Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Monday, April 24, 2017 05:26:57 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

A storm is brewing

When in Bangladesh, head over to Cox's Bazar, even if it means taking on a near-cyclone

When in Bangladesh, head over to Cox's Bazar, even if it  means taking on a near-cyclone
photo by

By
30th-Dec-2016       Readers ( 127 )   0 Comments
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all (0) »

Naimul Karim :
It was just around 9:00pm, but the skies overhead suggested it was well past midnight. It was pitch dark, the shacks had packed up early, there wasn't a soul around and the full moon was shining at its brightest. There we were, seated right at the edge of the shore, quietly sipping the most renowned local whiskey in town, Carew, from our flasks, dismissive of its usually negative reviews.
“Why drink it, when you can run a bike with it?” a colleague of mine had once remarked. After all, perturbing thoughts rarely enter your mind when you’re in a trance, caused not by the drink, but the soothing chemistry of the bright blue moon and the waves thrashing against the shores.
For three hours, we sat amidst the serenity, oblivious to the fact that each of us lived in the world's most densely populated city. We had forgotten the woes of spending two hours on the road just to cover mere 10 km every day to work.
That’s what Cox’s Bazar, the world's longest uninterrupted, natural beach, located around 450 kilometers away from Dhaka, does to you.
Don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of places one can go to in Bangladesh to find inner peace. You could get lost in the heavenly, forested Chittagong Hill Tracts, or spend your evenings in the tea gardens of Sylhet. You could travel around the Sunderbans, or just hang out at St Martin’s Island with some fried fish. But at the end of it all, one keeps coming back to Cox’s Bazar.
That particular night, though, was extra special. As we sat on the beach, we were witnessing the calm after the storm. The tropical Cyclone Roanu, a relatively weak one, had been hovering over the Bay of Bengal for the past one week and it was predicted to make landfall at Cox’s Bazar.
That was one of the main reasons why my friends and I planned this trip in the first place. However, Roanu withered away at the last moment and landed at Chittagong, around 150 kilometers away.
At the hotel that morning, before the cyclone was supposed to hit, our complementary breakfast got cancelled; the restaurant's top floor was flooded because of the scathing rains. Instead, they offered us bananas, toasts and eggs.
We returned to our rooms, only to find the verandah door thudding with the forceful wind. Soon after, the hotel's signboard, weighing around 20 to 25kg, collapsed with a huge thud. And that’s when Sakeb, the youngest in the group, had a wacky suggestion. He covered his camera with a condom, buttoned up his raincoat and said, “I think this would be the best time to go to the beach.”
And so, ignoring the hotel manager’s advice, the sirens and the blaring messages from the loudspeakers, we stepped out on to the beach. The five of us got ourselves an electric auto and arrived at the beach a bumpy 10-minute ride later. To our surprise, we weren’t the only ones. Youngsters were diving into the unusually enormous waves, thereby driving the coastguards up the wall.
It was quite a task just to stand at the beach, let alone go into the water. Persistent gusts of wind pelted huge chunks of sand at us, pocking our bare skin like a thousand needles.
The water had swelled to an alarming level, up until the main road. Standing at the beach, however, in the aftermath of a cyclone, there was a sense of joy amidst all that chaos - the feeling of the wind sweeping through one’s hair, the adrenaline rush, and the overall realisation of just how powerful nature can be. The efforts of simply trying to remain planted to the ground, however, fatigued us and we decided to hit Poushee, one of the older and busier restaurants in town.
It’s one of those restaurants that offer traditional cuisine at nearly half the cost of Dhaka restaurants. From fried fish ranging from rupchanda to loitta, and seven kinds of bhartas to the giant faluda - almost nothing on the menu card was spared. We had a feast and it just came up to around BDT 2,600. A BDT 500 note - not so common in India these days - per person was enough for a meal that would have cost us more than BDT 1,000 in Dhaka per head. It may have spanned over just a weekend, but that May weekend in Cox’s Bazar will be revisited time and again.

0 Comments. Share your thoughts also.
Write a comment
Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Cricket »

Mustafizur returns home tomorrow


Sports Reporter :'Wonder Boy' Mustafizur Rahman will return home tomorrow from tomorrow. Mustafizur Rahman had a sorrow start in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. The 'Cutter Master' played for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Mumbai Indians in Mumbai in his first match on April 13. Mustafiz bowled 2.4 overs conceding 34 runs ...

