Postcards from the Edge

of Bangladesh

It might just be crazy enough to work


Passing the DST bill in Bangladesh was not met with as much enthusiasm as the US in 1918

Maybe I was overly pessimistic on how this daylight saving thing would work here. Perhaps in a country where there just don’t seem to be any rules, changing something like the time doesn’t seem any more ludicrous than anything else that happens here. Things thrive here in chaos, so why should this be any different.

And it turns out I was reliably misinformed about the timing of the time change. The government changed switch over from the ambiguous midnight on 19th June, to 11pm on 19th June. So today Bangladesh is officially 1 hour ahead. Which has caused concern for my laptop time as Bangladeshi DST (Daylight Savings Time) hasn’t made itself very well known in the world out there, so I’m now running on Bangkok time to get the right time.

So this year, The Daily Star newspaper tells me, DST is effective from 19 June until 1 October. And next year it is allegedly effective from 1 April to 1 October. But other reports maintain that it hasn’t been decided yet will DST will end. A rather well thought out plan isn’t it. 

But all said and done, everyone around here at least seem to know about it. But reading the paper however makes me wonder if people are ‘get’ this concept on all the right levels. The Bangladesh Bank has moved it’s official lunch time 1 hour ahead, from 1pm to 2pm. The courts have done similar things with their opening hours and lunch times. See, there is no reason to change the timings of things, everything just follows it’s normal time. It’s the underlying TIME that has changed. Don’t you see?

Anyway, this is very much part of the fun of being here. Let’s see what happens. Even in the UK, every March and every October people have that same conversation: ‘so does this mean that we gain an hour or lose an hour in bed?’And they grew up with daylight savings. Shame.

UPDATED TO ADD: I think I’ve realised why organisations have changed lunch times etc. It’s because lunch time here will also be prayer time. And Muslims pray at certain times of the day, based on the sun. i.e. before sunrise, noon, after sunset etc. Or so my Dummy’s Guide to Understanding Islam tells me. Yes, I actually have a copy on my person, borrowed from the VSO library.


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