Common misconceptions and clichés about life in Bangladesh

Hello everyone,

Old clichés die hard, as the saying goes... and living in Bangladesh can generate lots of misconceptions in the eyes of the people.

What are the most common misconceptions about the expat lifestyle in Bangladesh?

What are the most common clichés about life in Bangladesh in general?

Did you have a biased view of the country before moving there? What is you view now?

Thanks in advance,


The cliches I knew were:
chloting- slave- factories.
dirt and garbage all around.
A Strict Muslim society where women have no say.
No women working in factories others than clothing.
Spicy food (near Nagaland, home of the Naga Jolokia!)

Honestly, I expected a poorer version of India.

What I have found (and please consider that I have been here only for one month, with very limited chances to move around) includes:
1. Certainly a bit of misery, but much less than I thought.  I got the impression that everyone does something for a living, as much as they can, even with little or nothing to begin with.  I have seen very few beggars, mostly elder or seriously disabled, both unable to do a physical job and, still, some of them doing some chores. 
2. Very young qualified people willing to learn and expand their knowledge.
3. Extremely friendly people that, also here, want a selfie with the foreigner.
4. At the same time, a kind of hierarchy that is fun to observe in action, where everyone is a king by himself, and when given any job,  looks around for underlings to order them to do it.

Although there are some drawback,  surprised, amazed, and loving it.

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