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Passing on the wisdom

By Ehsanur Raza Ronny

Quote of the week: If you've done it wrong, you can always do it worse

We've done stupid things. If we didn't do stupid things the world would be a worse off place.

Take fire for example. No one knew it was hot. It dazzled. It sparked. It made people feel mushy inside and write poetry. Yet, no one was sure how it felt on the outside of people. Somebody needed to touch fire to find out it was hot. Then they needed to touch it again to find out if that were really true. Fried meat. And thus, fried chicken was invented although it probably started with a fried dinosaur.

Just saying, stupidity gave us a lot of things in life that we take for granted. Like batter roasted Mars bars. Someone dipped a Mars bar in batter and put it in oil because everything fried should be good, right? Sounds stupid? Tastes heavenly.

Who would want to listen to everyone telling you what they had for lunch and how they feel right at this very moment? Sounds stupid? So let's make a computer program and call it Facebook.

But good things don't always result from varying forms of seemingly stupid decisions. Facebook for example again. Or politics. But it could result in varying levels of evolutionary improvement for our future generations. We've all done stupid things in our lives. Philosophers say that's how we grow. And for once, these philosophers might actually have said something to justify the huge amount of money wasted on this subject in college. Stupid stuff, if applied properly, could help mankind grow.

Here's how. Parents have had talks with their offspring throughout the ages. Mostly it ends in grunts and shouts. But sometimes, they talk. The western world discusses the birds and the bees and the drugs. But what if everyone told of the stupid things they did? And made it sound cool? Kids never find stuff their parents do cool. So they would avoid the stupid stuff. At least the ones we know we tried and failed in spectacularly. Like what would happen if you mix paint with mom's mixer.

If everyone passed down the stupid things they did, wisdom might dawn sooner. The world just might be a smarter place. It's a theory in progress.

Photo: Lifestyle Archive


Puja with Rang

Durga Puja is an occasion that is synonymous with Bangaliana. It is a time when Bengalis of all creeds go to temples for devi-darshan and participate in the colourful, joyous festivities. The right kind of outfit, in the appropriate designs and colours is imperative to fully immerse oneself in the grand occasion.

To celebrate Durga Puja, fashion house Rang is organising "Sharod Shaje Rong er Didi 2012" at the Kalabagan Krira Chokro Maath for the second time this year. The event is being organised by the Dhanmondi Sharbojonin Puja Udjapon Committee, in association with Ban Thai Barber and Beauty Salon, photographers Chanchal Mahmud, Shafayet Khan Shafu and Taher Manik and media partners Banglavision and ABC Radio.

The event is centred around a photo competition that will showcase photographs of contestants in their Shoshti, Shoptomi, Ashtami, Nobomi and Doshomi ensembles.

On a preliminary level, judges will select 10 contestants from the initial round of photo entries. The final winner, selected from the 10 shortlisted entries, will be presented with gifts and certificates from Rang. In addition, winners will get a free photo session with Shafayet Khan Shafu and Taher Manik as well as one year's worth of free services from Ban Thai.

To participate in the contest, please submit portraits, modelling and full figure photos in three different photos of you and your significant other. Photos should be 5R, with contestants' names and phone numbers clearly labelled at the back and sent to the Rang Head Office -- Media Section, 76 Bhasha Shoinik Road, 2nd Floor, Uttar Chashara, Narayanganj or email them to rangmedia@yahoo.com.

Participants can also message Rang on their Facebook page; facebook.com/ rangfanclub or drop off the photos at any of Rang's outlets. Please call #0173 006 8066 or 0181 925 7768.


