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World's favourite Tetley Tea in the Bangladesh Market

World famous Tetley Group and one of the country's leading conglomerates ACI have jointly brought in Tetley Tea for consumers in Bangladesh. Tetley tea has given tea lovers all over Bangladesh different variants like Leaf, Dust, Gold (International blend) and also BOP and PD. Tetley Leaf and Dust tea are now available in 10gm, 50gm, 100gm, 200gm and 400gm packs. Customers now have the option of buying Tetley Gold (International blend) tea in two different packs of 100gm and 200gm. Moreover, Tetley BOP and PD are available in 500gm and 1-kg pack.

Furnish away…

BOred with your old furniture? About to move into a new house? Willing to throw out the old and bring in the new?? Well…Navana Furniture is here to help you. Founded in June 2002, this shop boasts an array of furniture ranging from the simple office chair to the very exclusive kitchen cabinets and office workstations. Branches of this shop can be found in Gulshan and Motijheel in Dhaka city along with Comilla, Chittagong and Chandpur.
The products include chairs, tables, beds and accessorising furniture, dining tables, swivel chairs, conference and office tables, hospital furniture, furnishings for schools and private universities, sofas, filing cabinets, office workstations and kitchen cabinets. The raw materials used are wood particle boards and MS tubes and sheets imported from South East Asian countries such as Malaysia and Korea. The usage of such raw materials ensures that the finished products are user-friendly, and look new even after some years as there is no sinking or expansion so commonplace with wood products. They are also treated against insect attacks. Furniture may be custom made but only for special circumstances, for instance, if a whole flat needs to be decorated. There are no installment payment systems and cash makes all payments.
The products vary in size, shape, colour and value according to the numerous customers' needs and their budgets-
· Chairs: Be it the simple chair or the swiveling kind, Navana Furniture has them all, in the price range of taka 500 to taka 18000.
· Tables: Whether they are in the kitchen, dining room, office or conference room, these tables cost between taka 4000 and taka 26000.
· Kitchen cabinets: These are an exclusive range of furnishing for your kitchen and are usually ordered and custom-made, to fit each and everyone's kitchen. The price ranges from taka 30000 to taka 300000.
· Beds: They come in the 5 sizes of Single, Full-size, Double, King and Queen and range from a price of taka 12000 to taka 27000.
· Filing cabinets: with 2, 3 or 4 drawers, these cabinets, made of MS sheets cost between taka 6000 and taka 8500.
· Sofas: Depending on size, style and preference, sofa prices range from taka 9000 to taka 100000.
In the near future, Navana Furniture, which also has numerous dealer showrooms, plans to open more of their own shops and there are even plans for exporting these locally made products. There will be more varieties of furniture, more modern ones that will grasp the new concepts, fashions and designs. So, what are you waiting for? Go to one of these shops and who knows, maybe you'll find your dream furniture or have it made for you!

