Throughout the monsoon, they remain busy with fishing. They also dive for natural pearls in waters. Sometimes, they camp for a couple of weeks. Men catch snakes and entertain people with snake charming and sell herbal cures. Women go from door to door to sell bangles, cosmetics, and other things. They also try to heal pains of old people often by sucking out blood from their body. Many villagers believe in the magical power of the gypsies. They are salt to compel an evil spirit leave someone’s body by magic or special powers.
Write a paragraph by answering the following question ‘The river gypsies of Bangladesh’.
(a) Who are river gypsies? (b) How do they live in waters? (c) what are their houses? (d) When doing that return to the mainland? (e) Why do they live in waters? (f) What are their common activities?
River gypsies are an ethnic group in Bangladesh. They know as a body to local people. They live in groups and do not own any land. Therefore, they live a nomadic life traveling from one place to another. These people roam across our rivers and waters from May to December in small country boats. These boats are their houses and these people are a part of our waters. In winter, may water bodies dry up. At that time, they return to the mainland and live in make-shift tarpaulin tests on open river banks. You can see their men relaxing in the tents. Toddlers play with dogs or other pets in the dust. Women often idle away the time by hair doing, picking off lice in twos or threes sitting in a row.