The Buriganga river flows through the southern part of Dhaka, near the Old town. It forms a busy highway of passenger boats with thousands onboard, cargo vessels loaded to almost being covered by water (see photographs below if you don’t believe us) and tiny wooden paddle powered boats. Yesterday we chose to explore it with a tiny wooden boat lead by our unplanned guiden Nurislam, who picked us up at the ticket kiosk and tried very hard to teach us Bangla. The most amazing thing was that he took us to a shipyard on the other side of the river. The yard builds new, dismantles old and repairs huge ships all by hand and we learnt from our guide that normally 1200 workers are busy in construction, but today was a public holiday so we only saw a few.
We were lucky to go behind the scenes to the workshops making new parts and repairing old, and further to the one room houses where the workers live with their families. We were welcomed with huge smiles from the children and inquisitive questions from the locals. To their amusement Gary even tried his hand at cricket batting badly and shaming the English tradition!
This visit gave us an insight into the other side of Dhaka.
see photographs below and learn Bangla with Nurislam on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWRxFvDLfr4