Lily Chowdhury, eminent theatre activist and wife of the late martyred intellectual playwright Munier Chowdhury, passed away on Monday. She was 92.
She breathed her last at around 5 pm on Monday.
Her son Asif Munier confirmed the news on his Facebook post on Monday night and informed media that his mother died at her Banani residence, finally succumbing in a long battle against several old-age complications.
According to Asif Munier and other family members of Lily Chowdhury, her body will be kept at the Banani residence for the relatives and loved ones to pay last respects till 10:30 in the morning on Tuesday.
Her body will be then taken to the Central Shaheed Minar and kept there from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesday for people of all walks of life.to pay their last tributes to the late theatre activist.
She will be buried at the Banani graveyard beside the graves of her husband Munier Chowdhury and son Mishuk Munier after the Zohr prayer, according to family members.
Mishuk Munier was a noted cinematographer who passed away in a tragic road accident on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway, along with prominent filmmaker Tareque Masud on August 13, 2011.
Born on August 31, 1928, in Tangail, Lily Chowdhury completed her MA from Dhaka University. She got married to Munier Chowdhury in 1949.
She completed Munier Chowdhury's unfinished translation of A Streetcar Named Desire, the famous play of American playwright Tennessee Williams. Besides, she acted in theatre and television plays and was actively involved in the Bangladeshi theatre arena.
Things may seem grim with the epidemic dramatically reducing the number of guests allowed at a wedding, but the plus side is that many have found this festive occasion more personal as a result. With the closest of people only allowed at a wedding, it can make the occasion seem more purposeful. Naturally, the honeymoon that comes after is the next stage of such an emotional event. Here we are going to highlight some of the best honeymoon destinations in Asia to consider in Summer.
This destination is the tropical getaway that many imagine when the word “honeymoon” is thrown around. The Maldives is the epitome of a beach paradise and everything you could possibly imagine can be done in these turquoise waters. Snorkeling and scuba diving are a must when visiting, and booking a resort by the beach is necessary for both of you to enjoy the view.
Local eateries also boast some of the best seafood dishes within the region. Typically, the facilities of any resort like Cocoa Island Resort or Baros Resort Maldives offer stellar facilities, but beach vacations tend to have a sweet spot of just under two weeks.
If you’re a fan of the water, but yearn for a little more sports, El Nido is one of the best destinations in Asia for that. El Nido doesn’t necessarily pride itself on scenery like the Maldives, but it has many adventure trails that encourage hikes, mountain biking, waterfalls, and even natural hot springs.
Some of these locations are tucked away in secluded areas, but El Nido is renowned for its versatile range of activities and the beach is only a part of it. If you and your spouse are the sorts of travelers who’d like to stay engaged for the whole day with exercise and activities, this treasure in the Philippines is a perfect choice.
Another getaway for nature lovers, Borneo engages couples who love the outdoors, but not necessarily the exercising part of it. Beaches have been left untouched by locals and are certainly worth exploring, along with its vibrant national parks and wildlife.
Borneo is one of the last places in the world to have Orangutans in the wild. Additionally, wildlife sanctuaries are open to the public, housing extremely rare wildlife under good care. Borneo’s immense respect for its natural wonders has resulted in an untampered range of breathtaking sights that rival some of the best in the world.
Bali is a classic vacation spot that is both rich in Indonesian culture and accessible to tourists from all over the world. Bali is extremely versatile in its appeal, priding itself with an array of activities at affordable prices. Temple visits, trekking, museums, diving, waterparks, and markets are all possible in this small location.
If you want to get bang for your buck and scratch that wanderlust itch, it’s difficult for Bali to disappoint. The locale also knows how to showcase its more luxurious side - offering many premium villas, clubs by the poolside, and top-of-the-line eateries. Bali is the place to be for couples who’d like to go on an undefined adventure with a splash of spontaneousness.
If your partner and you are ready to live a few days in complete luxury, Singapore is your best bet in Asia. This developed country is filled to the brim with luxury items, malls, and some of the best restaurants in Asia. Well-known spots like Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa, and Orchard Road are all-in-one locations that offer stellar hospitality, premium restaurants, and an almost limitless range of boutique shops.
Beaches, parks, and trekking trails are available should either of you want a break from the urban life, but its cityscape is the real highlight. If both of you are hoping to splurge without much restraint, there won’t be many places that can rival Singapore.
Taipei fills a very unique niche in traveling that could grab your attention if you’re looking for a unique blend of mountainous landscapes and street culture. Taiwan is home to exquisite markets and street food - famously known for the Miaokou Night Market. Hot springs are in abundance and many can be found when trekking at the Yushan Peaks. Mountains and street food seem like polarizing attractions but can definitely make for a fun getaway that has tons of potential for romance.
