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Dhaka Tribune

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Volume 1, Issue 20

6 TALK In conversation with Mehruz 13 Check out

Taming that female temper


inside... 4 Tuned - A run with dark eyes 5 Tech & Turns - Sony tempts the crown 8 Tact - Coming of age 9 Tailored - Wrapped in linen 11 Tempt - Your do’s and don’ts of fashion 12 In Town - AppleBox Films new digs 13 Tease - A short gentlemen's guide 14 Tell - Breaking boundaries and commitment issues 15 Take Care - Yoga in a sensual form 16 Tucked In - Get rid of the stink and stains 17 Tucked In - Bites of strawberry cheesecake 18 Trails - Up north in Sirajgonj 20 Travels - The capital down under 22 Tags - Preview into a conflict within

Volume 1, Issue 20, Sept 12, 2013 Editor Zafar Sobhan Magazine Editor Ishtiaque Mahmud Avenue T Team Mahmood Hossain Sabah Rahman N Anita Amreen Bassema A Karaki Najmal A Nadvi Sabiha Akond Rupa Photography Syed Latif Hossain Sadia Marium Shekhar Mondal Kazi Syras Al Mahmood Contributors Sabikun Nahar Maya Almuqtadir Agony Aunt Farah K Iqbal Tahsin Momin Natasha Rahman Fareeha Chowdhury Samira Mostafa Nahiyan Tausif Design Istela Imam Md Mahbub Alam


Brilliant brunettes


Strawberry cheesecake bites

6 a new

face in men’s fashion

Production Masum Billah Advertising Shahidan Khurshed


Circulation Wahid Murad


Email: Website: Cover Photo: Topu Model: Nibir Adnan Nahid Wardrobe by Mehruz Send in your queries, views, suggestions at


Off Track Music cafe and restaurant celebrates its 1st anniversary

Off Track Music cafe and restaurant celebrated its 1st anniverassary of Wari branch. The ceremony was hosted on the rooftop with live music from Maksud and Dhaka, Warfaze, Prometheus and Moruvumi. Off Track Managing Director Engineer Md Shafikul Islam Tuhin was present at the ceremony.

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Tuned Entertainment


Music Review

Half Moon Run A look at their latest album ‘Dark Eyes’

“We’re the Millers” teams up a drug dealer, a stripper, a runaway girl and an 18-year-old “virgin” boy to pose as a family to get back money from a drug lord. A fresh premise coupled with the star power of Jennifer Aniston makes this a perfect getaway movie for the weekend.


God is on a vacation, angels are being killed off by Lucifer and the door to purgatory has been opened, unleashing leviathans all over the world. So it falls upon the Winchester brothers to save the world from complete doom. Catch the seventh season of the cult series “Supernatural” on AXN.

Half Moon Run is an indie rock band from Canada. The trio consists of Devon Portielje (main vocalist, guitarist and occasional drummer,) Conner Molander (backing vocalist and guitarist) and Dylan Phillips (backing vocalist, percussionist and keyboardist.) Inspired by both classic and modern composers, the members put together complex arrangements of music that make them both mesmerising to watch as they shuffle between instruments and striking to listen to. The band’s latest release, a debut album called “Dark Eyes”, does a beautiful job of incorporating folk, rock and pop indie with just a hint of electronica. Half Moon Run’s music is all about the hooks, and the catchy nature of their music often leaves a long-lasting taste. The captivating intros and bridges often build up to a somewhat moody chorus that leads to short bursts of jamming during the interludes. The musical foundations are usually extremely atmospheric and, when added to the delicate guitar/piano lines and melodious vocal harmonies, result in a unique and memorable concoction of music you would want to listen to on repeat. Though most of the album’s songs can be enjoyed as just singles, Dark Eyes is best experienced as a whole. A great deal of the experience lies in the inconsistent mood of the tracks. The transition from one track to the other

By Nahian Shah

makes you go through an array of emotions that feels just right. All in all, Half Moon Run has a very original taste in music that easily attracts a variety of audiences, and Dark Eyes has a very strong and deliberate feel to its music. The album is definitely worth checking out, especially for fans of the genre.

Most of us heard about the movie “The Help,” but it’s always better to read the book that a movie is adapted from. Mainly the story of Skeeter Phelan, “The Help” is about a white girl from a rich family who tries to narrate the stories of black maids who raise the kids in white people’s homes.

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in Dhaka this week

Read September


Fri 13th

Westin Blues & Jazz Night

PONDS presents “The Lustrous Runway. Edition III

Time: 8:00pm Venue: Westin Dhaka, Gulshan 2

Time:8:00pm Venue: The Grand Ballroom, Radission Blu, Dhaka

Memorable tracks:

• Full Circle • Call Me In The Afternoon • She Wants To Know • Give Up • Judgment • Drug You • Nerve • Fire Escape • 21 Gun Salute

Tech & Turns 5 App Watch

New Tech

A heart to heart

Long live the king

It’s as if Instagram and Pinterest decided to get hitched and gave birth to an inspirational baby By Mahmood Hossain We Heart It, in a sense, is a very similar app to the popular ones of the bunch. Nowadays, there’s an application for almost every aspect of life and a platform to share every detail. We Heart It serves as an inspirational hub in which users from all over the world upload and share images that motivate them, pictures that serve to inspire others.

While the app seems to have a feminine touch, with the pink heart and hordes of female related images at the start of the app, that shouldn’t deter you from testing it out. Just like any other social networking app, this also gives you the choice of following other users and categorising. You can tag away all you want while exploring each term, which results in more related images. Searching for the pictures you want is a standard option that can drive you away from the non-masculine images. However, for women, this will be a joy to use. You’re probably thinking: “Oh, God. Not another one of these.” Maybe you won’t be too far from the truth, but as mentioned, this caters to a certain market. It’s designed to hold and present all that is positive. It’s easy to use, and really easy to understand. If you’re already familiar with apps like Instagram and Pinterest, this should be a cinch. If you want to upload or “create” your own image, you can swipe from the left to bring out the options and categories. Again, none of the procedures should seem foreign to regular smartphone users. You will have to create an account though (username and password,) but that’s free, just like the app itself. This app can be downloaded for free on both the Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.

