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Dhaka Tribune

Thursday, May 23, 2013 Volume 1, Issue 5

Haggling your way through Doja Do Do you you plead, plead, request, request, argue argue or or negotiate? negotiate?


inside... Volume 1, Issue 5, May 23, 2013

11 Stylist shades for the summer


N Anita Amreen Najmal A Nadvi

The art of haggling at Doja

Shekhar Mondal

Zaki Adnan

20 Travel The Venice of the north!

Tilat Khayer Su Jorgensen Musarrat Rahman MK Aaref

Cover photo: Latif Hossain Models: Sabah Rahman and Istela Imam

short for 10 Go the win! Girl’s 6 Diamonds: best friend

4. Tuned Sounds beyond your imagination 5. Tech & Turns Google inside Apple 6. Trial Room Girl’s best friend, diamonds 8. Tell Crush on a colleague? 9. Tailored Summer shorts are in order 10. Tempt Check it off the list 11. Tempt Stylish shades for the summer 12. Cover The art of haggling at Doja 14. Tags Rokeya Sultana’s exhibition 16. Tags When a designer, a beautician, and photographer come together 17. Tucked In A masala chicken to devour 18. Trails A famous district on the borders of India 20. Travel The Venice of the north 22. Take Care

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•KOZMO(A) live Presents Armeen Musa and band feat Subh Saran Time: 8:30pm Date: May 24 Venue: Kozmo Lounge, Plot 67/D Block E, Road 11, Banani



To-Do's in Dhaka This Week





•A musical evening by Md Yeakub Ali Khan

Time: 6:30pm Date: May 25 Venue: Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC), House 35, Road 24, Gulshan 1

•European Film Festivals Date: till May 25 Venue: Star Cineplex, Bashundhara City

•Solo painting exhibition by Biplob Goswami

•Blues & Jazz Night

Time: 3pm to 8pm Date: till May 26 Venue: Dhaka Art Center, House 60, Road 7/A, Dhanmondi

Time: 7:30pm to 11pm Date: May 23 Venue: Main Gulshan Avenue, Plot 1, Road 45, Gulshan-2


•Peace-A Group Art Exhibition

Time: 5pm to 7pm Date: May 24-June 2 Venue: Gallery Cosmos -2, Villa de Anjuman, Road No 6, House No 115, New DOHS, Mohakhali



•Celebrating Everest Day

Time: 3pm Date: May 29 Venue: Chobir Haat, University of Dhaka


"30 minute Suppers (Everyday Easy" by DK is a cook book that offers useful techniques on how to cook a quick, delicious meal. The book includes detailed recipes and health indications of each prepared meal. It is available at Words and Pages in Gulshan 1.

The trippy ensemble Zaki Adnan is singer, song writer and composer of an experimental rock band, Circus Police.

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"CSI: Miami (10)" is an investigative show about detectives that analyse crime scenes in Miami. Starring David Caruso, the show airs at 10:30pm on Thursday and 1pm on Friday on the AXN.


The blast action sequence “Iron Man 3” featuring Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark concludes the trilogy of “Iron Man”. The movie has become a popular choice in the leading stores of Dhaka.

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Would you believe me if I said there are musicians experimenting with sounds beyond your wildest imagination? These artistes are creating melodies that complement euphoria so purely you would think they tailored the songs specifically for such elated moments ByZaki Adnan These same melodies are also able to create the feeling of an altered state of mind, aka the “trippy” feel, in their listeners. Trip-hop is a subgenre of music that came into spotlight during the 1990s, and became especially popular in the UK. The essence of trip-hop derives from the smooth, synonymous beats of the hip-hop world. With a very atmospheric and ambient nature, trip-hop music blends the flavour of astounding electronica with a prolific bass line. De-

lay and flanger guitar effects are also recurring features of this magnificent branch of music. Portishead, an English Trio, is considered one the pioneers of trip-hop music. Their unique sense of experimentation with self-made guitar effects, another worldly electronic ambience, has earned them great prominence. They top it all off with the enthralling voice of Beth Gibbons. Here is a list of brilliant music that can take you on a trip you’ve never had before.

1. Toy box - Portishead 2. Until the morning – Thievery Corporation 3. Homme – Wax Poetic 4. Inertia creeps – Massive Attack 5. Remember 99 - TM Juke 6. 2 Wicky – Hooverphonic 7. Beauty beats – Beats Antique 8. California cloaked in wool – Dutch 9. Black magic woman– Carlos Santana 10. Hypnosis theme - Wax Tailor 11. Don’t you worry – Unforscene (featuring Alice Russell) 12. Let the drummer kick it – Citizen Cope 13. Still alone – Don Carlos 14. #1 Crush – Garbage 15. Lullaby – The Cure 16. Fast asleep – TM Juke 17. Teardrop – Massive Attack 18. Technologie – Wax Poetic 19. The time we lost our way– Thievery Corporation (featuring Loulou) 20. Sheared box - Portishead

Tech & Turns 5 App Watch

New Tech

Google Now on Apple

No wires allowed

Information without searching.

As much as we love touching and swiping away on our smartphones, we all desire to have things simple and wireles By Mahmood Hossain

It’s certain many smartphone users have desired something very simple from their handsets. The ability to give you relevant information without searching for it, without typing away or swiping to find a specific app. For example, your phone telling you how the weather is outside and whether you need an umbrella to fend away the scattered rain shower. The tech titans, Google, have announced the Google Now application will be available on the iOS. Apple fans rejoice, your iPhone’s about to become smarter. You’ll just have to thank Google for it. It’s quite simple, really. Your phone is almost always with you, from the moment you wake up to the second you fall asleep. This application feeds you with information you thought you wouldn’t need or even ask for. How it works: • When the app first launches, it shows a set of virtual cards based on what you like and what you have already searched for.

