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LIFESTYLE – BD Updated http://bdupdated.com Online News Portal Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:54:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.4 Life’s golden treasure http://bdupdated.com/archives/111 http://bdupdated.com/archives/111#respond Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:44:01 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=111 The golden treasure of a child is his or her education. Education is essential for a child’s growth, success and happiness. It helps the child to know and understand the world around. But what is education? Education is learning how to read and write. Education is knowledge and skills. It teaches us many things. Education …

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The golden treasure of a child is his or her education. Education is essential for a child’s growth, success and happiness. It helps the child to know and understand the world around.

But what is education? Education is learning how to read and write. Education is knowledge and skills. It teaches us many things. Education helps us to grow up with the right attitude, self-confidence and opinions.

Education helps us to embrace changes. Many are afraid of changes and failing. The fear of failure should not stop us in our track of accepting changes, making changes to achieve our dreams.

Nowadays, there are many changes taking place in all the fields and the competition level is very high and fierce.

So, one needs to keep up with the changes and learn new things. Never be afraid to embrace changes, and dream a beautiful dream.

Education opens up to books in our life. Books are a man’s best friends. They help us move beyond and face challenges in life.

Books are of different kinds. You can choose your favourite books and learn to enjoy reading them. But, one should read good books that provide information or some good story books.

Also, every child should read books to improve vocabulary skills. You can buy books or borrow them from the library.

Help poor children to learn. Not everyone can afford to send their child to a private school. But there are government schools which provide free education to all.

Nowadays government schools are trying to improve the quality of education and teaching.

Teach a girl child. You should never hold back to help teach a girl child. These days, women are walking shoulder to shoulder with men.

In fact, some of them are earning more than men. If a child is educated, he or she can even start a big business. So, save a daughter and teach a daughter. Give her your best

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Muslims around the world began observing Ramadan on Monday, Islam’s holy month during which believers abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.

But among those displaced by fighting in Iraq and Syria, many families say that tough living conditions will make it difficult for them to participate this year.

Falluja, already suffering water, food and medicine shortages, is being bombed by Iraqi forces, allied Shi’ite militias and aircraft from the US-led coalition, in an offensive to retake the city from Islamic State militants.

Many families have fled to a nearby makeshift camp, where they say they have little electricity to keep them cool in the blistering heat of the daytime fasting hours, and little food to break the fast at dusk.

“Who can fast this year? Doesn’t someone who fasts need to eat? We have nothing,” said 75-year-old Shukriya Na’im, in comments echoed by many others in the camp.

“We used to lead a comfortable life when we were at our home. We used to fast and welcome Ramadan with happiness but now our life in the tents is so hard, diseases are rampant and it is too hot,” Sana Khamis, also displaced, said.

In Damascus, many complained that economic hardship caused by Syria’s five-year conflict made it hard to enjoy the month’s festive spirit.

Ramadan traditionally begins the morning after the sighting of the crescent moon. In most countries it began on Monday, although some Muslims in countries including Oman, Pakistan, Iraq and Lebanon – were due to start a day later. The daily fast often ends with a large evening meal.

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Breads, Buns, and the Night of Barat http://bdupdated.com/archives/83 http://bdupdated.com/archives/83#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:40:34 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=83 Believer or not, some rituals are to be cherished and celebrated forever. Shab-e-Barat is one such tradition, not only for its religious aspects but also for the social side of it. How beautiful were those days of crochet-covered assortments of sweets made with a lot of love and sent with wishes of prosperity to relatives, …

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Believer or not, some rituals are to be cherished and celebrated forever. Shab-e-Barat is one such tradition, not only for its religious aspects but also for the social side of it. How beautiful were those days of crochet-covered assortments of sweets made with a lot of love and sent with wishes of prosperity to relatives, friends and neighbours!

Times have changed and so have the ways of making food, so maybe it’s time to go a step further and bring about a global twist to the main accompaniment to the Shab-e-Barat delicacies – the humble “ruti” so to speak. You can make use of your oven during Shab-e-Barat so you can add some unique items to your food tray. All you need to do is think outside the box a little and match the breads and buns to the sweets and savoury items you are cooking up for the festive evening. Pita for both sweet and savoury dishes and some sweet buns filled with haluas of your choice will surely add some innovation to the menu. And who knows, the fragrance of baking may bring you good luck on the holy night.

SEMOLINA BUNS
Ingredients

For the semolina filling
1 cup semolina
1 cup white sugar
1 cup milk
1 large stick cinnamon
1 cardamom pod
1 tbsp ghee (optional)

For the dough
4 cups bread flour
2 eggs (1 for the dough and 1 for the egg wash)
½ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
4 tbsp butter
2 tsp yeast
2 tbsp milk powder
½ – ¾ cup warm water

 Method

For the semolina filling, roast the semolina in a dry pan until fragrant. Take care not to burn it. Turn the heat off and pour in milk, sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and ghee. Stir well. Turn on the heat and let the milk bubble. Lower the heat and keep on stirring until it thickens and the consistency is halua-like. Remove from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Discard the cinnamon and cardamom and keep aside. For the dough, mix everything together except the oil and butter. Bring everything together and later add in the butter and knead for 10 minutes by hand until the dough is soft and elastic. Apply the oil and cover with cling film for 1 hour until the dough has doubled in size. Punch down the dough and divide it into 30 balls. Slightly flatten each ball of dough and place a tablespoon of the semolina filling in each ball, then pull the dough and twist it to cover the semolina, and tuck in the twisted ends. Place on a greased baking tray; you may want to place them upside down; let it rise for another hour. Apply the egg wash (1 egg + 1 tbsp water + 1 tbsp milk mixed together). Preheat the oven to 200°C for 10 minutes. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely. This can also be made with “but er halua” or “khirsha” filling. These buns can be stored for 2 days at room temperature and can be kept in the fridge for one week. Microwave for 30 seconds before serving.

SAFFRON-CUSTARD BREAD
Ingredients

6 tbsp butter, melted
1 ¼ cup lukewarm milk
2 tsp dry active yeast
¼ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp ground cardamom
4 cups flour
½ cup coconut flakes

VANILLA CUSTARD
1 cup whole milk
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp saffron threads
2 egg yolks beaten
Icing
¾ cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice

Method
To make the buns, mix the butter, milk, yeast, sugar, salt, cardamom and flour. On a lightly floured surface knead to form a ball. Cover and let it rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 220°C. Divide the ball of dough into 12 equal parts; using your thumb punch down a hollow in each ball. Set aside. To make the custard, place the milk, saffron, and egg yolks in a double boiler. Slowly add in the flour, stirring often to mix well, as this will prevent clumps from forming. Bring to a light boil while mixing, and until the mixture is thickened. Remove from the heat and place in a bowl to allow the custard to cool. Once cooled, spoon custard into the hollow of each ball. Place the dough balls on a greased cookie sheet or parchment paper. Bake for about 15 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool.

SPICY-SWEET BUNS
Ingredients
1 cup milk ?
4 to 5 cardamom pods (12-15 more, for garnishing)
1 stick cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg powder
1/3 cup white sugar ?
1/3 cup butter ?
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
4 cups all-purpose flour ?
1/2 teaspoon salt ?        ?
2 eggs ?
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Method
In a saucepan, heat up the milk with cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg powder, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium, and combine sugar and butter with the milk, and then lower the heat further. Remove from the heat, discard the cardamom and cinnamon and stir in the yeast. Let it stand until foamy, which should take about 10 minutes. In a large bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Mix in the eggs, oil, and the yeast mixture. Mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and continue to knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, which should also take about 10 minutes. Grease a large bowl with 1 tablespoon of oil. Place the dough into the bowl and turn once to coat. Cover and let it rest in a warm place about 1 hour or until double in size. Use the remaining oil to grease a cookie sheet or 9×13 inch pan. Punch down dough and divide into 12-15 equal pieces. Roll the pieces into balls and place them into the greased baking pan side by side. Place one cardamom at the centre of the top of each ball. Let the dough rise further for 20 to 25 minutes, or until almost double. Preheat oven to 190°C. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until rolls are golden brown.

RAISIN BRAID
Ingredients

1 tsp active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
½ cup sugar
½ cup butter, softened
3 eggs
½ teaspoon salt
5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup golden raisins
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons sliced almonds

Method
In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, butter, eggs, salt and 3 cups flour and beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough and stir in the raisins. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, for about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, which should take about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and divide the dough into six portions. Shape each into a 12 inch rope. Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid, and pinch the ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining ropes. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.

Brush with egg, sprinkle with almonds, and bake at 180°C for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.

BAKED PITA
Ingredients
6 cups flour
2 ½ cups warm water
1 tbsp active dry yeast
2 tbsp or more olive oil
½ tbsp salt
1 tsp sugar

Method
In a small bowl add ½ cup of the warm water, sprinkle a pinch of sugar, and then and the yeast and stir. Keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes at room temperature. In a large bowl mix the rest of the warm water with flour, salt and olive oil with a wooden spoon. After the yeast has frothed, add the yeast mixture and knead into a soft, smooth dough. Keep the dough moist and soft as well as smooth and springy. Place the dough into a greased container or in the same bowl with some olive oil applied all over the dough. Cover with a kitchen napkin and keep at room temperature for 1 to 1 ½ hours. Once the dough has doubled in size, remove the dough from the bowl. Put the dough on your working surface and deflate the dough gently. Make medium sized balls from the dough. Dust your working surface with flour and roll each ball into round circles of about 6 inch about ¼ inch thick. Cover the circles with the kitchen towel loosely and let them rest at room temperature for 10 minutes. Place them on a floured tray and bake at 200°C in a preheated oven for 7 to 10 minutes or until puffed up and light brown. Cut into four triangles and serve.

