Life

Draping Saree: The Bengali Style

Bengali women, being the simpletons that they used to be, adapted a simple style to drape sari. This style is more commonly known as ‘Ek Pyach’ style due to the fact that you don’t have to create pleats (kuchi, as most us know it).

Celebrate Boishakh with Kids

Festival mood depends on age! Really; The more we grow up, the less excited we are for any festival. Even though kids are unknown to the historical fact about pohela boishakh, they seem more lively on this occasion. 'Pohela Boishakh is the first day of the Bengali calender'- do our teen generation know about it?

Style & Fashion

Tip: A pressing on your forehead

Bindi comes from the Sanskrit word Bindu which means a drop, a particle. We call this tip in Bangla. Tip translates to pressing; which seems just right to call it! Tip is a wonderful little thing that adorns our forhead, accentuating our eyeline and overall the shape of our face.

Taking us back to the roots: Clay Ornaments

With Boishakh peeking from the corner, let’s talk about the jewelry that encircles our heritage. Clay ornaments. Bangladeshi culture teaches us to revere the land that lead our lives on. Maati has always been seen as a sacred part of our lives. Imagine the feel when clay was used to make the jewleery! It’s like having your mother and best friend adorn you!

Churi: Color of life

As Bengali women, it is painfully hard for us to imagine a life without racks after racks full of colorful bangles or as well call it, churis. Without churis, it is not possible to be be a proper Bengali woman. With our favorite Bengali festival, Pohela Boishakh just around the corner, girls all over the country are re-stocking their churi collection.

Do-it-yourself hair: Waterfall Braid

Remember the times you had to have two braids, probably with black or white ribbons. After school, you sighed with relief, didn’t you; for the fact that you were done with braiding?

Get natural rosy lips at home

The way your lips look can affect the overall look of your face. Darkened, dry, chapped or bleeding lips can mar the beauty of your smile. A perfect pair of lips looks healthy, pink, soft and flexible. Find out how you can solve you lip problems at home.

The do NOTS of hair color

Hair color is one of the most effective anti-aging tools we have—except when it isn't. Take your dye job too far (or inky, or frosty) and you can add years to your appearance. Three top colorists weigh in on what to avoid.

Flaunt striped bags this summer

A stylish striped bag like actor Courtney Cox uses is a great place to start.

On Trend: Palazzo Pants

The heat is starting to set in. Time for us girls to wrap up those fancy hoodies and synthetic tops, skirts and so on. So, what do we go back to? Boring old lawns? That’s not necessary this spring. Palazzo pants are here at your service.

How to fix last-minute makeup spillovers

From hair to skin and to clothes, here are some shortcuts that will help you save time and give you that super model look. Make your life much simpler with these easy, inexpensive, and most of all, effective beauty hacks.

Food

Summer Recipe Pineapple ginger lemonade

It is another refreshing drink for the summers. Enjoy the yummy recipe!

Give a try ! Innovative recipes of raw mango

Raw mango is a very common fruit our country. We always try it either as bhorta or juice. Here are some different recipes you should like to try on boishakh.

Boishakhi Special: Chirar (flat-rice) naru

Chirar naru is a traditional and popular snack item throughout Bangladesh. But now-a-days it is no longer seen in the cities because it is quite difficult to make. Different types of naru are made from different ingredients, like, coconut-naru, sesame-naru, puffed rice-naru etc.

Boishakhi Special: Moong dal halwa

It's difficult to resist the temptation of delectable Moong Dal Halwa. Though it's generally a winter fare, in summers it will taste best when combined with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Here how you can make it.

Boishakhi Special: Bel-er (wood apple) lassi

Wood apple is known as bel in Bangla. It has a smooth woody shell with a green, gray or yellow peel. The fibrous yellow pulp is very fragrant. Bel is a good source of vitamin A, B, C and dietary fibre.

Boishakhi side dish: Tok-Jhal-Mishti Chutney

Just to clear any doubt this chutney is a traditional Bengali delicacy and is enjoyed as a last course at a sit down Lunch or dinner.

Boishakhi Special: Green Banana Kofta Curry

Green Banana is rich in minerals and fibres. But we don't often like to eat it and get bored with only eating banana bhorta. Time to try this new idea.

