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April 27, 2013

Can’t Norman get a Bangladeshi sister, too?

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NORMAN —

Not only the quality of education, but also the quiet environment of the university and of the city is one of the attractions for the calm natured Bangladeshi people. As the scholars and students from Bangladesh have earned reputations here, the university administration will be quite happy to welcome more Bangladeshi, we can hope rationally.

It’s true that profoundness is another name of loneliness sometimes; a Bangladeshi restaurant can solve this and diversify the food festivals paved in the street sides of this city ranging from Mexico to Mongolia. It is really fantastic to imagine that Tagore Songs are being played in the indoor shadow of noon or night.

Well, the Norman people may not know that Rabindranath Tagore is the greatest poet, writer, philosopher and musician of Bengal or South Asia as a whole. Hundreds of his songs are being played in everyday life and in festivals and cultural events in Bangladesh. When our own language becomes limited to express the exact sense, we overwhelmingly quote from his poetry and prose. He got the nobel prize in literature in 1913. Present Bangladesh and India — the countries was undivided at time of Tagore — have chosen their national anthem from his collection of songs.

As made in Bangladesh garments are already available here, bringing brains, cuisine and culture will definitely make the market wild and wider. It is not the matter of one way, anyway. Bangladeshi can learn a lot form Norman’s city plan, green initiatives, governance, road network, media, health services, life of people and, of course, the hospitality, and can take them home back.

People of Bangladesh have static ideas about American life, culture and systems. Most of them are “revealed” by Holywood movie, novels and the news analysis and commentary on United State’s engagement with international issues. Most of them are experienced from short visit in the giant and granite cities. Visiting and staying in Norman will change that set of thinking, I am sure.

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