Much like Borneo, Sri Lanka adds a South Asian flavor to an itinerary of coasts, parks, trekking routes, and scenic beach sunsets. One of the nation’s most recognizable tourist attractions is the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - an interactive haven of elephants that encourages guests to pet and feed them.
Adding to the wildlife appeal, the Yala National Park is a safari that enables many visitors to sightsee endangered animals with a qualified guide. Sri Lanka is lenient on the wallet and is deceptively extravagant for how little is required.
So far we have discussed some of the best honeymoon destinations in Asia in Summer 2021. However, don't forget to follow the necessary hygiene steps to stay safe from the COVID-19 and other diseases. Before planning your vacation in an overseas country, do proper research about the guidelines, etiquettes, and relevant costs of your honeymoon destination. Happy traveling!
Choi Sang-min, the father of a nine-month-old baby living in the southwestern city of Gwangju, was surprised when his boss recently just signed off without ado on papers he had submitted requesting parental leave.
"It was not what I'd expected. Because I heard that when a male colleague applied for parental leave a few years back, he was called in to the boss' office 'to have a word' with him," the 37-year-old college employee said.
"All I did was go and tell him, do the paperwork. That was it," he said.
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It was not much different for Yoon Hyo-suk, a father of two who decided to take a year off from work at an advertising agency in Seoul in July 2019 to "take the baton" from his wife and look after the kids, who were aged five and two at the time.
"Some people, of course, tried to talk me out of it, but there was no more gossiping about why a man was taking leave to take care of his kids," Yoon said.
"I realized there were so many other men like me taking leave and coming back the next year. It has become almost like a routine," he said.
Fathers choosing to be away from work for child-rearing are no longer considered a peculiar breed in South Korea. Their decisions are fairly easily accepted at workplaces and the cases are getting more common, backed by the growing positive view of fathers actively engaging in parenting, alongside expanded government benefits.
Data by the Ministry of Employment and Labor show that 27,423 working fathers, excluding those in the public service and education, took long-term parental leave in 2020, up 23 percent from the previous year.
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Fathers accounted for 24.5 percent of the total number of parents on parental leave, a big jump from the 2017 figure of 13.4 percent, apparently driven by the surge in child-rearing demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The younger the age group you belong to, you don't perceive raising a child as husbands helping their wives, but as a shared duty that you do together," Kwon Me-kyung, a research fellow at the Korea Institute of Child Care and Education (KICCE), said.
A recent study by the KICCE found that 18.6 percent of 1,000 married couples with one child or more said that the father in their household either has taken parental leave or is planning to do so.
The percentage was higher among those in their 20s with 30.4 percent, 23.6 percent for people in their 30s and 14.2 percent for the group in their 40s.
For Choi, the decision was half voluntary and half inevitable.
"My wife is having a hard time taking care of the baby alone and we're a single-income family," he said. "But I want to be as progressive as possible in doing my part in raising our child. So I've been saving up to prepare for the time I'll be away."
South Korea first introduced the parental leave in 1987 for mothers only with a child under age 1, before it was opened to fathers from 1995. But the allowance programs had not been properly established until the early to mid 2000s.
In an effort to encourage more people to take parental leave, the government introduced a "bonus system" in 2014 of giving a larger monthly allowance if the second parent of a family takes time off after their spouse uses it up.
The second parent on parental leave can receive up to 2.5 million (US$2,260) in monthly allowances in the first three months, while the maximum allowance for those on such leave for the first time in their families is 1.5 million won per month.
Since February last year, a mother and father are allowed to take leave together. Starting next year, the upper limit of the first three-month allowances will increase to 3 million won per parent.
"The focus of policy support has moved on from helping women have more children and helping them keep their work-home balance, to providing as much benefits to fathers so as to encourage them to participate in child-rearing," Jung Jae-hoon, a social welfare studies professor at Seoul Women's University, said.
Industry circles have jumped on the bandwagon, with large enterprises taking the lead in encouraging male employees to take parental leave. Retail giant Lotte Group has made it compulsory for male employees with children to take time off.
"We cannot say that fathers taking parental leave have become a general trend, but we're certainly going in that direction," Jung said.
Under the current system, parents working in the private sector, with one child or more under the age of 9 or below elementary school third grade, are eligible for parental leave for up to 12 months.
There were only 819 men who took parental leave in 2010. It went up steadily to 3,420 in 2014, 7,616 in 2016 and 17,665 in 2018, according to the labor ministry.
