A cooking school for women
Do you relish the
prospect of having to cook or do you dread it because your culinary
skills are poor? If your answer is the latter then you need not worry
any more. After all, you can go to 'Nipuna' and become an expert at
cooking in no time.
Dilara Timir, the
wife of renowned singer Timir Nandi, established 'Nipuna' in 1997. From
her childhood Dilara Timir was very fond of cooking. Her elder sister
was extremely talented at cooking, and so in her younger days she used
to watch her sister cook. Even during her University life she managed
to hold onto her passion for cooking. Her friends and relatives used
to regularly praise her culinary skills after she treated them to various
delicacies that she had prepared by herself. However, at that stage
of her life she never contemplated about becoming a cooking instructor.
It was only after she got married that she realised that she did not
want to be a simple housewife, but wanted to do something meaningful
with her life. After pondering over what she could do, she set up 'Nipuna'
at: D-28, Block-E, 1st Floor, Zakir Hossain Road, Mohammadpur.
At 'Nipuna', Dilara
Timir primarily offers twelve courses on cooking. They are: special
thai, chinese, cakes, mughlai, special pakistani biryani, special snacks,
ice cream, confectionery, dessert, special halua, kebab & sweetmeat.
For each course she charges her students TK 1000. About 10-14 items
are taught in every course. For instance, in the special thai course
she teaches how to make: thai hot soup, thai soup, special thai rice,
grilled chicken, spicy pomfret, thai fish cake, thai chicken mushroom
ginger, thai chowmein, chicken saate, thai mixed vegetable, thai chicken
red curry, thai cashew nut salad, thai chicken chilli & thai chicken
cashew nut. It is worth mentioning that in addition to her main twelve
courses, Dilara Timir also offers supplementary courses on: special
juice, lentils, vegetables, parathas, chicken curry, salad preparation
and microwave cooking.
Dilara Timir's cooking
school has already proved to be immensely popular. This is clearly reflected
from the fact that some of her students travel all the way from Kaliganj
to learn cooking from her. Another interesting aspect about her school
is that although the vast majority of her students are young women,
even aged women attend her classes. Presently, her oldest student is
So, what are you
waiting for? Without further delay, get enrolled at 'Nipuna' to add
a touch of delight to your dinner table.
Sayeed Mahmud Nizam
Many of us are reluctant to wear our spectacles because we feel that
we would look like a geek if we do so. However, by not wearing them
we end up doing even more damage to our eyesight than had initially
been the case. A way out of this Catch-22 situation is to use contact
lenses because they enable us to take care of our eyes without marring
our radiant looks. There are two types of powered contact lenses. They
are: colourless & coloured. Colourless contact lenses cost TK 1400,
while coloured ones cost TK 2900. For those of you who are dissatisfied
with the colour of your eyes, you can use powerless contact lenses to
obtain the eye colour of your choice. Powerless contact lenses cost
between TK 900-TK1300. All of these contact lenses are available at
the New Market branch of Fashion Optics.
Many students do serious damage to their eyesight by studying in insufficient
light. Parents would do a huge favour to their wards if they bought
them a table lamp. The light produced by a table lamp is excellent for
reading purposes, and it ensures that their wards do not develop eyesight
problems. At Aslam Trading Agency (Purana Paltan & Gulshan), both
local and foreign table lamps are being sold. Their prices range between
An aquarium full of goldfish is aesthetically pleasing. Also, by gazing
at the fish you can kill time when you have nothing better to do. Therefore,
you should seriously contemplate about purchasing an aquarium and a
few goldfish for your home. At Matshya Mela (Katabon), various sizes
of aquariums are sold. For instance: 1.5 feet, 2 feet, 2.5 feet, 3 feet
& 3.5 feet. These aquariums are sold in the range of TK 750-TK1800.
It is worth mentioning that a pair of goldfish cost about TK 150.
Although broadband connections are available, the vast majority of us
still use a dial-up connection to connect to the Internet. An indispensable
accessory to have a dial-up connection is a modem. There are two types
of modems. They are: internal & external. One advantage of having
an internal modem is that they are inexpensive, while an advantage of
an external modem is that if a problem develops with the modem than
the whole casing of the CPU does not have to be opened. At Choice Computers
(Elephant Road, Phone: 8622861) an internal modem is sold between TK
500-TK850, and an external one is sold between TK 1750-TK4500. Please
note that the prices quoted may change due to market conditions.
Delectable food must be served using a dinner set. A good-looking dinner
set makes the whole experience of eating even more enjoyable. At Gramsico
(Elephant Road) some excellent dinner sets can be purchased. A 32-piece
dinner set is being sold between TK 1750-TK4500, while a 52-piece dinner
set can be bought between TK 3350-TK8300. Besides purchasing a dinner
set for your own home, you can also present one to a friend or relative
on their wedding.
In recent days the heat has started to become unbearable. With summer
yet to arrive, the mercury level is set to rise even further. To gain
respite from the sweltering heat, it is absolutely imperative to have
a ceiling fan at home. 'National' is a renowned brand for ceiling fans
and it is available at electrical stores all over the country. There
are two types of 'National' ceiling fans in the market. A fan made from
steel costs about TK 1000, while one made from aluminium costs TK 1200.
If you have a bit more cash to spare you might be interested in purchasing
an air conditioner. At Samsung Sales & Display Centre (National
Stadium Market) a 1-ton AC is sold for TK 28000, a 1.5-ton AC for TK
31500 and a 2-ton AC for TK 38000.
Sayeed Mahmud Nizam
According to a news item published in the Daily Star of April 05,
there is a plan to rebuild the Shahbag fountain demolished only a
month ago. This activity in the name of beautifying Dhaka and traffic
management is becoming more and more confusing. Chaos is reigning
in all the places where there were roundabouts. If there are plans
to rebuild it all over again, then why in the first place demolish
In another news (12 April) it was revealed that a perfectly healthy
city requires at least 25 percent of open space from the total area.
Dhaka City has only 17 percent. Unplanned urbanisation is already
squeezing life out of the dwellers. Yet we see more high-rise buildings
blocking the tiny bit of sky that was visible. There is no place left
where a person can stroll around and enjoy the nature. Residential
areas are losing all the open fields that used to be children's playground.
They are growing up playing in the rooftop and balconies. This unhygienic
state is alarming and something needs to done about it.
Dhaka City is full of unfit vehicles. Sometimes these vehicles break
down in the middle of the streets. Usually it takes hours to get a
tow truck and move the vehicle. Broken down local bus occupying busy
thoroughfares creating heavy traffic jam is a very frequent sight.
This is because we have only a few tow trucks that do not meet the
need. Most of the times the job is done manually meaning labourers
pushing from behind to move the object aside or tying it with another
vehicle and then pull it. This process is highly inefficient. More
tow truck obviously means a field of potential business opportunity.
that 90 percent of Dhaka's vehicles are driven by fake licence holders?
(The Daily Star April 12) The figure is horrifying indeed. These drivers
pose a great risk to the passengers. The BRTC and the BRTA launched
several awareness programmes but it turned to be huge failures. Most
of the offenders including the BRTA officials responsible for issuing
fake license go unpunished. If awareness programmes do not work then
punishment should be introduced for the drivers. Sending them to mandatory
training curses could be one of them.