The old city of Mymensingh by the alluvial banks of the once mighty Brahmaputra still holds the charm of yesteryears. The quintessential ancient buildings and the road running parallel to the river revives the feel of its opulent past. So does, the town of Muktagacha which preserves the palace of the erstwhile zamindars.
Chittagong is famous for its natural harbour and is the major seaport in Bangladesh. With no specific destinations and no defined plan, we decided to get down in Chittagong. We were returning to Dhaka from Cox Bazar and there was a sudden change in plan. Hence we spent a day in Chittagong.
Love is in the air. Love in all forms and shape is celebrated today. In every corner of the world, romanticism is reaching its record-breaking new heights. Love themed flowers, chocolates, confectioneries and gift items have flooded the market. Couples are finding innovative ways to impress their beloved. Valentine’s Day is here again. On this love filled day, I share my story of a lovely destination. A place, which is also considered as a honeymoon destination – Cox Bazar.
The old city of Jahangir Nagar the erstwhile capital of the Mughal Bengal has now transformed to the bustling and flourishing capital city of Bangladesh, called Dhaka. The highly populous city is the centre of business, economy, education, transportation and is the seat of the central governance. The city is known for its rickshaws, waterways and its notorious traffic congestion. Let me take you through the crowded roads of Dhaka to discover the essence of the ever growing city.
In search of my roots, we reached Bangladesh and thus discovered the Venice of East. Barisal was our destination and to reach our ancestral village called Gava, was our goal. Apart from this, tourism was our second purpose in this nation. I felt a strange affinity towards this place. It was once the same nation now separated by barbed wires. We share the same language and culture. It is the place where my ancestors thrived. My mind loitered around finding the reason.
‘The Musafir Stories is an audio podcast that documents Indian travel tales.’ The site is owned and managed by the lovely, talented couple Saif Omar and Faiza Khan. When they approached me for a podcast interview to share my travel stories I was overly glad to do so. I chose Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, as my destination to talk about.
On my second ‘Blogiversary’ I thought of writing a post on something which is very close and personal. I would like to dedicate this post to my Jethu (paternal uncle). I always love listening to stories. One of my best childhood pass time was to listen to stories. Be it a fairy tale, stories from Panchatantra, Thakumar Jhuli, adventure stories, ghost stories or the most interesting stories of my ancestors narrated by my jethu.