I left London on Sunday 7th April 3:00 to go Bangladesh. My grandma is ill and an uncle so I went along with my sister and her husband to see them. They were going for a cousin’s wedding so I used this opportunity to see people I haven’t seen in 10 years since my last visit to Bangladesh!
In flight entertainment – I watched so many films back-to-back I can’t remember all of them
The food was great, apart from when they try to give you ‘continental’ food, where it all goes wrong…
The scenery in Dakha, where our plane landed
Dakha is the rikshaw capital of the world (I think)
This is how dry the ‘pool’ in front of the house had become because of the heat
A close-up of the ‘pool’
The ‘pool’ was then flushed of all its water and only after 20 mins of rain the ‘pool’ looked like this:
Along with brilliant weather there was lovely fruit you can’t always find in London. We were able to get no less than a glass of water from each daab (young) coconut. And we had quite a few…!
Before the wedding comes the mendi night. These are the lights put up. They could be seen from half a mile away
Decorations for ‘the feast’ table that will be placed in front of the bride-to-be to feed her
This is what the watermelon looked like after. Pretty right!
The Stage: it took 10-11 hours to put up!
The flowery path for the bride-to-be to walk over
The mendi cake. ‘Gaye Holud’ means the application of tumeric (haldi/holud) to the body. But we only applied a bit to the hand of the bride-to-be
There always needs to be an extravagant dish that the groom and bride dig into with their hands, but then never really eat
The day we left: we all slept late and the boys had to bunk together in one room. It was funny how we found them all on each other pillows, forcing the other to fall onto another :p
Can you see the fleet of workers outside the car? They are all workers for Marks & Spencer (M&S) clothing department. There is a large factory in Dakha where they all work.
I felt like I was away for a month, not 10 days. So coming back was weird. Like I had to learn to wake up again, go to work, work during the day, and then come home. I don’t know when I’ll be going back. Maybe if my cousin brother gets married next year. We’ll see 😀