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of the Moulavibazar city and village. Certainly the area compares well with Dhaka and Sylhet town in terms of transport facilities even though there is no traffic jams like in Dhaka and Syhet town. A word of caution though to the civic authority of Moulavibazar! It should guard against overcrowd- ing of houses, shops and transport. Otherwise it will become another Kolkata!

their ancestral homes amidst unspoilt paddy fields stretching to the horizon but left the old habitat including ponds and cowsheds untouched. You still see farmers cultivating in the paddy fields, ducks by the pond and hens in the courtyard. The palm trees and green

Many believe it should be a role model to other towns in Bangladesh. It is adjacent to the scenic tea plantations of Srimangal (the sixth largest tea plantation in the world), which add to its beauty. Srimangal is known as the tea capital of Bangladesh and a visit to

Most importantly all these expats’ hard earned money from the UK and the hard work is not investment, but rather a contribution out of a love and affec- tion for the motherland – they hardly ever live in Bangladesh for more than a couple of months. But often neigh-

coconut trees have come of age. All the milk products from butter to cheese and ghee as well as fruits like pine- apple, jackfruit, mango etc are fresh from pure milk and backyard garden. The use of fertilizer is still a taboo.

Traditional and famous sweet- meat house Radhika Mohon Stall and Manager Stall and Shadhana Oushodhaloy just across the road, have survived the onslaught of urbani- sation, with benches they stir up nos- talgia. People from all over still flock to Radhika for rosogolla with nimki and a single cup of tea. This is a town, which has gradually evolved into a hol- iday retreat with idyllic homes built for habitation with individual care without any central planning. There is an opti- mum balance of houses, shops, roads and transport, as if Mother Nature has planned the town with her own hands.

the tea plantation of Sylhet is a memo- rable experience. The beauty of the place just goes on for miles and miles and visitors can see the tea gardens spread like a green carpet over the plain land and the sloping hills.

During a recent visit, Spice Business encountered the amazingly success- ful development of the infrastructure

bours make their life miserable with threats to life and property, extortions, court cases involving claims on lands. If these threats are not eradicated the next generation certainly will think twice before embarking on dream projects to build their holiday retreats in Moulavibazar and elsewhere. All in all the civic authorities should not, mind rolling out the red carpet to wel- come the non resident expats, as this is in the interests of the wider commu- nity that they should come, build their houses and spend their money to keep the area as it is now.

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