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By Tanziral Dilshad Ditan

Karaoke Night
Date: Thursday, 13 September, 2012
Time: 8.30 p.m. till 1.00 a.m.
Venue: Nest @ The 8, House #24, Road #2, Gulshan 1

Come shout your hearts out. Join for some great fun, combined with the yummiest Thai food in town. Prepare your voices because we're ready to party!

Whether you are a Karaoke junkie or prefer to just sit back and enjoy the entertainment -- you can do all or either and definitely have a night to remember!

Bring out the singing superstars in your group and challenge singers in other groups!

Refund for all who score over 95. Hurry up and get your table booked because seats are limited.

For tickets please call 01927558888. Tickets include Thai Dinner Buffet.

Advance Purchase: Tk.1000/person. At Door (If available): Tk.1200/person.

The Photographer 2012 (Session II)
Date: 9 - 11 September, 2012
Time: 3.00 p.m. till 8.00 p.m.
Venue: Drik Gallery, House #58, Road #15A (New), Dhanmondi

After completing a successful photography event in the previous year where more than 950 photographs were submitted, as promised ECORPS (Concern of AGM) is back with their 2nd Photography Event in 2012.

The Photographer, 2012 is their 2nd Photography Exhibition & Contest.

This time changes have been made to the contest to make it more exciting. The Photographer 2012 is an endeavour to set up a platform to showcase the photography talent in our country. This year the total number of submitted photos has been 1512 of 179 photographers.

Event organised By ECORPS (Concern of AGM); Associate partner: Project Bangladesh Take One Action!

For details kindly log on to facebook.com/Ecorpsbd

Concert at Red Shift/Radius
Date: Friday, 14 September, 2012
Time: 7.00 p.m.
Venue: Red Shift/Radius, 5th Floor, Bay's Galleria, 57 Gulshan Avenue, Gulshan, Dhaka.

Every song tells a story, and the singers become the musical story tellers.

Red Shift kicks off the first Soloist Session with Chotu Khan on guitars. Guest artists Kaiser Amin, Munize Manzur, and Azaan Khan will also join in to tell a few stories of their own. The idea is for the musicians to tell their story through various songs. The show will feature music from various genres and artists including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Sting, Elton John, Neil Young, Jethro Tull, U2, etc.

Ticket: TK. 500/person. Available at Red Shift Coffee Lounge.

For details contact: 883 3471-3 or 0173 005 4403(Shiuly). Or log onto: radiuscentre-bd.com.


Monsoon health

With thunders roaring at the top of their lungs and clouds crying their hearts out over our heads it is quite difficult to get out of bed every morning with nature coaxing you otherwise. The body is tuned to lazy mode and you only wish to find an excuse to skip classes or office. Not to worry! Nature also takes care of that by giving you the perfect excuse to stay in bed: getting you sick.

No matter how much you may love to stay ensconced under the covers with a cup of steaming tea at home, if you are sick the fun of all that is sucked right away. That is when you realise staying healthy is better than having a nose like Rudolph and littering your room with tissue paper or running to the loo every now and then.

With all the upcoming weddings lined up, falling into the clutches of the monsters of late monsoon will definitely be a killjoy. It is very easy to fall ill during this season. If you do not want to fall behind at work, and more importantly miss the season's entertainments, precaution has to be your best friend this season.

The season brings with it coughs, headaches and blocked noses with the sudden rise in temperature after the cool showers. The best thing to do is drink steaming broths, hot tea with ginger to help with the sore throat, lemon tea with a dash of honey and inhaling steam. No matter how much fun it is to get wet in the rain it will definitely bring about unwanted fever. So try to stay away from the rain and do not ignore fevers if they persist for more than two days. Asthma is aggravated due to the humidity, so keep your house well-ventilated.

Being the street food lovers that we are we cannot bear the thought of staying away from them. While street food cannot be counted as the most hygienic of cuisines at the best of times, the scenario becomes worse during the rain. Waterborne diseases become more lethal, so we are in danger of falling prey to typhoid, diarrhoea and jaundice. Avoid street food, at least while the rain lasts.

