Sunday, November 09, 2008

The Charms of Old Dhaka





You never know the charming surprises awaiting you when you explore Old Dhaka. As I watched some children playing by the road...




...I heard the rustle of wings, and this man showed up chasing a bird...



... while a little further up, this young man waited around with an unusual dog.



The chores of daily life went on. A boy got water for cooking..



...and lunch looked more promising with this Hilsa sold by a travelling fishmonger.



Elsewhere, two flower sellers enjoyed their morning cuppa..



... as two friends shared a secret.




Old Dhaka is a lot about old buildings. Like the dazzle of Qassabtuli Mosque...



... and the serene formalism of Pogose School...



... but running into unknown old buildings is a special treat, like this one at the Sutrapur end...



... or this old temple which is now someone's home.



Some buildings have welcoming entrances...



... while others have an air of mystery, like this barber shop...



... and yet others speak of longing.



But the melancholy passes quickly when a vivacious girl appears...



...or a pretty woman crosses the street.



Old Dhaka is also the heart of business in Dhaka. It takes all kinds. For example, some make balloons...



...while others sell them...



...during special occasions such as Durga Puja.



So... the next time you are in the area, drop by old Dhaka. It's as colorful as it gets. Like these girls at Dhakeswari Temple.

6 comments:

Z said...

Nicely done! Thank you for sharing. I think the second photo is the one I like best.

Rehan said...

Loved the photo essay. My favorite is the "A boy got water for cooking" - very natural and vivid.

ulysses said...
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ulysses said...

Hi Z and Rehan,

Thanks very much!

Anonymous said...

A natural beauty of imperfection. Life goes on........

Mohammad Gani
USA

Romana said...

Beautiful presentation.

Can I use the pic "DURGA PUJA" in an online article?

Thanks