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Banglaphotos! [Jul. 24th, 2006|04:54 pm]
susan smitten

I always forget my camera when I go to Bangladesh. Finally I remembered! Some people don't like having to go to Dhaka because it saddens them to see the poverty; it upsets me, too, but I don't know... I find the place cheerful in its own way. I like it. It has spirit.

There's lots of political grafitti.

The men wear skirts.

Half the buses in Dhaka are bright and colorful...

...the other half look like they conduct daily service to hell.


[User Picture]From: mcgillianaire
2006-07-25 05:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing the pictures of Bangladesh. The last time my dad went there he didn't take the camera either. A trend perhaps?

The skirt worn by many Muslim males in the Indian subcontinent is called a lungi. Interestingly, the Wikipedia article mentions how it is the most commonly-seen dress worn by Bangladeshi males. It actually originates from the part of India I'm from.

Most of the adult male members on my dad's side of the family wear it and its variants. My dad wears it as soon as he arrives home from work but curiously, never does so when visitors drop by.

I tried getting into the family tradition of wearing one this summer while I was in Oman but let's just say I prefer the traditional combination of a T-shirt and a pair of shorts. :)
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[User Picture]From: bklyn_in_dubai
2006-07-25 07:13 am (UTC)
there's nothing like wearing a skirt in the subcontinent. many places in india have very distinctive styles of lungi -- colors, trim. though for some reason muslim guys go for boring check patterns. no imagination. i had a great lungi from orissa, deep vegetable dye like color with a smart trim on the bottom. i cant remember what the color scheme was though! i believe youre supposed to go commando, but my aunt's cook in hyderabad caught eye of more than either of us wanted and yelled at me so i go with boxers now. but theres nothing more fun than going to the corner store for milk in a skirt, tshirt and flipflops in a place where people are otherwise given to being hypermasculine! i wish i had my lungis here...
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2006-07-25 01:40 pm (UTC)
This is why I need to take you to Naif. Half the men there wear lungis.
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