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Wednesday, April 27, 2005


Yesterday morning, I travelled by road to Dhaka, the capital city of this country. It's close to 400 kms and we made it in four and a half hours! That's very very impressive. Speaks volumes about the infrastructure of this small third world country. Big Brother India can hardly boast of such highways! I have never cleared more than half this distance in this time in India. But now they are improving the highways back home and lets hope we get to see some noticable changes when we go back.

The two lovely ladies of my life demanded to come along, and the car was big enough, so here we are, mixing business with pleasure and having a swell time. Well almost.
Dhaka is a very attractive city, with good roads, high buildings and nice neon nights. Didn't check out the night life. Won't expect much here though. And yes, they should do something more about the traffic.

Will be around for another couple of days, and its difficult to get a PC here with net connection. So hope to blog soon, but don't curse me for not posting regularly.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Poila Boishak

On 14th of April, this country, Bangladesh, celebrated its 1412th New Year as per the Bangla calendar. The occasion is called 'Poila Boishak' in local lingo and means the first day of the month of 'Boishak'. I had to return early from work and couldn't help notice the fantastic change in appearance of the entire city. There was colour everywhere. Colourful banners, colourful decorations, colourful flags in the playgrounds of college campuses. Everyone was out there in the streets, oblivious of the sunny and humid afternoon climate. Everybody looked happy. The best attires were out on display. Young men seemed to prefer traditional 'kurtas'. The young girls and ladies wore 'sarees' and preferred a traditional red and white combination. Functions had been organised at every community hall and public stage. School and college students performed a variety of dramas, skits, dances and songs and collectively added to the merry atmosphere.
Words would always be inadequate to describe this ambience which has to be felt through the senses of vision and hearing. All the more so in a place where the veil and 'black burkha' are like compulsory ladies uniform on any other day!
And our darling daughter, now all of six years, also participated in the celebrations. She looked absolutely fabulous in a red saree and gorgeous ornaments. We parents, me in particular, tried our best not to infect her with our nervousness before she went on stage for the first time in her life. I tried to freeze the moment for posterity, but the camera was bad and the cameraman (yours truly) even more so in that dark crowded hall. I, however, managed to capture some splash of colour as an indication of the ambience of the occasion.

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Sunday, April 24, 2005


Hi All!!
OK, I decided being away from blogging won't help reach my targets.
In any case, I am going to fall short by miles, so better have a few reasons to console myself!;)
So how's life, my dear fellow bloggers? I did notice a few visits while I was away and thanks for the same. I too have tried to read a few of your posts whenever I could pinch a few seconds.
Do come back for more, I'll start loading this page soon.