Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Second-chance first time visit for Bangladesh

Bangladesh came by once before, but it was during a time period when a gazillion countries were coming by, so they barely even got mentioned. As I have done for other countries, I will now give Bangladesh a little more of the travelogue treatment.

Depending upon how old you are, you are familiar with Bangladesh because of George Harrison, because the place gets flooded annually by monsoons, or you really have no fucking idea where or what Bangladesh is. Fortunately, you have us: the folks at Eff You are here to give you everything you need to know about Bangladesh:
[T]he People's Republic of Bangladesh is a country in South Asia. It is bordered by India to its west, north and east; Burma to its southeast and separated from Nepal and Bhutan by the Chicken’s Neck corridor. To its south, it faces the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh is the world's eighth-most populous country, with over160 million people, and among the most densely populated countries. It forms part of the ethno-linguistic region of Bengal, along with the neighbouring Indian states of West Bengal and Tripura.
The present-day borders of Bangladesh took shape during the Partition of Bengal and British India in 1947, when the region used to be known as East Pakistan, as a part of the newly formed state of Pakistan. It was separated from West Pakistan by 1,400 km of Indian territory. Due to political exclusion, ethnic and linguistic discrimination and economic neglect by the politically dominant western wing, nationalism, popular agitation and civil disobedience led to the Bangladesh Liberation War and independence in 1971. After independence, the new state endured poverty, famine, political turmoil and military coups. The restoration of democracy in 1991 has been followed by relative calm and economic progress.
Most of Bangladesh consists of the low-lying Ganges River delta, which makes it prone to flooding with the seasonal monsoons.
Straddling the Tropic of Cancer, Bangladeshi climate is tropical with a mild winter from October to March, and a hot, humid summer from March to June. The country has never frozen at any point on the ground, with a record low of 4.5 °C in the south west city of Jessore in the winter of 2011. A warm and humid monsoon season lasts from June to October and supplies most of the country's rainfall. Natural calamities, such as floods, tropical cyclones, tornadoes, and tidal bores occur almost every year, combined with the effects of deforestation, soil degradation and erosion. The cyclones of 1970 and 1991 were particularly devastating. A cyclone that struck Bangladesh in 1991 killed some 140,000 people.
And, yeah, that's where Bengal tigers are found:

Kick-ass, right?

The country has about 160 million people, most of whom are Muslim on account of the Islamic conquest of the 1220s where folks converted to Islam or got killed. You know how that works.

The country is a major exporter of rice, tea, potato, mango, onion and mustard, but its economy is driven by it garment industry. Cheap labor, y'all.

So there's the thumbnail view. Let's extend a big Eff You welcome to Bangladesh. Y'all come back soon, and bring your friends.

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