A few more shots of many Dhakas…

In this sprawling city, where more than 15 million jostle for space, lives are lived half on water.

Ramshackle homes jut from the banks, seeming to float like the hyacinth clumps the grudging buffalo graze in the murky shallows.

Tiny row boats play chicken with lumbering sand dredgers and cargo ships that hurl themselves heavy-headlong through shuttle-boat crowds.

The markets seethe with life, gory with guts, fish-flapping, as people heave and heft something close to a living by sheer will from earth and air.

To outsiders’ eyes hard work in bright shades looks almost beautiful, almost more lovely than art.

Everyone is hoping something a little bit better. Aren’t we all?

Dhaka is known as the city of rickshaws and they line the streets like honour guards trooping the clatter of every colour.

They stud dusty nights with dangling candle lantern lights and the irreverance of horns and honks. They are the blood beat.


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5 Responses to A few more shots of many Dhakas…

  1. Felipe Neumann says:

    I love the one with the man roaming the boat. Now THAT is a precious shot. As usual I love everything about these pictures.

    “Everyone is hoping something a little bit better.”

    Yeah… most of the time – and when we’re not, that’s only because we have temporarily found something a little bit better.

  2. Talk to me...I'm your Mother says:

    Love the photos and the word pictures.

  3. cuhome says:

    Terrific post! The words you chose let me feel what I saw in the graphics you chose.

  4. missmetrodc says:

    Lovely photos.

    Do you have an email address you’d be willing to share?

  5. Wonderful writing; that last pic of the rickshaws is fantastic.

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