The amount of foreigners working in 3-D jobs (dirty, dangerous and demeaning) experience a myriad of racial and economic prejudice, that is largely overlooked as it isn’t documented in the blogosphere.
This is why movies like Bandhobi excel where the internet fails us. A 2009 indie flick about a frustrated and rebellious high school student who ends up becoming a friend of a migrant from Bangladesh who is desperate to receive his unpaid back wages. Literally translated as a “female friend” — the story follows the ups and downs of their friendship as two lonely souls, placed in a society that they feel disenfranchised with.
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.
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.