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Dhaka Tribune

Thursday, August 8, 2013 Volume 1, Issue 16

6 Goutom Saha’s Panam 12

Styling the gentlemen


Enticing iftar at izumi


inside... Volume 1, Issue 16, Aug 8, 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

Goutom Saha’s Panam


The gentleman’s turn

Contributors Sabikun Nahar Maya Almuqtadir Navin Ahmed Agony Aunt Farah K Iqbal Tahsin Momin Auronee Islam M K Aarif Design Kazi Istela Imam Md Mahbub Alam Production Masum Billah Advertising Shahidan Khurshed Circulation Wahid Murad



2010 Mitsubishi Lancer returns



Cover Photo: Riyad Ashraf Model: Misha Wardrobe: Panam


Pretty fingers and tip-top toes

4 Tuned – A film with the Italian goddess 5 Tech & Turns - Samsung ATIV Book 9 6 Trial Room – Goutom Saha’s Panam 8 Tact – Beat the heat, stay hydrated 9 Tailored – Timing for a smooth transition 10 Tempt – All the pretty colours 11 Tempt – Pretty fingers and tip-top toes 12 Trends – Styling the gentlemen 14 Tell – Battling the years gone by 15 Take Care – Eat smart, sleep right 16 In Town – How the cookie crumbles 18 Trails – A memorial visit to Narail 20 Travel – HK the right way 22 Tags – Enticing iftar at Izumi

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Tuned Entertainment



Malena “I pedalled as fast as I could, as if I were escaping from longing , from innocence, from her. Time has passed, and I have loved many women. And as they’ve held me close, and asked if I will remember them, I’ve said: ‘Yes, I will remember you.’ But the only one I’ve never forgotten is the one who never asked: Malena” By Tausif Sanzum


One of the better fairy tale adaptations that Hollywood has recently churned out, “Jack the Giant Slayer” is the story of Jack, played by Nicholas Hoult. since childhood Jack was fascinated with the legend of King Erik, the man who defeated the giants and sent them back to realms of the sky they came from. After a series of events, the giants return to earth angrier and stronger than ever. The best parts of this movie are Ewan McGregor, the graphics and the action sequences. The downers are that the screenplay could have been tighter, and the love angle could have been sketched out better.


in Dhaka this week

Catch “Damages” on AXN, a show composed with technical brilliance, twisting plots and nonlinear narration. The story deals with the brilliant but ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes played by the five times Oscar nominee Glenn Close. While most mystery series unfold over a one hour episode, “Damages” deals with season long cases from the point of view of not only the law firms, but also the target. A brilliant Emmy winning courtroom mystery drama awaits you in “Damages.”

Remember those days of youth when you might have had an innocent crush on a teacher or a beautiful neighbour? There was always something innocent about these crushes, and despite having left the years of youth and innocence behind, remembering them will probably bring a smile to your face. The Italian movie “Malena,” starring Monica Bellucci and Giuseppe Sulfaro, explores the feelings of a 12-year-old boy for an older woman, who leaves an everlasting impression upon him. WWII is at its peak, and Malena’s husband, Nino Scordia, is presumed to be dead after joining the military. Malena moves into a new town, which she has a deep impact on. The townsmen are smitten by her beauty, while the women despise it. The tension reaches sky high when a woman accuses Malena of having an affair with her husband and takes her to court, where Malena is acquitted but publically disrobed by the women. Amidst all these events, 12-year-old Renato develops his first crush on Malena, but soon his fantasies turn

into an obsession as he secretly stalks her. The movie deals with the theme of beauty as a curse. The presumption that her husband is dead unleashes a series of both physical and psychological attacks against Malena. The story perfectly portrays how society’s gaze is always upon women. Men seduce her, while women taunt her, and she is the centre of attraction and threats. The movie’s director, Giuseppe Tornatore, must be applauded for brilliantly displaying the innocence of Renato’s love for Malena, depicted in the scene where Renato assumes that he is Tarzan and Malena is his Jane. He also does an excellent job illustrating the narrow-mindedness of society, such as in the scene when Malena returns to the city from which she was banished after her husband returns, and the same women who dishonoured her now acknowledge her with respect. Despite WWII raging in full swing and the city being bombed, unreciprocated

love blossoms in a 12-year-old boy, who is proof that love can blossom anywhere.




Neha’z Mehendi Eid Festival

Temptation Eid Carnival

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Red Vintage Eid Celebration Party

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Tech & Turns 5 App Watch

New Tech

Something for the little ones

Toe to toe with the big boys

We all love to indulge in apps, whether they are productive or not. But what about children? For all those tech savvy parents out there, why not share an app with your kids this time around? By Mahmood Hossain Not only is Pili Pop fun to use, but it’s also very educational. Its entire purpose is to teach children to learn and speak English perfectly. This award winning iOS app is the perfect learning app for kids aged six and above. With its main focus being to improve their speaking and listening skills, it even uses advanced speech recognition for better feedback on pronunciations. Motivation doesn’t lag either, as the app allows kids to lose themselves in fun and entertaining games that take them around the world. It truly is the best way for your child to learn and enjoy him or herself in the process. Pili Pop is the ideal app for those who want to enrich their children’s knowledge of the world. The games and learning lessons take the user all over the world, introducing him or

her to different cultures in countries like Mexico, India and Japan. The developers provide users with the best content possible, as they have worked with teachers and pedagogic experts, who have given their thumbs up in terms of level progression and content. This app also tracks your child’s progression throughout the levels, and will send a monthly, detailed progress report to your email. For more information, visit www. This app can be downloaded at the App Store for $4.99 (Tk390) and requires iOS4.3 or later on the iPad.