For quite some time now, the MacBook Air has been the reigning king in its class. In fact, it gave birth to a new genre of ultrabooks The new MacBook Air 13 boasts plenty of impressive specs, but hold on a second, there’s a challenger waiting to knock the king off its throne: the new Sony Vaio Pro 13 Touch By Mahmood Hossain This ultrabook aims to crush the top dog, and it should be a jaw dropper for the anti-Apple crowd. First off, Sony does what it does best. The design, like the recent crop of products, such as Xperia Z, is extremely sexy. Weighing less than 2.4 pounds, the laptop has an ultrathin and light feel, and its gorgeous display presents a 13.3-inch, 1080p touch screen, with 1920x1080 being the max resolution. It’s something the MacBook Air is clearly left biting the dust on, and it doesn’t stop there. The Vaio houses an Intel 4th gen Core i5 (1.6GHz) or Core i7, depending on your choice. With 4GB (up to 8GB) of RAM and a 128GB (up to 512GB) hard drive, multitasking in the Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) is seriously smooth. The Intel HD Graphics 4400 makes viewing a pleasurable experience, with a silky

more. From its performance to its drool worthy design, the Sony Vaio Pro 13 has a rightful claim to the throne. Sorry, too much “Game of Thrones?” Regardless of who holds the crown, this has to be the best ultraportable laptop in the market, and it’s worth its premium price, starting at $1,299 (Tk101,000.) and fluid transition from one frame to another. The Sony Triluminos Display is so magnificent it’ll make you cry tears of joy. The moment you lay your eyes on this beauty, it will leave you wanting

Check out the other noteworthy specs: Video: HDMI; Intel WiDi-ready Audio: Stereo speakers, headphone/ microphone jack Data: 2 USB 3.0, SD card reader Networking: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, NFC



Like most people on the street, your first impression of the car might be: “What is that hideous looking thing? And why is it so small?” Well, to be honest, the car isn’t half as bad as it looks By Tahsin Momin First of all, the Daihatsu Copen is one of the strangest car breeds ever designed in Japan. That being said, it makes for a damn good drive. Yes, it has a puny body and a little 660CC turbo charged engine that produces only 70BHP, but the short wheelbase and FF layout make it a really fun car to throw into corners. Even though it will understeer in most cases, that’s not the main bugbear. The main worry is when you’re harsh with the steering and attempt to hammer the car into a corner, as the lack of engine power leads to a slow

exit out of the corner. On the other hand, making this car behave is very simple; be gentle on the steering and it becomes completely docile. Try carving the corners instead of cutting them. This car somewhat reminds people of their first car with its underpowered FF layout, the type that won’t kill you even if you go over the limit. It has a pretty decent interior, but the best part is that it’s a convertible. Have you ever heard of a hardtop convertible in this price range? Think of it as a shrunken version of a Mazda MX-5. As much as

you would love to appreciate it with a bigger engine and a RWD layout, that would take the car into a higher tax bracket. And to make matters worse, the shorter wheelbase of the Copen would make it twitchy and dangerous to drive. Overall, the Copen is a bit too pricey for a car of its size, but if you are a proper driver and fancy cruising down the empty roads in an open top while saving fuel, then you’ll get around to loving this little gem that Daihatsu has to offer. Check out other noteworthy specs: l Engine Capacity:


l Power:


l Torque:


l 0-100Km /h:

9.5 seconds

l Fuel consumption:


l Price:

Tk2.1m and up

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A small collection with large

ambitions Mehruz Chowdhury

You can easily reach your goal if you’re passionate and deserving towards your aim. Mehruz Chowdhury, an aspiring menswear designer, is solid proof of this, and he talks to Avenue T about his dream to change the fashion industry By Sabiha Akond Rupa Photos by: Topu Model: Nibir Adnan Nahid

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1 Tell us about yourself. I wouldn’t call myself a fashion designer yet, as I strongly believe being one requires a great deal of knowledge and skill, but I am an aspiring menswear designer. I’ve always been interested in fashion, but never thought I’d end up choosing it as my profession. After graduating from school, I studied business in Australia (Deakin University), where I ended up switching majors three times! Though I graduated with flying colours, I realised I held no passion for any of the majors I had studied. However, I was too afraid to choose fashion as my career path, since in Bangladesh fashion designers are not held in high esteem. When I first told my friends and family I wanted to be a fashion designer, most responses were around these lines: “Dude, bored aunties do stuff like that!” or “This profession is for dumb girls who can’t get into proper universities but have rich daddies to open boutiques for them. Why on Earth would you, being a MAN with a business degree, study that?” or “Why do you need to study fashion design to be a designer? Just copy the designs off the internet and make them at a much lower price here!” Fortunately, I had a small number of friends who believed in me and thought I had everything it took to pursue a career in fashion. With their support, I decided to enroll myself in Raffles Institute of Higher Education in Dhaka to learn the very basics of fashion design before applying to schools in Europe. I studied in Raffles for a year, and with the help of the most amazing lecturers I have ever met in my life, I started working on my college applications to schools in Milan and London. The applications require a portfolio portraying a mini collection of personal fashion work, and that was how I created my first menswear project “0.1,” which helped me get accepted into the Menswear programme of London College of Fashion in the UK.



3 What difficulties did you face while creating this collection? There were many limitations to creating the collection. Research for primary inspiration is crucial for designers. Sadly, there aren’t many resources for fashion research in Bangladesh. We don’t have any fashion exhibitions or any mediums where fashion work can be viewed and appreciated. I had to rely completely on the internet for my research. I spent months figuring out what elements of Grand Prix would go into the designs, how differently I could use the elements, and how practical they would look once the designs were established. I had to draw over a 100 looks before I selected the final seven. One of the major obstacles I encountered was getting the exact materials I decided on during my design development stage. I had to travel to a factory in Gazipur to get Jersey-knit cotton, Sadarghat to get nylon, trims and Velcro, Hazaribagh to order leather and Islampur to get cotton. Once I had everything, the production was carried out smoothly. We have highly skilled tailors who can perform fantastic jobs if guided properly. 2 Tell us about your mini-collection. What was your inspiration? “0.1” is a small menswear collection of seven looks for the Fall/Winter of 2013. The collection consists of sports jackets, parkas, coats, shirts, full-sleeved shirts, T-shirts and trousers. My inspiration for this collection came from racing suits worn by racers in Grand Prix auto-racing. I took out the protective and functional elements seen in race suits and applied them to everyday garments worn by men. My collection naturally turned out to be very sporty and appealing to the youth, although I also wanted the garments to be as classic and timeless as possible. My inspiration was not too obvious in the designs, and I didn’t do anything too drastic in terms of shapes and structure of the garments. Rather than focusing on the shapes, I gave most of my attention to the details, making them as similar to Grand Prix outfits as possible. I used a lot of drawstrings, top-stitches, elastic cuffs, metal zippers, Velcro openings, decorative shoulder patches, diamond stitches and everything that may remind you of the race suits worn by the Grand Prix racers. I didn’t want to create something that would look hideous next year. I wished to create a minimalistic collection that fashionable men with an eye for details would consider as an investment for their wardrobe.

