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Life Style & Fashion

Mithila - A Symbol of Empowerment

Mithila - A Symbol of Empowerment

You have recently completed your Master's Degree with the highest honor. How difficult is it to balance your career, motherhood, office and studies at the same time? Simply put, I always try to set my priorities straight. I really enjoy working hard to meet deadlines, and I have never missed a single deadline in my university life. I go to my office five days a week, and my office work is very important to me. I usually shoot during weekends. There is no real 'secret' to achieving a good result; everyone has different methods of getting there. For me, I always tend to turn all my stress into resolve. Working harder is my way of tackling all the challenges that come my way. For everyone who asks me how I multitask that well, I tell them that I just really enjoy everything that I do. Maintaining a family alongside it is certainly difficult, but nothing that a strong woman can't handle.

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HEERA - BEFORE THE NEXT STEP

Heera has often been lauded as Bangladesh's Kareena Kapoor. Despite having both beauty and brains along with all the qualities of a megastar, she has not quite been able to reach her potential. Even then, she is one of the most well known models and TV actresses in the country. Showbiz presents to you the sizzling Heera, who valiantly talks about the industry and some of the problems in it. We know that there is a lot of dissatisfaction and loss of viewership in our media at the moment. What is your opinion on this? I am quite aware of that, there has even been a movement/protest regarding this. We, as an audience are so obsessed with Indian Bengali serials that we are ignoring our own media, and all our artists have to pay the price for that. We have to prioritize our own media above all, we need the support from our own audience in order to survive as entertainers. Even in our own channels, dubbed versions of foreign TV serials are shown and people watch that ignoring the Bangladeshi serials, which is very harmful for our industry. This is why I think the protest was necessary and justified.

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The sisterhood of sartorial spirit!

The sisterhood of sartorial spirit!

Style is a personal thing; it is as unique and individual as one's personality. There hardly is anything more attractive than a man or a woman who knows his or her mind and has developed a strong sense of personal style. One's style is not developed in a day. It takes years of experimentation, varied life experiences and a sound sense of judgment to cultivate a personal style that is one's own. Different physical attributes and features contribute to building a set of ideas that work brilliantly for one but not for another. Fashion is a living and breathing concept that requires constant care, nurturing and cultivation. Otherwise it fails to make an impact. Some of us have that one friend who is constantly reinventing her personal style, and in the process inspires those around. She is the gracious one; a melodious swan among other lesser quacking ducks. The sisterhood of sartorial spirit! After voraciously reading and believing every article in fashion magazines where the importance of developing a personal style has been stressed upon time and again, I wholeheartedly believe that every woman should possess some strong ideas regarding her own self. Well, fashion-wise, at least!

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WHEELS, WOMEN AND AIRBRUSHED ART - SEMA 2015

There are plenty of tuner shows worldwide, but few are as diverse or edgy as SEMA. Held every year in Las Vegas, the SEMA is a show of epic proportions, combining the best bits of tuner and custom car culture into one huge show that is as popular with mainstream automotive brands as it is with those involved in the custom car world. Manufacturers love it because it's a great platform to launch their youth oriented models, and brands like Scion, Acura, Ford and Hyundai treat the SEMA event with as much importance as Geneva or LA Auto Show.

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Age-wise facial guide

Age-wise facial guide

Here are some things you should know before opting for a facial or a facial routine The sun, dirt, grime, pollution, stress - they're all taking a toll on your skin. You may not immediately realise it, but over time it shows. Dehydration due to sun causes fine lines and pigmentation. You could also face breakouts and suffer from blackheads. Hence, it's essential to follow a facial routine that's right for you.

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The Lustrous Runway in pictures

Lustrous, meaning shiny, was perhaps the most apt of adjectives to be placed fittingly in the titular position of Pond's Lustrous Runway Edition VI. The biggest fashion extravaganza of the country took place at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel and it raised the bar further than ever before.

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Dementia drugs can lead to harmful weight loss

Dementia drugs can lead to harmful weight loss

Common drugs used to treat dementia can result in harmful weight loss in the elderly, researchers have warned.Alzheimer's disease and other dementias affect one in six people aged over 80.The main drug treatments, a class of medications called cholinesterase inhibitors are marginally beneficial for most patients and may have serious side effects such as gastrointestinal symptoms.Weight loss also is a significant problem in dementia patients and linked to increased mortality.

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​Look good without eye makeup

Eyes are said to be the windows to your soul, so enhance and accentuate them without using makeup. Makeup artist Nirmal Randhawa, owner of Indica Makeover studio, shares a few steps to look great and gorgeous sans the conventional eye beautification:

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‘Killer’ selfie

A Romanian teenager has died after touching a live wire on top of a train while attempting to take the “ultimate selfie. Anna Ursu, 18, and one of her friends went to a train station in Lasi in northeast Romania to take a 'special selfie' she intended to post on Facebook, London-based Daily Mail reported.She burst into flames after her leg touched an electric wire, sending 27,000 volts through her body, a witness said. Her 17-year-old friend was reportedly blown off the train by the force of the current.

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Bangladeshi tops Brush Contest second round

Bangladeshi makeup artist Farnaz Alam has clinched the top spot at the second round (Malaysia region) of The Brush Contest, the world's first-ever online international makeup artist contest happening exclusively on YouTube.  Farnaz, the director of beauty saloon Woman's World, is one of the 50 contestants selected from 10,000 makeup artists in Malaysia region in the first round.