The COVID-19 outbreak has added to the growth. The number of fathers who applied for the parental leave bonus surged 52.8 percent to 7,338 in the first half of 2020, ministry data showed.
Kwon of the KICCE noted that the government's latest blueprint for child-rearing support underlines "quality of life."
"I think there is a realization that the value and joy of raising children have been overlooked. So what the authorities are trying to do is to enable working parents to spend more time with kids without having to worry about the financial shortfall," she said.
Yoon, the father of two from Seoul, recalled that being with his kids during the period of leave as "one full hectic and miserable year," but said it was worth the time.
"I think I might use the remaining one year before it's too late. I've become better at knowing what they want, what they like and don't like, and getting closer to them," he said. "That's not something that you can learn from someone or anywhere else."
Having bad eyesight has always been common in the general population, with about 75% of adults requiring some form of vision correcting assistance on a day-to-day basis. Glasses can be an affordable solution for most situations, but contact lenses are often preferable when it comes to sports, a day at the beach, formal events, or outdoor activities. There have been a few disaster cases with contact lenses over the past few years, but the market has stayed more relevant than ever due to its general attention to safety. Regardless, it’s important to address the side effects and danger of contact lenses should you decide to use them regularly.
There are two ways contact lenses are made, either by lathe cutting or injection molding.
Lathe cutting is a process when plastic disks are spun and shaped at a steady rotation (kind of like pottery), controlled with computerized cutting tools. Before completion, the sculpted plastic goes through polish and hydration, followed by internal quality testing.
Injection molding on the other hand uses heat instead. Sculpting plastic in its liquid state and shaped via molds. Despite plastic being the most well-known material, companies have developed “soft” hydrogel lenses, primarily out of silicone that aims to provide better comfort and performance.
Dirt in your contact lenses are extremely dangerous for the eyes; which means thorough washing of hands before making contact with your lenses is essential.
Soft contact lenses are more popular these days, and making sure that they aren’t inverted is the next step. If inverted, the contacts will fall right off your eyes and unfasten themselves from your eye with every other blink. How you can tell is if the rim of your lens is pointing outwards slightly, rather than being perfectly cupped.
Next step would be to widen your eyelids with your fingers till the eye is fully uncovered. It will be intimidating at first to put a foreign object into your eyeball daily, but over time, it will be a seamless process.
Contact lenses should be removed daily and should not be kept on over 12 hours per day. Depending on the type of contact lens you’ve bought, the daily brands can be discarded after removal, while monthlies will have to be properly sanitized and safely kept.
One of the biggest side effects of prolonged contact lenses use is its reduction of oxygen flow in the cornea. There’s an official term for that and it’s called “Corneal Neovascularization”. When cutting off oxygen, your eyes will begin to create new blood vessels to continue the appropriate flow of fluids - if the blood vessels were to increase haphazardly, this could result in long-term eye damage by gradually preventing light from reaching the cornea. The effects won’t be noticeable immediately, but over time, your vision will deteriorate and the damage will be irreversible.
Conjunctivitis, or as many have called it, “Pink Eye” is a short-term problem that may immediately arise if your contacts are left on longer than needed. Inflammation of the conjunctiva (which is the membrane that surrounds the white in your eyes) will cause the notorious pink puffiness that results in itching, fluid discharge, and pain. Certainly a side effect worth putting on regular glasses for.
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Contact lens hygiene is critical to understand before taking up this journey, as a slip-up in this department can lead to disastrous results.
Attention to sanitizing and cleaning your contact lenses should be a priority if you go for weekly or monthly versions. DO NOT use tap water or to a certain extent, bottled water to clean your lenses.
With these sources, bacteria will be in abundance and allowing it to contaminate your lenses will result in the aforementioned symptoms from earlier while introducing additional eye infection symptoms. Such results include redness, swelling, sticky tears, blurry vision, light sensitivity, pain, and itching.
Many have opted to go for colored lenses without prescriptions to spice up their aesthetics, but knock-off brands fall under this category too and can pose a risk of infections too. Searching for officially licensed optometrists and ophthalmologists that sell credible products can be the difference between years of safety and regular eye infections. As long as you’ve committed to products sold officially, there shouldn’t be much else to worry about in terms of branding. Some key names to look out for include Acuvue, Air Optix Dailies, Soflens, and Biofinity.
Working from home has almost become the standard of a typical weekday for most since the epidemic turned the world upside down in 2020. Because of this, many gym-goers have felt the shock of exercising within their own private space at home, without heavy equipment and less room to go all out. Whether you’re deciding to improve your body from scratch or modifying existing programs to suit your needs, here is how you can build muscles at home.
