It’s just about impossible to imagine Bangladesh without the bicycle rickshaw. With colorful artwork on the back, hard-working drivers in front, bicycle rickshaws are not relics of the past, but the dominant form of transport throughout the country. The atmosphere of riding in one alternates between the peace of a slow ride above it all and the mania of a bob-and-weave in the thick of it (of the sorts that can make India look positively tame).
Besides its driver, what makes a rickshaw really stand out are its colors and artwork. In one Bangladeshi town in particular, Rajshahi, we noticed a theme in its rickshaw art: Dhallywood*-style scenes of buxom women and brawny men.
Here’s a sample of what we found.
*What is Dhallywood? A play on Hollywood, Dhallywood refers to the Bangladesh film industry, based in Dhaka, the country’s capital city. (Yes, just like Bollywood, the Mumbai- formerly Bombay- based Indian film industry).