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Duck delicious

Ducks were always a delicacy. But in winter, there is of course an added fervour in eating ducks. Well, winter is almost over but you still have a few good days left. ‘Haash bhuna’ -- duck curry cooked in ‘deshi’ style -- along with ‘bhuna khichuri’ is our all-time favourite. But the list of duck recipes is of course very long.

This Friday, cook up a duck and arrange a family feast. Here’s a recipe for you:

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Hatil in DITF 2015

Courtesy: Hatil

Furniture design's old school of thought often involved prioritising elaborate and ornate designs, which may not be necessarily functional. The value of the furniture was determined by how long it took an artisan to make it. But, modern furniture has blended the utility of an object with the beauty of its materials to present a visually satisfying element. The design should be simple with an apparently functional structure and no redundant material. This is how the minimalist design concept entered into furniture design with the motto, 'less is more'. Minimalism has contributed to the futuristic architectural design and modern home décor.

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New look for DC’s Donovan House by Kimpton

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It was April 2012 that Kimpton stepped-in to provide this hotel with the guidance necessary to bring this property into the current decade, and mould the hotel to be more competitive in the very cut-throat hospitality industry of DC. Having just revealed an impressive multimillion-dollar renovation to the 193 guestrooms, suites and hallways, Donovan House now has a much more inviting Kimpton “feel” to the property, writes Damon M. Banks.

With an ideal location on 14th Street NW overlooking Thomas Circle, Donovan House is primed to win the hearts of the modern-day travelers looking for style and convenience. Never forgetting the rich history this hotel possesses, the design aptly reflects the original modern style with nods to its namesake, “Wild” Bill Donovan, who was the founder of the OSS, and what is now the CIA. Because of Donovan’s love for traveling internationally, the hotel’s design is inspired by the sleek Asian and European influences, along with a touch of Washington, DC.

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Murtaza Baseer: Human beings are at the core of my art - See more at: http://www.dhakatribune.com/lifestyle/2014/sep/13/murtaza-baseer-human-beings-are-core-my-art#sthash.HVnJgBBa.dpuf

I paint as a professional only to survive as I have no other source of making money. I had been a teacher at Chittagong University for almost 30 years. For what I have become today or what I have done, I owe it to the university,” he said.   A solo art exhibition of Murtaza opened at Gallery Kaya in Uttara of the capital at 5pm yesterday. M Sayeduzzaman, former senior public servant, inaugurated the exhibition in the presence of the octogenarian artist, who defied his ailments to attend the opening.  As an artist, I explore the heritage of Bangladesh and India, said Murtaza.  “I explore the social, cultural, political, historical and religious aspects of the two countries,” he said.   Murtaza said he was greatly influenced by European art in the 80s but an incident at the time radically changed his ideas.  “That time I went to Japan to attend an art festival and upon my return, I spent a lot of time in the libraries to study scriptures, myth and history,” he said.   The artist said he began mingling western art with native art after 1993.  “In this exhibition, I have some works based on that idea. Some works were done with oil pastels as my doctor asked me not to use oil because it would deteriorate my health,” he said.   “When I fell ill recently, I thought I have to survive because I have things to do. Even the doctor thought I would die but I managed to survive. You can say I wanted to survive because the earth is beautiful.

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THE DYNAMIC DUO

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Tahsan really needs no introduction. It'll be very hard to find anyone in the country who hasn't heard of him. His introduction into the music scene was met with massive positive response and his popularity is rising everyday. Although his first identity is that of a musician and singer, he has also successfully ventured into the world of acting. As if all those things weren't impressive enough, he is also a Professor at BRAC University! He is not only talented but also highly educated. His wife Mithila is just as impressive. Also a singer and actor, her passion is development work and she wishes to work more to support the underprivileged in the future. The multi-tasking dynamic duo recently became parents. Star Showbiz recently caught up with both of them to learn more about their lives.

 

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Binge-shopping at BONGO

If there's one thing winter absolutely always promises, it's that it's the only season when you can blend the dapper look with street swag. Winter clothes exude style, be it a simple jacket, a sweater vest or a turtle-neck, this climate is perfect for the fashionista. A Dhaka dweller perhaps reaps the most from this, as the capital is where the options for your wardrobe seem endless.

The first stop for almost all Dhakaiites during winter is Bongo Bazaar. Since its establishment in 1989, Bongo Bazaar, a cluster of shops that make up the market, has been the place to shop for clothes. Despite the increasing number of malls and branded shops, Bongo Bazaar has still managed to not only hold on to but augment its clientele.

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Cakes galore

Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed

It’s winter! And the barometer agrees. Butthis season, many might argue, is not the most comfortable of all. We have a hard time battling the cold chills. Nevertheless, we cherish this time for at least one reason: winter is the time to have delectable pithas.The strong incentive to get out of your blanket in a cold morning is to relish in the sweet, steaming ‘bhapa pitha’. Of course, the menu is not restricted to ‘bhapa pitha’ only. Another savoury is the simple ‘chithoi pitha’. But don’t underestimate it for its simplicity. Dip slices of it in date palm juice (‘khejurer rosh’) and then put it in your mouth – you’ll be transferred in seventh heaven. Or have it with spicy ‘bhortas’.

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