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Are Men Useless? - journalist Malavika Vyinvawahare suggests so in her article where she discusses India's recent draft food security bill, which will require women to become the heads of the households (The New York Times). The decision comes after many studies have shown that the productivity of the house increases when women are given equal, if not more responsibilities, and that men are more likely to waste money on items like alcohol in India. This gender shift is gaining global appeal in developing countries.


The need to intimidate new workers in an office to maintain social hierarchies is common everywhere, argues journalist Emily Louise Overy in "The Devil Really Does Wear Prada" (Huffington Post). The Queen Bee Syndrome, as she calls it, is especially true for female bosses who might be in managerial positions. Such behaviour is rooted in our culture of social ladders.


Now in paperback, The Temple and The Mosque is a series of Premchand's stories of a common man beautifully translated by Rakhshanda Jalil. While his fictional work has been translated before, this book illustrates the literary genius of Premchand's world of from villains to love struck girls, to poverty and caste disparities.


Jorja Leap is an expert on gangs, and based on her research, she writes the stories of female gang members who lived through the bloody trenches of Los Angeles in her book, Jumped In. She argues that while media has made the image of gang members to be, well, scary, Leap recalls stories of grief, violence, sex, parenthood, to racism. With interviews with both police officers and gang members and their families, it is a compelling new non fiction book to look out for.


Heather Poole is a flight attended with stories to tell: at 35,000 feel she is used to it all, from passengers throwing psychotic fits, to first class passengers stealing food from the galley, to pilots falling for beautiful air hostesses...she writes about the funny incidents in her debut, Cruising Attitude. The stories of what happens up in the air for hours at a time with fake oxygen are indeed telling. Don't get caught reading this while on your next flight though.


"When we say 'You smell good,' here's what we mean: You make me think of fireflies and...you inspire visions of barbecued hamburgers and pudgy strawberries, purple soap and faded blue sheets," writes Steve Friedman, on falling in love with women's scent ("I Love You, You Smell Nice", Elle magazine). The perfume that women wear can do more than just make her smell good in a crowd- it can tell a story and make both men and women around her evoke images- precisely what ancient perfume makers wanted to do in the first place, for women at least.

By Olinda Hassan


Feminine focus

Gautam Chakrabarty's Galleri Kaya, even though located in Uttara, attracts many art buffs. Tracing over 15 women artists, from Tahera Chowdury born in 1936 to Maksuda Alam Nipa, born in 1975, the gallery played host to an exhibition titled 'Freedom in Creativity' which started on March 8 and ended on March 19. The creative works abound in colour, compositions, lines and forms.

The texture work and focus of the painters are thought-provoking. Each artist has a different creative backdrop, and has been trained in a separate manner.

Tayeba Lipi, for instance, is fairly outgoing, but despite her nouveau outlook and assertive ways, is different from the Chittagong school's star products of many decades. Admired by one and all for her individual ways is the talented Nazli Laila Mansoor. Both are experimental and bold. Both work off the beaten track and are trying to bring in a breath of fresh air by their focus.

Atia Islam Anne tries to bring in the shock technique, popular from the US to Iran, often used by young bouncing Tayeba Lipi and wee-waisted Andaleeb Preema ages back with their work encouraged and promoted by Alliance Francaise. It's a pity the Rokeya Sultana is away on a scholarship or she too might have had something new for the world to see and admire, like Fareha Zeba, who too has her focus on the west. Both have spent their formative years in Karachi. Both artists are ready to lasso down art-buffs, with untrodden, unbeaten paths. They are all for women's liberation. And do they work hard!

Ivy Zaman, years younger in experience but working like some Trojan, is ready for the world too with her creative work in wood, stone and cement. Both Farida Zaman and Ivy Zaman have Santineketan and Kolkata as their sources of inspiration -- although much of their work is based in Dhaka. As in the case of most women artists, the slings and arrows suffered by women in particular are kept in mind. They live in no ivory tower. Politically, socially, economically, they are well aware of their surroundings. They are not impervious to man-made and natural disasters from Norway to Mongolia.

Birds, fish and flowers abound in Tahera Chowdhury' s canvases . Her “Untitled 2” includes a dreaming, idyllic woman's face -- as if she were dreaming, surrounded by the bounty of nature, in emerald green, vermilion and gold. Black and white provides the contrasts. Dots, swirls and lines complete the composition.