The new Samsung ATIV Book 9 can be regarded as direct competition to the Apple Mac Book Pro and HP’s ultrabook By Mahmood Hossain Samsung have been doing all they can to be leaders in every category. With the ultrabook market more competitive than ever before, the ATIV Book 9 looks to make a bold statement. This premium laptop is a very attractive prospect. Its LCD panel, fan and memory have all been tailored for its 0.51 inch (13.2mm) deep body. The gorgeous, sleek, full metal body is also resistant to fingerprints and marks, a characteristic to indeed boast about. The design itself is different than any other laptop in its class, so distinguishing between the sophisticated Mineral Ash Black coloured craftsmanship and other ultrabooks won’t be difficult. The ATIV Book 9 possesses a 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor, which makes multitasking smooth as butter. The addition of Bluetooth 4.0 only increases the speed of your regular

tasks. Viewing videos, photos, and eyepopping websites on the HD (1600x900) SuperBright Plus (400nit) screen makes for a mouthwatering experience. Unlike other laptops, the display is also antireflective, so you’ll have no problems in bright lit areas or out in the sunshine. It doesn’t stop there, as the auto-sensor adjusts the brightness of the screen

depending on where you take it. The 1.3 Megapixel HD camera also handles quite well for those video chat sessions. Overall, it’s one heck of an experience with this powerful and ultrathin piece of hardware. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 is priced at Tk127,888 in the Bangladeshi market. Also, limited stocks are available in EMI at Tk10,657 per month.


Predator instincts The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer returns with a sleeker look, crisp styling and sharper handling Compiled by Tahsin Momin Regardless of the Lancer’s age, its “shark-nose” front accent, pointed headlights and crunchy lines give it attractive attributes compared to other small sedans. Though the cabin is not as unique as the exterior, it features a pleasing and simple design, and the controls are logically arranged. Where the Lancer stands out from of her competition is in the realm of choice: the sedan offers two different motors, and the model line-up includes the legendary Lancer Evolution, which features a 291-horsepower engine and better handling than many sports cars costing three times more. You can keep your hand on the hood and feel the echoes of its rally pedigree. The entry-level Lancer sedan motor

is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder with 109 horsepower. Even though it’s equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, a CVT is also available for those who choose it. Fuel economy is rated at 12km/l (city) and 14km/l (highway). The Lancer Sedan is offered in GLX, GLS, GT and Evolution trim levels. The entry-level GLX comes standard with the manual gearbox/1.5-litre motor combo in addition to power windows and locks, a six-speaker, 140watt AM/FM/CD sound system, autooff headlights, a multi-information display and 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps. The GLS adds air-conditioning, keyless entry, as well as colour-keyed door handles, mirrors and chrome grille

surround. Unlike the GLX, the GLS can be selected with the CVT and 16-inch alloy wheels. The GT brings the all-wheel drive and the 1.5-litre engine joined with the CVT. Other additional options include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats and side mirrors, a roof rack, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Finally, the four-wheel-drive Evolution X features a sport-tuned suspension, Mitsubishi’s Rockford Fosgate infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, voice command functionality, a USB port, a rear spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels. Starting price: Tk2.8m and onward for the standard trim Tk6.5m and onward for the Evolution trim 3 year/60000km Warranty Available at: Rangs Motors Limited 215, Bir Uttam Mir Shawkat Sharak, Tejgaon I/A, 1208 Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Trial Room

Panam the fashion masterpiece!

The fashion savvy and passionate designer, Goutom Saha, has made himself a special position in the fashion industry of Bangladesh. His impeccable designer outfits have beautified many top models and celebrities, who are evidence of his expertise in styling different body types. This unique quality has made him the master of fashion, achieving tremendous appreciation for his work By Sabiha Akond Rupa


Model: Misha Photo: Riyad Ashraf Make-up and Hair: Farzana Shakil's

Trial Room


Saha started his career as a freelance fashion designer in 2005, and continues delivering quality work for his fashion boutique “Panam.” Specialised in women's attire, he became an international designer when he worked as a style consultant for an Indian periodical Bengali movie named “Shesher Kobita.”

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Tact Survival

Beating the dehydration blues With fasting and feasting in full swing this Ramadan, we often forget the most vital part of our meals: water. Once we begin huffing and puffing in the heat, we remember with regret how we gobbled down the piaju and jilapi for our last iftar, forgetting all about water in our food fervour. With summer doing its best to beat our spirits, dehydration slowly makes its presence felt in our dry throats and parched mouths. Follow Avenue T’s guide to making sure you can breeze your way through Ramadan, and enjoy a healthy, comfortable diet while fulfilling your daily requirement of 10-12 glasses of water By N Anita Amreen Iftar: Often, we mistake thirst for hunger, and end up eating way more than our bodies need. Try making fresh fruit juice such as pineapple or orange juice, and sip on it throughout iftar. The moment you break your fast, try and drink two glasses of water. One 500ml water bottle consists of two glasses. This will significantly reduce your hunger pangs and help you eat less. Once you are done with iftar, carry another 500ml water bottle with you, and sip on it until dinner. Dinner: Again, begin dinner with one glass of water, if not two. To ease up on your diet, try having soup, such as lentil or chicken soup for dinner. This

will also help ward off dehydration during the day. Vegetables such as unripened papaya and cucumber will also do wonders to keep you hydrated. Try having at least another four glasses of water by midnight. Sehri: Cut down on rice and have a lighter meal for sehri, such as brown bread. To add some fun to sehri, experiment with different yoghurt dips. Not only will yoghurt keep your stomach cool, it’s also a refreshing alternative to all the fried leftovers we usually have for sehri. Finish your meal with another two glasses of water.

