Monthly Archives: June 2015

For Fred and Oleg

Preview for the soon-to-come post!


Another funky fruit

Very sour and not easy to eat — all the “meat” is on the seeds. On the picture the one to the right



Life here

On a rickshaw with Indonesian/Australian friend eating young coconut flesh on the way to the traditional Bangladeshi concert!



There are of course pharmacies with fridges and stuff, but most of them look like this. And it was about 30+ degrees.IMG_6236

Coffee shop

Haha, here is the local coffee shop, but of course it doesn’t serve coffee, it serves cha — black tea with milk and A LOT of sugar


Usually some local snack is being made/sold in the same place. In this particular case it was singara — thin pastry-like dough with potatoes, lentis and spices (of course) deep fried!


Local street food

Main local street food is “puchka” or “fuchka”. If you are lucky, you can choose between two options — withough yoghurt and with it. I prefer the latter.

In the tasty crunchy shell you get a mixture of peas, lentils, potatoes (?) and spices. Very tasty. And the yoghurt is a little sweet..mmm

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Trip to Savar

One day we decided to go and watch metal casting. And after researching the area a few other things got added to the list, so the furthest point this time was Shailan Mosque and this time google maps was about right, but again we had to leave at 6 am.


Thanks to wikipedia we learned about the mosque and it was our first destination

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The person who is looking after this mosque offered us some mangos right off the tree!

We walked around the mosque a bit and found the local gym (nobody was working out though)

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Our next stop — Dhamrai Roth, a hindu wooden kind of  temple that gets moved around the town once a year


While waiting for the metal casting we were walking around the city visiting various temples (majority of the population in this particular area are hindu). We randomly found a very nice man who was looking after one of the temples and showed us the others in the neighbourhood. In one of those temples the reaction to me saying that I am Russian was “Russia is good, Russia is India’s friend”

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The metal casting happened right in front of the Roth. The family that runs this workshop has been doing it for over 500 years. The technique is called “lost wax” and the idea is that at first a wax figure is made, then it is covered with a few layers of clay and afterwards is being put in the something like an over when wax runs away and the metal is poured in the forms instead. The process of metal casting is the most interesting one and it was very very hot and very very dangerous. The metal looks beautiful though — acid orange and green.IMG_6249

These were the pieces that have been sitting there for a whle already waiting for us

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But this is not over — because it comes out with many defects, a lot of work is needed to fix it and make it perfect. At that moment they have been working on a big statue for one of the temples (the base was casted), and the head was getting last touches. In italic because it takes months to make it look shiny.

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There is a shop by this workshop and once can see some examples of their work

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The statue like the one above takes about 3-4 months.

And a must-have picture with the family that runs this workshop


They have a very nice house


The next stop — Natinal Memorial. I mentioned the war of 1971 many times already. Here it is like the 2nd World War in Europe, but for one country. It took them 16 years though to build this place, it looks a lot like many other concrete memorials I have seen in my life, but one should never tell this to the locals, for them it is the best memorial ever. Because the locals like to pose (A LOT), we decided to blend in (but we definitely suck)IMG_6266 IMG_6263 IMG_6270

Speaking of posing — many people pose with the bushes. I showed some examples before, but it is super funny — even when there is a monument, a Bush is thing to take a picture with. So we have been working hard on blending in even more


And in the end — a selfie with Mr. Bush!


Tasty discoveries

One of my food discoveries in Bangladesh is the beal fruit, or wood apple.


It has an interesting texture of pumpkin/mashed potato, quite sweet, but the best part is the smell — sometimes it smells like flowers and sometimes like men’s cologne