4 What do you want to do in the future? After completing the Menswear programme in London College of Fashion, I want to work in an international fashion house where I can hone my skills and learn about the industry upfront. I also want to work my way up and perhaps become head designer. Ultimately, I want to have my own label of menswear clothing, but I feel a few years of work experience under my belt will help before I start calling my own shots. 5 What are your favourite fashion designers and fashion houses? My favourite fashion designers are Raf Simons (creative director of Christian Dior,) Alexander Wang (creative director of Balenciaga,) Stefano Pilati (head designer of Ermenegildo Zegna,) John Paul Gaultier and Maison Martin Margiela. I also look forward to the collections of Tom Ford, Salvatore Ferragamo and Prada every year.

Checkout Mehruz Chowdhury’s complete mini-collection here: search?search=mehruz

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Redefining ourselves As children, our parents and elders always made us aware of the distinction between good and evil. Lying is bad, stealing is evil, and speaking back to adults is bad manners By Tausif Sanzum As we grow, we change our beliefs according to circumstances. Lying becomes acceptable in certain conditions, speaking back to adults who interfere in our “personal” lives becomes our birth right, and stealing from someone who earns more or is in a better position than us becomes justifiable. There is always a dilemma of what is the right thing

to do and we are continuously at war with our conscience. There is an old saying that you are the best judge of yourself. When a particular act requires justification from your conscience, that’s a clear sign you’re doing something wrong. Life has become so fast that we tend to ignore people, though it might be unconsciously. Somehow that affects

our rapport with the people around us. Even if we realise it, a lot of times we tend to ignore it by justifying to our conscience that we are so much in a rat race that we cannot pay attention to everyone. Next time you ask your friend or colleague to do something for you, remember to give her or him a compliment once it’s done. You will

notice she or he will do a better job next time. Learn how to be genuine without being blunt. The way you handle situations reflects your persona, so inspire people around you instead of terrorising them. Allow everyone to share their views regardless of whether you agree. Feel good about doing good, and make your life simpler. Photo: Big Stock

Mummy Diaries

A breathtaking heartbeat I know if my heart weren’t beating, I wouldn’t be alive, but there was someone else’s heartbeat that mattered more than my own. Right before entering my second trimester, I had the best experience of my life, I witnessed a miracle with my own eyes By Samira Mostafa

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Samira Mostafa is a full time mther, a free lance qualitative researcher and education consultant at the Dhaka Tribune.

I went in for a checkup as usual, and lay down for another ultrasound. The doc began pressing the funny, blunt stick over my belly, which was filled with water I had just gulped down for the best results. But this time, something different happened. The doc turned the monitor and asked: “There, you see the heartbeat?” My husband and I stared at the wiggly lines going up and down on the screen, and at that instant we heard the doc murmuring: “Why don’t we hear a heartbeat? We should be able to hear it as well.” I looked at him blankly, hoping that was not a bad sign. Then, he realised the speakers were off and turned them on. Within split seconds, we

could hear the rushing heartbeat echoing through our ears, and it was the best sound we ever heard. I felt like jumping with joy, but that was not a viable option. Hubby and I left the office with a happy, jittery feeling. All I could think about was the baby’s heartbeat. Such a tiny thing was beating inside me. It was the first real sense I had as a mother. I touched my tummy every now and then, hoping I’d be able to hear the heartbeat from outside (which I knew was not possible,

but there’s nothing wrong with imagining good things!) As time passed, I kept track of all my baby’s growth and development, and had new experiences throughout the months.

Tailored Style

His Style by

Linen closet Linen is the epitome of summer ‘cool,’ not only for its lightweight and

comfortable properties, but also because of all the different cuts and colours it comes in. The fabric offers the right amount of charm with a touch of finesse, and is a must-have for the warmer months. Before trying linen on, you have to know how to wear it the right way

An all-white linen suit combined with the right accessories will give off a vintage look. As classy as that can be, the modern day cuts allow gentlemen to be more playful and lively when it comes to linen suits. A standout combo would have you choose a navy or sky blue suit with a chocolate brown belt and suede shoes. To add more flavour, an all brown suit goes well with a white or even pastel green shirt. There’s a certain casual elegance to these combinations, but you don’t have to limit yourself to wearing an entire linen suit. Wearing contrasting colours is a great way to stand out and turn the modern cool up a notch. Pairing a white, sandy or tobacco brown linen blazer with dark blue or grey trousers makes for a perfect contemporary look. Whether you decide to wear a suit or try contrasting outfits, keep in mind


that too much of the same thing lacks panache. In other words, try wearing lightweight cotton or chambray shirts with your linen suit. They simply look better and seem much lighter. Even though the linen items are a summer given, you can actually wear linen suits well into autumn days. As long as the colours are darker (navy or brown,) feel free to visit your closet for more linen.

Red, white and blue The colours of the national flag of the French, the Americans and the British have found their way into fashion. From bold striped polo shirts to the inner linings of trousers, this detailed trend has become quite popular with most labels. The tricolours can also be found in casual and semiformal fabric belts, which are perfect for colour blocking. A solid white polo or casual shirt paired with navy trousers will do well with a belt of that style a wristwatch? Check. Boxers? You bet. There’s a touch of sport with elegance to this favourable design. This trend is not only famous in American or European brands. You’ll find it right here at home in all the major outlets. Since it’s not as dominant here as it is in the international scene, make sure to keep a lookout out for items that do sport this tricolour touch.

Q: I’m finding it very difficult to wear a suit every day to the office in this hot weather. Is there an appropriate alternative for office wear? A: There shouldn’t be a problem wearing a suit to the office in the first place. You should be comfortable in an air conditioned office, right? Regardless, you can easily opt for a waistcoat. You’ll still look buttoned up and classy, if wearing just a tie and shirt is out of the question. If you have a three-piece suit, it should be easier to put on the waistcoat and leave the suit jacket at home. This way your arms and armpits will get some breathing room. Remember to mix things up. The waistcoat doesn’t necessarily have to be from the same suit or outfit. You can also buy standalone waistcoats with different designs, although getting them made would be your best bet.

