• Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Published Date: October 21, 2014
THE SHAPE OF SHIRTS TO COME

THE SHAPE OF SHIRTS TO COME

  Shirts nowadays are not the boring, old piece of garment that they used to be once upon a time. There are many different styles available, and there is something for everyone. Any discussion about shirts is rather deficient if it does not begin with the Holy Grail, the white shirt. For ages, it has been the most important and influential part of a stylish woman's closet. What makes it phenomenal is the versatility. You wear it to the office in the morning with tailored black pants and pearl or solitaire studs and nude lipstick, and then in the evening your friends make plans for dinner at the swanky new eatery....

  

Cover Story

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Shirt Tales

Shirt Tales

Shirts, for a very long time, without a shadow of doubt, have been the unsung heroes of a woman's closet. A crisp white shirt has been, and still is an absolute essential office wear, whereas a pastel coloured one can seamlessly convert from daywear to nightwear. Plaid shirts paired with blue jeans have been the saving grace when one wants to be casual and comfortable and yet look pulled together. And how can one forget the satin/silk/chiffon ones that are simple enough to wear when lunching with the ladies and yet look chic and sophisticated at night time gatherings? For the longest time shirts have seen us through many fashion crises...

Special Feature

Published Date: October 21, 2014
HERBS

HERBS

Healthy food is often criticised for being deficient in terms of taste and consumers are frequently unaware of the numerous health benefits that these foods possess. The multiple uses of different herbs and spices however, can be utilised to their full potential without compromising on taste. Incorporate these into everyday foods and beverages...

Aappayon

Published Date: October 21, 2014
ONE FOR THE veggies

ONE FOR THE veggies

Pea shoots stir-fry Pea shoots, or motor shaak, are the tips of the vines and the top set of leaves of the pea plant. They are considered a "shaak". Green leafy vegetables are typically nutrient-dense. This means that for very few calories (5 per cup) you get large amounts of vitamins and minerals. Pea...

  

EVENT

Published Date: October 21, 2014
FOOD TALK

FOOD TALK

In recent years, there has been a culinary explosion in Dhaka. What was once a part of exotic Travel and Living shows is suddenly everyone's cup of tea. Hangouts and dates have shifted to increasingly diverse restaurants of varied cuisines and the traditional food complemented by styles and tastes from China to Italy....

NAWAAB'S

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Tastes of a long gone era

Tastes of a long gone era

The term “Nawaab” has always been synonymous with wealth, power and luxury. A “Nawaab” was originally an honourific title given to a state ruler by the reigning Mughal Emperor. The title did, however, still continue to exist even after the fall of the Mughal Empire. In British India, land was awarded to Indians...

  

LS EVENT

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Super Chef 2014: The Last Few Hurdles

Super Chef 2014: The Last Few Hurdles

This week, Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014, picked up once again from where it left off. Shawkat Osman, one of the judges, held a cooking demonstration for the participants last week, where they all learned how to make a tricky dish. During that segment, the participants learned a quiet few brand new techniques....

DECOR

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Teenager's Room

Teenager's Room

A home is a sanctuary, a place where we can, if we want, wear sloppy unflattering clothes, practice our disco dance moves and stop trying to hold in our stomach muscles. To counteract the stresses of busy working lives, the home needs to be a place where we can relax unobserved. Bedrooms are private...

  

TRAVELOGUE

Published Date: October 21, 2014
The rainbow at the end of the waterfall

The rainbow at the end of the waterfall

At the sight of the last mountain-carved stairway after hours of uphill trekking, Shaun Ironmonger and I started a race to the top. Our backs bent by the baggage, and feet lethargic till a moment ago, we scrambled up the flight of stairs, the peak almost within reach. Less than three hours ago...

  

LS SUGGESTS

Published Date: October 21, 2014
For a better TOMORROW

For a better TOMORROW

The first month's salary that a graduate earns seems to be all the money in the world. But a few months down the road, the young professional begins wondering where all the money goes. For a better income, consider investing some money. Now don't shun away with the excuse that with your small income putting aside an amount would be impossible. Even if you earned more, it is likely that you would have continued to spend all the money. It's more about self-control and the attitude with which you manage. One of the many ways to be in control is using mobile applications which focus on keeping track of your money....

