I toured Bangladesh in the spring of 1998. As it happened, I went during an "Eid" (holiday). Hence my usual rejoinder: "I went to Bangladesh, but it was closed." When you think of Bangladesh, of course, you think of poverty. There is poverty, but a country has to have SOMETHING going right to manage to fit 100 million plus into an area as small as Michigan, HALF of which is typically under water during the flooding. As for the Bengalis, I found them friendly and helpful and far from the "helpless" label with which many would label them.