So I’m jumping on the blog-bandwagon. I figured that for the next year while I’m out of the country in Bangladesh, instead of bothering people with a flood of impersonal mass emails, I would post it all in a one of these hip and trendy blog thingies, so that those interested could read about my life as they pleased. I have an affinity towards digression and half of what I write will probably be more like journal entries for myself to reread one day than anything else... but enjoy...

Saturday, October 15, 2005

A day in the life

The NGO through which I have been taking bangla classes, the HEED Language Center, is a Christian organization. However the one Hindu teacher in the program took myself and my buddy John Mark down to see the Durga Puga festival down at the main Hindu temple this week, called Dhakeswari Temple. Apparently the tradition is to build these gorgeous statues and then at the end of weeklong Durga Puga celebration all the staues are taken down nto the Buringaga river and submerged. There are many aspects of Hinduism that I like… it is very welcoming to people of other religions. Approximately 12% of Bangladeshis are hindus, with a majority living in Dhaka.

Statues at Dhakeswari Temple

Street Food

Wish I had more pics of this but this is your standard iftar food stalls, that pop up everywhere, right around 5 or 5:30pm. Mmmm... gelapi is this amazing deep fried doughy fatty pretzel looking thing dripping with guey sugary syrup inside... i guess kind of like fried dough you get at an amusment park.... mmmm...

Iftar Food Stand

Basket Seller

Dinner at Syed's seems pretty standard Bangladeshi food. Dhal (lentils), boiled potatoes and cauliflower or beans, beef or chicken curry, Bangladeshi salad (cucumbers, onions, green chilis)... and you always pub lemon on everything... oh, and if you don't eat rice at every meal a kitten is killed somewhere...

Regular Dinner at Syed's

Granted they don't look that great for the most prestigious Engineering school (and probably the most difficult school to get into in the country) but a dorm is a dorm... I had considered living in the dorms, but will probably lean away from it. Some of my buddies live there and I am offered a place to crash whenever I'm down there... But I'm working almost full time in Gulshan and am only down at the campus a couple times a week.

Dorms at BUET

Random Shots Around Banani


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