by Jo 1. July 2002 16:06


Not that I came only to drink their tea for free, but tea invitations are common in Bangladesh and no payment is allowed by the "guest to my country". The staccato questions might be repetitive: "Your country?", "Your name?", "Your job?", "You married?", "Why not?", "How many brothers and sisters?", "You like cricket?", but the gratitude and pleasure on the faces for friendly replies, return questions and idle chit-chat - and the free tea - is more than enough for me and for them.

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