Two days in Bangladesh and you will feel the vibe, the passion. Land of the Bengals, what a name! As beautiful as the name is, the land is much more endowed. It is green and full of water. If Nature had favourites, it sure as hell would have written The land of the Bengals on its list.
The people are like no other. Friendly, charming and engaging. My earliest memory of my first visit to The beautiful land was with my classmates, some of them would introduce themselves to me after a lecture, i would then forget the name minutes later, the next day, they would ask me their names, watching me struggle to recall, they would ask why its so difficult to remember, they know mine, why can’t i remember theirs? They would remind me and the process repeats it self. I remember how the police would stop the rick-shaw from passing when there is much traffic, seeing that i was a foreigner, a single wave and a sad face would trigger their leniency button and my rick-shaw man would be on his way. I remember how trusting the Bengals are, you meet a man on the streets, an hour later he is begging you to have lunch with his wive and children.
The Bengalis are a special breed, misunderstood by some and under appreciated by most. Perhaps nothing is more Bengal than the love they have for one another, they walk in groups and they eat in groups. They chat and laugh in groups.
As a first year student, the constant laughs at the slightest joke( or not) by my Bengali Brothers irritate me. But later i figured, maybe i have a poor sense of humour, So i raised it.
The creation of this beautiful country was bloody. What ever version you subscribe to, its clear that despite the despicable things that happened, the Bengali man fought harder to keep his sense of humour alive than anything. Because, Because life may not be very luxurious in Bangladesh but no one, i repeat no one is starved of laughter, smile and happiness. The bengali man has laughter as a trademark, he is ever happy.
The men who love their country! From Mr Yunus who built grameen corporation (and in the process create an idea revolutionary in its kick-ass and wiping of poverty ) to the various university and college students who build small but significant projects, they have one and one thing thing in common; their obsessive love for their country. There are patriots everywhere, but there are no patriots like Bengali patriots. Happy Independence day!
-Musa Zulkarnaini, Former Student of EEE Department in Islamic University of Technology, Bangladesh