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THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY
By Tanziral Dilshad Ditan
Rabindranath. Music. Inspiration.
Dinner n' Dance with Renaissance @ Spaghetti Jazz
Corporate badminton tourney
Film making workshop for women
Kozmo (A)live presents Ashmaan's Acoustic Drift
Tahoor @ WVA Fair
Classical Music Competition
Aadi's jewellery exhibition and workshop
Aadi's Eco-Friendly Jewellery by Amman Rashid was recently displayed in the Dhaka American Women's Club Charity Bazaar at the American International School, Baridhara, Road #3, Dhaka on 23 November, 2012 from 10am till 4pm.
Items for sale at the Bazaar included jewellery created from lost-wax casting technique known as Dokra in Bengal, Brass Islamic Calligraphy, Milagros from Mexico, Recycled and Upcycled items with semi precious stones as well as beads from Ghana/Ivory Coast, Thailand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Apart from the creation and sale of jewellery, Aadi is also involved in activities like conducting Jewellery Making Workshops for children where they are taught to use materials that are old or re-cycled. The workshops are held at the Nordic Club and the next workshop will take place in January 2013.
BY SABRINA F AHMAD
So we're bracing for another season change, which means it's time to start stocking up on cute winter warmers. For many, this also necessitates a closet overhaul, to clear the clutter and make some room for the new purchases. We know that this is never easy, so we've come up with a system that should make the process more efficient, and maybe even save you some money!
Before you begin, you need three things that can make the experience effective and worthwhile: at least two hours of free time on your hands so you can focus on this, music to set the mood, and a friend whose opinion you trust. Once you have all three, lock your doors, open the dresser and closet, and dump all your clothes out. Let the sorting begin.
What to toss
* Anything faded, or frayed, or coming apart at the seams, or stretched beyond the elastic limit. This should be a no-brainer, but we sometimes hang on to them with the rationale of 'having something to wear at home'. Hell to the no. If you get into the habit of dressing like a slob at home, it is only too easy to start rationalising doing so outside.
* Anything too loose/baggy or too tight - nothing flatters your figure less than a bad fit. Try some of your clothes on. Are your jeans squeezing your waist to create a muffin top? Toss it. Does the crotch of your trousers hang low MC Hammer style? Lose it. Do the shoulders of the shirt or blouse stray past your shoulder and trickle down your arms? Get rid of it right now. Peepholes forming between the buttons of your shirt? Ew. Don't hang on to too-tight clothes in the hope that you'll lose weight to fit into them again. That's most likely not going to happen, so why torture yourself? And in the event that you do shed those pounds, you deserve new clothes anyway.
* Anything with stains, rips, or tears. Are you planning to get them mended or laundered anytime soon? Like, within the next week? No? Trash.
What to keep
* The basics -- tank tops, camisoles, plain black or white shalwars, chiffon/georgette dupattas, white shirts, well-fitted jeans, monochrome and unembellished plain kurtas or kameezes, petticoats and leggings. These are stuff you can recycle, re-accessorise and build on to create other outfits, so hang on to them.
* Cute, vintage accessories -- your grandma's 'botua', your daddy's aviators, retro scarves, funky costume jewellery, and so on. These add a quirky flair to any outfit, if done right.
Looking at your old stuff with a new perspective could save you a quick bundle of cash. But be honest -- do you plan to actually take these items to the tailor to get the necessary done? If not, send them off with your blessings.
Once you've sorted the three piles out, it's much easier to organise your closet. And the best part? Plenty of room to stash all your new shopping in!
Tips for disposing of rejected clothing
THE CREATIVE MUMMY
Simple and elegant bun
By Nazia Farzin Shafiq
If you follow celebrity styles, you may have noticed that one of the trendiest hairstyles now is a very simple and elegant bun. The bun can be positioned high or low according to your choice. This hairstyle is usually best with second day hair, that is, when your hair is not freshly washed and lacking volume.
