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By Tanziral Dilshad Ditan

Buffering in Art
Date: Tuesday, 22 January
Time: 11am onwards
Venue: Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University

The Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University is arranging a daylong group art exhibition featuring various young, talented artists. If you are interested in the art movement of Bangladesh, this is one event that should not be missed.

2 Je Chilo Ek Chakor
Date: Thursday, 24 January
Time: 6.30pm till 8.30pm
Venue: National Theatre Auditorium, Shilpakala Academy, Segunbagicha

After two successful comedies -- Bichhu (1990) and Projapati (2004) -- Natyakendra is once again bringing a new comedy on stage. "2 Je Chilo Ek Chakor" is an adaptation of Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni's classic play "A Servant of Two Masters". The play has been adequately adapted to be more suited to the Bangladeshi culture.

As the classic form of stylised comedy goes, the play centres on a few stock characters -- the servant, two sets of lovers, and two fathers. It is a romantic comedy with hilarious, contemporary, and extreme comic punches, which is sure to have the audience in fits of hysterical laughter.

With energetic performances, dances, and songs -- the production offers entertainment all throughout. The play has been adapted and directed by Tariq Anam Khan.

Tickets are Tk. 500, 200, 100.

1st Ispahani Corporate Badminton Grand Slam 2012
Date: 24 -- 26 January
Time: 3pm till 6pm
Venue: Bangladesh Badminton Federation Stadium, Motijheel

Excalibur Entertainment, the organisers that has brought to you seven years of corporate 5-a-side indoor soccer tournament, is now organising a Badminton tourney, a championship title to vie for.

This year the introduction of Corporate Badminton will have the same effects that soccer has had over the years and Excalibur aims to popularise badminton at the same levels as soccer.

Ispahani Group will be the title sponsors of the Grand Slam along with Dell Computers as co-sponsor. Teams participating are -- Airtel, Ecom-Cotton, Beximco Pharma, The Westin, Securex, Bando Design, Banglalink, Mutual Trust Bank, Dell, Ispahani, Grameenphone, Holcim, Standard Chartered Bank, Qubee 1, Qubee 2, Iidfc, Pepsi, Eastern Bank and Bkash.

New York Jazz in Dhaka
Date: Sunday, 27 January
Time: 7pm
Venue: Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy

Since it inception in the American music scene almost 90 years ago, jazz has united people. In 2013, jazz continues to create bonds among people coming from different socio-cultural backgrounds.

The Edward M. Kennedy Center is pleased to have Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy's great support in presenting a concert by the Ari Roland Jazz quartet, featuring: Ari Roland (double bass), Zaid Nasser (alto saxophone), Chris Byars (tenor saxophone) and Keith Balla (drums).

Seats are limited; passes will be needed even for children to enter -- please email info@emk.com.bd to book your free passes.

DJ Night @ Dhanmondi, Dhaka
Date: Friday, 25 January
Time: 6.30pm till 11.30pm
Venue: Prince Plaza, Dhanmondi

Loco Motion presents "Beat n' Boom Night” -- a Friday Night Special with the best DJ's of the town. It's not just a party. It's an experience. Performing DJs are: Maria, Jobaer, Taps, Sachy, Sazzad and Shariar. Tickets: Tk.1500/person on a first come, first served basis. For details contact: 0119 150 2467 (Nahed Hossain).

Kalaripayattu workshop by Kajal Hazra @ Chittagong
Dates: 24 -- 27 January
Venue: Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong

Kalaripayattu is an Indian art form from the southern state of Kerala. One of the oldest fighting/dancng forms in existence, it is practiced in Kerala and contiguous parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka as well as northeastern Sri Lanka and among the Malayali community of Malaysia. It was practiced primarily by groups among Keralite castes such as the Nairs and Ezhavas, and was taught by a special caste named Kalari Panicker.

Kajal Hazra is an accomplished Kalaripayattu dance artiste as well as renowned instructor in the subcontinent. He is highly recognised for this dance form for his integrity and teaching ability. Moreover, he has delivered many choreographed productions of high standard on this form and fusion.


The Best American Essays Series
The Best American Essays is an anthology of the year's most outstanding essays and magazine articles that possess extraordinary literary craft and thought. True to the etymology of “anthology” (Greek; translates literally to “to gather flowers”), each annual collection is like a literary bouquet. Obviously the essays and the authors published vary year to year -- in this case, so does the anthologist. Each Best American Essays copy is a masterpiece and a great way to sample some really talented modern day legends. The essays vary in theme, plot, writing style and taste -- but each undoubtedly possess stunning lyric power that leave you reflecting for hours afterwards. If you're trying to read the whole anthology at one go, you're probably not absorbing the beauty of each piece properly. Relish and reflect each essay before moving on to another. This is a great companion to read alongside another novel or project.

