No word for sex in Bangla

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I’m flipping through channels in our hotel room in Cox Bazaar as I wait for room service. News, news, Hindi movie, Bollywood dancing, Jean Claude Van Dam movie, another Hindi movie . .… Continue reading

Rock out with your Cox out

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Music is a big part of the Cox Bazaar experience. It’s everywhere. Beggar children on the beach come up and want to sing to you for money, DJs blast loud music by hotel… Continue reading

Savar

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One of the most serene and relaxing places in Dhaka to me is the Monument to the Martyrs of the ’71 war. Even though I am by birth an American, I can’t walk… Continue reading

When in Bangladesh, drink tea

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I am a self-proclaimed caffeine addict. Notice I said addict and not snob. If I don’t have my morning fix within a hour of waking, I feel the beginning stages of headache and… Continue reading

First full day in Dhaka

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A statue of a man making pottery at Dhaka Airport. All my life it was Zia International, but they changed the name to something I can’t pronounce. We went to my dad’s family… Continue reading

How to adjust to a new time zone

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The photo above was taken when we landed in Dhaka at sunset (about 5 p.m) on Christmas Day. But in Philly it was about 6 a.m. Christmas morning and most of my friends… Continue reading

Insomnia in Abu Dhabi

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You realize you are Generation Y when feeling “home” to you isn’t about eating a home-cooked meal, but having wi-fi. I’ll try to write shorter posts during our travels (through the WordPress iPhone… Continue reading

A very Hinjew Thanksgiving: More religions, more dietary restrictions

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This post is a little outdated, but whatevs . . . What do you make for Thanksgiving when you have a mom who doesn’t eat beef, a husband who doesn’t eat meat, and… Continue reading

Big wedding surprise

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The latke and I are getting close to our desh trip so with tying up loose ends at work and dealing with visa issues, I haven’t had much time to write a proper… Continue reading

Understanding Bengali culture: Be indirect, expect indirectness

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Here’s a scenario . . . Pretend that someone asks you to a dinner party on Saturday night. You check your calendar and see that you have a prior engagement (lets just say… Continue reading