Monday, August 18, 2014

Jessore Collectorate Building

Jessore Collectorate building is one of the most age old structure of British empire in the Indian subcontinent. Jessore was founded as the first district of Bangladesh. It was declared as a district in the year 1781 and the collectorate was established in 1786. Mr. Tilman Henckell (1781-1789) was the first District Magistrate of Jessore.

The collectorate building of Jessore was built in 1801. It is situated at the Daratana Morh of jessore town. The ground floor of this existing structure was constructed in 1885. The first floor of the building was built in 1982.

It is to mention that, Jessore district was established as a first administrative distrist in this country due to apprehending control over the people of this area who were seemed to be more furious against the British empire. In the year of (1861-1863) Khulna, Magura, Jhinaidah, Narail were declared as Mahkumas under Jessore district. Khulna was segregated as a different district in 1881. After the establishment of Chabbish Pargana district, the area of Satkhira was taken with Chabbish Pargana district and Bangram was added with Jessore as a Mahkuma in 1863. Alfadanga was the part of Mohammadpur Thana of Magura Mahkuma since 1960. Then Alfadanga was made part of the Faridpur district. The oldest district of this country was again reshaped in 1947 by cutting Bangram Mahkuma and in 1984 by declaring Narail, Jhinaidah and Magura as different districts.


North Part of the Building

West Part of the Building

North-West Part of the Building

South Part of the Building (Entrance)

Treasury Section of the Collectorate


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Seagulls (গাংচিল) at Naf River

These photos were captured from the Naf River, Coxsbazar. I was in the see truck, returning from Saint Martin Island. These Seagulls (গাংচিল) flew miles with us for catching foods (Potato Chips) thrown by the passengers.










Thursday, July 24, 2014

Idrakpur Fort, Munshiganj

Idrakpur Fort is a structure of Mughal era. It was built in 1660 A.C. during the rule of Mir Jumla in the Bengal. The intention of building this fort was to protect the empire from the Mogh and Portuguese intruders. This fort was known as a water fort. The reason behind this name is, it was founded on the bank of the Ichamoti river and it was completely surrounded by water bodies. But in the verge of time, the river has changed its way and the water bodies surrounding the fort are completely silted in. Only two small ponds are now exists there in the two different sides of the fort. The entire fort is rectangular in shape. A huge area is surrounded by heavy wall with small window-like holes throughout the wall. The soldiers used to stand there and keep their eagle eye for enemy. They are also used to throw the cannon balls, or shot the guns. In-side the circle, you would find there was a big round-shaped building where reserved army used to stay. The main gate to get out from this fort was also in this building. So when the soldiers had to confront the enemies they had to come from upper side of the building to downside through a tunnel and stairs which was very interesting to observe.

During 1949 government has declared the fort as a Archaeological object of Bangladesh. The central part of the fort was used as residence of the Mahkuma Magistrate and later as residence of District Magistrate since 1991.






Residence of former District Magistrate (Top central part of the Fort)


Munshiganj is only 35 km east from the Dhaka city. Buses are available from Gulistan, Dhaka. Buses take approximately (2-2:30) hours to reach Munshiganj Court bus stand. Idrakpur fort is only five minutes walking distance from the bus stand. Munshiganj can also be reached by launch from Sadarghat launch Terminal, Dhaka.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Light and Sound Show at Lalbagh Fort, Dhaka

Light & Sound show at Lalbagh Fort has been inaugurated recently. The show involves special lighting effects that projects onto the building's façade and synchronized with a recorded narration and music to dramatize its archaeological history. The show will continue between mid-November and mid-March. There will be two 30-minute shows every day, except Sunday, one between Maghrib and Esha and another after Esha prayers to attract foreign tourist and internal visitors also.

The price of a ticket for the light and sound show will be Tk. 20 with an entry fee of Tk. 10 for Bangladeshis and Tk. 100 for visitors from SAARC countries and Tk. 200 for others.

