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Prim, proper and proprietors
Women Entrepreneurs' Association

So long past are the days of solely male breadwinner households that we would like to submit to them only in the scripts of Austen and the likes. Financial emancipation among women is a concept much more welcome and widespread in our contemporary world, and slower than others or not, our patriarchal society is following suit as well. And surprisingly enough, this does not only go so far as nine-to-five jobs. Bangladeshi women are slowly but surely making their marks as entrepreneurs and adding to the relief of it all, formal organisations exist to urge on those who tread and hope to tread such paths.

Set up a good thirteen years ago, the Women Entrepreneurs' Association, Bangladesh is the first non-political voluntary association of women entrepreneurs in our country. WEA works as a union designed to strengthen the interests of women entrepreneurs by enhancing their business skills, management techniques, networking capacities and corporate relationship-building abilities among others. They interlink with other organisations to provide information to their members, host workshops, participate in national and international seminars and facilitate workshops.

On June 15 2007, WEA arranged a half-day program titled “Women Entrepreneurs' Association- In Progress” at the Heritage Restaurant in Gulshan to showcase to the public, press and media the products of their endeavours. Approximately a score of their members set up stalls on the second floor of the restaurant and in between catering and boutiques to glass paintings and hospitality management institutions, variety and innovation were evidently well promoted.

Rokeya Rahman Bachchu, Rebecca Abedin and Tootly Rahman cater to consumer interests in apparels with their well-stocked collections of saris, salwar kameez sets and fatuas and their boutiques are called Shucharu, Gunjan and By-Deshi respectively. As concerns design and home décor, options to avail are Art Heritage in Pink City by Maksuda Mayeed and Melange by Shabana Ali, which is a well-respected brand name in itself specialising in contemporary and ethnic handmade décor. Working behind the scenes they have Rowshan Ara Mahmud of Delicia Frozen Snacks who provides frozen foods to supermarkets such as Agora. Following the same line of trade is Khurshida Rahman, accredited to bringing to our city the well-known franchises of Chicken King and Andersen's. Opting for a different pursuit is Rima Zulfikar who runs a catering and crafts school as does Rubina H. Farouq, Head of the Institute of Tommy Miah's Institute of Hospitality Management. Further worthy of mention as well is the latter's fulfillment of corporate responsibilities by promoting “Maer Achole Shelter”, a welfare organisation for street children. And of course since women, beauty and femininity somehow always manage to equate themselves to each other, one of their members, Keya Shelley, has been successfully running several branches of Women's Style Beauty Parlour for the past decade and a half. Nurjehan Sakif Tabani however chooses a different line of trade, by supplying different types of mishti paan and a variety of fillings. Lastly we come to Reflections, a brand producing decorative art glass and the proprietor of which is the President of WEA, Sabrina Islam.

Hats off, heads bowed, hand clapped- however you want to put it- this one is a toast for the ladies!

By Subhi Shama Reehu
Photo: Zahedul I. Khan


Keeping fit

Fitness is the password to success and prosperity. If you are mentally fit then it is easy to be physically fit. However one must think positive and rest to maintain a healthy body and mind. The mind should always be fresh and rational.

Keeping up with a fit physique can be a tad tough. Diet and exercise are the keys to fitness. Talking about diet does not mean that you cannot eat all those mouth-watering, fatty, high-cholesterol food. People who are connoisseurs of food always stay away from the word 'diet'.

A proper diet does not always mean you have to eat fresh green vegetables. Occasionally it may also consist of meat, milk products and sweets. Most doctors, these days, advise you to have light food at home and rich food at parties. While eating, it is very important that you do not stuff yourself. The amount of food intake should be controlled as over-eating may cause diseases and early death.

Just a balanced diet is not enough to stay fit. Exercising is also essential. Sports are good for health. Maybe a dip in the pool, a walk in the park or cycling around the bush may be enjoyable. This gives you pleasure and at the same time helps you stay fit. Being active is imperative. Sitting home, watching T.V. and rusting your bones is a big no-no to being fit. Television often distracts viewers from socialisation.

Relaxation unlocks another door to a healthy life. One must have adequate sleep each day. Stress may overshadow your proper diet and active diet. Therefore caffeine, cigars and alcohol should be avoided. You should not also be a parasite on pills to make you relax or sleep.

Remaining fit does not mean spending portions of your money on diet schemes, exercise routines or a meditation class. Fitness is about having a clear mind and feeling healthy. Keeping everything in mind one may lead a jovial active life because when you look good you feel good. A healthy person always runs faster in life.

By Fahreen Faree

Check It Out

Bibiana in monsoon

With the rains creating havoc on every other aspect of our lives, why should fashion be left out of all the fun? The fashion houses of the city have plunged into the monsoon fever with new collections embracing the season and likewise Bibiana has introduced a new line as well in light fabrics that will be showcased in an exhibition. They have left little restrictions as concerns colour scheme, incorporating patterns of flowers and leaves into numerous shades and tones. Their salwar kameez sets range between Taka 700-2000, men's fatuas and panjabis between Taka 300-600 and Taka 300-1500 respectively. Their saris ask for minimum and maximum amounts of Taka 350 and Taka 4000. Jewellery at Bibiana is reasonably priced between Taka 50-300. To celebrate the exhibition, Bibiana is offering special discounts of 10-30% from the 20th to the 30th of June. So if you're looking for a new look this monsoon, make sure you stop by Bibiana at House # 23, Road # 6, Sector 8, Uttara.

-LS Desk


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