By Sharmin Rahman
Photo: LS Archive/Sazzad Ibne Sayed

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How To Use Almond Oil To Remove Makeup? http://bdupdated.com/archives/62 http://bdupdated.com/archives/62#respond Sat, 02 Jul 2016 23:58:40 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=62 Do you need a makeup remover that benefits your skin in other ways? Have you ever considered almond oil? As you know, this wonderful oil has many benefits for health, skin and hair. It is often included in many skin care products as it helps the skin in more ways than one. It is an …

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Do you need a makeup remover that benefits your skin in other ways? Have you ever considered almond oil? As you know, this wonderful oil has many benefits for health, skin and hair. It is often included in many skin care products as it helps the skin in more ways than one. It is an amazing antioxidant that helps reduce sun damage and the signs of aging. These are just a few of the benefits of almond oil for the skin (1).
Coming to removing makeup, wondering how almond oil can do the job? Read on to know!

Why Is Almond Oil A Good Makeup Remover?

When you choose a makeup remover, you probably always look for the one that can effectively remove eye makeup. Eyeliner and mascara are two things that need a little extra effort to get removed properly. Many women across the world who have used this oil to remove makeup rave about how eye makeup comes off easily when they use almond oil.
Unlike other makeup removers that you find in the market, almond oil does not contain any chemicals or substances that may cause damage to your skin. It is gentle on your skin, and of course, removes makeup without any problems. When you use this oil to remove makeup, you do not have to pull or tug your skin. Your skin is sensitive and pulling and tugging can damage it. It can also increase the appearance of fine lines.

Another reason almond oil makes a fantastic makeup remover is that it does not leave an oily and heavy residue on your skin. Using light almond oil will feel amazing on your skin and it will help in gently removing makeup, dirt and other impurities on your face.

If you have dry skin or a skin condition such as mild eczema, psoriasis, etc., using almond oil as a makeup remover is your best option. It will soothe your skin and give you relief from itchiness, flaking, cracking, etc. This is something that other products in the market cannot offer. In fact, since they contain so many different substances, they may aggravate these symptoms even more.

Using Almond Oil Makeup Remover:

The steps to removing makeup with almond oil are simple. They are as follows: Take an adequate amount of almond oil on your palm and gently massage all over your face, focusing on your eyes and the area around them. Moisten a cotton ball with rose water (or plain water if you prefer) and gently rub the makeup off.

Use a little extra oil on your eye area, especially if you are using waterproof mascara.
Once you are done, wash off with lukewarm water.
You can also add a few drops of the oil to a cotton ball or tissue and remove your makeup if it works better for you.
Since almond oil has many wonderful effects on the skin, you do not have to wash it off after removing your makeup. You can leave the oil on and let it work its magic on your skin. As mentioned earlier, you can gain relief from the symptoms of certain skin disorders and treat your skin to some much-needed hydration as well (2).

Almond oil will do more than just remove your makeup. It will give you skin that glows with health. It does wonders for the skin, which is why you should stop buying makeup removers from different brands and stick to this amazing oil. With this oil, you can have the skin that you have always dreamed of – radiant, soft and beautiful!
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20 Amazing Health Benefits Of Fish Oil Capsules http://bdupdated.com/archives/57 http://bdupdated.com/archives/57#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:45:48 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=57 Fish oil capsules are widely used supplements made from the oil of fishes like cod, halibut, herring, salmon, mullet, mackerel, tuna, bluefish, sardines, trout, whale blubber, etc. Being rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other vital nutrients, these supplements offer a wide range of health and beauty benefits to us. Here we …

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Fish oil capsules are widely used supplements made from the oil of fishes like cod, halibut, herring, salmon, mullet, mackerel, tuna, bluefish, sardines, trout, whale blubber, etc. Being rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other vital nutrients, these supplements offer a wide range of health and beauty benefits to us. Here we have discussed the top 10 benefits of fish oil capsules, which can be enjoyed by taking them regularly.

