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By Tanziral Dilshad Ditan

Rabindranath. Music. Inspiration.
Date: Tuesday, 4 December
Time: 6.30pm till 8pm
Venue: Level 9, Midas Centre, Road #27 (old), Dhanmondi
The EMK Centre invites you to an evening of Tagore songs along with music that were inspired by him.
Tickets at Tk. 150/person will be available at the EMK Centre

Dinner n' Dance with Renaissance @ Spaghetti Jazz
Date: Tuesday, 4 December
Time: 9pm onwards
Venue: Spaghetti Jazz
Classic jazz-rock, soul, rock 'n roll and dance numbers till the midnight hour. Come with your friends, and have a great time with old school music. One of the most popular bands of the country, Renaissance will be playing your favourite songs and take you through a jazzy night.
Buffet dinner and live band will be Tk 1500/ person. To avoid disappointments, make reservations now. Contact Rajib 882 2062, 0171 301 4464.

Corporate badminton tourney
Date: 6 to 8 December
Time: 3pm to 8pm
Venue: Bangladesh Badminton Federation Stadium at Motijheel
Excalibur Entertainment Presents 1st Ispahani Corporate Badminton Grand Slam 2012, in association with Dell; logistical support and endorsement from the Bangladesh Badminton Federation.
This will be the latest addition to sports events within the corporate circle of the city. Hopefully, Corporate Badminton will have the same effects that soccer has had over the years and Excalibur aims to popularise the “home-grown” sport to the same levels as soccer.
Ispahani Group will be the title sponsors of the Grand Slam along with Dell Computers as co-sponsor and a few partners will join them over the next few weeks. The categories for teams to enter will be as follows -- Men's Singles, Women's Singles, Men Doubles, Women Doubles, Mixed doubles.
A registration form will be uploaded at facebook.com/events/110969615728447. Teams are requested to submit the form duly signed by the CEO/Head of HR/Company Secretary to validate the authenticity of the players of the team. Any false information will result in the elimination of the entire team.
Registration per team -- Tk. 14,000

Film making workshop for women
Date: 6 12 December
Time: 10am till 6pm
Venue: International Academy of Film and Media, 61/A, Lack Circus, Kalabagan (Dolphin Goli).
International Academy of Film and Media is going to arrange a film making workshop only for woman. Under the project “Woman behind the Camera: Empowerment of Women” Turkish film maker Ceyda Asli Kilickiran will cover lessons she has learnt from her film endeavours; help build confidence among participants; highlight on ways to understanding and refining your craft and much more For details contact International Academy of Film and Media, 61/A, Lack Circus, Kalabagan (Dolphin Goli), Dhaka. #01739122021; E-mail: filmandmedia.afm @gmail.com or log onto their website: iafmbd.org.bd

Kozmo (A)live presents Ashmaan's Acoustic Drift
Date: Friday, 7 December
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Kozmo Banani
Ashmaan, an ambient acoustic band, is coming from Kolkata. They borrow from tradition to create a contemporary musical landscape that takes the listeners through many moods and emotions. Driven by originals that are both soulful and thought provoking, the band also performs unique interpretations of popular Indian folk tunes adding depth that makes it all the more accessible to a modern day audience.
Tickets Tk. 1200/head includes buffet dinner.

Tahoor @ WVA Fair
Date: Saturday, 8 December
Time: 11pm till 8pm
Venue: Stall #56, WVA fair, Banani Chairmanbari Ground
Tahoor will showcase their latest designs in winter-wear and casual hijabs. Crepe winter scarves in brilliant hues, hand sleeves in lycra and lace; loose top and trousers to mix and match for the perfect winter wardrobe, and much more.
Do not miss this opportunity to experience Tahoor's collection. Please leave your feedback which will help Tahoor to change for the better.

Classical Music Competition
Date: Sunday, 9 December
Time: Day long
Venue: Bangladesh Shilpokola Academy
Classical Music Academy of Dhaka will arrange a Violin and Guitar competition at the Shilpokola Academy. Interested individuals are requested to contact -- Iftekhar Anwar (0174 100 9497), Sidney Edwin Rodrigues (0171 145 3833), (Shariful Islam) 0171 648 6851




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.
For registration or for more information on Aadi, contact Amman Rashid at #0171 196 1619 or email at aadistudio@gmail.com


Closet cleanup


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 you haven't worn in the last three years, and will probably not wear in the next three months. Be honest. Let it go.

* 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
(in addition to recent purchases and everyday wear)

* 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.

The maybes
There are a few items from seasons past that you might consider hanging onto if only to re-fashion them a la mode. Your old short kameezes can easily pass off as kurtis today. A little tailoring and a cute belt can turn your dad's old panjabi or shirt into a trendy shirt-dress. An old sari that you don't wear anymore but like the print of, can easily be made over into a new kameez.

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
* Old cotton saris can be layered and stitched together to make new kathas.
* Smaller cotton dupattas and cut pieces may be used as dusters and shoulder pads can make wonderful potholders
* Bag up the clothes and send them off to any one of many charitable organisations conducting donation drives this season. Win yourself some karma points.
* Organise a swap party with your friends to see if they want to snag some of the pieces you don't want to wear.


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.

One sock
Brush or comb
Bobby pins and hair pins
Hair spray (optional)

Step one
Take the sock and cut the toe off. The thicker the sock, the larger the bun. Starting from the area you cut, roll the sock down, tightly, to form a doughnut shape.

Step two
Brush out your hair and secure into a ponytail with an elastic band. Where you place your ponytail will be where the center of the bun rests. The higher the pony tail, the higher the bun placement. You can smooth out the hair, creating a sleeker ponytail for a more elegant bun, or allow a few wispy pieces, for a less kept, playful bun.

Step three
Take the sock you rolled and pull the hair from the ponytail through the center of the doughnut, and spread the ends of the hair around the doughnut. You will start rolling the doughnut down the hair, starting from the ends of the hair and rolling to the base of the ponytail. As you roll, continue tucking and spreading the hair under and around the doughnut. Don't give up, it may seem like it isn't working but it is.

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
After you are done with ponytail, then insert the donut into the ponytail and let it rest with your head. Make your head lean forward and down. Then fan the hair all around the center of the ponytail. Place a thin rubber band over it. Now very carefully roll and tuck the end of your hair under the bun. Use bobby pins and hairpins to make it secure.

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
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Model: Airin
Wardrobe: Indigo


Karma kindness

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.

-- LS Desk


Duffel bags

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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