‘Morris Garages’ launches MG ZS in Bangladesh

The Iconic British Automotive brand Morris Garages started its operations in Bangladesh with the launching of MG ZS. Mr. Robert Chatterton Dickson, His Excellency, The British High Commissioner to Bangladesh was present as the chief guest. Beside that, Mr. Romo Rouf Chowdhury, Group Managing Director, RANCON; Mr. Shawn Hakim, Director, Rancon British Motors Ltd. and other officials were present during the launching ceremony.

Morris Garages, popularly known as MG has a legacy of more than 100 years and has a very rich heritage which is connected to the British family, prestigious races, big celebrities and many more. The company inherits British genes creating a contemporary yet unique personality and style. The brand carries the essence of British DNA and expresses pure fun, confidence, and passion for life. Bangladesh is one of the fastest-growing economies; and has picked up the market for branded cars that expresses the personality of not only the riders, but also the owners themselves. To cater to this growing need, RANCON British Motors has brought ‘Morris Garages’ to Bangladesh. The journey of MG in Bangladesh to be spearheaded by MG ZS followed by some exciting models like MG3 (Best Value Hatchback) & HS (Technologically Advanced New Crossover SUV) & ZS EV ( the electric car to revolutionize the automotive industry of Bangladesh).

The New 5 seater crossover SUV MG ZS comes with premium features for a price of 26.5 lac BDT. With smart design, advanced technology and ‘family-ready’ built, the is gorgeous in any roads even in crowded cities. The MG ZS is packed with user-friendly, intelligent technology including LED daytime running lights, Cruise Control, and Bluetooth, an 8” color touch screen, Satellite Navigation, and Reversing camera and sensors. MG ZS is also available with a choice of 1.5 and 1.00-litre Turbo engine.

At the launching event of this iconic British Automotive brand, He the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Mr. Robert Chatterton Dickson says, “It is fantastic to have this new car revive the MG spirit and the best of the British motoring. MG represents British creativity and British innovation. I am looking forward to seeing this new MG on the open roads of Bangladesh, where the car will be able to demonstrate what it is really made of.”

“Automobile market in Bangladesh has immense potential. With the launch of MG, we will deliver the esteemed customer with right vehicle ensuring the  MG global standard after-sales experience” says Mr. Romo Rouf Chowdhury, Group Managing Director, RANCON.

“MG aims to set a strong foothold in the automobile market of the country by delivering our unique & next level advanced vehicles which have the utility matched with the persona of the rider” says Mr. Shawn Hakim, Director, Rancon British Motors Ltd.

The New MG ZS will be available in MG’s Flagship Showroom from 6 September 2019 at 215, Bir Uttam Mir Shawkat Sarak, Dhaka.

The lost art of boat making in Bangladesh

The art of boat making is an ancient craft and one of the oldest living technologies in the world. The intricate craft of boat making is an essential part of the rich tradition and culture of Bangladesh.

Being a riverine land, boats were, and still are, an integral part of the rural life of Bengal. From the Moyurponkhi nouka of the prince from a faraway land or the Shampan of the fearless sea explorer, boats have been a crucial element in our folklore, folk music, and mythology.

The rich boat-building heritage and skills have been passed down orally, for thousands of years. However, those tales and skills are now on the verge of extinction with the advent of motor boats.

Bangladesh once boasted the largest fleet of wooden boats, exceeding over a million. These boats used to come in all shapes and sizes, with different functions and designs.

Here are some of the most famous boats from Bangladesh that you should know about:

Shampan

Indigenous to Cox’s Bazar and Kutubdia area, the Shampan was a large sea boat of Bengal with a triangular mast. Throughout history, many songs, folk stories, and poetry have been influenced by this beautiful vessel.

Shuluk

Indigenous to the Kutubdia area, Shuluk was the only known large sea boat of Bengal with a double mast. Although this boat was widely famous in its time, the Shuluk is now entirely extinct. Back in its days, this large watercraft was used for transporting salt and other cargo across the sea.

Goina

The opulent Goina was a dream houseboat which sailed on the narrow channels of the Padma river in Rajshahi. Goyna translates to ornament and much like ornaments, it’s beauty was a standout. Used by the Zamindars (landlords) for leisure, the Goina had a harmonious balance between elegance and performance.t

Chand-Nouka (Moon Boat) 

The arches of the crescent moon are reflected within the curving lines of the chand-nouka. These moon boats still dot the coastlines of Southern Bangladesh. The mid sized fishing vessels sail out to the open sea with the tide, only to return with the next. In earlier times, the celestial shape of the chand-nouka, allowed the boat to sail in either direction, although now, with the introduction of the engine the primary utility of the shape has forgone

Corpai

Starting its journey from the river banks of Potuali in Gopalganj Sadar, the illustrious Corpai treads along the native waters of the Modhumati River. A true symbol of the working class, the Corpai boat transports grains, rice, and heavy cargo.

Malar

One of the largest riverine boats of the country is the malar boat. Made on the banks of the Padma and Brahmaputra in the heart of Bengal, these majestic boats were primarily used for transportation of cargoes including livestock. With one of the most recognizable shapes, the malar frequently shows up in paintings of typical Bangladesh riverscape. The last remaining large sized malar boat has been converted to be used by tourism purpose by Contic cruises. The large red orchard sails outlined against the blue sky is a sight forever lost in Bengal.

Podi

A cross between a river and seagoing boat, the Podi which is found in the southern Khulna belt, is one of the few unique boats that have adapted to the saline water. Squat and wide, the Podi was specially made for carrying heavy cargo through the tidal rivers of the Sundarbans. Originally the Podi boat was used by the golpata gatherers during their seasonal foray into the mangrove forest. The golpatas, being the primary material for thatching in the southern belt, was then sailed back upstream with the tide.

Cultural preservation

Fortunately, Friendship, a non-governmental organisation, is saving Bangladesh’s boat building heritage from extinction through its activities on cultural preservation. Their activities include helping to create a sustainable livelihood for the boat builders. The organisation also documents the ancient techniques of boat building and raises awareness through exhibitions around the world. Handcrafted replica of model boats which serve as a record of boat building techniques can be purchased to further support their efforts.

Additionally, our heritage of boats and boat making is so rich that Bangladesh National Museum has an entire separate gallery dedicated to boats of Bangladesh. Do check it out when you can.

 

Facts, figures and photos are sourced from Friendship.