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Knowledge speaks

The inner conscious


Moral education is becoming an increasingly popular topic in the fields of psychology and education. Media reports of increased violent juvenile crime, substance abuse, suicide and above all, the declining value system, have caused many to declare a moral crisis in our nation.

While not all of these social concerns are moral in nature, and most have complex origins, there is a growing trend towards linking the solutions to these and related social problems to the teaching of moral and social values in our public schools.

All development emerges from action; that is to say, individuals construct and reconstruct their knowledge of the world as a result of interactions with society. How can we develop as a nation if the society has to offer only despair!

Morality describes the principles that govern our behaviour. Without these principles in place, societies cannot survive for long. The educators have to ensure fair play and harmony between individuals; help to make us good people in order to have a good society; and have to keep us in a good relationship with the power that created us. They should clearly preach that our beliefs are critical to our moral behaviour and emphasise that morality impacts our everyday decisions.

Children should be taught to be kind, responsible and respectful. They should be encouraged to develop the desire to better themselves. We, as a nation, should not, at any cost, have to ever pronounce, “ Education has produced a vast population able to read, but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.”

A famous saying goes, “To succeed is nothing, it's an accident, but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.” And who do you think should help in the formation of the character of a society, because in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence. Are all schools in our country ready to face the challenge? Is the faculty strong enough to handle the noble task of steering the nation towards a guaranteed, safe future? Or do we need effective strategic planning? Whatever is the case, we have to act real fast to avoid failure.

If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values and realise that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.

Check it out

Menz Klub

Celebrating the coming Sharadiya Durga Pooja, fashion house Menz Klub presents an extensive line of panjabis befitting the occasion. The selection of designs has been done keeping the pooja in mind and bears the signature touch of MK. Also available are party wear, shirts, trousers, jeans, fatuas and t-shirts.

Available at all Menz Klub outlets

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Three new offers of Banthai

BANTHAI has brought three new offers for their both male and female clients. These three offers will make your hair more beautiful, smooth and long lasting. The offers are Permanent Blow Dry, Monochromatic Highlights and Advanced Haircut.

In Permanent Blow Dry your hair will remain straight and retain its body through flat rebonding. Monochromatic Highlight is the variation of colour for your hair. In this offer, the shade of colour is applied in a deep-to-light fashion from either top to bottom or bottom to top direction. Advanced Haircut is an exceptional haircut that is also called normal high-tech hair cut. This haircut depends on the size of your hair.

On these new offers chief executive of Banthai, Quazi Qumrul Islam said, “These new services are completely chemical free and anybody can come here to avail the services. We try to keep our services within the consumer's range.”

By Mahtabi Zaman

Puja with Kay Kraft

PUJA is without question one of the biggest religious festivals of this country. Sharadiya Durga Puja has a character that not only affects the Hindu community but also transcends religious differences. Keeping the mass appeal of Puja in mind, boutique Kay Kraft has introduced their line of Puja attires.

Available are saris in muslin, silk and endi silk. Men can opt for panjabis or fatuas. Cotton saris are priced between Tk 450-1050, half silk between 1400-2200, endi Tk 3000-5000, muslin between Tk 3500-7500. Also on offer are jewellery and decorative pieces for the household.

Puja Collection 2010 is available in all Kay Kraft outlets.


PUJA is only days away. Blending comfy fabrics, perfect for the season, with eclectic designs, boutique Abartan showcases Sharadiya Puja Collection. There has been a profuse use of mixed cotton, silk and muslin in designing trend-setting saris, shalwar kameez suits, fatuas and panjabis.

Puja Collection is available at all Abartan outlets.

Eating oute

Barista now at Gulshan

The internationally renowned coffee shop has opened a new branch at Gulshan- 1. This is their third outlet in Dhaka, following the ones in Kawran Bazar and Uttara. The opening took place at the restaurant premises on the afternoon of September 29, and was attended by special guests and assorted media. The special guests included Deputy High Commissioner of Italian Embassy Edmondo Falconi, Indian High Commission Defense Advisor R.N. Nair, and Balbir Singh, Second Secretary Counselor, Embassy of India.

The guests were treated to cappuccinos and bite-sized sandwiches and it was easy to see why the brand is a standard-bearer among cafes.

The restaurant's decor is tasteful and muted, with fine touches that make the brand internationally recognised. The coffee is what it's all about, and it is excellent - only the best Arabica beans, roasted to perfection.

“At Barista we help our guests experience the 'Joy of Coffee' as reflected in the warm ambience, the exotic flavours and the friendly service provided by the brew-masters. Barista consumers aspire for a unique lifestyle, a lifestyle that permits them to indulge in much more than their favourite coffee. Barista believes in offering the true Espresso experience to its customers.” says Tarak Bhattacharya, COO of Barista and MRPL in Bangladesh.