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Tips & Tricks

Say goodbye to tailoring dilemmas

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Undeniably, the most exasperating person to deal with during Ramadan is your tailor. A misplaced button, a different coloured lace or an oversized fit – during the rush hours before Ramadan, tailors end up doing it all. Sometimes they say they forgot, sometimes they blame you for never mentioning a little detail, and other times they deny taking an order at all

Here are a few effective tips to really get what you want, and get it on time: Make him take notes: Every time you place an order, don’t allow your tailor to make illegible scribbles. Tell him to take elaborate, detailed notes. If necessary, write down everything for him yourself so that he cannot miss a detail. Also, ask him to show you the note when he delivers the clothes, so that you can compare the results with the notes.

Bully him: Tailors are usually swamped with work in Ramadan. As a result, it’s easy for them to forget or misplace clothes. The ideal way to keep him in the loop is to bully him. In other words, call him every other day, pester him for your clothes, and keep asking him when he’ll be done. Give him monetary incentives: When your tailor is done with one set of clothes, never pay him his complete dues, especially if you’re placing

a second order. Always make sure you owe him a substantial amount. Promise to pay that, including the current dues, once he’s done with the second batch of clothes. That way, he’ll be more inclined towards completing your second order, just so he can take his previous dues from you.

Tailored Style

His Style


A smooth transition

2 Two looks should be too easy You’ve got your work clothes and the sophisticated getup for the evening. The work clothes should be easy to get in and out of. The less time you take to change, the more time you can take to

look your best for the special evening. 3 Timing is everything You never want to rush when getting into your classy wear. This is why the former steps are important for a delightful evening. Give yourself an estimated time of when you’ll arrive home to change. Everything should be laid out on your bed and ready to go. Although these steps are so simple, men forget to take a step back and think things through. Being lethargic doesn’t help either. It takes time to look flawless, and while being stylish may come naturally, the entire process is premeditated.

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1 The night before your invite is crucial Get work out of the way before it begins by avoiding the food coma and laying out the outfits you will be wearing the day after.

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Summer combined with Ramadan is enough to leave anyone exhausted, and it becomes difficult to plan out a hectic day during this time. While we all have work during the day, we still have family and friends to attend to later on. Many may wonder how they can go from work to an iftar party without delay, which obviously calls for a rushed job Here are a few easy steps to help you prepare for the coming days and easily to help handle both work and iftar invitations (or any invite, really) with style.

In Fashion

Swap for moccasins Panjabis, sherwanis, achkans and what have you, are staples for a traditional and classy outing. For men, there isn’t too much accessorising with these looks, so why not mix things up a little? This season is all about fusion, respecting culture and welcoming the new, so let’s try to lose the opentoed shoes and opt for something a bit modern and sophisticated Loafers come in all sorts of designs nowadays, and the moccasin loafers are a stand out. For the more important and dressed up occasions, leather moccasins are a perfect fit. For occasions that are a little laid back, the suede moccasin driver shoes would be the go-to footwear with panjabi and jeans. Originally used by Native Americans, these shoes have an ethnic


Q: I’m a really built guy (some may say I’m a gym rat) and I like wearing fitted shirts. The only problem is that my nipples show when I wear T-shirts. Is there a way around this? A: A bra perhaps? Jokes aside, try wearing an undershirt. In most cases, that helps a lot. If that fails, my friend, there is really one thing you should be doing: stop wearing such tight shirts. It’s one way or the other. If you like being fit, embrace it and enjoy being a spectacle, but if you get embarrassed easily, really think things through. You’ve decided to have this figure, so try and work your way around it. Simply stop wearing such tight clothing. It’s very unflattering for any man. You want the clothes you wear to hug you, not squeeze you.

Q: Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of so-called “stylish men” wearing trousers and jeans that expose the ankles. The hem cuts off or is folded right above the ankles. I think this looks ridiculous, why do they promote this trend?

Moccasins and moccasin drivers, in both leather and suede, can be found in stores like Artisti and Ecstasy. feel to them and mesh quite well with contemporary styles. Let’s not forget how comfortable they can be, making it a relaxing process to slip them on and off from house to house. If you decide to wear these with a more dressed up look, make sure to avoid any loud colours. Stick to basics and choose simple colours, which are the safest and best way to sport the entire

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outfit. Also, note that you should not be wearing socks with these. Please don’t. What should be showing are the shoes, so whichever bottom you choose to wear, like jeans, make sure they are at or slightly above your ankles. Rolling them up won’t affect the look.

A: It all comes down to individual style. Trend setters start off in such a manner that they influence even the most stylish of men. It’s personal taste, and having the hem of a trouser fall right above the shoe is still perfectly fine. In fact, that’s how it should be. But there isn’t any harm showing a little ankle either. When you see this on GQ or other fashion sources, it’s mainly to show off the socks. It’s a selling point. If you can’t see how the item looks with an outfit, it becomes hard to sell the product. Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t mean it’s the ultimate trend, so don’t consider yourself forgotten if you don’t follow it.

Articles By Mahmood Hossain

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Tempt Hair

Colour me happy!

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.