• After choosing your desired ‘cards’, like your favourite sports team or the weather in your location, the updated cards will show up on the screen. If your screen becomes too populated or there is information you simply don’t want, you can easily swipe them away. • The application also responds to voice command similar to Apple’s Siri. • The app is so precise it will display relevant real-time information, like statistical data and current scores of a sport’s event. Google’s main focus with this app isn’t about competition with Apple. It’s quite simple, they want to provide the correct information as fast as the users want them.

Photo: Internet

By Mahmood Hossain

The no hassle device is what makes the day-to-day a bit easier. It doesn’t matter if you have an iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry, they are all equipped with Bluetooth technology. From the obvious handsfree calling headsets to stereo headphones, there are plenty of worthy Bluetooth accessories to invest in. Whether you are searching for something that packs a punch or an accessory that just gets the job done,

here are a few great quality items in the current market:

Items in the current market: •Headphones and headsets – For the sporty and regular exercise nuts, the Denon AH-W150 Exercise Freak headphones is the ideal set to put on

during your workout routines. For a more sophisticated look, there’s the Harman Kardon BT headphones with its retro design and excellent audio quality. •Speakers – For the best sounding speaker in the market, the Sony SRS-BTX500 is the best buy; it boasts superb audio quality and has NFC pairing. If you are searching for something more mobile and can travel with you well, the JBL Charge portable Bluetooth speaker will do just the trick. •Receiver – Yes, there is even the Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver. Anything that may have a 3.5mm headphone jack or RCA inputs will work with this magical device. It’s the most affordable and easy method to supply cordless audio capabilities to stereo systems. Surely, these and many more will keep your work space or living area clean and neat; no wires, no fuss.


The Merc Monsters Let’s take a ride outside the conventional this week. Try and imagine a vehicle that can literally go anywhere. When you think of Mercedes, you think fine-tuned and elegant engineering. There’s no thought of pure intimidation and no sex appeal. For the next generation, the Unimog (even sounds like a monster), has been upgraded by the German carmakers for a 10 model

range. It’s something the Terminator (yes, Arnold, we’re talking about you) would enjoy driving. There is an overall change to the design and a couple of new ‘BlueEffficiency’ engines to keep things acceptable with the Euro VI emissions regulations. The vehicle is also more fuel efficient than before and features solenoid (a coil wound into a tightly packed helix) injectors with ten-hole jets. The car also boasts

a new multifunction steering wheel, an adjustable steering column, better heating and cooling – an improvement in airflow. It’s for the heavy duty obligations, obviously, but it just goes to show that Mercedes is not on a one-track mind. Their continued effort in elegance and face-lifting certain monsters will make a significant change in the automotive world. Photo Source: Internet

Mercedes has completely redesigned the Unimog with: • Panoramic cabs, more room made by the new location of engine • New work and power hydraulics systems • Synergetic traction drive • Can change over from manual transmission to hydrostatic transmission while driving • Comes in a four and six cylinder variety • Power outputs ranging from 156bph to 354bhp • Can climb 45 degrees • Have an axle articulation of 30 degrees

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Trial Room


Are Forever The term elegance would do no justice to such an array of exquisite works of art. Art a woman can wear and fall in love with. The flawless shine of each piece becomes the definition of grace and beauty intertwined in dance. A woman would feel nothing less than an empress dawning the royal family jewels. These diamonds are worn sparingly but can be carried on through generations. With an exclusive collection of exquisitely designed jewellery, Diamond World Ltd’s new showroom was inaugurated on May 16 at Bashundhara City (level five, Block A), Panthapath By Mahmood Hossain Photos: Sadia Marium

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Trial Room


Earrings of intricate design hang like chandeliers in a banquet of diamonds of a celestial palace. The ornate and captivating necklaces drape around the neck and are complemented by the beautifully detailed bracelets and lovely rings. Anyone’s eyes can be instantly lured into the extravagant colourful gems and gold encrusted pieces. Difficult to escape the magnificent show of their finest, diverting away from such a heavenly sight would be blasphemous. Diamond World provides all that a woman can desire when it comes to jewellery and like memories, diamonds that will last for a lifetime. AVE N U E T TH U RSDAY, M AY 23 , 20 1 3


Tell Letters to Mars

Going around in triangles


Letters to Venus

By Avenue T Desk

I’m a 28-year-old man working at a marketing agency where I have fallen for a co-worker. She joined two weeks ago, and ever since the first time I spoke with her, I knew she was the one. There’s only one glitch – she’s in a serious relationship and only considers me a friend. Should I back off and stop talking to her, or should I pursue her? I know she knows I like her, but her attitude towards me hasn’t changed. She is still just as friendly towards me. K

Dear K, You have known this woman for merely two weeks and you’re already fussing about whether you should pursue or completely stop talking to her. Don’t boggle your mind with such trivialities. You’ve just gotten to know her, so try to enjoy this stage of your relationship. As for whether you should cut off all contact or pursue her, I have one question for you: why must you choose an extreme? Since she is already in a relationship, I would suggest you don’t blatantly flirt with her. Try to build a friendship. If she knows how you feel about her and still doesn’t mind the friendly rapport you two share, you have nothing to worry about. However, given that she’s in a serious relationship, keep in mind that there are certain boundaries that you should never cross. Best of luck!

I’m a 26-year-old woman in a serious relationship for the past two years. A week ago my boyfriend and I got into a major argument, and in the heat of the moment he hit me. He has always had a raging temper, but he never raised a hand on me before. This was a first. However, he apologised incessantly and constantly promised he’d never do it again. Every time I think of what happened, I’m frightened. Should I forgive him? P

No, Mama NO!


