Road with Endless Activity
famous Road 11 is quite a popular hangout for the young
and not-so-young alike. So what are the attractions that
make this road such a happening place?
Starting from the basic Bangali
need for 'outing' - I mean eating - the range of activities
that this single road provides is incredible. Age is not
a factor as members of one generation or another can be
found anywhere along that road. From the young, loud-voiced
Dhaka dwellers in flashy attire to their more sedate seniors,
everyone seems to be looking for something on this road.
More often than not it is a new eating joint to try out.
This summer the sun has been a little intense
as those of us who have acquired a richer tan can testify
to. Some of us are even 'well-done'. If you haven't and
are still flaunting your pale surface, you've probably been
parading with pink parasols or dashing between AC cars and
cooler buildings. The humidity too has joined hands with
the heat. Thank God that you are in Number 11 because you
not only have the soft indulging touch of American Soft
Icecream (softer by the second) but you also have the wild
range of delectable flavours of Club Gelato. Why not slurp
away on one of the giant sundaes from Club Gelato? It is
so mouth-watering that sometimes, even the waiters drool
over them. Just kidding… you really do need to cool off.
Moving onto more essential delights of life,
there happens to be a wide selection of eateries to try
at Number 11, each with their very own specialties. You
could have the typical 'Deshi' food items such as bhaat,
dal, morog polao, khichuri, chingri bharta, ilish maach,
mutton jhal-fry, chicken jhal fry…ok...ok… I'll stop. All
these appetising items can be found at Rashna Bilash and
Delphi Bangla Khabar Ghor. Even though you will most likely
see only Bangalis, sometimes adventurous foreigners may
be seen cautiously stepping into one of them clutching their
water bottles like security blankets, enticed by the rich
aroma wafting from these places.
If you are more into junk-food, this will
be paradise for you because not only will you have all the
varieties (well at least most of them) of 'trash-food' in
Dhaka but you will have a lot of fun 'mixing-and-matching'
the items. What you do is follow an eclectic scheme, taking
the best from each place. You will never tire of trying
out the different items and your palate will always be able
to savour a different blend of combinations. The number
of places that you may try out include Sub-City, with its
range of submarine sandwiches and pizza, Hot breads and
Kings Confectionary, with their range of bakery items, the
latter establishment being a whole lot prettier and offering
distinctively better food, Mon Chere Fast food and BBQ,
Dhaba, the road side café, (for lip-smacking kababs
and nans) and Disha's Bistro serving continental food. If
you are in the mood for some Chinese food then look no further
then Cheong Shing Chinese Restaurant, with its range of
Chinese (what else?) dishes. If you want a mixture of Indian
with other tropical food, Kebab-E-Q is the place to visit.
Its spic and span settings will really help you to digest
all that you take in.
Shumi's Hot Cake will soon makes its debut
at No 11. If you have not been to their Sobhanbag branch
and missed out on their delectable Black Forest cake, you
can indulge yourself here.
If you have been busy sampling all the food
your teeth could be a bit on the edge. Not a problem! The
dental clinics are all close by. There are as many dental
clinics on Road Number 11 as eateries. Besides having medical
acumen they obviously have business acumen as well. You
can choose from Johnson's Dental Clinic, AIKO Dental Clinic,
Sapporo Dental Care, Bikalpa Dental clinic and many more.
They vary both in terms of service and price, so make sure
that you know which one you value more before your visit.
your medical need is other than a dentist's, don't call
an ambulance just yet because on this very road you have
Arabian Medical Centre, Fairways Medical Centre, Al-Rashid
Medical Centre, National Medicare Ltd, Tasfio Medical Centre
and …it just goes on. It seems as if there is a medical
centre on every block on this street to ensure your health
and happiness. If you do feel sick or are hurt, all you
have to do is sprint (if you still can) or hobble over to
your next door neighbour's. There are also Drugstores and
Consultants suitably located on this street to provide support)
to all these clinics.
To some people, fashion is the flavour of
life. Nothing would be complete without a pinch of style.
With glamour comes all the latest trendy and traditional
wear from Banglar Mela, Grameen Fashion bazaar, Unique Collection
Boutique, Khub Soorty, Lamiz, Gathon Saree Ghar and Much
More Family Fashion. Fiza is another store selling shalwar
kameez and sarees as well as jewellery.
Feeling a little down? Need some pampering?
Thank heavens that Sajai Beauty Parlour and Tips and Toes
Beauty parlour are so conveniently located near by to sweep
you off your feet. No doubt these parlours have a secret
remedy for people losing hair, some type of a secret oil
that radically decreases hair fall. It is a must try for
those who generally 'lose their hair' over simple matters
A vast number of general stores are also
present here, including Kids & Mom General store with
its collection of everyday items for kids, most frequented
by the 'caring' mothers. Baby items seems to be the best
products nowadays. Virgin 'Les is a small sized super market
for every day shopping.
From the very beginning, we are forced into
a life of slavery, that being the tree of education. Breaking
the tradition of eateries and boutiques on this road, are
Queen's University and NIIT Computer Education Training
which are also two good reasons for young people to congregate.
Also on this small but happing strip of
land are numerous little shops. Penguin General store, for
example, is a regular neighbourhood store but its specialty
is that it sells just about everything from eggs to lentils
to plastic beach balls. If you want to get a trendy look
before going somewhere or if you simply want to get rid
of the excess baggage on top of your head, Romantic Hong
Kong Hair Styling Saloon is the place to be in. Then you
have the odd car centre, a furniture shop called Asko Interior
and Furniture as well as a Fish Gallery selling --what else--fish.
Adequately fed, properly dressed, we have
now reached the end of our road that isn't really a long
one although judging from the number of commercial establishments,
it could have stretched for miles on end.