Follow me.... a VSO volunteer in Dhaka.

Now read on.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Shoeboo Noboo Boshore

That's a very bad phonetic spelling for Happy New Year! Today is the first day of the year 1419 in the Hindu calendar and, loving any excuse for a party,  everyone's out in the streets in their new red and white clothes. And yes, that means the Muslims, the Christians and the Buddhists too. Bangladesh is that kind of country.

We went for lunch with our new friend Sultana, a north London Bangladeshi, and then she, her maid Eve, Karen and I went for a walk amongst the crowds around the nearby lake. 

Millions of people; young boys hooting away with their plastic trumpets; gorgeous girls in all their glory; groups of young men laughing,  joking and ogling the girls; cute children (impossible not to photograph); street hawkers selling bangles, plastic toys, balloons, pop rice and ice-cream; so many approaching to practice their English - "hello, how are you? where are you from?" and then laughing with shyness when asked a question back; me saying 'shoeboo noboo boshore' to everyone and gaining smiles and applause for being able to speak Bangla.

So many people, so many photos......

Arranged Marriages-R-Us

Intent?    or.......






Outside our local supermarket


  1. Fascinating, and some really incredible photos. Your adventure continues. Janice.

  2. Looks great Louise. Can't wait to catch up when you get back.