My four-year-old daughter insists on clutching onto whatever she likes. If I take it away from her, she kicks up a fuss, and threatens me to return it to her. Nowadays it has gotten so bad that I cannot pacify her, so I give in to her demands. How do I stop this? N

Dear N, You can take one of two routes. You can allow your child to keep whatever item she has decided to hold on to, as long as it is not unsafe or bothersome. If you must take it back, request it back from her. If she refuses to return it, accept her decision, as long as she refuses politely. Your other alternative would be never to allow your daughter to get her way by threatening you with tantrums. Every time she yells to get what she wants, do not cave in to her demands. Ask her to stop speaking in that manner, and help her model a better response. It will be hard in the beginning, but once she realises you will not accept that sort of a behaviour, she will learn how to form more acceptable requests.

Clutcher I have a very stubborn five-year-old son who has recently developed a new habit of saying “no” to everything. Whether we’re having a regular conversation, or someone makes a request of him, he always replies “no”. This exasperates both my husband and I, and we often lose our tempers with him. If we try to discipline him, he misbehaves and yells. No amount of shouting or cajoling has helped break his habit. I’m frustrated and just can’t figure out how to deal with this. P

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P, It doesn’t matter if it’s the first time he has hit you or the umpteenth. You must understand the gravity of the situation – if a man can hit you once, he can do it again too. No woman should tolerate a man raising his hand on her. Any man who respects you will never, ever physically abuse you. You yourself have mentioned how “frightened” you feel – can you see yourself loving someone you are afraid of? Before he takes this any further, you should back out and leave. Leave the fear and pain behind and move on.

Dear P, Your child seems adamant about holding on to his newfound hobby. It’s your responsibility to make sure that he no longer enjoys saying the word “no” so much. Ask him questions that will solicit positive responses. For instance, when he’s in a good mood, ask him if he’d like to go to the park with you, or if he’d like a chocolate cake as a treat. If he does say “no”, don’t get easily irritated or angry. Ignore it; keep your calm. If he misbehaves and yells, again, don’t lose your temper. Instead, politely ask him to talk to you once he has calmed down.

His Style

Short cut

Photo: Big Stock





As the weather gets hotter, we suffer and toast under the sun By Mahmood Hossain Our common sense tells us to wear light clothing and avoid heavily accessorising. With summer right around the corner, the best way to keep cool and cut down on sweating is to wear shorts. Casual shorts in attractive prints and colours are a great way to take on the heat. There will be occasions when shorts will never be appropriate, but when the situation calls for it: gentlemen, let your legs show. The great thing about today’s fashion is that we have plenty of items we can easily make classy with the right

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coordination. You can wear a nice pair of shorts with a polo shirt and a are along with casual shoes or sneakers to finish the look. Certain shorts made for the beach, while others can be used on a day-to-day basis. The shorts that are more versatile are the ones to aim for, since you don’t want to be restricted to the beach.

Before heading out to shop, think of the many looks you can put together with a single pair of shorts. You want them to last for the summer and keep you looking fresh and clean. Shorts are casual, comfortable, stylish, and, best of all, less expensive than other items in your wardrobe, so choose a couple to take to the check-out counter.

Let it shine

Q: I’m looking for something more stylish to wear at the gym. Is there anything other than Nike or Adidas? By Mahmood Hossain A: There are plenty of sports brands out there you can try, but why try to look attractive at the gym? It’s a place where you exercise to keep your body healthy. The last thing on your mind should be style. Wear something comfortable so that all your hard work and pain show afterwards.

Approach your dress shoes like you would your very own European supercar By Mahmood Hossain When it comes to dress shoes (oxford lace-ups, loafers, monkstraps, etc), it takes a little more effort to keep them in good condition. Although it may take time, taking care of you dress shoes is both simple and, believe it gentlemen, worth every second. Photo: Big Stock A typical shoeshine kit includes: •A shoeshine and polish brush •Shine or buffing cloths •A shoehorn •Standard brown and black polish •An all-purpose leather clean- er and conditioner

3. Polish – Once the shoes are dry, apply the right amount of polish and spread it evenly over the surface of your shoes with the polish brush. Again, the toothbrush can come to play here with those hard-to-reach areas on your shoes. Wait about 15-20 minutes for the polish to dry.

4. Back at it – After your shoes are completely dry, use the shoeshine brush to wipe off the polish. 5. Finisher – To complete the job, grab a lint-free shine cloth (or chamois) to give your shoes the shine they’re meant to have. Buff the shoes up using small and quick circular strokes.

Even if you don’t have every item listed above, you will still be able to keep your shoes in fantastic condition as long as you follow the correct procedure. 1.Prevention – Make sure your work area is covered with old rags or newspapers. You don’t want any of the polish staining your floors. Photo: Big Stock

2.Start fresh – You must always keep your shoes free of dust and debris before you start polishing. Use a shoeshine brush or a wet cloth to clean away the grime. Another great way to do this is use an old toothbrush to get in between the difficult areas.

Q: I’m meeting my girlfriend’s parents this weekend and I’m freaking out about what to wear when I meet them. I want to look presentable. Help! A: A few things to consider after you’ve taken care of your grooming (hygiene wise) are time, venue and occasion (casual or formal). If you’re meeting them during the day, you should aim for a lighter look. A short-sleeved polo shirt with dressy jeans or chinos will work just fine. Go for brighter colours under the sun, and opt for darker shades at night. If the occasion is more formal, there’s no need for a tie. Just put on a nice blazer or sports coat with solid colours and simple designs, not loud and “in your face” ones. Keep it simple and, for the love of all that is good, stay away from open-toed shoes.

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Tempt Hair

The short & long of it! Su Jorgensen is a hairstylist and colour technician from New Zealand with over 20 years of international experience which includes: teaching for Wella, Goldwell and Redken, working on fashion editorials in different platforms such as television and running a successful boutique salon in London’s trendy East End. She has extensive knowledge of Trichology - the science of hair and scalps.

Long hair has and always will be considered feminine, BUT short hair can be just as feminine if worn in the right way, such as with a cute dress, some killer heels and vibrant accessories By Su Jorgensen Photo: Internet

Thanks to new cutting techniques, they can be versatile, easy to style, and super feminine.

