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Some 17 years ago, four friends decided to unleash their talent and take it to greater heights from their meagre beginning that took place in Ghoratep, Narayanganj. The success story of Rang was thus written, with the name encompassing boundaries and establishing itself in Chittagong, Sylhet and Dhaka. Today it is a renowned name, one of the leading fashion houses in the country.
When it is about fashion, it is almost always about trends that are youth centric. If not, then at least exuberant enough to not suit the likes of elders beyond the age of 50. That time has well passed when shopping was a family experience and decisions of what will be picked were mainly dominated by the elders.
With the advent of nuclear family structures, shopping dynamics have changed as well, taking a more individualistic approach. Changes in socio-economic structures resulted in youth being more conscious about self-presentation, which explains the immense focus that has been placed on this generation by the fashion industry.
Out of sight, out of mind, the elders in the family were soon forgotten about when it came to shopping sprees, and it was only during the occasions that one would remember to buy something special for them. Gone were the days when they would walk the shopping malls, choosing what they want for themselves. Even buying things for them became a cumbersome deal as finding just the appropriate article means browsing through many a place to strike just the right chord.
Hence there was a clear need for a shop that will act as a one-stop solution for those well forgotten, the elderly. This need was recognised by Rang and from then onwards started the journey of Shroddha, a shop specially dedicated to the needs of the elderly.
It is a venture with a very non-commercial philosophy, a shop that has been created solely to cater to the wishes of the senior citizens. The shop has been designed keeping in mind the sense of responsibility that is to be projected towards the elders of the society, a shop good enough to stand as a peaceful shopping paradise for them, giving them a very personalised and comprehensive shopping experience.
The colour, material and cut of the clothing have been designed keeping in mind the taste of the particular age group. Ample use of cotton along with khadi and silk, in light, sober colours is eminent in their clothing line. Apart from that they also carry essentials like CDs, prayer materials, monkey caps, shawls etc. Extensive use of natural dye can be seen in almost everything they offer. They also sell unstitched panjabis that can either be tailored personally or stitched from Shroddha.
Shorddha is a brand within a brand with its own unique identity, the reason why no sign of Rang's vibrant personality can be seen in this shop. It has a very mild, understated and esteemed tone that is projected in every aspect of the outlet. The reason being that the shop is looked upon by a completely separate management team, which works relentlessly to keep the brand image of Shroddha intact.
Shroddha is situated at Banani UAE Moitri Shopping Complex. You can also visit the Rifle's Square and Bailey Road outlets of Rang in Dhaka and Shantana Market outlet of Rang in Narayanganj for Shroddha products.
By Afrida Mahbub
Get a share of peace at Naina's
Stablished in 1999 at Uttara, Naina's Beauty Salon has been thriving in the industry by giving their clientele a wide selection of products and providing an excellent, professional level of service.
Naina Khan bought it from an existing beauty salon called 'Broadway,' where business had grown steadily over the past eight years. In terms of experience, Naina has various diplomas in beauty treatment from countries such as Sri Lanka, India and Bangkok.
Her focus is on beauty as well as fitness and it is for women exclusively. They offer complete beauty services that will give you a new look and a renewed spirit. They have created a relaxing and mellow environment, with over 10 stylists working for the salon, helping you to take your mind off the stresses of life and treat yourself to a pleasant and calming experience. In 2005 Naina's moved to Gulshan, expanding its business to cater to the Uttara and Gulshan residents.
At Naina's, you can pamper your body with a choice of relaxing massages, facials, steam showers or body treatments. Enhance your appearance with custom hair styling, deluxe manicures, pedicures, waxing or cosmetic applications. Their professionally trained staffs are friendly and supportive. They offer haircare services including cutting, colouring, highlights, perms, straightening, conditioning treatments, formal up-styling, and bridal styling.
Customers are confident that they can count on their expertise and professional service. They know they will leave the salon feeling absolutely rejuvenated.
Naina's future plans include expansion, employing and training more staff, offering more special offers throughout the year, introducing more fitness programs (eg. yoga during Ramadan, light yoga for pregnant women, 3 months weightless programs, dance workouts, etc.). They offer 25-50 percent discounts on various occasions throughout the year and 15-25 percent discount offers are there for 6 months.
Apart from fitness and beauty services, they also have their own boutique. The clothes are exclusively designed and printed by them and are displayed in the salon under the brand name -- NainAz Wardrobe.
By Afrida Mahbub
"No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory”- Coco Chanel
For those of you who think along the same line as Coco Chanel perfume is an indispensable part of everyday life. And, if you are such a person, in Bangladesh, you must have stopped at Perfume World at least once if not more than that.
Perfume World of Bangla Perfumes Ltd has been around for quite a while and till date has launched 5 branches in different parts of the city along with one in the port city and the sixth one opening soon in Banani.
