Chirodin Tomar Aakash

Images from south west Bangladesh


Back in March I spent a week in the south west corner of Bangladesh. I was in Barisal Division, and enjoyed a wonderful few days exploring Barisal city and the surrounding countryside.

Barisal (pronounced Borishal) is essentially a port city, and during my time there several locals predicted that in some years it will become one of the most important in South Asia. At present though it’s a fairly relaxed port and doesn’t match Chittagong for its activity and freneticism.

The area is also known for its abundance of rivers, which cut through the land and inspired some to crown this area the ‘Venice of Bangladesh.’ As I roamed the countryside, it was easy to see why,.

I also made a trip down to Kuakata, a peaceful and as yet largely underdeveloped seaside town, which sits at one of the southern most points of this country. Known for its long beach that stretches for 18 kilometers along the coast, Kuakata is also an attraction for visitors due to the unobstructed views of both the sunrise and sunset peacefully enjoyed here daily.

As in previous blog posts, I will let my photos tell the story of my week in the south west of this beautiful country. The title of this post is a lyric from Amar Shonar Bangla, the national anthem of Bangladesh, written by Rabrindranath Tagore.

It’s a beautiful song and for the most part celebrates the natural charm of this land. “Chirodin Tomar Aakash” literally translates as, “Forever your skies,” and comes from the full lyric, Chirodin tomar aakash, tomar baatas, ogo aamar praane baajay bashi.”

This means, “Forever your skies, your air, plays a flute in my heart.” It’s an ode to this region of the world that never fails to delight, and for good reason, instigates immense pride from those who live here and call it home.

I hope you enjoy the following images.


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All images © John Stanlake

4 responses

  1. Jan Thorpe

    Wow—your photos do wonderfully capture the places and people, John!

    April 3, 2017 at 9:52 pm

  2. Dad

    Brilliant photos John and clearly a worthwhile trip to another beautiful part of Bangladesh.

    April 4, 2017 at 3:14 am

  3. Mum xx

    Wonderful photos John. It certainly looks a lovely part of Bangladesh. Is that Smeatons Tower in the next to last photo?!

    April 4, 2017 at 6:34 am

  4. Fiona Deckker

    John, the most exquisite retelling of your journey of a beautiful part of Bangladesh. You have brought it alive through the photos, such vivid imagery and a wonderful wistfulness and mystique it instills. It makes me want to wander through there indefinitely, breathing and revelling in all its majestic beauty.

    April 5, 2017 at 4:23 am

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