In Fashion

Red, white and blue go so well together that you can’t go wrong sticking to these colours. However, keep in mind that too much patriotism can be an eyesore. In other words, if you have one tricoloured item, it should be the only one in your look, and if one item doesn’t suit you, there are many more. That’s no joke. You’ll find this design in almost every fashionable item you can think of for the rest of the year. On a bow tie? Check. Fabric strap on


Q: There are a lot of people who say you should match your socks with your pants. That rule should never be broken. Is that true?

Be one of the first in line and pave the way for the rest. Keep it stylish, gentlemen Articles by Mahmood Hossain

Style tip: make sure your linen suits are pressed because the fabric wrinkles naturally, and as chic as a natural, wrinkled look is in the streets, it’s not suitable for the office

A: If you want to follow the “rules,” it’s perfectly fine. Sure, the socks should match the trousers, but keep in mind that’s not the end of it. These basics steps are only a guideline to help you with your style. It becomes too much of a uniform if you keep at this route. The entire process is about evolving and advancing towards your personal style. There is always something that will set you apart from everyone else. The socks do not need to match your trousers. Black trousers don’t always mean black socks, nor do grey trousers always mean grey socks. As long as there is a clear and flattering contrast between the two, you are in a good position.

Photos: Big Stock

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Tempt Hair

Brilliant brunettes A dark ash blonde base with light blonde highlights is probably the most highly demanded hair colour in our salon. It’s a long process that requires high maintenance, as regrowth can be a nightmare, but the results make it worthwhile. If you’re looking for a change and don’t want the same hair colour as half the people in Dhaka, turning into a brunette bombshell can do the trick. Brown hair is a lot easier to maintain, requires less damage control, and goes easier on the wallet By Sabikun Nahar

Feel confident about your colour choice and head over to your hairstylist. Prove that brunettes can have more fun too! Photos: Big Stock

r Avoid picking a brown with and warmth or “red” in it. Rather, opt for a rich, deep chocolate brown or caramel tone which will enhance the colour of your skin and eyes, making them pop! r Rather than getting the exact same shade from root to tip, get a deeper shade on top and one to two shades lighter on the bottom. This keeps the

colour up to date, adds dimension and does not look flat. I call it the “almost ombre” look! r A sulphate-free shampoo is a must to keep the colour from fading (the 400ml body shop rainforest radiance shampoo and conditioner is available in all major stores at Tk1,200)


r If going from light to dark, remember to change your make-up to a more dramatic eye or a bold lip colour to complement your hair makeover r Spending too much time in the pool or under the sun during summer can cause the colour to fade and become patchy, so beware

Sabikun Nahar is a professional hair stylist and make-up artist who has worked in Sydney, Australia, following her graduation at Toni&Guy Sydney International School of Hairdressing. She now owns and operates HairBar in Dhaka.

Visit Folk International in Gulshan 2 to grab some of the lush pashmina in stock. Stores like Aarong and Jatra have an array of woven and Scarves are truly an ubiquitous item in Dhaka: you see them everywhere! tie-dyed scarves to please the Women often use this versatile piece of fabric as a quick cover- up. Not only pickiest shoppers, while Sopura Silk are they a quick way to spice up your look, scarves are a very wallet-friendly Mills carries a beautiful collection of raw silk, batik scarves in different accessory . lengths. Get creative this spring and People in this city can consider themselves lucky, as Dhaka has a huge variety explore the many different ways to tie a scarf or even loop one around of scarves to offer By Sabah Rahman your waist as a belt.

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Beauty Session

By Sabah Rahman

Q: I am getting married soon and I'm afraid of getting my make-up done at a beauty salon. I’ve seen some of my friends resemble ghosts on their big day due to make-up that made them appear too white. How can I avoid this? A: The total transformation of one's face can indeed produce frightening results. If you want to avoid taking a risk on your big day, your best bet would be to do your own makeup. This will only work if you are confident enough in your own skills. You can even ask a friend who knows how to wield her beauty tools. If there is absolutely no way out of having to go to a beauty salon, take your own foundation and powder along with you to avoid risking the use of colours that do not match your skin tone. Don't be afraid to speak up! Guide the beautician step by step, and be very clear about what you want from the moment you sit on that swiveling chair.

Q: How do I decide between powder and cream blush? Is there really a difference? A: If your skin is very dry, you may prefer the creamy version of blush. Powder blush has more staying power on oily skin. This doesn't mean you can't experiment until you find the formula that works best for you. The general idea to remember is that powder blush will create a defined look, while cream blush gives your cheeks a more natural and glowing flush.


Fashion dos and donts By Maya Almuqtadir

d Don’t wear horizontal stripes if you have a heavier stature. The horizontal lines will accentuate the wideness of your body. Opt for vertical stripes that are thin to elongate your figure d Do wear bright colors and bold prints, but remember too many colours and prints can look busy and clumsy d Don’t be fooled by the size on the tags of clothing. Try it on and check for fitting. Different retailers follow different size charts, so you may be a medium at one store and a large in another

d Do wear proper undergarments under your clothing. Proper fitting bras, panties and girdles can do wonders for your figure in terms of how the clothing fits and looks

d Don’t be afraid to try different lengths of kameezes. Just because everyone is wearing long lawns, does not mean you can’t go short and vice versa

d Don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone when it comes to fashion. Try something new

d Do invest in a nice black blazer so you can dress it up and down

d Do wear clothes that fit. Tops and kameezes that pull at the chest make the upper body look wider, and bottoms that are too tight cause muffin tops. Be sure to sit after you try something on to see if it’s too tight. Shoulders should always be fitted and should not slouch down either

d Don’t be afraid to wear western trends at the office. You can look tasteful and well put together if you stick with neutrals and use pops of colour with scarves and make-up d Do play with your wardrobe. Mix and match your clothes, and don’t be afraid to go outside the box once in a while

Maya Almuqtadir is the designer and owner of Mayali, as well as a practitioner of fusing international and local trends.