Twiggy, the 60s iconic British model, fashioned short hair thanks to Vidal Sasson, who also styled Mary Quant. At a very young age and while married to Frank Sinatra, Mia Farrow looked absolutely adorable with it and caused such a sensation that women were running into hair salons asking their hairdressers to give them the “Mia”. Remember the wonderful romantic film “Ghost” with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore? She had a supercool, short haircut in that, and the list goes on. One cannot forget the stylish “It girl”, British model Agyness Deyn, who revamped short hair a few years ago with a multitude of cool colours, nor the Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, who was nabbed for a Burberry campaign with her fresh, short haircut and was hailed the new Mia!

There is a myriad of fantastic short hairstyles out there to choose from. In addition, a short cut is a refreshing change in this seasonal heat! Short hair is a symbol of confidence, strength and empowerment that can make a woman’s face even more beautiful than it already is. Remember, it’s not how short your hair is but how you carry it that counts. Wear it with pride and keep in mind that hair grows at a rate of 1cm a month, so it will ALWAYS grow back. Just make sure you find a creative and personable hairstylist who will make it work for you, and try to find a picture that you like to avoid confusion. Also think about jazzing it up with a cool colour!

Be brave ladies!

International Trends

Check it out

Musarrat Rahman is a fashion designer and recent graduate of the Raffles Institute of Higher Education

It’s hip to be square! It’s official: checks are a girl’s new best friend this spring By Musarrat Rahman

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. Checkerboard prints are now deemed a wardrobe staple, with everyone from designers to celebrities to fashion bloggers endorsing it from the runway to the streets. Take a graphic walk down the wild side and give a nod to the mod – think big, bold checks and diamond patterns on shift dresses, pencil skirts, pants, maxi dresses, court shoes, etc. The possibilities are endless, so the next time you buy a pretty checkered gamcha, don’t think about turning it straight into a fotua. Go glam instead. To keep your outfit chic, tone everything else down and keep the focus on the graphic. It’s not necessary to over accessorise when you’re wearing something so bold. Don’t forget to keep yourself in check.



Local Trends

Sunglasses are a must-have for everyone in summer. Besides making you look cool, they shield your eyes from bright sunlight and even help keep dust out of your precious peepers. You may already have multiple pairs clogging up your dresser, but it’s time to get in touch with the hot new trends of today. Don’t let the salesmen fool you with flattery. Learn to recognise what looks good on you By Hiroe Kunimoto If you don’t know how, just follow these tips: wsquare-shaped sunglasses work best on round faces waviator sunglasses are the perfect match for heart-shaped faces woval faces can rock any style

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Sunny side up

HOT TRENDS THE BROAD BORDER Choose sunglasses with plain black lenses surrounded by a broad, bright frame. Colours like ocean blue, tangerine and violet give off a cool vibe and are huge this summer.

Hiroe kunimoto is a brand executive for Apex Adelchi Footwear Ltd. FINE METAL LINES These light and conspicuous sunglasses are the biggest trend this summer. Keep it simple by going for metal lines the shade of silver or oxidised colours, or go all out with peach, pink or even beige to make a personalised statement.

TOP FRAME If you don’t want your sunnies to be more prominent than your face, choose a pair that only has a frame on the top. Keep it simple with two-toned brown, black or grey variations.


Experiment with elegance Loud mouth, lush lashes or bold brows – what will your statement be this summer? By Tilat Khayer 3 Skin all aglow One of the favourite make-up trends of this spring/summer is the natural look. From flushed cheeks to dewy skin to minimal mascara, fresh-faced beauty is all the rage. This look is all about immaculate skin defined to perfection with just a hint of colour on the cheeks and eyes. 3 Attention grabbing eyes Bright eyes are the focus of the season. For this look, dab your eyelids with shades of turquoise, jade and vibrant aqua. For a Mediterranean look, try applying a thin streak of green eyeliner or a saturated smear of sapphire on the base of your eyelids. For a glamorous catwalk look, place a few sparkles around your eyes. 3 Experiment with eyeliner Ever since the cat-eye trend became a hit last year, eyeliner has become a newfound essential in our make-up bags. Whether you’re a fan of catflick or winged eyeliner shapes, make sure to add serious definition to your eyes by lining all the way around your waterline.

Pop of neon liner! I love the idea of spicing up neutral make-up with a single pop of neon liner on the bottom lash.

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A new season entails new beauty trends, which in turn give you the opportunity to try out new looks and totally revamp your make-up kit. From bold brows to loud mouth pouts to eyeliner experiments, I’ve rounded up the hottest make-up trends from all the spring/summer 2013 fashion shows. This season you have the fashion gurus’ permission to play with colour! 3 Lush lashes From the inky, twiggy fringe to the curled and combed up look, it’s time to have fun with your lashes. Full, feminine, fluttery and quite openly faux lashes are definitely on display this summer. Adventurous ladies: dare to show your bold side with a heavy set of lashes offset by white liner. 3 Bold brows From big and bushy to deeply defined, statement eyebrows are big this season, and having the brow factor is an instant way to update your look. For full-on “wow brows”, brush down your eyebrow hairs to their natural shape, and fill in sparse areas with a pencil using short, feathery strokes to shape and even out their contours.

Tilat Khayer is an international make-up artist, who has worked with celebrities at London Fashion Week and Britain’s Next Top Model. Her brand Roshi operates in the UK and Bangladesh.

Loud mouth Bold lips in bright hues are a priceless make-up trend this summer. Whatever shade you choose, be it fuchsia pink, bold coral, power red or the dark and dramatic black cherry, make sure your pout does it justice. If you’re feeling a little wary about bright lips, go for a matte formula.

