Monday, August 1, 2016

What is “Tong er dokan” in Bangladesh

Written By: Mustafa Mahmud Hassan
“Tong er dokan” is a very familiar word in Bangladesh. It means tea stall. A tea stall is a small
shop where tea is prepared and supplied to the customers. Now-a- days tea is a popular drink all
over the world. Bangladesh is a home of tea because there are many tea gardens in Bangladesh.
The people of Bangladesh are very fond of taking tea. So a tea stall is a common sight at any
corner in our country. It is usually seen in cities, towns, railway stations, bus stands, bazars, any
educational institutions, banks, factories, and mills, industries, at launch and steamer ghats, at the
turning of the road and even seen in the villages. A tea stall generally opens in the morning and
closes at late night.
There are two types tea stall in Bangladesh which is big and small. In a big
tea stall, there are some chairs and tables or benches. A TV set is also seen in a big tea stall to
attract the customers. Biscuits, cakes, bananas, loaf, cigarettes and betel leaves also sold here.
The owner of the shop generally sits behind the cash box. He collects money from the customers
and look after the stall. There is often a boy or two boys to prepare and serve tea to the
customers. In a small tea stall, there are one or two benches only. The owner of the shop prepares
and serves tea.
A kettle is always kept hot on the stove. He collects money from customers and there
is nobody to help him. Biscuits, cakes, bananas, loaf, cigarettes and betel leaves also
sold in small tea stall. Now-a- days cold drinks are available in both small and big tea stall.
A tea stall is a very popular place in Bangladesh. So people of different ages and classes come
here to take a cup of tea. They take tea and talk with one another. They discuss on various
subjects. They also discuss on village politics, national and international politics and on
current affairs. So a tea stall is also called a mini-sang sad of the village. But it is usually
a noisy, dirty, crowded and
disordered place. Sometimes the customers raise a storm over a cup of tea. Indeed a tea stall is an
important place of social gathering. The customers spend their free time in the tea stall for extra enjoyment.