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In Town

Exhibition, chitchat and much more at AppleBox Films’ new office By Tausif Sanzum

Walking into the new office space of Applebox Films will leave you pleasantly surprised with the homely environment set within a busy, commercial avenue. The use of wooden walls, floors and glass doors gives a classy and yet cosy touch to the premises, and the walls of the first two rooms are filled with artwork by the budding young graphic designer Kazi Istela Imam.

This exhibition marks the beginning of Applebox Films’ plan to promote young, talented artists bringing something new to the table. The recent exhibition called “Mixed Tape” consists of the artist Istela’s artwork, which was inspired by music and spans from sketches to collages to mixed media Engaging in gossip with Murshed Bipul, the associate director of Applebox Films, revealed a lot of interesting facts about the organisation. Approximately 1,200sq feet of the office’s 3,000sq feet premises are dedicated to creating an open space office environment. This open space consists of a gallery for exceptional artists to display their works, and a cafe where employees, facebook fans and clients of the organisation can chat over a cup of coffee. Future plans

include hosting cultural events in a very cosy, homely environment, having a library, and beginning piano classes to attract kids and get them involved in cultural activities. We spend a major portion of our lives in the workplace, and Applebox Films takes that into consideration by creating an office environment far from monotonous – a model of inspiration for other offices. On the work front, the production company aspires to make a film in the near future and expand globally. Currently, it is trying to overcome challenges to make an impact in an industry that gets minimal support from the government. Working to make a change with a bunch of enthusiastic young talents headed by the gifted Piplu R Khan, Applebox Films seems to be on the path to making a huge impact.

For all those budding talents interested in work relevant to Applebox Films, make sure to visit their fan page on Facebook www.facebook. com/ and leave a message, or simply drop by their new office in Banani, where they will warmheartedly welcome you, provided you bring something new and fascinating to the table

Photo Courtesy: Applebox Films

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Three ways to incite her anger Once the fire of the female temper begins burning , it’s next to impossible to tame that monstrosity. You listen, you respond, you cajole, you console, only to aggravate her further, struggling to cope in the inferno of fury. What in God’s name have you done wrong? Read on to find out By Natasha Rahman “Honey, you’re PMSing” The gravest error men make when reacting to female temper is saying: “it’s just PMS talking.” There never was a more infuriatingly annoying and aggravating response. Use the golden rule of silence when you are unsure about what the “correct” response is, because truth be told, there rarely ever is a perfect response.

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“Are you mad?” Well, of course she is! On several accounts, it will justifiably seem that the woman of your life has gone cuckoo. Do you call a mad woman mad? Yes, if you want her to tear you to pieces with her razor sharp tongue. At times you don’t even have to utter the words, and she knows just what you’re thinking –

you are secretly pondering upon the utter triviality of her complaints. Not only must you keep your tongue firmly pasted to the back of your mouth, you must also take up a look of genuine sympathy. “You’re wrong” If you’re looking for a brief holiday away from the hustle and bustle of your wife’s constant chatter, there is no need to take permission. Your ticket to peace will come in the form of two words: “you’re wrong.” Nothing angers a woman like these two lethal words. If you must disagree, make it seem like it was her idea in the first place, and perhaps you two can take that holiday together.

Form is temporary, class is permanent

Here are the rules of engagement: 1 It’s all about her, not you. In a conversation, try to figure out as much as you can about her. Talk less, listen more. Only disclose enough information to last an entire conversation. And if she’s clever, she’ll be doing the same. You want to leave things left to desire. 2 The little things matter the most. This should be a given. Holding doors for her, pulling out a chair for her to sit, and letting her wear your jacket when it’s chilly – these are all musts. Again, ladies first.

3 A rule you should never break, otherwise consider yourself a failure: all the attention should be on her. Women appreciate this, especially when all the attention is coming from the man they desire. The moment you break stride, glancing at another woman will bring you to a full stop. It’s game over. Ultimately, you want your approach to be genuine. Don’t make the mistake of letting her think and not believe you are for real. At the end of the day, rest assured, she’ll be wanting to see more of you. More importantly, she’ll be wanting to experience more of you. Keep it classy, Dhakaites.

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Many women tend to believe the old ways are over. Gentlemen have become a rare breed. While this may be the case, chivalry does still exist, and you should never fall under the same category as men who lack it. Instead, become part of the ancient order of men whose behaviour exudes class and makes women swoon. Unless you are a natural, it’s not easy to charm a lady. Keep in mind that this is an intellectual pursuit; it’s body language and speech with a charming diction By Mahmood Hossain

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Tell Letters to Mars

Crossroads I am a 27-year-old man working in a local bank, and have been dating one of my co-workers for the past year. Initially, I thought things wouldn’t get too serious, but I began falling for her, and falling hard. I can see myself having a future with this woman, but the only problem is that she is a Hindu, and I’m a Muslim. I know my family will never approve of me marrying her. They are conservative and narrow-minded to say the least. She wants us to elope, but that’s not how I want to approach this situation. Do you believe eloping would be the best option? Lost Dear Lost, Eloping? Nowadays? You are not a teenager, but a responsible man who earns his own livelihood and is in love with a professional lady who does the same. Of course, for some people a different religion is an issue, but if you both truly believe in your love and your future together, go and talk to your parents by reassuring them of your dedication to each other. After all, the divide is only religion. Yes, I say “only” because


love and respect are the important components of a marriage. Respecting religious and cultural differences means respecting human beings who love and enjoy life and struggle through similar situations as we do, but who go about it in a slightly different way. “Vive la difference,” quite aptly say the French: let us celebrate diversity. Your

marriage will be richer because of the diversity. If her parents do not agree to the marriage, keep going back to them and show them how serious you are about your commitment. In the end, loving parents will want their daughter to be happy.

Our Agony Aunt is a life coach, a relationship coach, as well as a corporate and organisational consultant. AA lives and works in Bangladesh but travels extensively around the world to give seminars and see her clients, as well as counsel them on Skype. AA is also a ghostwriter for a renowned American magazine.

