|What do they call it?|
I work at BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali Ave. Every morning when I hail a rickshaw, I say, “How much to go to TB gate?” The office is next to the Chest Disease and Lung Hospital, hence “TB (Tuberculosis) gate.” If I said “BRAC Centre” or “75 Mohakhali Ave,” who knows where they would take me—likely for a long ride that ended will an expectation for a nice, big payment. Maybe BRAC University or BRAC bank, if I’m lucky. But “TB gate” works any time, except on the rare day when I get a rickshaw driver on his first day in Dhaka.
There’s a whole informal language of landmarks in Dhaka. Some of them are still there, but others are remnants of names long gone. To the rickshaw drivers, the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease is the “Cholera Hospital,” as it was called decades ago.