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Is Banana A Weight Loss Or A Weight Gain Fruit? http://bdupdated.com/archives/54 http://bdupdated.com/archives/54#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:44:24 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=54 Whenever people come across someone skinny, the first advice that they give is to consume a lot of bananas with milk. On the other hand, if you’re on a diet and if you go to your nutritionist, she/he will also suggest that you eat at least one banana every day. While some people believe that …

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Whenever people come across someone skinny, the first advice that they give is to consume a lot of bananas with milk. On the other hand, if you’re on a diet and if you go to your nutritionist, she/he will also suggest that you eat at least one banana every day.

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Surprising Benefits Of Papaya (Papita) For Skin, Hair, And Health http://bdupdated.com/archives/51 http://bdupdated.com/archives/51#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:43:01 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=51 A fruit native to South America, papaya, with its buttery consistency and sweet taste, has attained widespread popularity. Monikered “Fruit of the Angels” by Christopher Columbus, papaya is also known as ‘Papita‘ in Hindi, ‘Boppayi Pandu‘ in Telugu, ‘Pappali‘ in Tamil, ‘Omakaya‘ in Malayalam, ‘Pappayi Hannu‘ in Kannada, ‘Papaiya‘ in Gujarati, ‘Papai‘ in Marathi, ‘Papita‘ …

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A fruit native to South America, papaya, with its buttery consistency and sweet taste, has attained widespread popularity. Monikered “Fruit of the Angels” by Christopher Columbus, papaya is also known as ‘Papita‘ in Hindi, ‘Boppayi Pandu‘ in Telugu, ‘Pappali‘ in Tamil, ‘Omakaya‘ in Malayalam, ‘Pappayi Hannu‘ in Kannada, ‘Papaiya‘ in Gujarati, ‘Papai‘ in Marathi, ‘Papita‘ in Bengali. Rich in antioxidants and nutrients, papaya has numerous benefits to offer for your skin, hair, and health.

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6 Natural Hair Straightening Products That Work Wonders http://bdupdated.com/archives/35 http://bdupdated.com/archives/35#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:27:30 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=35 The trend of straight hair has rewritten the stylebook. Hair straightening products are very much in demand. But the chemicals which are mostly used to make your hair flat and sleek, leave their impact on the health of your hair. Hence, natural hair straightening products have become the new look-out.There are many such products present …

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The trend of straight hair has rewritten the stylebook. Hair straightening products are very much in demand. But the chemicals which are mostly used to make your hair flat and sleek, leave their impact on the health of your hair. Hence, natural hair straightening products have become the new look-out.There are many such products present in your kitchen, regular use of these products make your hair smoother, softer and straighter. Let’s look at a few natural hair straightening ingredients that will help you in

Grate a coconut to extract the milk from it. Coconut milk has hair straightening permanentlyproperties. But if you add lemon juice to it, it will give you better results. Refrigerate the mixture for a few hours. A creamy layer will be produced on the top of the mixture. Apply that cream to your hair and wrap it with a hot towel. Wait for at least one hour. Then, wash your hair with a mild shampoo and dry it completely. You will rediscover your hair with added softness. At the same time, your unruly curls will also become manageable.

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4 Papaya Face Pack Tutorials With Pictures and Steps http://bdupdated.com/archives/32 http://bdupdated.com/archives/32#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:20:07 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=32 Papaya has rightly been named as the “angel fruit” due to its versatile utilities and properties. It is a wholesome and nutritive fruit which is a rich source of vitamin A and vitamin C. It contains a special enzyme called “papain” that removes dead cells and cures skin impurities. High in healing enzymes, papaya can …

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Papaya has rightly been named as the “angel fruit” due to its versatile utilities and properties. It is a wholesome and nutritive fruit which is a rich source of vitamin A and vitamin C. It contains a special enzyme called “papain” that removes dead cells and cures skin impurities. High in healing enzymes, papaya can be also used to treat sunburns or irritated skin.

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30 Breathtaking Arabic Mehndi Designs To Try Right Now http://bdupdated.com/archives/26 http://bdupdated.com/archives/26#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:16:26 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=26 Wedding season is approaching and all the brides to be are busy deciding on their attire and jewellery. However, a bridal look remains incomplete without mehendi. Brides nowadays want designs that have a modern touch to it, and Arabic mehendi will be ideal for them. In Arabic Mehendi the designs have distinctive floral art work …

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Wedding season is approaching and all the brides to be are busy deciding on their attire and jewellery. However, a bridal look remains incomplete without mehendi. Brides nowadays want designs that have a modern touch to it, and Arabic mehendi will be ideal for them. In Arabic Mehendi the designs have distinctive floral art work and a free flowing structure; the floral designs are repeated in a geometric pattern covering entire hands and foot. Arabic mehendi will accentuate the beauty of the bride and make her look ravishing!

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