Thursday, 27 November 2008

Just another Dutch Bangla

Great thing about running a online bookshop is that you get to know of a lot of people whom you'd have never imagined. Over the past few years I had the opportunity to come close to a very interesting person who is all over Bangladeshi food and cooking. Although never visited Bangladesh he knows the food, vegetables and spices very particularly and too opportunity to grow a few of them by himself as well. It was a pleasure to provide him with some indigenous cooking of Bangladesh.
He was very kind enough to respond to my distress signal for Bengali billboards. He managed to find out this very interesting Dutch Bangla supermarket, which he himself made his regular destination. What a surprise!
I'm sharing the photos with you as well. Keep sending Global Bangladeshi Footprint from all over the place.
By the way, we've Dutch Bangla bank as well in Bangladesh. The first bank to take ATM to masses. I bank with them too. Love their service :)

Monday, 17 November 2008

Ghost shots of Jackson Heights

Friend of mine moved to New Jersey from India for some first hand experience of the American exposure. But unfortunately he came to the worst of all times when credit crunch has bitten the soft underbelly quite hard. So he has to zip his three month trip to three weeks and wrap it up for home.

good thing though he had a chance to pop into the big apple and take a few ghost shots of the famous Jackson Heights of NY. I'm very hopeful that these wont be the very last of NY that we would host in our site. If any of you have some daytime shots of Bangladeshi New York please do send us so.

Bangladesh PlazaEnglish school with Bangla Support

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Talking sign of Royal London Hospital

This is one of the posts which I was planning to do for ages.Royal London Hospital is one of the finest medical research facilities available. This famous hospital is expanding its operation number of times and I spoke to a doctor who said by 2012 they expect to be one of the largest medical research facility in Europe.

The good thing is, this one of a kind hospital is in Whitechapel area and that is great news for us Bangladeshi people as a number of doctors and staff speaks Bengali as well. The result is Bengali became the top priority international language over here.

But as the new facilities are built for the research fellows I wonder if that advantage would remain over there as well. Here's a few shots of the current situation over there.

But never mind, go until the bottom to meet the big surprise!

This is the main reception hall. Quite a mouthful of languages around here.

This is the main bit. More fun coming with it later. Most of the signs of the old building has quite a bit of punch of Bengali.

More Examples...
And some more...

Finally this is the obvious. Chapel indeed ! We love these multifaith places. No other people ever bothers to enter except probably a stray pensioner once in a blue moon.

The Big Surprise!!!

Those who thought they've seen it all. Here it is! welcome to reality. Sylheti takes over bangla as official language. Made in Britain!

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Stroll around Shadwell

I took a tour of one of the most densely Bangladeshi populated corners of London. It ranged from the back alley of East London Mosque to all the way to Shadwell. Not surprisingly there was plenty of road signs to take snaps. In fact they are so many that if I take them all then I guess even Flickr will overload :). Still I took whatever I could do in half hour. Here they comes!

Here's excellent example of butterfly effect. Nazrul finished his life with his undying love of 'Ogo bideshini'. Here it goes in foreign land a proper school in his name.

Here's a closer look into the matter. The fact though where we go we really have to mess things up! Damn it!

This is one of the demonstration of older businesses who opted back in the days to make use of Bengali to lure some local crowd through the door. Even when Bengali typefaces wasn't readily available. So hand come handy :)

A long shot to the chapel pharmacy.

"Carom Board and Mura pawa jay"

Here's demonstration of the newer trend. A very well organized full fledged business which has brought back powerful brand name from Bangladesh. Banoful is a very popular sweet franchise all over Bangladesh and they used their exposure to open up a business in London. Hope it does good against Ambala

Real sweets inside ! Yummy!
Ball games are not really welcomed around the streets of London. If you wanna play ball go in a cage and have a death match! But don't smash our windows! the're too precious.