Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Up with Geography: Bangladesh

Country Name:




Map of the Asian continent. Bangladesh outlined in bold,
shaded, and with an arrow pointing to it.

A close-up of Bangladesh & its neighbors.

India, Myanmar

Water Border:
Bay of Bengal

Total Area(added March 2015)
56,977 square miles

Five Largest Cities:
Dhaka, Chittagong, Narayanganj, Khulna, Rajshahi

Famous Geographical Point:
Chittagong Hill Tracts

Famous Person:
Al Mahmud, writer

Book Set In/About:
Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War by Sarmila Bose

A historical account (not a memoir) of the 1971 war between India and Pakistan over an area then called East Pakistan, which eventually became the independent nation of Bangladesh.

Movie Set In/About:
"The Clay Bird (Matir Moina)" (2002), directed by Tareque Masud

A coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of the same war mentioned above.

Headline of the Day:
"After Oil Spill in Bangladesh's Unique Mangrove Forest, Fears About Rare Animals" in National Geographic.

(The above story is soooo depressing.)


Patricia said...

I doubted your map-making ability because how could India be all around Bangladesh like that, but my doubt was misplaced. Googled maps tell me the same thing. Country borders are kind of fascinating.

balyien said...

Oh ye of little faith! Bangladesh is mostly surrounded by India because it used to be part of India. Or at least, the western half (Hindu majority) used to be part of India, whereas the eastern half (Muslim majority) used to be part of Pakistan, which makes little sense since Pakistan is to the west of India, but there you go. They won their independence in 1971. That's the war both the book and the movie I listed speak of.