When I was 12 I visited Bangladesh for a month with my family. One of my uncles is a member of the Tablighi Jamaat, and he tried to mightily inculcate his barbaric faith in us. At one point he took us to some bizarre hectoring rally which was straight out of central casting in terms of presenting stereotypes of frothing-at-mouth-Muslim-Fundamentalists. Think of it as a “scared straight” to make sure you never become religious. But the funny thing is that all the kids were bored, and they gathered in the back of the rally. A few of the older kids arranged a series of cock fights. Someone had brought some professional chickens in seems. A few takas were won and lost on that day….
April 6, 2011
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