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Taki: Epar Bangla, Opar Bangla

Last night, we planned also to visit Taki from Basirhat. It is the Indian border with Bangladesh. It is about 15 kilometers from Basirhat. Taki is a town and a municipality under Hasnabad police station of Basirhat subdivision in North 24 Parganas district in the Indian state of West Bengal.

We also have one of our ancestral places in Taki. Taki is the hometown of my grandmother — mother of our father. They were the zamindars of Taki (sadar) town. But now no one is staying there after the sad demise of my cousin. I had visited them with my parents during my childhood. I still have faint memories of ponds, coconut trees, mango grove, chandi mandap, etc. Taki is the land of a number of zamindars. Most of the zamindar baris (their palatial buildings) are in a dilapidated state.

In the morning, Jaya, Badal, Tota, Soumya, Dadubhai and I went to Taki in our car from our ancestral house in Basirhat.

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Ichamati river: The river marks the international border between India and Bangladesh here
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The far-side is Bangladesh
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If you look at this image you would think this is just the shores of a river. Yes it is that of River Ichamati, but what is unique here is the river that divides two countries. The far end of the river is Bangladesh and from where this image was shot is India.

As Ichhamati river in Taki separates two countries, the boats on this river have to carry the national flags of their respective countries mandatorily. The Indian boats carry the Indian flags and Bangladeshi boats carry their national flags.

There are many Border Security Force [BSF] watch towers to monitor and prevent unwarranted cross border traffic/movements besides protection of our national boundaries.

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A watchtower on the bank of the river

As we did not have much time because we have to return today to Kolkata for our visit to Gangtok tomorrow, we just went to the Ichhamati river bordering the countries.

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A Gamchha-seller is trying to sell gamchha (thin, coarse, traditional cotton towel weaved in Eastern India). Weavers of Taki-Basirhat area weave the best gamchhas.

Gamchha is a thin, coarse, traditional cotton towel found in India, Bangladesh as well as various parts of South and Southeast Asia and is used to dry the body after bathing or wiping sweat. Gamchha is the local term for a sweat towel. It is often just worn on one side of the shoulder.

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We had some cold drinks and returned via our ancestral house at Taki. We did not go inside the house for paucity of time. May be, we will visit there during our next visit to Taki.

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A village pond

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