Launch and ferry tickets are getting impossible to acquire as people rush home in time for eid. The roads in Dhaka are however an absolute delight. Gulshan to Dhanmondi in a mere 15 minutes instead of the usual 55. The shops are nowhere near as busy as they were only a few days ago. And the road side stall holders have pretty much packed up. The fruit selling shops are looking decidedly sad.

The heat wave we went through only a couple of weeks ago seems to have gone. Today its not only cool but there’s a lovely mellow ‘holiday feeling’ light out there. All this means I am going home with a suitcase full of pitha, women’s clothing and books. See you in Scotland and Eid Mubarak.