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For those who want to add a dash of the ethnic and traditional to your coffee tables, these coasters do nicely. In soothing shades of orange and yellow with the primal fish motif, these bring an earthen quality to your table-tops. These coaster sets are priced at Tk.415.
and colours. Even an ordinary meal by your lonesome can be brightened by the presence of these.
Pen in Place
These terracotta pen holders will add some class and gravity to your desk at home or at work. The terracotta designs that we usually see on old temple walls, lend an old-world charm as well as a peaceful ambience that is much-needed when you are stressed. Also, priced between Tk.159 to Tk.265, they are the perfect gifts for colleagues.
Photo frames are items that you just cannot have enough of; memories keep popping up in freeze frames as our lives march on. These tasteful frames will look great on any coffee table, bedside table or shelf, as they sport sober colours and are adorned with nokshi-like designs along the edges. Priced between Tk.150 and Tk.300, these are reasonable options to deck up your home with memories.
Ashes to Ashes, Puff to Puff
Now, we would not like to promote smoking, but let's face it, it is a part of our lives, however unfortunate that is. What we can do is make the best of a bad situation. Enter these elegant metal ash-trays shaped like fishes. Priced at Tk.895, they provide a tranquil take on an otherwise terrible habit.
An Affection for Reflection
Ladies dare not leave their cubicles, much less their homes without these faithful companions. And Jatra's take on these girls' best friends is as usual a classy one. In the shape of a flower and leaves these hand mirrors, it will cheer you when you pull it out of your handbag before that crucial meeting or a lunch date, and at Tk.169 it is quite a steal.
The Chunk Trunk
Need to stow away all the little knick-knacks and trinkets that you have lying around, creating clutter in your otherwise spick and span home? These small wooden boxes or trunks are the answer, even when it comes to storing your valuables, as they can be locked. Adorned with folk art in soothing colours, these small trunks priced at Tk.245 will look beautiful adorning the corners of your house.
In these times of rampant power cuts, few things are more relevant than candles, and these pieces combine utility with style perfectly. Quaint snail-shaped candles in bright primary colours with Jatra's hallmark designs will brighten up the gloom during the inevitable dark times. At Tk.219, these little luminous snails provide a great foil for the fast-paced city life.
Any elegant home needs a touch of classy decor, and these pots, brightly coloured and done in traditional folk art designs serve the purpose beautifully. Sold with stands that house three such pots these will add a bit of traditional glamour to the corners of your living area. These three-in-one clay pots are priced at Tk. 369.
-- LS Desk
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Syed
These home décor items can be found at the well-known crafts shop Jatra. Address: (Banani) House 60, Kemal Ataturk Avenue, Dhaka-1213, phone: 8816770; (Dhanmondi) Road 27(old), House 39, phone: 9125813. E-mail: email@example.com. Opening hours 10a.m-8 p.m.
Memories on film
Wedding photography has found new meaning for professionals and amateurs alike. As our weddings become elaborate and grander with the passage of time, people are keen on freezing their emotions on film for years to come and they are no longer relying on a relative who just happens to share an interest in photography; the to-be-weds now prefer everything with a professional touch.
However, although some have taken up this field as a vocation, for the casual photographers it is only of “Social Networking” interest.
To hone your skill as an accomplished wedding photographer, Wedding Diary School of Photography, for the first time in Bangladesh, launches a course for aspirant wedding photographers.
The field of photojournalism is so vast that every aspect requires refined skills and when capturing emotions are concerned (an absolute necessity when it comes to weddings), it requires a human touch.
The Advanced Course starts from 15 June and will continue for six months, comprising 24 classes with practical sessions. The course fee is a bit on the higher side, but given the big names who will be taking classes, it may just be well worth it. There is an installment package for paying the Tk.30,000 course fee and one student will be given a need-based fee waiver. Two trainees will get a chance to work with the Wedding Diary team.