Barista was brought to Bangladesh by MGH Restaurants Private Limited in 2009.


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Grill on the Skyline

In this cluttered city, where breathing spaces are few and far between, we often look skyward for relief. Rooftops, for many, are the only source of open space where relief can be found from the congestion and pollution below. The city was crying out for a classy rooftop restaurant that affords patrons the opportunity to enjoy the night sky and spend time with friends, and with 'Grill on the Skyline' on its roof, Dhaka Regency has provided just that.

“It all started when we hosted the barbecue festival last winter,” explained Zaireen Sultana Lupa, Assistant Manager, Brand Communications, Dhaka Regency Hotel and Resort. “It proved to be a very popular event, and the Managing Director of Regency, Musleh Ahmed, conceived the idea of opening a rooftop restaurant.

“It was always in the offing, because we had the swimming pool on the roof, which itself is very popular, and about 20,000 square feet of unutilised space.”

That space seems now to have been excellently utilised. No expense has been spared to lend the area an air of refinement. Musleh Ahmed -- also the founder of BBIG (British Bangladesh Investment Group), the first project of which is Dhaka Regency -- took great pains to achieve the result. He personally went to China to bring back the elegant furniture that graces the al fresco eatery.

The grass on the rooftop is actually astro-turf, guaranteeing greenness all year round. A major part of the classy and relaxed ambience is provided by the four huts that line one side of the roof, all imported from China.

“We had a soft opening for Grill on the Skyline on Eid day,” added Lupa. “We are planning on a proper opening in the near future, with probably a winter barbecue festival weekend. Plans are still in progress. At present we have a promotional menu featuring multi-cuisine; at the grand opening we are planning on introducing an extended set, comprised mainly of grilled items.”

Even though it is a promotional menu, it holds many delights for food-lovers. Although small in number, the items on offer span a substantial range of tastes. Main dishes include Grilled Chicken, Lamb Kebab and Fish n' Chips, while there is also a Pizza section, a Pasta section and a Specials section that includes Chicken Shwarma and Blackened Chicken Burger. For the younger crowd, there is also the ever-popular sheesha.

Although the menu for the grand opening hasn't been put to paper yet, a sneak preview will surely set barbeque lovers' mouths watering. The new menu is set to include such culinary stalwarts as Seafood Alla Bella Luna, Spicy Shrimp and Crab Cake, Lobster Thermidor, Trio of Baby Lamb, Turkish Mixed Sizzling Grill, and Sikandari Tandoori.

Stars above, the cool of the night, delicious food on the table, company of close friends and family; what more does one need? This is where 'Grill on the Skyline' really shines. Music plays a big role in the atmosphere of a place, and Dhaka Regency seems to have got it just right. Live music is played on all days of the week, but care has been taken to keep the music soft and consistent with the serene ambience. The live performance begins everyday from 7:30 pm onwards.

On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, guests can enjoy the charms of Ghazaal. On Sundays and Mondays the traditional flute enchants diners, and Tuesdays and Wednesdays present the unique pleasures of the sitar and tabla.

Then there is the view. Peer over the western railing and you will see bright lights below of houses and cars, reminding you of the busy life you left below, and to which you must return. Look a bit further, and you can see big jet planes ambling to and fro on the tarmac, taking off and landing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

“The best time to come here, I think, is 5:30 in the evening, when the sunset gives the sky a beautiful blend of hues,” opines Lupa. “In fact, the other day, a middle-aged couple arrived in the late evening and stayed for four hours, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the cuisine. That tells me that this is a place where people would like to just come and relax, and enjoy the rare opportunity to unwind and take in some fresh air inside the city limits.”

When it comes to rooftops the question of rain inevitably comes up, especially in a climate such as ours. “We operate at a reduced capacity during downpours,” explains Lupa. “What is pleasantly surprising is that some of our guests have said that they enjoy the place more during rainfall. The music, coupled with the rainfall, really highlights the romance of the place.”

When it's raining, diners can move to a shaded area, and the huts also provide shelter. Additionally, there are holes in the floor around some tables that enable umbrellas to be set up.

The space can also be rented for corporate events such as banquets and parties. For such events the capacity of the restaurant is 120 seating, and 170 if standing space is taken into account. There is also a smaller space, elevated one floor above the rest of the establishment, that can be rented for private family gatherings, etc., with a capacity of up to twenty persons.

'Grill on the Skyline' is open everyday from 4 pm to 11:30 pm. Last call is at 11.

Rain or shine, whether it is to get away, enjoy time with friends and family, or just relax by yourself, Dhaka Regency's newest addition will not only satisfy, but possibly exceed your expectations. Leave the city behind, or rather below, and cherish your perch in the sky, if only for a little while.

Photo courtesy: Dhaka Regency



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