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Do you have insurance?

The daily news of distant wars, a virus that threatens mankind's existence, chemically-tainted food and more ways to die than the west ever knew, all make today's world the perfect setting for a dystopian, post-apocalyptic novel. Unfortunately, unlike a novel where a reluctant hero always saves the day, in real life we are left to our own devices. Thus, seeing the chaos around us, now is a good time as any to prepare. And the best way to prepare...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

The Work of Leadership: Facing The Adaptive Challenges Date: Friday, October 24 Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm Venue: Bangladesh Diesel Plant Auditorium, Shimultoli, Gazipur City Corporation Bangladesh still lags behind in various sectors and one of the main reasons is the lack of leadership skills. But anyone can be a leader with the necessary training. This leadership workshop...

LOVING AND LIVING WITH PLANTS

Published Date: October 21, 2014
When streets gain life

Busker Fest is an annual street performers' festival that takes place at different locations in Canada. This year, the event was at Dundas Street – at the centre of the beautiful town of Toronto. The purpose of Busker Fest is to showcase the world's best street performances to city dwellers and visitors alike. The idea and initiative to stage the World Buskers' Festival came from a group of local street performers who were very vocal about their exclusion from festivals....

FITNESS

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Pranayama for health and vitality

Pranayama for health and vitality

When the Breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the Breath is still, so is the mind still - Hatha Yoga Pradipika RANA is life force.  It is the energy within us that makes us alive.  In Sufism, it is referred to as the Force, in Chinese and Japanese philosophy, as Chi and Ki. ...

Published Date: October 21, 2014
CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

Dove Day DOVE, a personal care brand of Unilever, runs a self-esteem project that promotes  beauty as a source of confidence, not anxiety. Globally conducted research shows that 9 out of 10 young girls want to change something about their physical appearance, which is a result of social pressure coming from external sources. The Dove...

NEWS FLASH

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Free treats for travellers

CBL Munchee, for four days prior to Eid, treated tasty chocolate coated wafer, Next, to homebound people traveling by bus to different destinations from Dhaka. The happy moment of going home became more exiting for all the people when they received Next. Not only to the bus travelers, CBL Munchee provided Next to the shoppers of Swapna, Unimart and other super shops. To share the happiness on this special occasion of Eid, the company gave away family packs of Next absolutely...

POP UP

Published Date: October 21, 2014
Aroma around you

It is easy to make your own air freshener. Fill a spray bottle with 8 drops, each of three different air-freshening essential oils.  We recommend mixing wild orange, sandalwood and clove essential oils. Tea tree, eucalyptus and lemon also make a good fragrant combination. Don't forget to add half to one cup of water and you are set to spray.  

Published Date: October 20, 2014
And soon it’ll all be over

And soon it’ll all be over

In tonight’s episode of the culinary competition, two more participants will be eliminated. The elimination rounds have been going on for weeks now, and after four contestants making exit on the last week, the number of contestants now stands at eight. Two more will be sent home tonight. This  episode  will  see  Shaheda ...

Published Date: October 19, 2014
Tired of meat?

Tired of meat?

It’s been two weeks since Qurbani, and our limit of red meat has surely crossed the red line by now. Wrapping up the feast has become long overdue. So, we thought we can provide you with some delicious vegetarian recipes. Shawkat Osman, our food columnist, comes handy. Read his piece, ‘One for the Veggies’,...

Published Date: October 18, 2014
Start a hobby

Start a hobby

Instead of spending countless hours on social media during the weekend, do something productive and fun! Get a hobby. Everyone should have a hobby. A hobby keeps you busy and adds to your knowledge and understanding and education. And the joy and satisfaction you will derive from it is priceless. Do not think that a...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
By Gopal Ghose

By Gopal Ghose

This Friday, go to an exhibition of the talented Gopal Ghose. Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts is presenting an exhibition of paintings of this eminent artist, a member of the renowned Calcutta Group. The exhibition, curated by Sanjoy Kumar Mallik, has been organised in association with Akar Prakar, based in India. Eminent artist Mustafa...

