Bangladesh Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors

This is my last blog post displaying doors from Bangladesh. These are all from the village of Ukhiya, in Cox’s Bazar District, just to the north of the largest refugee camp in the world at Kutupalong-Balukhali. Outside the team house, relaxed security allowed us to walk through the rice fields and into the market area. Here is a wonderful modern house painted in pastel colours by the paddy. Sadly, the door is just a concertina metal fence. IMG_2438

Another colourful house in the village, again painted in pastels. Note the door is set high, with a barrier to prevent flood water from entering the compound.IMG_2460

I walked past this door which has a large gap below the gate. Above, there are some circular, decorative spoke-like patterns.IMG_2456

Some craftsmen make wooden doors, too. When I arrived at this shop, the small boy was sanding down the intricate design. His father told him to stop. I thought that the father might be conscious of Western disapproval of child labour. The boy seemed to be enjoying it, as judged by his big smile. Another man came over to do some sanding instead. P1330005P1330006

Not all businesses are doing well. The weeds on the concrete overhang look to be flourishing more than the shop.IMG_2461

By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.

4 replies on “Thursday Doors”

You even have a door story here! Can imagine you deal with that more than you like when in these areas, that people are intimidated by your appearance (I mean the culture you symbolize). We had that in mainland China because hubby is tall. I couldn’t think of anything else than smiling a lot. And our son told us (even taller than hubs) told us of little kids who had never seen a European, crying. It’s humbling.

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