Introduction to Bangladesh
With roughly 130 million people squeezed into an area the size of Illinois, Bangladesh is among the most densely crowded of the world's countries. With a per capita income of less than $400 annually, it is also one of the poorest. These crushing demographic and economic statistics inspired a few decades ago the cruel label "basket case." Cruel, because the country is full of hard-working people.
The curious choice of places shown here, apart from Dhaka (formerly Dacca), can be explained as part of a search early in the 1990s for a pristine, pre-Europeanized countryside somewhere in Asia. That search led from Dhaka to Narayanganj, Mymensingh, Kishorganj, Pabna--and finally to the one-time home of Rabindranath Tagore, near Kushtia.Dhaka (10 pictures)
Narayanganj, Mymensingh, Kishorganj, Pabna (10 pictures)
Tagore Country (18 pictures)
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