Published Date: October 15, 2014
Skin care during pregnancy

Skin care during pregnancy

The widespread, age-old notion that women look luscious and dazzling when they are pregnant is not untrue. And then there is the highly celebrated ‘glow’.  However, all that extra hormonal activity often has the opposite effect too! During pregnancy, when your body is going through changes - and regardless of all the things that...

Published Date: October 14, 2014
GARDEN of EDEN

GARDEN of EDEN

Lunch parties, be it a cosy tea party or a grand wedding, appear intimate, as a luncheon is slowly but surely followed by cups of steaming tea to wipe away the afternoon drowsiness and invite some good conversation. There's no hurry to rush off home, as there are still hours left in the day and plenty of time before the next day and its burdens roll in.   Similarly, what you wear to a garden luncheon is also more laid back than your usual night-time wardrobe. Pack away the heavily embellished net, chiffon or traditional silks; your daytime look needs to be subtle, glowing and elegant. This is the best...

Cover Story

Published Date: October 14, 2014
SUMMER Parties

SUMMER Parties

It might seem impossible to believe right now, but winter is surely coming. Although the current thermometer readings may compel you to disagree, the tell tale signs of its arrival are all there: the early sunsets, the layers of dust, the lack of rain ... the city's favourite party season is (fingers crossed!) only a few weeks away. While the great outdoors are heavily shunned the rest of the year, during the winter season we can fully embrace the simple pleasures of a sunny gathering. These days, Dhakaites are also appreciative of the novelty of daytime parties. Getting a group of friends or family members together during the daytime, however,...

EVENT

Published Date: October 14, 2014
CUTE SMILE CONTEST

CUTE SMILE CONTEST

Smiles have captivated us through history. From the enigma of the Mona Lisa and beyond, smiles have held a special place in our imagination; historians dissected their meanings and artists tried to convey the perfect smile that touch all of us. But the word that comes to our mind most often when a smile makes us take a second look is 'cute'. With that in mind, Cute Bangladesh launched their 'Cute Smile Contest' this year. Running from 30 September to 3 October, the photo contest found its perfect setting in the festivities of Puja. Cute has launched events on occasions of Puja in the past, but this year, they decided...

  

A TRUE TASTE OF ASIA

Published Date: October 14, 2014
South Asian delicacies

South Asian delicacies

Pani puri Basically 'pani puris' are small balls made of flour and semolina, rolled out into very small 'puris' and deep fried to a golden shade, cooled and stored in air tight containers. The hollow 'puri' is slightly crushed on the top and filled with a little each of mashed potatoes, chopped onions and...

LS PICK

Published Date: October 14, 2014
THE TWO WHEELER diaries

THE TWO WHEELER diaries

Dhaka, it looks like, is bursting at its seams with the overwhelming number of cars, buses and trucks hitting the streets every day. A city small in physical proportions yet harbouring an exceedingly high number of people, Dhaka at first sight is overcrowded and full of rubble. New construction sites emerge at every...

SPOTLIGHT

Published Date: October 14, 2014
THE KANTHA

THE KANTHA

It was quite a familiar scene even a few decades ago. Women, house-helps would spend a rainy day afternoon making quilts using worn out saris of the mistress of the house in anticipation of the coming of winter. Layers upon layers of fabric would be placed, and run stitches made, stories of their...

From living the blues to

Published Date: October 14, 2014
LIVING BLUE

LIVING BLUE

A reincarnation of indigo has occurred. Living Blue - an initiative of CARE Bangladesh and Nijera Cottage and Village Industries - has renewed the trade. When CARE sought to improve the livelihood of the people in the northern region of the country. It found that indigo plants were indigenous. It also realised that...

Published Date: October 14, 2014
Indigo and its checkered past

Indigo and its checkered past

The introduction of indigo business in Bengal was made by the British in the late 1700s. By the late nineteenth century, the trade came to a halt. Indigo production and trade was indeed very prosperous. Extracted from a type of plant, indigo - a natural dye that gives out a particular kind of blue hue - seemed to be a natural wonder. Then why did the business come to an end? A common saying about that colonial era should suffice to explain the downfall: "no indigo box was dispatched to England without being smeared in human blood." Indigo was very flourishing for the planters, but the peasants were deprived. And when...

