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Chic Bangaliana

Alam sits with his basket of glass bangles everyday in front of TSC, the prime location to target students who often stop their busy schedules just to look at his colourful collection.

“Of all the bangles I sell, the glass ones are the most popular, especially around this season,” he said, as he unwrapped a dozen red bangles that dazzled in the sun, reflecting the light.

Glass bangles can be seen everywhere these days, especially as we prepare for Pahela Baishakh. Men and female sellers alike line different parts of the street around Dhaka University where their collection of multicolored bangles do all the talking to attract customers.

There is something about glass bangles that never gets tiring. While metal bangles and plastic spray painted ones in various colours and ornamentation seemed to have taken over store fronts, simple glass bangles have never really lost the competition.

“I think it's the noise that keeps making me come back and buy more and more. They are traditional and classy, so never out of style, which I love. Every time they break, it just means I get to buy more!” said Nishat, a second year student at Dhaka University.

Indeed the sound of glass bangles as they glide against each other on your wrists puts us in a celebratory mood. “My mother bought them when she was a student, and now I am doing the same. We sometimes come here and buy glass bangles together and walk down memory lane,” said Tasnia, also of DU who plans to only accessorise with glass bangles this year for Pahela Baishakh. While glass bangles also come coated in metallic specks and glitter for design, she still prefers the simple, one-tone bangles that her mother used to wear.

While red and white continue to be the most popular colour for glass bangles around Pahela Baishakh, the blue, green, and pink tones are catching up. This season, many sellers agree that women are opting more and more for mixing two to three bright, bold colours for their wrists. “Girls love to come and try on as many colours as they can, and the biggest problem that they have is usually which ones not to buy, along with bargaining with me of course,” said one elderly woman who has been selling in the Dhaka University area for years.

Nowadays, she sells bangles in all sizes, as glass bangles are catching up with small children as well. “You can't go wrong with glass bangles, which makes them popular among boys too, who buy them as gifts,” she added as she unwrapped the white paper off of a bright purple set designed with indentations.

It is perhaps the slightly translucent finishing of the bangles that makes them more special, with their light paint coating and smooth texture. Glass bangles also hold a strong tradition in South Asia, as well as various meanings; it is often thought that because glass bangles match the colours in nature, they can express the natural energy of wearers and even bring luck.

Folklores of this region often include glass bangles. And of course, in this season of festivities, glass bangles continue to be a fashion staple for women of all ages. If you haven't bought them yet, don't worry: expect to find lots of glass bangle stalls with a rainbow of selection this Pahela Baishakh around the city.

Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Model: Heera and Airin
Makeup and styling: Farzana Shakil
Wardrobe: Farzana Shakil
Location: Coffee World, Road 27, Dhanmondi


Khazana Mithai Baishakh Utsav

To mark the coming of the Bengali New Year, Khazana Mithai has launched a new product for its esteemed customers as an exclusive Pahela Baishakh special -- Canned Rosogolla and Gulab Jamun. For the first time the said product has been launched in Bangladesh. Being the essential part of a Bengali celebration, sweets form an indispensable part of a grand Pahela Baishakh.

Khazana Mithai's Canned Rosogolla and Gulab Jamun is an endeavour to let its valued customers enjoy the pleasure of sending traditional Bengali sweets to any part of this world. It also has a collection of traditional Bengali sweets including Ras Malai, Motichur Laddu, Kaju Barfi, Motipak, Kalakand, Mishti Doi, etc. Apart from the famous sweets, one can send Assorted Mithai Boxes, Special Corporate Gift Boxes and Dalas for thie occasion from Khazana Mithai outlets in Gulshan and Uttara.

Gulshan Outlet: Shop No #122, Plot 10, Taher Tower, Gulshan-2 Ph: 01611 000080

Uttara Outlet: House #1, Road # 1, Sector#1, Zashan Plaza, Uttara Ph: 01611 000090

Pan Pacific Sonargaon celebrates New Year Baishakh

Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka will celebrate Bengali New Year 1419 from April 14 till 16 with Bangladeshi Traditional Mela at its Lobby Lounge area ornamented with number of colourful stalls offering Bangladeshi Handicrafts, cloths, souvenirs and snacks.

Café Bazar restaurant will offer a buffet of mouth-watering food from different regions of Bangladesh. There will be all time favorite Bengali style 'Pantha Elish' along with 'Shutki' and assorted bhorta and chutney and other favourites.

There will be Buffet Lunch and Buffet Dinner at the price of Tk 2500 (All Inclusive) per person and Tk 1250 (All Inclusive) for children up to 12 years. The Salad Bar will offer local favourites as well.

Soup corner will present Spicy Seafood Broth and Mulligatawny Soup featuring a seafish from Bay of Bengal during lunch and dinner and Hilsha Bhaja and there will special dessert too.

For the cultural presentation, a group of young artists will enthrall the guests with their astounding rhythms of dance and music.

Painting the town Peri-Peri

Pahela Baishakh is not only a joyous occasion for Bengalis, but also a special time for Nando's, Dhaka's popular Portuguese eatery. It was on the day of Pahela Baishakh that Nando's opened their first branch in Dhaka in Gulshan, and it was also near Pahela Baishakh that their second outlet in the city, in Dhanmondi, was inaugurated. So it is no surprise that with the start of the Bengali year 1419, Nando's is not pulling any stops to commemorate the event.

This Pahela Baishakh, Nando's offers a special dish which will be available in the month of April only. The Portuguese eatery is all about Flame Grilled Peri-Peri Chicken, but for the New Year they will be offering a dish featuring the favourite meat of the Bangali -- Beef Espetada. It is indeed a unique take, and the Per-Peri sauce mixes fantastically well with the beef preparation to form something close to a sheesh kebab, but also different. A Beef Espetada is priced at Tk.1,200 and comes with a selected side and regular Wedges, an exotic drink called Poncha Zurra Tinto and a Kulfi.

Nando's have also introduced two bundle meals which have been priced keeping the New Year in mind. There is a meal for two consisting of 2 Chicken Steak Meals, 1 regular Wedges, Poncha Zurra Tinto drink for two and 2 kulfis to wash down the treat, priced at Tk.1419. The other is a meal for four which consists of 1 flame-grilled Peri-Peri full chicken, 1 Jumbo Wedges, 2 Large Spicy Rice, 2 Grilled Veg and 1 litre of Citra drink, priced at Tk.2012.

Borshoboron at Dhaka Regency

Bangladesh is a nation of diverse ethnicity and many religions. But there simply are a few special occasions that unite the people of this vibrant country to celebrate as one unit. Pahela Baishakh - the Bengali New Year Day happens to be just such a happy occasion. To most us, the first day of the month of Baishakh marks an enthusiastic Bangladesh morphing into a festoon of colors with females in brightly painted saris and men in elaborate panjabis, a collaborative parade of our national attires with one goal in mind - to have as much fun as possible.

This April 14, 2012 from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, Dhaka Regency will celebrate the new beginning with additional flair and fanfare. With an extensive deshi lunch and dinner buffet of sumptuous indigenous delicacies, jhalmuri, phuchka and chatpati live station, live local music, fortune-telling with mysterious parrots, henna and face-painting and whatnot, the Grandiose Restaurant on Level 6 and Grill on the Skyline on Level 14, is to be transformed into a fount of Bengali tradition. Be it panta elish or pithaa puli, the banquet table will be laden with a smorgasbord of sumptuous indigenous delicacies.


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