The closest thing to being a Celebrity
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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.
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.
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.