Thursday, February 28, 2008

Clothing




Muslim women wear burqa (or burkha), an outer fabric worn over regular clothing to cloak their body, when going outside. Christian women when going out wear the traditional sari (or saree), which is mostly worn nowadays by older generation. The younger set wear mostly shalwar kameez, which is a set of loose trousers or what they refer to as pajamas and a long blouse with a high slit to accommodate movement. I have paired a kameez with my jeans and was surprised to see a couple of locals attired the same way.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Ricksha and Lungi


Ricksha, originally uploaded by airam94564.

A common sight in the streets of Bangladesh are rickshaws (ricksha in Bangla). I once read that Bangladesh has the most rickshaws in the world. I have seen a multitude of them, they are every where. Fare is negotiable depending on the distance, traffic, and the mood of the driver. They mostly say no in my experience.

As seen here, the drivers are wearing lungi. Lungis are an informal skirt worn by men in place of pants.

(From wikipedia)...The lungi is a garment worn around the waist in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar (formerly Burma). While its origin is found in South Indian culture, it is worn by diverse communities across Southern Asia.

The lungi is the most commonly-seen dress of Bangladeshi men, although it is not normally worn on formal occasions. In Bangladesh, lungis are worn by most men on a daily basis, although elaborately-designed cotton, batik, or silk lungis are also often presented as wedding gifts to the groom. Bengali women do not traditionally wear lungis, although non-Bengali tribal women do wear similar garments in some parts of southeastern Bangladesh. In neighboring West Bengal, the lungi is fast replacing the dhoti as the most popular men's garment for everyday wear. Some Bengali men avoid wearing the lungi, considering it to be too informal or inappropriate, despite the fact that it is both ubiquitous and comfortable. Despite the fact that the usage of lungi is declining slowly, it is still the most common male attire in rural Bangladesh.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

It's Red!


IMG_0473, originally uploaded by airam94564.

One of the pleasant surprises I found in Bangladesh is their mailboxes with a hat on.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Bath Time


Bath Time, originally uploaded by airam94564.

This will be the first post under Bangladesh series. I was there early January when I took a break from blogging.

This is my 20-month old nephew being given a bath by my SIL. This boy is an amazing little person. I love the way my in-laws have raised him so far. He was never treated like a baby, he's always been treated as another human being.

He is such a happy person, hardly cries, always giggling, smiling, laughing or humming and singing. Not just any song, but praise songs. And the boy can carry a tune.

Another amazing thing about him is his apparent dislike of junk food, and he doesn't like to snack.

And he prays before he goes to sleep. His prayer goes like this: Dear Jesus, I am your little boy Priyo. Amen.

I love that boy!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Sausalito Marina


Sausalito Marina, originally uploaded by airam94564.

I am looking at my lame blogging performance recently and I thought that while I set up my next series, I would post something.

Here's one of the tons of pics I took on hubby's birthday. This one's at Sausalito Marina. It was a lovely November day and this picture showed it (I thought). This image is untouched by a software.

I hope you're all having a happy long weekend. I on the other hand am still at work.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day


IMG_0086, originally uploaded by airam94564.

People watchers I ask you, "Are these two together or not?"

Reading body language can be tricky sometimes. They sit close, but not close enough.

Anyway, whether you're in a celebratory mood today or not, hope this day turns out great for every one.

Monday, February 11, 2008

#12


11/28/07 2, originally uploaded by airam94564.

Finally, I have reached the last of this series, My 12 Fave Photos of 2007.

This was taken on 11/28/07 @ Point Bonita Lighthouse.

I am an auto focus type of photographer (if I may call myself that), but husband egged me to live a little and there are so many settings on the camera that have never been used. So, I did and we used a setting that is definitely not the auto button. I dont recall what it is, but it produced this.....a midnight scene taken at high noon. The lighthouse rays is courtesy of my friendly software, thought we'd add that to complete the vibe. This is the only one of my pictures that's been manipulated like this. I hardly ever touch my photos.

Thanks to Mari of ART AND SOUL for a very wonderful I HEART YOUR BLOG award. I truly appreciate this kindness.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

#11


11/28/07, originally uploaded by airam94564.

On my husband's birthday (11/28/07), we both took a day off and went around and played tourists in our backyard. It was one of those picture perfect day where there was plenty of sunshine, little clouds, mid 60 F. It was a perfect day to photograph the bridge; never been to this spot before and I can never fathom that. I have been here (marine headlands) but not on this spot.

This photograph reminds me of that wonderful day, although I took a ton of photos on that day, nothing can beat a bridge shot, I thought.

BTW, this is my 402nd post. 400th post totally passed me by unaware, imagine that?

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

#10


09/02/07, originally uploaded by airam94564.

This is one of my faves for 2007 simply because this photo disproves my life-long belief that I possess brown thumb. Not only did I manage to grow this from seeds, it also turned out so beautiful and the plant so productive. It continued to produce flowers until early winter.

Taken 9/02/07.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

#9


08/20/07, originally uploaded by airam94564.

Good morning sleepyheads!

Taken 8/20/07, third and last day of camping, actually EJ called it cabin-ing as we were in a cabin.

This was about past 9 am and when this little boy realized the time, he blamed me for his waking up late. He said he always wake up @ 7 am, but when he awoke earlier that day I told him to go back to sleep and he did, so he missed his regular waking time, my fault.