Bangladesh has been squeezed up between a ravenous India and a coy Burma since forever! The country can hardly shuffle without grazing Myanmar’s nuts or bruising India’s ego. The country is about the size of Greece and was a part of Pakistan till its much-celebrated 1971 War of Liberation. Bangladesh has the longest sandy beach (Cox’s Bazar) and largest Mangrove forest (Sundarbans) on the planet.
Bangladesh is secular and democratic. The population is a mainly Dravidian (read ancient African, Tamil types) – with a slight mixture of Persians, Afghans, Arabs (often clumped together as Aryans). Over 90% of its people is Muslim, mostly poor and extremely simple. Main exports are clothing, leather, drugs, seafood etc – all those things we can’t have enough of!
You may have heard of Bangladesh’s poverty, hunger, climate-change, floods and in-fighting already. And those things are a part of daily life here. Here are a few images to show you how I see Bangladesh. Usually, we don’t apologize for the lack of photo credits.