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Man and his mane

Does your man wait forever to go in for a haircut while you've been hoping that he'll go in for a total hair makeover? Well, there are only two ways out of this messy situation. One, you can call in the barber from a decent saloon and ask him to sit for an exclusive home service. The hefty bill that he has to pay after the face-lift will bring him to his senses and make him run for the saloon every time you mention a hair cut after that.

And number two, you can go utterly loony over Brad Pitt, Ben Afflect or Matt Demon and Sean Connery when you sit down with the morning tea and see the green monster in him do the work. Take your pick from these sizzling hairstyles, and see how your man will transform.

The current trend is -- hair at all different lengths with lots of layers and a mixture of colours.Long hair is making waves, and a lot of people in Dhaka seem to be sporting it.

If you have a well-toned body and streamlined face, then this is the right look.

But make sure you are not posing a threat to your girlfriend’s flowing locks, it should have a lean and trimmed look. Give hair lot of layers, and streak it in different colours. The length is totally a matter of choice but stay away from extra volume and thickness!

Ah... 'The just-got-out-of-bed look'! Sport the medium length hairdo. Make it messy, or let it stay natural and fall as it would. Make sure to go in for a single colour. The textured look is in. Use some styling products to give it some movement and texture.

On the other hand, we all like a guy with a short neat haircut. But what if you added a dash of boyish mischief? You have a brand new look -- short and spikey!

However the bald look is very much in. An almost bald look, with just a little hair, is also in giving guys with receding hairline more breathing space, in their social life than they ever imagined possible.

LS Desk

A true taste of asia

Peking Duck
1 whole duck
3 tbsp. honey
5 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. ginger
1 bunch chopped scallions
1 tbsp. red food coloring
Chinese pancake
Scallion root, chopped
Cucumber slices
Hoisin sauce

Boil 4 quarts of water with honey, sugar, ginger and scallions. Soak the duck in the boiling broth until it turns orange-red. Hang duck to dry for 5 hours. Place pan of water in shelf below duck in oven. Bake in 350 degree oven for 25 minutes or until the duck looks crispy.
For crispier duck - fry the whole duck for 15 minutes. Debone and it's ready to serve. Serve deboned duck with scallion, cucumber slices and Hoisin sauce wrapped in pancake.

Sticky rice with mango
2 cups glutinous(sticky) rice, soaked in cold water for at least one hour and drained
1 1/4 cups coconut milk, canned or freshly prepared
pinch of salt
2 Tblsp. of sugar
2 large ripe mangoes, peeled and sliced

In a saucepan bring to a boil: rice, coconut milk, salt, sugar and 1 1/4 cup water. Stir. Lower heat and simmer, uncovered, about 8-10 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 5 minutes.
Transfer rice to a steamer or double saucepan and steam 15-20 minutes over boiling water, until rice is cooked through.
Mold the cooked rice into individual ramekins or small cups lined with plastic wrap. Cool to room temperature. At serving time unmold onto a plate and top with mango or even strawberries.

Tom Kha Kai Soup
2 cups (16fl oz/500 ml) coconut milk
6 thin slices young galangal (kha on)
2 stalks lemon grass (ta-khrai), lower portion, cut into
1-in (2.5-cm) lengths and crushed
5 fresh kaffir lime leaves (bai ma-krut), torn in half
8 oz (250g) boned chicken breast, sliced
5 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) lime juice
1teaspoon black chilli paste (nam phrik pao)
1/4 cup cilanto / coriander
leaves (bai phak chi), torn
5 green Thai chilli peppers (phrik khi nu), crushed

Combine half the coconut milk with the galangal, lemon grass, and lime leaves in a large saucepan and heat to boiling. Add the chicken, fish sauce, and sugar. Simmer for about 4 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked, and then add the remaining coconut milk. Heat just to boiling. Place the lime juice and chilli paste in a serving bowl and pour the soup over them. Garnish with cilantro leaves and crushed chilli peppers.


Men don’t gossip

Do men gossip? Yes they do! Only they don't call it gossip! It is craftily veiled as 'discussion', 'opinion talks' or 'constructive bitching'! However, If they catch you and your women friends 'gossiping', they listen to every word, take in all the juicy details and then finally spit out the bone of "Don't you have anything better to do? Quit gossiping!”

Men don't shop
Anyone who's met a new age man spoilt for choice will definitely agree that this is a myth. Men really do shop! However, the catch to this one is that they shop for different things than those women shop for. While most women will go out and splurge on clothes, shoes and jewellery, men are more likely to buy electronic gadgets, mobile phones, laptops, the best sound systems, plasma TVs and other such toys. After all, they have to have the biggest and the best.

And while they may go out and splurge on these gadgets and other toys that they never give up no matter how old they get, they also have to have the latest fashions with international brands entering the market. Our man is no longer forced to pick out this clothing from a single place, so he too does his share of shop hopping.

Men don't get manicures
Really? Take a look at the numerous unisex salons that have sprung up! Not only are men getting manicures and pedicures but they are also indulging in facials and anti-wrinkle treatments. Now that it is acceptable for men to go out and get Aloe Vera, Fullers' earth, algae and what not on their faces, they have taken to it like fish to water. Of course, who can blame them? In a society that is so obsessed with appearances, we can't expect men to be left behind.

Elvis burns

The lengthy side burns made famous by pop singer and mass-heartthrob Elvis Presley are back with a stylish bang! But this time with an edgy twist. The other day John Corbett from 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' was sporting one, and singing country music. He was looking out of the world gorgeous! Thus suggestions are that you grow it long and give the side burns a diagonal slash parallel to the chin. Avoid going bushy- that looks a bit too tacky. Get it trimmed regularly. The style is easy to maintain (especially if you are the lazy type) and adds just the right amount of zing quotient.

LS Desk


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