(Click here for History of Lalbagh Fort)







Friday, February 21, 2014

Shaheed Minar, Dhaka

Thousands paid their tribute to the language Martyrs by putting flowers on the foot of "Shaheed Minar" (National Monument of Language Martyrs) in Bangladesh. Also, some volunteers decorated the stand with symbolic map of Bangladesh by colorful flowers on this day of 21st February, 2014. It is to mention that, The day of 21st February is the International Mother Language day. At this very day of 1952, dozens of students & political activists were killed when the Pakistani police force opened fire on Bengali protesters who were demanding equal status for their native tongue, Bengali.






Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sonar Char, Patuakhali

It was 18th October 2013, I started early in the morning to Galachipa from Patuakhali Sadar. Despite, I had visited “Sonar Char” about an year ago, I could not ignore my hidden excitement to go their again. The excitement was not only for the beauty of the island but also feeling the thrill to cross the Agunmukha, The Bura Gourango river, Canals containing Mangrove forest on the both side of the bank and last but not the least that I would have to stay Rangabali Upazilla for few days. The exhilaration was for enjoying the nature as it is because the Upazilla is out of all modern amenities. Electricity is not available. Only a low power solar bulb would illuminate my place of living. (More about Rangabali)

Whatever, I along with my DC sir and Commissioner sir reached Galachipa in time and started our river cruise by speed boat from the Panpatti ghat of Galachipa. The Agunmukha was calm and quiet as the winter season was knocking at the door. This river is notoriously known for its wild and furious nature during rainy season. It took about three hours to reach at “Sonar Char” passing behind the Koralia ghat, Char kashem, Char Montaz, Andar Char, Char Kalagasia and few others. Herds of wild buffaloes are seen frequently. Different types of birds and wild deer can be seen in the forest near the “Sonar Char”. “Sonar Char” has no human Settlement. It has a nice Sea beach. Thousands of Red Crab are seen on the beach. This is a fabulous experience to watch them with such great numbers.









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In the afternoon, Commissioner sir and DC sir started their return journey to Patuakhali Sadar. I along with OC Rangabali started for Baher Char(Upazilla Headquarter). I reached their at 7.00 p.m. I had been there at Baher Char for 5 (Five) days. I made 10.00 p.m. to 7.00 a.m. night duty each night through the Agunmukha, The Bura Gourango, Ramnabad Channel, Moudubi area to the Bay of Bengal accompanied by Upazilla Fish Officer, Police force and Naval force to protect Hilsha Fish at their pick breeding season. Also, conducted an extensive drive in a canal of Koralia to make it free from fixed nets and obstacles imposed by illegal land grabbers, Sentenced jail to two eve-teasers during my stay at Baher Char. I performed this” Hilsha Fish Protection programme” in the previous year at the Kalapara Upazilla and its adjacent sea shore.




I used to take rest at the room which was used by former UNO sir. I got a nice company of MR. Shimul, a local business man and unforgettable types of protocol by Thangu, a Rakhaine boy (4th class government employee). I never had to call Thangu for any needs. Surprisingly, he made everything done before giving any instruction. One day while I was taking my lunch, suddenly got hiccupped and felt to drink water. Water was in the bottle and glass was given at right place. Thangu was beyond my eye sight, even outside of the room. Mysteriously, he came into the room and poured me the glass of water.

I enjoyed the island life and the different life style of the marginal people of the island. That was my last outdoor assignment in Patuakhali since I had received transfer order from Patuakhali.


This is evening time 9th November 2013, writing this story. The sun just set down and watched it from my cabin window, leaving Patuakhali town behind, forwarding to Dhaka by launch. I may come to Patuakhali in future but it is not possible to feel these places again as I passed my last 17 months here and the emotional attachment of different times manufactured by various characters. I don’t know why nostalgia brings an emotion of pain and pleasure together. Whatever, tomorrow, The Sun will Rise. "Who Knows What The Tide Could Bring?".

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Birds of Bangladesh

This is always been a pleasure for me to watch different types of birds in nature and capture them in my frame. I tried to mention the name of the birds here but can not guarantee it. I appreciate the correction of the names from the viewer. Please give your message in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

Magpie Robin

Bengali name : Doyel
English name : Magpie Robin
Generic name : Copsychus saularis.
Place: Baher Char, Rangabali, Patuakhali.

