From Bangladesh, from Beautiful Dhaka, Jamalpur, and Jussore.

The video above captures a stitched glimpse of our encounters in Bangladesh. Just a glimpse. I never knew I’d say this, but Bangladesh you make me feel at home. 

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The past week we’ve been waking up from dawn, setting up for travel by 6:00 and traveling all around Bangladesh for charity, photography, you name it.  A cocktail of events. I was invited by a dear friend to the family to join alongside my brother for a week of charity work in Bangladesh.

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 It included things like giving out meat to orphanages, visiting hospitals that were giving free of charge open heart operation on behalf of the organisation we are with. We had the honour of meeting orphans that had memorised the entire Quran MashaAllah, and my favourite part, was witnessing the marriage aid of 20 couples in Jussore. It was Beyond Beautiful. 

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We stayed in Dhaka, and went by car to cities like Jussore, Jamalpur, and Ottawa. We were able to merge with the local people, eat at their homes, and truly experience the hospitality of a bengali family. It blew me away, the hospitality, the generosity, and the care they would give to a guest. I would be sitting down and suddenly a spoonful of ras malai would get stuffed into my mouth by force.. “Eat, eat!” they would say. I also got a glimpse on how Pan was made and delightfully refused. 

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We would end up hugging each other for hours not wishing for that final goodbye, since goodbye means going back, and coming back to Bangladesh is not a certainty. My parents actually lived in Bangladesh for around a year a long time ago for work, I wasn’t born, but perhaps that little Bangladesh came to me, who knows. 

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When it comes to food, one very new aspect I noticed was that we dined on bed. A member would place a fabric cloth on bed and place the meal dishes and boom we would sit on bed and eat. I’d get scolded for that at home I would tell them. 

Below is a feature the organisation got in local bengali newspapers. 

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We would always get greeted by the most beautiful assorted of food, it’ll be for breakfast, after lunch, or an afternoon snack. Delicious. 

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IMG_1439Bengali Food might be wider than what I saw, but I noticed a repetitive pattern throughout the week we stayed, it consists of a light beef biryani, lots of freshly sliced cucumber, a chicken stew, and sometimes a prawn curry called chingri maacher malai which I loved. And lots and lots of fried fish. Which is a very gulf dish to be honest. 

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IMG_1809We would have lots of freshly sliced coconut throughout the day, alongside fresh coconut water, slices of mango (“Am” in bengali), and sometimes jackfruit. All with a delicious cup of Masala tea of course. 

To conclude, I would say that this was indeed a deep dip into a culture I never truly explored, I really got a glimpse of their tradition, their culture, and their food of course. To many more trips like this inshaAllah. 

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Till next time Bangladesh.

Lots of love. 

More than An Abra Ride

One of the best ways to move in Dubai, would be the Abra. Well, not one of the “Best” ways. But it has a deep cherished presence within the UAE’s history. moving between the Dubai Creek, from one side to another. It still exists as a necessity to many, as their daily way of moving from one side to another, as a fundamental route of transport.

Made out of wood, and driven by an extremely noticeable fuel smell that’ll hit you once you he hits the machine on, its crowded, and sweaty, and your surrounded by awkward people that do not want to engage in discussion, they just want to reach the other side, move quicker bai?

Out of extreme inability to relax, I decided to head out to the Creek and explore. Move around the fasting muslims finishing work before heading to iftar, before grabbing some zalabiya before heading to their family. Feeling better, the Abra I said would be the ultimate end to this trip.

This video focuses on the subtle and gentle stirring the Abra Requires to move, as it swiftly sways its way along the water, the driver simply sways his fingers alongside the driving wheel as well. The ropes release pressure on the wooden shaft on the back of the boat, and the machine noisily shakes in a rather scary manner.

Beautiful.

A Sketch filled interview

As an aspiring cook, I’m a firm believer in people that perfect something and offer it as is, no fuss, just pure good food. Ahmed can be seen as one of those people, as the man Behind wingsters, the newly established speciality buffalo wings shop in Dubai.

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He has Focused on seriously perfecting buffalo wings and offering them with a heck of a whole load of sauces to go with them, I find myself craving wings extremely often nowadays and I definitely know who to blame.

Now this interview is a bit different, it looks at showcasing a glimpse of a persons way of thinking and inner thoughts, in an effort to bring forward what makes them who they are, and what better way to do that than have them print out the interview and doodle their way through it as well as boast their drawing skills right?

I leave you now with the interview:

Its messy, its grubby, and I like it just like that, zoom in as much as you want and squint your way through it all!

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For more details:
http://www.wingstersuae.com