Football »

Neymar ban dispute rages ahead of Clasico


Neymar looks set to travel with the Barcelona squad for Sunday's El Clasico against Real Madrid as the Catalans continue to fight his suspension for the potentially title-deciding clash.The Brazilian is in the midst of a three-game suspension for his red card and subsequent sarcastic applause of the officials in ...

Editorial »

Specter of war threatening world peace


North Korea has warned of preemptive strike against the South as the specter of war threatens the Korea peninsula.. Meanwhile, Talibans killed at least 140 Afghan soldiers on Friday in an ambush on the regime's forces in northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. It is so far the deadliest attack on Afghan ...

Entertainment »

Will never do erotic genre like Hate Story 3 again: Daisy Shah


Actress Daisy Shah played a bold role in the 2015 erotic thriller "Hate Story 3". But she will never get into that genre again as she finds kissing a stranger very awkward.Asked what kind of characters she will never play on screen, she told IANS in an email interaction: "I ...

Entertainment »

I'm still an outsider in Hollywood: Chris Pratt


Chris Pratt is the main lead in two of the biggest Hollywood franchises - Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy - and is one of its highest-earning stars, but the American actor still considers himself an outsider in Hollywood. The actor believes "Hollywood has a tendency to homogenise its ...

City »

BNP Standing Committee Member Nazrul Islam Khan, among others, at a rally organised by former students` leaders of Sirajganj district at DRU auditorium demanding release of BNP Vice-Chairman Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku.


International »

Russia tried to use Trump advisers to influence election: Report


AFP, Washington :Rus­sian operatives tried to infiltrate Donald Trump's presidential campaign through his advisers, including foreign policy aide Carter Page, CNN reported on Saturday.CNN said this emerged through FBI intelligence gathering, which triggered an investigation into any possible coordination between Trump campaign operatives and Russian officials.US officials told the news ...

Cricket »

Pacer Taskin becomes Atom Gum brand ambassador


Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Atom Gum, a product of PRAN Confectionery Limited, said a press release.It was announced by Shakhawat Ahamed, head of marketing of PRAN Confectionery Limited at a program held in the city's hotel on Saturday. The Tiger pacer will ...

Cricket »

Shakib new T20 I Captain of Bangladesh Cricket team


Sports Reporter :Shakib Al Hasan has been appointed Captain of Bangladesh National Cricket (T20 I) team.Earlier, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, the Captain of Bangladesh National Cricket (ODI & T20 I) team declared his retirement from T20 I format. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced on Saturday that best all-rounder of world cricket ...

Editorial »

Dengue : Now an annual visitor


THE capital is yet again experiencing an early outbreak of dengue and untimely rains may be to blame. Like last year, Aedes mosquitoes, transmitter of the dengue virus, have bred early this year alarming authorities and city dwellers and health officials say there are chances their number would be larger, ...

Entertainment »

Mosharraf, Jui`s Eid play Shob Choritro Kalponik Noi


Entertainment Report :On the occasion of coming Eid, popular celebrity couple Mosharraf Karim and Robena Reza Jui worked together in a special play titled Shob Choritro Kalponik Noi. They also acted in the play like real life characters. Shooting of the play was done recently in the city’s Uttara area. ...

Entertainment »

What Kangana has to say about Azaan controversy


Actress Kangana Ranaut says she has no problems with Azaan but feels what Sonu Nigam said should be respected and discussed.  Sonu Nigam, in a series of tweets, had described the use of loudspeakers to broadcast sermons and calls to prayers by mosques, temples and gurudwaras as hooliganism. When asked ...

City »

Human capacity for achieving SDGs underscored


Right based civil society organizations urged the government to put effective strategies and actions to increase human capacity locally in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They also opined that the human capacity would see a surge once the government strengthens its institutional capacity and provides platforms for ...

International »

Russian FM presses Tillerson over Syria probe


AFP, Moscow :Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov voiced "regret" in a phone call with his US counterpart at Washington's opposition to a Moscow-backed plan to investigate an alleged chemical attack in Syria.In the call with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson which "took place at US initiative," Lavrov raised the probe ...

Editorial »

Over-dependence on Indian electricity supply


ENERGY sector deals signed with Indian companies so far clearly indicate how India has been singularly un-tapping our energy market making us disproportionately dependent on the big neighbour. These contracts as reported by a national daily on Friday including those signed early this month had already handed over the largest ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news