Voices of Time
This book is basically a kaleidoscope of stories reflected in tiny snippets from various walks of the author's life, who is one of the most distinguished South American writers and journalists. The stories range widely and catalogue absurdities and unsettling connections, love and childhood to music and deserts, poisonous plants, despair, glee and indignation. The book isn't an anthology; the fragments piece together a rich, sardonic history of Eduardo Galeano's life at a time that is scratched with political strife yet calmly philosophical. At first it seems like a bizarre, incongruous menagerie. But by the end of the journey, Galeano's craft invades the reader's mind as he attempts to deconstruct what we know of reality and life.

The creator of the well-known financial blog Naked Capitalism, Wall Street veteran Yves Smith bashes the intensely self-serving culture that drives Wall Street. After over 25 years in Wall Street working for names such as Goldman Sachs (in corporate finance), McKinsey & Co., and Sumitomo Bank (as head of mergers and acquisitions) giants, she describes how “unenlightened self interest undermined democracy and corrupted capitalism”. The book is ambitious: it tries to be comprehensive about all aspects of the 2007 financial crisis, analyses deeply the flaws in economic and financial theories that underpinned the errors of the crisis. Moreover it takes a look at the political angle of how laws and regulations were subverted, while alleging conspiracy probably too much, when ordinary greed in the open and stupidity could cover the causes of the crisis. A very beneficial read, even if she complains an awful lot about free markets.

Life of Pi
Most of you have probably already seen or at least heard of the movie touted to be the next Avatar. However, the book it was originally adapted from expands past the wonders of the visual effects that the movie employs to stun the audience. This is an inquiry of God, a tale woven to provide you a problem sum from a book which when/if solved will reveal your own take on God. The plot is based on a God-believing boy named Pi who survived to tell his tale of 227 days aboard a lifeboat in the company of a Bengal tiger. What makes it more interesting is that Pi is a practising Hindu, Muslim as well as a Christian. Sounds like the set up of a joke right? Granted, the story will not make you a God-believer or disbeliever by the end of the read, but it will definitely leave you stunned at the craft of a writer who could frame a completely ridiculous storyline into something beautiful and believable. NYTimes writes : “But in the end, Life of Pi is more about the nuts and bolts of a teenager surviving at sea and bonding with a tiger than a spiritual quest that asks hard questions about the wisdom, will, and existence of God and why he seems to enjoy inflicting so much suffering and death on unoffending humans. In the end, Life of Pi not only doesn't answer any of religion's big questions, it doesn't even ask them.”

Changing My Mind
How great would it be if we ended up writing a wonderful book unintentionally? Changing My Mind is a book that Zadie Smith unintentionally put together while working on another book! While planning for a novel and a critical work, she was playing at miscellaneous film reviews, travel writing, memoir and a new piece on her friend David Foster Wallace. Through a variety of essays and articles, the book expresses an unsettled look at the systems of thought that sheds light on the very processes of reading, writing and reflecting. Themes range a dispatch from Liberia which adjoins a study of Obama's language; essays about Forster and Kafka and a treasury of outdated movie reviews. Read as a whole, the mosaic of miscellaneous topics resonate with her fixation on understanding, and instructing how and with what mindset and values fiction should be read.

By Dibarah Mahboob


Goldwater Convention Center

"Goldwater Convention Center” is an international standard convention centre that is ideal for weddings, anniversaries, corporate events, seminars, meetings, etc. It is located at Level 16, 17, 18 of Basundhara City Tower, Panthapath and is laid over an area of 40,000 square feet. Its special features include Axmisters fireproof carpet, Roman marble sculptures, LED down lights, custom made crystal beaded chandeliers, high end linens, equipments etc. It has three ball rooms each of 600 diners with space for 1800 guests at a time. Each ball room has a large HD LED screen for multimedia projection or live broadcast including internet streaming. The convention centre has one restaurant and a cafe called the Capricorn's Skywatch at Level 19 with an open terrace Bar-B-Q and a 1200 car parking facility, along with 5 large elevators.

The Capricorn's Skywatch Restaurant is a 400 seating restaurant and café with a Szechuan hotpot, BBQ, Chinese and Thai, multinational cuisine, buffet lunch and dinner facilities. Also present is a beautiful dancing fountain, which is 80 feet long and 40 feet high for aquatic shows at 200 feet high rooftop. The Capricorn's Skywatch restaurant is a sister concern of Glass Water Limited and is open from 11am to midnight everyday.

Address: Goldwater Convention Center, Level 16, 17, 18 and 19, Bashundhara City Tower, Panthapath, Dhaka 1215. Tel. 0191 686 0300, 911 8338.

Moments Wedding Management

Moments Wedding Management has now moved to a new address at Banani Rd#12, House 157/E, Block- E, Dhaka.

Moments Wedding Management takes care of all your wedding needs including reception stage design, gate design, “dala”, house decoration, flower arrangements, holud stage, etc. Moments Wedding Management also arrange anniversary parties.

The house provides services like photography, wedding card designing, catering, etc. Visit the outlet at their new address to find out more. Contact: 0171 413 4512.

