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  • Fountain pens and investment

    In the words of pen expert John Windsor, “this era is the third big surge for fountain pens.” The first was back in the 20s when coloured plastics in fountain pens were developed, the second in the 80s and the third is now —the 21st century.

  • Taking care of your collectible pens

    Buying and admiring your newest 'investment' is only the beginning. To increase, or at least maintain its original value, you have to go through the bare minimum.

  • Museum hopping in Dhaka

    Museums are boring — a common complaint goes. If you are amongst those who agree with this thought, think again!

  • Stunning beyond the numbers

    Perhaps one of the biggest myths about women over 60s is that they are the least interested in fashion. Why would that be the case? Especially when considering that these women are so much more confident than their younger years; with a strong sense of self and a better understanding of their personalities!

  • Styling as second nature!

    It takes years of effort to achieve precision, and a trademark is created of being stylish, even in casual clothes.

  • Believing in love and marriage…

    “It is her beautiful pair of eyes that intoxicated me and still do” chuckles Imran. “Ever since the day I met her at my friend's house; I had vouched to make this girl mine and so she became!”

  • The perfect wedding trousseau

    Thirteen years is a long time they say. That's how long it has been since I professed my love to the rest of the world, leaving the parents' safe abode to begin a brand new life with a meek and modest young man.

  • Here Comes The Groom

    Men's wear is available in three basic categories, and understanding these can go a long way in helping the groom make the best choice to suit his style, and pocket.

  • An Unforgettable Bridal Shower

    Traditionally, a bridal shower is an intimate, women only, lunch, often hosted by the bride's close and dearest ones before the series of wedding events kick off. While some like to keep it down-low by hosting a little in-house event, some like to go big outdoors. The point here though, is not the sheer size and venue, but the organisation and planning of the whole day that brings an unforgettable smile to the bride's face.

  • Halloween myths and why they exist

    The origin of Halloween comes from the land of the Celts, now modern day France and the British Isles. According to Celtic myths, the dead reside in a faraway land of eternal youth and happiness, called Tir nan Og, and that one could only communicate with the dead during the turning of the year.

  • Cast a spell or two

    Would you not want some 'practical magick' like this in your life? Order your broom to sweep up last night's mess, a flick of your wand to sort out all your chores or maybe a drop of soothing potion for your ever troubled bestie

  • Durga Puja Festival 2018

    Durga's empowered womanhood

    Hymns, camphor-lit invocations and venerations of Durga followed by the immersion of idols in the river — Durga Puja is an electrifying carnival of a religious festival. Rooted in our very own Bengal, and dating way back to the 17th century, Durga Puja has evolved to mean a glorified community affair with lights, fireworks and colours. However, the main tableau of Durga herself is an overlooked story and one for the ages. And, it is here where the spirit of Durga Puja is tethered.

  • Raised by the Mother

    My birthright was to become part of a faith that could trace its roots back to the earliest civilisations known to man, yet it always felt heavy on my shoulders. What my family constantly recounted to me as a privilege always made me feel like an outsider to the rest of the world, but it had less to do with being part of a minority community in this country and more to do with my upbringing.

  • My Beloved Deshi Sari

    That was only Tagore and what about our very own Humayun Ahmed? His ladies are always described wearing the perfectly pleated Taant in the deepest shades of blue, almost replicating the ocean or the sky.

  • Diet plan for weight loss

    Intermittent fasting- the new diet planner in town

    Intermittent fasting, as the name suggests, is a dieting scheme or plan which involves a period of eating, followed by a period of not eating, repeated over time. Of course, water is consumed during the fasting period, including fluids like fruit juices, tea, coffee etc. but, without sugar, or very small amounts of sugar, preferably less than 50 calories.

  • Tales of two foodies

    As two blokes sit at a coffee shop somewhere in Gulshan immersed in conversation over their love for all things food; in the midst of it, I hastily try to scribble note after note of their many anecdotes and the food adventures they've been on.

  • The fertile grounds

    Over the years the nature of harassment children experience at school in the hand of their peers has changed; it is important we re-assess the situation based on its current nature.

  • The ABC's of bullying

    Areeba Binte Sadiq was nervous on the day she stepped into her new school. Experiencing mixed emotions, she secretly nurtured the anticipation of quickly making new friends, and blending in with ease. Yet, deep down the fear 'what if it does not work' was also very real.

  • The fertile grounds

    Over the years the nature of harassment children experience at school in the hand of their peers has changed; it is important we re-assess the situation based on its current nature.

  • The ABC's of bullying

    Areeba Binte Sadiq was nervous on the day she stepped into her new school. Experiencing mixed emotions, she secretly nurtured the anticipation of quickly making new friends, and blending in with ease. Yet, deep down the fear 'what if it does not work' was also very real.

  • Top 5 Beauty & Lifestyle Apps

    Apps- tiny little icons just a click away on our smartphones, we use them everyday for multifarious purposes! But, what if we told you the names of some apps that can play a major role to redefine your living?

  • Terror in the machine

    Global statistics still show that maximum bullying incidents take place in schools. The very classrooms and playgrounds that we deem safe for our children can cause untold miseries for them at the hands of none other than their peers. Even though the perpetrators can be anyone from teachers to staff, in most cases the bullies are children themselves.

  • The silent victims

    Laila Khondkar, Director, Child Right Governance and Child Protection, Save the Children in Bangladesh is a well-known expert in this field and she addresses a very relevant but misrepresented aspect of bullying in the current context.

  • Come into my mind

    “One thing we must always keep in mind is that bullying is a universal phenomenon and is not limited to urban playgrounds; it can happen anytime, anywhere — while you walk on the streets, at a party you attend, and for adults even in the workplace. It can even start in your own home” said Dr Ahmed, the reputed psychiatrist.

  • Cattle tales

    Cattle tales

    Bangladesh is home to various cattle breeds and their crosses. Although it is hard to distinguish between the breeds, as farmers do not keep accounts of the cattle being bred,

  • Cattle tales

    Cattle tales

    Bangladesh is home to various cattle breeds and their crosses. Although it is hard to distinguish between the breeds, as farmers do not keep accounts of the cattle being bred,

  • Mosaic art in mosques

    Illuminating rays from hanging lamps, glazed tiles sheathing interiors of domes, marble designs and encircling inscriptions- Islamic art is monolithic, especially in its variety.

  • Hanging gardens

    The desire to have lush gardens in our backyard is unfortunately nothing but a pipe dream if you happen to reside in Dhaka's concrete jungle. With the very little living space most of us have in apartments, it is truly a luxury to even have a corner for planters, let alone an entire space dedicated to greenery. Thinking outside the box will grant you the wisdom of abandoning all hopes for horizontal space, and instead, capitalising on the vertical real estate instead.

  • A story of the Sari and its paar

    A sari is not a mere piece of garment for Bengali women. In its delicate folds lie hundreds of years of tradition. An attire so imbued in our culture and heritage, it feels special every single time, and bestows its wearer with grace and poise.

  • Infidelity: a complicated affair

    To understand infidelity, first you have to explore the dynamics of a relationship. Just being in love is not enough to make a relationship work. Both partners need to be honest, loyal compassionate and appreciative in a relationship.

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