Picking the right colour for your hair can be tricky. I always recommend colouring your hair at the salon by a professional. It is every hair stylist’s nightmare when a client walks in with a botched colour job from the box. There are a few things you must know to make an informed decision on the shade you pick By Sabikun Nahar

First of all, ask yourself one simple question: “What is my skin tone?” To determine your exact skin tone, the easiest thing to do is look at the veins in your wrists under a natural light. If you see green, you have a warm undertone. Blue would mean you have a cool undertone, and something in between would mean you have a neutral undertone. Taking a close look at the colours of clothes and make-up that suit you can also help, as choosing these colours follow the same theory. f If your undertone is warm and yellowish, its best to avoid yellow, orange or gold tones. “Cooling” ash

browns, burgundies and deep reds are your best bet f Choose darker hair colours if you have olive skin. Never go more than two shades lighter than your natural colour f Bright, striking colours flatter darker skin tones f If your undertone is blue and cool, opt for auburn or caramel to bring warmth to your skin tone f Extremely pale skin can look washed out if hair colour is too dark. Pick a natural red or ginger

To get the best results from a DIY boxed colour, remember: f Always pick a colour two shades lighter or darker than your natural shade f A semi-permanent colour can only cover greys, but cannot take you lighter f Do not leave the colour on longer than mentioned to avoid patches f Apply the colour to unwashed hair. The natural oils help keep hair safe from being too damaged in the process If you make a colour mistake, please refrain from trying to “fix” it with another box of colour, and see your stylist ASAP!

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Hair colour is an important and sometimes complicated issue, especially for darker complexions. So, over the next few weeks, I’ll be breaking it all down and discussing blondes, reds, browns and other colours, and how to achieve, maintain, manage and style each of these according to your skin and lifestyle

International Trends

Celestial style

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

Want to go stargazing? Don’t look up! Check the stores instead, as galaxy printed clothing has made it huge this season. Designers like Georgio Armani, Nicole Miller and Shane and Peacock, to name a few, have looked to the skies for inspiration for their Spring/Summer 2013 collection By Maya Almuqtadir This look is bold, futuristic and “oh so hot.” From tops and dresses to leggings and even shoes, this style staple is definitely not for the timid. There are plenty of online shopping sites that feature galaxy printed outfits, and if you don’t want to wait for the shipping, you can always strut down to our very own hawkers’ market to find tops and jeggings in this trend at reasonable prices. Try this new trend out so you can turn some heads with a look that is “out of this world.”





Pretty fingers and tip-top toes

Navin Ahmed has studied cosmetic techniques and management at Sheridan College in Canada. She has worked as a freelance make-up artist in Toronto, and is the founder of GALA Wedding Planners and Makeover Studio in Dhaka.

With the scorching heat outdoors, it’s time to flaunt your summery dresses. But before you step out, give your hands and feet a bit of TLC, and make sure to use sun block on your pretty paws By Navin Ahmed

Chapped hands: Dry, chapped hands are a real problem for anyone who enjoys the outdoors or does heavy housework. Try Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, available at Priyo Stores in Gulshan and Dhanmondi. Many perfectly polished beauties also swear that glycerine combats dry skin. A few drops of Meril Glycerine mixed with a little water can work wonders. It’s best to dilute the glycerine, which is very concentrated and can feel sticky otherwise.

Smudges: Apply varnish remover to smudged polish to smoothen it out. Let it dry, and follow up with a thin coat of varnish. Long-lasting varnish: When you are looking for a superior nail enamel, look out for the type that contains ground herring scales. This strange ingredient is known in the industry as “natural pearl.” It gives varnish an extra shine and causes it to stay true longer. Yellow nails: To prevent the discolouration that occurs with nail polish stains, always use a base coat of superior quality. If going without varnish, soak your nails in vinegar to get rid of the yellow tint.

Pale nails: Although pale nails can be hereditary, they are more often the result of poor circulation or anaemia. Take an iron supplement or add iron rich foods to your diet. Peeling nails: Avoid quick-dry varnishes that contain acetone, which can dry out your nails. Always file nails lightly, just enough to shape and keep the layers even. Uneven nails have a tendency to peel.

Brittle nails: Moisturise your nails with an oil or emollient. Try the oil from indside a vitamin E capsule. You can also use a nail hardener. Foot calluses: Always use a pumice stone when you shower. Razors and other cutters are not advisable, unless you go to a professional pedicurist. Corns: Corns can be extremely painful. Apply warm/hot pure ghee on the corn three to four times a day and once before bedtime. With regular use of ghee, the corn will pop without leaving a mark on the skin. Corn caps are also available at pharmacies.

Chipped varnish: Use a file to smooth out the chipped polish until the ridge is even with the nail. Apply polish only to the chipped area, and allow it to dry. Then, recoat the entire nail.

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The gentleman’s turn Gentlemen, you didn’t think we forgot about you, did you? This Eid, let’s try to do things right. As men, you’d think we wouldn’t have too much to worry about when it comes to dressing up for the special occasion. Wrong. For men, a sharp look is always in the details. It may not be as complicated as a woman’s wardrobe, but the little things, from head to toe, make the biggest differences. Before we dive into the different body types, there’s one thing you may not know. Regardless the style of clothing , the fit is the most important step to any outfit. It is the constant in all body types. We’ve already covered the more stylish substitutions for a traditional panjabi in a past issue of Avenue T. The swap has been made, and now here’s how to dress according to your body type. One huge advantage for the fit and healthy men out there is that suiting up in fitted clothing won’t be an issue. Getting the right measurements will have the clothing hug your figure – that’s how it’s supposed to look. But let’s be honest, most of you are sporting a gut underneath those layers of threads, and not all of us are blessed with genes that let us show off a lean and toned figure. Another truth is that Eid will result in you packing on a few extra kilograms, but the invitations and food can wait, so let’s get down to business. Whether you are wearing an achkan, angrakha, or panjabi, nothing will look great if it’s ill-fitted By Mahmood Hossain AVEN U E T TH U RS DAY, AUGUST 8 , 201 3



fall a little past your ankles. Again, you don’t want to look taller than you already are.