Regency presents mouthwatering Pitha Fest

Winter and “pitha” are perfectly synonymous; words that have been carrying a tradition for hundreds of years. To give the urban people a break from the chaos they deal with in their hectic lives, Dhaka Regency has organised a three-day Pitha Festival at its popular 24 hours, five-star restaurant Grandiose, from 24-26 January. The visitors can enjoy the chilling evenings from 6.30pm-10.30pm by having piping hot pitha like patishapta, bhapa pitha, puli pitha, pakon pitha, chitoi pitha, nakshi pitha, morog sungsha, dudh khejur pitha and many more, made of newly harvested rice flour, molasses, freshly tapped date juice, milk and grated coconut as the main ingredients.

'On the backdrop of the busy life in Dhaka, most of the people here do not have the time to celebrate winter by making “pithas”. To add colour to the life of the city people in the pale winter, Dhaka Regency has been organising such festivals for a couple of years. We have found fabulous responses from the visitors in all our previous such ventures. Hope this year people will again gratify us with their presence,' said The Executive Director of Dhaka Regency, Shahid Hamid.

Razors and Scissors range of offers

Razors and Scissors, a men's salon, opened its door to customers during the month of September in the year 2009. Since then it has gathered a loyal line of customers and has always added new things to its list of services offered. For the conscious male, Razors and Scissors offers a range of services. This includes a catalogue consisting or hair-cutting, ironing, rebonding, hair colour, hair treatment and many different types of facials like deep tissue and Thai. The salon also offers Indian massage, pedicure, manicure, fair polish, waxing, threading, groom's make up, etc.

Contact: 41 Kemal Atartuk Avenue, Banani. #0181 510 3284, 0191 630 5259.


A brand new identity

When she sleeps in my lap, I gaze at her. I gaze at her because I still find it hard to believe that I carried her for nine months. I touch her soft hair, her tiny fingers and toes, I pull her little round nose, I squeeze her cheeks and gently massage her arms. No, nothing wakes her up. She squirms for a few seconds but does not become fully awake. She perhaps knows that she is in a place that is as safe as it can be.

The pain was harrowing, nothing I ever felt before. The twenty-three hours of labour seemed like twenty-three days of suffering. Her back was against my back when her back should have been against my belly. The result? Back-breaking labour. Yes, I had back labour, which is far more painful that normal labour. I thought I would pass out. A few times I thought I would die giving birth to my daughter. In spite of everything it was the first time in my life I thought I was strong. I always had an idea that I was physically weak but the birth of Wareesha just blew that idea away. One interesting thing about childbirth is that the mother's brain somehow erases the traumatic experience within hours. So, twelve hours after I delivered I was walking in my hospital room, ordering food service for meals and speaking over the phone. I will always wonder how my mind so quickly wiped out the trauma I experienced only several hours earlier.

I knew I would have a natural childbirth. My obstetrician took time to explain to me why a Caesarian section was not a good idea. I was convinced. Although soon after the contractions began, I thought nothing but a C-section could take care of that agonising pain. I asked the on-call doctor if a C-section was a good idea. She said it was not and then went on to tell me about the long healing time and a lifelong scar in the abdomen. She asked me why I was eager to go through a major surgery when it was not necessary. Of course, I did not have a logical answer for it. I could have said that the pain was unbearable but it would have sounded so silly -- who said childbirth was a picnic trip to the woods?

Mom, hubby and I waited patiently for the contractions to become regular. But they never really became regular until a nurse added synthetic oxytocin, also known as Love Hormone, to my intravenous fluid. As the hormone began to take its "lovely" effect I felt my world crushing in on me. I literally lost my voice. I tried to whisper and let the world know that I was feeling an unearthly pain but I could not. Only a mother, who has been through natural childbirth, would know what I am trying to mean. At one point when I could not take the pain anymore I asked for epidural anesthesia.

The labour nurse asked me beforehand if I wanted her to clean the baby first or if I wanted the baby right away. I said I wanted the baby right away. So, when Wareesha was finally out of my womb after twenty-three hours, the doctor wrapped her in a blanket and placed her on me. Before that, she offered hubby a pair of special scissors to cut the umbilical cord. I could see the father of the child almost shaking in excitement -- he was overwhelmed by what he had been observing for the past twenty-three hours.

There was my blood and fluid on our baby's little body. She smelled of blood but not really like blood. Her body had a very distinct smell. Even after three months when I close my eyes and inhale, I can smell it, smell that distinct smell that my baby had.

I often miss being pregnant. I miss the special treatment I got from strangers - people always made way for me on streets, in banks and shopping places. Women behind cash registers often asked what I was having and upon hearing that I was having a girl they would let out an awww-like sound. Although I do not know if they genuinely cared for a random customer, nonetheless it made me feel special.

My child came to this world and gave me a new identity. My new identity now ranks above all my other identities. When I look at myself in the mirror, I see an overweight me with stretch marks, a wider waist and fat arms but they do not bother me. My body may never be lean like before but that is a small price I had to pay for my brand new identity.

By Wara Karim

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