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FOR A GIFTED THINKER
OR BE A SPORT
Sports fans do not understand subtlety, so a trip around their room will tell you who they are rooting for, be it the large poster, the wrist-band or the tattoo; the signs will be present. Sports World, Sports Style, Stadium Market and numerous other shops offer the latest jerseys. Getting an original takes some know-how, so scout it out online.
DROWN OUT THE SOUND
By Osama Rahman
Pampers is out to spread the smile
Ramadan is the special month of giving and forgiving and attempting to be a better human being all together. We find it easier to be better human beings during this month-- we give more alms to the poor and occasionally share our iftar with the less fortunate. But as the holy month bids farewell, much of our compassion seems to go into hibernation as well to resurface again a year later.
There are exceptions however, and such an exception is Anita Aparna Muyeed. A former teacher at the International School of Dhaka, Anita has found herself feeling the 'Ramadan compassion' all year round for the street children she saw around her block. It started with the simple initiative of inviting some of these street kids to her place every Friday for a meal and soon it snowballed into what is today Streetwise.
Streetwise is an organisation which is providing a group of 22 under privileged boys and girls with education, lodging, healthcare, meals and an allowance of Tk.1500 per month so that their families allow them to stay off the street and in the Streetwise hostels. The institution is not an organisation, rather a personal engagement by one philanthropic individual which has been gathering pace.
Adding much momentum to Streetwise is the global brand Proctor and Gamble. PnG, which has touched the lives of many with their products, is now looking into touching the lives of those who might not be using their products but who nonetheless could use some help and compassion.
PnG is lending its hand to Streetwise to spread some joy with its brand Pampers, the first ever diaper brand worldwide. The 'Pamper them, spread the smile' campaign by PnG will be providing Streetwise with a computer lab in order to allow them to educate its students and give them a fair shot at a bright future. You can check out the Pamper 'diaper centres' in all the major shopping malls around the city and contribute to the campaign by pampering your baby with some Pampers and spreading the smile to those who have not been pampered yet.
To learn more about Streetwise check out their website: www.streetwise.com.bd
Personalising your floor
Functionally they are meant to provide protection from the cold and bare floors. They are also meant to give your rooms that feel of lavishness and comfort. In the Dhaka climate, they are difficult to keep clean, what with the dust building a community under them, but carpets have always been a part of any Bengali home. The style and structure of carpets have changed over the ages and today we take a glimpse into what the present market for carpets and rugs have to offer.
At present, the markets offer carpets ranging from Tk.20 to Tk.220 per square feet, varying in terms of the material for the carpeting as well as the design. Apart from full floor carpeting, rugs are also available in abundance within the price range of Tk.2000-15,000. The material for the carpet can vary from synthetic to cotton to wool to jute and finally rubber. Each of these materials is used to make rugs and carpets suited for different places within a household and for different purposes. The designs of these rugs and carpets are also adapted to the part of the house they decorate.
Let us delve deeper into what the market now offers in terms of these designs.
The designs on these carpets are from the Mughal era and consist of a main central motif which stretches out to the corners. Usually done in white over a deep red, green or grey background, the designs have the touch of classic elegance, perfect for portraying sophistication in one's abode.
Persian carpets in the Dhaka market are mainly imported. They are brought from Dubai, Malaysia or Indonesia and are the products of synthetic fibres. Hence, these carpets tend to last a long time, truly becoming a classic.
The designs of rugs are as varied as the materials from which they are made. The market currently offers rugs made from synthetic, cotton or wool fibres. The synthetic rugs are again subdivided into thick and thin kinds. Wool and cotton rugs are usually of the thin variety and the woollen rugs specifically have the disadvantage of storing heat. Rug designs include nokshi patterns, bold-coloured stripes and blocks and a range of other varieties from prints to writings and single-coloured rugs. Satranji, a leading manufacturer and retailer of carpets in Bangladesh, even has a line of rugs named 'A riot of colours'.
Shaggy carpets are also made from synthetic fibres but are woven using a very different method than the Persian carpets. They are mainly meant for that open space in one's room and are thus 4 feet by 5 feet in size, bigger than rugs yet smaller than Persian carpets. The designs of Shaggies are mainly contemporary, displaying abstract patterns or a single bright colour alone.
These rugs and carpets are widely available in Dhaka. Elephant road, Gulshan 1, the retail outlets of Satranji in Dhanmondi, Aarong and Jatra are some of the places you may visit in order to grab the perfect rug or carpet to convert your house into a home.
By Raisaa Tashnova
CHECK IT OUT
Jewel up the Himalayan way!
The blue of the endless skies, the red of fresh blood, the orange of tangerine, the white of ivory, the purple pink of the skies while gobbling up the sun; colours, these are what Himalayan jewellery are rich in. Apart from that the very make and designs speak to their uniqueness giving them a sort of raw, ethnic feel, making them that much more chic and fashionable.
Genuine Himalayan Jewelleries, the idea of Eksha Limbu, a jewellery designer who works mainly with contemporary Himalayan ethnic artistic designs often incorporated with Tibetan and Nepalese cultural and ethnic symbols, brings these jewelleries to the local fashion arena for those who want to make a volte-face from the conventional ornaments.
The concepts of the designs have been borrowed from the jewellery sported by women residing on the Himalayan belt, from Ladakh and Kashmir to name a couple of regions, and fused together to create Genuine Himalayan Jewelleries collection. These are not to be confused with tribal or antique designs since these are contemporary designs worn by the residents there.
Delving a little into the origins of this trade shows that the history of today's Himalayan Jewellery is not very old. In the early 1980s, Muslim refugees from Tibet started making jewellery in Kathmandu. The Himalayan Jewellery business is still largely under their control. Himalayan jewellery-making is influenced in many ways by religions like Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.
At Genuine Himalayan Jewellery the stones and jewellery parts are brought from Tibet and Kathmandu and put together here according to designs by Jasmin Haque and Anna Cochhiarella. Metals and natural stones include turquoise, genuine mountain Coral and also Yak bones which are very popular in Himalayan Jewellery making.
Stone and metal bead necklaces, pendants in metal inlaid with stones, stone inlaid bead necklaces, rings and earrings are some of the items that can be availed. What further sets Genuine Himalayan Jewellery apart is the fact that they do not use knots to tie the neck pieces; instead they crimp the strings. Another specialty that they boast is the fact that a lot of their pendants have intricate designs engraved on the back of the pendants and on the fastener at the back of the necklaces. A lot of attention goes into the details of each piece.
Other than choosing from their existing collection, Genuine Himalayan Jewellery makes it possible for you to customise your own jewellery by selecting from their wide range of stones and beads and specifying your design to the designers.
Contact Genuine Himalayan Jewellery at Xplore, Suite C2 (3rd Floor) 404, Golam Rasul Bhavan, Dilu Road, New Eskaton, Dhaka 1000, # 01832801681, 01843565578. Visit their Facebook page-
By Karishma Ameen
Ramadan in photos
The Economist, in their July 26 issue looks at the month of Ramadan through a photo-essay titled “Fasting and Feasting.” From pickled olives in Tripoli to the busy food vendors in our very own Dhaka, it is a trip on its own, and a delicious one.
Quest for masculinity
By Olinda Hassan
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