Romantic Rajendrapur brings back Gorgeous Memories of Vadaliyadaippu

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

“It is the marriage of the soul with nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination”~ Henry David Thoreau, (July 12 1817 – May 6 1862), American Authour, Poet, Abolitionist, Naturalist, Tax Resister, Development Critic, Surveyor, Historian, Philosopher and leading Transcendentalist

The capital city of Bangladesh is Dhaka. Rajendrapur is a small village in Gazipur district of Dhaka Division. The distance between Dhaka and Rajendrapur is 50 kilometers (31 miles).

Farming and fishing are the main livelihoods of the people in Rajendrapur.

It is a perfect place for bird watching and to love nature. Coldness at dawn and night gives the feeling of being on top of a mountain. Birds such as Cardinal, Crane, King Fisher, Myna, Parrot, Robin Bird and Sparrow live here. A large number of Myna flock to the bushes at dusk and tweet endlessly till night calls.

The atmosphere gives wider space to be a child, relax, meditate, paint, read, run, sing, dance, photograph, walk, write and play outdoor games. I spent one month in lovely Rajendrapur during rain and shine, which gives a feeling of been there for a longer period.

The stay brings me back a wholesome of gorgeous childhood memories of my paternal home in Vadaliyadaippu, in Jaffna District, North of Sri Lanka:

Similar surroundings with big trees

Shoe flowers
dance for wind
dew drops sit on – the
edge of the leaves
shallow streams of water – where
fish dance in and out
joyfully with no fear

Green paddy fields – where
men – with only a
piece of cloth
wrapped around their
waist – with
handloom turban

Women in Sarees and
barefoot ploughing – the
agri-fields
together in
boiling Sun – with
drops of sweat stay on their
forehead of
both

Birds peck – the
softened soil – for
something to nibble
barking of dogs in the
morning and night
tweeting of various birds
throughout the day and night

Even through – the
thick wooden doors – of the
training venue makes
learning enchanting

Frequent visits by ants
red and black stripe leech
snail and maggot
beautiful butterflies – keep
flying around
wandering
wasp making nest

Aroma of variety cooking
tolling of prayer bell – as
daily wake up call
crack of dawn
with cool breeze
sweeping sound – of
handmade broomsticks
cows in numbers
flock the streets

Men sit on wooden bench – sip
tea and read newspaper – or
talk along the roadside
children play
along the alleys
beautifully built mud houses
simple but happy living with
smiley faces

Quietness with fog at dawn and
loudness with mist at dusk
wishes of daily
“Good Morning” and “Good Night” – by
many

Continuous shooting
noise from a
nearby cantonment – the
silence takes me back – to the
old and famous term
“Golden” and charming people – while
nature adds – extra
flavour to life.

The people here lead a very simple life, but with extreme hospitality and simplicity. They treat the guests at their best.

My memorable stay in Rajendrapur led me to tweet endlessly from day one till I left while roaming in the beautiful Bay of Bengal. The memories are permanent and inbuilt and will be treasured forever.

Fresh eggs for sale

Ban ride in Rajendrapur

Mohamed Shalahudeen in his stall

The main market bustles after a month long fast and feast

Cycle Rickshaw is a famous mode of transport in Rajendrapur

A scene in the morning at the market

Beautifully maintained garden at BRAC-Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee

“Please take my photo” a kind request from Mohamed Rafeek

Shoe polishing in the market

Rickshaw puller in Rajendrapur

At the meat stall

On mobile while being on the move

Cinema posters in Rajendrapur. Clicked this image while traveling on a Cycle Rickshaw

Market in Rajendrapur on a cloudy day

On a bright shiny day

A scene in front of BRAC-Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee

Beautiful sunset in Rajensrapur

On a laundry site

Birds gather at dusk

Fullmoon in Rajendrapur

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5 Comments

  1. Rojina Shrestha says:

    WOW !!!!Great Great, your photography always makes me cragy, drag me to our SANGAT course and miss those days. Loved it all….

  2. Khushi Kabir says:

    Beautiful pictures. Amazing. I could feel the nostalgia of missing all of you coming back.

  3. Shazia Aman says:

    i am really missing Rajendrapur. you are great Dushi …..WOW miss Sangat i wish some day you will write about me ………? love

  4. Magerata says:

    Beautiful, both the post and the photos. Specially loved the poem.

  5. Abida Bano says:

    Dear DUSHI
    You have did great job…you have made these memories immortal…