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LOVING AND LIVING WITH PLANTS
By Laila Karim
There is a long corridor beside the elevator extending to our doorstep. It receives little direct sunlight and I was thinking of growing roses on pots here. I have heard this can be done. Can you please be very specific as to what I should do? If the idea sounds absurd, kindly let me know what I can try instead.
There is a small veranda next to my study. It receives a fair amount of light. I was thinking of growing creepers here along with some orchids.
And lastly, what sorts of plants are suitable for the damp environment of the bathroom?
For your long corridor beside the elevator with little direct sunlight
What sort of plants are suitable for the damp environment of the bathroom?
Stopping invasion of red ants in your roof garden
Some common solutions
One of the best solutions is putting "naphthalene" where the ants have built their homes; this will force them to leave. Put 2-3 pieces of naphthalene outside and inside the hole or pot.
Sometimes we also use kerosene in the usual route of the ant regiment, but never pour or spray it over the leaf or inside the pot, the plant will die.
Boric powder, which is usually used in playing carom in our country, also works very well as an insecticide. Sprinkle some boric powder around some sugar syrup near their habitat, it will lure them to eat and soon they will be gone as the powder is poisonous.
Another method is to pour water continuously in their colonies. They will be gone soon, but after a while may return!
Solving the problem using chemicals like insecticide is suggested only in very severe cases. The effect of some items found in the market like "Finis", "Dark Done" is devastating to the ants but also to the plants and is usually not healthy for human beings, and must be kept away from children.
We prefer mild solutions for rooftop gardens. These items may be available in BADC stores or in the nurseries. Check with the seller before you buy.
Sale at Nikhut Bangladesh
Throughout the month of June, customers can avail 10-30 per cent discounts on a range of products at Nikhut Bangladesh. They have brilliantly designed shalwar kameez suits, fatuas, skirts and children's wear. Available at Nikhut Bangladesh stores at Twin Tower, Shantinagar; Karnafuli Garden City, Kakrail and South Banasree.
Nitya Upohar joins hands with Uniqlo
From June 20, 2012 shelves of popular brand Nitya Upohar will showcase products from Grameen-Uniqlo Limited.
Ranging from T-shirts, to shirts, pants and other men's wear, the products have been made using the latest technologies. Proceeds from the sale will be used for charity through Grameen Healthcare Trust.
Tupperware is one of world's leading direct-selling companies, marketing premium food storage, preparation and serving items. Tupperware started its operations in 1946 and is a household name today. This success can be attributed to the high-quality products with lifetime warranties and the rewarding business opportunities provided by the company.
For over 60 years Tupperware Brands have made a difference to the lives of women around the world by offering an independent business opportunity. The company aims to empower the women of Bangladesh by providing them this world class opportunity of having a career along with balancing their home lives.
The company has empowered 26 lakh women in almost 100 countries and calls this philosophy the “Chain of Confidence” where women are “Enlightened, Educated and Empowered”.
This has been the foundation of Tupperware's success across the world. Geeteara Safiya Choudhury, Chairman of Adcomm, said, “I am excited about Tupperware being in Bangladesh because they will help empower our women by making them financially independent along with balancing their home and career.”
The uniqueness of Tupperware also lies in its selling method. The company adopts a “Tupperware Party” method of selling which involves the Tupperware sales force getting a group of women together in homes and setting up a 'fun' oriented product demonstration. This method effectively brings out the features and benefits of the products and thus convinces prospective customers to buy its products.
A member of Tupperware's all-women sales force in Bangladesh commented, “In spite of being a high achiever in colleges and in the office, I had to give in to the family pressure and had to quit my job to look after my kids. Now they are grown ups and I wasn't finding a proper scope of work for myself.
“Tupperware has not only given me an income opportunity, it has also given me back my dignity. And I strongly believe Tupperware's training helped to strengthen the platform where I stand today,” wherein another Tupperware consultant comments, “I felt overwhelmed when I bought a birthday cake, something bought with my own income, for my daughter. As a housewife, it seemed no doors were open for us. But I am grateful to Tupperware that their door has given us a new hope of life.”
With an aim of becoming the dominant player in the storage and kitchenware products market in the country, Tupperware has commenced operations from Dhaka and plans to gradually expand across the country by setting up offices at Chittagong, Sylhet and Khulna.
More information on Tupperware is available at tupperwarebrands.com
A healthier option
The beauty of food is that it goes with all occasions. You have a menu for every event and time. And of course there is no exception when it comes to watching a game.
Unfortunately, the menu most of us have while watching the game is not a healthy one, especially during summer. Plus, these are a great way to gain some unwanted calories.
That's why, instead of going for options such as chanachur, look for healthier alternatives. And the timing couldn't be better. Open your fridge and take out some seasonal fruits, for example. While watching the game, munch away on mango or "jaam vorta".
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