The short man

1 You have to be completely honest with yourself. Admit the fact that you are short, and buy or make short-length clothing. Don’t fight your height, embrace it. Make it work for you. Show confidence and comfortable stance. 2 A pant leg with a very little break will make you look taller. Whether you decide to wear pyjamas, jeans, or casual trousers, make sure the break falls right above your ankles. You don’t want the pyjamas touching the floor, they have to drop far enough that your feet still show. 3 The sleeves, like a suit jacket, should reach your wrist. Don’t go for anything shorter, and definitely not longer. 4 Sandals or shoes should be slender and light. Bulky and large heels are not attractive. The heavier the footwear, the more you look like you have a ball of chains hanging off your ankles. What not to do: • This should be an obvious, but don’t wear anything longer than you’re supposed to. If you thought it made you look tall, you’re deluding yourself. • Always stay away from wide designs and detailing. Getting into something slim is your best bet. “Slim fit,” remember to say that every time you try on something new.

The tall man

1 Illusions are the best part of styling. Light colours, believe it or not, add width to your narrow figure. 2 Just because you’re tall, don’t automatically think you need everything to be extra-large. Remember, fitting is vital! 3 Similar rules apply for taller men, your cuffs should reach a little past the wrist. When you stretch or move about, the sleeves should expose more of your wrist and the rest of the arm. Anything shorter will be unflattering. 4 The break for the pant leg should

What not to do: • Never wear anything that is wider in the shoulders. If you are tall and slender, this will make you look frail and unfit. • Footwear needs to a little more rounded. Do not wear anything pointy. They will make your feet look longer than they are. Most Bangladeshi men aren’t as tall as you, so cut us some slack and stay away from heels. You’re tall as it is, so you stand out. Anything more and we’ll find you a sash that reads “Prom King.”

The large man

1 A very cool trick for the round and large men is that you’ll find some pieces, like an achkan, that have a single front breast pocket. What’s that for? A pocket square. No lie, the pocket square will divert the attention away from your belly and towards your chest. 2 If there are any buttons in your outfit, always button them up! Unless you’re sitting down, keeping the buttons open will only make you look wider. 3 Wear solid colours instead of loud patterns and intricate designs. This won’t cut down on a sophisticated look, it’ll just keep you away from being an eyesore. You can still look smart without the flash. 4 Do try on numbers that have wider cuts and designs. This can be a bit tricky. You don’t want anything slimming, which will only make you look fatter. You don’t want a size larger than you are either. Again, like anything else, fitting is key. Your clothes shouldn’t be tight or even hug you, they should feel as if they fall on your shoulders just right. Not loose, but enough room for breathing. What not to do: • If you have a belly, never try tight fitted clothing. Never. Wearing black or vertical stripes do not slim you down in this case. The rules aren’t the same as wearing a suit. • Don’t wear slender and light footwear. You’re a solid man, and you need solid shoes. There needs to be something that anchors all that weight. When’s the last time you saw a 1.5m, 113kg man in ballet flats? Neither have we.

No matter the shape, you should know that following the right procedures and putting in the extra effort will only benefit your image. More importantly, your confidence will lay the foundation for future looks you may want to take a shot at. Grooming regularly and properly will also make a huge difference in your overall look. The best way to get the right look is to get your clothes made by the tailors. Of course, it’s too late for that, but there are plenty of events to come. It’s not just the clothes, it’s how you wear them and project them to the rest of the world. The right attitude and the right wardrobe will make you look like a million bucks. Trust me gentlemen, you’re worth it

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Tell Letters to Mars

Ticking biological clock She says she doesn’t want kids right now, but later. Later when? She’s 35-yearsold, and time is stopping for no one. D

I’m a 37-year-old married man. My wife and I dated for eight years before getting married. One year into our marriage, I brought up having a child, but she seemed the least bit interested. I know I’m pressuring her, but I’m ageing and don’t want to lose this opportunity. Her career has just kicked off, and she’s dedicating all her time to work. I know and understand her career is important, and have been understanding about her work commitments for as long as I can remember, but I can’t do this anymore.

Dear D, Perhaps your wife does not want children and feels satisfied with your relationship and her work. I have known a number of women who were happy with this decision. Where does that leave you? Talk to her in a quiet and loving way, and tell her about your concerns. Promise her you will take 50% of the responsibilities to look after the baby so that she is free to pursue her career as much you do. Do not forget to tell her you love her and feel very happy with her, and that a baby will be like a cherry on top of the cake. It would make you feel complete, and most importantly, you want “her” baby.

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, to see her clients, as well as counsel them on Skype. AA is also a ghostwriter for a renowned American magazine.


Letters to Venus

I’m a 27-year-old woman in a relationship with a man for the last three years. Before my current relationship, I’ve had two other relationships that didn’t end well. I’m a very insecure person, and get completely attached to whomever I’m with. Even if I’m facing the worst difficulties, I can never let go of who I’m with because I’m helplessly afraid of life without that special someone. This fear of loss stops me from breaking up, even if it’s the right thing to do. Is there any way I can learn to love myself enough to not be this dependent? K

Of course there is, dear K. Every individual wants to feel good about herself. To begin with, know that you are entitled to a good relationship. How do you get to feel entitled? 1) Observe your thoughts: if your thoughts are always about fear, you will encourage more fear into your mind. 2) Reassure the part of you that is not strong and independent, and replace fearful, judgmental or negative thoughts. Let’s assume you are Kavita, and you should say to yourself: “Kavita, you are okay, you are safe. Life likes you and wants the best for you. If this relationship does not make you happy, it is not for you. You live in a world of abundance, and when the time is right, the right person will

come to you with ease and joy.” 3) At first, it will not be easy, as you do not believe what you’re telling yourself. But as Shakespeare said: “If a virtue you have it not, assume it,” or as today’s idiom says: “Fake it until you make it.” And, as Shakespeare reminded his readers in King Lear, “practice makes perfect.” 4) We are creatures of habit: we get attached to our habits even if they are no good for us. Keep repeating the sentence above throughout the day, but especially when the doubts are stronger. You will be surprised how many of us are in situations like yours. Try the steps above, and let us know how it goes – you will give others courage to do the same.


