Slice of Life
Did You Know
Within a City
of the basic pursuits of life is the search for entertainment.
In Dhaka, where choices are limited, going to a shopping
mall is an activity that gives a moderate amount of pleasure
even though it may mean a substantial drain on the wallet.
Bangladeshis rush to the plazas and the malls, looking
for a respite from their daily mundane, hectic existence.
But existing shopping centres offer little more than rows
and rows of shops selling products from abroad. Some have
food courts but this is hardly enough to satisfy people's
thirst for enjoyment. Most of these 'modern plazas' lack
the basic ingredients of a proper complex, be it for shopping
or for entertainment. There has always been emptiness
in this booming service industry. The inauguration of
Bashundhara City, although at a time when most of the
country was reeling under the floods, is nevertheless
the talk of the town. Apart from the flashy title of being
the 'biggest mall' in South Asia, it is a complex that
is sure to dazzle its visitors.
(R) thedailystar.net 2004