Living Stone, the story about the hard working community of Jaflong, on the northeastern part of Bangladesh. It was once known for its lush green hills, rolling tea gardens, and a mosaic of stones and rocks. Now Jaflong is shrinking; its bright blue skies are covered with thick smoke and dust. The crystal clear water of the Piyain River, which originates in the Himalayas, is now dying a slow death.

Just 56 kilometers away from Sylhet city, Jaflong is located on the foot of the beautiful Meghalaya Hills on the Indo-Bangla border. During monsoon the strong currents of the river wash down precious rocks and pebbles from the Indian hills into Jaflong.  Every day at the crack of dawn, hundreds of little black and grey boats descend into the river. Laborers of all ages, clamor through the river, buckets and spades in hand they collect stones.

Khaled Hasan

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Tea history in Bangladesh

Tea was introduced into Bangladesh through British settlement. The tea gardens were first established in Chittagong and later in Sylhet, where the hilly landscape was perfect for cultivation. After liberation, locals took initiative in tea export. During this time, Bangladeshi tea exports were in great global demand. A clever initiative by India bought these exports at high prices which they sold at cheap globally to establish product. After this, India lowered the price at which they were willing to import Bangladeshi tea. Limited acknowledgement of Bangladesh as a tea exporter has seen a drop in demand for Bangladeshi exports, which in 2002 were the 9th largest tea exporters, to now presenting minimal competition on the global market.

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Sarkar Protick


from Folk Tales of Bengal, Warwick Goble

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A bride from Chittagong, Bangladesh. Photo by Minhaz.


Shubho Noboborsho  :))

April 14th 2014, marks the beginning of another Bengali calendar year and is celebrated by Bengalis all around the world regardless of religious differences. In Bangladesh, the event is celebrated with parades which occur during the early hours of the day displaying, colourful floats and artworks. People spend the day in festivities by walking around melas (fairs) and visiting relatives.