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Asia » Bangladesh » Bagerhat February 15th 2013

The streets of Dhaka old town make Indian cities seem serene. It is electric, charged, and if you’re not alert you may well be, by a rickshaw. In a city of maybe twenty million, over 600,000 of the inhabitants work peddle rickshaws; they are everywhere, often in great interflowing streams, but more frequently static as tangled metallic chains. Delhi – with its multitude of motor rickshaws, motorbikes and cars - is now apparently more polluted than Beijing. Poor Dhaka (alas not pollution-free) has its rickshaw culture to thank on two counts: peddle power is as green as it gets, whilst they account for an awful lot of employment. They are also quite beautiful with hand painted panels and embroidered canopies. If they were Dhaka’s only endearing feature we’d like it very much, but its jewel are ... read more
Dhaka
Hindu bride, Dat's niece
Dhaka rickshaw

Asia » Bangladesh » Bagerhat June 20th 2011

Historic Mosque City of Bagerhat: A saint-worrior, khan e Jahan by title, founded a town in 15th century AD at the western peripheral land of present day Bagerhat Town. Depending on the numismatics evidences some scholars are of opinion that the town was called Khalifatabad during the 16th century AD. The town was studded with a lot of mosques, reservoirs, tombs, roads and many edifices. Most of them, however, have gone leaving a few of them as ruins. Among the surviving ruins Sait Gombuj mosque, Singair mosque, Bibi Begni, Fakirbari Ranavijoypur mosque, Chonu khola mosque, Nine domed mosque, Tomb of Khan-e-Jahan, Tomb of Zindapir and Rezakhoda mosque are a few to note. They sprawl over at least 2.5 km area from north to south and 6 km from east to west. The lost town is a ... read more
Shat Gambuj Mosque - photo by arif
Shat Gambuj Mosque (inside view)- photo by arif
Shat Gambuj Mosque - photo by arif




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