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Haggling your way through Doja Sandwiched in the middle of Dhaka’s bustling shopping zone, the Badrudoja Market, more commonly known as “Dhaka College Market,” is a historic bazar that houses everything from designer denims and T-shirts to fancy dresses and accessories. Perfect for a weekend shopping adventure, this market is every bargainhunter’s shopping paradise. With a labyrinth of stalls, you may find Doja market a navigational nightmare, but it is the task of haggling that will probably get the best of you. Once you’ve beaten the heat and made your way through the chaos, it’s the bout of bargaining that will make or break your shopping deals. Do you plead, request, argue or negotiate? By N Anita Amreen


Photos : Latif Hossain In Doja, haggling is an essential part of the shopping adventure. To really win the price war against the enthusiastic Bangali salesmen, you will need a strong, confident tongue and an armoury of sweet smiles. These seasoned salesmen can spot a defenseless customer from miles away. Don’t be taken in by their welcoming smiles and heartfelt offers of “cold drinks.” Once they’ve lured you into their stores, you’ll be cleverly hassled into buying more than what you need. To ensure you don’t get swayed by these experts, Avenue T brings you your very own guide to haggling your way through Doja. Once you’ve mastered the art

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of bargaining, you’ll be surprised at your ability to make your money go further than you imagined. After we’re finished with you, you’ll realise that bargaining is more than just an argument; it’s a fun excuse to continue your shopping expedition while sticking to your preplanned budget! By the end of the day, you’ll have experienced the sheer pleasure of being able to make the perfect purchases while getting the most bang for your buck. Know thyself Before you barge into Doja and start imposing your avid demands on salesmen, set an idea in your

head of what you’re looking for. Arm yourself with a detailed list of exactly what you intend to purchase, and how much you are willing to pay for each item. Before you begin window-shopping and get carried away with the endless variety of clothes on display, attack your shopping list and search for what you need. Make it in the am Sellers consider the first sale of the day to be a lucky one. They’re always softer with the first customers of the day, believing that turning them away will bring bad luck for the rest of the day. The ideal way to get the

best bargains is to make it in the first few hours of the morning. Exude an air of indifference To seem like a seasoned Doja shopper, walk into a store maintaining a look of indifference. Even if you spot “just the top” you were looking for, do not give in to the overwhelming urge to squeal with delight. Casually toss it aside and look at a couple more similar items, enquiring about each one’s price. Somewhere along the line ask for the price of your favourite item.



Bargain discreetly

There’s nothing as disastrous as attracting an audience when bargaining. No seller wants other prospective buyers to know just how much discount he’s giving you. When haggling, do so out of earshot

Tip: Price Guide

Build a rapport After spending hours haggling with insufferable customers, several sellers are left feeling irritated. The simplest of words can make tempers flare. Engage in some light-hearted chitchat and build a rapport before asking for prices. You’ll be surprised at how far your smile can take you. Sellers are more prone to giving you better rates if they feel that you have the potential to be a long-term customer. Complain and find fault Do what Bangalis do best – complain and criticise every piece of clothing you intend to buy. This is a common tactic used to bring the price down. Use every flaw to your advantage, making sure you constantly have a dissatisfied look on your face. However, be careful not to offend your seller. Remember, no matter how good a deal you’re offering your seller, nobody wants to sell to an insufferable moaner.

Study the seller’s body language There are some sellers who are in for the final buy. Haughtily looking away, they name a price and that’s that. There’s no question of bargaining for that lot. To spot these types, study their body language. If they seem uneager to start negotiating, they’re definitely not interested. As Russell Peters famously joked: “Take it and go.” You will know if they are eager to negotiate when they smile, cajole and ask you for a better price. Make a smooth transition into the haggling war When naming your opening price, do so with utmost ease. That way you won’t look too enthusiastic and your seller will begin with a reasonable price. When he has named the opening price, chuckle and joke about how ridiculous his price is. This will catch him offguard, giving you more leeway to haggle. However, even when you are joking with the seller, your tone should be kept light so as not to insult him.

Show him the money Sometimes nothing works better than the image of an exasperated shopper: a person ready to cut to the chase and settle rather than waste time haggling. This trick works like magic if you gently tell him you’re tired of arguing, count your cash in his presence – a sign of finality – and tell him you’re only willing to purchase if he offers his “last price.” In times like these, sellers are ready to quickly name their final price, saving you the time and energy bargaining requires. Walk away The magic trick of a pro haggler is walking away empty-handed. After a nonstop bout of haggling, when your seller seems to have reached the very last price he is ready to offer, name your price and strut away with confidence. If he wants to strike a deal, he’ll call you back. If not, you can always forget about your ego and head back to get your treasured item.

For women: u Collared T-shirts: Tk150-250 u Shirts: Tk250-300 u Jeans and jeggings: Tk220-300 u Dresses: Tk200-600 (simple jersey dresses: Tk300) u Lingerie: Tk80-150 u Underwear: Tk25-35 u Belts: Tk60-100 u Sweaters: Tk180-350

Never show sellers how desperately you want to purchase their goods

For men:

u Regular T-shirts: Tk160-200 u Polo neck T-shirts: Tk200-350 u Shirts: Tk250-400 u Jeans/denim: Tk350-500 u Shorts: Tk180-300 u Boxers: Tk80-120 u For children under four: u T-shirts/shirts: Tk60-150 u Onesies: Tk100-170

For children over the age of four: u Dresses/frocks: Tk200-350 u Denim: Tk200-350 u T-shirts/shirts: Tk120-230

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A solo print exhibition by Rokeya Sultana was inaugurated on May 17 at the Bengal Art Lounge and will continue till June 11 Photos by Sadia Marium


1 3 3 1. Kasfia Chowdhury, interior designer 2. Printmaker Camille Hawbaker 3. Karen Kunc, Willa Cather Professor and Professor of Art Department of Art and Art History, University of Nebraska Lincoln 4. Dan Mozena, US ambassador to Bangladesh 5. Viraj M LeBailly, director of the American Centre


