Last-Minute Eid Shopping
so your new kurtas and sarees are in place
for Eid. You've also picked up a few dazzling pairs
of salwaar kameezes and matching footwear.
But tell us, honestly, isn't there an ever nagging need
of rushing off to the market for a big this or small
that. Is shopping for Eid ever over? Frankly, if it
wasn't for the last minute, this world would have been
such a dull unexciting place to live in! This Eid, SWM
brings to you the zingiest of ideas for that just-in-time
new look for yourself and your home.
yourself some unusual lamps made from Artifacts (J&J
Mansion, Sohanbagh, Mirpur Road), from items you planned
to discard during your Eid cleaning old flower vases,
boxes, empty bottles, just about anything. This place
has a fascinating collection of artistic lampshades
and terracotta items. The Craft Centre (Rd 36, Gulshan
2) has specially designed lamps with antique hookkah
bases! It also has a sizeable collection of bell metal
items and authentic antiques.
fact, we recommend a completely different cultivated,
yet quaint, classic and ante diluvian - look this Eid.
It is still not too late to change the look of your
house with treasures from our glorious past. Places
like The Craft Centre and The Folk International (Rd104,
Gulshan2) have a few outstand-ing pieces of furniture
seeped in nostalgia. These are classic four-posted high
polongos, and wooden chests furniture that will instantly
transport you to days when you snuggled up to your grandma
for those engrossing never ending folk tales. For small
striking side shelves made from coir and bamboo(!),
head straight to Satranji, which has now relocated to
Mirpur Road, opposite Metro Shopping Mall in Dhanmondi.
it is a modern look you prefer in your home, especially
in your lounge, we insist you have a peek inside Dé
cor Idees (Hs19, Rd120, Gulshan1) for some extraordinary
lounging furniture made with sea-grass (hogla in Bangla).
Irresistibly comfortable and inviting as they look,
these pieces are mostly for a low-seating setting, and
this shop has enough other home accessories to complement
these with a neo-Oriental appeal.
the more adventurous souls, nothing works better than
a flamboyant fusion scheme in their home décor.
Move over the slithery silks and our traditional embroidery,
the furniture mentioned in the paragraphs above could,
alternatively be, accessorised with the quintessentially-Western
woollen cushion covers from Sally Ann (Hs96, Rd23, Banani).
These, and blankets (which could also be used as diwan
covers), are all locally produced and come in vibrant
reds, magentas, blues, off-whites and smart checks.
A 'fair trade' project of The Salvation Army in Bangladesh,
Sally Ann is the first of its kind in the world for
rooms could light up with some truly delightful papier-mache
animal figures from Folk International. In electric
colours and varying sizes, these make excellent companions
to your child's vivid imagination, both while being
played with, or while simply being placed on the head-board
for decoration. There cannot be a jollier way to usher
in the festivities of Eid this season!
for yourself, we have a few tips to make you stand out
in the crowd, and be noticed. Tip one, in order to make
a bold personal statement, shed off the heavy golds
and silvers - they are good for wedding receptions.
Tip two, adorn yourself with innovative fashionable
wooden balas, beaded jewellery, jute jewellery
or even brass jewellery, all of which are available
at Piraan (Hs67, Rd11A, Dhanmondi). For a gorgeous selection
of funky, chic, yet ultra-ethnic jewellery, the limited
collection at Sajai (Rd11, Banani) is unbeatable. A
wide range of terracotta jewellery, and several other
knick knacks, is available at Idea (Asad Gate). In fact,
these unconventional jewellery make very thoughtful
gift items for your friends and young ones.
you have run out of ideas for gifts this season, here
are a few which make excellent last-minute purchases
without looking like an afterthought! O2 (Rd103, Gulshan2)
has some deliciously hip designer scented candles with
oodles of attitude. For attractive handmade cards, gift
boxes and gift tags, head straight back to Sally Ann,
housed inside the Salvation Army building in Banani.
They also have unusual wooden dinner plates in deeper
shades of blue and green and some really dainty beaded
sea-grass baskets (for every conceivable need) are available
at Décor Idees. These could make the perfect
gifts by themselves, or be used for packing the other
gifts you may have picked up. Satranji too, is a treasure
trove of innovative ideas. You'll find fishing nets,
'polai' and 'kholai' (baskets for caught fish), 'gorur
topa', and many more items ingeniously transformed into
lamps, pot bases and decorative items. Or, you could
try out the exclusive range of 'juton' (jute and cotton)
and leather cushion covers at Shetuli (Rd12, Banani)
along with the unusual palm fibre cushions.
are gifts bought from shops, and then there are gifts
thoughtfully handpicked with a lot of care and affection.
It takes little for us to venture just that extra mile
in search of that perfect gift, yet it leaves a lifetime
of memories and happy associations in the hearts of
the loved ones you gift them to. Make it a memorable
Eid for yourself, and for the others around you.
every item mentioned above has been prepared in Bangladesh,
using local skills and resources. At festive moments
such as these, is there a better way to pay our ultimate
tribute to the exquisite craftsmanship of the home-grown
products? Try them, you can never go wrong with them.