Perfume World carries 28 brands which include Azzaro, Boss, Hugo Boss, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill, Lacoste, Burberry, Versace, Thierry Mugler, Porche Design, Escada, Mont Blanc, Cartier, Victorinox Swiss Army, Creed, Lalique, Hermes, Moschino, John Richmond, Roberto Cavalli, Tous, J.Del Pozo, Pink Suger, Desquard 2, Swarovaski, Valentino and Gianfranco Ferre.
The store recently launched two new fragrances, Halloween by J. Del Pozo for women and Decibel by Azzaro for men.
Halloween Fever which is the latest edition of the well-known collection Halloween, which was first launched in 1997. The perfume is inspired by the dynamic life in New York. Halloween Fever is a modern, youthful fragrance for girls, composed of luminous citruses, gentle and feminine flowers with a harmonious finish of warm and sensual notes.
Top notes of Halloween Fever glitter and refresh with Italian bergamot, juicy drops of orange with a sophisticated lady-like trail of rose essences. A heart provides a gentle, floral bouquet of lotus, Egyptian jasmine and juicy apricot, while a base ensures a sensual finish of bourbon vanilla, Indonesian patchouli, musk and tonka beans.
The fragrance hits the shelves in a violet bottle, with violet fluid and silver details. Tall buildings on the bottle remind us of New York skyline, and the unusual, glittery stopper gives a special touch to the bottle, associated with glamour and night life of the city.
Decibel by Azzaro, which is contained in a mic-shaped bottle is an Oriental Spicy fragrance for men. It was originally launched in 2011 and can now be found on the shelves of Perfume World. The top notes are amalfi lemon, aldehydes and licorice; middle notes are incense and violet while the base notes are vetiver, tonka bean and vanille. Apart from these new fragrances, Tous for women and Dunhill for men are available at the store.
By Karishma Ameen
Thai food has started attracting a lot of attention in Dhaka in recent years. This surge of interest comes from a number of factors -- the exotic flavours, the light and healthy nature of the food and finally the fact that Thailand is one of our major tourist destinations; the denizens of Dhaka are well familiar with quality Thai food, and are beginning to look for it when they dine out.
Thai cooking places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components. The spiciness of Thai cuisine is also well known. As with other Asian cuisines, balance of flavours and variety are of great significance to Thai chefs.
The 8 offers one such menu with the launch of their new Thai restaurant 'Sawasdee' (“Welcome” in Thai). The Menu has more than 100 dishes and is crafted by Chef Luam, to offer everything that even a Thai traveller could crave.
There are choices of meat, fish, seafood and vegetarian dishes in various levels of spiciness. As most tourists can testify, there are some levels of heat in Thai cuisine, which are just impossible for foreigners (including ourselves) to tolerate.
In order to accommodate this cuisine, the restaurant has reverted to 'family style' service, with each dish serving 4 people. Eating Thai food inherently is a family affair, the sharing of food, the sampling of many dishes being one of the joys of eating a meal out.
The prices are very reasonable and vary between Tk. 400-600. The individually plated dishes of the original 8 menu can still be found under the Chef's Specials. Chef Luam will also be updating these items from time to time, in keeping with their tradition of changing the menu seasonally.
To preserve the quality of the food, they will, as always, be focusing on fresh, organic, locally procured items.
Sawasdee will also have a separate area where diners will be able to belt out karaoke specials at the top of their lungs whilst enjoying their red curry. The owners have assured that the automatic scoring system of the karaoke machine will be set at 'kind'.
The restaurant is decorated in a traditional motif, accented by warm earthy tones and displaying genuine Thai artwork throughout the interior, reflecting the culture of Thailand.
Sawasdee is the perfect destination for your next night out. Whether it is an intimate dinner for two or a festive gathering of friends or family, Sawasdee offers a delightful and delicious dining experience to all their guests.
In addition to in-house dining, Sawasdee also offers Take-Away, Lunch Boxes and Private Bookings.
The restaurant is open 7 days a week from 12 noon. The last time for order is 10:30 pm. Parking facilities are available within the premises.
For reservations contact: Sawasdee, House 24, Road 2, Gulshan 1. 9892458, 0192 755 8888
By Tanziral Dilshad Ditan
THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY
Rabindranath Tagore's 'Fireflies' translated into dance and music
During Tagore's visit to Japan he was struck by the short epigrammatic poems called 'Haiku' that are so beloved there. He immediately adopted that style and created 'Fireflies', 'Lekhan', 'Sphulinga' and 'Stray Birds'.
Tagore's 'Fireflies' consists of 256 epigrams and short verses written in English. These poems resemble the sayings of a wise man rather than poetry. The brevity and crispness of these verses combined with the wit & wisdom contained within make these poems extremely delightful.
Tickets can be bought for Tk 200.
A Man For All Seasons
The play -- written by Robert Bolt, translated by Shahed Iqbal and directed by Azad Abul Kalam -- is about the life and times of Sir Thomas More, member of the Privy Council, Speaker of House of Commons, and Chancellor of the Exchequer. He was ultimately decapitated at the order of Henry VIII. Through a portrayal of Sir Thomas's public duty, spiritual quest and private agonies the play foreshadows the hero's canonisation by the Roman Catholic Church in 1935.
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