Recipe Round-up – Badami Chicken


• 1 whole chicken, cut into small pieces
• 10 cashew nuts
• 1 cup yogurt
• 1 cup coconut milk
• 6 onions chopped
• 1/2 cup oil
• 1 tsp ginger
• 1 tsp turmeric powder
• 10 cloves of garlic
• Cilantro for garnishing
• 2 tsp cinnamon
• Salt & Chilli powder to taste
• 10 Almonds
• 4 Cardamoms


• Make a paste of ginger, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, cardamoms, cashews & almonds
• Heat oil in a big vessel, add the chopped onions and fry till it turns golden
• Then add the ground masala & fry very well. While frying the paste add 3 tbs to 4 tbs of water, you will notice that oil will float on the top.
• Now add yogurt & the chicken. Season it well with salt, turmeric and chilly powder, cook for 10 mins
• Add coconut milk and cook till done
• Garnish with coriander leaves and serve it hot

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The National Martyrs’ Memorial

(জাতীয় স্মৃতি সৌধ Jatio Sriti Shoudho)

Jatio Sriti Shoudho or National Martyrs’ Memorial is a historical monument in Bangladesh. It symbolizes the valour & the sacrifice of those who were killed during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, which brought the Independence of Bangladesh from Pakistani rule. The monument is located in Savar, about 35 km north-west of Dhaka & was designed by Syed Mainul Hossain.

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Soon after Bangladesh gained Independence in the year 1972, plans for the monumental structure were initiated. In June 1978, a nation-wide design competition was held for the site selection, road & land development, out of the evaluation of 57 submissions, Syed Mainul Hossain’s design was chosen. In the year 1982, the main structure, the artificial lake and other facilities were completed.

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The National Martyrs’ Memorial in Bangladesh

The monument is composed of 7 isosceles triangular pyramid shaped structures, with the middle one being the tallest. The tallest one has the smallest base while the broadest base has the lowest height. The highest point of the monument is 150 feet. The pyramids shaped isosceles are folded at the middle and are placed one after the another. This unique arrangement of the pyramid shaped isosceles had created a structure that seems to change its configuration when viewed from the different angles. There is an artificial lake, and several mass graves in front of the main monument. The architect has used concrete for the monument while all the other structures and pavements of the complex are made of red bricks. Use of different materials has added to the gravity of the monument.

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The National Martyrs’ Memorial in Bangladesh

The entire complex is spread over an area of 34 hectares (84 acres) which is again wrapped around by a green belt of 10 hectares (24.7 acre). Several mass-graves and a reflection water body are placed in front of the monument. Once one enters the complex through the main gate he or she can see the monument axially but to reach it, one has to walk through different ups and downs of pavements and cross an artificial lake by a bridge. The entire set of the complex is unique as it represents the struggle for Independence by the great Martyrs’ of the country.

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The complete project was executed in three phases. The first phase began in the year 1972, involved in acquiring the land and constructing the road for the project at a cost of Tk 26 lacs. During the second phase in the year 1974 – 1982, Tk 3.77 crores were spent in order to build the mass-graves, heli-pad, parking space, pavements etc. Finally the third phase, began in August in the year 1982, when the main structure was built apart from the artificial lake, green belt, cafeteria, housing etc. The third phase expenses were around Tk 848.65 lacs.

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The National Martyrs’ Memorial represents the struggle for Independence

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Upcoming Festivals – Bangladesh


Festival: Pohela Boishakh (Bangla New Year)
City: All cities throughout the country
Event Type: Bangla New Year Celebrations
Venue: Through-out Bangladesh
Date & Time: 14th April 2014 Monday – Entire Day

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Festivals in Bangladesh

United States Of America

Event: COBCA (Central Ohio Bengali Cultural Organization) 2014 Spring festival
City: Worthington, OH
Event Type: Cultural program
Venue: McConnell Arts Centre of Worthington, 777 Evening street, Worthington, OH 43085.
Date & Time: 11th May 2014, Sunday, 4 pm onwards.

United Kingdom

Event: Trinity Folk Festival 2014
City: Surrey
Event Type: Folk music event
Venue: Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford, Surrey
Date & Time: 3rd May 2014, Saturday – 2 sessions, 1 pm to 6 pm and evening 7 pm onwards.

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Festivals in Bangladesh

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Nijhum Dwip – The quiet island of Bangladesh

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The quiet island of Bangladesh – Nijhum Dwip

The virgin island of “Nijhum Dwip” is enriched with plants, animals and natural beauty. It is raised on the estuary on the channel of the Meghna River on the mouth of the mighty Bay of Bengal. The geographical location of Nijhum Dwip has been identified just two kilometres south west of Hatia Upazila and directed under the jurisdiction of the Noakhali District of Bangladesh. Nijhum Dwip consists of more than 4 / 5 small islands like Char Kamla, Char Osman, Corner of Char Osman and isolated from the mainland by Hatia channel.

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Bangladesh Island – Nijhum Dwip

Four decades ago, the island was submerged under deep water. But, the alluvial island surfaced over the period in 1972 as a discovery by the people of the forest department. This second mangrove forest of the country was designated as the Nijhum Dwip National Park in 2001 by the government of Bangladesh. Now this island has been declared as the unique eco-tourist spot for its ideal natural setup with the rich bio diversification factors and the perennial mangrove forest of Bangladesh.

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Nijhum Dwip

The forestry department of Noakhali District created lush mangrove forests in Nijhum Dwip as part of preservation efforts for the area. One of the major attractions in these mangrove forests is the herd of Spotted Deer, whose numbers have increased to over 20,000 as per a recent update. The Keora tree was planted here for its fast growing root system; it is known to anchor itself into the soft sandy ground. The leaves of this tree are the favorite food of spotted deer’s, but most of the leaves of this tree are too high for the deer. This is an excellent example of how animals help one another; the resident monkeys of the forest shake or pluck the leaves from the trees and then they drop leaves where the deer can pick them up. The wood of the trees is used in the construction of local housing, and also as raw material for building boats. It is also used as the fuel for domestic use.

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The Keora Trees in Nijhum Dwip

Wild animals, the spotted deer, monkey, buffalo, snakes and 35 species of birds are the major attractions for the tourists. Every year nearly thousands of guest birds migrate to this island to add more glamour to its beauty. Oysters and snails of different types can be easily seen in the island. The tourists can enjoy breathtaking sunrises and awesome sunsets from the island.

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Remit2Home Blog – A herd of Spotted Deer

Besides this Nijhum Dwip presently has six big bazaars with mainly the grocery shops, small restaurants and drug stores. These bazaars are the only places in the islands to have electricity from generators. The uniqueness of this silent island is considered as a piece of heavenly beauty in winter and is bit adventurous and enjoyable for the tourists visiting this island. Tourists from Dhaka can board a steamer plying between Sadarghat to Monpura, then by motor boat. It takes only two hours to reach the island from the capital.

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Sunset from the Nijhum island

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Sonargaon: The Golden Village

Sonargaon, also known as The Golden Village, is a historic township situated about 25 kms south east of Dhaka. Sonargaon was the administrative centre of Eastern Bengal under the Muslim rulers of Bengal. It was the capital of the ancient kingdom ruled by Isha Khan of Bengal. Today, old Sonargaon is home to some of the oldest buildings in Bangladesh and it is the name of an upazila of Narayanganj district. Historians and travellers had always referred to this great township as a result hundreds of tourists from home and abroad visit this place everyday making it to be a famous tourist destination of Bangladesh.

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Sonargaon: The Golden Village

Places of interests

There are a number of old relics and architectural remains such as the tomb of Sultan Giasuddin Azam Shah, the single domed mosque of Mograpara, Goladi mosque, tomb of Munna Shah Darwesh, tomb of Ponakai Diwana, Panch Pir Dargah & the single domes square mosque built by Sultan Jalauddin Fateh Shah. The Khasnagar Dighi pond is also a very famous place of attraction here as this large pond was used by the weavers to wash their cotton threads to produce the fine Muslin fabrics that earned fame across the world.

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Sonargaon: The Golden Village

Panam Nagar

This ancient place in Sonargaon on the north of Dhaka – Chittagong highway at Mograpara point is said to have been the site of Hindu capital city of Sonargaon. The Panam area also formed part of a Muslim township developed on the south which was perhaps used as the residence of the early Muslim Governors. Panam Nagar appears to be well protected by artificially built canals all around the place. The pattern of architecture here was developed during the pre-mughal periods and at a later stage during the British rule in this part of Bangladesh.

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Sonargaon – Panam Nagar

Neel-Kuthi in Sonargaon

This building was constructed by the English East India Company at Dalalpur in the vicinity of Panam of Sonargaon & is situated a few yards north of Dalalpur bridge on the eastern side of the road. It was initially meant for the purchase of Muslin and subsequently used for trading in Indigo. Indigo Kuthis were mostly built in the latter part of the 18th century and some of them still survive in different conditions across Bangladesh. The original structure has almost vanished with the passage of time. Today, only records tell us about the architectural design and character of the original building, about how the decorative treatments expressed the transposition from European architecture & blended with local motifs influenced by the Mughal architecture. The original structure had a flat front facade with regular arched recesses for windows and door openings.

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Neel-Kuthi in Sonargaon

Folk Art Museum

The Folk Art Museum which was established in 1975 to fulfill the dream of the celebrated painter Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, has a very rich collection of folk objects of different materials and forms of aesthetic values, these undoubtedly reflects the sentiments, impulse, temperament, mood, idiosyncrasy, skills & expertise of the artisans. It is a national institution which represents traditional art & heritage of Bangladesh, exhibiting objects of exceptional designs & skills. There are two galleries in the museum, one as wood cutting gallery, another embroidered quilt & Jamdani gallery.

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Folk Art Museum, Sonargaon

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Jaflong: A Panoramic Destination

Jaflong is one of the most attractive tourist destinations among all the hill tracts of Bangladesh. It’s about 60 km from Sylhet and takes two hours drive to reach there. Jaflong is surrounded by the hilly jungles which adds to its beauty and is also blessed with the rare beauty of rolling stones from the hills. It is situated besides the river Mari in the lap of Hill Khashia.

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Jaflong – An attractive destination in Bangladesh

The Mari river which flows from the great Himalayas of India along the Khashia hills within Jaflong is the main transporter of the stones bringing millions of stone boulders with its tide. Every shape and size of stone can be found in plentiful here, making it the main resource of stones in Bangladesh. One can watch the stone collection while enjoying boating in the river Mari. It’s recommended to visit in rainy season to enjoy the amazing natural beauty of the river.

Jaflong in Bangladesh

River Mari

Tourist spots in Jaflong:

• Tamabil
• Sripur
• Srimongol


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Tamabil the zero point between Bangladesh and India

Tamabil is the zero point for Bangladesh and India. It’s only 5 km away from Jaflong and has a similar kind of green hilly natural beauty. Recently a beautiful rest house is built in lap of nature. A night at the rest house can be one of the reasons to go there. One can book the rest house a week before the arrival to Tamabil from the DC (District Commissioner) office in Sylhet. If someone intends to visit Shilong in India, then he will have to cross the border by completing his visa & customs formalities.


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Waterfalls in Sripura

Sripur is another beautiful tourist spot which has a panoramic natural view and a waterfall. It’s only 7-8 kms from Jaflong on the same road to Sylhet where the detour leads to the Sripur waterfall. Besides the enchanting views of the area, one can also have a glimpse of the waterfalls across the border of India. Big stones come through this waterfall in Sripur. These stones are so big in size that some of them have risen from the waterfall making the place one of the more dazzling and desirable destination in Bangladesh. One can see the stone collection & the orange garden while entering Sripur crossing the hills.

Srimongol, the Tea capital of Bangladesh is just 191 kms from Dhaka. The lush green terraced tea garden, rubber garden, the pineapple and the lemon plantations are the major attractions for the foreign tourists visiting here. The Lauawachara rain forest situated here is the habitat of white browed Gibbons, hornbills and many other rare animals and birds. One can have a look into the spectacular tea processing at the Tea Research Institute which produces a large quantity of high quality tea every year. Srimongol is also called “The land of two leaves and a bud”. There are some hotels in Srimongol where one can stay, but if someone can manage to stay in the Tea garden then it would give him a different type of a memorable experience. For that the person needs to have to take the permission from the owner of any tea state.

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