Crossing the bridge By Dina Sobhan My daughter just hit puberty. Although I have managed to discuss the changes a girl’s body goes through, I haven’t been able to bring myself to talk about sex. What is the right way to discuss this topic with her? TR


Dina Sobhan is a free-lance writer, a part-time counsellor and a full-time mom

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Dear TR, I’m not sure there is a “right” way to discuss such a sensitive topic with a teenager. It greatly depends on how close you are to her, and the level of comfort you have with the topic. I suggest reading a couple of books or searching online for ways to address the issue. Having said that, if you’re comfortable and casual about the topic, and discuss the facts without any moral biases, you should be fine. Just be careful not to make her feel as though it’s something bad or wrong. You want her to be well-informed and prepared when she is introduced to sex, so she can make a decision that is right for her.

Take Care

Yoga to calm your nerves anywhere

By Auronee Islam

Pigeon Sit upright with both legs parallel on the floor, and cross your right ankle over your left thigh. If you want to go further, lean forward. Alternatively, you can sit on almost any chair in double pigeon, stacking your shins on top of one another with your knees and ankles stacked. Switch sides and repeat. Forward fold One of the primary benefits of the forward fold is the ability to turn your gaze and focus inward, calming your central nervous system. In a chair, fold forward over your legs and hold. Standing, you can either go into a full forward fold or grab hold of your desk and walk your legs out until your back is parallel with the floor, coming into a modified downward dog. Side twists A few twists are sure to loosen up a tight chest. In your chair, scoot up to the front and sit upright. Place your right hand on the back of your chair and left hand either on your right thigh

Auronee Islam is a student, teacher, and practitioner of healthy lifestyle through good food, fitness and spirituality. Her philosophy in life is to strive for balance and bliss in the mind, body and soul.

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Ever feel paralysed by worry and anxiety? Practise simple yoga to help soothe anxious feelings in your body. Although it’s not possible to walk through life with a yoga mat strapped to your back, or to drop into Down Dog position at the first sign of anxiety, there are definitely some yoga moves that you can do ALMOST anywhere, without anyone thinking much of it


or armrest, and twist to the right from above your navel. Hold for a few breaths and repeat on the other side. Pranayama (breath) When your heart is racing, always return your focus to your breath. Breathe in deeply through your nose, with an even exhale out – long, steady, and slow. Use your inhale to pull in positive energy, and with your exhale push out any negativity. If alone, let your breath out with a lion’s breath, opening your mouth and exhaling fast and forcefully with a “HA” sound.

Anjali mudra This mudra is where you bring both your hands to your heart’s centre and sit in quiet. It helps to make you feel  balanced and at ease within your body and surroundings. To modify, simply lay your hands over your heart, and channel good energy throughout your body. If you can, close your eyes and try to cultivate some silence within.


Sleepy time snacks

Eat smart, Sleep Right Have heavy bedtime binges kept you tossing and turning in bed, unable to get a good night’s rest? These healthy snacks will help you get to sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow By Avenue T Desk

l Chamomile tea is an amazing sleep aid. A cup of this caffeinefree tea can help you unwind at the end of a long day

l Bananas are chock full of potassium and magnesium, which are minerals that help relax overstressed muscles

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l A bowl of warm oatmeal is rich in magnesium and calcium and can support a healthy sleeping pattern

l Almonds supply your body with the proteins that can maintain a stable blood sugar level while you sleep .

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In Town

Cookie man

With a host of individualistic coffee shops catering to everyone from coffee-lovers to internet browsers to socialites, Dhaka offers foodies a multitude of restaurants, cafes, bakeries and coffee shops to choose from. What it once lacked, however, was an untapped niche, one little ripple in the current of eateries that was left untouched. Exploring that untapped niche, Razia Sultana and Rifatara Rashid decided to bring forth Cookie Man, the dream of every bon vivant with a sweet tooth and a pressing desire for indulgence By N Anita Amreen Photos: Cookie Man

Originally an Australian franchise, Cookie Man is a bakery that specialises in a wide assortment of freshly baked cookies and a variety of muffins, biscotto, brownies, etc. Be it crispy, crumbly, chewy or even lathered in chocolate sauce, they’ve got it all and more. Their baked goodies are divided into sections such as the “crispy crunchy cookies,” “indulgence cookies,” “choco dipped” and “handlines.” Going hand in hand with their cookies is their savoury menu, which consists of light snacks and both hot and cold beverages. If their savoury items don’t float your boat, their coffee from North End Coffee Roasters and their perfect lemonade concoction most certainly will. At a glance, the simplicity of the decor and rather straightforward, cafe-like interior will have you believe that Cookie Man is just another ordinary cafe. However, once you take a good look at their baked items, you’ll notice the wide range of sweet goodies on display. Crispy crunchy cookies have an assortment of interesting combinations, such as the coconut macaroon, chocolate cashew, almond tea, and regular favourites such as chocolate chip and shortbread. Among these, the brandy snap lives up to its name of being “crispy” thanks to its crunchy texture and thin size. Despite having these meagre virtues, it is still borderline satisfactory. The only downside to their crispy, crunchy


Cookie Man (next to Burger N Boost) Plot 93, Road 6, Banani, Dhaka Ph: 01713-123500 cookies is that they aren’t always available for sale in small quantities; they are usually sold in bulk. If you manage to get over that slight glitch in their sugary armour, it’s a safe bet to pick from the bakery’s indulgence section, consisting of caramel cashew, white choco raspberry, sticky date supreme and several more. The apricot supreme in particular is light, decadent and just sweet enough to give you that light apricot flavour. What the apricot supreme misses in terms of richness and taste, the milky choc chew makes up for. Composed of swirls of both white and milk chocolate, the milky choc’s chewy texture manages to nail the basics of any regular chocolate combo cookie: simple, chocolaty and perhaps pleasant enough to go for second helpings. What really takes the cake is not any of the cookies, but the caramel fudge brownie: beautifully crafted sheets of chocolate and caramel align to create a devilishly delicious brownie that lures foodies with its inviting folds. Composed of rich, chocolaty flavours cushioned with the velvety mush of the caramel, this standout item will make your taste buds stand at attention, demanding a satisfactory sigh.