Putting on muscle is something that’s going to take time; therefore, knowing the type of goal you’d want to commit to is vital. Ultimately, elements of body-building and aerobics are inevitable since the crafts emphasize putting on muscle over time, but deciding on a cutoff point before starting to tone is subjective, and there is no official time to stop.
Another factor to think about when setting your goal is to truly understand your body type. If you’re the sort to easily put on fat, having a prevalent cardio routine in the first few months of your program is vital in order to highlight your muscles. On the other end of the spectrum, if putting on mass is difficult for you, the bulk phase will have to be far longer before cutting is required. The plus side to this body type is that definition is going to be the easiest part, which can be contrary to other body types.
There are those who are slightly in the middle who have avoided either extreme’s their entire lives. This body type places almost equal emphasis on bulking and toning, while not excelling at either. Unfortunately, there will be no shortcuts and an immense amount of time and effort will have to be put in order to achieve growth and definition. Individuals who fall under this body type tend to build and lose weight easily.
Many say that diet is far more important than the workouts themselves, and the saying isn’t far from the truth.
The first step is to choose a diet that focuses on a larger-than-normal amount of protein intake. Protein is the most important ingredient for muscle building and there are tons of options to choose from: chicken, beef, soy, eggs, oats, and more. Healthy fat is a tricker staple to the diet and shouldn't be the primary component of any meals. Some examples include salmon, tuna, peanuts, sesame, tofu, and olives.
The necessity of carbohydrates is more important than ever as it will supply the body with enough energy to assist you in having a quality workout. Complex carbohydrates will be what you want to primarily be going for due to its nutritional benefits and long-term supplement of energy. Whole-grains, beans, nuts, fruits, and vegetables fall under this category and should be present in every meal to a certain extent.
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Your diet won’t necessarily have to begin with a crazy meal count range (five meals and up) and can give you steady muscle growth with just breakfast, lunch, pre-workout snack, and dinner. Greek yogurt, fruits, eggs, and fruits are wonderful breakfast options. Lunch and dinner can consist of brown rice, broccoli, lean meats, quinoa, and beans.
Anything that is pan-fried, baked, or roasted is the healthiest option and should be exclusively looked at when beginning your diet. Portions are moderated based on which step you are on: when bulking, you’d ideally want to put your body on a calorie surplus without overloading it, while toning is when you can afford to reduce carbohydrate and fat intake - resulting in a calorie deficit. It is possible to have both simultaneously, which is why bulking and toning are individual hurdles that will have to be overcome without any shortcuts.
Most homes won’t consist of large machines, racks, and trays of dumbbells, but with a minimal set of equipment, you’ll have more than enough to get started - just don’t expect rapid muscle growth within a short period of time.
Despite seeming counterintuitive to the task at hand, running/jogging are the best ways to keep your body fat percentage at the level you want. This is a good way to moderate your muscle gains as you begin eating more, without adding too much unnecessary mass. Running a decent warm-up, but should not be the main focus of your routines and should be done only three times a week maximum.
If you do not have any equipment at all, bodyweight exercises are all you have, therefore muscle growth will happen, but gradually. Full-body exercises that can serve as compound exercises include squats, push-ups, pull-ups, crunches, burpees, and Mountain Climbers are solid ways to start.
Repetition is difficult to quantify as you won’t have weights to fluctuate with, so a time-based system is far more effective to get things started. It starts looking like High-Intensity Interval Training when equipment is scarce, but muscle building is still achievable.
Willing to fork out a few bucks for workout equipment? If so, isolation exercises will start coming into the mix and you’d be able to focus on specific body parts per exercise. Granted, each workout will take longer, but having every possible part of a particular muscle group engaged is critical to see muscle growth.
Dumbbells with changeable plates and kettlebells are great go-to options to start with. With this equipment, exercises like bicep curls, flies, bench press, military press, lunges (can still be done without weights), and more. This method is recommended over body exercises as the very purpose of weight training is to specifically target muscle growth.
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Toning the body is slightly more flexible; with high repetitions and a lower weight to manage (if any), HIIT can come back into the fold as a viable option and can even pair nicely with lighter weights. In conclusion, muscle building is a good way to destress after a long day and it does wonders for anyone’s self-esteem, but muscle definition is often overlooked and should be synonymous with muscle building in order to avoid unnecessary heft that will make many not appear muscular in the first place. The process of bulking healthily with minimal supplements will be grueling, but more than worth it.