Thursday, July 29, 2004

Bashundhara City (shopping mall) in Dhaka.


Blogger Siddhartha said...

Thank you for these pictures collected together in one place. I must ask whether the horrible irony of grouping pictures of tremendous hardship, sadness and resilience in the flood photos with those of the Basundhara City Shopping Mall photos which represent crass, ignorant wastefulness was intentional.

Either way, I think its time that the Basundhara City Shopping mall was converted into a Flood Shelter for thousands of people affected by the floods.

August 5, 2004 at 8:00:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Sajjad said...

My pleasure! It was somewhat unintentional on my part because I did question the morality of placing the emblems of have-nots and Dhaka's edifice to consumerism in one place. It would be wonderful if we as human beings were capable of gestures that would defy the norm (i.e. "ignorance and wastefulness")but unfortunately we are not. We are the product of capitalism and we live in a society where the poor are caught in a perpetual cycle of miseducation and poverty while the rich are able to exploit these very people then simply recycle them. Nevertheless, I think Bangladesh has made substantial strides in the past 20 years in flood management and post flood rehabilitation. I just hope that the current and future governments are able to give this as much importance as their children’s' foreign education expenses and extravagant marriages.

August 6, 2004 at 6:37:00 PM PDT  

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