Bangladeshi man — who feeds 2,000 birds every morning — is now a national attraction

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Samor Kumar Ghosh feeding birds. (AN photos)
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Samor Kumar Ghosh feeding birds. (AN photos)
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Samor Kumar Ghosh feeding birds. (AN photos)
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Samor Kumar Ghosh feeding birds. (AN photos)
Updated 15 December 2017
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Bangladeshi man — who feeds 2,000 birds every morning — is now a national attraction

DHAKA: Samor Kumar Ghosh has been feeding 2,000 local birds every morning for the past five years. The birds start gathering early each morning in front of Samar’s sweetmeat shop in the local city of Pabna, some 200 km from Dhaka.
The birds, called “shalik” in the native language, are commonly referred to as mynahs.
One morning five years ago, Samor fed a few of them. The next day he noticed more birds had gathered at the same time. And day after day, the number of birds increased and now reach up to 2,000.
“It was February 2012, early on a winter morning. I was standing idle in front of my sweetmeat shop … I noticed a few Indian mynahs roaming around in search of food. I fed them with chanachur (Bombay mix), which is a subcontinental snack food. The next day, the mynahs came in a group and (there were) more in number,” Samor told Arab News.
Samor feeds them every day with much affection. And now a large number of people from the city and adjacent towns gather in front of his “Shyamol Mistanno Bhandar” sweetmeat shop to watch the mynahs.
“This is amazing. The mynah, although a quarrelling species of bird, here feed so calmly and quietly. One can only hear the chirping of the birds,” Arman Hossain, one of the spectators at Samor’s “bird sanctuary within the city,” told Arab News.
“The mynahs travel 10 to 15 km every day to enjoy their breakfast with me. I spend 45,000 taka (nearly $600) per month to feed them. To me, it is like paradise when the mynahs encircle me at the start of the day,” Samor said.

In Bangladesh, a middle-class family might find it hard to spend $600 a month on living but Samor is spending a huge amount on feeding the birds. He justifies the expenditure saying, “Actually I am not doing anything. It is the Almighty, and if He (Almighty) wishes, I will have the ability to do more for His creatures.”
Samor’s efforts have made him a nationally-acclaimed nature-lover. Last year the Bangladesh Forest Department presented him with the country’s best “bird-lover” award.
Samor, a father of four, has involved family members in the project. His 11-year-old son Sharon Kumar Ghosh sometimes feeds the birds when Samor is out of town on business. Samor has asked is son to continue the tradition of feeding the mynahs in the future.


Exhibit highlights Wellington’s formative Indian years

A handout photograph recieved in London on March 25, 2019, shows the Deccan Dinner Service, a vast silver gilt service bought by Wellington's fellow officers in the Deccan region of India as a mark of their appreciation. (AFP)
Updated 26 March 2019
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Exhibit highlights Wellington’s formative Indian years

  • The “Young Wellington in India” exhibition runs from Saturday until November 3 at Apsley House, which remains the Wellesley family’s London home, on the edge of Hyde Park

LONDON: An exhibition on the Duke of Wellington’s time in India opens in London Saturday, shedding light on formative years before he defeated French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo.
Between 1796 and 1804, as the young Arthur Wellesley, he helped overthrow the Tipu Sultan and masterminded victory in the Battle of Assaye.
A decade later he defeated Napoleon, paving the way for a century of relative peace in Europe and a time of vast British imperial expansion.
The collection includes a dinner service commemorating his leadership in India that was later supplemented with cutlery taken from Napoleon’s carriage.
It also includes books from the 200-volume traveling library that, aged 27, he took with him for the six-month voyage to India in a bid to broaden his education, having finished his studies early.
It included books on India’s history, politics and economics, Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels” and philosophical works.
The “Young Wellington in India” exhibition runs from Saturday until November 3 at Apsley House, which remains the Wellesley family’s London home, on the edge of Hyde Park.
Charles Wellesley, 73, the ninth and current Duke of Wellington, said his great-great-great grandfather’s time in India set the stage for defeating Napoleon.
“It was very, very formative... There is no doubt that he learnt a great deal in India,” he said on Monday.
“Napoleon underestimated Wellington and the reason for this exhibition is to show how important in Wellington’s life was his period in India.”
The exhibition features swords, paintings and the Deccan Dinner Service, a vast silver gilt service bought by Wellington’s fellow officers in the Deccan region of India as a mark of their appreciation.
The cutlery for the service was taken from Napoleon after Waterloo and carries his imperial crest.
The service is still used by the family.
Josephine Oxley, keeper of the Wellington Collection, said the India years were “a time when he learned to meld the military and the political, and became skilled at negotiations with the locals.
“It’s a really interesting period of his life.”