In comparison to the reigning flavour and texture of this brownie, the milk chip brownie seems rather lacklustre. But what seems lacklustre in times of heightened senses may very well seem absolutely delightful when senses aren’t so blurred with intoxicating pleasure. That being said, the chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies do fairly well, proving to be just what you would expect, which should not be much given previous tastings. For those of you who don’t enjoy mushy textures, make sure to stop your waiter from warming up your cookies, as that is a practice they seem to be accustomed to. All in all, Cookie Man has managed to bring forward a unique experience in terms of diverse offerings and an oddly apt mix of a both savoury and sweet menu. Always open to suggestions, and constantly on the lookout for newer and better ways of doing things, the owners are shining examples of excellent customer service. With their store open before and during the festivities of Eid, don’t hesitate to give your palate an excuse to indulge in Cookie Man’s wide variety of sweets. Make sure, however, to go with an open mind and scanty expectations, without which a satisfactory exit cannot be guaranteed.

What really takes the cake is not any of the cookies, but the caramel fudge brownie: beautifully crafted sheets of chocolate and caramel align to create a devilishly delicious brownie that lures foodies with its inviting folds. Composed of rich, chocolaty flavours cushioned with the velvety mush of the caramel, this standout item will make your taste buds stand at attention, demanding a satisfactory sigh

Tucked In

Transforming old saris My grandmother used to tell me stories about how, in the old days, saris were literally burned to retrieve the real silver or gold that was used in the weave. Nowadays, rest assured, such materials are no longer used, and there are other ways to make use of saris no longer wanted By M K Aaref Curtains: A sari may not have enough material for multiple windows, but for one, average sized window in a room, it can really make a difference. Cotton saris are particularly great as drapes for the summer season. Wall hangings: If the sari is a heirloom once worn by someone special,

just hang it like a backdrop to accent a blank wall. If the sari is a vintage benarasi or jamdani, it becomes an instant conversation piece. Kantha: In spite of all the bed covers available in the market, nothing beats the comfort of kantha, a quilt made from well-worn, cotton saris.

Place mats: A sari can be used as a place mat, but it has to be quilted to be durable. Colourful saris made into place mats can spruce up a table for festive occasions such as Eid.

Tablecloths and runners: Provided that the table is not too wide, an old sari can be used as a tablecloth. You can attach curtain tassels at the sari's ends for an additional kick.

Pillow cases: If you're looking for a pillow-case design that is out of the ordinary and colourful, look into your wardrobe for a piece that can be converted. The border of the sari can be used to border the matching bedspread as well. Cushion covers: The sari’s borders can be used for framing the cushions.

M K Aaref is a trained architect and has been working in this field for the past 25 years. His expertise includes residences, retails , office spaces and hospitality related spaces


Horoscope Aries (mar 21- apr 19) There is no time to waste this week. Get started on everything you have put off for the past few days. This week is all about action. Taurus (apr 20- may 20) Although you will be quite emotional, try to derive strength from your emotions, and use them to meet challenges head on. Gemini (may 21- jun 20) Your ability to communicate freely will help you connect with loved ones. You will be able to build special bonds with others this week. Cancer (jun 21- jul 22) Your peace-loving self will strive to create a strong workplay balance. While getting too close with coworkers can be harmful, work partnerships will work in your favour. Leo (jul 23-aug 22) Sometimes, you’ll feel desperately lonely as you dwell on the past and the way things were. It’s time you focus on the future. Virgo (aug 23- sep 22) One wrong move, and you will lose the trust of your peers. Be careful about what you say and how you say it this week. Libra (sep 23- oct 22) You’ll feel inclined towards the arts this week, whether it’s watching movies or indulging in painting. You’re going to be attracted by the beauty in nature. Scorpio (oct 23 – nov 21) Maybe you can learn to forgive someone this week. You may not be able to forget, but how about giving that someone a second chance? Sagittarius (nov 22- dec 21) Don’t take your anger out on others, because they won’t understand what’s really going wrong. Try to share your feelings with close ones this week. Capricorn (dec 22- jan 19) Household chores will annoy you. Anything mundane will drive you to try out new, exciting ventures. Beware of losing control of your inhibitions. Aquarius (jan 20 – feb 19) All of a sudden, you’ll find someone you’ve known for years to actually turn out to be someone special for you. This week is all about discovering each other. Pisces (feb 20 – march 20) Your passion will be on the rise, and you’ll be tempted to stray away from all things safe. Anything dangerous and forbidden shall lure you.

