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The locality of cracks, crevices and broken roads, Mohammadpur has a lot to offer in the food category. And behind every meal is a tale waiting to be told. This week, we took a trip to this overpopulated yet lively area of Dhaka and saw what 'Iftar Jewels' we could unearth.
First stop was at Zakir Hossain Road. Immediately after crossing the Zakir Hossain Road field, right at the edge of the main road and adjacent to the mosque entrance of Town Hall camp, sits the famous Manzar. Named after the man behind the shop, Manzar has been around for as long as most folks seem to remember. Ramadan month is the period preceding Manzar's month-long hiatus from the business every year, so you can bet it's busy. Very affordable and with Mr. Manzar known to be a stickler for hygiene, Manzar must be on your list if you want a taste of Mohammadpur. Keema chop, kofta balls, macaroni/noodle ball and gigantic samosas are some of the more out-of-the-box items. Each are available within Tk.5-10, so you have plenty to choose from. Chicken tikka, sheek kebab and tandoori chicken are also offered here, priced lower than the competition. But load up on the iftar munchies here first and then tread on, because you have plenty of ground to cover. For those in doubt, come after iftar and express your desire to visit the kitchen. Politely.
Cross the main road and go over to Town Hall for more delicacies from Jannat, Green and the likes. Go for non-traditional items here like Jannat's shwarma. Then, tread on towards Noor-jahan Road and Shah Jahan road and locate 'Mustakim'. This is not the same as the Mohammadpur Camp one. For Tk.8 you will get delicious little kebab rolls. Load up on those and tread forward. The shop's owners are surprisingly well-educated and are rumoured to have had a western upbringing, so hygiene concern is not a factor. Your next stop is Mohammadpur Camp.
Skip the famed Mustakim and wander around asking for Boba Biryani. Boba Biryani gets its name from the chef who happens to be deaf. But that takes nothing away from his culinary expertise. For around Tk.40 a packet, Boba Biryani is indeed a delicious offering. However, without a permanent place of business, it's hard to come across this man, although he remains quite famous. Ask but do not be lead anywhere and certainly don't linger. This applies for absolutely any area of Mohammadpur really. Now, you shall proceed to retrace your steps all the way to Lalmatia.
Go directly to Shad Tehari and try their jilapi. They also have other numerous items in store. Littered along Mohammadpur will be nameless stores selling iftar; these will surprise you. In fact, if the food doesn't, the jaundice certainly will.
Of course, these are just the tip of the ice-berg. Plenty of time and complete lack of fear will help you explore Mohammadpur even more and make your own discoveries. For first timers, just follow the guide.
By Osama Rahman
A guide to the best haleem in town
A random survey/poll was taken on facebook where the participants could nominate their favourite place for haleem. That was the basis of the recommendations to follow:
Other recommendations were BBQ Tonite which is more popular for its khatakhat than haleem, Tandoori in Mohakhali, Samarkand, Heritage, Captains and Dhansiri.
The old players who have lost out in the voting with no mention at all are Khazana along with Fakruddin and Topkapi.
By Taskin Rahman
Having the same old homemade lemon juice or Tang gets boring after a while, and especially this month, when the demand for cool juices is at its peak, comes a need for drinks to cool you down after the heat of the day. Today we bring you a rundown of some places around Dhaka to find fresh juices to make for a slightly different way to break your fast.
With traditional drinks such as Fruit Smoothie, Orange Pineapple juices and Watermelon Mint juices, this place provides non mainstream drinks such as Cinderella, Green Lady and Lychee Punch. For people who would rather not have fruits, they have the traditional chocolate, vanilla and Oreo shakes. The prices are a bit steep, starting from Tk.180 going to Tk.250
Bashundhara City Food Court
CHRONICLES OF SAM Q
By Sam Q
So, as you know me Diary, if I come across something good, I have to share. Be it the 'halwas' from the new Village Restaurant or silly, yet true, articles. The writer had me by the collar with her bold introductory line, “Women hate beautiful women”.
The above statement though is not by the writer but by a 41-year-old British Television journalist, Samantha Brick. She writes, "I am tall, slim, blonde and, so I'm often told, a good-looking woman. I know how lucky I am. But there are downsides to being pretty -- the main one being that other women hate me for no other reasons than my lovely looks."
Apparently the article did not go down well with women. Once it went on the net, comments poured in through Twitter and Facebook and she received 1.5 million hits on her original article and was accused of being a "troll", "smug", "self-satisfied" and "arrogant".
