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Monday, September 13, 2010

First exploration of Dhaka

Three and half weeks into the school year, and the kids have their first school break (8 days) for the long Muslim festival, Eid-ul-Fitre. It celebrates the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. The last days before Eid, we saw what it supposed to be the worst in terms of traffic, in Dhaka. Or so we're told. We also saw the city empty itself as entire families returned to their villages. And so, the last few days were quite peaceful, and we took advantage of that to take a cruise along the Dhaleswari river (more about that in another post) and to go and visit the old Dhaka. So far, I had not seen much, except for the Gulshan area, the Baridhara embassy zone, a busy street in Banini, and the airport road.

Old Dhaka reminded us somewhat of Charminar, in Hyderabad. Small streets, cables running everywhere, and I mean, everywhere...

Cables, cables, and more cables. And to think that it works.
and all of a sudden, the remnants of what must have been a beautiful old house,

or a small mosque.

We also went to see the docks where a long line of ferries waited for the passengers they would transport back to their villages, and we watched all the action there. People coming and going, loading or unloading boats, carrying bundles or boxes on their heads, repairing sandals, selling pan, etc.


rilla jaggia said...

Lovely pictures! Wouldn't mind a pineapple just about now :)

Katia said...

Come and I'll buy you lots of pineapples ;) Some of the pics were taken by Michel, who is forever accusing me of stealing his pics. It's his fault. He's got the big camera with the big fancy lense, and long zoom.

Nandini said...

Nice to read your posts again, Katia. The old house reminds me of my Mausi's house in Jabalpur. The pictures are so atmospheric ... well done, Michel!

Katia said...

Thanks, Nandini. Have to catch up with you. It's been too long. As for the house, not many are left, unfortunately, and as you can see, they are not maintained. It's understandable. So much poverty. But it's sad. Like in Hyderabad, there is a whole architectural heritage being lost.
I'll show your comment to Michel :)

janet brown said...

Stunning photos, thank you, Katia!