Commitment phobic

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I’ve been in the perfect relationship for the past five years with just the usual ups and downs. When looking at the big picture, there isn’t really much I can complain about. I’m 33-years-old and have always wanted just one thing: for him to put a ring on my finger. In all these years, I’ve managed to bring up the topic of marriage twice, and both times he said he wasn’t ready for this conversation. He avoids the topic like the plague and just won’t talk to me about it. His parents and mine have agreed that we are both financially stable, and the only thing stopping this marriage from happening is him. What’s wrong? Well, he is the best person to answer

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this, but I presume he could be one of the many men in their thirties who believe that marriage means the end of freedom. Often, men in this situation do not want to “grow up.” They base their views of commitment on their parents’ experiences, who may not have much of a marriage: a nagging

Letters to Venus

mother, a father who is always out, constant fights. Negativity is one of the most contagious diseases, and it spreads among friends. Sometimes, a friend who is unhappily married may say to his friends how lucky they are to be free. Talk to your boyfriend candidly, telling him you are ready and would like a date for your engagement to happen in the next two months, and a wedding to happen within the next six to eight months. Give him two weeks to think about it. Do not threaten him, but with great security in your voice and posture, tell him you have the right to know, as you are ready to be with him for the rest of your life. If he cannot come up with an answer, rethink the relationship. It does not take years to know people are suitable for marriage. Good luck, and have faith in yourself and in what you want.

Aries (mar 21- apr 19) You’ve been expecting a lot from people lately. While this is okay, you should ready yourself for a time when people won’t be as accommodating of your demands. Taurus (apr 20- may 20) You’ll be on a high from all the accomplishments of the past few weeks. Don’t let this get to you, as people will only trample on your arrogance. Gemini (may 21- jun 20) Just when you think you’ve made it, reality will suggest otherwise. This week may be a struggle, but you will get by somehow. Cancer (jun 21- jul 22) Any secrets you’ve been guarding will itch to come out. Maybe trusting in a good friend or two will help you share the load. Leo (jul 23-aug 22) You’ll feel dependent on close ones this week. Constantly craving companionship, you may find a true friend in the most unexpected of people. Virgo (aug 23- sep 22) Sparks of the romantic kind will fly this week. You’ll find yourself cherishing the heady emotion of falling in love again. Libra (sep 23- oct 22) Misunderstandings will be cleared this week as your communication skills improve. There will be better understanding between you and your partner. Scorpio (oct 23 – nov 21) You’ll be ready to blow up in outrage any minute. Everything will annoy you this week, but if you keep yourself under control, there is a surprise in store for you. Sagittarius (nov 22- dec 21) While you’ve been greedily eyeing everyone else’s successes, you’ve forgotten how to constructively chase your own dreams. Focus on what can be done, rather than what has happened. Capricorn (dec 22- jan 19) A change is in the cards, be it a minor or a major one. You’ll have to mentally prepare yourself to adapt. Aquarius (jan 20 – feb 19) On the work front, you will not be as satisfied or as excited as you initially were. You will feel that your life is lagging behind when it comes to those around you. Pisces (feb 20 – march 20) Again, you have started filling up your container of emotions, unable to express your hurt or pain to others. Try to share your feelings in little doses, it will help.

Take Care


Proper pigeon pose This pose is perfect for tight hips because it stretches the hip rotators (the buttocks area) and the hip flexors (the long muscles that run along the front of your thighs and pelvis.) If you practise it consistently, you’ll notice an increased suppleness in your body, since your pelvis is the central hub of your movements By Auronee Islam settle, press your fingertips firmly into the floor and lengthen the sides of your waist to help keep your lower back long and free from strain.

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Keep your waist long Start on all fours, placing your hands directly below your shoulders, and your knees below your hips. Bring your right knee forward until it touches your right wrist, keeping your right thigh parallel to the sides of your mat. Slowly, inch your right shin and foot toward the midline of your body until your foot is directly below your left hip. Now, straighten your left leg towards the back of your mat. Instead of leaning forward, walk your hands back and lower both sides of your pelvis toward the floor. As your pelvis releases, be sure your hips don’t lean to the right. You need to keep your hips as level as possible to get the full effects of the pose. As your hips continue to

breaths in the forward bend, inhale to come back up. Press down through your fingertips as you lift your hips away from the floor and transition all the way to the Downward Dog position. Take five deep breaths and observe the sensations in your body. Then, switch to your second side.

use your arms to support more of your weight. If you have space to spare in your hips, lower your torso and let your weight settle onto the floor. Look at your front thigh. Make sure it’s parallel to the sides of the mat and that your front foot is directly beneath your back hip. Continue to breathe into your hips and allow your belly to melt towards the floor. After five to10

Fold into the stretch Walk your hands forward, inhale deeply as you lengthen your torso, and exhale as you fold forward, lowering your elbows to the floor. If the stretch feels too intense, lift away from the floor and


Starting out: On your way to looking sleek and sexy

By Natasha Rahman

It’s finally time for you to skip the excuses and address the nagging layers plaguing your body. Whether it’s time constraint or plain laziness, we all give ourselves excuses not to work out. Here’re four Youtube workouts that you can quickly fit into your schedule without pulling a muscle or two Long Lean Dancer’s Legs Pilates Long Lean Dancer’s Legs Pilates is a great challenge for beginners who want to start with a workout that will tone your quads, calves, gluts and lower body. The main technique involved is to stand tall like a dancer and focus. Trying this out for a week should make your lower body more comfortable to move on to intermediate levels of training.

Sleek and Sexy Arms for beginners Sleek and Sexy Arms for Beginners is especially for women who want to show off their sleek, sexy arms and bid goodbye to batwing arms forever. By focusing on the “mind over muscle” theory, this workout will give your arms the sculpted triceps that look fantastic when you go sleeveless.

Kill that Muffin Top for Beginners Kill that Muffin Top for Beginners is a specially crafted workout that works on the muffin top that sticks out of your skinny T-shirts and low waisted jeans. Oblique twists and candlestick dippers really target your obliques and give you that envious killer waist.

Fabulous flat abs for Beginners Fabulous Flat Abs for Beginners is a great way to get the fat burning in your stomach to reveal those beautiful muscles beneath the fat. The key is to breathe right: inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Deep exhalation always accelerates fat loss and gives your body that extra kick it needs to attempt a difficult workout.

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Tucked In Decor

Putting a stop to the stink

M K Aaref is a trained architect in practice for the past 25 years. His area of expertise includes residence, retail and hospitality related spaces.