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10 6. From left, Erich Otto Gomm, programme coordinator of gizs project on sustainable energy for development , Christina Loretta Gomm, managing director of Dream Pearls, and art collector Sabu 7. Artist Rokeya Sultana with media and theatre personality Mamunur Rashid 8. Artist Mike Woodcock with music instructor Omar Khalid Rumi 9. Matia Banu Suku, director and writer 10. Mahmoud Ezzat, ambassador of Egypt

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Look presents BuildersView

Trio-Fashion Forever

The three-day long fashion photography exhibition “Builders View-Trio-Fashion Forever” organised by Look, was held at the Drik Gallery on May 20. The exhibition featured fashion designer and choreographer Shahrukh Amin, beauty expert Afroza Parveen and fashion photographer Rafiqul Islam Raf. This trio upheld the current trend by exposing the beauty of art in the fashion world Photos by Shekhar Mondal





1. Nandini Hossain, managing director of Builders View 2. Beauty expert Afroza Parveen 3. Shahrukh Amin, fashion designer and choreographer 4. Photograpger Rafiqul Islam Raf 5. Amitabh Dewry, executive editor of Look and curator of “TrioFashion Forever”

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Tucked In



Baked Masala Chicken with Spiced Potatoes


Whole baked masala chicken has always been an all-time favourite in most Bangladeshi households. This easy recipe is simple to put together, yet packed with the richness of garam masala and finely chopped ginger and garlic. This wholesome dish is marinated with hot spices, then roasted to create a deliciously luscious dish that is served with a side of spiced potatoes By N Anita Amreen

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Ingredients For the marinade f 4 tbsp lemon juice f 2 tbsp peeled, finely chopped root ginger f 2 tbsp finely chopped or crushed garlic f 3 hot green chillies, finely chopped f 1 tsp salt f 1 tsp ground coriander f 1 tsp garam masala

For the chicken f 1.75kg (3lb 14oz) whole

chicken, skin removed f tsp chilli powder f tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the roasted potatoes f 6 tbsp olive or sunflower oil f 5 medium potatoes, peeled,

halved lengthways, and cut into 5x4cm/2x1 in chunks f 1 Tsp of salt f 1 Tsp freshly ground black pepper f 1 tsp ground coriander f 1 tsp ground cumin f 1 Tsp turmeric f 1 tsp Kashmiri (mild) chilli powder

Preheat oven to 200C/400F. In a blender, process marinade ingredients to create a paste. Create two deep, diagonal cuts in each chicken breast, two in the thighs and two in the drumsticks. On a roasting tray, rest the chicken with the breast facing upwards. Line the tray with enough foil to completely cover the chicken. Rub the marinade paste over the chicken, ensuring the cuts get a good dose of marinade. Rest aside for 30 minutes. Evenly sprinkle the chilli powder and black pepper over the chicken. Fully cover the chicken in foil, with the seam closed at the top. Bake for an hour. Unwrap the foil and cook uncovered for 15 minutes, basting it three to four times with the chicken juices. Insert a skewer to check if the chicken is completely cooked. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. For the spicy potatoes, pour oil into a big bowl. Drop the potatoes in and sprinkle in salt and pepper. Coat completely and shift potatoes to a baking tray. Place in the centre of the oven and roast for 20 minutes. In a plate, mix coriander, cumin, turmeric and chilli powder. Remove potatoes from oven and roll them in the spice mix. Return potatoes to oven for 20 minutes, until slightly browned and tender when pierced. Rest chicken for 15 minutes, then serve with spicy potatoes.


Over the last decade, our lights and lamps have evolved into a potpourri of sizes and shapes. By M K Aaref Over the last decade, our lights and lamps have evolved into a potpourri of sizes and shapes. From chandeliers to floor lamps, light shops now offer a wide variety of lighting fixtures to choose from. While the funkier, highend designs of the West are yet to be found here, our collection of lamps remains impressive. While many of us opt for the modern look in our homes, we end up falling for the fascination of glitzy crystal. Traditionally, crystal chandeliers require a decor that complements their opulence. If placed in a modern apartment, the chandeliers appear somewhat out of place. Unfortunately, light shops in Dhaka – specifically

in Gulshan 1, Gulshan 2 and Segun Bagicha – do not hold multiple fixtures of the same design, so it is difficult to find the right lights for your house. Locally, a new category of handmade lamps has emerged for tabletops and floors. Handmade with colourful paper imprinted in various patterns, these lamps are quite affordable and bring a dash of ethno-chic to a room. Japanese ceiling lamps made from simple wires and recycled paper are also becoming available. Moreover, the terra-cotta lamps, used with either votive candles or electrical bulbs, impart patterned shadows in a room at night that are simply magical.

Photo: Big Stock

Shopping for lamps

M K Aaref is a trained architect and have been in practice for the past 25 years. His practice have included residences, retail and office spaces, and hospitality related spaces.

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Outside Dhaka

Chapai Nawabgonj Chapai Nawabgonj is a famous district in North Bengal well-known for its subsistence in farming and agriculture. The district boasts the flawless beauty of North Bengal and historic landscape of Bangladesh. Located on the borders of India, this destination offers its visitors both exquisite sightseeing and impeccable delicacies to indulge in By Farah K Iqbal

What to eat

What to do Are you interested in religious studies or religious history? If yes, Chapai Nawabgonj is the place for you! The Choto Shona mosque is one of the greatest architectural feats of the Sultani Period and a main attraction of the village. Beside this mosque, and not too far from the Indian border, lie the ruins of the Dorasbari mosque, which was one of the largest mosques in Bangladesh and once part of Gaur, aka Lakhnauti. Fol-

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lowing that tour should be a visit to the Bibi Begni mosque, a shrine that was built over the grave of Bibi Jenana by her husband, Khan Jahan. Those of you familiar with Saint Shah Niamatullah might also be interested to see the Tahkana mosque, which was built in his honour by Shah Suja. The best part about taking a tour of these ancient sites is that they are all conveniently located within a 1km radius from one another.