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Narail About 100km away from Dhaka and situated on the banks of the Modhumoti River, Narail is home to one of the largest mass graves of freedom fighers who helped liberate our nation. In this city full of warmth, fishing is considered the most important source of income for those involved in agriculture. A trip to Narail would mean experiencing rural Bangladesh at its best, while visiting numerous other historical and notable places along the way! By Farah K Iqbal Photo couresy Tiger Tours What to do Since a journey from Dhaka to the dock is a bit long, a stop in the Teota Palace to stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh air outside the capital is highly recommended. Constructed by the 18th century ruler Panchan Chaudhari as his own humble abode, this palace holds many stories and secrets of the ancient past and is worth a visit. Afterwards, the next stretch of drive should take you directly to the ferry crossing, where a return visit is a must to witness otter fishing: an unbelievable fishing technique performed with the aid of otters. For history lovers, the Zamindar Bari Ghaat, a house with its own private dock, is waiting to share its stories as you enter through its doors.


where to stay The Aurunima Country Resort is a countryside and golf resort. Situated near the remote village of Panipara and the confluence of the Modhumoti River, this resort is about 25 minutes away from places like the Zamindar Bari Ghaat. The hotel’s suites are designed with modern amenities to cater to its guests’ comfort, and numerous outdoor activities are available for entertainment in the village.



What to eat Being near the river automatically means being able to enjoy fresh fish. Bangladesh is famous for its fresh water fish, which is cooked in a variety of ways. Whether fried, cooked in a curry, or even mashed as a bhorta, this fresh fish will leave a lasting impression on whoever tastes it, regardless of ethnicity and food preferences. So, remember to visit a restaurant while in Narail and try their fresh water fish to complete your trip!

Getting There

Getting to Narail is the best part of the trip. Anybody with an adventurous spirit is bound to enjoy the ferryboat trip from Dolodia to Petulia, which is a four hour ride from Dhaka. After that, another two hours on the road will lead you straight into the heart of Narail and towards your planned accommodation. Tiger Tours Limited offers tailored packages to Narail. For more information and assistance, please call their hotline numbers.

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

The writer is a team member of Tiger Tours

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Hong Kong More popularly known as Asia’s world city, Hong Kong is a cultural hub that provides travellers with an interesting sneak peek into Cantonese, Chinese and exBritish influenced culture. From internationally renowned malls to breathtaking sightseeing opportunities, this vibrant city has much to offer Compiled by Sabah Rahman What to do

Hong Kong Disneyland The perfect day trip for those travelling with children, this world famous theme park will surely not disappoint. Explore four different fantasy themed worlds, and ride the roller coasters to your heart’s content. Check online for hotel specials from the official website while planning your trip. Ladies’ market The market on Tung Choi Street has over a hundred stalls. Offering souvenirs, clothing and accessories, this market is every bargain hunter’s dream come true. Pick up gifts here, as the prices are probably the lowest you will be able to find in the city.


Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade This is where it’s all at! A stroll through the promenade will take you past the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Avenue of Stars and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, while distracting you with sights of the bustling Victoria Harbour.


Where to stay

What to Eat

Silverview Resort Holiday (Family suite: Tk7,800 per night) While the price may not be a steal for some, it will get you a spacious room big enough for a family of four in this Lantau Island hotel. Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel (Deluxe room: Tk35,000 per night) This luxurious hotel boasts floorto-ceiling bay windows, offering breathtaking views of the city. Make sure to try the lunch buffet, which is said to be the best in Hong Kong.

Chinese barbecue It’s hard to miss the beautiful sight of highly seasoned meat roasting on spits hung inside restaurants. Barbecued goose is a must-try for all those who have never experienced the joy of tucking into a tender piece of meat with the added texture of crispy skin dipped in plum sauce.


INDEX Fusion cuisine Hong Kong has some of the best fusion restaurants in the world due to its colonial heritage. You can find great East-meets-West creations at street stalls and fine dining establishments. Make sure to try the stir-fried beef noodles in “Swiss” sauce at Tai Ping Koon Restaurant.

Dim sum No trip to Hong Kong is complete without sampling a few steamed and fried bites of heaven. Most Cantonese families gather together on weekends for dim sum. Hong Kong has hundreds of restaurants with menus easy on your wallet, as well as fancy eateries where you’ll be able to splurge on more exotic concoctions.

Silverview Resort Holiday Ngan Kwong Wan Road Ph: +852 2984 8081 Hotel Nikko 72 Mody Road Ph: +852 2739 1111 Hotel Shangri-La Supreme Court Road Ph: +852 565 5050 Tai Ping Koon Restaurant 40 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Ph: +852 2721 3559

Hotel Nikko (Harbour view room: Tk22,500 per night) Overlooking the Victoria Harbour, this hotel is adjacent to Tsimhatsui East, an area famous for its shopping malls and restaurants.

Flights Malaysian Airlines flies twice daily, seven days a week from Dhaka to Kuala Lumpur, where connecting flights to Hong Kong are available

Globe Trotter Bunol, Spain Saxony, Germany

International La Tomatina Dixieland August 28 Festival Dresden May 12-19

Bangkok, Thailand Hong Kong, China 

Mount Abu, India Toronto, Canada

Jae Danupon Linkin ParkClassical Concert Kaewkarn Concert August 15 May 25

Summer Festival Riot Fest May 23-25 August 24-25

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Editor’s iftar at izumi


An iftar event held at Izumi was attended by corporates and wellwishers of Dhaka Tribune 1. Shariful Islam-Founder of Bangladesh Brand Forum



2. Bitopi Das- Head Of Corporate Affairs, Standard Chartered Bank 3. Zara Mahbub-Head of Marketing & Call Centre, Retail Division, BRAC Bank 4. Israfil Khosru-Managing Director, Alfa Corporation and Tafsir Awal Mintu-Director, Multimode Group 5. M Muntasir Alam- Group Chief Executive Officer, Interspeed 6. Fahima Choudhury Keya- CEO, Ogilvy 7. From left to right: Tahsin Saeed - Executive Director, Asiatic Events Marketing Ltd,Tahmeed Azizul Haque- Head of Corporate Communications, Grameenphone, Nazim Farhan Choudhury-MD, Adcomm


8. Ashraf Kaiser- Benchmark CEO





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