Recipe: Milk and Cookie Shots

Milk and cookies are a classic favorite. Most of us have stepped into adulthood with milk and cookies as our snack.

Hot recipe for Boishakh

If you are bored with daily meat intake, then try 'ChalKumro patay Chingri Paturi' recipe on this Boishakh.

Lemon shikanji - Thanda thanda cool cool!

Lebu’r Sharbot, nimbu pani, shikanji or lemonade is the name of a simple summer thirst quencher popular all over the world. From poor farmer staying in a remote Bengali village to someone living in a posh multistory, all rely on this simple drink to sooth their tired soul.

Recipe: Mishti Doi

This Bengali delicacy is a huge favorite with foodies. Enjoy the recipe!

What Kind of Milk Do You Drink?

Whether you pour it over cereal, mix it into a favorite recipe, or stir it into your coffee, there's a good chance you consume some kind of milk during your day.

How to enhance your green tea

A cup of green tea is a good way to start your day. Green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, originating in China but widely used throughout Asia this beverage has a multitude of uses from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer.

Eating red meat ups cancer risk

New reports suggest that eating red and processed meat could increase risk of developing cancer in the gut.

What food should you have on what day

Here is a list of suggestions of foods taht are ideal for different days of the week.

Health

Summer skin woes

This season is known to be the worst which not only dehydrates you but also makes your skin parched and dry.

Running just not be a good idea after all

Bad news for running fanatics: The sport hailed for losing weight, reducing stress, and lowering blood pressure may also end your life early. High-mileage runners as well as non-runners die earlier than moderate runners.

Easy sports to make you healthy

Sport plays an important role in our life as it contributes greatly to our health. If you tend to lead an active and healthy lifestyle, you should certainly do some sports.

Original V-8 recipe

Flat tummy with healthy body- who doesn't want. Here is a recipe which is totally fat free and filled with many benefits. Check it out.

Ear infection of toddlers'

An ear infection (acute otitis media) is most often a bacterial or viral infection that affects the middle ear, the air-filled space behind the eardrum that contains the tiny vibrating bones of the ear. Children are more likely than adults to get ear infections.

Coffee face packs for supple skin

Use these coffee face packs to draw your coffee-addict partner towards you. They are easy to make and well, everybody has coffee at home!

Summer-proof your skin from sins

The summer season is setting in and it's time to keep a special check on your skin.

Perspective

Bring home a puppy, be happy

Read about breeds to find the one with the right size, energy level, trainability and temperament for your lifestyle.

Celebrate Boishakh with Kids

Festival mood depends on age! Really; The more we grow up, the less excited we are for any festival. Even though kids are unknown to the historical fact about pohela boishakh, they seem more lively on this occasion. 'Pohela Boishakh is the first day of the Bengali calender'- do our teen generation know about it?

What not to feed your pet

Even if your pet is begging you to feed him these food items, don't give in.

Older dogs are less attentive than younger ones

Scientists at the Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna, have for the first time investigate the evolution of dogs' attentiveness in the course of their lives and to what extent they resemble man in this regard.

Want to look great on photographs

Want to know secret tips and tricks for looking great in every photo? Today we’re on a journey to discovering the secrets to look perfect in photographs.

Nightmares and how they affect you

You have an eight-legged creature chasing you in the dead of the night and there seems to be no one around.

Taller men are smarter too!

The fact is that women fall for men who are taller. Now, they have an extra reason to go for them as researchers have discovered a significant correlation in the DNA between tall people and intelligence.

Pets bust stress and make you humane

'To err is human, to forgive is canine', most pet-lovers would heartily vouch for this maxim.

Events

'Cinderella', 'Phantom', 'Mama Mia!' alter Broadway schedules

Fans of some of Broadway's top musicals will be able to see their favorite shows on a different day and time as producers introduced Thursday matinees to meet audience demand.

Rare glimpses of remote past

Photographs are like time capsules that preserve glimpses of history. People are easily forgotten once they die, certain segments of history might lose their significance but photographs that have captured people, place, memories and history can outlive the very elements they have captured.

Amar Ekushey Book Fair ends

The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair, the largest literary event of the country, ended yesterday.

Translated literary works on high demand

To get a taste of world literature in our mother language, a good number of buyers are opting for translated books this year at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair.