Sumaiya is from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jill is from Dallas, Texas USA. Got questions? We've got answers.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Sumaiya - More Henna

I just completed the Henna section of my portfolio. It has pictures of some of the henna designs I have created over the years. To view them, visit:

Monday, December 12, 2005

Sumaiya - Inspired

So this semester is finally over. I am being gradually goaded into doing some acual work after one week of doing absolutely nothing! Besides the boring stuff, I have also been inspired to create my own blog. It's not much like a diary, but more like a portfolio, where I have my paintings and some comments to go with each piece. You are welcome to leave comments! ;)

Here is the link:

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Sumaiya - Online Comic

Here is the link to my online comic "Lotus Prince."

This was based on the story "Lotus Blue and Lotus Red," a link to which was posted previously. Search the October 2005 Archives for that link if you are interested.

Sumaiya - Refusing to Sign Off

Hi all,
During this project I found out that I am a "closet extrovert!" I like sharing my life with EVERYONE, but in person I am a little shy (unless I am with very close friends). So, blogging is a blessing for me. I loved the podcasts, and hope to continue to do similar things. And Jill, I think I am taking Prof. Barnes's class with you next semester!


I don't have any cool things painted on my face, but I've been told I have more of a "scary" beauty.

Sumaiya-Turmeric for Blessings

Let me walk you through a Bangladeshi Wedding Shower. Traditionally, both the groom and the bride gets a Blessing Ceremony. Families and friends gather before the wedding day to bless the couple. Usually, the family elders come and touch a little bit of turmeric paste, first on the bride and the groom's forehead and then on their own foreheads; this symbolizes that the elder is taking away the new couple's ill fortunes. Also, the guests come and feed the couple sweets and fruits, to symbolize a sweet and prosperous married life.

Jill - Winding Up

I learned quite a bit during this class. I learned that Sumaiya is really cool. And funny.

This was the only collaborative project I've ever done during my undergrad and graduate schooling - unless you count that time the Programming II class back at Manhattanville tried to cheat off me by copying my code. What they didn't know was that I wrote an extra program that basically displayed the words "I am a cheater. Please fail me" by concatenating raw ASCII characters. My professor thought it was so funny, he gave me bonus points. The rest of the class wanted to lynch me, but they couldn't really say anything, since it was true.

Anyway, this project was such a hoot and I owe so many thanks to Alex and Sumaiya and Professor Terry. Especially Alex who pulled strings to get us recording time. I hope we haven't made you too much of an outcast among your School of Management Peers with our antics.

I'm really looking forward to being in more classes with Sumaiya and I hope we get to work together on an animation next semester. How cool would that be!

Sumaiya - Explaining the Dots

One of the most popular questions I heard about my culture was, "What's up with the dots on the forehead?" Well, that dot is called a "teep" in Bangla. Traditionally, only married women would wear a red teep on their forehead; it was like wearing a wedding band. Nowadays, a teep is just another form of make-up.

However, the kind of teep that extends over the eyebrows, like in this photo, is especially for brides.

Sumaiya - Henna

As I said in the podcast "The Blabbing Geometry Teacher," I am a big fan of Henna. What is henna? Henna or "Mehedi" as is called in Bangla, is a natural dye used for decorative temporary tattoos for special occasions. It is a popular make-up in the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle-East.

Henna comes from the leaves of the henna plant. Many houses in Bangladesh, especially in the villages, have henna bushes around their fences. The leaves are ground into a paste which is used to make designs onto the skin. When the paste dries and flakes off, the stain remains for two or so weeks.

This is a picture of my wedding henna. Yes, I did my own henna! :) According to one Bangladeshi saying, the darker the henna gets on the bride's hand, the happier she will be in her married life!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Sumaiya & Jill Show

Here are the links to our updated podcast:

You are welcome to listen to our podcasts and post your comments/reactions on this blog.

Sumaiya - Football

Have you heard our latest podcasts? I was talking about the first football game that I watched live at a stadium, EVER! I was never much of a football fan, until I went with my husband (guy in blue shirt beside me) to watch the Giants play the Cowboys. He has been trying to explain the game to me for a while, but I never got it unil I was there, with the crowd, cheering...and then I understood, not just the game, but the force that keeps men like my husband home on Sundays and Monday nights during football season.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Sumaiya - My Art

Recently, I have been working on creating an online portfolio. Although I have not completed my website, I thought I would share some of my visual art with you. I have been told by some, that my art is too "Asian." While I am OK with the comment, I am just curious about how you feel about my illustrations.

To visit my art, go to the following link:

Friday, November 04, 2005


The comments setting was not set to allow anonymous people to comment, but I changed that and added the thing where you have to type in a word so spam-bots have a harder time. So, anonymous people can leave comments now.

Here are some suggestions for the next show that were emailed to me:

(The Bangladallas blog is configured not to accept comments from
non-Bloggers, so I'm emailing my suggestions...)

-- If your friends from high school or earlier could see you now,
what would they find most unbelievable about you?

-- Americans blow their noses in public, but the Japanese consider
that very rude. Are there things Americans do that make you say "I
can't believe they do that in public!"? On the other hand, are there
things that make you say "I can't believe they won't do that in

-- There are different social stereotypes associated with different
regions of the U.S. In Bangladesh, are people supposedly different
in different regions?

-- What's the best thing about the U.S. that's not available in
Bangladesh, and vice versa?


Thursday, November 03, 2005

More Podcasts Coming!

Woo-hooo!!! Next week Sumiaya and I are going to do another recording session, so you have lots of time to post your comments and questions here.

What would you like to hear up talk about? Want to know anything about us? Seriously. Ask anything. This is your big chance.

Here are some things we could answer:
What color should you paint your living room?
Do we have any cool recipes for Irish bread?
How about recipes for food from Bangladesh?
Would you like to learn a few words of Bangla? (I would.)
Want to see Sumaiya learn how to ride a motorcycle?

Remember: it's not too late!

Jill - Pictures

This is me next to an art car that sort of looks like me. (Or so Tim and I thought.)

Here is Tim and his fabulous YarnCar.

Here's my cat on his favorite toy.