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A little pragmatism can help our loved ones
By By Nasreen Sattar,
About a week ago my husband and I, along with another couple who are very close friends, were on a flight from Rome to Istanbul. While we were cruising, I looked down and saw the beautiful blue waters of the sea and felt sad that our holiday was over. We were headed back home to reality.
A delicious lunch was served and as I enjoyed the first bite of the appetiser we heard a loud continuous beep, like a fire alarm. My initial reaction was that it came from the galley area and that it would stop. The loud beep went on and all of us in the cabin realised something was wrong.
Our husbands looked nervous but pretended they were not; we girls were definitely troubled. We were more terrified when the flight attendant came and took away our half-eaten food and told us that we were heading back to Rome.
The whole ordeal lasted for nearly 20 minutes until the beeping stopped. The pilot announced that there was a malfunction of the drinks chiller, which has been shut down, and we would continue to proceed with our journey to Istanbul!
When we eventually reached our destination I asked my friend what was going on in her mind during those 20 minutes and her thoughts were exactly the same as mine.
We were travelling with our husbands and if something were to happen, what would be the fate of our children? We had not made any arrangements of our estate or even informed them of our financial and insurance details. We tend to take life for granted -- this incident was a major wake-up call and I think it is imperative that all of us make it a point, sooner rather than later, to set our financial books in order, adding our children's names as nominees whether they are in the country or overseas.
Muslim Law does not allow 'wills' to be made but there are other ways of ensuring that our children are not deprived of anything when we die. Islam allows property to be gifted to offspring during the lifetime of the parents but then one has to be wary of the fact that there have been cases where parents have been driven out of their own homes.
Greed is a strange phenomenon and can make your 'kith and kin' turn against you. A well-established lawyer-friend of mine advised me that the parents' property can be gifted during one's lifetime with a caveat inserted ensuring that the 'gift' can only be effective on demise of both parents.
I hope the article is not misunderstood but taken in the spirit of prudence and realities of life.
ASK DR SAGIR
By Sagir U Ahmed
This week Star Lifestyle introduces their newest columnist, Dr. Sagir U. Ahmed, who will be giving tips and offering answers to present and prospective pet owners. This week, Dr. Sagir discusses puppy adoptions and the basic requirements that go with it.
Pet adoption is a primary but important consideration for any prospective owner. For my first article, I'll be discussing puppy adoptions and gradually I will move on to kittens, rabbits, turtles, cage birds and other exotic pets one by one.
Puppies are lovely creatures but need a lot of care. Be prepared for day to day foods, accessories and training. Owning a puppy can be a real joy but it's also a big responsibility that you must be mentally prepared for.
What type of puppy should you choose?
Know the different breeds by reading books or surfing the Internet and gain as much information as possible before making your choice.
Think about your lifestyle, the size of your home, facilities for exercise and time available.
Speak to other dog owners for their advice and experiences.
Should you choose to adopt a pedigree, meet dogs of all ages and both sexes of that breed. This will give you an idea of what to expect.
Consider both the physical and mental needs of the breed you have chosen
Caring for your new puppy
Decide where your new puppy is going to sleep and have a suitable bed ready with a blanket or an old jute bag. Many people choose to place the bed in an isolated room, where the floor is easy to clean and the area is free from draughts.
Many puppies struggle to cope with separation from their mum and littermates and are much happier sleeping with humans in their bedroom until they are older. They can be gradually moved onto the landing and/or downstairs if preferred.
Ensure you have all the necessary equipment such as a feeding bowl, a water bowl, newspaper, a couple of safe toys, suitable grooming equipment for the coat type, a lead, collar and name tag, and a supply of food he is used to (ask the breeder or previous owner or a vet).
Ensure the home environment is safe. 'Puppy proofing' is wise to avoid any unnecessary accidents. Remove anything that you would not wish to be chewed, particularly electrical flexes; also ensure that your home boundary and gates are secure.
Lastly, ensure that each and every animal adopted has love, food, vet care and shelter and never has to endure abuse.
In the following weeks, I'll be discussing a puppy's first days, its healthcare, training, feeding and exercise. In the mean time send all your pet related queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduating with a D.V.M. degree from Bangladesh Agricultural University in 1997, Dr. Sagir began his profession as a Veterinarian in 1999. In 2001, he joined the Novartis Animal Division as a Veterinarian and also did his MS in veterinary science in 2002. Afterwards he did post graduate training on pet animal and farm animal treatment from Thailand and India. At present he is doing his PhD with a fellowship at BSMRAU. He is the owner of Dr. Sagir's Pet Clinic at Lalmatia, near the Meena Bazaar, at Dhanmondi Rd# 27. .
THE CREATIVE MUMMY
By Nazia Farzin Shafiq
A warm and sunny good morning from Pittsburgh! The weather here is really nice now. We are officially into summer. The winters here are so long that have long-held dreams for summer. Now that it's finally here, I thought of sharing one fun summer craft with you.
This week's project is simple and fun for all from preschoolers to teenagers to mums and even dads.
The next step was to peel off the paper labels from all 60 crayons. This was not fun. We could have left the labels on, but I preferred the more natural look without them. At this stage, my girls helped me tremendously. They were more than excited to tear off the crayon labels.
We glued all the crayons to the top of the canvas (pointing down) with a single strip of hot glue from a high-heat glue gun. We let it dry for a few minutes, and then re-glued a few loose crayons.