Nazli Laila Monsur's “The predator” in mixed media, brings in a scaly green crocodile with gnashing, teeth and scaly, swishing tail. It is shown fighting an angry bull -- with white birds in the backdrop. This same fearsome crocodile, which exists in nightmares and steamy tropics, is seen in a pitch-black background once more, bearing a worried female figure with a green, oval face. Fish abound in the surrounding waters -- while the huge purple reptile with angry teeth bears a clump of lotus blossoms in its ugly jaws. Nazli Laila excels in frightening her onlooker and madding one aware of the constant peril of women.

Saeeda Kamal's “The boat” and Farida Zaman's “Sufia with her bird” are gentle scenes and portraits in comparison. Farida's spindly arms of the woman's form and Naima Haque's saint, as much as Tandra Das's “Images from Nature”, carry respite and relief. So does Masuda Kazi's “Fall”, as also does the “Dancing figure” done by the ambitious Ivy Zaman.

Thus one encounters a woman's world.

By Fayza Haq


Tiger, tiger shining bright

Sporadic cheers coming from distant TV rooms is a happy feeling for us Bangalis, because -- unless it's the football World Cup -- it means that the Tigers are winning. On Friday, the cheers were as loud as ever because yes, we were giving the Indians a right royal walloping.

There is something about beating India in cricket. The cricketers feel it too, their collective intensity seem to lift when playing India. Perhaps because they, like us, are a bit dazed by the bombardment of television ads singing the praises of Indian cricketers and their team in those very TV rooms from which the shouts of joy were emanating on Friday.

Maybe it is because India -- as the financial powerhouse in the cricket world -- are the big bullies of the schoolyard. Or perhaps the fact that India is the only country that has not yet invited Bangladesh for even a single Test over nearly twelve years of Test status peeves them more. It is probably a combination of all three.

But this was just not any win. At the risk of seeming to succumb to our well-documented tendency to fete every win as if it's the first and last (have done it myself often enough), this victory spoke of a team finally starting to believe in itself. Chasing 290 against a top team requires real character, the ability to absorb pressure over sustained periods and come out on top.

The most pleasing aspect was that it was a true team effort. Eleven men on the field were on the ball. Whether it was the heightening of intensity in fielding as Sachin Tendulkar was nearing his hundred, or Shakib Al Hasan and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim's audacious six-hitting that turned the match on its head, it spoke of a team waiting to pounce.

Shakib was owed this win after his superb heroics in a lost cause against Pakistan. He is the poster-boy for the new Bangladeshi cricketer, always backing himself in every fight regardless of odds in favour or against.

It was his whirlwind innings, more than the valuable contributions from the captain and Nasir Hossain that swung the match. It defies belief how regularly he makes telling contributions to Bangladeshi victories.

Shakib's belief is infectious. It infected Mushfiqur when 33 were needed off the last 18 balls and he finished it off in 14 courtesy of three huge sixes, the last of which had the diminutive captain laughing in joy -- the defining image of the match. The same strain of belief enabled Nasir and Jahurul Islam, two relatively new players, to hit pivotal half-centuries in quick time to make the win possible.

Slowly but surely, it is infecting us too. Things just got tougher for the Tigers because the expectations will change after this victory. No longer can these wins be called 'upsets', because if the Tigers can regularly play to their potential like they did against India, and against Pakistan before crumbling under pressure in the first match, they will give most teams a run for their money. Delivering under pressure is one of the most important attributes of a good team. The Tigers passed that test on Friday.

Maybe we can defeat Sri Lanka today and make the final, and then... if you don't dream, or perhaps 'aspire' is the more appropriate word, you don't achieve. Who knows? It may even lead to some invites from across the border.



Shadamon opens its new branch

Fashion house Shadamon recently opened their second outlet at Bashundhara City Shopping Mall. The outlet showcases stitched and unstitched shalwar kameez sets, just like their Bailey Road outlet. The attires are mainly cotton based with embroidery, karchupi and block prints done on them. The ornas are mainly made of cotton or half silk. The summer heat has been kept in mind while choosing the colours. The price ranges from Tk. 1090 to 1690.

