What is “Tong er dokan” in Bangladesh

“Tong er dokan” is a very familiar word in Bangladesh. It means a 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 of tea stalls in Bangladesh which are 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 customers.

Biscuits, cakes, bananas, loaf, cigarettes and betel leaves are also sold here. The owner of the shop generally sits behind the cash box. He collects money from the customers and looks 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 are also sold in small tea stalls. 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 various subjects. They also discuss village politics, national and international politics, and 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.

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