Bangladeshi culinary habits are rather odorous, and with increasingly compact dwellings, the lingering odours of food throughout the house have become almost inevitable. What smells nice on the dinner table may not have the same effect in the living room. Even a kitchen with generous windows cannot prevent the waft of ‘baagar’ (caramelised onions) permeating through the household By M K Aaref There is more than one way to prevent this problem from happening. One is to have high velocity ventilation fans that suck the kitchen air towards the outside. The other is to install a kitchen exhaust hood on top of stove units. Efficient exhaust hoods have a carbon filter panel that traps various odours, and almost all of them have a metal mesh panel that traps various particles, especially oily ones. A kitchen exhaust hood prevents the spread of grime in the kitchen, and its panels can be cleaned every couple of weeks by detaching and soaking them in soap water or a bit of ammonia. Space permitting, the trend nowadays is to have two kitchens, an internal one with an oven and stove top for fancy cooking and baking, and an external one for the desi style of cooking that usually has only a dual gas burner. These two kitchens have clearly demarcated separations that prevent odours from seeping through, and this is the best way of preventing an odorous house.

Tips & Tricks

Fighting stubborn stains immediately rushing to scrub it off, the stain remained, stubborn and defiant. Endless trips to the laundry seemed to go in vain, and the helpless shirt had to be discarded. As heartbroken as you were, the lesson was learnt. Whites would be worn with utmost caution, and the fear of stains would keep you miles away from venturing anywhere near dinner tables. This week, Avenue T gives you an insider’s guide on removing stubborn stains using simple home remedies. Not only are these remedies easy to follow, they are also extremely effective. Remember that favourite white shirt that you accidentally spilled tea on? Despite

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Curry/oil stains For oil based stains, sprinkle a generous amount of baby powder on the stain as

By N Anita Amreen

soon as it occurs. Wait a minute or two for the powder to soak up the oil. This will make the oil reach the surface of the fabric, making it easier to get rid of. White clothing Lemon juice is the ideal bleaching agent when it comes to cleaning whites. If there are any persistent stains, squeeze lemon juice on them and leave the whites out in the sun. Afterwards, wash the whites as you normally would. The bleaching agent in lemons will remove the stains. Candle wax With the current load shedding situation, many times we are left with good old candles. However, once the power cut is

over, tabletops and countertops are left with the remains of candle wax that do not want to budge. Place a paper towel on top of the stain, and iron it. The wax will melt and get stuck to the towel. Perfume stains If you want to soak a yellowing perfume stain, use some white vinegar on the stained area and then wash. However, this is only a good home remedy if the fabric isn’t too flimsy. General food stain The moment you stain your clothes in a restaurant, immediately ask for club soda. Pour it on top of the spill to prevent the stain.

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Strawberry cheesecake bites Strawberries have always been my favourite fruit, and I’m so glad that they are readily available in Dhaka now. Having them in grocery stores here means we are open to a whole new world of possibilities. They can be added to various salads, desserts and drinks for more texture, tanginess and balance. This recipe is one of my favourite, go-to dessert recipes whenever I have company. When serving food, I try to think out of the box and pleasantly surprise people. Unusual recipes always spark interesting conversations. Strawberry cheesecake bites are easy to make, fun to eat, and always turn out well. There’s absolutely nothing hard about this recipe. Even the worst cook \ couldn’t mess this one up!

Fareeha Chowdhury is an avid food enthusiast and professional cupcake baker. She studied courses in pastry techniques at the French Culinary institute in Manhattan. Ingredients l About 20 strawberries l 1 package softened cream cheese (8 oz) l 1/2 cup powdered sugar l 1/2 tsp vanilla essence l 1 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice l 5 digestive biscuits Directions: l Wash and cut off the top, including the leaves, of the strawberries and scoop out the inner portion of the fruit to make it hollow with a small knife l Crush the digestive biscuits in a small bowl into a powder and set aside l In a separate bowl, mix together softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, lime juice and vanilla. l Using a spoon, fill in the hollow portion of the strawberries with the cheesecake filling, and dip the top in the digestive biscuit mixture to coat it l Repeat this step for all of the strawberries, and there you have a plate full of yummy, fresh and summery snacks

By Fareeha Chowdhury Gardening

Sowing tomato seeds

With Bangladesh’s climate not being fit for all kinds of fruits and vegetables, tomatoes are one vegetable that is very easy to cultivate in our climate. It’s easy to sow and usually cultivates within two weeks time. For large, regular sized tomatoes, it’s advisable to grow them in the ground, as for the smaller variety, it’s better to grow them in hanging baskets By N Anita Amreen

Step 1 In a pot, pour in seed compost, only leaving a few centimetres below the rim. Take the tomato seeds and scatter evenly over the compost. Cover that layer with vermiculite and then water it. Keep the pot

covered Step 2 When seedlings begin to appear, uncover the pot. Step 3 Check to see if the seedlings grow to approximately 10cm in height. Once they have reached that height, pot on the seedlings. Plant them deep into the pots

Step4 To help the tomatoes to move in the breeze, fan the seedlings for five to 10 minutes a day, twice a day. This will help the plant develop strong stems Step 5 Sometime around two weeks later, harden off the plants before moving on to planting them in their final position

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Outlined below is the step-by-step guide to grow your very own tomatoes:

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Sirajgonj Sirajgonj, a district in Northern Bangladesh close to Calcutta and Narayanganj, was once considered the jute trade centre of the country. Bordering Bogra on one side and holding many historical sites within a small radius, this district provides its guests with the best that North Bengal has to offer and welcomes them with warmth and hospitality

What to eat The Dhanshiri is an extremely popular restaurant that has become known as one of the best places for Bangali fast food not only in Dhaka, but throughout the country. Whether you’re craving a plate of chicken biryani or kichuri and an egg curry, each of the restaurant’s dishes will bring out the authentic flavours of Bangladeshi cuisine that make it hard to resist! When looking for a snack, be sure to try out the roadside phuchka while visiting the sites around Sirajgonj.

By Farah K Iqbal What to do First up on your itinerary should be a visit to the Hatikumrul Navaratna temple, which is believed to be 300 years old and has similar architecture to the Kantanagar temple in Dinajpur. Your hike should continue to the Vabanipur temple complex, where you will be able to see the age-old ruins of the ancient shrine, and then to the Kherua mosque, which was built by Mirza Murad Khan in 1582 AD. Although it is not the last of sites, the Nawab Palace is a must-see for those who want to explore the ruins of the ancient jemadars who ruled over North Bengal.

where to stay The Rural Development Academy has a guesthouse in Sirajgonj sufficient for tourists wishing to spend the night in between sightseeing. Conveniently located in the hustle and bustle of town, the guesthouse provides comfortable accommodation at reasonable rates in a quiet compound of its own.

