Dhaka streets (Bangladesh)

There is no way to imagine Dhaka's crowds repeating themselves without hearing their sounds. Staying the night in the hotel room from which this photo is taken doesn't give you sleep. Instead it teaches you what KAKAPHONIA really means: it means hearing any possible human sound you can think of at the same time, so that you provide yourself with the feverish threats for your culture shock (also if you're accustomed to In-dia). You'll hear what you think of - and you don't stop thinking. Actual sounds - including (in the middle of the night) marriage parties, political demonstrations, sirens, drums, shouting, market screams, passengers and riskah drivers hitting busses, claxoning, and who knows what kind of anguish - all combine into every known and not-yet-known rhythm.

To be sure, you know the same pattern is repeated endlessly along Dhaka's long roads where urban specialisation is not measured into neighbourhoods yet around every single building: in front of it: on the street, the pavement, below the pavement's market; the building's ground floor markets, its back yard market, the first, second and higher floors, all with floor-specific businesses and characters, yet apparantly similar in every next building.


TIP: I found a most impressive documentary series on Dhaka's hardest living conditions here on flickr: Shehzad Noorani.

Dhaka is projected to become the 4th biggest city in the world in 2020: see linternaut (in french).

Search my photostream for Dhaka here: Dhaka.

  • Dave Glass PRO 9y

    I enjoyed this entire set of photographs and your commentary, you have traveled to some extraordinary corners of the world, thanks for sharing these.
  • Robert Lio 9y

    I thought China was busy!!! Great picture to capture a day in the life of an India peson.

  • Mehedi Rahman 9y

    Err.. Why did u stay in that hotel ? .. I know this place :S .. there are much better ( not cheaper though :P ) hotels where u can stay, offers u a place to sleep :P ..
  • tarif71 9y

    dude u v stayed in a $5 rooms and how do u expect to have a quiet environment, besids u'v rented a hotel located at the center of the city where all the gatherings in place. Anyway thanks for the cool picture.
  • ˎ 9y

    Wow, this is so busy, your senses must have been bombarded by all the noise and bustle.
    Thanks too for the background info. Good shot.


    (This photo was seen in the African, Caribbean, Asian Daily Life group)
  • G. B. B. PRO 9y

    "life if an india person"?? I would say Dhaka is quite, quite different from a LOT of India!
  • Short Stories 8y

    yes !!!

    but we have no way... :(
  • 黒忍者 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Culture Shock, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group. Please feel free to join the group and share any of your Culture Shock photos.
  • Mikey Leung PRO 8y

    Great picture of the crowds--you have great perspective. Your words are also stunning as well. Thanks for this.
  • Jesus LiZard 8y

    Holy shit!
  • f3nd1 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called I wish I was there / I wish you were here, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • Swiatoslaw Wojtkowiak 7y

    nice description
  • Ahron de Leeuw 7y

  • joiseyshowaa PRO 5y

    When I was there a couple of years ago, I noticed that many intersections had traffic lights, but they weren't operational. Instead there was a man in uniform with a stick who was selectively routing traffic. And then just a couple of months ago, I heard that they turned the traffic lights on! That had to be an operational disaster and a cultural shock.
  • royal_rahat@msn.com 4y

    hahahahhah..............dats my lovely city Dhaka..........

  • Jon Davis 2y

    Using this to teach human population biology in NC. Thanks!
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