With stagnant water gathered everywhere, it is the time for mosquitoes to unleash their offspring upon us. Use mosquito nets and apply repellents while going out of the house. If your feet come in contact with roadside water, make sure to wash your feet properly as you may be exposed to leptospirosis.

Try not to leave food out and wash vegetables properly unless you are a big fan of eating fungus other than mushrooms.

Apart from these you may get yourself vaccinated as a precaution against influenza, hepatitis, typhoid and cholera. Lastly, exercise frequently; not only will it keep you healthy it will also help you feel better about yourself in this gloomy weather.

By Karishma Ameen


Of tombs and kings

Location: Khan Jahan Ali Mausoleum, Bagerhat, Khulna.

Notes: Khan Jahan Ali, the Muslim saint-warrior, was the iconic person who had the most influence over the Khulna region. Born in 1369 in Delhi, Khan Jahan entered Bengal as a warrior but soon became a preacher of Islam bringing peace, prosperity and much development to the regions of Baro Bazaar and Bagerhat. He gained the respect of Muslims and Hindus alike, establishing a period of almost undisturbed harmony during his reign.

During this time, Raja Ganesh was the Governor of Dinajpur and being a religious fundamentalist, he absolutely disliked Muslims. He overthrew the Sultan of Bengal and began torturing and killing the Muslims in the kingdom. After several failed attempts to subdue Raja Ganesh, in 1416 Khan Jahan Ali, as the general of the Emperor of Delhi's army, came to Rajshahi with 60,000 soldiers and prepared to fight against the torturous king. Raja Ganesh was soon defeated in 1418 and that is when Khan Jahan Ali set out to preach Islam in the South-West region of Bengal.

The tomb of the Saint lies right beside Khanjeli Dighi, locally also known as Thakur Dighi in Bagerhat. The tomb itself is beautifully made out of black stone with Arabic calligraphy carved onto it. The carvings record the date 25 October 1459 when Khan Jahan Ali passed away, verses from the Quran, the 99 names of Allah as well as Persian poems.

Getting There:
From Dhaka to Bagerhat

From Dhaka take a bus straight to Bagerhat Bus Stand. We went there using Sakura Non-AC bus and took off from Kallyanpur. Ticket prices were Tk.450/person. If your destination is the mausoleum and you do not intend to check into any hotel earlier, ask to be dropped off near the “mazaar”. It's much closer that way. Also be sure to get a glimpse of the famous Shat Gombuj Mosque on the way!

From Bagerhat to the Mausoleum
Getting to the Mausoleum is fairly easy from Bagerhat. Get a rickshaw or an auto and just tell them that you want to go to the “mazaar”. If you are staying near the bus stand or are dropped off there, the “mazaar” is seven kilometres away and can cost Tk.20-30 per person.

Best time to visit
Any time is a good time! Try to go there around May though, when the Krishnachura are in full blossom! It's beautiful then.

What to expect
Expect a very neat and traditional atmosphere. The atmosphere is very spiritual so behave accordingly. Also be wary of people trying to nab you for money. The place is filled with many good and bad people. Oh, and if you are lucky and they are around, be sure to visit the nearby crocodiles in the Khanjeli lake. Just ask around; they are a beauty.

In your backpack
Water bottle, dry food, sanitiser, umbrella, glucose/saline and torchlight.

Nearby places to stay
The nearest place to stay is in Bagerhat. We stayed in Hotel Al-Amin right beside the Bus Station. VIP room costs Tk.800/night and accommodates up to four people. Cheaper rooms are also available.

Money matters
If you plan on staying for a single night, Tk. 2,500 should get you through the trip, depending on your choice of accommodation and tummy demands.

For photographers
The mausoleum itself is beautiful with Arabic calligraphy all over the tomb. Ask one of the “khadems” to remove the cloth covering if you want to take pictures. Also the vibrant colours inside are stunning! Taking both a telephoto and a wide-angle lens is a good decision for this trip, given that there are many birds around the mausoleum. There are also many interesting people who live around the “mazaar”; so if you are interested in portraits, take your prime.

Adventure rating
A diverse trip worth making. 3.0 out of 5.0.

By Adnan M S Fakir
Photos courtesy of Finding Bangladesh
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