.For a small country, about the size of Illinois, Bangladesh has a large population (about 168 million) and a lot of water, with three major river systems emptying into the Bay of Bengal. Every year, between one quarter and one third of the land area is under water, yet the rivers sustain agriculture and are highways for commerce. After the 1971 Liberation War, the former East Pakistan was one of the poorest countries in the world with high rates of maternal and infant mortality, yet has made remarkable progress in relieving poverty and improving health and education. David’s journey takes him from Old Dhaka, with its narrow alleys, bustling riverside markets and decaying colonial-era buildings to Rajshahi on the Padma (Ganges) on the border with West Bengal, to the river ports of Khulna and Barisal in the delta region, and to the tea plantations of the northeast.
David Mould, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University, has traveled widely in Asia and southern Africa. Born in the UK, he worked as a newspaper and TV journalist before moving to the US. His travel essays and articles have been published in Newsweek, Christian Science Monitor, Times Higher Education, and History News Network. His books include Monsoon Postcards: Indian Ocean Journeys (Ohio University Press, 2019) and Postcards from Stanland: Journeys in Central Asia (Ohio University Press, 2016). Read David’s travel blogs on Facebook and at www.davidhmould.com.