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Getting There

Buses and trains are the best way to reach Sirajgonj. There are nonconditioned buses that head from Dhaka to Sirajgonj every hour, and every train that is bound to North Bengal has a stop in Bogra, which is a 15 minute drive from Sirjgonj. Dhumketu Silk City, a train bound to North Bengal, would be our recommended mode of travel to reach Sirajgonj, and it takes about five hours to get there from the capital city. Tiger Tours Limited offers day trip packages to Sirajgonj.

INDEX Hotline numbers: 0184 145 5500, 0184 144 5500 or e-mail: http://bangladeshunlocked.

The writer is a team member of Tiger Tours Photo: Syed Zakir Hossain

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Sydney Sydney, internationally acclaimed as a high-ranking city, has a conspicuous way of drawing tourists despite the trip’s heart stopping cost. Why, you ask? Well, aside from the obvious (its immaculate climate all year round and prominent looks, which are enough to drive any traveller pining for a stay there,) Australia’s largest city features a plethora of cultural riches and a heart-stirringly beautiful harbour, which remains unsurpassed to this day. Throw in the sun soaked beaches, sandstone coves and numerous other icons decking the city, and you’ll find yourself whisking your way to the Australian embassy, desperate for a visa By: Muneeba Fakhrul What to do Get blazed on the beach Bondi Beach may perch the tip of your tongue at the first mention of Sydney’s beaches, but hold that thought. While it’s unarguably a fantastic beach to lounge in and frolic under the sun, it’s also awfully touristy. To escape the hordes of tourists and indulge in a wonderful sense of serenity, head across the Harbour Bridge, where you’ll discover beaches like Manly and Mona Vale, which are just as remarkable as the Bondi Beach but much less crowded.

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Blue Mountains Less than a two-hour drive from Sydney, the breathtakingly beautiful valleys, soaring cliff tops and tumbling waterfalls await your arrival. The Three Sisters, the Blue Mountains’ most spectacular landmark, is a mindboggling rock formation set against the bluish grey sky to create a magnificent silhouette. If you get bushed from all the mountain trekking and adventurous activities, lose yourself in art and craft galleries, fine dining, shopping and the refreshing spas instead.

Explore the Sydney Harbour To say the least, you cannot visit Sydney without touring its harbour. In addition to being the emblem of Australia, the harbour also lodges the globally acknowledged Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the world’s largest steel arch bridge. The first thing on your agenda must be to get in one of the ferries or speedboats on the harbour and enjoy a dinner cruise while the soft, swishing wind ruffles your hair as

you glide across the bay. If you have a penchant for mounting heights, then climb the unique arches of the bridge to indulge in the panoramic views of Sydney. Also, bear in mind that you can’t afford to miss the behind-the-scenes tour of the Opera House, which surveys the building’s famous architectural history.


Where to stay

What to Eat

Y Hotel Hyde Park (Tk6,000 and up) Offering spacious rooms and warm, contemporary interiors, Y Hotel Hyde Park is situated in the CBD adjacent to Hyde Park and Oxford Street. Seconds away from the darling harbour, it houses a cafe, guest lounge and internet kiosk.

Pavlova A delightfully delicate dessert, pavlova, is an all-time Aussie favourite. A meringue shell with a moist, marshmallowy centre and a light, crisp crust, this dessert is typically crowned with oodles of strawberries, colourful berries, kiwi fruit and freshly whipped cream.

Chiko rolls Scrumptious by nature, chiko rolls are perhaps part and parcel of Australian life. Inspired by Chinese spring rolls, they are composed of chopped mutton, grated onions, cabbage, finely sliced celery and cooked rice, all of which is tucked into a long tube of dough and flour with a pinch of spice.


INDEX` Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia

Manly Beach N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095, Australia Mona Vale Beach New South Wales, Australia Sydney Opera House Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia Ph: +61 2 9250 7111

Cambridge Hotel Sydney (Tk12,000 and up) This award winning, four star hotel consists of a grand total of 149 guest rooms and suites, many with balconies overshadowing the glittering city. Within easy walking distance from the heart of the city and shopping precincts of Crown and Oxford streets, its facilities include 24-hour reception and room services, high-speed internet access and a secure car parking lot.

Sydney Harbour Bridge 3 Cumberland St, the Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

Lemingtons This traditional Australian cake looks deceptively simple. Tiny sponge cakes are coated with a thick layer of chocolate frosting and then flaked with shredded coconut that will melt in your mouth and leave you licking the plate for more.

Blue Mountain QLD 4737, Australia Park Hyatt Sydney 7 Hickson Road, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia Ph: +61 2 9256 1234 Cambridge Hotel, Sydney 212 Riley Street, Surry Hills, NW, 2010 Australia Ph: +65 6226 3310


Park Hyatt Sydney (Tk70,000 and up) This five star hotel is deemed ideal for the international, jet-setting elite, and is set drifting in the water. Sporting exquisite waterfront restaurants, private dining rooms, a spa, bar and recreational facilities, Park Hyatt Sydney also bestows its guests with spectacular harbour front views of the Sydney Opera House.

Malaysia Airlines has daily flights from Dhaka to Kuala Lumpur, where connecting flights to Sydney are available.

Globe Trotter 2013 Singapore Grand Prix Saxony, Germany

Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore International September 22nd

Dixieland Festival Dresden May 12-19

Bangkok, Thailand All over the world

International Day of Jae Danupon Peace Kaewkarn September 21stClassical Concert May 25

Mount Abu, India St James’s, London

Raindance Film Festival Summer Festival May 23-256th September 6thOctober

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(from left to right) K S Radhakrishnan, Nawshin Khair, director BGAL, Reena Lath from Akar Prakar Kolkata, Qayyum Choudhury, Shahabuddin, Subir Choudhury

(From left) Mimi Radhakrishnan with visitor

Artist K S Radhakrishnan

Conflict Within: Ascending/ Descending Figures Indian sculptor K S Radhakrishnan inaugurated a show of sculptures titled “Conflict Within� in Dhaka Art Lounge on September 7th in collaboration with Akar Prakar Kolkata and ICCR. Listed as one of the top five solo exhibitions by Indian artists in Asia by ArtInfo, the exhibition showcases a multitude of figures in ascending and descending states, evoking a flurry of movement and energy. The exhibition will be on until September 21st Photos by Sabiha Akond Rupa

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Avenue T Volume 1, Issue 20  
Avenue T Volume 1, Issue 20