5 steps to healthy hair and skin

By Sadia moyeen
Beautician, La Belle, 13/A /2 Kemal Ataturk Avenue , ( 3rd/ 4th fl ) Gulshan -2

Q1. What is SPF on sunscreens?
A1. SPF is an acronym for Sun Protecting Factor of the product you are using. They tell you how long the cream or lotion will protect you from the damaging rays of the sun. The higher the number, the longer the protection . For instance if the sunscreen claims an SPF of 15 it will offer you protection of about 2/3 hours of the day and may have to be reapplied during the course of the day. While higher numbers will give longer hours of protection and need not be reapplied.

Q2. What does the term 'cell renewal' mean?
A2. The cells on the top layer of the skin or epidermis are in a constant state of regeneration. New cells are formed in the basal layer of the epidermis and move to the surface where they are shed or exfoliated. This shedding of old skin and formation of new skin cells is known as skin renewal.

Q3. Can a curling iron be used everyday without damaging the hair?
A3. Yes. It can be used everyday as long as you condition hair daily and use styling products with thermal protection. Protecting sprays as well as serums are available in the market.

Q4. I have an oily scalp but dry hair. Help.
A4. Rub some lemon rind on your scalp, parting the hair carefully. Wash off with a regular shampoo. Condition only the length of the hair, avoiding the scalp completely. Rinse. The lemon will reduce oiliness from the scalp and the conditioner will hydrate the dry hair.

Q5. Do conditioners do the same job as protein treatments?
A5. Conditioners are milder and work on hair cuticles and can be used everyday. Protein treatments rebuild strength in hair that has lost elasticity by adding protein to the cortex, allowing hair to be strong and retain moisture. These treatments are designed for periodic use.


Piggy banks

By Nasreen Sattar,
Former CEO, Standard Chartered Bank, Afghanistan

I remember how excited our children were about getting Eidi (gift money given by elders) on the day of Eid. No one who entered the house could escape the 'salaam' and therefore were compelled to give the money.

The children each had a clay 'piggy bank' with a small slot to slide in the notes. The excitement was more about collecting and saving than about the money itself.

I think the concept of learning to save from a young age is very important; parents should encourage their children to appreciate the value of having their own money, which they can use to buy something they yearn for.

Parents should give them an allowance or 'pocket money', part of which can also be tucked away in the 'bank'. After a period of time, once the child feels she has saved enough, the 'piggy bank' can be broken.

Children can enjoy the pleasant surprise at how much has been saved. There was a time when every home had a piggy bank, but now with the change in lifestyle and values, children from higher income families tend to get whatever they ask their parents for and don't need their own piggy banks.

I thought it would be interesting to share the origin of the piggy bank. In 15th and 16th century Europe, there were no banks in which to save money. When people wanted to put away money for a rainy day, they would put it in pots and jars. These pots, pans, jars and other household items were made of an orange-coloured clay known as "pygg".

People would use a jar made of "pygg" to save what money they could. When banking started, people realised that what they were saving in "pygg" moneyboxes at home was personal banking! Slowly, over time, the "pygg bank" became transformed into "pig bank".

In the 19th century, potters who heard the term decided to make a coin-saving moneybox in the shape of a pig. Fancy pig-shaped money-boxes came into the market in all shapes and sizes, with cute noses, and curly tails. This appealed to children and the rest is pig-banking history.


Radisson celebrates Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest, a celebration in Germany, is one of the largest fairs in the world and in recent years the event has been celebrated across the globe. Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel Dhaka is celebrating “Oktoberfest' at the Water Garden Brasserie till 14 October.

The Water Garden Brasserie has been given a complete makeover which includes true German music. A wide range of buffet dinner will be offered during this fest. Guests can indulge in the best of imported German sausages, roasted chicken, special Bavarian beef soup, Bavarian Sauerkraut along with Bavarian sweet delicacies like Biscuit Roulade, Bavarian Krapfen stuffed with jam and many more.

As an added treat for guests celebrating Oktoberfest, Water Garden Brasserie will offer authentic German Beverages. This event will surely give you a taste of true German cuisine and tantalise your taste buds.

For more information and reservations please call 88-02-8754555 ext: 8811


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