This mosque is located in Shailan, the construction of which began in Bangla Year 1328 (1920 AD) and from the books an amount of Tk. 13,750 (equivalent to US$ 160 at current rate) was spent for building this mosque, all raised locally! Come first day of Boishakh it will have completed 90 years!!
The village of Shailan is located about 40 kilometers north west of Dhaka under Dhamrai upazilla. The village consists of about 200 households with a population of about 1500. Throughout the year Shailan is accessible by road and when the rivers swell during rainy season one can travel by boat as well.
Shailan in essence is like any other village of Bangladesh. It has a mosque built around 1920, a primary school established in 1904 and a High School set up in 1974. But looking just below the surface, one discovers that like all villages, it has its own unique character as well, a personality and charm that sets it apart from the rest. The following photographs are a montage of the life of a village called Shailan.
In the year 2000, a group of staff from USAID Mission in Dhaka, (the current US Ambassador to Bangladesh Mr. Dan Mozena was also a member of that group) spent a day in September and a subsequent visit again in January 2001, taking photographs to capture lifestyles and daily routines and the surroundings that make up the community. These pictures were later published in a book titled Shailan: Portrait of a Village.
The Foreword of the book says, “Portrait of a Village was our desire to tell a story – largely through pictures – of village life, a life shared by nearly 85 percent of Bangladeshis. These photographs will give a glimpse into village life, a life that is easy to miss as we careen along the highways or bustle about Dhaka. Photographers shot many pictures to capture vignettes of the villagers, their daily routines and the surroundings that make up their community. The objective had been to capture the texture and richness of typical village life. “
The book, published by the University Press Limited, is available in UPL outlets and also on Amazon and other online bookstores. It is priced at around Tk. 1400.
You will find some pictures, taken by me, of my village in the Set called “Shailan: My Village” here..