Gizmos This Eid
has enslaved us in such a manner that we cannot pass
a single day without it. With this in mind, many Eid
shoppers had decided to spend a proportion of their
Eid budget, not on fancy clothing, but on something
that will last them for a while, something the whole
family can enjoy an electronic contraption. This Eid,
amongst much hardware in the market, the most common
ones seem to be entertainment gadgets. On top of the
list is the television set. Refrigerators too, are always
a hit in the market, whatever the time. Mahbubul Rahman,
Manager of Electra Service Centre says, “We sell about
two fridges each day. During the ramadan, most of the
people have bought television and fridge. I guess everyone
has their own way of preparing for Eid.” The television
industry has expanded so much (import wise) that there
is a vast range of T.V. sets to choose from. Starting
from the hot-selling new brand Konka to the long lasting
and Panasonic, there are brands catering to different
income groups. Another hot selling item this Eid is
the sound system. Starting from Cassette Player Deck
Sets to five piece Home Theatres, the market is all
set to attract potential customers of all types. Though
Disk Man is also quite a popular gift item for all age
groups. Rizwan, a university going student says, “I
usually buy clothes and hang out with friends but this
Eid, I hope to spend my 'eidi' on a Home Theatre.” Since
there is a wide range of items to choose from, everyone
can go home with something that they will be able to
enjoy long after Eid is over.
An Old Place at the Right Price
Market may be the most obvious choice for shopping but
if you really want to be innovative about gift giving
you may want to check out what lies beyond. As one aimlessly
wanders about from one end of New Market to another,
the only exit that does not lead to the main road leads
to a totally 'new' market: Dubai Market, a place that
has little to do with Dubai. Though some people feel
that it is a part of New Market, it's not. It caters
to a much larger group of buyers. A new comer cannot
comprehend how large this market is until he/she gets
lost in the myriads of shops, most of which look exactly
like the last one visited. This maze of a market has
an endless variety of goodies. Here, you find any and
every item of necessity starting from the basic cooking
items of pots and pans, to the more sophisticated cooking
utilities; from regular tit-bit gift items to vase worth
Tk.12, 000; from baby shoes to walking sticks. It's
Eid, Dubai market is jam packed with people, even more
so than the new plazas that are mushrooming everywhere.
Most shops here are stocked to the brim. Prices are
not fixed here and everything can be bargained for.
What happens is that if one shop asks for a very high
price for an item, the patron moves on to the next shop
(whose assistant has already overheard the conversation)
where the price is somewhat reduced. Shoppers are very
familiar with the phrase: “Just apnar jonno….”
(Only for you).
Rahman, a government servant feels that “the customers
should never give a price to the sellers. The sellers
will be all over you to buy that product, provided that
the price is higher than the buying price.” Another
happy shopper is Abul. He is out with his little brother
for their Eid shopping venture. “The ideal way to shop
here is to move about and stand behind people who are
already purchasing items. After they do all the bargaining
and come to a price, we get in line to buy that item
for that price. It saves energy and you don't get upset,”
says the smiling Abul. “There might be a problem if
everyone followed this rule though,” he adds as his
little sibling lugs him away.
Eid, the main attraction to hit all the customers seems
to be decoration pieces, or so thinks Kamrul, (not his
real name) one of the shop assistants. He says, “Everyone
wants their homes to look nice. Most of the middle-class
families come to shop here and they all live in apartments.
The only way they can brighten the atmosphere of their
homes is by having nice decoration pieces.” After all,
this is the Eid where people go about visiting their
near and dear ones.
Eid attraction to hit this time seems to be kitchenware.
“Because this is the festival of feeding, most of the
consumers like to be prepared and keep their kitchens
stocked with cutlery so that there is no shortage during
rush hours”, says Mojib, one of the shop owners. Like
him, many owners who sell crockery have brought in a
wide variety of items for display. “Though we display
a few items, if the customer is interested to buy, we
bring out our reserves,” Mojib continues. Due to lack
of space, many of these shops have the ability to display
a small variety of items to the customers. Since the
market is a very competitive one, they have to depend
(sometimes) on customers coming back after a satisfactory
purchase they had made previously.
are also some shops that sell artificial plants. Some
are imported, or so the shop owners say, but nonetheless
they are in excellent taste with detailed finishing.
Other items that may be on a few lists are stoves, micro-ovens,
photo frames, paintings, dress material, colognes and
perfumes, shirts and ties, sarees, shalwar kameez, sanitary
items, jewellery, toys, carpets, rugs, shoes, cushions
and cushion covers, sofa covers and much much more.
finish off one's shopping, one needs to have some final
ingredients to spice up Eid. Talking of spices, Dubai
Market also has a spice corner that has every variety
of spices that one may need for all the mouth-watering
dishes that will highlight this Eid.