The closest thing to being a Celebrity

Rangpur Travel Blog

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Schoolgirls returning from school

Crossing the Indian - Bangladesh border near Siliguri (India) was my first experience of being a genuine VIP (Very Important Person), both the Indian and Bangladesh border guards gave all the egards to me if I were the Queen of Holland myself (which would involve a desperate sex changing operation). They offered me soooo many cups of tea that my bladder almost exploded. The Bangladeshi border officials even arranged an authentic rickshaw ride on a tricycle cart to the next town which make me feel like the Queen of Holland during "Prinsjes dag" when she is paraded in a carriage and waves to all her people, in my case it were some really enthousiastic Bangladeshis.

Rangpur itself is nothing special and even my guidebook had a hard time listing more than three sights & activities that one could see and do during a stay in Rangpur.

Though the few things one could see here were presented with much bravado as they were one of the seven world wonders. To be honest they weren't and if I wasn't "adopted" by two boys who wanted to practice their English I would have to say that there's absolutely nothing that could lure anyone to Rangpur.

The two enthausiastic boys showed me around Rangpur or rather they showed Rangpur me. I was being dragged from one shop to another shop and than from one house to another house all which were owned by family members of the two brothers. As their prized asset, a real foreign tourist and thus a celebrity, they paraded me around town and the more people we saw the more their status rose as my celebrity appeal. This wass probably as close as I could get to being a celebrity and in a strange way I was kinda enjoying it for the moment.

After a few hours being dragged along and answering the same silly questions like: What is your name? What is your country? What is your age? What is your qualification? What is your job? Are you married? I was getting tired of being a celebrity so I made it clear that I wanted to go to my hotel.

This sparked some panic among my two young groupies and they quickly invited me to their homes for some chai (milk tea) and again I was being "kidnapped" to one of my groupies house. Though his crib was very very basic, read it did resemble the hut of Robinson Crusoe, his family invited to have lunch with them. But before we could feast on the lunch his sister who was feeling sick, I think it was malaria but I couldn't really tell as I'm no doctor, had to make room on the bed so I could sit there! I felt embarassed to sit on the bed but they kept gesturing me to sit on the bed.

Men at work
The entire family gathered around me and all of their neighbours to watch me eat some rice and fish even the sick sister watched me eat on her bed, this was getting more and more uncomfortable. After finishing the lunch I was invited by everyone to sleep over in their home's. If I would accept every offer, I would have been there a whole year or so but I have other plans and excused myself so I could catch the bus to Bogra.

briannecovel says:
I was just in Rangpur and experienced something similar. I was stared at because I'm very pale and blond. In fact, one child asked me why my hair was yellow. It was a very fun experience.
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Posted on: Apr 02, 2008
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Schoolgirls returning from school
Schoolgirls returning from school
Men at work
Men at work
A familiar sight: Rickshaw drivers…
A familiar sight: Rickshaw driver…
Cutting wood
Cutting wood
People lining up to get in the bus
People lining up to get in the bus
Railroads are more used as pedestr…
Railroads are more used as pedest…
A train on the track... a lucky sh…
A train on the track... a lucky s…
The quintessential mode of transpo…
The quintessential mode of transp…
Rush hour in Rangpur
Rush hour in Rangpur
Bangla woman filtering the rice
Bangla woman filtering the rice
One of the villagers I was shown to
One of the villagers I was shown to
Mother and daughter looking at the…
Mother and daughter looking at th…
Guy working to filter the rice
Guy working to filter the rice
Old man who did the Haji
Old man who did the Haji
Getting the rice ready for sale
Getting the rice ready for sale
One of the main sights in Rangpur
One of the main sights in Rangpur
Jackfruit boy
Jackfruit boy
My groupies
My groupies
Village photo :)
Village photo :)
The other main sight of Rangpur
The other main sight of Rangpur
Shy Bangla beauties
Shy Bangla beauties
School class
School class
My other groupies
My other groupies
Rangpur
photo by: hyo