Hello and welcome to ‘Map Monday’. This was inspired by the current pandemic and lockdowns and the inability to travel. I will share one book each week with you that is set somewhere different to where I live. I’ll chat a bit about the book and throw some interesting facts out there about the place. I hope you enjoy travelling through books with me…
This week I’ve picked ‘Dhanmondi Road’ by R.H. Young, which is set in Bangladesh.
The year is 1973. The Bangladesh war of independence is over but the country remains in chaos. Gareth McKinley, a young Australian, arrives in the country to work on a project set up to care for destitute children. He quickly learns that living and working in a post-war environment can be dangerous. A crisis emerges when some children involved in the project cannot be accounted for. Does the explanation lie in a mysterious letter that seems to have been sent from Dubai? Dhanmondi Road sensitively captures the atmosphere of a country in turmoil and charts Gareth’s progress towards increasing self-knowledge and -awareness in ways he could not have dreamed of before setting out on this journey.
Facts about Bangladesh:
- The word Bangladesh means “the people of Bengal” in the local Bangla language. The country’s official name is the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
- The country has the 8th largest population in the world.
- Their capital, Dhaka, is the most densely populated city in the world?
- The national animal of Bangladesh is the Royal bengal tiger. It has a roar that can be heard up to 3 km away.
- Due to its low-lying elevation, the ground in Bangladesh has never frozen. The coldest temperature on record is a low of 4.5°C in Jessore during the winter of 2011.
- 30% of the Bangladesh population still live below the poverty line.
- Predominantly an Islamic country, with 89% of the population practicing this faith.
- The country is home to three world heritage sites.
- It has the second fastest river in the world, right after Amazon. Its name is “Padma.”
- Bangladesh is the world’s second-largest apparel exporter of the Western brands. The textile and garment sector has produced around 60% cloth for the European buyers and around 40% for the American.