One day I was asking my mother what if it started raining then? My mother looked at me like I was the craziest person she has ever seen.

Now, I need to tell you a bit of background of the day. It was one of those bone-shaking winter morning when you needed an extra bunch of warm clothes to even roam in your house. Bangladesh is a poor country. If a cold wave strikes, lots of poor people who live in the streets die because they don’t have enough warm clothes or blankets. If it started raining then, there will be a hell of corpses lying around the city.

Despite that angry bird-type look my mother gave to me, I was telling myself through my mind that there was something called climate change which could actually do something like that.

Not too many days later, what I had said actually came true. On the second day of 2012, it was raining outside.

I first heard the raindrops on my roof (ours is a tin-shed house so you can tell whenever it’s raining outside) in the midnight. I updated my status on Facebook saying so. But I thought to myself that it could be the fogs dropping on the tin making a sound as if they were raindrops. But the next morning, it was indeed raining outside. I mean, not the type of rain you’d expect in winter. It was raining like regular rainy season.

Fortunately, the weather wasn’t too cold so the rain didn’t leave any murderous effect on the country. But what makes me wonder is that it happened. It rained in the middle of winter; possibly breaking all the records of the past.

I was right. There definitely is something called Climate Change. And I still don’t understand what the suited people at Copenhagen did.

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  1. We have been having these awful wind storms this year… When the last few years we have been frozen over. It is climate change and it’s rather freaky too. God only knows what else is coming our way.

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  2. There is little to suggest it is a real climate change actually. It is very difficult to judge. Seasons have always been changeable. My mother can remember a winter in Britain where snow came in May! Never heard of before or since! Likewise, we arrived in bangladesh on the 3rd to 28 degrees! This time last year we were freezing in the coldest winter Bangladesh had on record – at least in our part of it anyway. This year I have yet to put on a coat – I’m lovely and warm! Everyone is saying how mild the winter is this year in Dinajpur. Things just change over the years I guess. That said – Rinth’s comments were spot on!

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        1. In fact, I’ve met hundreds (from school friends to relatives) who think Winter is the best time in Bangladesh. It doesn’t depend on month like you said because you never know when the weather is gonna be like. Climate change, you know.

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          1. Well it just goes to show different people like different things – even amongst Bangladeshis! I disagree with your comment about months though. Bangla seasons are very predictable – in comparison with British weather anyway! Whilst individual days maybe hotter or colder, or an unexpected week of rain may occur, on the whole the six seasons happen pretty much around the same time. In my country you can never tell what will happen next. Some years Summer has barely happened at all and others Winter has gone on into the Springtime. It is very random. Not so with Bangladesh. Test me on this come March time if you like! I will be sitting outside reading my Bangla newspaper enjoying the sun! 🙂

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            1. Compared to most other countries, yes, it may be predictable. But I was referring to recent days. You couldn’t tell it would be raining in the middle of winter. So, what I mean is it may change. You can’t be sure.

              But I was just wondering how come you’ve never heard anyone saying winter is the best season in Bangladesh (of course people from specific profession won’t think so). You already know how hot it is in Bangladesh and how the situation gets worse when throughout the day as well as in the middle of the night power cut a/k/a load-shedding takes place in hot burning summer. That’s one of the main reasons why Bangladesh is best enjoyed in winter.

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              1. Good thoughts my friend – I’ll respond in the order you presented them.

                I think I would be surprised – here in Dinajpur at least – if it DIDN’T rain during shitkal. But it has only done that once here so far in January. The fog is here is usual and it IS warmer than usual – but we still wake up cold in the mornings and that ONLY happens in this season. It is just a different winter to last year and will no doubt be a little different next year – but still unmistakably winter.

                I suspect there are some here who do like winter but as LAMB is a hospital we see the suffering of the poor who have no homes who die during this time of year. Whilst disasters in this country happen yearly because of flooding and so on and some people DO die because of the heat, nothing kills quite like winter in terms of just the weather itself. It is the same in Britain where our old people are much more vulnerable during the harsh winters. We spend a lot of time here at LAMB buying blankets to give out to the poor – a huge number go out. But it is never enough and we see the results when they are brought to our door.

                The things you mention are terrible inconveniences of course and I can’t say that April or August (roughly the hottest times of the year statistically) are my favourite! But the times inbetween – for me at least – are glorious! Hot, but not impossibly so. It is the time of dawats and parties as well as hard work in the fields. Basically they are the times that are in between the excesses of the sun and the lack of it. As far as I can tell from many conversations with Bangladeshis all over the country, something – at least – of that sentiment is shared between us.

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            2. I think you’re changing the perspective. From a perspective from poor people, winter is definitely no heaven. But from a general life perspective, which was my perspective in this case, winter beats it.

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              1. no I didn’t change perspective – I answered your comment. From my perspective winter here is cold and miserable. But the perspective of Bangladeshis – as you commented on – from here is that poor people die. I can’t (and won’t) distance myself from that point because I am here to help people and so my perspective as well will be coloured by this. I care more about my friends shivering in mud huts in winter than I do about my own sweating in the hot sun! This IS my general life perspective! Even so, without that point, winter here is beshi thanda and Bangladeshis here (to my knowledge) are no more keen on this season than I.

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            3. Now I understand. You didn’t change the perspective, we both were on different perspective from the very beginning. While for me, and quite a lot of people I’ve asked, winter is best, for you it’s not. It’s just different people and different opinion you know. 🙂

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