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At one end of the spectrum, we have an evil and horrifying thing known as acid violence. At the other end we have a very different world; we have the glitzy and glamorous fashion shows. What connection do these two things, that seem to be light years apart, have?
On February 3, a fashion show by famed designer Agnimitra Paul was held at the Grand Ballroom of Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel. The clothes worn on ramp were sold in an auction, the revenue from which was given to the Prothom Alo fund that helps rehabilitate acid victims.
"Every fashion show I do is for a good cause. Last year I did a fashion show for helping blind children. I hope that our contribution will at least bring a smile to some women who are victims of acid violence", a passionate Paul informed.
The fashion show had a very interesting structure: it portrayed Agnimitra Paul's perception of various times of day and night. Of course, since she is an artist, her imagination took the shape of colours and attires.
Each time of day and night has a different mood to it -- and hence different sorts of colours and attires come into play. The fashion show started off with the moods of dawn. Through the eyes of Paul, dawn is green, yellow and orange.
The models mostly showcased traditional wear worn in contemporary fashion -- saris, salwar suits and lehengas. The men, in sync with the women, wore panjabis and sherwanis.
Then, Paul chose red to portray the mood of a sunny afternoon. The ramp thus sizzled with red, perhaps signifying the heat of the sun.
Yellow and violet are the colours Paul sees in the dusk.
The fashion show portraying attires of the night were simply drop-dead gorgeous. The models shone with the exquisite jewellery of Jarwa House. The shoes were from Apex.
Many celebrities from India and Bangladesh walked down the ramp. Among them were Tisha, Nowshin, Bindu, Momo, Mim, Rituparna, Paoli Dam, Nobel and Locket Chatterjee.
Many other organisations, such as Menz Klub, Persona and Jet Airways supported the event. Desh TV ran a live telecast of the event.
As the fashion show ended, it was time for the auction. A generous amount of Tk.765,000 was generated for the acid victims. The bids touched Tk.200,000 twice -- one of these high-demand attires was worn by actress Rituparna and the other was flaunted by Agnimitra Paul herself.
A musical show was also organised after the auction.
Prothom Alo started their campaign against acid violence in 19 April 2000. The first injection of money came in from a day's salary of all the journalists of the newspaper. Now, readers and well-wishers of Prothom Alo contribute to the fund. The fund goes into rehabilitating acid victims by providing legal assistance, medical assistance, awareness programmes, etc.
It is an endeavour for which Prothom Alo and Agnimitra Paul should be congratulated.
By M H Haider
Shelves are the perfect solution to achieving a balance between generating additional storage in the home or office and creating an aesthetically pleasing display for showpieces. They are practical, adaptable, easy to install and portable.
Structurally, there are two types of shelves, those that are hung and those that are free standing. A wall-hung shelf can have a single surface or a group of linked surfaces. Its mount can be exposed, such as a bracket, or hidden by the shelf for a floating effect. A hung shelf can also be suspended from the ceiling by some sort of rope or chain. A free-standing shelving unit sits directly on the floor or on the top of a table.
This week's column discusses some unusual shelving options.
Paint bucket shelves
Cane basket shelf
Candle sconce brackets
Plant stand supports
Watering can brackets
NAZNEEN HAQUE MIMI
Rahima Sultana Rita
Ayurveda is a way of understanding nature. It seeks to solve problems by identifying their root causes.
In common practice, we are only concerned with external beauty. Beauty, however, must come from within. Just as it comes in two forms, so does health and it comprises physical and mental well being. Good health is necessary to maintain beauty. In fact, Ayurveda was originally a tool of the sages in helping people to be beautiful, inside and out, and making the body/mind as clear and balanced as possible. This form of healing informs us that beauty can come from a lifestyle dedicated to simply living in balance.
In Ayurveda, there are three different body types or doshas -- Vata (from ether and air), Pitta (from fire and an aspect of water), and Kapha (from water and earth). Individual constitution is acquired at birth and remains constant through life. Through Ayurvedic books, teachers, and courses, one is able to determine one's individual constitution and thereby knowing which direction to take for self-diagnosis purposes. According to these doshas, Ayurveda provides individual solutions for each skin types.
To maintain complete beauty, Ayurveda suggests some basic, healthy habits:
Healthy food intake: A person is what he or she eats. The first rule is to follow a diet to suit your body type (Vata, Pitta or Kapha).
Drinking plenty of warm water throughout the day. Avoiding heavy, cold food and taking light, warm and nourishing food.
Fasting at least once a week.Eating raw fruit alone and never as part of a meal.
Yoga and breathing exercises: Breathing exercises like the alternate nostril breathing, cleansing breath exercise and the 'bee' breath exercise are beneficial.
People who meditate regularly enjoy more beautiful, younger looking skin than those who do not. Ayurveda says that inner peace and happiness is a sure way to ensure both inner and outer beauty.
Some specific yoga techniques like forward bending, 'lion' pose, downward facing and some other poses are also very beneficial.
Proper skin care: Skin care regimes are an integral part of being healthy and beautiful. In Ayurveda, various massages and bodywork therapies form a part of the beauty treatment. Traditionally, a bride-to-be receives various beauty treatments days before the wedding. Specific facial services according to Ayurvedic therapies bring proper cleanliness, tightness of skin and longevity of your beauty. Whether you follow Ayurveda or not, the prime Ayurvedic beauty tipthat beauty inside and out stem from a balance of mind, body and spiritcan serve as a guide to everyone seeking natural beauty.
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