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Himalaya

Day 125: Mongla to the Bay of Bengal

Mongla, Bangladesh 
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The end of the journey. Ishraq, with baseball cap and radio gets our accidental actors organised.
Michael Palin - HimalayaWith less than an hour to go until sunset, the waterway opens out into a wider bay and suddenly we are at the sea. Not far ahead, with huge relief, we catch sight of the jetty at Katka, where we have arranged to meet up with our forestry launch. The only thing missing is the forestry launch.

By the time we reach the tall, mud-encrusted pier and the launch still isn't there, we have resigned ourselves to the fact that it's never going to be there in time. We look around helplessly.

The place is silent and empty apart from the curved ribcages of boats long-since abandoned to the mud.

Then into the bay comes another boat, a plain but picturesque small trawler with pointed prow, central cabin and some heavy structure at the stern. It's moving steadily towards the jetty. Ishraq issues orders. As soon as the fishing boat reaches the shore, the bemused crew find themselves, literally, roped into the final sequence of a BBC television series.

Feni 3, acting as camera boat, is roped up to the trawler and a complicated procedure worked out, in which, having delivered my last piece to camera from the fishing boat, the ropes will be loosened and I and the plucky little trawler will drift off into the sunset.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 125: Mongla to the Bay of Bengal
  • Country/sea: Bangladesh
  • Place: Katka
  • Book page no: 284

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