Mango lovers, Chapai Nawabgonj holds the ultimate treat for your taste buds! As home of the himsagar and

gopal bhog mangoes, a trip to this village will not disappoint your craving for delectably juicy mangoes. For des-

sert-lovers, the exceptional shandesh and pera, both served in unique variations, are sure to sweeten up your day!



where to stay Situated at the heart of Chapai Nawabgonj, the Circuit House is the ideal place to rest comfortably and securely among the village’s rich heritage. This beautiful compound ensures both good service and safety while catering to your needs.

Getting There

bus Service Buses and trains are the best way to reach Chapai Nawabgonj. There are non air-conditioned buses that leave Dhaka every hour, and every train bound towards North Bengal has a stop in Chapai Nawabgonj.

The writer is a team member of Tiger Tours.

INDEX Hotline numbers: 0184 145 5500, 0184 144 5500 or e-mail:

Tiger Tours Limited offers an extraordinary package to Chapai Nawabgonj.

In Dhaka

The Backyard Chef The Backyard Chef is one of the newest additions to Uttara’s ever growing restaurant population. The brainchild of Zaker Riead and Rafi Dowla, The Backyard Chef was initially just meant to be a mere coffee shop, until the owners expanded their idea

on their menu are ones that focus on catering to the insatiable appetite of an avid foodie. With their expertise in grilled, slow-cooked, pan-seared and deep fried dishes, they promise to whet even the most insatiable of appetites.

to create a fine dining restaurant, much to every foodie’s delight. They have set their restaurant apart with its exquisite décor and impeccable menu full of delectable dishes. Keeping in mind their desire to offer a tri-course meal that boasts of both international and continental cuisine, all the dishes

Their menu includes a handsome assortment of gourmet burgers, Panini and steaks alongside an interesting offering of sidelines. Although most restaurants in town boast of having the ‘best’ burger or the ‘best’ cake in town, many claim that The Backyard Chef is one that fulfills that promise.

Their gourmet burger, in particular, is one that has won even the harshest of food critiques. The patty is luscious and juicy, while the soft bun perfectly complements the multiple flavours at play. Their very own line of designer drinks includes delicious concoctions such as the Sweet Symphony and the Fruity Frosty. The Sweet Symphony is a beautiful mix of white chocolate, dark chocolate and a few secret ingredients. As for their dessert menu, one will be surprised with the sheer brilliance of each of their beautifully crafted desserts. Their Caramel Pastel De’ Leches, may not look as visually pleasing as its name would suggest, however, as far as taste is concerned, it’s everything you imagined and more. As a newly opened high end restaurant, The Backyard Chef is one restaurant that deserves a visit. Whether looking for a light meal, or a full fledged three course dinner – The Backyard Chef is just the place to go.

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St Petersburg, Russia Saint Petersburg , Russia’s second largest city, is one of the world’s most exciting travel destinations. The city’s grand architectural beauty has even led it to be become one of Unesco’s World Heritage sites. Dotted with beautiful canals and illustrious baroque architecture, St Petersburg is still considered to be Russia’s “window to the west.” Boasting of opera houses, beatnik bands, art galleries, busy underground clubs and impeccable dining , there is always something in St Petersburg to entice every traveller. Compiled by N Anita Amreen What to do

Visit museums The State Hermitage Museum is known worldwide for its 2.7m exhibits. Located in the Winter Palace, this museum is home to some of the most famous works of art. The State Russian Museum, located in the Mikhaliovsky Palace, is another such museum that houses numerous masterpieces ranging from the 12th to the 20th century.

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Visit the Nevsky Prospekt This famous Russian street bisects the centre of St Petersburg and is the main attraction of the city. With everything from nightclubs to the best shopping malls, it offers travellers a picturesque view of the historic city.

Mariinsky Theatre Famed for its Kirov Ballet performances, this historical stage has been graced by legendary classical performers. To enjoy a truly excellent performance of the Mariinsky Ballet, Mariinsky Opera and Mariinsky Orchestra, all you need to do is book a ticket via their website.



INDEX Grand Hotel Europe 1/7, St Petersburg, Russia 191186 +7 812 329-66-22 Nevskiy 3 Mini Hotel Nevsky Prospect, St Petersburg +7 812 710-67-76 booking@nevsky3. ru State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace Palace Square, 2, St Petersburg, Russia 190000 +7 812 710-90-79

Where to stay

State Russian Museum 4, St Petersburg, Russia, 191186 Phone: +7 812 59542-48

Grand Hotel Europe (Tk123,000 and up) A significant cultural landmark, the Grand Hotel Europe has acted as one of the most iconic hotels in St Petersburg for over 130 years. Located in Nevsky Prospekt, this luxury hotel is close to most of the city’s greatest architectural sights. Combining history with style, many of its rooms and suites have hosted leading celebrities and politicians. The suites consist of an entrance hall, a lounge, bedroom and bathroom.

Nevskiy 3 Mini Hotel (Tk14,600) Located in the very heart of Nevsky, this cozy hotel is just a five minute walk away from the Palace Square, the Admiralty, St Isaac’s Cathedral and Kazan

Cathedrals. The hotel’s rooms promise to provide their guests with a comfortable, friendly environment. Rooms are equipped with modern amenities such as a mini bar, a TV, refrigerator, personal safe and high-speed internet.

What to Eat

Ikra (caviar) Russia is home to caviar, one of the world’s priciest delicacies. In addition to being exceedingly expensive, Russian caviar (both red and black) is known for its authenticity and flavour. Beluga, ossetra and sevruga caviar is usually of top quality. Whether eaten as a garnish or a spread, a trip to Russia should definitely include a trip to the local gourmet food store.

