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fish
Post subject: back in India... thoughts on Bangladesh...
PostPosted: 04:05 on 1st Apr 2010

Joined: 16:52 on 15th Jul 2008
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I'm residing once again in the wonderful yet scorching Kolkata after 3 weeks in Bangladesh. I came back on the Maitree Express and had no trouble at the border with this new 2 month rule.
Lots of yak going on about the tour...... each to his/her own.... I think the cricket was pretty lame and for Bangladesh to improve they should maybe have not such batting friendly wickets.... I thought the food was crap and am so happy to be back in the land of Dosas andf Chai..... I thought the roof drinking was a fine idea but agree that taking over the foyer of the Asian SR was a step too far..... I thought the Purbasha, Nightingales and the Slaughterhouse were wonderfully on a par with the Sidney Hotel..... I thought the Bangladeshis were incredibly welcoming if a tad too in your face..... In short a mixed bag but one I'm glad to have stuck my nose in.
I've also just found quinine infused tonic water so my gin is swimming happily.
Hope to see some of you guys around.
fish x
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: back in India... thoughts on Bangladesh...
PostPosted: 07:45 on 1st Apr 2010

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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Thanks for the info re. getting back into India within the two months. I understand that all you did was explain your situation at the time you left India rather than going through all the bureaucracy either before you left England or at the Indian High Commission in Dhaka? This news does bode well for anyone planning on doing the World Cup.

Regarding the food, I actually enjoyed it very much. The only downside was that because I ate only street food and at eateries geared towards locals, after a week I was starting to crave a bit more variety. I'm sure I could have found it easily enough had I taken the time and made the effort to head out to the pricier establishments in Gulshan and Banani, and I'm guessing that there would have been at least one or two locally-orientated vegetarian places in the Hindu part of Old Dhaka which I'd have found if I'd had more time to spend there.

As for pubs, Nightingales was as squalid as ever, but atmospheric and phenomenally popular with locals and English alike. The Purbasha was way too smoky for me to spend even a few minutes without feeling ill. The pick of them for me was the Piyashi, which was extremely dark, even by Bangladeshi standards, but cleaner and less smoky than the others. I didn't bother even setting foot in the likes of the Bagha Club this time. Do the whingeing expats there still produce a magazine entitled "Hardship Times?"

Like you I enjoyed the roof-top at the Grand Prince very much, and I'm sure we're all grateful to George for his efforts with the management there. Those staying at the Grand Prince were fortunate enough to have an excellent sweet shop right on their doorstep and a superb kebab joint next door to that. However I'm glad I took the decision to stay at a budget place downtown rather than at the Prince or one of the places in Gulshan or Banani. The rooms at the Prince didn't look that great for the money. What's more, I wouldn't have missed all those exhilarating bus, taxi, and tuk-tuk journeys for the world! I'm not a fan of air-con, either. If I'm in a hot country I want the chance to get used to the heat, and in all but the most extreme temperatures I prefer just a fan.

My only issue with my room was with the cockroaches in the bathroom. There were no mosquitoes, thankfully. Cockroaches don't bite of course, and maybe I shouldn't be such a wimp, but I ended up sleeping with the light on in the room and off in the bathroom so that they didn't come and visit me during the night. A heavy dose of Baygon delivered on arrival would undoubtedly have killed most of them and sent the rest scuttling off to a cockroach refugee camp, but I'm not convinced that Baygon doesn't harm the geckoes which are our allies in the war against creepy crawlies, so I don't tend to use it unless I really have to.

Dhaka doesn't really have much in the way of tourist attractions - even those it does have are unexceptional - but it has an incredible energy about it, and you just don't experience that to the same extent out in the suburbs. Highlight of the trip for me was being taken on an all day sightseeing tour of Old Dhaka along with Albanian Steve by his friend Abdul, a local cycle rickshaw wallah. We took one of those water taxis out of Sadarghat for a tour of the shipyards and boat terminals. Truly amazing!

I enjoyed this trip so much I'm still buzzing from it, and hope that circumstances allow me to get back to Bangladesh during the World Cup.

Enjoy the rest of your travelling, Mr. Fish and do keep us posted on how you're getting on.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: back in India... thoughts on Bangladesh...
PostPosted: 09:08 on 1st Apr 2010