If your interest in wedding photography is casual in nature, you can simply opt for the Basic Wedding Photography Course -- eight classes spread over two months with practical sessions, is the best deal in town and comes with a fee of Tk 4000 only.
Last date of admission: 5 June 2012. Seats are Limited; first come first served.
For reservation and inquiries call 0197 888 2233, visit weddingdiary. com.bd, or log in at facebook.com/weddingdiarybd.
The city of cities -- Delhi
The difference between the Old and New Delhi is quite blurry and not explained anywhere to the extent that might clarify, however, one must remember that Delhi is a city of cities. It is one of the major hubs in the world and is quite an expensive one.
The easiest way to get there is by Jet Airways. The flight is less than three hours and the service is satisfactory. The price tag is around Tk. 30,000. You can go there by bus or train, whichever catches your fancy. The bus ride is priced at around Tk. 2000 up to Calcutta, from where you have to catch the train, which takes about 23 hours to reach New Delhi. One way costs about Rs. 1600.
Places to stay
Delhi is a true muti-dimensional metropolis, which presents both new and old faces. It is a good idea to stay a couple of days at each of the sides as the vibe is wholly different. An average room will cost you approximately USD 60 while there is no upper limit.
A vast variety of foods, starting with Mughal cuisine to Chinese, is available. It's a wise choice to eat mostly Mughal and Chinese as those were the best that I had.
Karim's - Down a lane across from the Jama Masjid's Gate 1, the legendary Karim's has been delighting Delhiites since 1913. The rich food takes you back to the age of Mughal emperors. Be sure to try their biriyani and burrah.
Pind Baluchi - The Punnjabi stopover -- you will find quite a few in Delhi. Try the one in Nehru Place. The flavours of the kebabs are delectable. They have a fantastic thick sweet and sour lassi and their aloo parathas are a must have.
Saravana - Tamil Saravana has a fast-food feel but the food is by no means unhealthy, junk category: dosas, idlis and other southern specialties, accompanied by lovely fresh chutneys. Inventive sweets include cucumber-seed ladoos. Finish with a South Indian coffee.
Street food - Try Dilli-ki-chaat (Delhi's tangy local street food) such as chaat papdi (fried wafers with fillings of potatoes, chickpeas, yoghurt and chilli) or golgappas (fried hollow dough filled with chickpeas and spicy potatoes).
Things to do
Red Fort - Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and work was completed in 1648. The Red Fort is a 17th century fort complex in the walled city of Old Delhi that served as the residence of the Mughal Emperors. It also served as the capital of the Mughals until 1857, when Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled by the British Indian government. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
Humayun's tomb - The tomb combines Persian styles with local craftsmanship and is surrounded by the fiercely symmetrical Mughal gardens: take a stroll here at dusk. This is my personal favourite
Qawwali - Listen to qawwali music at the dargah of Nizamuddin Auliya; religious songs resounding at around sunset at one of Islam's notable shrines.
Lotus temple - The religious epicenter of the Bahai's, an oasis in the desert and an architectural icon.
Lodi Gardens - Wander around Lodhi Gardens on a Sunday afternoon; the perfect place to relax and get back in touch with nature.
Hauz Khas - Discover the district of Hauz Khas, with its crumbling Mughal tombs and tempting art, antique and fashion boutiques.
Shop middle-class Delhiite-style at the laid-back Khan Market, browsing its bookshops and hanging out for a chat at Café Turtle, fuelled by coffee and gooey cake. Get lost in the streets of Lajpatnagar and buy Indian wear for women. There is also an array of Indian couture and knickknacks at FabIndia. Try the designer outlets at Saket Mall or at GK1 and GK2.
Drinks and drunks
There is not shortage of clubs in Delhi but all of them are within a 5 star hotel. If you like rock music you can try Some Place Else at The Park, which is usually flocked by young executives and final year students. CJ's at Le Meridian and Djinn at Hyatt are good places to party too. They have dance floors and a good collection of local and international liquor and liqueur.
By Taskin Rahman
Photo: Zahedul I Khan