Mariinsky Theatre: Theatre Square 1 Concert Hall: Str. Decembrists, 37 www.mariinsky. ru/en

Russian borscht Traditionally a freshly cooked vegetable soup, the borscht is cooked using carrots, celery, beetroot, cabbage and garlic. Some variants even include meat and chopped vegetables. Soups usually play an important role in Russian cuisine. Shchi, ukha and okroshka are three soups you must try.

Pelmeni Pelmeni is a special kind of Russian dumpling made out of very thin dough. Interestingly, its filling is usually a mix of different kinds of meat, like pork, lamb and beef. To add a bit of spice to the dumpling, several spices such as pepper, onions and garlic are used. Usually boiled, these dumplings are often served with a side of butter, sour cream, mustard or even horseradish.

Ptichye moloko (bird’s milk cake) This Russian delicacy is made with a thick layer of a marshmallow variant covered in a layer of rich chocolate. This was one of the first dessert recipes patented during the time of the Soviet Union by the legendary confectioners at the Prague restaurant in Moscow.


Emirates Airlines flies a few times everyday to Dubai, and after a layover flies directly to Pulkovo International Airport, St Petersburg.

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Mount Bath, UKAbu, India

National International Dixieland Festival Symphony Dresden Orchestra May 12-19 30

Dave Jae Danupon Matthews Kaewkarn Classical Band May Concert 28 May 25

Bath Fringe Summer Festival May Festival 23-25 May 24-June 9

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Take Care



Uttana shishosana

The uttana shishosana, aka the extended puppy pose, is easy to master and often used as a warm-up. It is a simple, forward bend that stretches your shoulders, spine, upper back, hips and arms to relax your body and relieve stress. It also helps treat insomnia and significantly reduces chronic stress. Photo: Big Stock Directions: u

Stand on all fours, making sure that your shoulders are above your wrists and your hips are above your knees


Walk your hands forward a few inches and curl your toes


While exhaling, push your buttocks halfway back towards your heels


Make sure to keep your arms active and not to let your elbows touch the ground u Relax your body and allow your forehead to drop to the floor. Your back should form into a slight curve


Press your hands down and stretch, pulling your hips backward towards your heels


Breathe into your back, allowing your spine to lengthen


Hold the pose for 30 seconds to a minute, then release your buttocks down onto your heels

The healthy seven Eating well isn’t just about losing weight—it’s about feeling better in every possible way. Here are 7 food items you’d do well to eat everyday and keep the basics in good health Best for your brain: Blueberries Anthocyanidin, the antioxidant pigment responsible for the blueberry’s hue, has a powerful bolstering effect on learning and memory. Several studies have indicated that cognitive functions increase along with blueberry consumption. Best after a workout: Greek Yogurt Not only does Greek yogurt have two to three times the amount of protein compared to normal yogurt, it also has all the amino acids you need to rebuild your muscles after a trip to the gym. Best for healthy skin: Almonds After examining the diets of 453 people, Australian researchers found that monounsaturated fats exhibited protective properties and actually prevented both wrinkles and sun damage. Almonds, avocados, and olive oil all fit the bill. Best for surviving flu season: Red Bell Pepper Vitamin C is essential to your liver’s ability to eliminate toxins, and vitamin A increases the efficacy of white blood cells and antibodies. A red bell pepper has twice as much vitamin C as an orange and three times as much vitamin A as a tomato.

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Best to fight cavities: Cheese Studies have demonstrated that chewing cheese can increase the concentration of calcium in plaque, which helps to protect your teeth against cavities. Not to mention that following a sugary food with cheese can boost the pH in your mouth back to the safe zone. Best to keep your joints greased: Spinach Vitamin E has been shown to reduce the pain in arthritic subjects, while the Boston University Medical Centre found that those with the highest intakes

of vitamin C were three times less likely to strain or injure joints than those with the lowest intakes. Spinach packs both C and E in abundance. Best to get rid of stress: Strawberries Strawberries pack a ton of serotonininducing natural sugars, plus a single cup of the fruit boasts 160 percent of your day’s vitamin C. A German study found that vitamin C helped clear out cortisol, the hormone responsible for stress-related symptoms like high blood pressure and hazy thinking.

Aries A new and exciting week awaits you. You will meet someone very important who will bring a drastic change in your life. Taurus You will be kept extremely busy this week as you try to mend broken relations. This week you will make sure to get what you want. Gemini Brace yourself, as you might get a substantial gift this week. In your merriment, you may even make some major purchases. Cancer This week, you will be quite selfish and will focus on your personal goals. You will work towards meeting your own selfimprovement objectives. Leo This week, your perspective on major aspects of your life will be made clear. There will be no dilly-dallying with your decision making as you’ll know exactly what you want. Virgo Concentrate on taking in and enjoying your surroundings rather than responding to them. Get in touch with your feelings. Libra Your strong inner confidence will make you shine this week. Your charming persona will help you reach new heights. Scorpio When it comes to money, you’ll be restless to spend your wage on unnecessary purchases. Focus on ways to restrict yourself from overindulging. Sagittarius You’ll feel like quite the philosopher this week as you take your time observing and enjoying your surroundings. Relationships with close ones will prosper. Capricorn This week is all about slowing down. Stop thinking about things that burden you and try to spend some alone time away from everyone. Aquarius You will begin to see life from a different perspective. Your ability to see eye-to-eye with your foes will leave many shocked; however, this change is only for the better. Pisces As your cash flow becomes favourable, you will lose just as much money as you make. Do not give in to temptations as there are more testing times ahead of you.

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Avenue T Vol 1 Issue 5  

A place where all the popular factors of an enriched lifestyle comes together. It’s a perfect blend of entertainment and information you can...

Avenue T Vol 1 Issue 5  

A place where all the popular factors of an enriched lifestyle comes together. It’s a perfect blend of entertainment and information you can...