LS EVENT

Published Date: October 14, 2014
Super Chef Judges lays down challenge

Super Chef Judges lays down challenge

After two gruelling sessions in the Dhaka central round, the list of 24 participants was soon trimmed down to 12. The top 24 participants were asked to cook their best dishes with the ingredients available in the pantry. The 24 were divided into two groups of 12 and then the selection process for...

EVENT

Published Date: October 14, 2014
An Ode to Tangail weaves

An Ode to Tangail weaves

“An Ode to Tangail Weaves” was launched as a celebration of the glorious tradition of Tangail saris and its historical journey and metamorphosis over the decades of its existence in Bengal. Launched jointly by The Fashion Design Council of Bangladesh and Bengal Art Lounge, the exhibition ran from 1 to 4 October. The...

SIX SEASONS

Published Date: October 14, 2014
luxury redefined

luxury redefined

Testament to Bangladesh's reputation as one of Asia's next economic tigers, is the opening of brand new name-brand hotels across the capital city of Dhaka. One of the latest entrants is the Six Seasons Hotel, named such as a reminder that the delta has six seasons instead of four. While still in its infancy,...

EVERGREEN BRICK WORKS

Published Date: October 14, 2014
dead brick field to eco garden

dead brick field to eco garden

We spent a day of this weekend in a dead brick field that was turned into an eco garden in the City of Toronto -- a community environmental centre that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably. The Don Valley Brick Works, also known as the Evergreen Brick Works, is...

  

UNDER A DIFFERENT SKY

Published Date: October 14, 2014
The day the music died

The day the music died

Right before the city was going blind, and all the air was sucked out from above, someone stole a bit of life from the light bulb of the passing foodcart. Others followed the same as a survival mechanism, stealing mechanical light to put where the heart would have been and some air too...

Penny Wise

Published Date: October 14, 2014
Resident Foreign Currency Account (RFCD)

I was at a dinner party recently and the conversation turned to whether Bangladeshi nationals are entitled to have foreign currency accounts. I was surprised at this question,because it has been many years since the Central Bank permitted all local citizens to open a Resident Foreign Currency Account commonly known as RFCD. I have also written about this in my column, but decided to refresh everyone's memory. The features of the account are: 1. It can be in USD, GBP or...

MUSING

Published Date: October 14, 2014
Of aunts and uncles

Of aunts and uncles

After parents and teachers, one remembers their aunts and uncles. They are as loving and understanding as one can get. At times, the aunts and uncles of friends can be incredibly caring too. They are just so nice and loving, that you feel like running away with them, at least for a spell. As...

BY THE WAY

Published Date: October 14, 2014
Back on track

Just like all other good things that must come to an end, Eid holidays are now officially over and done with. We must all resume back to our everyday lives. And the task may seem equally daunting for all. During holidays our eating habits change a lot. If you have gained weight and are worried as the clothes you like don't fit you well, just take a few key pieces to mix and match as your eating habits get back...

WOMEN'S HEALTH

Published Date: October 14, 2014
Nappy rash

Almost all babies will get a nappy rash at some stage but it is most common between 9-12 months of age. If you unwrap your baby's diapers and see red patches on the baby's bottom, or the whole area is red, then your baby has a nappy rash. The skin may look sore and feel hot to touch, and there may be spots, pimples or blisters. Nappy rashes can be caused by prolonged contact with urine or stool, sensitive skin,...

FIGURING FATHERHOOD

Published Date: October 14, 2014
What's meaning got to do with anything?

“ABIBA!' Apparently, that should mean something to me. Like an inconclusive end to an anecdote or even a noun perhaps. Or maybe it means I should pull a pair of trousers over my head and pretend I have bunny ears. Or it could potentially mean the dog has entered the kitchen again and is making a mess of the rubbish bin. 'Abiba!' This time I could hear the exclamation in the word being uttered by a grubby little human being: my...