Green Bee-eater.

বাংলা নামঃ বাঁশপাতি পাখি
English name: Green Bee-eater.
Scientific name: Merops orientalis.
Place: Harishchandrapur, Laksham, Comilla.


Bengali name : Ghutal.
Place: Piruli, Kalia, Narail.


Bangla Name: ফিঙে.
English name: Black Drongo.
Scientific name: Dicrurus macrocercus.
Place: Bank of Fatki River, Shalikha, Magura.



White-breasted kingfisher

Bengali name : Machh raanga/ Baro machhraanga.
English name : White-breasted kingfisher.
Sc. name : Halcyn smyrensis.
Found near water-bodies. Highly efficient fishing bird.
Place: DC Banglow Road, Patuakhali Sadar.


Place: Dasmina, Patuakhali.


English name: House Crow
Bengali name: Kaak
Scientific name: Corvus splendens
Habitat: Near human settlements.
Place: Buriganga River, Sadar Ghat, Dhaka.


English name: House Sparrow
Bangla Name : Choroi.
Place: Jessore sadar.


Name - Jungle Myna
Bengali Name - ঝুটি শালিক
Scientific Name - Acridotheres fuscus.
Place: Jessore Sadar.


English Name: Pigeon.
Bangla Name: Paira.
Scientific Name: Columba livia domestica.
Place: Shankar, Dhaka.


English Name: White WoodPecker.
Bangla Name : kath thokra.
Place: Shankarpur, Jessore.


English Name: WoodPecker.
Bangla Name : kath thokra.
Place: Bakchar, Jessore.

Ghugu (Dove)

Ghugu (Dove)
Scientific name : Streptopelia chinesis
Place: DC Banglow Road, Patuakhali.

Ghugu (Dove)

Ghugu (Dove)
Scientific name : Streptopelia chinesis
Place: DC Banglow Road, Patuakhali.

White kingfisher

White kingfisher
Bengali name: Machhranga.
Place: Shibchar, Madaripur.

Blue-throated barbet

বাংলা নামঃ বসন্ত বৌরি, ধনিয়া পাখি (আঞ্চলিক)
English Name: Blue-throated barbet
Scientific name: megalaima asiatica.
Place: Shibchar, Madaripur.


Bangla Name: Morog.


Bangla Name: Bulbuli.
Place: Chamrar Bill, Shalikha, Magura.


English Name: Parrot.
Bangla Name: Tiya.
Place: Khashia Village, Jaflong, Sylhet.

Shalik (Gang Shalik)

Bengali name : Shalik (Gang Shalik)
English name : Indian Mynah
Scientific name : Acridotheres tristis.
Place: Bank of Fatki River, Shalikha, Magura.


English Name: Duck.
Bangla Name: Pati Hash.
Scientific Name: Anatidae anatinae.
Place: Purulia, Narail Sadar, Narail.

Dhar bawk

Bangla name : Dhar bawk.
It is type of Egret (don't know the correct English name).
Place: Harishchandrapur, Laksham, Comilla.

Black Cormorant

Black Cormorant
Bengali : Pankouri.
Place: Baher Char, Rangabali, Patuakhali.

Long tail Shrike

Bengali Name : Koshai
English Name:Long tail Shrike
Bengali Name - কসাই পাখি / ল্যাঞ্জা লাটোরা / বাঘটিকি
Scientific Name - Lanius schach.
Place: Ichamati Bill, Kalia, Narail.

Long tail Shrike

Bengali Name : Koshai
English Name:Long tail Shrike
Bengali Name - কসাই পাখি / ল্যাঞ্জা লাটোরা / বাঘটিকি
Scientific Name - Lanius schach.
Place: Ichamati Bill, Kalia, Narail.

Pond Heron

Bengali name : Konch Bak.
English name : Pond Heron.
Sc. name : Ardeola grayii.
Found near water-bodies; feeds on aquatic animals like snails, fish etc.
Place: Galachipa, Patuakhali.


CHEEL or a Fishing Eagle.
Place: Bank of Padma, Shibchar, Madaripur.