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2049
Location: Preston UK
Pleased to hear Mr Fish is still enjoying his sabbatical, and have to concur with much of his opinion.
The cricket, our main priority i would expect, was of a low standard in the test arena. The wickets had been prepared to provide at least the opportunity of a Bangla draw, thereby a semi victory, if the Deshi's curtailed their one day tendencies and batted in test mode in both innings. In both tests they managed to do it only in 1.5 innings and therefor lost both.
For our part, whilst the batting looked reasonably solid (ususally) the bowling attack looked weak and our 'main' strke bowler was largely ineffective. Lets be kind and put that down to back problems - but then why was he playing. Both spinners (yes Tredders, you Kent so an so's) bowled very well and I'm more confident about this area than I have since I was very young.
The food I found disappointing, I tried the street version only when assured fresh, and whilst good very repetetive. The restaurants all promised a myriad of delights, which all too often came down to a choice of 3 Chinese and 2 Indian staples. After numerous attempts I gained a Bangla 'original' by forcibly complaining. This alas was mediocre also. Perhaps I was just unlucky.
Anyone expecting much in the way of genuine 'sights' to see, should restrict themselves to Faulty Towers in future. There was enough advice on here to forewarn even the most inexperienced traveller. Our attempts at 'the sights' were disastrous, with the shipyard trip burned into my memory like a festering sore. Although the locals, lots of them, enjoyed the cavalcade of English explorers in seek of the lost graveyards of whatever was in them if you eventually found them. It could only have been bettered had we hired 'natives' to carry our luggage behind the six tuk tuk's, truly a shambles although I swear we passed Shackleton on our way back.
The people, well what do you say. OK sometimes its difficult to be generous with your time, signature and photo whilst your trying to change money, buy a goat etc but how can you possibly take offence. Particularly when none is intended. They were precious.
Lastly the beer, never expecting to get much I was just delighted to get some any time any place anywhere.
Would I go again, you bet. Might even go to the slaughter next time (joking).
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fish
Post subject: Re: back in India... thoughts on Bangladesh...
PostPosted: 20:03 on 1st Apr 2010

Joined: 16:52 on 15th Jul 2008
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Big Harvey Wrote:
Thanks for the info re. getting back into India within the two months. I understand that all you did was explain your situation at the time you left India rather than going through all the bureaucracy either before you left England or at the Indian High Commission in Dhaka? This news does bode well for anyone planning on doing the World Cup.


I think the guy at Delhi airport got it right... you've only got a problem if you return home. then you cannot return within 2 months unless you fill in more forms and pay more dough
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peado
Post subject: Re: back in India... thoughts on Bangladesh...
PostPosted: 06:37 on 2nd Apr 2010

Joined: 09:29 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 800
fish Wrote:
I think the guy at Delhi airport got it right... you've only got a problem if you return home. then you cannot return within 2 months unless you fill in more forms and pay more dough


Fish, just so I have my understanding correct. By 'home' you mean if you set out from the UK, and then return to the UK, then you cannot return to India from the UK, for 2 months even if you visa is still valid. So if you arrive in India within the 2 month period, but from a different place to the original place you entered India you will be ok. If so then this is good news for the world cup.
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GeorgethePodge
Post subject: Re: back in India... thoughts on Bangladesh...
PostPosted: 11:12 on 2nd Apr 2010

Joined: 00:10 on 25th Apr 2008
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peado Wrote:
fish Wrote:
I think the guy at Delhi airport got it right... you've only got a problem if you return home. then you cannot return within 2 months unless you fill in more forms and pay more dough


Fish, just so I have my understanding correct. By 'home' you mean if you set out from the UK, and then return to the UK, then you cannot return to India from the UK, for 2 months even if you visa is still valid. So if you arrive in India within the 2 month period, but from a different place to the original place you entered India you will be ok. If so then this is good news for the world cup.



Pedao the WCs sorted theres goin to be 1 visa fro the 3 countries
R U in the Windies for the baseball?
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peado
Post subject: Re: back in India... thoughts on Bangladesh...
PostPosted: 16:10 on 2nd Apr 2010

Joined: 09:29 on 23rd Apr 2008
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GeorgethePodge Wrote:
peado Wrote:
fish Wrote:
I think the guy at Delhi airport got it right... you've only got a problem if you return home. then you cannot return within 2 months unless you fill in more forms and pay more dough


Fish, just so I have my understanding correct. By 'home' you mean if you set out from the UK, and then return to the UK, then you cannot return to India from the UK, for 2 months even if you visa is still valid. So if you arrive in India within the 2 month period, but from a different place to the original place you entered India you will be ok. If so then this is good news for the world cup.



Pedao the WCs sorted theres goin to be 1 visa fro the 3 countries
R U in the Windies for the baseball?

Yes. Arrive 02 May. Staying at Pirates Inn. See you in Scottys/Watering Hole.
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fish
Post subject: Re: back in India... thoughts on Bangladesh...
PostPosted: 10:11 on 3rd Apr 2010

Joined: 16:52 on 15th Jul 2008
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from what i've read here you will maybe get a 3 country visa only if you have tickets for the matches when you apply!
viz the 2 month rule... only applies if you return to blighty..... anyway i found it tough to understand the green blurb on my visa so what chance a random customs official?
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wickets
Post subject: Re: back in India... thoughts on Bangladesh...
PostPosted: 07:49 on 4th Apr 2010

Joined: 22:49 on 30th Apr 2008
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Location: Swindon
Tickets will be on sale via the ICC website www.iccevents.yahoo.com and at box offices in the three host countries in the near future. A minimum of five percent of all available tickets for public sale for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 can be purchased online from 1 June 2010

As many as 5% of the tickets available for fans? A very generous allocation!
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GeorgethePodge
Post subject: Re: back in India... thoughts on Bangladesh...
PostPosted: 13:07 on 4th Apr 2010

Joined: 00:10 on 25th Apr 2008
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Pedao the WCs sorted theres goin to be 1 visa fro the 3 countries
R U in the Windies for the baseball?[/quote]
Yes. Arrive 02 May. Staying at Pirates Inn. See you in Scottys/Watering Hole.[/quote]

me too mate but Im off to Guyana 3 -5th
think Im stoppin apartment Dover cricket field
might av Party stand sorted out discount
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