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Andrew J Eagle
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Subhas Da asked me to take him to Australia. I said “No problem, let’s go by nouka boat.” Subhas is experienced at driving a nouka.

Subhas asked if he will need a passport. I told him not to worry about that, but he should definitely take a comb and his toothbrush (or a neem stick in case he can’t find his toothbrush). Nothing worse than arriving anywhere with messy hair and dirty teeth, especially arriving in a new continent.

The plan: we cross the beel (billabong) and follow the Shitalakhya River to the Buriganga. Follow the Buriganga River to the Meghna River. From there... to the Bay of Bengal and across the Indian Ocean. Hey presto! Australia!

Might even stop in Hatiya along the way for afternoon tea, though it’s risky. Stop in Hatiya and we might like it so much that we never leave.

Somebody suggested we take a hurricane lamp... but moon is full and beautiful. And Subhas says on the Australian side they’re bound to have ‘government lighting’.

Subhas wanted to take a tiffin (lunch box). I thought it too extravagant... We can eat once we get there.

Although we decided against taking water, on the basis that we’d be surrounded by the stuff, we did agree to take a glass. And of course we considered the salt water part... plan to fill the glass with fresh water just before we cross the Meghna - Bay of Bengal line, and drink sparingly from there.

Subhas Da is a little ambitious. Just quietly, think he might have already started selling tickets for our voyage.

(Photos: Tarequl Islam.)

#nouka   #boat   #Gazipur   #australia   #voyage  
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We are here. Welcome to our book 'April.' Come like our facebook page and celebrate with us!


#literature   #nonfiction   #reading   #like   #facebook   #enjoy  
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Dear valued Travel Bangladesh followers,

As you may have noticed Travel Bangladesh is quiet these days! This is due to time diverted to the writing and release of my first book (also in large part about Bangladesh), co-written with American-based Bangladesh writer Tulip Chowdhury, our 'April'.

If you enjoy Travel Bangladesh, chances are you will enjoy 'April' too.

If you are a Facebook user, please feel free to 'like' our 'April' page on facebook, for updates and more information... at the link below.

I hope to return more regularly to Travel Bangladesh updates when time permits. Nothing better than wandering about this great country!

#book   #bangladesh   #culture   #travel   #nonfiction   #memoir  
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One rainy day in Dhaka...

"So I feel that April could be a Bible to any foreigner to get to know Bangladesh. It's true you know BD better than average Bangladeshis, even more than me. From now on I will happily recommend your book to foreigners who are eager to know about BD."

- Rahad Abir, 'April' reader and fellow writer.
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Review of April in the Dhaka Tribune.
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Here is Part 2 of the book launch. Speech from Andrew Eagle and reading of 'April' by the co-authors. Speech by Tulip Chowdhury seems to be missing.

https://youtu.be/hzCeEIOgmlU
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If you weren't able to make it to the 'April' book launch, do feel free to have a look.

Here is Part 1 of the launch programme, featuring speeches by Khademul Islam of Bengal Lights publishers, Ambassadors Nasim Firdaus and A.K. Abdul Momen, Dr. Faheem Hasan Shahed of American International University Bangladesh, Hatiyala and Andrew's brother Reja Ali Mobarak Situ, and Aasha Mehreen Amin of The Daily Star.

Andrew and Tulip's part will be on Part 2 of the launch video.

Hope you enjoy!
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Welcome to 'April' Book Launch.

Featuring speakers: Ambassador Nasim Firdaus, Ambassador A K Abdul Momen, Dr Faheem Hasan Shahed (American Int. University), Aasha Mehreen Amin (deputy editor, The Daily Star) and co-authors Tulip Chowdhury and Andrew Eagle.

Featuring musical performances by Mita Huq, Bulbul Islam, Dr. Faheem Hasan Shahed, Farhin Khan Joyita, Fahmida Sarker, Shubho Mohtad Sadi and Sharmin Shathi Moyna.

Hope to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1719034608338047/
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People like Abu Kalam from Noakhali's Hatiya Island are the great wealth of Bangladesh.

http://www.thedailystar.net/backpage/heart-gold-783397
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One month. Two lives. An Australian living in Bangladesh and a Bangladeshi living in the States...

Today's review of my non-fiction book "April" in The Daily Star.

http://www.thedailystar.net/book-reviews/literary-duet-humane-attitudes-196435
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