By Armeen Khan and Sabrina F. Ahmad


Recipes My Way by Mahjabeen Khan

"A memorable trip" -- Part I

I have been looking forward to my recant trip to Orissa. My niece's best friend's daughter, Prarthana was getting married.
We flew into Kolkata for a night and took an afternoon train the next day to the city of Temples, Bhubenswar. When we reached late in the evening my niece's friend, Tripti and her younger daughter, Barnara were there to receive us and take us to their house. I met the beautiful bride to be and her father. In fact I was meeting the whole family for the first time but within minutes it seemed like I had known them for a long time.
There were about twenty-five guests from all over the world, mostly friends and colleagues of Prarthana and Santosh her fiance. We were all put up in two of the most beautiful hotels of Bhubenswar. From the minute we stepped off the train we and the other guests were treated like royalty as though our host's top priority were the guests and not the wedding itself.
In between the various functions of the wedding our hosts had organised sightseeing trips for us. Bhubenswar is famous for its magnificent sculptured temples dating back to the 3rd century BC. Of the 7000 temples built during the centuries, only 500 remain today. It was fascinating to see some of these exquisite monuments, in and around the city.
The evenings were filled with the "Mehndi" ceremony, followed by the "Haldi" the next day. Because Prarthana 's father is from Orissa, her mother from Bengal and Santosh's parents from Chehnnai, Tamil Nadu, every body had to have his/her own version of the ceremonies! For us guests, Bangladeshis, Malaysians, Americans everything was fascinating and beautiful.
The day before the wedding we all left in three comfortable Sumo Jeeps to first visit the lovely temple at Konark. One could spend hours marveling at the sculptures all around the temple but our time was limited and we had to move on to Puri. Walking along the beach and having lunch at the hotel over looking the Bay of Bengal was yet another breathtaking experience. Later on in the afternoon we went to have a look at the Jagannath Temple from outside. In the evening we drove back to Bhubenswar. Back in our hotel, we just had enough time to shower, change, and go to the "Heladi" of the bride.
The next morning was the actual wedding ceremony at 9 am in the morning which was held at the same hotel we were staying in. For us to be decked out in our jamdanis and walk from our room to the ball-room couldn't have been more convenient. The ceremony lasted almost four hours followed by a delicious all vegetable lunch. Compared to the exclusive group of invitees for the wedding ceremony in the morning the reception dinner the same evening was quite a huge affair. Every little detail was looked into with much care and pain. Throughout our four-day stay in Bhubenswar I couldn't stop admiring our hosts, their hospitality and the amount of planning and organising they had to go into, not only in arranging their first child's wedding but putting up so many of us guests in ultimate comfort, looking after our smallest needs, arranging sight-seeing trips -- everything was done with precision planning and with so much thought. For me it was quite mind-blowing. Had I been in our hosts' place I would have had to have supernatural powers! And the best part was -- no one was flustered or losing his/her cool. Even if they were stressed out or tired (which they surely must have been) they were gracious and smiling all the time.
This made me think of some of the weddings in Dhaka where the guests come, eat and often go back home without having a chance to even meet the hosts. Maybe our priorities are different.
Mixed Masala Subzi (vegetables)
Carrots 1 cup peeled & cut into cubes
tomatoes 1 cup cut into cubes
long beans ½ cup into ½ inch length
patol 1 cup unpeeled, cut into cubes
onion ½ cup paste
ginger 1 tbsp paste
garlic 1½ tbsp paste
turmeric ½ tsp powder
clones 1 tsp roasted & crushed
oil ½ cup approx
salt & water ½ cup (at least)
Sauté the carrots, long beans, patol for a few minutes in a little oil. Set aside. In a karai, heat about 3 tbsp of oil. Mix the spices (except the clove) with a little water and fry the paste in the oil for approx. 5 to 6 mins. Add the vegetable and the tomatoes. Stir and add salt. Add water and let it simmer until the vegetable is cooked completely. Sprinkle the clove powder and cover for another minute. Turn off the heat. There should be enough water to have a gravy, unlike a dry bhaji.

Manly Arts


“Saved!!!", read the entry of my diary many, many years back. Just one single word. True being only an eight grader I had hardly grown any facial hair at the time, but the desire to step into manly hood was too hard to bear. The whole incident went unnoticed until I completed my higher secondary education when one day my grandmother popped the question with solemn fear, "tui ki makunda naki?" Grannies can be such sweet hearts!
It took her only a day or more to realise the secret. True I was no makunda but I was not a possessor of the coveted chaap dari either. But whatever I had was decent enough to make it the envy of my friends. Everyday while I gossip, be it at the office or any addakhana, I hear with utter surprise people complain and whine about the hassle of shaving every morning. To me the fun of shaving remains as special as it was on day one.
The way I see it, shaving is no less than a form of art. Every morning I wake up, put music on my computer and as I stand before the mirror, the image of those beardlings makes my heart fill with joy. Taking the can of gel I do the ritualistic bathroom dance, the sound of music playing in the PC and put on a heavy lather. Finally, as I reach for my mach III, the fun really begins.
Some of them get cut, others get to stay but I make a point that none get hurt in the way! Cleaning all the accessories, I approach my favourite after-shave and the sensation of watery Woodspice gives that desired burning sensation- the purpose of the whole procedure. Finally, as I see myself well shaven with a decent goatee, I feel charged for the day that lies ahead and can't help but feel pity for the souls who miss the divine charm of this manly art.

By Lizard King

Hanging Out

Hot stuff at Hot Hut!

Today's hang out is one of my favourite spots: Hot Hut. Situated on top of Seven Eleven on Mirpur Road right before Shumi's Hot Cake, Hot Hut is a true example of what proper ideas and marketing can make out of a push van that sold delicious burgers. Yes, that is exactly Hot Hut's story and it has been in Dhaka for ages. I gathered so much because my mother told me the whole push van phase of Hot Hut when she used to frequent it for burgers.
Anyway, now that it's a proper restaurant one can truly hang out and dine at Hot Hut. It's quite a fusion I should say because it has two sections in the same room that it occupies: a fast food counter and another regular meal get up. What I like about Hot Hut are it's regular meals rather than it's fast food. After all they don't serve Chinese or Indian. Actually they serve a mixture of European and other regional dishes some of which you can only be found at Sonargaon. The Chicken Stroganoff with Rice or Macaroni (go for the latter) and the chicken salad are my personal favourite and I highly recommend them.
They thing that Hot Hut lacks is proper décor and space utilisation. And it's probably the worn down look that causes some people to hesitate pulling out their wallets thinking: this price for this joint? But trust me if you can overlook the décor the food is worth it.
So go try the stroganoff. It's great.

By Tahiat-E-Mahboob


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