If you have lots of layers, or very straight hair, you can slightly backcomb the hair in the ponytail, prior to rolling, to help with keeping the hair together as you roll the hair down. Once you have rolled the hair completely, and the bun is resting in place, you can use the end of a comb to tuck any pieces out of place into, and under, the bun.
Use bobby pins and hair pins to secure the bun (placing them under the bun to help hold in place, securing any loose pieces). Check to make sure there are no places where the sock is visible. If you can see the sock, just spread the hair and secure with a pin. Spray with a light finishing (hair) spray.
Alternate to option three
Now you are ready with a very stylish hairdo. By the way, you can also achieve curls with this method. If you do the bun with slightly damp hair, and keep it overnight, the next day you can get a head full of beautiful curls.
All things blue
Blue is an omnipresent colour. It is everywhere. The sky is blue, and so are the oceans and the seas. Our Earth itself, seen from space, is one big, blue ball.
We are surrounded by blue. No, better still, we live within blue, inside blue. We cherish blue; we seek out blue. We also experience the blues when melancholic. Without blue, life is colourless.
Welcome to Indigo, a fashion and lifestyle outlet that has opened this year. One short glance at the store is enough to justify its name: all their products share one thing in common -- they have shades of blue dominate the hues. The history of indigo, a plant from which the colour blue is extracted, goes back in time. Indigo gave hope and promised prosperity. Indigo also drew blood, sweat and tears.
There is always a comfort zone people have with blue. There is a connection between indigo and our past and our imagination. Also, blue has a sense of calmness and tranquillity.
“There is a special place for blue in our hearts; it is a universal feeling. In my trips abroad, I have found that the concept of an outlet revolving around a colour is very popular. Since then, in my heart I have nurtured this dream of opening such a store,” informed Shaibal Saha, the director and designer of Indigo.
Shaibal further added, “I'm very passionate about and always want to showcase our country's heritage and crafts. With the teamwork of a few like-minded people, we have made this store where the products represent our country's crafts.”
Many of the products of Indigo come from vegetable dye, whilst some of them are also made from chemical agents. The range of products Indigo sells is quite varied. In their clothing line, Indigo sells saris, shalwar kameez sets, etc. It also has a small but unique collection of ladies' bags.
For men, there is an array of panjabis and casual shirts among other things. But Indigo is not just a fashion store. The outlet also has beautifully designed showpieces and other lifestyle products including candle holders, notebooks, photo frames, mirrors, lamp shades and silver jewellery.
Indigo is located at Swedeshi, House 27 (3rd and 4th floor), Road 7, Sector 3, Latif Emporium, Uttara. The store promises a refreshing shopping experience indeed; after all it's all blue!
By M H Haider
It is part of life's cycle that we start out as helpless creatures and then grow into able bodies -- a state that we thankfully live most of our lives -- before once more becoming helpless, and dependent on others. It is a feature of a civilised society that we take care of our elders, and it is a duty that should take into consideration both physical and mental aspects.
But that is as far as the analogy of baby-adult-baby should go. It may sound cruel but even the best among us while caring for them in their twilight years, end up treating once-respected elders like children, which really is the worst thing one can do to them. At these moments it may help to remember that we will probably reach that stage some day. The people who we may at times of duress be tempted to scold like children were once our heroes, the ones we looked up to and who commanded immense respect from us and others. So it is likely that whatever illness they are suffering from, your condescension however well-intentioned, will cripple them further.
Doctors have often been heard to say that the difference between life and death, especially in elderly patients, is the will to fight -- a will that eventually gives out. But the support structure -- family, friends and caregivers -- is integral in strengthening that will and extending the good fight.
It is a painful but instructive reality that we as children have to face when our parents become older and less able to look after themselves. Painful because these are the people whose shelter and protection we owe our lives to, but now have to witness become pale shadows of their former selves. Instructive because we too may expect to reach that stage in life, and we cannot fairly hope to receive respectful treatment if we are not respectful now.
You should not be seen with the big duffel bags which could carry a child inside it. You should be carrying the bag rather that the bag carrying you. Duffels take away a lot of the attention from you and there is just so much you can spare.
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