Finally, we set our crayon-covered canvas on our balcony and set the canvas up at an angle (to keep the melted colours on the canvas rather than the floor). After 30 minutes, the crayons started to sweat and slowly melt. At this point, my daughters were far too excited to catch the dripping colors. My little one caught a drop of her favorite colour -- purple -- on her tiny little finger. But the three of us were getting impatient. That's when I decided to speed up the process and broke out our super-secret weapon: my hairdryer. It worked like a charm. Melting all the crayons still took a while but it was all well worth.
Do look at pictures and tell me what you think of our masterpieces. We were pretty psyched with the results. We placed the art in my girls' room and it totally brightened up the wall.
Oh! Just for an idea, you can attach some fabric flowers in the canvas to make it look a little different. For a more adult like look, you can choose your favourite shades of crayons and paint or attach a picture at the bottom. You can also attach the crayons in different shapes. The opportunities are endless.
So dear readers, I wish you good luck with your own masterpieces. If you have any further queries, feel free to email me at email@example.com
A TRUE TASTE OF ASIA
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Drain in colander, leaving some herbs on chicken. In a large paper or plastic (sturdy) bag, mix flour with seasonings. Meanwhile, heat 2 cups oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet (cast iron, stainless steel, or anodized aluminium - something that can take the heat) on medium high heat until a pinch of flour starts to sizzle when dropped in the hot oil (but not so hot that the pan is smoking). Remember when working with hot oil; always have a pan lid close by.
Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chilli Mayonnaise
With a paring knife, slice down deep at the middle of the back of the shrimp, but do not cut all the way through. Discard the black vein/tract.
Set three shallow bowls side by side. Place flour in the first bowl; whisk the egg and coconut milk in the second; and combine the bread crumbs and coconut flakes in the third.
Heat 2 inches of oil in a sauté pan over moderate heat until thermometer registers 350°F.
As the oil is heating, bread the shrimp by dipping the shrimp on both sides in the flour and shaking excess off. Next dip in the egg/coconut milk mixture and then in the bread crumbs/coconut flakes, patting to ensure the coating sticks well.
Fry the shrimp in small batches for 2-3 minutes until golden brown on both sides. Serve with Sweet Chilli Mayo for dipping.
A quick feast
Sometimes in life you make the mistake of inviting five of your friends over for dinner and forget to tell your house-maker. You tell her or him and they categorically refuse to help you out of your predicament since you told them much too late. So, what happens now? Fear not, there are still ways to fix this. All you need is a 1000 bucks. You'd probably spend more anyway, so why not?
Now, the first thing that comes to mind is obviously 'take-out'. Well, wrong answer because 1000 taka will not help you prepare a meal to remember. You could order Tehari, but for the sake of argument, let's just say you won't. So what options do you have now? Plenty still.
Okay. Spend a 100 bucks buying a few movies. That passes time. Spend another 260 on Butter Popcorn, Digestive Biscuits and Tang Juice. Now you're friends' tummy is pretty full. Spend 250 bucks on Maggi noodles and sausages and make it really spicy. That'll kill their appetite further. Spend 200 more on getting yourself enough salami to make enough sandwiches. Top it all of with a bowl of Jello for dessert and WHAT A MEAL you just made all on your own. Love's the ingredient, cheapskate.
Completion Time: 30 mins
By Osama Rahman
The bread spread
Out of the blue
All these replica spectacles and sunglasses are offered by Brand Optics. This is not a brick-and-mortar store though. You have to go online to check their products. Go to Facebook (you do that anyway) and search Brand Optics. Prices and model numbers are also mentioned there. Conversely, you can check out their website, www.brand-optics.com. The site gives you a zooming option that helps a lot when you are checking out the products. After you have narrowed down your choices, just pick up the phone and ask to bring them to your place, where you can choose and pay for the final ones. For further queries, call 01975544111, 01975544888.
Geeks in style
Fast and furious
Red is the new black
By M H Haider
Needless to say, Dhaka has caught on the bug of online shopping. Numerous boutiques now maintain Facebook pages, their sole outlet for some, which provides the opportunity for buyers to “see” through the boutique's entire range of products, online, at the comfort of their homes. Some of the biggest names in the industry have also extended their service online, which once again shows the need for an e-platform for all houses in the business.
Old-school as it may seem, some clients, however, still prefer to go through the attires, match the size, etc. in person before making a purchase. They are not yet tuned, or don't feel comfortable, picking up dresses from the Internet without having a 'see' of what they are buying.
This where exhibitions come in. With Ramadan only a few weeks away, Dhakaiites are already busy shopping for the biggest festival in our calendar. The exhibition culture is not new. In the late eighties and early nineties, before the fashion market flourished, exhibitions of products were the norm. Kay Kraft, Henry's Heritage and others were a common name in the exhibition circuit. Despite maintaining outlets even back then, these fashion houses considered it important to take part in shows, highlighting their products.
Keeping in mind this growing demand, online boutique, Shunanda, and a few others are taking an initiative to explore this avenue. The purpose of their venture is to hold an exhibition not only to promote brands, but also to create an awareness of the boutiques hidden behind many Facebook groups/ pages.
The exhibition titled ERA, will be held on 13-14 July, Friday and Saturday, 3.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. at Flambe, Gulshan 2.
For details, log onto facebook.com/ events/258735574230919.
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