All our Writing: Traffic in Dhaka city,Bangladesh

Situated on the banks of the river Buriganga, is Dhaka City, the capital of Bangladesh. In year 2011, it’s population was 16 million, it is the   ninth  largest and 28th most densely populated city in the world.

The climate is mild in winter and extremely hot in summer. The monsoon season gives some relief , it cools off the temperature to a certain extent.

After  partition in 1947, the population has grown more than the city can handle. With the increasing number of people one would expect the transportation should improve, it hasn’t. There are a large number of the population who drive without a license. driving schools do not exist, but life goes on.

I left the city after my marriage and occasionally visited it because of the expensive air fare.

In 2010 I went to Dhaka for some personal reasons. When I got out of the building to find my brother, what I saw around me was not only unbelievable but scary too.Inside the building passengers with valid tickets are the only ones who are allowed to go in. Outside there are thousands peeking in, may be they came to greet their family members. Some that were there did not belong, they ranged from pick pockets to kidnappers to other miscreants.

I cautiously came out and looked for my brother, there were beggars a plenty asking for money, cab drivers came forward asking me if I needed a ride home. Then there were young boys with their cell phone volunteering to let me use it if I wanted to call my family members.Amidst all this chaos it was tough to stay calm.Thankfully I spoke the local language. All these people realized I was not just a visitor, but a bona fide citizen.

After crossing the hurdle of getting out of the building in one piece. Next my brother had to tell these people who were crowding the place to get out of our way. I finally  got inside my brother’s car, the ride from the airport to my brother’s home was another obstacle I had to overcome.

The roads were blocked by all kinds of traffic, the car was crawling, even then it seemed it was a trying experience, just when the driver thought he’d speed up, crossing in front of him was  a herd of cattle. The driver had to let them go, but the cycle rickshaw driver thought it was an opportune moment for him  to overtake the car.

We had probably gone a few yards, when to our dismay we found behind us a  huge public bus roaring in, the driver stopped on the side, unfortunately there were several other buses following the first bus driver one after the other, each of these   buses have one guy who yells out, “move  on  the side.”

Then there are personalized chauffeur driven cars, the drivers  are extremely arrogant, because they don’t own the vehicles they drive like lunatics, the feeling is if it is damaged the owner will fix it. If one had to deal with one mode of transportation, it probably would not be that bad.

The types of transportation are private, public, and personalized vehicles . The primary ones are a) pedestrians, b) cycle rickshaws, c) transit and non-transit.

Transit mode is motorized public transport system which includes bus,small motorized vehicles e.g, cars, and light vehicles such as three wheeled cycle rickshaws which can have only one or two passengers. There are very few lights, most of the time they do not work. The traffic is mostly controlled by traffic police.

Personalized services are taxis, auto rickshaws are three wheeled mechanically operated vehicles ,  its body is manufactured locally, the chassis and the engine are imported. Next  there are human haulers these are small four wheeled contraption hauled by humans, used mostly to  carry various kinds of goods.

Dhaka city is also known as the ‘Rickshaw Capital Of The World’, there are four hundred thousand cycle  rickshaws moving on the streets of Dhaka city, along with all the other modes of transportation.

When I finally reached my brother’s home, I realized how difficult it is for the people who live there, or may be they do not think about it because they are used to it.

I was not used to it, when I lived there, the population was manageable. There were not that many cars, buses or auto rickshaws. Life was simple, very few people owned cars. It is completely different now.

I live in a small city. There are private cars, buses. What’s more people obey the traffic signs.

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DP Daily Prompt: Reason to Believe

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In reason to believe, Bruce Springsteen sings, At the end of every hard-earned day, people find some reason to believe. What’s your reason to believe?

At the end of every difficult season I have reason to believe the next one is going to be better. Winter started early, every day I believed it will not last too long because it started early. December,January,February, March and even April did not spare us from the dreaded snow.

While nature was lashing its fury on us a section of the population was loving it,they were raising their price for clearing the snow, between nature and some people we were being squeezed out of our money pretty fast. Even then I thought this cannot last forever,there still is hope of better days,when the snow will find some other place to torment and leave us alone.

This is May 1st and I am not convinced snow has done its job and will not come back till December. The sun is shining today, let’s hope our cold winter is ready to move on and leave us to enjoy some much needed warm days. My reason to believe this is because we had too many days of cold weather and we deserve some good warm weather.



The Royal Bengal Tiger

English: White Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris ti...

English: White Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris tigris at Cincinnati Zoo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Male bengal tiger - not too disturbed by the e...

Male bengal tiger – not too disturbed by the elephant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Panthera tigris tigris, Bengal Tiger, Indische...

Panthera tigris tigris, Bengal Tiger, Indischer Tiger oder Königstiger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Walk on the Wild Side

2 Bengal tigers
2 Bengal tigers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mum and cubs

The Bengal tiger(panthera tigris tigris)is the national animal of India and Bangladesh.The Bengal tiger is the most numerous sub-species with population estimated at 1706 to 1909 in India and 440 in Bangladesh.Bengal is traditionally fixed as the typical locality for the binomial panthera tigris.

Since 2010, it has been classified as an endangered species by ICUN.The total population is  estimated at 2500 individuals with a decreasing trend,none of the conservation within the Bengal tiger’s range is large enough to support an effective population size of 250 adult individuals.

Bangladesh tiger,(panthera tigris,tigris) is the national animal of Bangladesh.All these tigers can be found in Sundarbans,the mangrove forest located south-west of the country.As of 2004 population estimates in Bangladesh ranged from 200 to 419, mostly in the Sundarbans.This region is the only mangrove habitat in this bio-region,where tigers survive,swimming between islands to the delta to hunt prey.From October 2005 to January 2007,the first camera trap survey was conducted across six sites in the Bangladesh Sundarbans to estimate tiger population density. The average of these six sites is 3.7 tigers per 100 km2(39 sq miles) It was inferred that the tiger population was approximately 200 individuals.

Bengal tigers have been known to take predators,such as leopards,wolves,jackals,foxes,crocodiles and Asiatic black bears as prey.Over the past century the number of tigers have fallen dramatically,with a decreasing population trend..None of the conservation trend within the Bengal tiger range is large enough to support an effective population size of 250 individuals.Habitat losses and the extremely large scale poaching are serious threats to the survival  of the tigers.The Bengal Tiger’s coat is yellow to light orange ,with stripes ranging from dark brown to black;the belly and interior parts of the limbs are white,and the tail is orange with black rings.Male Bengal tigers have an average length of 270 to 310 cm including the tail,females measure 240 to 265 cm on average.The average weight of males is 488 pounds.While that of females is 308 pounds.

The sundarbans tiger project is a Bangladesh Forest Department initiative.It started in 2005. From research base the project is evolving rapidly.It has also done well due to the incredible support of the Bangladeshi people.

Today we decided to read about the Bengal tigers.Gepetto enjoyed knowing about them.He was sad to know that the tiger population is decreasing.He has planned to do a project on Bengal tigers.His parents and I were happy to note he was taking a keen interest.

We all loved reading about the tigers and their habitat,we hope the government will take effective measures to prevent the decline of  the population of these beautiful tigers.

From my friends,Alphie,Susan and of course Gepetto the great,a very warm good bye to our equally amazing friends,without whose encouragement,we would not have been able to be so successful.Thank you.

Allah Hafiz, And May God Bless You!