Rains of Sraban continue to fall as we enter the month of August. Coming in sudden showers, they help calm the sweltering heat. The Bengali month of Bhadro, which will begin at the middle of August, is the time when everyone’s preferred fruit ‘Taal’ will be available in the markets.
Muslims across the country as well as in the city will be observing Eid ul-Fitr this month marking the end of Ramadan, a period of fasting. In Dhaka big congregations are held at the National Eidgah and many mosques.
This issue of “Dhaka Calling” is devoted to Hatirjheel, a wetland once littered with waste, into a wonderful civic amenity. Hatirjheel means pond for the elephants. Elephants of the Nawabs of Dhaka kept at Pilkhana used to take bath in this wetland and from here the marshland derived this name. The place suffered for centuries afterwards as a ditch where household and industrial waste was dumped.
On January 2, 2013 the city dwellers saw a new Hatirjheel emerge with the inauguration of Hatirjheel-Begunbari Integrated Development Project. The place now offers a welcome relief from the traffic jams of the city. At night, with well-lit roads and bridges reflected in the water beneath, it is simply beautiful to behold. It has since become a popular place for recreation.
So if you are visiting Dhaka, do avail the opportunity to go around Hatirjheel, specially at night. I am sure you will find the place to your liking.
Have a pleasent story in Dhaka.