine to see the garret on No. 30 Rue du Dragon where a young Victor Hugo lived or the stylish L'Hôtel on No. 13 Rue des Beaux Artes where Oscar Wilde died, then have a coffee or hot chocolate at Les Deaux Magots once patronised by Hemingway (and which figured in the French film of Jean Eustace 'La Maman et la Putain'), or Café de Flore frequented by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, or lunch at Le Procope with Voltaire's ghost, and afterwards walk around the atmospheric Latin Quarters (where I stayed years ago on two consecutive trips in the same delightfully narrow apartment near Boul'Mich or Boulevard St-Michel) stopping to browse at the bookstore 'Shakespeare and co.' on 37 Rue Bûcherie (not related to the original and now extinct 'Shakespeare and co.' on No. 12 rue de l'Odéon in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the haunt of James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Ford Madox Ford and Hemingway that gave it the name Stratford-on-Odeon) favoured by the 'beat generation' like Allen Ginsberg, Henry Miller and Anais Nin, and which featured in Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris', and perhaps stroll in the Tuileries Gardens or sit on a park bench to read a book by Colette near her apartment overlooking the Jardins du Palais Royal, since I wouldn't have the patience to revisit with you famous sights, or inspect crypts and cloisters of the gorgeous churches we pass, except the cathedral Notre-Dame, because of Victor Hugo's classic novel 'Notre-Dame de Paris' which I read in English as 'The Hunchback of Notre-Dame,'(name also of the old film starring Gina Lollobrigida as Esmeralda, and the lovely Disney animated version) or the Sacré-Cœur atop Montmartre, a neighbourhood I cannot resist because each time, I visit some odd place associated with the innumerable writers and artists like Picasso who passed here during their lives; three, because living in Rome, certain areas, sights and cafes considered 'charming' only give me a sense of 'deja-vu.'
But, if I were accompanying you, I would first ask: which Paris would you most like to see, and thus figure out how much of our sight-seeing could mutually overlap. If you love the 'Grand Siecle' and the 17th century of the Sun King Loius XIV, I would send you off on your own to experience the Palace and gardens of Versailles (which I have relished many times, including the last, when my elder son's graduation from INSEAD at Fontainebleau, was held in Versaille's Palais de Congrès). If Napoleonic Paris tickles your fancy, I could point out two triumphal arches which he commissioned but did not get to see, the Arc de Triomphe at Champs-Élysées which he passed under during his funeral, and the other near the Louvre complex, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which I am sorry to inform you is topped by stone horses stolen from Venice's Piazza San Marco! If you have a weakness for the Belle Époque and Art Nouveau, we could do some shopping at the gorgeous department store decorated in that style, the Galeries Lafayette, or drop by one evening at the Moulin Rouge night club immortalized by the posters of can-can dancers like Jean Avril by the artist Toulouse-Lautrec.
However, if you are a fan of French playwrights like Molière and Racine we could go pay homage to the Comédie-Française, now the Théâtre-Français; or, if you are an admirer of the Impressionist painters we could visit the Musée d'Orsay art gallery converted from a 19th century railway station (like my favourite art gallery in Rome, Scuderie del Quirinale, once the Pope's horse stables!) housing a huge collection of Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. But if you are especially dedicated to Monet, I would urge you to go off for the day outside Paris to Giverny, to see the real water lilies of his paintings floating under the picturesque bridges of Monet's country house and garden. It's worth the trip, and something which redeemed one of our trips to Paris when my children were small and we took them to Disneyworld Resort Paris!
On the other hand, if all this discussion has exhausted you, I suggest that a cheaper, more pleasurable option to actually going to Paris may be doing it the arm-chair way by reading some evocative books, like Hemingway's memoir of his early days in Paris 'A Moveable Feast' and the related and recent fiction 'The Paris Wife' by Paula Mclain about Hadley, Hemingway's first wife.
Another, more entertaining alternative is to watch films that bring Paris to your living room. I recommend: Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris' (about the 1920's writers including Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein etc.); Franco Zeffirelli's 'Callas Forever' (Opera diva Maria Callas' reclusive last days in Paris); 'Julie and Julia' (viewing not advised on an empty stomach, about chef celebre Julia Child in Paris and blogger-fan Julie Powell cooking and devouring gourmet French food!); James Ivory's 'Jefferson in Paris' and his elegant comedy 'Le Divorce' based Diane Johnson's novel, in which an Hermès bag and the Tour Eiffel share credits with Kate Hudson! Kate's famous mother, Goldie Hawn, did some delightful Parisian scenes in Woody Allen's 'Everyone says I love you.' Other heartwarming, musical or romantic Hollywood and non-Hollywood films, past and present: Gene Kelly in 'An American in Paris', Audrey Hepburn in 'Funny face', 'Love in the Afternoon', 'Paris when it Sizzles' and 'Sabrina' (the remake starring Julie Ormand containing more Paris scenes than the original), Maurice Chevalier in 'Gigi'(based on Colette's novella, and showcasing the elegant Bois de Boulogne and the famous restaurant Maxim's), thrillers like 'The Da Vinci Code', the disarming French 'Amelie', the experimental 'Paris j'taime' and 'Before sunset', the ticklish Pink Panther series, other comedies like 'French Kiss', and especially 'Forget Paris' where Bill Crystal finding himself in the famous city and advised to visit its iconic monument, retorts: 'The Eiffel Tower? That's here?”
I have often done the same: “Rodin's 'Thinker'? That's here?” or “Boulevard des Italiens? Here?” or some such eye openers. In other words, there is never an excuse for not revisiting or visiting Paris. Alors, on y va?
Neeman Sobhan is a writer and journalist, living in Italy and teaching at the University of Rome. She also writes the fortnightly 'A Roman Column' that appears in the Star Weekend Magazine of Fridays.
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