MUSINGS

Published Date: October 14, 2014
P for potty

P for potty

Every child has his/her own growth chart. Some babies learn things earlier than others and vice versa. When I heard that the daughter of a friend was potty-trained at 18 months, I felt I should make that happen too. I asked my friend for tips, and she gave me a bunch of them....

SPECIAL FEATURE

Published Date: October 14, 2014
The mystery of palmistry

The mystery of palmistry

PALMISTRY, or ‘the practice of evaluating a person's character or future life by reading palms of the hands,’ has been an object of fascination for many. Even if it was merely for fun, I remember huddling around a teacher in school who was famous for palm reading. It used to take him five minutes to make predictions, many of which matched reality. In those five minutes, he would examine the palms intently, which gave him the image of someone holding considerable knowledge of the unseen. My earliest encounter with a palmist was when I was...

TIPS

Published Date: October 14, 2014
Handling stress

In today's tough, demanding life people are overburdened with stress. It has become an exhausting problem for millions of people which diminish one's ability to enjoy one's existence and achievements. The skill lies in handling the worries wisely. Exercise This not only keeps one fit and healthy but it also reduces tension. It enhances a sense of well-being, improves sleep and concentration. Any sort of exercise is useful. A game of tennis, swimming or any other sport would be most effective....

POP UP

Published Date: October 14, 2014
Foot care

The weather is unpredictable nowadays, one moment it is raining and the next it is sunny again. The rain ends up causing dirty water clotting. Continuous exposure to this unhygienic water makes the feet soggy and vulnerable to cracks and infections; which in turn causes bacterial growth on the foot. So the importance of keeping your feet clean cannot be over-emphasised. Washing the feet with liquid after coming back home every time is a start. The heels are generally...

Published Date: October 13, 2014
Four chefs to be shredded tonight

Four chefs to be shredded tonight

Tonight's episode airs at 9pm on Ntv. The Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef 2014 will continue with its elimination rounds. The plan this week is to take the participants out of their comfort zone. Watch the culinary guru, Shawkat Osman -- who is one of the judges of the competition -- prepare one of his specialities...

Published Date: October 12, 2014
Luxury redefined

Luxury redefined

Testament to Bangladesh's reputation as one of Asia's next economic tigers is the opening of brand new name-brand hotels across the capital city of Dhaka. One of the latest entrants is the Six Seasons Hotel. While still in its infancy, Six Seasons has managed to make a reputation for itself. From its restaurants to...

Published Date: October 11, 2014
Wide-eyed in the middle of the night

Wide-eyed in the middle of the night

The dog was not barking. There was no thunder. The lights were off. But still, you woke up, and you just simply couldn't go back to sleep. There are several sleep problems that many of us face in one time or another, from struggling to fall asleep to struggling to wake up on time. And...

Published Date: October 7, 2014
The lure of nihari

The lure of nihari

Forgive us readers but come Eid ul Adha, we at Star Lifestyle tend to go overboard with our enthusiasm of eating beef. We go on a mode of ‘beef starvation’ — refraining from consumption of meat altogether in the build-up to Eid. And come ‘E’ day, we devour like never before. Gluttony, as they...

Published Date: October 6, 2014
The feast of sacrifice

The feast of sacrifice

We wish all our readers a very happy Eid! Eid ul Adha is also commonly referred to as the ‘feast of sacrifice’. And feasting -- alongside the spirituality of the day -- is something we love engaging in. What are your dinner plans tonight? Wondering what special dishes you can make? Shawkat Osman, our food...

Published Date: October 4, 2014
Dressing by Code

Dressing by Code

Have trouble understanding dress codes? Do you ever wonder what the difference between formal, semi-formal and business dress code is? Have you ever made a fashion faux pas because you misunderstood the dress code? Well, we have all been there and because we have, we’d like to help others avoid the same mistake. Dress codes are indeed tricky business. All you have to do though is remember the first three dress codes. A formal dress code, though often used in society today, is an impossible demand to make on people. An actual formal dress code affair, also known as a White Tie affair, usually takes place at embassy parties or...