So after following through Samantha Brick's journey, writer Neena Haridass wonders: Does Brick have a point?
To that I say, “Of course Brick has a point!” I wish I could exchange notes with Neena and "smugly" re-affirm that, women at the end of the day are women. Whatever race, creed, and culture we are steeped in, our bonding moment happened when God gave us that thing called 'hormones'. That is when we universally became members of a group called the 'Ya Ya of sisterhood.' Having said that I am also confirming, there are exceptions to rules too.
Even Oprah...yes! Even Oprah Winfrey said that she faced discrimination standing in queue next to a beautiful woman. She, a world famous TV personality and one of the top powerful women in the world loses to physical beauty.
So after debating with myself about: beauty being only skin deep, inside beauty better than outer beauty, dumb blondes -- all clichéd phrases put together, the conclusion that I come to is....yes! I gravitate towards beauty too.
A colleague had once commented after going through a photo-album of mine that it seemed to her that I only made friends with beautiful people. God! Can I help it if my friends are good-looking? Yes girls...you can take a bow.
Diary, I have compartmentalised myself as 'fat and harmless' so I have never had the good fortune of facing the 'Samantha Syndrome' but I have heard from some of my girl friends that this is an ever present issue in certain social circles.
One particular friend feels that she is often not invited to many events because the hostesses feel upstaged by her. Another friend feels that women are just plain mean to her because she is good-looking. Ho, hum! Sometimes beauty can be such a curse.
Actually, I remember while growing up, when one of my aunts were about to be married and had to be paraded in front of the groom's family, all the other unmarried sisters, cousins and any other marriageable candidates had to stay hidden far away in some dark corners of the house in fear of unwittingly sabotaging her prospects. Many a times it has happened that the girl's sister or friend, who was there to support the tremors, was chosen instead. Why? Because she was 'fairer' or more beautiful.
I have seen screaming babies on their mothers' laps immediately stop crying to gurgle at pretty air-hostesses. My cootchi cooing did no good. I have also experienced good-looking people served better, upgraded in flights, looked at in awe, many, many times. If all the above situations are not the power of physical beauty, I wonder, what is?
Last night while writing this article, I got into a spirited discussion with my son and niece regarding the content of this write up. Shanzeh, my niece, had such a look of disbelief that I was actually supporting Samantha Brick. My son sort of saw where I was coming from but still thought that I was wrong to say most women feel like this. They both think we are the minority here and this is just a society issue in only certain 'type' of society.
You know what Diary, I am so much in awe of these miniature adults. They can put things in such clear perspective for me every time that I wonder, “Did I not give birth to them?” (I feel they are all mine).
I am sorry if I have bored you Diary but as I previously said, it is one of those silly, superfluous days of mine where I am only skimming the surface and not digging deep down. So, bear with me.
Once again, have a happy Ramadan the Sam Q way!
Sausage and vegetable Fritata
Cheddar and Apple Panini bites
Note -- I make my own honey mustard by just adding honey (1tbsp) to my 2 tbsp mustard.
Sesame apple salad
Note: Ingredients available at all superstores around the city -- Agora, Meena Bazaar, Nandan, Lavender and also Gulshan 1 Kitchen Market.
CHECK IT OUT
Nitya Upohar Exhibition
Gallery Nitya Upohar is hosting a special Eid exhibition of local, renowned designers called 'Amader Eid'. The exhibition is set to be held till the very end of Ramadan from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Also, every Friday during Ramadan, a special fashion show displaying the designer wears will be held at the gallery. Models will be walking to the tunes of classic songs and dance numbers.
The exhibition includes 7 series of t-shirts known as Ahsan Manjil, Kanai Dighi Masjid, Kantajir Mandir, Shonarang Mandir, Sonargaon 1 and Sonargaon 2. Apart from these series designed by Majharul Islam and Farukh Ahmed, there are 20 more exclusive and artistic designs for t-shirts.
In the sari range, there is tangail taat, half-silk and half-silk cotta. The silk cotta saris are displayed in two series; sur and chanda 1 and sur and chanda 2, designed by Kaiyum Chowdhury . There is also the 2 series, pushpa aranya 1 and pushpa aranya 2 by Chandra Shekhar Saha and a series by Anahid Jafri named chirayeeta.
The exhibition contains clothes adequate for this Eid season so be sure to check it out and attend their fashion shows every Friday.
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