This is the month of self-control. Keeping in line with the teachings of Ramadan try to keep yourself in check especially in terms of anger management. It is true that sitting in the jam-clogged streets of the city after a long and hard day's work, trying to make your way home in time for iftar can take its toll in the heat and cause you to lose it. But that is how this month tests you, right? So, divert your frustration or anger towards reading a book while you are stuck somewhere, instead of being futilely angry at people who are not even going to bother to make it better.
The aroma and taste of oily, fatty and fried food during iftar, especially fried vegetables, seems very appealing during the month. On top of that even when we have something different it is mostly meat. A particular dish which is rarely if ever seen on the table at iftar is fish. This week keep a place for a fish dish at iftar. Make the following fish salad, very different from the typical fish recipes of our country which frankly are not exactly iftar-friendly.
Tuna Fish salad
1 can drained tuna
½ cup mayonnaise
½ tsp lemon juice
¼ cup chopped onion
¼ tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper.
In a large bowl, combine the tuna, onion, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well and refrigerate until chilled.
It is the third week and you are quite used to fasting by now. This week take your cycle for a spin as part of your fitness regime. As soon as you are done with your iftar and Maghrib prayers take a ride around your block for an hour or so. Since you have been fasting all day there is no harm in cycling slowly as long as you cycle!
How can we forget the recent tradition of having all-you-can-eat-iftar at fast food joints that has been well established among the younger generations? Now that every well-known fast food chain has a branch in almost all areas of town you will not even have to sit in traffic for hours just to get there. This week visit one of the fast-food joints and have fried chicken, pizza or pasta or a combination of hot dogs and burgers, whichever pleases you.
This Friday is for finishing your shopping for the less privileged -- your maids, chauffeurs, street children, poor people. This should not be very difficult to do. Since chances are you will not be spending too much time on selection you may be done before iftar. Also pay a visit to your tailor to check on how far along he is with your work; tailors usually need a reminder about their delivery dates.
Eid is ever so close and as a part of your house cleaning regime it is time to start with the furniture, windowsills, cobweb cleaning. Clean your lamp shades and ceiling fans, dust your television, computer and send your carpets for a wash. An entire day for cleaning the house should be good enough and since it is a Saturday and a holiday that should be quite easy.
Numerous people residing on the pavements of every city street in our country is a common scenario. Ramadan is about understanding the pain of these very people. This week as your good deed chore gather up a few poor individuals from your area, spread out a bed sheet in your garage and serve them iftar. In fact having iftar with them will be the cherry on the cake.
Love thy neighbour today. Your neighbours are the people who live in the room just next to you. They are the first people who usually come to the rescue in times of emergency. In the month of Ramadan make the effort of strengthening your relationship with your neighbours. Invite them over for iftar. This Monday serve Orange and Pineapple punch to your guests.
Orange and Pineapple Punch
1 cup each of pineapple and orange juice
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp rose syrup
Club soda as required
Orange and cherries, 4-5 pieces each, for garnishing.
In a mixer pour pineapple juice, orange juice, lemon juice and ice. Add two tablespoons of rose syrup and blend well. Pour into a glass till three-fourth full and the remaining one-fourth fill with soda or as required. Garnish with orange and cherry and serve chilled.
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Cool Cat by Aneela
Keeping the humidity in mind, Aneela has designed her Eid couture. There is an interesting range of long kameezes with short and palazzo pants, classic-style blouses with Jamdani and crepes, long skirts with scarves and low waist belts and various jewellery, to give ladies the “dress to kill” look.
Men's wear features cool ties and scarves to complement fatuas and short panjabis. Long panjabis with uttorio and naagra are staples of the collection recalling the classical styles.
Aneela's signature poetry theme is also there, juxtaposed with various colours and modern geometric motifs giving an overall chic look.
If you are looking for that perfect gift item, Aneela has an interesting array of products. So go have a look at Aneela's stores -- Andes, Z N Tower, Road 8, House 2 (Ground floor), Gulshan 1 (Siemens House); Dhanmondi Rangs Anam Plaza (3rd floor).
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Eid at FamKam
The international brand, FamKam, has introduced a range of clothing, jewellery and leather goods for this Eid. You will find exclusive shalwar kameez sets, fatuas, kurtas, panjabis, shirts, pants, wallets, belts and even perfumes ranging from Tk.300 to Tk.5000. Children's wear are also available at FamKam. Apart from the local products, a number of international designers have also worked on the FamKam collection producing a youthful array of diverse clothing.
A venture of Lithi group, Famkam has been introduced to the fashion scene of Bangladesh to provide the market with international quality, locally produced garments at affordable prices. Famkam, till date, has one outlet at Tejgaon Link Road but soon branches will be opened in Dhanmondi and Uttara.
Rangta's Eid collection
Fashion house Rangta has brought out a range of saris, unstiched shalwar kameez sets, shirts and panjabis for Eid, made from local handloom fabrics. The Collection has been designed by Shahjahan Khan.
Showroom: Tajmahal Road, Mohammadpur; Orchard Plaza, Mirpur Road, Dhanmondi, Dhaka.
Nihar Naturals, launched in March 2012, is a new addition to the brand portfolio of Marico Bangladesh Limited, the house of popular brands like Parachute, Parachute Advanced, Parachute Beliphool Lite, Saffola and Haircode. The brand, Nihar Naturals, is available in three variants in Bangladesh- Amla, Enriched and Almond.