Contact: Shop 94, level 2, block C, Bashundhara City, Panthapath.

Angeleena collection

Angeleena has come up with its exclusive, one-of-a-kind collection featuring saris, shalwar kameez and fatuas for the month of March. Indeed, March reminds us of the historical and charismatic speech of Bangabondhu and the declaration of Independence. March reflects the patriotism and rebellion of our country's people. Angeleena has made these designs keeping that in mind. Angeleena Collection is located in the third floor of Pink City.

Farzana Shakil's

Country's leading fashion and lifestyle brand Farzana Shakils Makeover Salon Ltd., introduced an innovative discounted offer, a combo package for all, to celebrate the 41st independence day of Bangladesh.

Under this package a customer can avail a 26 percent discount on a range of offers, which includes spa manicure and pedicure, threading -- upper lips and eye brows. This package is available only on 26 March, 2012 from 9 pm to 2 pm.

For details please call 8812215 (Gulshan), 9116057 (Dhanmondi).

Tara Marka

For the coming Independence Day, Tarka Marka has specially designed a green and red themed collection that includes fatua, panjabi, tops and t-shirt. Natural dye and khaadi has been used as primary materials for the collection. The graphics printed on the clothing have been inspired by the 7 March speech. The t-shirts are priced at Tk. 250, fatua Tk. 500, panjabi Tk. 1000 and tops Tk.600, which can be purchased from all of their outlets.

Visit them at www.taramarka.com .

KFC's Shadhinota offer with Krushers

It was a year ago when one of the world's most famous chain restaurants, KFC, introduced the “Krusher” to us a drink that can only be described as a brand new experience for your taste buds. And now, during the month of freedom, KFC gives us the opportunity to indulge even further into Krushers a tasty treat that you can slurp, munch, crunch, gulp and do much more with.

With the Shadhinota offer food connoisseurs have the chance to buy one Krushers, and pick up another one entirely free of cost. This offer is valid for Chocolash and strawberry smoothie only.

“March is the most celebrated month for any Bangladeshi. It's the month where we celebrate the freedom of spirit. So, we took this opportunity and let our customers celebrate the freedom of taste as well. And there's no better way to indulge your taste-buds than with a Krusher which isn't just about the great taste and a cool drink it's about the experience. Gulp it, crunch it, crush it, grind it, chomp it -- it's your call. But I can guarantee that it will be an experience like never before” said Akku Chowdhury, Managing Director, Transcom Foods Ltd.

KFC is an international restaurant chain in Bangladesh opening its flagship outlet on 6 September, 2006 at Gulshan. KFC has 9 outlets in Dhaka at Gulshan, Banani, Baily Road, New Eskaton, Mirpur, Dhanmondi, Purana Paltan, Uttara and Laxmibazar, one in Chittagong at Lalkhan Bazar and another one in Cox's Bazar.

Transcom Foods Limited -- a subsidiary of Bangladesh's leading business group Transcom operates KFC in Bangladesh. Besides KFC, Transcom Foods Limited is also the franchisee of Pizza Hut, which is the first ever-international restaurant chain that commenced business in the Bangladesh market.

For further information, please contact: Transcom Foods Limited, 5 Bir Uttam Mir Shawkat Ali Shorok, (South Avenue), Gulshan 1, Dhaka. Tel: 9894662, 9886579, 9894045. E-mail: tfl@tfl.transcombd.com


Aneela's Shada Megher Bhela

Aneela's Shada Megher Bhela Aneela Haque's summer theme is mainly white in cottons but also incorporates shades like yellow, green, blue and black. There is the long, slim cut kameez that blends eastern concepts with western ideas; also available are long and medium length skirts with belts and scarves, long tops with belts, quarter pants and churidars.

Men are not left out and will appreciate the half shirts. They can also opt for the formal shirts, short and long panjabis. There is also an extensive range of children's wear.

To aid in accessorising Andes now has an array of products like babs, beaded jewellery and long and short scarves.

For home décor there is Aneela's signature style in cushions covers, napkins, table runners and much more.

For details contact: Andes ltd., Z N Tower, Road #8, House #2, Ground Floor, Siemens House, Gulshan 1, # 9894566; Anam Rangs Plaza, Saatmasjid Road, 3rd Floor, Dhanmondi.


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