Early Friday morning, a friend and I went to Mawa Ghat on the river Padma, a 50-minute drive from Dhaka, to explore and take pictures.
The Padma was wide even at this dry season. We found a fish-market on the sandy bank. Fish was brought in by numerous boats, and sold here for the markets in Dhaka. Children were playing everywhere. Mawa village lay next to the market, with narrow lanes and tin-roof houses.
From Mawa we drove to the ancestral home of (late) Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose - one of Indian subcontinent's most eminent scientists - in Dohar. Sir Bose invented wireless radio (local lore claims he divulged his findings to Marconi who walked off with the credits). He was also a great botanist, the first to prove conclusively that plants have lives.
Sir Bose's home is over many acres of land, and includes several buildings, ponds, orchards, etc. It has been converted into various schools and living quarters for school employees. Though there were statues and pictures of him, we found no documentation or introduction to his work. Sad.
From there we visited the old mansion of a (Hindu) Zaminder with directions from a local acquaintance. We found the palace to be in poor repair. Some remnants pointed to the glory of old days, including ancient broken water pumps that ran on diesel and pumped water up to a rooftop tank so the Zamindar family could take showers. I am not sure who owns the property now. In fact, I could not even find the name of the original Zaminder.
Then it was off to nearby Bhagyakul market where my companions tasted the famous local "maaTha" - a lemony, sweetened yogurt drink. I abstained for bacteriophobic reasons, but relented in the end. A sip of the drink was delicious, not as thick as Lassi, but made invigorating by fresh lemon juice.
We returned home by noon. Thanks to Dr. Zia for showing me these places. Now the pictures.
The Famous Hilsa Fish of the Padma
Boats on the Padma
Dad feeding coconut-water to kid
Man with suitcase and fish
Boy who works on a boat
Windows in Mawa village
Girl with doll on riverbank
Cute kid at Mawa village
Entrance to JC Bose's home
Compound of one building in JC Bose's home
Drying clothes on roof of JC Bose's home
Roof-antennas in the house where the man who invented wireless radio once lived:
Jarul flowers in another building in JC Bose home:
A hijol tree on the pond; hijol's decomposed bark is good fish food:
Old Zamindar mansion
Pond belonging to Zamindar home
Kids climbed this tree for its flower