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Himalaya

Day 124: Chandpur to Mongla

Michael Palin - HimalayaOne of the songs Moni sings tells of the bruised Bengali people standing in a line, crying, and asking their god to 'speak into our ears and into our hearts and tell us there is good news'.

We stop more frequently now and in the middle of the afternoon pull up at the jetty of a small settlement rejoicing in the name of Moralgunj. Big crows eye us from the bare branches of a dying mangrove tree.

I've worked out that the relative importance of our ports of call can be determined by the number of gangplanks the ship puts out. Chandpur was a four-plank stop, but Moralgunj is only a two-plank stop. Mongla, where we arrive after 13 hours, is Bangladesh's second port after Chittagong. It's also where we bid goodbye to the Ostrich, and disembark down five planks, with a security rail on either side.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 124: Chandpur to Mongla
  • Country/sea: Bangladesh
  • Place: Mongla
  • Book page no: 281

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