| March 21st, 2007

New face of Bangladeshi Women

A Bangladesh Cricket fan

A Bangladeshi women in Dhaka showing support for Bangladesh Cricket team.

photo courtesy: Drishtipat blog


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  1. Shahnaz says:

    Yesssss! ‘The Tigers of Bangladesh’, 14 crore plus million NRB’s are praying for you:). We are so proud of you.

    Thanks Sharmin for the ‘inspiring’ picture.

  2. Dare I sign my name says:

    First thing came to my mind “At least she is wearing shari!”.

    Take a good look at her and tell me how does she represent Bangladeshi women? It was not like the one picture that showed Bangladeshi women wearing shorts and playing soccer. That represented the new faces of Bangladeshi women (not because they were wearing shorts! but what they represented.)

    here I see a rich kid, skating, photographed in sari. Please tell me how is she that different from you and I 17 year ago? she is an individual, cheering for our cricket team ( Go Bangladesh!). Does she really represent Bangladeshi women?

    hmmm! now that I find controversial!

  3. Nandita says:

    Great picture! Great supporter! Great protest also!

  4. Fathema says:

    Are you guys watching the game though? Even though we are loosing today, we are loosing like tigers. We are fighting the Lankans back really strongly. Keep praying so that we beat Bermuda with a big difference and become one of the super eight.

  5. Sharmin says:

    Hi “Dare I sign my name”,

    Its ok to have a differnt opinion on this. Thats the point of making it a post in the blog.

    I said its new face of Bangladeshi women because I found it quite amazing that at least one Bangladeshi woman is doing this which I would have never think of doing not even 17 years ago. Isn’t that a big change in mindset.
    A change itself is something that amazes me:).

    Think about this, before many Bangladeshi women cricket fans used to be fan of all those Pakistani cricket players (not sure if it was for their look or for their cricket talent) now they have got their own cricket stars in their own country.

    On a lighter note (this one is just to share a laugh), a 50+ woman was commenting like, “Can’t they(BD cricket authority) find those tall, fair complexion guys and train them to play cricket…these ones are not good looking at all”. 🙂

  6. Udita says:

    This is indeed a great inspiring picture.

  7. Asif Saleh says:

    Traditional yet modern, nationalist yet global, confident and poised to take over. This is the face of the new urban middle class women in Bangladesh.

  8. Shahnaz says:

    Hello Dare I sign my name,

    Even 17 years later, my ‘skate-challenged’ mind is thrilled to see a girl ‘wearing a shari’ in Bangladesh with the traffic skating away:)

    on a different note, may be other NRB women don’t get the lecture as I do on how to act/what to wear from you know who:) when i visit the family (and I wear Shari) … for me the picture is inspiring:)…kudos to the new face of Bangladesh, she just shows girls will be girls…so skate away my dear!

  9. Sharmin says:

    I would very much like to believe what Asif has said, but when I see Mom’s of University(BUET to be specific) students (girl) sitting in the front stairs of a library or computers lab when the daughters are working inside, I get little doubtful.

    However 17 years ago I told my Mom that now that I am a university student I don’t expect her to escort me there:).
    Who knows may be I was lucky that I didn’t face any danger w/o my Mom protecting me while I was roaming around in the BUET campus:).


  10. Shaila says:

    Glad to see Bangladesh win agaist India and hope the team will continue to grow and learn from other great teams as well and be on top!! Sports is very inspiring and can unite us in many ways. This is a great example of many men and women coming together in a common platform to support our cricket team.

    My personal experience growing up in the DU campus area has been different. We were quite free birds watching and playing cricket and other sports with boys. Me and my friends would have no escort going to school, sir er basha or gaaner school since we were in 6th or 7th grade. But there were parents in our school who would escort till much later. Everyone still found their ways around to do whatever they wanted. So, too much protection sometimes can be harmful I believe. I remember wearing jeans, pants etc. from an early age and did not convert to a stricktly salwar kameez wardrobe ever. But I saw girls changing into a more conservative dress-code as they grew up. As I look back, what I was wearing 15 years ago in Dhaka is very common now. I think people and society do change. Individuals sometimes change with their own pace. But there is a bright side of everything. Some of us will always be a little different than what is called ‘normal’.

  11. Emma R says:

    This picture is so catching – so graphic and so wonderful that my first response was to forward it to all my friends I know ! Times have definitely changes since the 80s when I lived in dhaka – and yes I am sure some “murubbi” will have something otherwise to say but I love the spirit that comes across the picture so vividly!

  12. Shakila says:

    I LOVE this! Not only because it’s such a brilliant portrayal of national pride but also because she dares to be so irreverent. A healthy dose of irreverence for Bangladeshi women is not amiss I think. Enough with the “bhalo bou” model already!

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